January 27, 2017 
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  Tell a Friend Member Challenge! Win Gift Certificates and Bragging Rights!  

Just in case you missed it ...Tell a Friend Member Challenge!

Every child needs a champion! Want bragging rights for yourself and your PTA? Want to win a fun prize too? Grab your phone or tablet and take the "Tell a Friend" Challenge!

We challenge you to invite your personal and social media friends and family to support ALL children by joining your local PTA online today.

Help us to strengthen our voice to advocate for ALL children's education, health, welfare and safety. This is what makes #PTAAwesome!

How to enter: Send your list of friends and family who join your PTA from today through February 28 to membership@nyspta.org no later than March 5.

The two members with the highest number of friends who join will win a $25 gift certificate to shop the PTA store. Even better, you'll have bragging rights on the NYS PTA Facebook page, Twitter and we will feature your efforts in the PTAlert! (In case of a tie, winners will be selected by random drawing).

Tell a friend and help us support ALL children!

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

  Save the Date for SLC!  

Summer Leadership Conference (SLC)

PTA ... It's the Time, It's the Place

When: July 21-23, 2017

Where: Utica College, Utica, New York

Summer Leadership Conference (known as SLC) is an annual event designed to provide training and programs to all local PTA members, helping you to establish grass-roots advocacy in your school and preparing you to be a key leader in your education community. 

Click here for more info and check out what happened at last summer's SLC.

  NYS PTA Sends Letter About Education Secretary Nominee DeVos  

NYS PTA President Gracemarie Rozea and Executive Director Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, Esq. sent a letter to US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, expressing deep concern with many of the education positions Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos has communicated during her recent Senate confirmation hearing.

Read the full letter here.

  New Member Benefit - NYS PTA College Select Planning Center  

NYS PTA is excited to partner with College Select to provide affordable college planning services for New York's families and students.

We are committed to bringing more services and programs to high school parents and families, and excited to announce the launch of the NYS PTA College Select Planning Center!

Sign up for a deeply discounted college planning account to organize everything for your high school student, as they make this important transition into college and career.

  Parent Resources  

Hospital demonstrates how to save a choking baby in just seconds: In this heartwarming video, four characters - a pen lid, marble, jelly baby, and princess - work together, in a fun-filled manner, to show you the proper technique.

The US Department of Educations' Office for Civil Rights has issued documents to inform parents, schools etc. about the educational rights of students with disabilities. Find the resource guide here. A document informing school districts how using restraint and seclusion may result in discrimination against students with disabilities can be found here.

Doctors warn DIY slime toy can be toxic, cause seizures.

Try these 5 simple things to help your child learn to think like a scientist! 

10 Social Apps every parent should know about. Are you familiar with them?

  We Need Your Help!  

The NYS PTA website is ready for a facelift, and we need your help!

What information are you looking for? Can you easily find it?

What would help you to ...

Discover great resources and materials for your children, for you as a parent, for your family?

Enjoy exclusive money-saving member perks, including discounts on dining, kid-safe social networks, sporting events, concerts, amusement parks and much more?

Get connected to your school's PTA and develop relationships with teachers and principals?

Speak up and have a "seat at the table" when important school decisions are being made?

Click here to take our survey.

Your feedback is really important to us here at NYS PTA. Your answers and ideas will ensure that our website is relevant, useful and easy for you to use whenever and wherever you need it.

Thanks again for your membership, and your help.

  Letter to NYS PTA Members from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia  

Dear Parents,

As New York's Commissioner of Education, I strive to stay connected to those closest to our students: their parents and families. To that end, I would like to provide regular updates to parents and families on topics that are important to you. If you haven't already, please be sure to sign up for our parent email list!

Click here to read the entire letter.


Math & Movement


ZSpace - The Ultimate Learning Lab

Augmented reality (AR) probably became a part of your life at home when PokemonGo was released last year and Virtual Reality (VR) may have joined in this past holiday season with the Google Cardboard. Great news - the excitement built through these fun tools is also being seen in school with educational programs for students in K-12! zSpace, a learning platform being used across the United States, combines AR and VR, is made specifically for students and is our newest strategic partner. Look for an opportunity to visit the zSpace mobile classroom when it's in a town near you!

zSpace combines elements of AR and VR to create lifelike experiences that are both immersive and interactive. It inspires curiosity, encourages collaboration, builds student confidence and deepens student understanding. zSpace is the ultimate learning experience. For more information, watch this demonstration or listen to this testimonial to learn how over 500 school districts are using zSpace across a wide-range of STEM curriculum.

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