Congratulations to the students who participated in the Wake County round of the 2017-2018 PTA Reflections Program, “Within Reach”.
From a photograph of a snail to a poem about world hunger, these artists made their voices heard in a great way. Be sure to visit this website again on Jan. 1, 2018, when the winners’ names will be announced. An announcement will also be made simultaneously on the Wake County PTA Council’s Facebook page.
Also, the Wake County PTA Council thanks profusely the tireless hard work of the PTA Reflections chairpersons at participating schools. We’re extremely fortunate to have individuals willing to support the arts in a positive way that impacts students’ lives. All students who participated in this PTA Reflections Program should thank them. They deserve it!
Once again, congratulations!
Wake County PTA Council believes that every child must be provided with a well-rounded, high-quality education, which will ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential and become productive members of society. On Thursday March 23rd, 2017 we passed a resolution supporting HB13. The full position statement is attached below.
We are encouraging everyone concerned about the impact of class size limits to share this information, and contact your State Senators immediately. The data here is specific to Wake County - other school boards across NC can help those of you outside of Wake to realize and communicate the potential impacts to your local communities.
Dear NCPTA Officers,
We are excited as we get closer to launching our partnership with MemberHub, a Raleigh, NC software company. This MemberHub software is free for NCPTA school units and we ask that you attend the upcoming webinar to ensure that you understand all the amazing tools it provides and how it will change your unit administration.
The mandatory webinar that will prepare you to setup and use the new tool is scheduled for Friday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. -- Click Here to register. We realize many of you may not be available during this time; the webinar will be recorded and available for viewing at your convenience at Youtube.com/memberhub.
Effective March 21, 2017 your access to the NCPTA database that you are currently using will end. This means that the tasks you are now doing in the NCPTA database can only be done using the MemberHub portal. This includes:
You will also be able to use MemberHub to take payments online, send newsletters, text messages, on-line directories, sign-ups, shared calendars and much more! Here is a link to an FAQ about this partnership and what it will mean to you as a NCPTA leader.
Your school principal will be notified soon about this opportunity and we encourage you to meet, go over the Principal’s FAQ and develop a plan to get more families involved in your school. Our hope is that this will build the school community, increase family engagement and simplify your life in running a PTA.
We are excited to support your school in this way and bring this incredible tool to you and your teachers at no charge. Thank you for all you are doing and please register for the mandatory webinar on March 17th at 10:00 a.m. to learn more.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Click here in case you missed the first announcement.
Yesterday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced Wake PTA Council as one of 15 winners of their Game Changer Grants! Over 100 applications were received for 15 spots - we are SO HAPPY to be selected as a recipient!!
Wake PTA was awarded $15,000 from the Hurricanes to support parent literacy nights at the 10 elementary schools receiving books from the WAKE Up and Read book drive!
The Kids 'N Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that offers programming assistance and financial funds to assist local area youth organizations. The Foundation supports organizations that focus on the areas of health, education and under-served populations.
Thank you Canes, and thank you to our many, many local PTA/PTSA units collecting books to share with kids in Wake - together everyone achieves more!
WCPSS is hosting "Community Input Sessions on Curriculum"
Beginning Feb. 20 WCPSS will host several Community Input Sessions on Curriculum throughout Wake County to gather input from parents and the community.
Good teaching and learning always happen in our schools. This is made evident by our student achievement outcomes and our graduation rate, which is at its highest point ever.
This doesn’t just happen. We continually seek to provide solid curriculum resources to teachers to ensure a more meaningful and dynamic learning experience for our students. What this means for parents is knowing that their children are being supported in doing work that is increasingly relevant and appropriately challenging for their age and grade level.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year and over the next three years, we will be significantly bolstering the curriculum resources we provide in our schools. But first, we seek parental and community input on the resources and materials we are considering.
In these sessions, you will be asked to review some very high quality curriculum resources to be introduced in our schools beginning next year. Teachers and other school professionals will be on hand to guide you through the process.
There will be two different sessions, each offered multiple times. One is for high school math. The other is for English Language Arts in Grades 3 through 8.
All sessions are open to parents and community members from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
(above from WCPSS website - please click here to see the detailed schedule.)
Thank you for your interest in applying for scholarship funds through the Dr. James E. Hedrick, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
This one-time scholarship is being offered for high school seniors graduating in June 2017 with an interest in pursuing a career in education, with special emphasis given to future educators with a strong interest in athletic coaching.
This scholarship recognizes outstanding high school students from schools in the Wake County Public School System that have PTA or PTSA units that are members of the Wake County PTA Council. If you are uncertain as to whether your school’s PTA/PTSA unit is a member of the Wake County PTA Council, please check with your unit president or treasurer to determine your eligibility to apply.
The awards, which may vary in size from $1,000 up to $5,000 in value, will be announced in May 2017. Award checks will be issued in June 2017, and these checks will be made payable to both the scholarship winner and the winner’s post-secondary school. Therefore, the student(s) receiving these scholarships will need to work with the Bursar’s office at their post-secondary school to ensure that the funds are appropriately applied to the student’s account.
This scholarship application must be completed online at:
Thank you for your interest in this special award!
Free Workshop - REGISTRATION REQUIRED via Eventbrite link below.
"Critical Elements of Collaboration"
For families of children receiving special education
TUESDAY, January 31th from 12-1:30 pm
At the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC (conference room) - 1924 Capital Blvd, Raleigh 27604
The Special Education Inclusion Committee (SEIC) is hosting a Lunch & Learn for parents of children receiving special education. This event consists of a 1-hour workshop on the Critical Elements of Collaboration, as well as social networking with other parents of children with special needs. The workshop is free. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (Bring your own lunch.)
As a parent, you are called on to be a leader in so many ways. As a parent of a child with special needs, your leadership abilities are put to the ultimate test.
This workshop is part of a nationally recognized, research-based curriculum called Parents as Collaborative Leaders. It is for parents who have children with a variety of special health care needs and/or developmental needs. The workshop on December 13th will cover one of the curriculum modules. (There are 10 modules in total.) This workshop is facilitated by Kerry McCarthy Adams, the current chair of SEIC and a parent of two precious boys, one of whom has special needs.
Module #3: Critical Elements of Collaboration
WAKE Up and Read is partnering with Ready4K, a text messaging program for families of preschoolers and kindergarteners, to support school readiness.
Ready4K was created by Stanford University researchers. The program sends three weekly cell phone texts to families to give them bite-sized tips and easy, specific actions related to developing early literacy skills. Each week families receive a “FACT” text, a “TIP” text; and a “GROWTH” text. The content of these texts includes a variety of literacy skills along with related parenting practices.
Families can self-enroll by text or enroll in Ready4K by going to the WAKE Up and Read website,www.wakeupandread.org and completing the Ready4K form.
Congratulations to the 2016-17 WCPTA Reflections Program Winners and a job well done to all the talented participants!
Thousands of students from across Wake County participated in the annual PTA art program that allowed them to express themselves creatively with new works of art inspired by the current theme “What Is Your Story?”. Students submitted work in six art categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Composition, Literature, Photography, 2D Visual Arts and 3D Visual Arts.
All students named on the attached list will be honored at the annual Wake County PTA Council Reflections Celebration in the Spring.. All 1st Place and Special Artist Winners will advance to the state judging in February.
Thank you to all the Local Unit Reflections Chairs and Representatives for organizing this event at your school. We appreciate your handwork and dedication to the PTA Reflections Program and to arts in education!
We would also like to thank all our volunteers and county judges for helping to make this program a success!
For more information about this program, please visit the Reflections section under the Programs Tab of this website.
WCPTA VP of Programs
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