Greetings PTA Families,
The year is almost over!! Has your nominating committee started the search for your new officers for next year? Remember, your slate of officers must be presented ten (10) days prior to the election. If you have any questions, please see the archive of the presentation done by NCPTA on 2/11/19. Go to Lifeline for Leaders at www.ncpta.org.
In addition, you can register for the next webinar: Duties of Officers/Standing Committees on March 11th.
It is that time of the year to apply for the NCPTA awards. This is NCPTA’s way of recognizing and celebrating the efforts of our PTA/PTSA units, councils and individuals throughout our state. You must apply online for all of these NCPTA’s awards. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to say “thank you” to those deserving people who have contributed greatly to improving the lives of children and youth. Your PTA unit must be in good standing to be eligible to apply. The winners will be recognized at our 2019 NCPTA Convention on May 18, 2019 in Charlotte. If you have any questions please contact the NCPTA office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is open for the NCPTA Convention to be held in Charlotte on May 17th & 18th. Your budgets should reflect a line item for the expenses for these types of conferences/conventions. Early bird registration is $125 for both Friday and Saturday and ends on March 15th. This is a great time of networking and fellowshipping with fellow PTA members from across the state, as well as, gaining more knowledge about PTA.
The Wake PTA Council will celebrate our Reflections winners on Saturday, March 16th at Garner Sr. High School. We will celebrate our elementary school winners at 10:30 a.m. and then our middle/high school winners at 1:30 p.m. Please come and help us celebrate the arts and our outstanding Wake County students.
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!! Our main purpose is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for ALL children!! Hand in hand, together WE CAN make a difference!!
Wishing you all a successful rest of the school year!
Advocating for ALL children,
Kassandra L. Watson
The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research invites you to join the People's Session — a new project, launched today, that allows you to weigh in on policy issues and share your own priorities for our state.
In two weeks, the People's Session will end, and we will surface the top education priorities of North Carolinians. Then, we will publish those priorities and share them with our legislators.
Register Now to Attend NCPTA PTA Day
The annual PTA Lobby Day is Tuesday, March 26. This is a great opportunity to build legislative support for our schools and showcase PTAs across
the state. Join your fellow PTA members and partners for PTA Day.
Join us on Monday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. for a webinar-based training and information session to help you get prepared for PTA Day. During the training session, you’ll hear about NCPTA’s legislative priorities for all of North Carolina’s children and their families. You’ll learn about the details and agenda for PTA Day, and get to ask questions that will help you get comfortable with our day at the North Carolina General Assembly.
Whether you’re new to advocacy, or you’ve done it before, this webinar-based training will provide you with all of the information you need to get prepared and feel empowered.
Restoration of Master’s Pay
A bipartisan group of legislators in the Senate filed S28, primary sponsors Senators Britt and Horner, would restore Master’s Pay for teachers with certain Master’s degrees. This bill requires that teachers who spend at least 70% of their work time teaching a subject related to their Master’s degree would receive a supplement to their current salary. The Master’s Pay supplement was previously removed in 2013.
School Calendar Debate and Discussion
The school calendar flexibility bills continue to be filed every day in both chambers. The House K-12 Education Committee held a discussion-only meeting around the topic of school calendar flexibility, and NewFrame, our NCPTA lobbyists attended.
Funding Priorities from WCPSS Superintendant's Office
Members of the school board's Finance Committee recently held a discussion about the development of our upcoming 2019-2020 budget. Unlike in past years, we are sharing information about some items before the superintendent's proposed budget is presented to the Board of Education in the coming weeks.
One of the most important items we must face in the 2019-2020 budget is our approach to long-term funding in several key areas. For example:
K-3 Class Size: There are costs associated with the state's new K-3 class size legislation -- primarily adding hundreds of new classrooms and teachers -- that will require a funding plan spanning several years.
Social-Emotional Needs: A cost of nearly $30 million to add enough counselors, psychologists and social workers to reach national standards will require a multi-year plan. That plan will also be affected by the state initiatives in this area.
Deferred maintenance and staffing: Catching up with deferred maintenance in our schools -- and adding an adequate number of staff members to deliver those services -- has reached a point where only a multi-year plan can help us meet staff and facility needs.
Salaries: Salaries for non-teaching and non-certified positions have not kept pace with inflation in the past decade. While we cannot address that gap in a single year, we must start now to simply attract and retain the employees we need. Additionally, we must continue to address the salaries of our certified staff.
Growth: In addition, we will be separating the costs of new schools and special education from overall growth. While overall growth has slowed, new schools are still needed in our fastest-growing areas of the county and many of our schools still depend on trailers to accommodate students. The nature of special education students is also changing in a way that requires more funding for the same number of special needs children.
We hope this approach will help make our needs -- both current and future -- more transparent to those who support the Wake County Public School System. More details will be released in the coming weeks as we work toward a final budget document for 2019-2020.
Many units will be having their last general PTA meeting of the year soon. Any budget amendments must be presented and approved by the general membership for this school year at that meeting. Also, consider proposing an interim budget (July 1 - October 1) during this meeting to cover any budgetary items that may occur before your 2019 - 2020 final budget is approved.
It is not early to secure your auditors for the year-end audit in July. Three auditors are needed who do not have check writing authorization for your unit. Schedule the audit to occur immediately after the June statement can be reconciled. If a new Treasurer will be in place for the 2019-2020 school year, invite the incoming Treasurer to the audit. If the unit grossed less than $50K during the school year, complete the unit's 990 postcard during the audit.
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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Mental Health 101
Presented by WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Wake County PTA Council
A conversation to promote understanding of mental health and provide accurate information about:
Lunch will be provided as part of your free REGISTRATION
If something changes and you will no longer be able to attend or if you do not need a lunch, PLEASE contact us as soon as possible so we may offer your spot to another registrant and ensure an accurate number for the catering order.
E-Cigarettes and Vaping
Concerned about the dangers of vaping and impacts of nicotine on adolescents? Check out this downloadable PDF from the Centers for Disease Control designed for parents and educations with information on teen e-cigarette use.
Still have questions and concerns? Contact the WCPTA Health And Wellness at Committeehealthandwellness@wakepta.org to schedule a program for your PTA.
March Health and Wellness Days
Promote a health and wellness lifestyle by celebrating these days 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 3rd-10th - National Sleep Awareness Week
March 4th - 8th - National School Breakfast Week
March 12 - National Plant a Flower Day
March 19th - National Let's Laugh Day
March 20th - Kick Butts Day
Kick Butts Day is a national day organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that is designed to empower youth to speak out against tobacco. Check out these great activities to do with youth of all ages. https://www.kickbuttsday.org/search-activities/
March 30th - National Take a Walk in the Park Day
#YouthCulture – A Workshop Series for Parents
The Poe Center’s #YouthCulture program is designed to empower parents and guardians by providing insight into the environment and culture around our youth. Each workshop explores how the developing adolescent brain shapes perceptions and behavior. All participants will receive a free packet of supportive materials and resources.
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Adolescent Brain Development and the Role of Social Media
March 7th, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Poe Center
Learn about current research on adolescent brain development and teen risk perception. Participants will also explore how a risk perception impacts a teen’s engagement with social media and Internet security.
March 21st, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Poe Center
This program addresses the growing concern of e-cigarettes and youth. Participants will explore adolescent brain development and effects of e-cigarettes as we cover the latest research. We will also take a look at the risk factors for use, and the protective factors that help prevent use. A discussion on resources and strategies for increasing protective factors with our youth will leave attendees with tools for the next steps.
Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction
April 4th, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Poe Center
Learn how early onset substance use affects the development of the adolescent brain. Participants will learn important skills and resources to address the trends in substance use today.
Navigating “The Talk”
May 2nd, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Poe Center
Learn about resources and tools to assist you in developing and tailoring the talk to your teen about social media, teen relationships, and substance use.
Healthy and Fast Family Fun Recipe of the Month
15 Minute Enchiladas
Join us in Charlotte as the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) celebrates 100 years.
This “Centennial Celebration” will occur during the 2019 NCPTA Convention (May 17-May 18) at UNC Charlotte-City Center (Charlotte, NC).
The Convention presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage and learn with your peers from across the state and is designed for parents, teachers, principals, central office staff, and community organizers/partners.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Legacy and Continuing the Journey”, and our focus is on Leadership Matters — because it does! We’d like to take a look at
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Registration Fees & DeadlinesEarly Bird Registration for Friday and Saturday–$125; Early Bird Registration Ends March 15, 2019
Regular Registration Window Begins March 15, 2019 and ends May 3, 2019