October 27, 2017 
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  "Students Rock" November Membership Award Badge Promo  

Our Student Members Rock!

The November membership focus encourages offering the opportunity for students to become PTA members.

Why should students become PTA members?

~ Community Service: volunteer your talents to improve our schools

~ Leadership: become a voice for you and your fellow students

~ Scholarship: compete for funds to further your education

Register and pay dues for students representing at least 30% of your total membership by November 30. Please remember to identify these members as "Student" membership type on the portal.

Badge Bonus: All "Students Rock" badge recipients will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $500 student scholarships for the unit. These scholarships may be presented to individual students in any increment: for example: (5) $100 scholarships for high school level students to defer the cost of higher education, or (10) $50 scholarships for middle school level students that participated in the PTA Reflections program; or as a total amount to benefit all students: for example, $500 toward an arts and education or character education program that supports elementary students.

These are just a few ideas to help you understand how this student scholarship money can support your students. Stay tuned for future ideas in upcoming membership mailings. Student members matter - they are the voice of our future!

  New Website! New Parent Resources!  

NYS PTA has launched its new website, filled with brand new sections and an easier to use format! Check out the new Programs Section and new Parent Resources!

Our website is one vehicle to share #WhyPTA. We'd appreciate any feedback you may have, or things we should add! Feel free to email pta.office@nyspta.org for ideas!

  NYS PTA Urges a NO Vote on the Constitutional Convention  

On the BACK of the ballot on Election Day, you will be asked to vote on whether or not New York State should hold a Constitutional Convention.

The NYS PTA Board of Directors unanimously voted to oppose the Constitutional Convention, and URGES A NO VOTE.

Read more info about NYS PTA's position HERE.

  You Helped Ban E-cigarettes from School Grounds!  

Your advocacy was instrumental in the passage of two bills - one banning e-cigarettes from school grounds, and one adding e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act.

You can find out more about this and other advocacy news such as region events, wellness, education, special education, literacy and awareness events in our newly revamped Advocacy Newsbriefs page!

  Important! New Family Engagement Tool Available for all PTAs  

Your PTA has access to MemberHub, a FREE family engagement tool, that can also drive revenue to your unit!

MemberHub can:

· provide automated routing of PTA dues to the state PTA and your unit's bank account

· integrate volunteer signups, lunch accounts and more

· allow for easy communications to ALL your parents and families, both PTA members and non-members

· have separate "hubs" for each grade level, so your teachers can create an easy way to communicate with parents

· provide additional revenue to your unit from PTA approved advertisements

Please don't miss out on this amazing opportunity. North Carolina State PTA has been using MemberHub as a family engagement tool with great success! We are hoping this FREE resource will help you stay connected and engaged with YOUR families in YOUR school.

If you are a unit officer - be sure to activate your MemberHub account today.

And if you are a PTA member, ask your unit to check out MemberHub to help families!

  Parent Resources  

4 ways to get more involved in your child's school from Scholastic Parents

Private vs. school evaluations: pros and cons from Understood.org

Are your kids too "cool" to hang with you? 5 things to do when they don't want to be with you from All Pro Dad

  Help Plant Millions of Trees!  

NYS PTA welcomes Forest Nation as a new Strategic Alliance Partner!

You can help plant millions of trees, and earn resources for your PTA.

Read more exciting information about how to raise funds for your school and give your students fun education with nature!

  Letter from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia  

Dear Parents,

Dear Parents, This month, the Board of Regents and the State Education Department (NYSED) have taken measures to help students and teachers displaced by recent natural disasters.

Click HERE to read more.

  Unit Leaders: Have You Created an Online Collection Yet? We've Got You Covered!  

Watch the online payments WHENEVER WEBINAR

This on-demand webinar is available when you are! Watch it now to learn how to get started with Cheddar Up's new collecting platform, created with custom tools exclusively for NYS PTA units - you can move all payments and forms online in minutes.



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