March 22, 2019 
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  New York Advocates Take Action in Washington, DC  

Last week, NYS PTA advocates attended National PTA's Legislative Conference in Washington, DC and PTA Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.

Members from around New York joined NYS PTA President Lorey A. Zaman for three action-packed days supporting our children and schools.

NYS PTA advocates walked 8.7 miles to support all of New York's children and spoke to Senators and Members of Congress about funding for family engagement, mental health, technology, school buildings and infrastructure, and in support of public schools.

You can still Take Federal Action!

  Membership Goal Challenge 2.0  

Put the pedal to the metal to reach your Membership Goal! Check the UNIT DATA page in MemberHub for your goal!

Two $75 Cash Prizes - Exceed 90% of your Goal (members paid to state) by March 31 and be eligible to win!

Three $100 Cash Prizes - Exceed 100% of your Goal (members paid to state) by April 30 and be eligible to win!

The children of NY need us to FINISH strong!  More Members will rev up our PTA advocacy engines for EveryChildOneVoice!

  Spotlight on Advocacy  

National Healthy Schools Day is April 2, 2019. How will your PTA celebrate? Why not plan an event to raise awareness and acknowledge your school's progress for making your building a healthy place for every child.

To learn more about hosting a National Healthy School Day event or establishing an indoor air/environment program, click HERE.

For support in PTA related health/wellness matters contact NYS PTA Wellness Coordinator at

For support in PTA related environment matters contact NYS PTA Environment Specialist at

  Find Your PTA Superpower at the Summer Leadership Conference  

When: July 27, 2019

Where: The Desmond, Albany, NY

Click HERE to download a sharable Save the Date flyer

More information coming soon!

  Join the Conversations at These Upcoming Diversity & Inclusivity Events!  

The NYS Council of School Superintendents' Commission on Diversity & Inclusivity and the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation, along with partners across the state, have planned the upcoming regional learning opportunities to convene educators and stakeholders to discuss diversity and inclusion and the need for district-level changes:

April 4, 2019 / Albany

In partnership with Capital Region BOCES and SUNY Albany


May 10, 2019 / Rochester   

In partnership with Monroe 1 BOCES


Questions? Please contact Vren Banks, Director of LEAF, Inc. at 518.694.4875 or at or click HERE.

  Parent Update from the NYS Education Department  

Dear Parents,

To help ensure that students across the state receive every aspect of support that they need, NYSED this week released new guidance and resources to help school districts implement policies and programs that promote Social Emotional Learning (SEL). 

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

  Parent Resources  

Dr. Bennet Omalu's research triggered a crisis in NFL-world. Today, he's more focused on saving kids from the physical trauma of America's most popular game.

Telling my kids about the "old days" (when I was a kid) - otherwise known as the 70s and 80s.

Did you know that, when you volunteer, you are improving your life and maybe even your health? The benefits of volunteering are countless. But there are social, emotional, physical and professional perks.

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