Thursday, August 11, 2016

Keys to Student Success Parenting Conference

(FREE EVENT) Keys to Student Success Parenting Conference
Register TODAY: (216) 741-0047

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8:30A - 1P
3170 Scranton Road, Cleveland, OH 44109
Sessions on:
Health & Nutrition
Success in School
Bullying Prevention & Safety
Family Engagement
Ohio Learning Standards and Assessment

Free registration - free food, free giveaways

Chance to win free Kindle Fire and flat-screen TV


Ohio PTA, Mega Church, Esperanza, Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children, Mega Resource Center

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Your Financial Dreams...

National PTA and Mountain America Credit Union Team Up to Help Families Achieve Their Financial Dreams

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Aug. 8, 2016)—National PTA® is pleased to announce that Mountain America Credit Union has become the association’s newest Member Benefit Provider. Through the alliance, all PTA members can join Mountain America Credit Union. The credit union is also offering PTA members and PTAs a cash incentive when they open an account.

Mountain America Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that provides a wide range of products and services, including savings and checking accounts, insurance, consumer financing and retirement planning.

“Families need access to tools and information that can help them better understand and take control of their finances,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “We are excited to join forces with Mountain America to help families analyze their finances, save money and plan for retirement and other life events to make their financial dreams a reality.”

As a Member Benefit Provider of National PTA, Mountain America is offering local PTAs a $100 bonus when they open a nonprofit checking account. PTA members will also receive a $100 bonus from Mountain America Credit Union when they open a personal MyStyle Checking Account.

“For over a century, National PTA has worked to make a difference for the education, health and well-being of every child. This is why we are so enthused to team up with the association. At Mountain America, we are also committed to taking action to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Sterling Nielsen, president/CEO of Mountain America. “Our vision is to help members achieve their financial dreams. Those dreams are as varied as our members, yet they all start with learning how to make the most of your money. We look forward to the opportunity to serve PTA members.”

For more information about the benefits available to PTA members through Mountain America Credit Union,

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 family engagement 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 Mountain America Credit Union
With roots dating back to the 1930s, Mountain America Credit Union has become one of the foremost financial institutions in the country and the second largest credit union in Utah, with more than $5.6 billion in assets and serving over 600,000 members. The credit union offers a variety of financial products and services for consumers and businesses, including savings accounts, auto loans, checking accounts, business checking, student loans, SBA loans and retirement options. With a vision to help its members achieve their financial dreams, Mountain America delivers unparalleled service, quality, convenience, and education to its members and the community.

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

Bryan Packer, Mountain America Credit Union
(801) 325-6439, 


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TV Parental Guidelines to Find the Best Programs for Kids

Source: PTA One Voice Blog (National PTA)
Home from school with spare time, the summer offers many children the opportunity to watch more television. While each individual family has its own standards for deciding what’s appropriate for its children to watch, the TV Parental Guidelines is a helpful resource to help parents make informed decisions on which programs are suitable for their children.

What are the TV Parental Guidelines? 
Since the late 1990s, virtually all programs that air on television—with the exception of news and sports—are assigned a rating that provides parents information about the content and age-appropriateness of the program. These ratings, called the TV Parental Guidelines, fall into two groups: ratings for programming created specifically for children and ratings for programming intended for general audiences.

The TV Parental Guidelines are designed to be easily recognizable and simple to use. The Guidelines appear in the upper left corner of the TV screen in the first 15 seconds of the program and often reappear after commercial breaks. While most programs on television are rated, television commercials are not and cannot be blocked through parental controls.

Understanding the TV Ratings


How Can the Guidelines be Used with Parental Controls? 
Families can use the TV Parental Guidelines simultaneously with parental controls in TV sets and cable and satellite set top boxes to block programs they believe are unsuitable for their children. Parents have the ability to block programs based on both the age-based ratings as well as the content descriptors.

Contacting the TV Monitoring Board
The Monitoring Board is responsible for overseeing the TV Parental Guidelines and for working to ensure uniformity and consistency in the application of the guidelines. Parents can find more information about the ratings and the board at
Viewers can also contact the board by mail, phone or email with any questions or complaints about TV ratings.


Missi Tessier is the executive secretariat at the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board.
National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product or service, and no endorsement is implied by this content.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Why Bad Moms Need PTA

Source: PTA One Voice Blog (National PTA)

This article was originally published on Huffington Post. (Photo Credit: STX Entertainment)

I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements on Facebook and TV for the new comedy Bad Moms, released in theaters July 29. It tells the story of an over-worked and over-committed PTA mom who teams up with other stressed-out moms to free themselves from the everyday challenge of balancing kids, home and their careers.

In the movie, some of the seemingly perfect moms ridicule the main character, Amy Mitchell (played by Mila Kunis), and her friends at various PTA meetings and events as they let loose and stop trying to live up to unrealistic expectations. While this is an extreme and fictional plot, the stress these moms feel is a relatable narrative for many moms (and dads) across the country.

As a mom, I understand the often thankless work it takes to raise kids, and I agree with the film that being a mom is one of the toughest jobs out there. It can be overwhelming and exhausting, and at times you need to take a break, have fun and do something for yourself. However, at the end of the day—as the movie shows—we love our children fiercely and have a universal desire to build a strong foundation for our children. As a PTA leader and member, I also know it is important to be involved in the hard work in a community to help schools improve and make every child’s potential a reality.

PTA has been around for a long time—more than 119 years. Throughout all of those years, we have been a community for families who need support during the busy, fast-paced school year. We have been an ardent advocate for bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Our community is 4 million members strong and truly makes a difference in the lives and futures of our nation’s children.

With PTA, parents come together to create powerful change and solve the toughest problems facing our schools and communities. PTA is responsible for the creation of kindergarten classes, child labor laws to protect children, healthy school lunch programs and juvenile justice reform. Currently, the association is advocating for policies that protect LGBTQ youth and practices that create and maintain safe, affirming and inclusive learning environments for all students.

I won’t lie to you, being a PTA leader is a big job, but I’m proud of the work we do. I dedicate the time because I know it makes a difference for our schools, communities and our children’s long-term success. Unlike the depiction in the movie, PTA members strive to be collaborative, committed, diverse, respectful and accountable. When we achieve these values, we can reach remarkable milestones.

So, savor these last few weeks of summer before gearing up for another hectic school year. Some of you will enjoy this guilty pleasure and laughing with the PTA overachievers in the movie. It’s OK, we get the joke. But please consider getting involved in your local PTA. I personally encourage you to become part of the network of PTA parents who believe that every child deserves a high-quality education in a healthy and safe environment that enables them to pursue their dreams.

Laura Bay is president of National PTA, a nonprofit association dedicated to making a difference for children’s health, safety, well-being and educational success through family and community involvement.

National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product or service, and no endorsement is implied by this content.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Feedback Requested on Most Pressing Educational Issues

PTA Leaders,

National PTA President Bay has asked that we share this brief survey (it’s only 5 questions!) with you and ask that you take a few moments to provide your feedback on the most pressing educational issues (as you see them) and how the US Department of Education’s Comprehensive Centers can provide assistance to address those issues. The Comprehensive Centers program is authorized by Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (ETAA), Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) of 2002. The Department of Education funds these Centers to provide technical assistance to State education agencies (SEAs) that builds SEA capacity to: support local educational agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improve educational outcomes for all students; close achievement gaps; and improve the quality of instruction. 

Please complete the online survey at your earliest convenience.  The survey closes on Thursday, August 18th

This survey is at the request of Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) who collect information on the educational needs of ten regions within the US. To the extent the Secretary deems appropriate, the Department will use the information submitted by the RACs, along with other relevant regional surveys of needs, to establish priorities for the next cohort of Comprehensive Centers.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.  It’s a great opportunity to provide input from a parent perspective on how comprehensive centers can support students and families in your communities!