Saturday, February 13, 2016

Angela's Advice...Challenge Others to Recruit

Make it a contest among your board and current members to sign up one or more new members each meeting.  Offer incentives for this such as a gift card or free admission to future events that would require payment.  Be sure to make personal attempts to reach past members that have not joined yet for this year.  A phone call is always a good option or even a hand written letter.  Recognizing these members on an individual level goes a long way for retention. 

Offer classroom incentives so the teacher can help you recruit families, use business cards and have current members pass them out with their info and the date of the next meeting to make it an invitation to check out what your unit has to offer.  Keep using social media to promote the events your unit has hosted for the students along with a Join Now link. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ohio's Children in Poverty

Click on the above link for resources on children's poverty / plan to participate in:

An Important Webinar on Child Poverty in Ohio
Join the Ohio PTA Directors of Advocacy (Tandra Rutledge), Education (Jackie Arendt), Family-School Partnership (Pam Bonnett) and Health, Welfare & Safety (Lisa Catalano) for an important must participate webinar. “Making Sense of Poverty: The real costs to education and PTA’s investment in children” will take place on Founders' Day (February 17th), at 8 pm. To register for the webinar, please email

Smart Talk Contest Update! (contest ends THIS TUESDAY 2/16/16)

Enter the Smart Talk contest to win a trip to Disney World. The Smart Talk is an online tool designed to help parents empower their children to become smart digital citizens in an increasingly connected world. It’s the result of collaboration between LifeLock and National PTA.

In the state to state competition, we are in FIRST PLACE right now ahead of Pennsylvania PTA for the first time. WOO HOO! Ohio PTA has 377 and PA PTA has 356 entries. Pennsylvania PTA wants to win the state to state competition as bad as we do SO Ohio PTA it is time to step it up in HIGH GEAR.

Be sure to enter daily and have friends and EVERYONE you know do the same. E-blast your members again and other contacts -- we can do this IF everyone pushes hard between now and the contest end date Tuesday, February 16th.

Remember: you don’t have to be a PTA member, NO PARTICIPATION in Smart Talk is required, and you can enter daily.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

National PTA Statement on President Obama’s 2017 Budget Proposal

On February 9th, President Barack Obama presented to Congress his proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. 

“President Obama’s proposed increase of 2% over the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriation for education is positive, and there are key investments in programs that support students and schools,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “However, National PTA is disappointed that funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers program was not included in the president’s proposal.”

The Statewide Family Engagement Centers program is included in the Every Student Succeeds Act—the new law governing the federal role in K-12 education. The program would provide states and districts with the capacity to support effective implementation and enhancement of family engagement policies and initiatives that are proven to make a difference for children, schools and communities.

“For years, PTA members and families nationwide have been advocating for the prioritization of family engagement as it is critical to student success and school improvement efforts,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA remains committed to working to ensure the administration and Congress adequately invest in the Statewide Family Engagement Centers program to give families the tools to support their children’s achievement and give districts the resources to build meaningful family-school partnerships.”

In addition to the Statewide Family Engagement Centers program, National PTA also is disappointed that considerable increases for special education were not proposed. Greater financial support is essential for schools to be able to provide a quality education to children with disabilities.

National PTA is pleased, however, to see President Obama emphasize the importance of early learning and designate more resources for disadvantaged students. The association commends President Obama for proposing an increase of $450 million for Title I—which provides assistance to schools with high percentages of children from low-income families—and an increase of $100 million for Preschool Development Grants, which fund state efforts to expand and strengthen pre-K programs.

“One of the best investments our nation can make in a child’s life is in high-quality early education,” said Bay. “National PTA applauds President Obama’s continued commitment to improve access to early learning programs for all children to better prepare them for long-term success.”

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.

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Statewide Membership Committee Call Agenda

Thursday February 11th: We will have our monthly Membership Committee Conference call at 7:30 p.m.
Call in number: 712-775-7031
Access Code:   124-091-395

Statewide Membership Committee Call Agenda
Guest Speaker: Eric Snow from W.A.T.C.H. D.O.G.S
·         Male Involvement-Part 2
·         Family Engagement
·         March Madness Membership CASH Incentive

Please join us for this call and pass this information on to anyone else you think may be interested in joining. Thank you for your continued work with Membership!  As of January 25th, Ohio PTA has 59,122 members! We have reached 84% of our goal for this year. We are really hoping to reach 70,000 so please keep turning in dues each month and encouraging your units to keep recruiting new members. Get ready to take part in our March Madness Membership CASH Incentive!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ohio PTA Accepting BOGO Registrations for Annual Convention

Ohio PTA is accepting registrations for its 110th Annual Convention to be held April 8 – 10 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus, Ohio.

The event includes opportunities for PTA members and others to learn about a variety of topics including how to rethink parent involvement for the 21st Century, creating successful and sustainable wellness practices, and understanding college credit plus in high school curriculums.

To register, go to The cost is $125 per person. Registrations made by March 24 are buy one get one free.

A Sandy Hook Promise Town Hall meeting will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8. Sandy Hook Promise is a national, nonprofit organization led by several people whose loved ones were killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They are focused on preventing all forms of violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. The Convention presentation focuses on easy to implement prevention resources available to schools at no cost. Paula Fynboh, who leads the national outreach and program strategy for the organization, and Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was one of 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will facilitate.

Another highlight of the Convention is recognition of Reflections winners from throughout the state. The Reflections program is designed to enhance art education programs and provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts. PTA’s Helping Hands, Outstanding Educators, Oak Tree and School Nurse Award recipients will also be honored.