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  Know an Aspiring Teacher Planning to Attend a SUNY/CUNY School?  

Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education applications available!

  Next Leadership Webinar: Building Great Relationships with School and District Leadership  

Has this happened to you? You intended to go to the PTA training, but you: a) got home late; b) couldn't find a sitter; and/or c) were too tired for a long drive at night.

Your Solution is Here: NYS PTA Webinars!

All of our leadership webinars are recorded so you can watch them anytime. You can also download all the presentation slides and follow along.

Scheduled for December 13, 2019:

Building Great Relationships with School and District Leadership

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 8:30 pm [New Time!]

Discover how you can work with school leadership to raise concerns, institute new ideas, and implement changes in your school building. Learn what it means to be an advocate in your school district, how to work with PTA members to raise parent concerns, and what information you'll need to meet successfully with administrators or school boards.

To reserve your spot and receive the meeting materials early, please email

Visit our Leadership Webinar page for upcoming webinars and previously recorded webinars.

  Help Ensure Student Mental Health Support in YOUR School and Community!  

Mental Health Conference with GoGuardian

When: December 10, 2019, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Where: The Desmond, Albany NY

Cost: $45

Come to our full-day conference on mental health in schools for educators and families alike. This new conference will feature workshops, speakers, lunch and learning.

  Save the Date! Legislative Summit and Lobby Day 2020  

Now is the time to speak up to support children.

Save the Date for updated information about the 2020 Legislative Summit and Lobby Day.

Join NYS PTA members from across the state in Albany from February 9-10, 2020 for Legislative Summit and Lobby Day!

Registration will open mid-December. Registration deadline will be January 7, 2020.

Why come? We need YOU to help us advocate for:

  • Mental health support for students and families
  • Funding for enough guidance counselors, school nurses, arts and music for children
  • Recovery High Schools and programs for students with substance use disorders
  • School and bus safety measures
  • Opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana

Sunday you'll hear from experts in the field on issues affecting children and how YOU can make a difference. Monday you'll hit the halls in Albany and meet with your state legislators.

IMPORTANT - your attendance is needed this year, we need a strong show of support for our children and schools.

  More Webinars!  

Webinar TOMORROW NIGHT 11/19 at 7:30 pm

From day one, everyone at Help Our School poured a lot of thought and conversation into what makes a good fundraiser. We wanted to answer that question in a well-rounded way that had a benefit to the school, the supporter, and the community alike.

We asked other parents, educators and supporters to add their voices to the conversation. That informed our idea for a whole new way to fundraise that saves incredible amounts of

  • Effort
  • Time
  • Expense
  • Volunteer Resources

So, fueled by the notion that we could help you do good AND reach your fundraising goals, we built this fundraising platform from the ground up.

Help Our School takes your success to heart, so we supply tools from customizable marketing materials to a custom-branded school sales portal. We also offer end-to-end customer support. We take care of the fiddly details so you can focus on the important work of interacting with your supporters.

Best of all, there's no up-front investment.


Join us for a free, information-packed webinar to hear how Help Our School boosts your fundraising efforts and makes it easier to turn a generous profit all the way around. Just click the information below to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM EASTERN TIME

You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the following link:

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 167-355-661

Bonus! One attendee will win a SPECTACULAR DOORPRIZE drawn at the end of the session.

You must be present to win.

See you there!

Legally share the magic of movies in your school!

Find out how a Swank Movie Licensing USA site license covers the entire school building for indoor movie showing of thousands of movie titles.

Please register for Movie Licensing 101 - a NYS PTA Member Benefit! - on December 5, 2019 6:30 PM at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  Parent Resources  

Lego, as part of its ongoing effort to become a greener toy company, is launching a pilot program to make it easier to donate unwanted Lego bricks. from Forbes

In girls, signs of inattentive ADHD may go unnoticed by teachers and hyperactivity may take unexpected forms - talking incessantly with friends instead of getting up from her seat repeatedly. More on the ADHD gender imbalance from ADDitude

  Parent Update from the NYS Education Department  

Dear Parents,

As I mentioned in my previous update, I will depart the New York State Education Department on Friday, November 15. During my time at NYSED, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the finest people I've ever met, and it has been an honor to serve alongside such committed individuals.

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

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