October 14, 2016 
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  Throughout the State  

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to take part in region and unit events throughout the state: from Long Island to Niagara Falls and most areas in between. I was invited to speak or give training to unit and region members, but the cool part is what I learned from speaking with you, the members.

Click here to read more.

  Regarding Bylaws Email - Update to Membership  

We have received many questions regarding the NYS PTA Bylaws Notification email sent on Wednesday, October 12.

Please note that at this time, units do not have to act in any way, nor change their own bylaws. Any updates needed will be completed by the NYS PTA Office. Members and units don't need to do anything other than be aware that the provisions noted on the compliance list are now the current provisions.

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

Please consider taking the NYS PTA Membership Survey to help NYS PTA continue to provide amazing services and programs to kids and families!

New Member Benefits!
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- you can save 15% on Halloween Gourmet Treats from Cheryl's - use promo code TMP15

Math and Movement  - Math and Movement is offering FREE Family Fun Nights across the state for PTAs! Contact Math_and_movement@twcny.rr.com to see if your PTA is eligible, and click here for more information on hosting a FREE math event in your school.

Grom Social - We are so excited about Grom Social, a leader in safe social networking for kids!   NYS PTA members will receive special treatment, programs and discounts by clicking here!

Check back often as we revise and update membership benefits here!

  Advocacy Newsbriefs is Here!  

This month's issue of Advocacy Newsbriefs 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 legislation to create EpiPen cost savings here.

Find out more about school funding court cases here.

And much more!

Advocacy Newsbriefs - your one stop shop for advocacy!

Check out this new Advocacy Calendar here. Take action to make a difference month-by-month to support our kids and families!

State Education Department Released Draft Revised ELA and Math Standards

The State Education Department (SED) released draft revised learning standards in English Language Arts and Math.
As a reminder, SED is seeking input into these revised standards, no later than November 14:
English Language Arts draft revised standards
Math draft revised standards

Also, please click here for a letter written to parents from Education Commissioner Elia on this issue.

Alliance for Quality Education Walks for CFE, NYS PTA Speaks

AQE, a collaborating partner of NYS PTA, held a press conference on October 11. NYS PTA Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky spoke to bring awareness to the $3.8 billion in school aid still owed to New York public school students.

You can find details of the walk here, and check out Kyle's Twitter account @kbelokopitsky for more images from the event! 
  Join Us for the Reflections Roadshow Tomorrow - October 15 - in Rochester!  
NYS PTA is Taking the Show on the Road!

Join Us For 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.

Let's celebrate the arts and our students together.

  Parent Resources  

It's no exaggeration to say that the more we know the better equipped we are to help; this is what every middle schooler wants their parents to know.

Check this out to see which type of parent volunteer job might be right for you!

Ever wonder what college counsellors wish you knew as your child goes off to college? See here for helpful information.

Creating a Reader-Friendly Home? Read more here

  Social Media  
Click here for information on how your PTA can host a free Math and Movement event at your school! 

Grom Social
Click here for information, benefits and discounts from GromSocial - a safe and monitored online environment for children.

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