December 8, 2017 
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  December is the Month to Remember Those Who Help Build Our Foundation.....  

Alumni/community members are the foundation and backbone of units. The December membership contest is geared to revisit those we may have forgotten to extend membership opportunities to.

Consider presenting a past member with a 'thank you' honorary membership. The unit pays the $4.00 fee on the recipient's behalf, and presents them with a token of their appreciation. Minimal cost that leaves a lasting impression!

To help promote the December membership contest, we are asking each unit to expand their membership by 5 alumni/community members, and ask ..."Who will be our special alumni/community 5 members?"

*Alumni/Community Members Award contest rules: Register and pay dues for alumni/community members representing at least 15% of your total membership by December 31. Your school building parents, teachers/staff and students DO NOT QUALIFY for this award. Alumni/community members come from those outside of your school building, although they may or may not belong to other school PTAs. Give the Gift of Membership!

*Identify members with a "Yes" in the Community Member field on the Portal.

  Save the Date - NYS PTA Leading the Way to Advocate!  

Join NYS PTA members from across the state in Albany on February 11-12, 2018 for the new Legislative Summit and Lobby Day!

This Sunday to Monday event will feature discussions on topics ranging from school aid to diplomas for all students!

Monday we'll hit the halls in Albany and meet with state legislators on priority issues affecting children.

Registration information will be out shortly, so SAVE THE DATE!

  Take our Traffic Safety Survey!  

NYS PTA needs your help! We are planning events across the state for our new program, "Every Child Travels Safe", beginning in 2018. Please take our anonymous Traffic Safety Survey so we can find out your knowledge about traffic safety, and prepare informational tools and training for children and families! 

Please take our survey HERE! We need your help!

  Help Wanted  

Advocating for our families and making every child's potential a reality takes the passion and dedication of many volunteers. NYS PTA's leaders come from all corners of our state. Our legacy continues to thrive because of the leaders developed from local unit, council and region PTAs as well as those who bring specific volunteer and/or professional expertise to our advocacy.

Are you considering contributing your skills to the work of the NYS PTA? Please complete this Letter of Interest form. It's a short form that indicates your interests and possible areas of involvement on the NYS PTA Governance Team, or perhaps on a different level such as a PTA region board. Leaders at the PTA region and state level are appointed for one year. Find more information about NYS PTA positions HERE.

We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your willingness to share your time and talents!

  It's Not Too Late to Apply for the Jenkins Memorial Scholarship  

Do you know of a high school senior looking to become an educator? Have them apply for a Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education! The application is due to the NYS PTA office no later than December 15. Seniors - don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!

  Parent Resources  

Saving Lives Via Text Message: A nonprofit called Crisis Text Line is providing help-sometimes lifesaving help-through a medium trusted by young people: text messages.

Is Elf on the Shelf one of your family's holiday traditions? Here are 13 fun ideas for your little helper.

6 tactics of child predators: Discuss the tactics of child predators with your children so they are prepared to defend themselves.

  Letter from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia  

Dear Parents,

I would like to take the opportunity to provide you with information about several noteworthy opportunities for our students, including the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; the New York State Summer School of the Arts; the Student Research Awards Contest; and the Smart Transfer Early College High School Program.

Click HERE to read more.

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Saint Gobain Solar Gard is committed to school safety, and will work with your PTA unit and school to discuss safety options. Contact Gary Clark at with questions and read more HERE.

Creative Solutions Group: a grocery, dining and shopping benefit! "Our School Cares Program" is designed to help all students with any school that takes part in the program. No door to door selling, just pass the word.

KidGooRoo makes it easy to search for kids activities near you. You'll love their comprehensive listing of kids activities with reviews from parents like you.

Imagine ForestNation, a world where everyone plants and grows. Discover simple ways to experience nature's magic, for you and the people most important to you. Amazing fundraising profits AND education benefits! Plus, ForestNation will plant matching trees in developing countries for each tree sold.