January 12, 2019 
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  Register Now for NYS PTA's Legislative Summit! Deadline is January 17  

February 10-11, 2019 at the Hilton Albany




You Can Be a Part of the Action!

  • Hear from legislators and decision makers to learn how you can be effective and successful in your advocacy efforts.
  • Get the latest information about the state budget and the legislative issues focusing on children and youth.
  • Join us for our annual NYS PTA Lobby Day in the Capitol.

  You Can Help Put the "T" in Your PTA  

PTA is incomplete without our "T" partners!

January is our "Terrific Teachers and Staff" membership badge contest.

If you are a teacher or school staff member, and you haven't joined your PTA yet, please click HERE and join today!

Units must register and pay dues for teachers and school staff members representing at least 75% of the total number of school employees by January 31.  

Please note a number of units are disqualified because they have not entered a value in the number of employees field that is required to do this calculation. Unit leaders - please update this information as soon as possible.

  • You will need to enter a value in the "Number of School Employees" field on the Unit Data page in MemberHub - they will scroll all the way to the bottom (only need to enter one time)
  • Identify teacher or staff members with a "Yes" in the Teacher/Staff member field or use the Teacher/Staff member type on MemberHub

  Is There a Leader in You?  

Advocating for our families and making every child's potential a reality takes the passion and dedication of many volunteers.

Leaders at the state level of PTA come from all corners of our state. The legacy of NYS PTA 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.

Please complete the Letter of Interest form by January 20, 2019 if you might consider contributing your skills to the work of the NYS PTA. 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.

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

  Time is Running Out to Nominate a Student Humanitarian  

Do you know of a high school junior or senior who is an outstanding humanitarian? Nominate them for the Youth Humanitarian Award ~ In Memory of Stanley Marcus.

Send your nominees to your region director by January 31, 2019.

Click HERE for more information and the application.

Find your Region Director HERE.

  We Need YOU to Hold an Every Child Travels Safely Event!  

We are looking for units to hold traffic safety events this spring. We are especially looking for units in the following counties to hold safety events: Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Erie, Monroe, Onondaga, Dutchess, Niagara, Oneida, Schenectady, Broome, Ulster, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Chautauqua, Oswego and Tompkins!

These free events run for 1½ to 2 hours, and are held early weekday evenings or Saturday 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.

The state office is scheduling dates NOW! Email the office HERE to book a date for your school.

  What You Need to Know About ESSA  

ESSA fact sheets are available for parents, educators and school board members. These summary documents explain the final New York State ESSA plan.

The ESSA fact sheets for parents are available in 15 languages.

Click HERE for the fact sheets.

  Parent Update from the NYS Education Department  

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is kicking off 2019 with new features on our social media channels that I think you will enjoy. 

Click HERE to read NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's letter to parents.

  Did You Know?  

Copyright law requires a user have the appropriate permission from the rights holder when using media in a public setting, such as a school building. This includes images, music, movies, etc. (watch this video for more info). 

Even when no admission is charged, a movie license is still required.This applies to any showings outside of the educational exemption, and for all organizations - including nonprofits. (For the educational exemption to apply, it must be shown: in the classroom, with a teacher present, only to enrolled students, and be part of the core curriculum)

You can be fined upwards of $750 per copyright violation and it could reach as high as $250,000.

Public Performance rights vary between movie licensing providers and there is no overlap in coverage. Swank Movie Licensing USA is the only company that provides licensing in K-12 schools for many major studios, including  Walt Disney Pictures.

New York State PTA makes copyright compliance easy with a Swank Movie Licensing partnership and exclusive savings!

We work with thousands of schools across the state of New York. Contact Jacinda Corsi to find out if your school already has an active license!

  Parent Resources  

Positive words are very important in building a child's self-esteem. It can be difficult to remember to give our kids affirming words, particularly when life is busy. Here's a handy list of positive affirmations to tell your kids, from iMOM.

Middle-schoolers with executive functioning issues often have a hard time starting and completing tasks. These printable 2019 calendar sheets can help kids stay on track with goals like getting to school on time or cleaning their room, from Understood.Org.

A recent "adulting conference" allowed Kentucky high school seniors the chance to learn how to change a tire, how to cook and other basic life skills - things that they may not have learned at home or in classes, from USA Today.

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Strategically place units in the principal's office, the physical education office, the nurses office, and the cafeteria. Easy as Place-Push-Pull. If you can use a plunger at home, you can save a life with LifeVac.

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Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss in under 5 minutes.

NEW MEMBER BENEFIT! NYS PTA has partnered with Stop the Bleed to offer a 10% discount off any kit ordered, use code nypta10 here - stopbleedingkits.org


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