September 16, 2016 
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  NYS PTA wants to hear from you!  

And they're off! The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time, and what better way to kick-off the new school year then to tell NYS PTA what matters to you?

Please consider taking this short membership survey, to help NYS PTA continue to provide amazing services and programs to kids and families.

And if you missed it, click here to see a short NYS PTA Back to School message.

  Make a Difference Today, Join PTA  
Making Every Child's Potential A Reality! 
The kids are back to school, the educators and school related professionals are busy supporting our children, and parents and families across the state are joining NYS PTA to make every child's potential a reality!

Check out this amazing video from NYS PTA Membership Coordinator Lori Fontana - remember it only takes one minute to join your PTA!  Become a part of something amazing - join your fellow parents, educators and families to support our students!

Don't miss out on parent resources, new member benefits and staying informed!

Have you renewed your membership for this year yet? Click here to search for your school's PTA and join online 24/7! 

Why PTA? Check out this awesome flyer here that you can edit to add the amazing things you're doing in your PTA! #DoGoodThings4Kids

Just a reminder! Anyone can join Empire State PTSA, even if you're a member of another PTA. Join to show your support for the association or give a membership as a gift! You'll get all the great info, member emails, and state event details, for just $10! To join ESPTSA click here.

New Member Benefits!

We are so pleased to introduce Grom Social, a leader in safe social networking for kids!  NYS PTA and Grom Social have forged an alliance to provide children of all ages a safe and fully monitored space to share ideas, learn and have fun in an online community. NYS PTA members will receive special treatment, programs and discounts by clicking here so children can experience safe, appropriate, and kid tested and approved social networking!

  The "T" in PTA Matters!  
NYS PTA is proud to celebrate Amy Hysick as the 2017 New York State Teacher of the Year. Hysick is a science teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Cicero and currently teaches Regents Biology (Living Environment).

Finalists for the 2017 New York State Teacher of the Year also included: Carolyn Dorritie, a math teacher at Port Jervis High School in the Port Jervis City School District; Nicole Malone, an English teacher at William T. Rogers Middle School in the Kings Park Central School District; Natasha Murray, a math teacher at Copiague Middle School in the Copiague Public Schools; and Lauren Bakian-Aaker, a fourth grade teacher at P.S. 110 The Florence Nightingale School in Manhattan.

Click here for more information and congratulations to Amy and all finalists!
  Come one, Come all! It's the Convention Call!  

Are you looking for ideas to support your child? Do you want to learn about education policies that affect students? Do you want to meet new friends who care about kids as much as you? Then the NYS PTA Convention is for you!

And don't forget, registration closes on October 2 so don't delay! Sign up today!  Click here to register for Convention 2016!

  Communicate to Advocate - Advocacy News released  

This month's issue of Advocacy News Briefs is here!  All your must know info to support our children.

Check out information on lead testing of water in schools here.

Get information on special education issues here.  Learn about the new Meningococcal vaccination requirements here.  Sign up for a parent listserv from the NYS Education Department here. And much more! 

Advocacy News Briefs - your one stop shop for advocacy!

Want to take action to make a difference? Check out our new month-by-month Advocacy Calendar here.

  NYS PTA - In the News to Support ALL Kids  
  Supporting all students, and advocating for parental input is critical to the PTA mission! Click here to check out NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell and Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky as they discuss supporting ALL students, including students with disabilities, English langauge learners, and watch as they advocate for increased teacher and parental input.  

Also, click here for NYS PTA's newest comments to the U.S. Education Department on assessments and supporting students.

  Reflections Roadshow  
NYS PTA is Taking the Show on the Road!

Announcing the NYS PTA Reflections Art Roadshow Exhibit

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:00pm

Hosted by Genesee Valley Region

Location: Monroe 1 BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Rochester NY 14625

This two week-long public access art exhibit features the original multimedia artwork of the 2015-2016 NYS PTA Reflections Award of Excellence and Award of Merit students.

The NYS PTA Reflections Art Roadshow mission is to bring communities together in celebration of student success in the PTA Reflections Program, while advocating for quality arts education for all children.

We hope you can join us for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring student performers, a multimedia student art display and remarks from New York State PTA, Genesee Valley Region PTA, and other special guests.

Please email if you would like to attend! Let's celebrate the arts and our students together.

  Parent Resources  

Want to learn how to create a stress-free study space for your child? Click here to for resources to help you. 

Safety for kids is so critical! Click here to check out this downloadable Babysitter Checklist, a must have before you leave the house!

What do parents need to know about school safety during emergencies? See here for important information.

With fire prevention month coming up, stay ahead with information and materials here from the U.S. Fire Administration on how to keep kids safe from fire.

Its never too early to teach kids about money and saving! Click here for tips on how to have the money conversation with kids.

  Social Media  
  Grom Social
Click here for information about our sponsor Grom Social.