Friday, January 22, 2016

Members: Family Engagement in Education

National PTA Board of Directors Adopts Position Statement on Student Assessment and Opt-Out Policies |

National PTA Board of Directors Adopts Position Statement on Student Assessment and Opt-Out Policies |

Members--Ohio Education News for Jan 21st and Jan. 22nd

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Ohio Education News, Jan. 21, 2016

Ohio Education News, Jan. 22, 2016

February 16th Deadline / PTA Members Encouraged to Apply!

National PTA and LifeLock Announce The Smart Talk Giveaway for Families

Sweepstakes encourages families to set technology ground rules
for a chance to win a trip to Disney World  

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Jan. 19, 2016) — National PTA and LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) today announced The Smart Talk Giveaway, in which one lucky family will win a trip to Disney World for a dream summer vacation. The Smart Talk Giveaway is part of a national effort to help families have conversations about online safety and agree on ground rules together for using the Internet and mobile devices. The sweepstakes is now open and all families are encouraged to participate.

“Today, kids are getting devices as early as nine or 10 years old. As we tell our kids to look both ways before crossing the street and teach them to practice good behavior, it is just as important to talk to them about being responsible and safe in the increasingly digital world,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “National PTA is excited to collaborate with LifeLock to not only help families have these open conversations, but reward them with a trip to Disney World.”

Last fall, LifeLock and National PTA launched The Smart Talk—a free digital tool designed to empower families to make smarter, safer choices online and build the next generation of digital citizens. The tool provides an interactive experience that guides parents and kids through a series of questions and conversations about topics such as safety and privacy, screen time, social media, apps and downloads, texting and calling, reputation and respect, and online videos and cameras. After agreeing on healthy limits together, they can create a personalized family agreement to post in their home as a reminder.

Any family that goes to by Feb. 16 is eligible to enter The Smart Talk Giveaway. One lucky family will be selected to win a trip for four to Disney World July 1-5, 2016. The winning family also will be highlighted during the 2016 National PTA Convention & Expo, which will take place June 30 to July 3 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.

“The best time to teach our kids good online habits is right now,” said Hilary Schneider, president of LifeLock. “The Smart Talk gives parents new language to help develop an ongoing dialogue with their kids, so that the conversation can evolve over time as kids grow and take on more responsibility.”

The sweepstakes winner will be announced in early March. For more information about The Smart Talk Giveaway, visit or

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

About LifeLockLifeLock, Inc. (NYSE:LOCK) is a leading provider of proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and consumer risk management services for enterprises. LifeLock’s threat detection, proactive identity alerts, and comprehensive remediation services help provide peace of mind for consumers amid the growing threat of identity theft. Leveraging unique data, science and patented technology from ID Analytics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, LifeLock offers identity theft protection that goes significantly beyond credit monitoring. As part of its commitment to help fight identity theft, LifeLock works to train law enforcement and partners with a variety of non-profit organizations to help consumers establish positive habits to combat this threat.

Media Contacts
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA, (703) 518-1242

Becca Youngs, LifeLock, (480) 427-2170

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Membership (Volunteers) in Action

Middle School Fundraising: Lessons Learned

Northhampton Area Middle School 2 (002)Northampton Middle School, in Lehigh Valley, Pa., is fortunate to have a dedicated group of PTA volunteers and a modern, new facility. With only one middle school serving the entire borough, it’s a tight-knit community. However, with tightening visitor regulations for the security of students and faculty, the PTA experienced an unintended consequence—a significant barrier to getting volunteers into the building.
Joan Begliomini with Northampton’s PTA said it is a huge hurdle. While everyone wants the school community to be protected, their security process complicates fundraising and program efforts.
“All volunteers now face the same level of scrutiny as school employees,” Joan says. “They must go through a state police check, they must have had a documented negative Tuberculosis test and they either must have lived here for longer than 10 years or they must be cleared by the FBI.”
Northampton PTA has a legacy of providing countless programs and services that support student success, help the teachers and enrich their community. Fundraising helps to make these programs possible.
“We pay for agenda books for the entire student body,” says Joan. “We support teacher requests on a rolling basis. We provide the rewards tied to the school-wide anti-bullying program. Then there’s the whole Teacher Appreciation Week! It’s a lot, and it’s important, and we need to generate the money to do it all.”
Given the stringent security measures, it may not be surprising that the PTA turned to an online fundraising platform from Schwan’s Cares that requires very little volunteer support.
Joan says it’s an easy, straight-forward fundraiser.
“We absolutely love it,” says Joan. “Everything is delivered directly to people’s homes. We don’t have to take possession of inventory, sort out the orders, hope that people will pick it all up on time.”
Even with an easy fundraiser like Schwan’s Cares, Joan cautions that PTAs should not to forget the other big hurdle that comes with a middle school population—the kids themselves.
Through trial and error, Northampton PTA landed on two essential tactics that have proven effective for promoting the fundraising campaign directly to parents and caregivers:
  1. Take advantage of parent-teacher conferences. At Northampton, schoolwide parent teacher conferences occur in October. The PTA makes sure they have welcoming volunteers to greet parents as they arrive and give each visitor information about the Schwan’s Cares fundraising campaign.
  2. Use social media. Facebook has been critical to the Northampton PTA’s fundraising success. It allows them to update the school community and answer questions in real time. While they have approximately 150 paid members—which includes 100% teacher participation, Joan proudly notes—there are 374 followers on their Facebook page. So they know they can reach more of their school families through social media than they would through their member list.
Northampton PTA still asks the school to remind students about their fundraiser in the morning announcements during the active campaign, as well as the annuity period [with Schwan’s].
“We know it probably goes in one ear and out the other with the kids,” says Joan. “But the teachers do listen closely, and we have had wonderful teacher participation in the fundraiser as a result! The announcement is a little trigger to remind the teachers, so we still do it.”
Joan offers one final piece of advice for all the fellow middle school PTAs out there. “Find a teacher representative who truly embraces your PTA. At our school, it’s Mrs. Transue, the 8th grade science teacher. She advocates for all the other teachers to join the PTA, always attends our PTA meetings and dutifully participates in our fundraisers like the Schwan’s Cares campaign.”
For more info about the fundraising opportunities and discounts available to schools and PTA members through Schwan’s Home Service, visit

Kris Carey Prevatte is the Associate Director of Corporate Alliances for National PTA and a former local PTA president in Maryland.
Schwan’s Cares is a financial sponsor of National PTA. National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service, and no endorsement is implied by this content.
Sch Cares-PRI_Boxed-RedSince 1952, Schwan’s Home Delivery has helped families share delicious, home-style meals. Schwan’s Home Delivery offers home delivery of over 350 foods—all made with premium ingredients and requiring simple prep. With Schwan’s Cares, your PTA supporters enjoy all of Schwan’s delicious foods, and your organization earns up to 40% back on every purchase during your 45-day fundraising campaign, and 5% back for the next 90 days. Schwan’s Cares is hands-free: you manage your fundraiser entirely online, your supporters order online or by phone, and Schwan’s Home Delivery will deliver directly to each supporter’s door. You’ll never need to deliver food or collect money. Start your campaign today by visiting

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bronze Membership Award, Member Perks Redemption and other Awards

Awards due to Ohio PTA by February 1st:
  • Deadline for Bronze Membership Award (most creative campaign for units with at least 100 members)
  • Member Perks Redemption Form from the 2014-2015 school year
  • School Nurse Award

Awards due to Ohio PTA by March 1st:
  • Advocacy
  • Outstanding Educator and Helping Hands Awards
  • M.A.C.K (Male Action Changing Kids)

*All forms can be found on the Ohio PTA Website under Programs and Awards*

Monday, January 18, 2016

Membership Mondays

As kids transition to new schools, your PTA can be a resource to parents looking for a new PTA

Transitioning PTAs: When Your
Child Changes Schools

Changing schools can be a time of excitement and anxiety. As children transition to new schools, your PTA can be a resource to parents looking to join a new PTA. Practice the following steps to help your PTA unit transition and keep an accurate count of your PTA membership.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

What is YOUR "Why"?

  • How did you get involved in the PTA?
  • Was your mom a PTA President?
  • Did you want insider information about the school?
  • Did you want to help in your child's classroom?
  • Do you like planning events/activities for kids?
  • Are you a leader and saw PTA as a way to lead?
  • PTA is all about advocacy, so how do you advocate for your child and all children?
  • How can YOU encourage others to join PTA?

Feel free to comment below...

Ohio PTA Why Join?

The PTA Advantage

PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. PTA is comprised of more than four million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child.

Today, the issues that affect our children extend beyond their individual schools. PTA’s nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. This mission is unique to PTA.

Many of the benefits our children receive today, such as universal kindergarten, the National School Lunch Program, and a juvenile justice system, were accomplished as a result of PTA’s mission.

In Ohio, PTA has achieved several notable advances for children since 1901, including:
·         Instrumental in obtaining legislation which mandated that school districts develop policies for parent involvement in the schools
·         Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarships
·         Advocated for the implementation of and education of parents and community members about Common Core Standards
·         Ohio PTA hosted its first Diversity & Inclusion Conference to help highlight the importance of including everyone in the education of children and the future of PTA in Ohio. 

·         Ohio PTA embraced social media as an important communication tool for its members and advocates by utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and The Ohio PTA Voice e-newsletter to highlight activities and advocacy opportunities