Students with Special Needs…Share your Artistic Talents!
It has been 50 years since the National PTA began their annual art competition, called Reflections. Students can submit entries in the categories of Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts. This year’s theme is Heroes Around Me.
HOW TO ENTER THE SPECIAL ARTIST DIVISION CATEGORY:
Students submit their artwork to their school PTA. (NOTE: Not all schools participate in Reflections. A student’s school PTA must be participating in Reflections, in order for them to participate. If you are unsure if your school is participating in Reflections, please contact your school’s PTA or email Reflections@wakepta.org for assistance in getting in touch with your school’s Reflections Chair.)
The winning artwork from each school is sent to Wake PTA Council to be judged. The winning artwork from Wake County will be sent the state level.
Special Artists must follow the guidelines established by your school’s Reflection Chair regarding due dates and submission guidelines. Each school’s Reflection chair will handle the process of submitting all artwork to the Wake County PTA Council. More information can be found at: www.wakepta.org/reflections-201819
Mark your calendars!
There’s a lot on the ballot this year including Wake County school board and county commissioners.
The school board makes decisions about issues such as school assignment, bell schedules and instructional programs.
County Commissioners provide funding for our schools, including capital funding for building our school facilities. It matters who holds these local offices!
PTAs can and should help educate their school communities about elections. Non-partisan voter education is vitally important! Please use this guide to help educate your school community.
Election Day: November 6, 2018
Absentee Voting Begins: September 7, 2018
Last Day to Register to Vote: October 12, 2018
Voters can register to vote and vote on the same day only during early voting. You cannot register to vote and vote the same day on Election Day, November 6, 2018.
Early Voting Begins: October 17, 2018
Last Day to submit Absentee Ballots: October 30, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting: November 3, 2018
More information can be found at:
Bond 2018 - Capital Improvement Program
The Wake County Board of Education and the Wake County Board of Commissioners developed a $543 million bond package of new school construction and major renovations.
The new schools and renovations will create safe and healthy learning environments for children and will help to retain and recruit the best teachers.
Bond money will be allocated for classroom technology and school security upgrades improving student and teacher safety.
Bond financing is the most cost-effective and fairest way to pay for new schools and renovations because new businesses and new residents share the cost of repaying the bonds over the 20 years.
The bond will pay for construction and design of 7 new schools and major renovations to 11 additional schools. The 7 new schools include one high school, one middle school and five elementary schools. The 11 renovation projects include one high school, three middle schools and seven elementary schools.
Citizens can find information on the capital improvement program at the following website: www.wcpss.net/2018bond
School Board Elections
All 9 districts (or seats) of the Wake school board are on the ballot November 6th. The General Assembly made changes to Wake school board elections in 2013, mandating all 9 districts to run at the same time. Historically, these elections have taken place in odd numbered years and the seats were staggered.
These local elections are critically important and are on the back side of the ballot. Please communicate to your PTA membership the importance of voting the whole ballot.
All candidates for Wake school board are listed below in alphabetical order.
Voters will see the school board candidates for their school district listed on their ballot. District 1: Don Mial; Heather Scott; Jim Thompson
District 2: Monika Johnson-Hostler, incumbent, unopposed
District 3: Roxie Cash, incumbent; Shaun Pollenz
District 4: Keith Sutton, incumbent, unopposed
District 5: Jim Martin, incumbent; Logan Martin
District 6: Christine Kushner, incumbent, unopposed
District 7: Kathy Hartenstine, incumbent, unopposed
District 8: John Crowe; Lindsay Mahaffey, incumbent; Bob Melone
District 9: Bill Fletcher, incumbent, unopposed
County Commission Elections
Candidates for commissioner run in districts but the elections are county-wide. This means every Wake County voter can vote for one candidate in each race. There are 7 elected members of the county commission.
All candidates for Wake county commission are listed below in alphabetical order. Commissioners run county-wide and are voted on by all voters. All commissioner districts are listed on your ballot and youcan vote for one candidate in each of these races (districts).
District 1: Sig Hutchinson, incumbent; Greg Jones; Tim Jowers
District 2: Matt Calabria, incumbent; Frann Sarpolus
District 3: Jessica Holmes, incumbent, unopposed
District 4: Kim Coley; Susan Evans
District 5: James West, incumbent, unopposed
District 6: David Blackwelder; Greg Ford, incumbent
District 7: Vickie Adamson; Alex Moore
Citizens can find their districts for school board and county commission at the following website: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/voter_search_public/
WCPTA Resolution in Support of Wake County School Bond Referendum Why did WCPTA pass this resolution and why is the bond so important? Talking points to share with your PTA members. VOTE YES on November 6th!
Check out this handy summary of important voter information that the Advocacy Chair at Penny Road put together: November 4th Voter Guide
The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Tuesday, October 16th 10am-3pm. Registration is required.
October is Disability History and Awareness Month. Share this resource with anyone looking for books that build understanding of disabilities.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Promote a health and wellness lifestyle by highlighting these awareness topics in your schools, with your families, and in your communities. For creative ideas on how to incorporate any of these special days in your school, please contact the WCPTA Health and Wellness Committee. firstname.lastname@example.org
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
What is your school doing to stop bullying and cyberbullying? Check out the great ideas at and share your activities with us @WakePTA, #nationalbullyingpreventionmonth.
October 11th National Depression Screening Day
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 11 and 18
- Centers for Disease Control, 2015
Resources for depression screening and mental health awareness:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Mental Health America
Project Semicolon - Teens
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), free 24-hour help
October 23rd: Lock Your Meds Day
PTA President-Leading Your PTA: October 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
You have been elected PTA President – now what? Join NCPTA as we discuss the role and responsibility of PTA President.