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.
Support for the November 6, 2018
Wake County School Bond Referendum
A Resolution of the Wake County PTA Council Board
WHEREAS, the mission of the PTA is:
WHEREAS, Wake County Public School System has a current enrollment of approximately 160,000 students and yearly growth projections of 2 percent or more will result in severely overcrowded schools in some areas of the county;
WHEREAS, the ongoing construction of new schools and the renovation and updating of existing inadequate facilities are essential to provide safe and adequate learning environments for all children; and providing housing to our students is a statutory and constitutional obligation;
WHEREAS, the continued academic excellence of Wake County’s public schools is essential to Wake County’s economic well-being, as well, as maintaining the status of being one of the best places to live in the country;
WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education and the Wake County Board of Commissioners have mutually agreed upon a rolling seven-year building program, which is estimated to cost $2.4 billion. The next two-year phase of renovation and construction will require a $548 million bond package to be approved by the voters this year;
WHEREAS, voter-approved bonds carry the lower interest rates, and when coupled with Wake County’s AAA bond rating, general obligation bonds are the most cost-effective way to pay for school construction and renovation.
WHEREAS, the Wake County PTA Council Board supports the continued efforts of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, the Wake County Board of Education, and all citizens of Wake County to provide our most valuable asset – our youth – with the best educational opportunities possible.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Wake County PTA Council Board hereby expresses its active promotion and strong support for the passage of the November 6, 2018 Wake County School Bond Referendum.
Adopted this 19th day of September 2018.
Kassandra L. Watson,
Wake County PTA Council President (2018-19)
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.)
Have you joined our Memberhub Site yet? Click here to sign up and learn more... https://wakepta.memberhub.com/hub/WakePT37281
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