May Newsletter and Happenings this Week!!

Hello readers!  We are into the possibly the busiest time for many of our PTA units.  Elections, transition plans, starting to figure out next year… It’s a crazy time!  We have our newsletter (the final one for this school year) attached here – lots of really great info on events around Wake County.

The Night of Stars celebration will be held this coming Thursday May 19th – we’ll get a post up after that with a few pictures highlighting the evening and all the fun!

There is also brainstorming going on now as we begin to prepare for the Annual Summer Leadership Conference that will be held later in August or early September.  All details are coming soon… do you have ideas or topics that you think would be helpful or important to consider as breakout sessions?  Are there areas of “running a PTA” that you’d specifically like covered?  Please let us know – we welcome input and feedback on how to make this conference relevant and inspiring to YOU!

May 2016 Newsletter

2016 WCPTA Reflections Celebration

The 2016 “Let Your Imagination Fly…” WCPTA Reflections Celebration was co-hosted by Cary High School in March. The celebration was an art filled evening honoring our WCPTA Reflections Winners and highlighting a few of them during student spotlight performances.  CHS also showcased a few of their talented musicians, singers, ROTC and volunteer students.  Guests enjoyed refreshments and orchestra music in the gym while they viewed the winning artwork.  Winners also had the opportunity to pose at several photo-op areas.

The awards presentation took place in the auditorium.  Guests learned more about arts in education, program details, enjoyed a few performances, and watched the winning county students receive their awards.

Thank you to our volunteers, judges, CHS staff, PTSA and students, our partners, the WCPTA Board and everyone that helped to make it a wonderful success.

Thank you to our event partners: Strawbridge Studios, Kimco Realty, Sweet Tomatoes of Cary, and Brian Mullins Photography.

Congratulations students! You did a great job!

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Slate of Nominees for 2016-2017 Officers

Per the Uniform Bylaws for North Carolina PTA Councils, Section 6.2, and on behalf of the Wake County PTA Council Nominating Committee, we excitedly announce the Slate of Officers for the Wake County PTA Council for 2016-17.  Per the Bylaws, any PTA member in Good Standing with a local unit that has joined the Council in the current year may be nominated from the floor prior to the election.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Per the Uniform Bylaws for North Carolina PTA Councils, Section 9.1, two delegates from each local PTA unit who is a member of the Wake County PTA Council is allowed to vote in these elections.

Thank You to my fellow Nominating Committee Members Kia Slade, Colette Joseph, Julie von Haefen, and Lauren Van Hemert for serving on the 2015-2016 Nominating Committee.

Sarah B. Martin
Nominating Committee Chair (2015-16) – Wake County PTA Council
Visit our website: www.wakepta.org

 

Slate of Nominees for 2016-2017 Officers

The Wake County PTA Council Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 – 2017 Slate of Nominees for Officers. The Nominating Committee will present the Slate of Nominees for election on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00pm during the Wake County PTA Council Full Council Membership Meeting.  This meeting will take place at the Night of Stars Award Celebration at Apex Friendship High School, 7801 Humie Olive Road in Apex.

President                 Hardin Engelhardt

VP Leadership        Julie von Haefen

VP Programs           Leah Williams

VP Communications    Jodi Bulmer

Secretary               Tanesha Boldin

Treasurer        Kassandra Watson

Spotlight – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The YMCA of the Triangle partners with Darkness to Light to offer free Stewards of Children training that gives adults the tools they need to prevent, recognize and react responsibility to child sexual abuse.

PTAs can register for the classes, host a training, and/or invite YMCA Director of Child Safety to hold a Prevent Now! Workshop for your meeting.

Pinwheels for Prevention gardens will be springing up in Y locations. This effort demonstrates the importance of showing support for children and families. Shining in the sun, the pinwheel is reflective of the bright future all children deserve.

The YMCA of the Triangle is a sponsor of the Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day on April 17 from Noon to 6 p.m. at Wheels Fun Park in Durham. A limited number of bands that allow free entry into the afternoon of games and skating are available for volunteers who plant a pinwheel garden or sign up for the training.

To learn more go to: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/programs-services/community-support/darkness-light-d2l

Get the Better Deal on YMCA Summer Day Camp

With more than 60 options, there is something for every child at the Y. We offer financial assistance based on need and availability.

Camp Spotlight

Registration is now easier than ever! Locate your camp in the camp finder. Select the “Register Online” button and you’re on your way! Camp Finder link: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/programs-and-services/camps/any/any/any/any

2016 New Officer Training Workshop

Wake County PTA Council: 2015 New Officer Training Workshop
Monday, May 16th 2016, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Call to Training:

All 2016-2017 PTA officers of units throughout Wake County are invited to learn more about PTA leadership & to network with other PTA leaders from across the County.  This includes BOTH veteran officers and officers new to these PTA leadership roles.

Training Location:

Crossroads II Office Building, 110 Corning Road, Cary Room 1400

Workshop Format:

This training event will be held as one large-group workshop without breakout sessions.  It is meant to include all officers for 2016-2017 hearing the same message about how to prepare for the work ahead, and is a completely different format from our Summer Leadership Conference that offers breakout sessions.

Cost:

ABSOLUTELY FREE for officers of Wake PTA Council Member Units, but RSVP is required to ensure we have materials and seats for everyone attending.

RSVP for this workshop by visiting

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCPTA2016Officer

Please note that registration confirmations will be sent via email to registered participants approximately 3-5 days prior to the event.

 

WCPTA Night of Stars Honoree Form Deadline is January 31, 2016

Don’t forget to nominate your unit’s top PTA volunteer by filling out the WCPTA NOS Honoree Form by this Sunday, January 31st.

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.  We want your school represented at this year’s celebration!  Each unit can send five guest for free (school principal, PTA president, Honoree and their plus one, and person filling out form) plus additional guests for just $10 each, to cover the cost of food, thanks to a larger venue this year.  Please note your PTA will be invoiced after the event if you had more than five guests attending.  We can’t wait to see you all come out to celebrate the honorees and have a great night of fun and awards!

The WCPTA Night of Stars event will be May 19, 2016.  The evening will consist of dinner, door prizes, photo-op areas, entertainment and an award celebration with goody bags for the NOS Honorees.

For more information, including instructions and online form links, please visit our Night of Stars page under the Programs and Events tab or click here:  http://www.wakepta.org/programs-and-events/night-of-stars/

Questions?  Email Leah Williams at:  night-of-stars@wakepta.org

Wake PTA January 2016 Newsletter

Jan 2016 Newsletter

Lots of updates to kick off the 2016 year!!  Have a read…

 

Important Reminders from WCPSS on Bus Safety Rules…

Please find a link below to a selection of bus safety videos featuring WCPSS bus drivers and elementary students discussing the new bus driver hand signals.
We along with WCPSS encourage Wake County PTA leaders to be familiar with these videos. The video messages are two minutes or less. They focus on hand signals bus drivers will use to help students safely board the bus.

The link to the videos can be found at:

Continue reading Important Reminders from WCPSS on Bus Safety Rules…

The 2015-16 WCPTA Night of Stars Honoree Form is here!!!

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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 JANUARY 31, 2016. 

The WCPTA Night of Stars event will be May 19, 2016.  The evening will consist of dinner, door prizes, photo-op areas, entertainment and an award celebration with goody bags for the NOS Honorees.

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 free attendees: the honoree and their plus one, school principal, PTA president, and person filling out Honoree Form if different from PTA president.  Your unit can chose to bring more than five guests for an additional $10 for each extra guest.  Please note your local unit will be invoiced.  All guests will need to RSVP, using the link below, by April 21, 2016. 

Continue reading The 2015-16 WCPTA Night of Stars Honoree Form is here!!!

Membership numbers on your mind???

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.