GREETINGS PTA FAMILY,
Happy May!! I hope that this communication finds you and your families staying healthy and safe and doing well. Wow, what a past couple of months it has been!! We have journeyed through some difficult, challenging and unprecedented times and the days ahead will continue to be difficult and challenging but there is light at the end of this “tunnel” - HOPE!!
As of now, National PTA and NCPTA have suspended all activities.
Our Reflections Celebration was cancelled but we were able to highlight the winners from each category on our Facebook page. We also cancelled our Night of Stars, which was our volunteer recognition, as well as, our elections for our officers for 2020-2021. We will be in touch with you in the coming weeks to determine how we will proceed.
**If you are interested in volunteering with the council, please send us an email and let us know what you are interested in.
THANK YOU!! We are so pleased that many of our units have been providing support to our numerous communities here in Wake County. This speaks highly of the commitment and dedication of our volunteers to be of service to others in the time of need. So again, THANK YOU!!
We are trying to stay connected with the national PTA and the NCPTA to ensure that we share the most important information to you all. The council has been holding monthly meetings via conference call and encourage you guys to do the same. We are here for you!! Reach out to us!! Please take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe
Our year started strong and amazing and although it has been totally interrupted we can still finish PTA STRONG! Every child. One voice
Advocating for all,
Kassandra L. Watson
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Teacher Appreciation will definitely not look the same this year, but that doesn't mean PTAs across the country won't try to show their teachers some love. Teachers are working harder than ever to adjust lessons and keep kids engaged.
We have received a lot of questions about gift cards for teachers. Here are some guidelines from the NCPTA.
Please be aware of WCPSS policy regarding gifts:
"School system employees shall not accept any gifts except token gifts of insubstantial value. School system employees shall not accept any gift, reward, gratuity, or other compensation from any manufacturer, merchant, dealer, publisher, or author for the purpose of influencing or recommending to the school system or any school the use of a seller’s goods, wares, merchandise, materials, supplies, services, or equipment."
WCPSS has created the following:
We encourage everyone to join in by using #WCPSSThankATeacher and tagging @WCPSSTeam when giving a shout out to a favorite teacher or to all teachers.
Use the following resources to recognize your favorite teachers next week:
National PTA has a partnership with Office Depot to recognize teachers:
We LOVE Teachers!Get emoji-tional with us and #ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020!
Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day—their immense work and impact moves us beyond words, so we need emojis to say how we feel. And with the abrupt end to the physical school year, our teachers have done even more to continue education with virtual classrooms and learning at home lessons. All to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential.
How You Can #ThankATeacher
Get creative! And post how you honor your teachers using #ThankATeacher. We love seeing all the awesome ways you celebrate the “T” in PTA!
Download our Teacher Appreciation Week Toolkit. It’s easy to #ThankATeacher! Use our thank-you cards, certificates, flyers, web ads and social media graphics. Download all of the toolkit materials quickly and easily with the following two zip files.
Download All (English)
Download All (Spanish)
If you have a rising kindergarten student, and have not yet registered, you might have questions. All information can be found on this WCPSS site https://www.wcpss.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=33753. The following enrollment process will allow families to enroll while school buildings are closed due to COVID-19.
You will start by completing the online enrollment form as outlined below, then await instructions from your child’s base school about how to complete the enrollment process. These forms can be found via the WCPSS link above.
Families who are not able to complete the online process should contact their base school’s data manager, whom can be found on the school website staff directory. A school representative will contact you by telephone to assist with completing the online enrollment process.
Once schools re-open, you will be asked to submit hard copies of all required documents at your child’s school. Prior to schools re-opening, some parents may be required to bring documents in person, using safe distancing guidelines. Families will be contacted to schedule an appointment should this be necessary.
Depression is the most common mental health problem for women, and women experience depression at twice the rate of men. During National Women’s Health week, learn the facts and encourage the women in your life to make their mental health a priority. http://bit.ly/1WQhZXC
E-Cigerettes and Vaping
Concerned about the dangers of vaping and impacts of nicotine and other substances used in vaping products on adolescents? Check out the How to Talk to With Your Kids about Vaping Guide from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Still have more questions and concerns? Contact the WCPTA Health and Wellness Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a program for your PTA.
SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2019
Washing our hands properly is one the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs. Check out these handwashing videos from the Poe Center for Health Education.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Children who have eat dinner with their families are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Check out this great Baked Apple French Toast recipe from ChopChop Family.
ENGLISH: BAKED APPLE FRENCH TOAST https://www.chopchopfamily.org/recipe/baked-apple-french-toast/
SPANISH: PAN FRANCÉS CON MANZANA HORNEADOhttps://www.chopchopfamily.org/recipe/pan-frances-con-manzana-horneado/
Congratulations to 2019-2020 Look Within National PTA Reflections winners from Wake County!
These national award recipients were chosen from nearly 1,000 student submissions. Of these submissions, 211 students were selected from 40 State PTA Congresses for national-level recognition.
Awards of Excellence
Guidelines for the Election of Officers and Officer Terms
The State Office has received numerous questions regarding officer elections and terms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you know, on April 20, 2020, the NCPTA Board of Directors approved amendments to the Local Unit and Council Uniform PTA Bylaws to address the international COVID-19 pandemic allowing meeting by teleconference, in the event of an emergency; such as natural disaster, war, or epidemic. The amendments clearly state ways for the membership to meet while circumstances such as a pandemic prevents your general membership from physically meeting.
We hope the information provided in this notice will help clarify procedures concerning the election of officers and how your unit can proceed.
The Uniform Bylaws state that local units and councils are to hold elections of officers at the last general membership meeting of the year. The Board of Directors of the local units and councils, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the board members in office, has the authority to change the date of a regular scheduled general membership meeting.
If your unit decides to have elections by teleconference before the end of the fiscal year, your unit must comply with the procedures outlined in the NCPTA State Emergency Virtual Meeting Policy. The policy address participation guidelines, quorum, motions, roll-call vote process and more.
If your unit decides, the last general membership meeting of the fiscal year could be postponed and the elections of officers could take place at such time when gathering limits are relaxed or wait till school resumes in the fall. A delay in elections will cause officers to hold the position past the designated term, but that possibility is provided for in your bylaws (or until his/her successor is elected).
In regards to the current year’s term; even though schools are closed, the PTA is still considered active and so are the officers’ terms. The term of office in the Uniform Bylaws has not been amended. The term for officers remains a one-year term with the opportunity to serve two consecutive terms in the same office. Therefore, each officer terms ends on June 30 or when his/her successor is elected.
What happens when the nominating committee asks for members to serve as officers for the upcoming year and there is no interest and also no nominations from the floor during the election? The position would be considered vacant, and the current officers may stay in their positions until their successors are elected. If officers do remain in office past their term, the Nominating Committee needs to continue to actively look for their replacements.
Happy March my fellow advocates,
MARCH MADNESS begins!! This is a busy month! Hopefully you have been having discussions about potential nominees to fill your board positions for next year. On Monday, March 9th, NCPTA will offer a webinar on the responsibilities of the nominating committee and navigating elections. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, this is the webinar for you. Join NCPTA to learn how to work effectively as a nominating committee and learn the steps to holding elections. Register here.
CALL TO SERVE! The Wake County PTA Council is seeking nominations for the following positions: President, VP of Leadership, VP Communications, Secretary, and Treasurer. We are also looking for leaders to serve as members-at-large. Please contact us if you are interested at email@example.com. Thank you in advance.
The NCPTA Winter Symposium was held on Saturday, February 29th at the Durham Public Schools (DPS) Staff Development Center. PTA representatives from all over NC were in attendance, as well as, members from the community, teachers and principals. We enjoyed a Superhero partnership breakfast where the school report card data was shared. We discussed the Leandro Report with a principal from Halifax County, violence in the community and racial injustice.
The 2020 NCPTA Annual Awards are open. Winners will be recognized at the NCPTA Convention on May 16th. If you are a PTA unit in good standing you are eligible to apply. You must apply online. Please go online and nominate an outstanding teacher, principal, school administrator, volunteer or even your PTA unit. We encourage you all to nominate someone but especially your own PTA units. If you need assistance with this, please contact the NCPTA office or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCPTA Annual Convention
Annual Convention is coming May 14-16, 2020 in Durham. Click here for the details.
Is your unit struggling with memberships, operations, disagreements, any other issues/concerns? Please contact us. Our mission is to unify, promote and strengthen PTA units across Wake County.
Thank YOU for all that you do!! Your time and efforts are appreciated!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019-20 GOLD Key Winners:
The Gold Key Award acknowledges teams who received the Blue Key Award for 2019-2020 and added at least 25 new members by January 15.
Find out all you need to know about the March 3rd Super Tuesday. Especially important to Wake voters are the district changes. Find your sample ballot, and vote!
Is your PTA in compliance with NCPTA Bylaws?
Section 11.5 Checks. All bills of this local PTA shall be paid by check. Checks must be signed by two of no more than four officers authorized by the board of directors to sign checks, except that none of these officers so authorized shall be related, and at least one of these authorized officers shall be the Treasurer. The signing of blank checks is prohibited.
No school employee should have signature authority on PTA checks unless they are a duly elected PTA officer.
The PTA can’t give ‘money to the school or any person or organization without a specific use for the money. The IRS and your members hold the PTA accountable for the use of that money.
Failure to comply with NCPTA bylaws could result in a loss of your PTA Charter and 501(C)3 status.
Join us as the Poe Center, the Wake County Public School System, Wake County Human Services, and the American Heart Association continue to move the needle and make a healthy difference in the lives of Wake County residents. At the first Tobacco-Free Community Forum, the Triangle community imagined the possibilities of a tobacco-free community.
We invite all to the second Tobacco-Free Community Forum. The purpose of the forum is to educate, empower, and engage.
Join us as we:
Where: Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610
When: March 21st, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Questions? Contact Virginia Johnson at email@example.com.
Click Here to Register: www.poehealth.org/events/tobacco-free-community-forum-2020/
#YouthCulture – A Workshop Series for Parents
The Poe Center’s #YouthCulture workshop series is designed to empower parents/guardians by providing up-to-date information on substance use prevention, internet safety, and relationships to support healthy choices.
The adult program series is for adults only.
During each session there will also be a separate Youth Program that complements adult workshop. The youth series is for youths only.
All sessions are located at the Poe Center for Health Education, 224 Sunnybrook Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27610.
Feel free to attend any and all workshops. There will be light snacks and door prizes!resources.
CLICK TO REGISTER: www.poehealth.org/events/youthculture-workshop-series-at-the-poe-center-2020/
Start planning ahead for April:
Did you remember to nominate your PTA's Star Volunteer to be recognized at a the Wake County PTA Council's Night of Stars on April 30th? No worries - the deadline for nominations has been extended to March 7th. Click HERE for the nomination form. We can't wait to see you and celebrate! WCPTA’s Night of Stars - FAQs
The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted.
Created for grades K-8 and high school English, language arts/literacy and mathematics, the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. Guides for grades K-High School are available in both English and Spanish.
Responsibilities of the Nominating Committee and Navigating Elections:
March 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Do you have questions about the duties and responsibilities of the Nominating Committee? Do you want to know how to create a slate of officers for your elections? Do you need help on how to hold elections? Join NCPTA to learn how to work effectively as a nominating committee and learn the steps to holding elections. Register here.
All students who participated in the Reflections contest are invited!
The deadline for nominations has been extended to March 7th. Click HERE for the nomination form. We can't wait to see you and celebrate!
Congratulations to all our WCPTA Reflections Artists! You can see the winners on the Reflections page. The Wake County Reflections Celebration will be announced shortly. All 1st Place Winners will be moving onto the State level for judging, along with all Special Artists entries. State winners will be announced in late March 2020.
Are you interested in taking your PTA skills to the next level? Wake PTA is looking for passionate public school advocates to join our board. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at WCPSS Crossroads II. Come for a visit to see what we are doing on behalf of students and PTAs in Wake County. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah:
I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving and enjoyed time being thankful with your family and friends. As the year comes to an end, I want to say “THANK YOU” to all units who have joined the council and have offered your input on how we can better serve ALL PTAs/PTSAs across our district. Please remember to reach out if you need guidance on any PTA issues.
I wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season!! Thank you for doing what you do and for being a part of America’s oldest & largest child advocacy association. Enjoy your holidays, take a well-deserved rest, enjoy family and friends, and reflect on the spirit of the season. We will see you in 2020!!
CONGRATULATIONS NCPTA 2019-2020 HONOR ROLL RECIPIENTS
PTAs who sent in dues by Nov. 15 and had total number of members equal to or greater than last year’s membership.
Join us March 10-12 for the 2020 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon) to network with fellow PTA advocates, meet with policymakers, hear PTA advocacy success stories and learn how to shape public policy on Capitol Hill and at home.
Register by January 3, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate of $295. After January 3, the registration cost will increase to $325.
Do you know someone doing great advocacy work?
National PTA is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Advocacy Awards through Dec. 18, 2019!
If you know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or a local unit or state PTA that has done great advocacy work, nominate them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA at the 2020 Legislative Conference. You can also nominate yourself!
Please follow this link for the description and nomination requirements for each award as well as the link to the nomination form.
Fostering Positive Relationships with Administration and Resolving Conflict in your PTA: January 13, 2020 at 7:30pm
What does it mean for the PTA and the Principal to work as partners? What do you do when conflict takes ahold of your board? Join us for this two-part discussion as we talk about the important roles PTAs and Principals play for each other and how to handle discord among board members. Register here.
This would be a great webinar for all units to attend! Please sign up!
SAVE THE DATE: JANUARY 18TH – NCPTA Leadership Conference Durham, NC
Message from the President
Greetings PTA Family:
I hope that everyone is doing well and your PTA is functioning and operating in full force.
We have had a busy first quarter of this PTA year. There are several units that are struggling and in need of assistance. We all struggle with finding enough volunteers. So if you have an awesome way of recruiting volunteers for your PTA, PLEASE SHARE!! Send your ideas and strategies to our WCPTA FB page and to MemberHub so that all can benefit!!
In addition, we ask you to join the Council so that we can offer much more than just the summer leadership conference. A strong council helps maintain strong units. If you have questions with regards to membership in the council, fees, etc., please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org copy email@example.com. Please remember if you are sending in your membership dues, to include your invoice with all pertinent information, as well as, your check with TWO (2) signatures.
Sadly, we have noticed that many of our units are not following the NCPTA Uniform Bylaws and many are just “winging” it. PLEASE DO NOT jeopardize your 501 (c) 3 status by not being compliant and not following the simple bylaws. If you have any questions or concerns PLEASEreach out to us, that is why we are here. We want ALL of our units to be successful!! Whether you are struggling with operational issues, financial issues, board issues, whatever, PLEASEdo not hesitate to reach out. Do NOT wait until it gets worse. We are a small team, but we will do all that we can to assist you. COMMUNICATION IS KEY!!
PHISHING EMAIL SCAM:
There has been a rash of phishing email scams. Please be diligent when reading emails that seem to be from someone you know. Often times the scammer will have a generic greeting and will ask for an account number or a payment. Before you even respond, contact the person that it claims to be from to verify. REMEMBER, according to the NCPTA Uniform Bylaws:
Section 11.5 – Checks. All bills of this local PTA shall be paid by check. Checks must be signed by two of no more than four officers authorized by the board of directors to sign checks, except that none of these officers so authorized shall be related, and at least one of these authorized officers shall be the Treasurer. The signing of blank checks is prohibited.
Section 11.6 – Expenditures and fund availability. All expenditures of this local PTA must be consistent with the approved budget and based on actual fund availability. All reimbursements for expenditures will be contingent upon actual fund availability.
Also, you should have documentation to justify why you are dispersing funds. Most banks do not require two (2) signatures; however, PTA DOES REQUIRE THIS!! To be compliant, I would suggest that each unit add a caveat to their standing rules to indicate that “regardless to the bank rules, we must comply with NCPTA bylaws and require two (2) signatures on all checks” (or however you want to word it). For further information on phishing, please go to the Federal Trade Commission’s website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams.
National PTA website is home to a lot of useful resources for units. If you have not yet registered for the PTA Boot Camp, register at www.PTAKit.org. Once you are registered, your PTA Boot Camp will be launched. As a PTA Boot Camp member, you will be invited to join NEW “PTA Leaders Only” closed group on Facebook. It is a great page with a variety of topics posted by units from across the country/world. Try it….
Thanks again for all that you do to advocate on behalf of children everywhere. At the end of the day, remember “why you PTA”! I close with this Facebook post from Stacy Bateman, a regional 9 Director at the Utah PTA and a member representative of the National PTA Board of Directors:
“PTA has a wide range of leaders. Some have been involved longer than I have been alive, others have been around for 20 years and some are just starting. Wherever you are in your journey, you matter and you make a difference. Today I want to reach out to those of you who may be in a new or different role than you are used to. In the last month I have talked to so many people who are finding their footing in new positions or at a different level. Some feel lost, some are unsure and it may even feel like a little bit of an identity crisis. One volunteer told me she feels like everything she did and worked so hard for is being undone. She asked if I ever felt like that. I told her I understood better than she knew. It is hard to work for years and then watch things change. Especially when you know things you and your board did were successful and loved. It’s also hard to be in a new school or new position when you gave so much of yourself to one place. If this is you right now, I feel you and I get it. Transition is hard. Especially in this organization where we give so much of our time and heart. I chose this picture (courtesy of Google) because it’s a great temperature check for me. No matter where I am or what capacity I serve in, I want to always remember my why. So if you find yourself in this odd space of transition and aren’t sure whether to hold on or step away, remember your why. Think about all the kids who need an advocate. Think about all the places your talents and skills can be utilized. Find someone to mentor who could use your knowledge and experience. Build them so they can build others. Then remember one of the best things this organization has to offer… you belong to one of the biggest and most supportive families in the world.”
So when you begin to get frustrated or want to give up and walk away, “ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR WHY”!!
The November 14th WCPTA Advocacy Committee meeting will focus on vaping.
Join us to hear guest speaker, Michelle Mulvihill, Public Health Educator/Tobacco Prevention and Control Manager from the Wake County Health Department. You can learn about Michelle's work here.
She will be talking about vaping, specifically what we can do as advocates to address policy issues that can make an impact and parent messaging. The meeting space is being donated by a church in Cary, and if you need to bring children, it is a large enough room where they could read/screen time/etc without being an issue. Because this is a hot topic, especially among high schools, if parents or other PTA folks outside of Advocacy are interested in joining, that would be fine. To view the National PTA stance on vaping, please go here.
Wake PTA Advocacy Meeting
November 14th at 7:00 pm
Good Shepherd UCC
1050 NW Maynard Road
Cary NC 27519
(Near the Corner of Maynard and High House)
Building Resilience in Your Children/Having a Trauma-Informed PTA
November 14th 7:00 - 8:30 PM
110 Corning Road, Cary
This 90 minute session is based on the film Resilience about toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how children can survive stress by learning to be resilient. This workshop is designed for those who have seen the film and want to take the next step by implementing trauma-informed strategies in their school, classroom, or home.
Designed for parents/guardians and PTA members, this presentation is grounded in research on strategies that help build Resilience in children. When kids have the skills and the confidence to confront and work through their problems, they can learn that they have what it takes to confront difficult issues.
Includes discussion about how parents can work to ensure that programs and policies implemented by PTAs support a trauma-informed learning environment for all students. Thoughtful, empathetic volunteers are a vital link between home and school and should be using trauma-informed/sensitive guidelines in their policies, programs, and when communicating with parents or guardians.
NCPTAPTA President-Leading Your PTA:
November 4, 2019
You have been elected PTA President – now what? Join NCPTA as we discuss the role and responsibility of PTA President. Register here
Happy Fall Wake County PTA Family!!
The school year is under full swing now and I hope that everyone has had a great year thus far!! We know that some of our PTAs have struggled operationally and have been in the need of a little assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us if your unit is in need of some assistance from our council. Some of you are not fully aware of what a council is…..
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.
Due to our large district (191 schools), this year, we are hoping to have regional representatives from our nine (9) district areas. You will see more about this from our VP of Leadership & Training.
With this new aspect of the council, along with all of the training we would like to bring to our units we would like to see 100% unit membership this year. Currently we are at 39% membership. If you have any questions on council membership, please reach out to myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or our treasurer, Sonya Reid at email@example.com. In the subject line, please put “Council Membership”. We will respond as soon as possible. A big “thank-you” to all of our units who have joined. For those who have not yet joined, you can find the WCPTA Invoice here.
We are hoping to have more training this year in different locations in order to meet the needs of all of our units. If you know of locations in your area that offer free meeting spaces in the evenings, please be sure to let us know. Also, we are planning to have more online (webinars) type of trainings, as well, to also be able to accommodate our vast district.
Remember that NCPTA has a Lifeline for Leader webinar on every 2nd Monday of the month. This month’s topic is “PTA Financial Basics” on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Go to ncpta.org and register. 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!!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have issues, concerns, or questions. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Wishing you all a happy fall and a successful PTA year!!
Advocating for you,
2019-2020 WCPSS PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR/ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Each year, Wake County PTA Council has the honor and the privilege of being a part of the interview process for the WCPSS Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year. For the past two years, I have had that honor and that privilege. I am just totally amazed at the wealth of knowledge, experience, and attitude of servant leadership that each one of these leaders exemplifies. The Wake County PTA Council would like to acknowledge and honor the finalists for this year’s celebration:
Dr. Elena Ashburn – Broughton Magnet High
Gretta Dula – Sanderson High
Bob Grant – Washington Magnet Elementary
*Dr. Ruth Steidinger – Olive Chapel Elementary
Dr. Annice Williams – Poe Magnet Elementary
Leslie Blake – Millbrook Magnet Elementary
*Catie Burnette – Hilburn Academy
Kenya Moore-Kerr – Vandora Springs Elementary
Dena Nealy – East Millbrook Magnet Middle
Monica Sawyer – Enloe Magnet High
*2019-20 POY – Dr. Ruth Steidinger
*2019-20 APOY – Catie Burnette
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE AMAZING FINALISTS!!
City of Raleigh and Town of Cary Municipal Elections
VOTE October 8th
Municipal Elections for Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon
VOTE November 5th
More information on upcoming elections can be found here
Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act
On Sept. 18, 2019, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) introduced the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act (ESSCP) to provide dedicated funding to states to lower the staffing ratios for school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers. Contact your members of Congress to ask them to become a co-sponsor of this bill.
Good Standing Requirements
A local PTA unit must comply with the following NCPTA requirements in order to maintain its charter and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status:
Visit NCPTA's website to find more information about good standing requirements.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Here are some tips and ideas from StompOutBullying.org on how students can celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month. Visit StompOutBullying.org to learn more and download the toolkit.
Bullying Prevention: Changing our Language, Modeling Empathy
Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler – MA, MEd, CSAPC
Preventing bullying behavior among youth begins with adults. Recognizing the impact of language, school climate, and adult modeling are foundational to bullying prevention.
Language describing bullying behavior influences our perceptions on the preventable nature of bullying. The term anti-bullying is often misused when someone actually means bullying prevention. While, yes, we are against bullying, the term anti-bullying is reactive, as if bullying behavior is inevitable and unable to be prevented. All we can do is react when it happens. Prevention involves a shift in mindset, moving from reactive to proactive thinking. READ MORE
October 10th is World Mental Health Day
Every 40 seconds,
someone loses their life to suicide.
Join us, on 10 October, in “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it. Find out more at WHO - Suicide Prevention
Although traditional cigarette smoking is on the decline, electronic cigarette use among teens has increased more than 900%.. Electronic cigarettes, often referred to as, e-cigarettes, e-cigs, or vapes, are electronic devices that heat a liquid containing nicotine and special flavors to produce an aerosol that is breathed into the lungs. The aerosol can also be inhaled by bystanders. They come in lots of shapes and sizes.
Testing on long-term health effects are still being conducted, however we already know that e-cigarettes are not safe, contain chemicals that damage lungs, and are harmful on the adolescent developing brain. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the same highly addictive drug found in traditional cigarettes.
For more information on electronic cigarettes and teens, download the Talk with Your Teens About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health.
Questions about the impacts of nicotine on adolescents? Questions about effects of e-cigarettes? Contact the WCPTA Health And Wellness Committee to schedule a program for your PTA.
PoeFest Community Festival 2019
You are invited to our FREE community festival to celebrate healthy choices! Please join us for fun, food, prizes, special guests, interactive theaters and great local entertainment.
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: 224 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh NC 27610
The Wake County PTA Council will be distributing dental hygiene kits including toothbrushes, timers, tooth paste and more during PoeFest.
Download the informational flyer here.
For more information, contact Triangle Area Dyslexic Advocacy. #TADA-NC is a parent-led grassroots movement across the state of North Carolina determined to advocate for appropriate literacy education for all students, especially those with dyslexia and related difficulties.
ONLINE Q&A FOR LEADERS
Join WCPTA for our first online Q&A of the year! We’ll be checking in to see if you have everything in order to get your PTA year going and stay in compliance – Board positions, required committees, membership & dues, insurance, reporting data to NCPTA, and any other questions you have.
Topic: BEGINNING OF THE YEAR OPERATIONS
Time: Oct 17, 2019 7:00 – 7:40 PM
Join Zoom Meeting – click on this link to join the meeting (no downloads needed)
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REGIONAL REPS NEEDED FOR WAKE PTA
Did you know that WCPSS has 191 schools this year?? That is A LOT of local PTA units! It is getting more challenging for us to hold trainings and provide support for such a large school system, so WCPTA has the goal this year of working more closely with schools by region. We are always looking for ways to provide more training and support, and we appreciate the feedback we’ve received from all of you. One thing we’ve heard many times over is that PTA leaders are looking for community, support, and ideas from each other. We are hoping to foster all of this for local units by providing more accessible opportunities closer to home.
We are also looking for a PTA President from each of the nine WCPSS regions to be a representative to Wake PTA Council. Superintendent Moore attends our monthly meetings and shares important updates on what is happening in our schools - this is a great way to find out what’s going on in schools and advocacy work across the county. Regional representatives will be able to report this important information back to local units in your area.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Amy Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org and Kassandra Watson, email@example.com
Please be on the lookout for a separate email with additional details!
Greetings PTA Family,
The school year has officially kicked off!! The Wake County PTA Council hosted its annual Summer Leadership Conference on Thursday, August 29that Crossroads II. Thanks to all who came out and participated!! Slide presentations for sessions on Advocacy, Communications, Financial Management, Health and Wellness, and Reflections can be found on the WCPTA website.
Wake PTA Council welcomes the new executive leadership team at the NCPTA. The new executive director for NCPTA is Mari Urness and the NCPTA president is Harold Dixon. Find out more about them here.
Remember, to reach out to us with any questions or issues that you may have. If we don’t know the answer, we will seek the answer and follow up. Wishing you all a great and successful school year.
Together we can do so much more!!!
Kassandra L. Watson
Early voting begins September 18, do you know where to go? Find out at wakevotesearly.com
Check out this video from the Wake County Board of Elections, explaining the importance of the upcoming local elections!
Find out more about the October 8th and November 5th elections and polling places
Are you interested in hosting a voting drive as part of your fall PTA activities? Contact You Can Vote, they will work with you to make setting one up easy!
Have a student turning 18 by Election Day? Make sure you’re #VoteReady by registering to vote at NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org! #NationalVoterRegistrationDay is Sept 24
Don't forget to pay your Wake County PTA Council Dues of $50 by October 31, 2019 (invoice) This one time payment provides you access to:
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Ask the tough question
When somebody you know is in emotional pain, ask them directly: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
Keep Them Safe
Is your friend thinking about suicide? Ask if they’ve thought about how they would do it and separate them from anything they could use to hurt themselves.
If your friend is thinking about suicide,
Listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain.
Listen with compassion and empathy and without dismissing or judging.
Help Them Connect
Help your friend connect to a support system, whether it’s 800-273- TALK(8255), family, friends, clergy, coaches, co-workers or therapists, so they have a network to reach out to for help.
Check in with the person you care about on a regular basis. Making contact with a friend in the days and weeks after a crisis can make a difference in keeping them alive.
Throughout the year, WCPTA, in collaboration with Public Schools First NC and Wake NCAE, will be hosting screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, as well as workshops on how to put the information you learn from the film into action.
Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Crossroads II 110 Corning Road Cary, NC 27518 Room 1400
Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed Schools
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Crossroads II 110 Corning Road Cary, NC 27518 Room 1400
This 90-minute session is based on the film Resilience about toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how students can survive trauma by learning to be resilient. Designed for administrators/school level leadership, this presentation is grounded in research on how to foster resilient learners by cultivating a trauma-informed learning environment in your school. Discussion will focus on helping your staff build relationships that allow their students to grow, thrive, and be successful academically. School leaders will be provided resources to share with their school leadership team. #BeTraumaInformed
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Thank you to everyone who came to the WCPTA Summer Leadership Conference on August 29! We hope that you went home with valuable information and that you feel empowered to have a great year as a PTA leader. We are posting slides from the workshop presentations on our WCPTA website so that you can go back and reference the material that was covered. If you do not see the presentation you are looking for, please check back soon.
We are always looking for ways to make training more helpful and relevant, and we value your feedback! For those who attended SLC, please look for an email with a brief survey. You can also send suggestions and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrollment for the 2019-20 program is now open. Enroll your PTA now to start the process and gain access to our online toolkit.
What Does it Take to Become a National PTA School of Excellence?By enrolling in this program, your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment in identifying and implementing an action plan for school improvement based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
Let’s Talk Membership: September 9 at 7:30pm
A thriving membership is a critical component of a successful PTA. We’ll share how to use NCPTA tools to help increase your membership and create a vibrant community.
Reflections is a 50+ year old National program that encourages the students to explore their creativity through 6 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:
This year we are happy to announce Reflections is going digital. The process for Reflections has been made simpler for students and reflection chairs. In addition, we have been fortunate to have PTA Presidents and WCPSS Art/Music teachers signed up as Reflection Chairs.
Please DO NOT LET THIS WONDERFUL ART OPPORTUNITY pass you by!!
It is not too late to register, email Manjri Lall, WCPTA Reflections Chair at email@example.com
Wake County Submission deadline for artwork:
November 8TH 11:59PM
We are here to guide you and assist you at every step.
Find more information on our website.
Please welcome our new chair, Beth Chartrand. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear PTA Leaders,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! The Wake County PTA Council thanks you for your commitment to your children, the children of your school, and the children of Wake County. Please know that we are here to help you with any questions or challenges and to share and celebrate your successes as a PTA (PTSA).
The mission of Wake County PTA Council is to unify, promote, and strengthen PTA units in Wake County, North Carolina. As a part of our mission, the Council models and educates local units in the best practices of a PTA. We are an all-volunteer organization that provides training, networking opportunities, county-wide events, and support to PTA units across the county.
In this packet you will find: