Greetings Wake PTA Family, and Happy Fall!!
This is Amy Jones - please allow me to introduce myself as the newly elected Wake County PTA Council President. I am honored and excited to serve you, and want to express my sincere gratitude for Kassandra Watson’s leadership as I step into. I have served on the Council for the past two years as the VP of Leadership and Training, and for three years as the Chairperson for our Night of Stars Volunteer Recognition event. I have two sons in 11th and 7th grade, and served for many years on the PTA board at their elementary school. I was also a teacher for 12 years. Supporting public schools and the families who attend them is my calling and passion!
As we head into October of this school-year-like-no-other (as we all are getting a little tired of saying), some PTAs are adapting and finding ways to connect with their school families, while other PTAs are finding it challenging to get things going. While it’s frustrating that we cannot meet in person, this pandemic has afforded us the greater flexibility of meeting with more units online with much fewer schedule and travel constraints. Please do not hesitate to contact us if your unit is in need of some assistance from our council! In case you are not sure what a PTA council does...
A council is an organized group of three or more local PTA units affiliated with NCPTA for the purpose of promoting conferences, communications, leadership development, and coordination of the efforts of such local PTA units. The PTA council’s main purpose is to promote the welfare of children and youth.
The Wake County PTA Council provides unity, strength and promotes all PTA units in the communities of Wake County. We are committed to serving, empowering and encouraging all of our members by being an integral part of the National PTA, NCPTA, our school board, superintendent, administration, teachers & staff, parents, businesses and especially our children. We are trustworthy advocates who want to ensure that all Wake County families are engaged in every child’s success.
This year, WCPTA is waiving our normal dues of $50 due to the pandemic.
We would love to see 100% unit membership from PTAs and PTSAs across the county, but understand that fundraising efforts and budgets have been disrupted since last March. Even though we are waiving fees, we still need units to complete this form so that we can keep track of membership. If you have any questions on council membership, please reach out to myself at email@example.com or our treasurer, Gary Lewis, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please put “Council Membership” and we will respond as soon as possible. A big “thank-you” to all of our units who have already joined!
Please remember that there are many resources available to PTA leaders online!
NCPTA has a Lifeline for Leaders webinar every month. This month’s topic was “PTA Financial Basics and Budget Preparation” on Monday, October 5, 2020. The full webinar schedule and archived training sessions can be found here. In addition, National PTA has numerous resources to assist your unit with any topic.
Thank you to all of you for all that you do to ensure that every child’s potential becomes a reality - together we can make a difference! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have issues, concerns, or questions. Wishing you all a happy fall and a successful PTA year!!
Advocating for you,
Did You Add Your PTA Officers to MemberHub?
Remember: Load your Officers into MemberHub even if they did not change.
Each year, every unit needs to input their Officers into MemberHub.
If you need help, you may email email@example.com for assistance.
PTA Units: Join the Wake County PTA Council
The Wake County PTA Council has waived their normal $50 annual fee to join the council. We would love to see all units join our council, so please take advantage of this free year by completing the Membership Form (NOTE: You have to complete the form to actually “join” the council this year).
If your unit plans to participate in the annual Reflections program, you need to fill out the form and pay the $25 Reflections fee. Here is the invoice letter for your Reflections fee.
Early Voting Starts Thursday, Oct 15
Early voting starts Thursday, Oct 15 and runs through Saturday, Oct 31. For dates, times, and locations, see the Wake County Early Voting site.
PTA Advocacy: Candidate Forums
The Wake County PTA Advocacy Committee and local units recently conducted several candidate forums for the November elections. Several of these sessions were recorded and available for viewing on the Advocacy YouTube channel.
For details, please 'like' our Facebook page and subscribe to the WakePTA Advocacy YouTube Channel.
Reminder: PTA’s cannot endorse candidates, but can provide voter information as long as all candidates are represented.
Join the New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
We are inviting PTA members to join our Wake PTA Divisity, Equity, and Inclusion Meting. This is a new committee, and we are recruiting members.
If you are interested in becoming a member, join nus for our first meeting on October 15, 2020 at 7pm via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/gtg-qauc-qdd
Reflections 2020-21: I Matter Because
**Payments for Reflections fees must be postmarked by October 31, 2020 in order to participate.
The theme for this year's competition is "I Matter Because ...". For more information, see the Reflections page on the Wake County PTA website or contact Reflections chair, Ashley Keener at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To participate in Reflections, you must be a member of Wake PTA Council. Please complete the Membership Form and send your Reflections fee of $25 to:
Wake PTA Council
WCPSS – Crossroads II
110 Corning Drive
Cary, North Carolina 27518
Reflections: National Theme Search
National PTA Reflections sponsors a student-themed Theme Search Contest annually to determine a future program theme.
Students can submit ideas for the 2022-2023 Reflections Theme. The student who submits the winning entry at the National level of judging will receive $100 from National PTA and his or her theme will be used to spark creativity during the 2022-23 National PTA Reflections Program!
Themes must be submitted online to NCPTA by October 31, 2020. Submit here!
2020 Color of Education Summit
The Public School Forum of North Carolina, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke is hosting this event.
There are four sessions in October and each session is a different topic.
For more information, see colorofeducation.org.
Mark Your Calendars!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, InterAct is hosting a series of presentation via Eventbrite. These events are free and open to the public. Join us!
Registration is required. Use links below to complete registration.
October 15 @ 2pm: Domestic Violence 101
October 22 @1pm: Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and What We Can Do
October 29 @ 2pm: Hear Their Voice: A Q & A with Survivors
On September 23 the Wake County PTA Council will be hosting a virtual candidate forum for those running for school board in the November election. All candidates were invited to participate in this event. Questions have been submitted in advance. It will be broadcast on the WakePTA Advocacy You Tube Channel and on Facebook @Wakepta.
The submission date for Wake County Reflections is November 11, 2020
Are you ready to take your PTA game
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Still have more questions and concerns? Contact the WCPTA Health and Wellness Committee at email@example.com to schedule a program for your PTA.
National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month Campaign Toolkit
This handy toolkit includes tip sheets, games and activities, press releases and planning materials including Smart Snacking Tips for Kids, worksheets, and healthy tips for eating out.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (March 30 - April 5)
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week, connects teens with experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS®about drugs and alcohol, with more than 2000 local events every year. National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, held during NDAFW, provides an online opportunity for thousands of students from around the country to communicate directly with NIDA scientists in a Web Chat, asking questions about drugs and alcohol.