November 13, 2017 
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  NYS PTAlert is Now the NYS PTA Connection  

The NYS PTA member email, NYS PTAlert, is now the NYS PTA Connection!

This rebranded name shows our commitment to you: to connect you with timely and useful information you need to support not just your child, but ALL children.

  Students Are Our Motivators That Grow to be Our Future Leaders  

The NYS PTA "Students Rock" award contest is gaining momentum with strong student member support. Just because you are a PTA and not a PTSA does not mean that students cannot be involved.

Consider the student benefits of becoming a PTA member, especially at the middle and high school levels. What an exciting opportunity for students who were not able to be part of student council or for college bound students to proudly include their PTA membership on entry applications.

When students become hands on with PTA, the learning opportunities are endless and the impact is vital.

Units must have 30% of their current total registered and paid for memberships as students. Those units that achieve this badge will go into a drawing to win one of five $500 scholarships. These scholarships can be used in so many ways: Arts in Education, PARP awards or Character Ed programs to name a few, or the $500 can be broken up to create several small student scholarships.

Invest in our future - student memberships matter!

  Watch Your Inbox on 11/28/17  

November 28 is #GivingTuesday. So please watch your inbox for a special message from NYS PTA.

  Convention 2017 Wrap-up  

This year, Niagara Falls played host to the 2017 NYS PTA Convention, rolling out the red carpet for over 350 delegates, guests and exhibitors. It was an exciting, advocacy-filled Convention with informative workshops, general presentations, inspiring keynotes, and amazing student performers! 

We were honored to have Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin from Georgia address why parental engagement, especially for boys, is critical. Amy Hysick, New York's 2017 Teacher of the Year, shared her inspirational story of helping students achieve.

New this Convention! NYS PTA launched a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Caucus, and a LGBTQ Caucus/Breakfast. Both events were well-attended and inspiring!  Plus the Board of Directors unanimoulsy adopted a new position paper, Affirming LGBTQ Youth and Families.

Your participation at Convention is essential to the success of our association. You elect officers, shape policy and move the association forward. You address the needs of our members and, most importantly, the needs of our children.

NYS PTA is Leading the Way to our 122nd Convention in Saratoga Springs, November 9-11, 2018. Mark your calendars!

Click here for more Convention 2017 photos and social media posts.

Click here to read more about Convention 2017.

  New Member Benefits!  

NYS PTA's new website has a new look and great member benefits!

From mortgage and loan benefits, event and attraction ticket discounts, school supply shopping, SAT prep and college planning services, our partners are bringing value to your PTA membership.

National PTA also has some great discounts, coupons and unique deals.

Whether you're buying school supplies for the kids or renting a car for your next family vacation, you can save money on everyday purchases thanks to National PTA's Member Offers.

  Parent Resources  

8 ways to teach empathy to your child from

Want to sign up for the Excelsior Scholarship for the spring? Now's your chance from the Times Union

4 things old school parents got right from iMOM

  Remember Your Why  

PTA members do GREAT things for children every day. Join us and be a champion for kids.

And remember your Why. Why did you join PTA? Why do you spend your time supporting other people's children?

Because you believe that we can make every child's potential a reality. You believe that we can lead the way for all children and families.

There is NO other more important work.
This is what PTA does.
We advocate for kids.

Renew your membership or join your PTA today!

  Letter from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia  

Dear Parents,

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the NYS PTA Annual Convention. Regent Collins also attended the Convention and participated in the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Caucus.

As Commissioner of Education, I strive to stay connected to those closest to our students: their parents and families. I admire and appreciate the work you do to ensure a high-quality education for all our students.

Click HERE to read more.

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