November 23, 2016 
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  A Message from President Gracemarie Rozea  
  Dear dedicated NYS PTA advocates,
I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve as your new President. While I know many of you attended our 120th Annual Convention, many were unable because of family or other commitments. I wanted to share the speech that I gave at our annual banquet as well as my email address,
Leading the Way President's Theme LogoI look forward to meeting and hearing from you all over the next two years, and hope you will embrace my theme 'Leading the Way'. As always, continue the amazing work you do each and every day to support our children and families and don't forget to share your 'Why PTA'.
Warm regards,
Gracemarie Rozea, President
  Membership Benefits Galore!  
Now is the time to join PTA
Your support is critical to the PTA mission of making every child's potential a reality. If you haven't yet joined, please click here to search for your school's PTA today. Our children and families need your support now more than ever!

Celebrating Membership GrownCongratulations to units who have more than doubled their membership!
Amazing job to these units who are 'Leading the Way!'.  We will feature units as they acheive their goals for membership!

04-066 Fleetwood PTA
04-228 Nyack Middle School PTA

05-566 West Babylon SEPTA

05-567 Deauville Gardens West PTA

11-124 EBNP PTSA

12-308 Greenwich PTSA

14-099 Fall Creek Elementary School PTA

15-251 African Road Elementary PTA

18-268 Scholastic Academy (P.S. 18) PTA

19-245 Mill Middle School PTSA

Member Benefits - Platinum Royalties Member Benefit - Save with Platinum Royalties!
One of the NYS PTA Alliance members is offering discount cards for restaurants and more at a reduced rate of $20 (normally $30) for PTA members!  Go here: and use Coupon Code NYSPTA20 and order your card for the holidays today!

Member Benefits - Grom SocialMember Benefit - Grom Social
NYS PTA is excited to partner with Grom Social to provide safe social networking for kids.  As a NYS PTA member, sign-up for Grom Social is FREE!  Check out more information here and log in here to launch your child's imagination!

Member Benefits - Ticket MonsterMember Benefit - Discounts with Ticket Monster
Sign up for access to entertainment and other discounts exclusive to NYS PTA members! As a NYS PTA member you'll also receive $5 off your first discounted purchase with Ticket Monster. See here for more information!

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

  What a Convention!  
  The beautiful town of Saratoga Springs played host to the 120th Annual NYS PTA Convention, rolling out the red carpet for nearly 400 delegates, guests and exhibitors!

It was an exciting, advocacy filled and fun convention with 29 informative workshops as we celebrated the election of our new President Gracemarie Rozea  and adopted two new resolutions and a host of bylaw changes. 

Convention First TimersNational PTA President Laura Bay's keynote was inspiring,  67 first timers received a rousing welcome at the First Timers' Table and the Reflection's Art Gallery was a visual reminder of how important the arts are to student education. 

Participation at convention, our annual business meeting, is essential to the success of our organization.  You shape our policy and move the association forward, not only addressing the needs of our members but most importantly, the needs of our children. 

Please share your experience with your fellow members and plan on coming again next year.  We charge you with participating or bringing someone who has not attended before, as we sustain our mission of everychild.onevoice®!

NYS PTA is Leading the Way to our 121st Convention in Niagara Falls, November 10-12, 2017.  Mark your calendars and share the date! Zip lining across the Falls anyone?

See here for the press release and here for pictures from Convention! Plus check out Facebook and Twitter!

  Early Learning Task Force  

Submit your name for the Early Learning Task Force

The New York State Education Department (SED) is currently accepting applications for membership in the NYSED Early Learning Task Force.

The Task Force will discuss concerns about how learning standards affect our earliest learners, specifically students in prekindergarten to Grade 2 and will be comprised of around 30 early learning educators, including P-2 classroom teachers, parents, special education teachers and school administrators and others.

The application is open until November 30, 2016. You may apply here.

We are pleased to share with you a letter from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to NYS PTA members.

Email Listserv from the State Education Department

The State Education Department (SED) has a new parent email listserv. By subscribing, you will receive SED's monthly newsletter and other updates. Here is how to sign up:

Send an email message to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NYSED.GOV

The body of your message must read: SUBSCRIBE PARENTS [firstname lastname]  Example: SUBSCRIBE PARENTS Jane Smith

You will receive an email confirming your subscription

  PTA Takes Action - Commit to Positive, Safe Environments for All Students  

National PTA is committed to the well-being of our children and ensuring that schools create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all children.


Today, National PTA joined other leading education organizations in a national call to action addressing the recent reports of bullying behavior in schools. Every child deserves to come to school excited to learn in a safe and nurturing environment without the fear of bullying, violence or discrimination.


This call to action follows National PTA's statement on its commitment to positive, safe environments for all students and a recent webinar on bullying and cyberbullying prevention.


It has long been a top priority of National PTA to make sure all children have a supportive environment where they can thrive and learn. We are committed to working with schools, school systems, educators, parents and the community to ensure all children have the opportunity to receive a great education in a setting free from discrimination, harassment and violence.


We encourage you to share this statement among your membership and within your schools and communities to support and affirm safe and inclusive school learning environments for all students.

  NYS PTA Program and Awards, info and deadlines!  

Has your unit thought about any of these awards and scholarhships? See here for more information!

Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley Marcus

The application for Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley Marcus is now available on our website. Click  here  for details. The deadline to apply to your Region Director is January 31, 2017. 


Pick A Reading Partner (PARP)
Start a program in your school now! Click here for more information.


Reflections Art Program
Region Reflections deadlines are coming up over the next few weeks, if your unit is participating, submit student artwork to your Reflections Chair as soon as possible! See here for a list of deadline dates for Reflections by region.


Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education

Applications need to be postmarked and addressed to the State office (NYS PTA, One Wembley Court, Albany, NY 12205) no later than December 15th. Click here for the application.

  Parent Resources  

As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach, check out these ideas on how to volunteer as a family.

For our high school parents and families, see here for the '12 Common FAFSA Mistakes' to avoid!

Chores are an important part of a child's learning so look at this list for examples of age appropriate kitchen chores.

  Social Media  
  ZSpace - The Ultimate Learning Lab