Happy Spring PTA Families:
We are closer to the end of the year!! YAY!! Hopefully your nominating committees are at the end of the nominating process and you are ready for your new officer elections. Don't forget that the slate of officers and election date should be posted a minimum of 10 days prior to the election. If you need to review the process or have any questions, please see the archive of the presentation Responsibilities of the Nominating Committee and Navigating Elections done by NCPTA on 2/11/19.
Getting nervous about those end of year financials? Join NCPTA for a session focused on the end of year financial responsibilities of PTAs and PTA officers on April 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. They will also address what the Audit Committee duties are and how financial well-being is the responsibility of all. Register at: End of the year Financial Boot Camp/Responsibilities of the Audit Committee. The council will also sponsor a training on this, as well. Be on the lookout for information in MemberHub.
We are proud to announce that we will be forming four (4) new PTAs/PTSAs this month for the four (4) new schools opening up in Wake County next year!! We will give more information in the May newsletter.
We will celebrate all of our volunteers with the Night of Stars on Thursday, April 25th. This is also our general membership meeting and we will be voting on our council officers for 2019-2020.
Wake PTA Council is closely following the proposal of a membership dues increase by the National PTA. You will hear more about this. We are also in the process of approving a position statement with regards to immigrant children.
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
In 2018, the General Assembly raised all permanent state employees’ wages to $15/hr - but they left out public school workers. Approximately 45,000 public school employees, including school bus drivers, custodians, and teaching assistants, are paid as little as $12/hour to do essential tasks like transporting our children to school, ensuring a safe and sanitary learning environment, and providing one-on-one educational support.
This is just one of the many reasons teachers across the state will be marching in Raleigh on May 1st.
End of the year Financial Boot Camp/Responsibilities of the Audit Committee:
April 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Getting nervous about those end of year financials? Join NCPTA for a session focused on the end of year financial responsibilities of PTAs and PTA officers. We will also address what the Audit Committee duties are and how financial well-being is the responsibility of all. Register here.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
April Health and Wellness Awareness
Alcohol Awareness Month Visit TalkItOutNC.org to learn tips on how to talk to your child about alcohol and sign the pledge to commit to talking to your child.
Autism Awareness Month. Learn more and find out what locat chapters are doing at Autism Society of North Carolina.
National Every Kid Health Week April 22-26
Promote a health and wellness lifestyle by participating in national campaigns in your schools, with your families, and in your communities. For creative ideas on how to incorporate any of these themes in your school, please contact the WCPTA Health and Wellness Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health 101
Friday, April 12th 11:00-12:30 | WakeMed Andrews Center
Presented by WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Wake County PTA Council
A conversation with Dr. Tomasula, a pediatric mental health professional, 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.
Tobacco-Free Community Forum
Friday, May 3rd | 9 am-11:30 am Andrews Conference Center
In the past year alone, e-cigarette use among high school teens has increased 78%. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, and some e-cigarettes contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes. This is a public health crisis. The Poe Center for Health Education in partnership with Wake County Human Services, Wake County Public Schools, the American Heart Association, and the Wake County Board of Education invite the Triangle community to imagine. the possibilities of a tobacco-free community at the Tobacco-Free Community Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to move the needle and make a healthy difference in the lives of Wake County residents. Hosted by WakeMed at the Andrew's Conference Center, this forum will feature an expert led review of current trends and a series of panel discussions on the impacts of tobacco and the policies that facilitate tobacco-free environments. Panelists will include youth, community, municipal, education, housing, and business leaders. Entities that have been leading the way in making our communities tobacco-free will also be recognized.
Click Here to Register: https://tobaccofreeforum.eventbrite.com
More on 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 this downloadable PDF from the Centers for Disease Control designed for parents and educations with information on teen e-cigarette use.
Still have more questions and concerns? Contact the WCPTA Health And Wellness at Committeehealthandwellness@wakepta.org to schedule a program for your PTA.
#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.
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.
Click Here to Register
April Health Recipe
Children who have eat dinner with their families are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Check out this healthy family Baked Vegetable Frittata recipe from ChopChop Family.
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
Click Here to View the Schedule of Events
Preview 2019 Workshops
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
Thank you to everyone for a fantastic Reflections program this year! Below are a few pictures from our Reflections celebration. Thank you to Sonya Reid for leading the program for WCPTA this year.
Looking forward to next year. The theme for
2019-2020 is LOOK WITHIN.
Mary Lou Anderson ArtsEd Grant
The Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant is open – apply now!
For 50 years, the National PTA Reflections arts program has furthered the goals of the program founder, Mary Lou Anderson. Mary Lou Anderson believed in the power and importance of the arts and dreamed that Reflections would leave a lasting impact on children across the country – and it has! Reflections has helped millions of students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.
National PTA is happy to continue Mary Lou Anderson’s vision of Reflections through the Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant. This grant opportunity provides local PTAs the opportunity to match grant dollars with that of school and community partners to accomplish innovative arts education projects.