July 13, 2018 
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  Upcoming Webinar 7/16  

Save the date for a PARP Leadership Webinar with Read for My School.

Learn how to turn your PARP ideas into a high impact fundraising opportunity with innovative tools to track, manage and celebrate reading progress with minimal volunteer resources!

Click HERE and register today!

  Grant Opportunities from National PTA  

Host a Math Night

The 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Math Grants, sponsored by Mathnasium, will award 35 local PTAs $1,000 to host one STEM + Families Math event with students and families at their elementary school between October 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Click HERE to find out more and apply now.

Want to Host a Science Festival?

The 2018-2019 National PTA STEM + Families Science Grants, sponsored by Bayer, will award $1,000 to 30 local PTAs to host a STEM + Families Science Festival. All PTAs are eligible provided they can host their event during the 2018-2019 school year.

Click HERE to find out more and apply now.

Help Celebrate Healthy Lifestyles

National PTA and GOYA-Move are partnering to support healthy lifestyles by offering $1,000 grants to 15 local PTAs who commit to hosting a "Get Off Your Apps" Physical Activity Event at their elementary or middle school during November. So, put down those devices and join in the fun!

Click HERE to find out more and apply now.

Completed applications for any or all these grants must be submitted by August 26, 2018 at 8:00pm EST. Awardees will be notified by September 28, 2018.

  Summer Reading ROCKS!  

Summertime is fun time for readers of all ages! Browse through our site for summer reading-related materials. "Libraries Rock" this summer at your local library. To join in the fun of Summer Reading today, just find your local library website using our link HERE, and register!

  Summer Meals NY  

Summer meals are free, healthy meals for kids and teens served at favorite summertime places when the school year is over. Anyone ages 18 and under can come when breakfast, lunch and/or snacks are served. There is no sign-up or paperwork, and adults are welcome to bring their own meals and eat with their kids. Many places that offer summer meals also have fun, enriching activities, too!

Click HERE to see the map + links for more information.

  Hold an Every Child Travels Safely Traffic Safety Event!  

With the new school year quickly approaching, your PTA/PTSA/SEPTA should think about hosting one of these safety events at your school. These free events are like a large bike rodeo that run for 1½ to 2 hours, and are held early weekday evenings or Saturdays mornings. They feature traffic safety materials for children and adults, attendance by local community partners, and include child-friendly giveaways, activities and food.

We will work in conjunction with your PTA, region and school to organize. Importantly - there will be NO cost to your PTA or school. We received a grant from the Governor's Office of Traffic Safety to cover all costs.

The state office is scheduling dates throughout September and October and then starting back up with dates again for April, May and June 2019. Email the office HERE to book a date for your school.

  Online Payments Webinar  

NYS PTA Online Payments Webinar!

Wednesday, July 18, 8 pm EST
Learn how to move all PTA-related payments online in minutes-at no cost to your unit. We'll show you how to get started moving everything and anything online from events to spirit wear to after-school enrichment. And...now you can use Cheddar Up to handle both online AND in-person payments using our mobile app and new mobile card reader. Tune in to learn more and to get started immediately!

Register for the Webinar Today

  Convention is Coming  
  Letter to Parents from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia  

Dear Parents,

I hope you and your children are enjoying the summer. In this note, I want to update you on what we've been up to here at the New York State Education Department since school got out.

Click HERE to read Commissioner Elia's letter to parents.

  Parent Resources  

It's time we all stop giving PTA moms a bad rap from POPSUGARMoms.

Every other year, thousands of teens in public and private high schools across the country take a nationally representative survey. CDC just released results for 2017, and here are a few of the highlights from NPR's Education Team.

Some kids with learning and attention issues may have trouble with playground social rules and equipment. Here are common playground problems and how to help your child avoid them from Understood.org.

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Visit Boosterthon.com to learn more.

NYS PTA members benefit from the Mortgage Lending to Everyday Heroes Program! WAIVED Application Fee, Processing Fee, Underwriting Fee, Commitment Fee, Lock-in Fee, and Extension Fee.

See more information here about the Everyday Heroes Member Benefit for NYS PTA members!

Math & Movement is a kinesthetic, multi-sensory approach to teaching math and literacy. Incorporating physical exercise, stretching, cross-body movements, yoga and visually pleasing floor mats designed to encourage students to practice concepts. Schedule your Family Fun Night!