Many PTAs are busy organizing their calendar for the year, acquainting and training new board members with their position requirements, and planning membership drives at school open houses and teacher meet & greets.
Most PTA/PTSAs will get asked “Why should I join?”.
The National PTA has been serving children for over 100 years and it is the defining organization for parent involvement! These are just a few of the great reasons to be part of PTA:
- Benefit your child-The number one reason to join PTA is to benefit your child and in doing so support your school.
- Discover great resources- The PTA provides a variety of programs for parents and students from homework, education in arts, bullying prevention, child health, and much more.
- Being a role model- You’ll demonstrate to your child the importance you place on education.
- Getting connected and being in the know- Being a member of PTA keeps you up to date with what is happening in your school and how you can support your child’s education.
- PTA Member benefits- Individuals can take advantage of PTA membership benefits including special offers and discounts, free e-learning courses, monthly e-newsletters, training and workshops, magazine subscription discounts, and much more.
- Tap into a network- PTA functions connect you to other parents and teachers. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
- Speak up- Being a member of your PTA can help you effectively suggest change at your child’s school and in your community.
- Watch yourself grow and hone your skills- By volunteering with your PTA, you can put your skills to use for a noble cause.
The Wake County PTA Council wants to say Thank You for your support and commitment to your children and the children in your community. By joining and supporting your local unit PTA, you are being an excellent role model by showing your child the importance you place on education.
Our Mission is to unify, promote, and strengthen PTA units in Wake County. Please feel free to contact us as we are hear to help you throughout the school year.
To get started on the right foot here are some important action items:
- Update your PTA Officers at the NC PTA.
- WCPTA members are added on our site throughout the year as invoices are returned.
- By August 31, 2015 Confirm your Financial Review has been submitted and the results reported to your PTA’s Board of Directors.
- Adopt a code of ethics for Board members and obtain signatures from each board member reflecting agreement to a board approved conflicts of interest form.
- File an annual Form 990 as required by the IRS and confirm filling date in the NCPTA database. The 990 deadline for organizations with a fiscal year end of June 30 is November 15.
- Pay for Wake County PTA Council Dues $50 by October 31, 2015. This annual one time payment allows your unit access to free trainings throughout the year, Night of Stars Invitation and Honoree from your school, Health and Wellness events and so much more! WCPTA 2015-16 Invoice
- Pay for Wake County PTA Council Reflections Fee $25 by October 31, 2015. This annual one time payment allows your unit to participate in the WCPTA Reflections Program and Reflections trainings. WCPTA 2015-16 Invoice
- Collect and submit membership dues to the NCPTA office by the 15th of each month.
- Enter local PTA members’ names and email addresses into the NCPTA databe by the 15th of each month.
- Check your PTAs Good Standing Status at: http://ncpta.org/index.php/leaders/leadership-tools-for-officers/good-standing-requirements/
The 2015-2016 Reflections Program Theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly” For more information and for information on how to join the WCPTA Reflections distribution email list, visit our website http://www.wakepta.org/reflections-program/
8-26-2015 We have reached capacity for this event and registration is now closed. Materials will be available online after the training for viewing. Thank you.
Call to Training: All Wake County PTA Leaders are invited to join us at our annual Summer Leadership Conference. The training is a great opportunity to network with your Wake County PTA Council officers and other PTA leaders from across the county, learn how to be effective in your PTA role this year, and gather information to share with your local unit board.
When: Thursday, August 27th, 2015 @6:00pm (We will provide water and light refreshments; feel free to bring your own bag dinner. There will also be a few fundraising vendors on hand.)
Where: WCPSS Building II 110 Corning Dr. Cary, NC 27518
Trainings Offered: Leading your PTA, Financial Management, Reflections, Best Practices for Middle and High School PTSA, By-laws & Standing Rules, Serving as Secretary, Advocacy, Family Engagement & Diversity, and Communications and Social Media.
Registration: You must register for this event at: *Capacity Has Been Reached*
*Free for up to 5 PTA leaders from PTAs that are members of the Wake County PTA Council. $15 for each additional attendee or attendees from non-member PTAs. If you are unsure of your PTA’s status, please ask your president and/or treasurer.
Training flyer: 2015 Summer Leadership Conference Flyer
2015-16 WCPTA Dues and Fees Invoice: WCPTA 2015-16 Invoice
For questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 21, 2015 over 230 guests attended the annual event to celebrate the top PTA volunteers at schools across the county. Area superintendents, principals, teachers, PTA leaders and families helped to congratulate the Honorees. The night was full of big smiles, fun, excitement and goodies for the Honorees. The WCPTA would like to thank Superintendent Dr. James Merrill and Board of Education Representative Christine Kushner for participating in the Honoree Photo-op. Thank you to Homegrown Pizza of Holly Springs, Mixed Bags Designs, Right Response, GoPlaySave, Strawbridge Studios and the WCPSS Staff Development Office for the venue.
For more information and photos, including the Facebook Sign images and Honoree Photo-op area shots, view our Night of Stars page. Photos are courtesy of Strawbridge Studios and all Honorees will receive a free photo-op image.
The WCPTA Night of Stars is an annual event to celebrate the top PTA volunteer from PTAs that are members of the Wake County PTA Council. For more information about your local PTA joining the Wake County PTA Council please email: email@example.com
(required August dates included)
The Artists in the Schools (AIS) Program is a partnership between the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the Wake County Public School System, and local schools. For more than 30 years, the AIS Program has placed professional artists in public, private, and charter schools in Wake County. These artists and arts organizations work as creative educational resources with faculty, students, and cultural arts representatives to implement curriculum-based arts in education programs. The AIS Program annually supports more than 160,000 contact hours between artists and students in more than 135 local schools.
Cultural Arts Representatives are volunteers who coordinate arts programming for their schools and serve as the primary liaison between a school and an artist. Cultural Arts Representatives are either parent members of the school’s PTA or are teachers within the school. They collaborate with school faculty, administration, and the PTA to identify a school’s cultural arts programming needs and make decisions about which artist(s) to invite to work with their students. Cultural Arts Representatives are required to attend an annual training session and the annual Booking Fair. Some Cultural Arts Representatives have served their schools for many years, while others are new to the Artists in the Schools program. http://www.unitedarts.org/index.shtml
For your PTA to be eligible for grant funds, attendance to one of the Cultural Arts Training Sessions (TBD in August) and the Cultural Arts Book Fair (8-15-2015) are REQUIRED. For more information about these please visit:
The bylaws of the National PTA and the North Carolina PTA both state that a core purpose of PTA is to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. In NC, the state government is required by law to make sure that every school system has sufficient funds to provide every child with the opportunity for a sound basic education as defined by the NC Supreme Court and the laws of the state. Local governments also provide funds. NC PTA and the Wake County PTA Council encourage and support all initiatives at all levels of government—local, state, and federal—to assure that every school system has sufficient funding to provide every child with an opportunity for a sound basic education. That includes sufficient funding for qualified teachers in all classrooms and skilled administrators in all schools.
On May 28, 2015, our Wake County PTA Council Board approved a Position Statement requesting the Full Funding by Wake County of the WCPSS 2015-16 Budget Request. On Monday, June 1st, Gary Lewis, WCPTA President and several WCPTA Board Members, will be presenting this document at the 2 pm Wake County Commissioners public session, and we would love to see you in attendance.
So you may properly advocate on behalf of your local PTA units, also view the attached one page document that outlines the budget approval process and includes key information for you to share. We hope that you will encourage your PTA unit to advocate on behalf of your school community via communication with your families and/or directly with the leaders of Wake County.
Please share with the incoming officers of your PTA unit! Flyer attached for your use in promoting attendance by your PTA Leaders. This will be a great opportunity to get some free PTA Training for your officers while getting a chance to meet several of the officers of the Wake County PTA Council.
Wake County PTA Council: 2015 New Officer Training Workshop
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
WCPSS Crossroads I Building (Board Room), 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC
Incoming 2015-16 PTA Leaders across Wake County are highly encouraged to attend this 2-hour session hosted by the Wake County PTA Council. This training will be held as a large-group setting with PTA leaders from around the County to learn more about how to lead a PTA Unit specifically tailored to Wake County, and to learn more about how we can work together to make 2015-16 a great year!
This workshop is FREE, but registration is required at:
The annual WCPTA Night of Stars Event celebrates the top PTA volunteer at local units. This is a free event for local units that are members of the Wake County PTA Council. Each local unit will select their top PTA Volunteer and nominate them to be honored at the event by using the WCPTA Honoree Form. A local unit may select a board member or a general PTA member. HONOREE FORM DEADLINE IS MARCH 27, 2015.
The WCPTA Night of Stars event will be May 21, 2015. The evening will consist of dinner, door prizes, photo-op areas, and an award celebration with awards for the NOS Honorees. More details about location and times will be released in the coming weeks.
Start working on your honoree forms now; we want your school and PTA honored this year!!! Each local unit that submits a form will be allowed up to five attendees: the honoree and their plus one, school principal, PTA president, and person filling out Honoree Form if different from PTA president.
There are two Survey Monkey links. One is the Honoree Form questionnaire and the other is the event RSVP form. Please read ALL instructions on the forms and links.
HONOREE FORM DEADLINE IS MARCH 27, 2015.
2015 WCPTA NOS Form
If you have any questions, please email Leah Williams at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rescheduled for March 11, 2015. All other training information is the same.
The 2-17-2015 mini training has been CANCELED due to poor weather!
You can now RSVP for the next mini training. You MUST register for this event. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please register again. This FREE event is open to WCPTA Council Members. If your PTA is not a council member please email us to receive membership information. Thank you.
The 2-17-2015 mini training has been CANCELED due to poor weather!
The next mini training is February 17, 2015. YOU MUST REGISTER!!!!
We will cover Fundraising Opportunities, Nominating Committee Information, Mid Year Check In Review, NCPTA Database, WCPTA Night of Stars, and more. We will also have door prizes. Again, you MUST register so we can get in touch with you if changes are made.
When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11am (training is approximately one hour)
Training Location: Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant 2310 Walnut Street Cary, NC 27518
Leah Williams and Mandy Patterson will stay after the one hour training to answer questions about these topics.
Email Leah or Mandy at: email@example.com
Visit the Tuesday Training tab to Register.