Tuesday, May 28, 2019

President's Message

PTA Leaders,

It’s the end of the school year and a time of transition for students, families, teachers and PTAs. Students and families are looking forward to summer vacation and a new school or teacher in the fall. Teachers will be enjoying a break as well as making plans for their classroom for the next year. PTAs are electing new boards and saying goodbye to some families and volunteers while getting ready to welcome new members in August.

But while planning for a new PTA role may be exciting, the outgoing officers still have a few things to finish up.
×        Presidents should send Ohio PTA the names and contact information for next year’s officers.
×        Financial review committees should be appointed and the review done as soon as possible after the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
×        IRS 990 and Ohio Attorney General Charitable Trust reports can be filed once the review is finished.
×        All outgoing officers and chairs should update their files or procedure books and give them to their incoming counterparts.

2019-20 boards should start planning for next year.
×        Make sure your contact information has been sent to Ohio PTA so you receive your summer resource guide in July.
×        Meet with the principal or superintendent to reach a consensus on priorities for your PTA.
×        Talk with the outgoing board and evaluate last year’s programs.
×        Set goals…Increase membership? Hold more family engagement events? Connect to more families?
×        Design a creative membership campaign. Remember, even if a national dues increase is approved at convention in June, you can hold a summer membership sales at prior rates as long as you submit those dues by August 31.
×        Check out ohiopta.org and pta.org for turnkey programs and resources.

Keep in touch with your members and Ohio PTA over the summer via social media. Share your plans for next year and get families excited about joining your PTA. One great resource to share right now is this piece on how to turn the “summer slide” into the “summer stride.” Click here and distribute and show your families the value of PTA to their children.

Just like many of you, I too am transitioning to a new PTA role. It is has been an honor to serve as your president for past two years. I am always amazed by your dedication and passion for your school community. Thanks for giving your time and talents and truly living the PTA mission. You have made my term as president a joy!


Family-School Partnership


National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
Enrollment for the 2019 — 2020 school year is now open from May 1st – October 1st. Go to ohiopta.org or www.pta.org to enroll now.

Learn more about the National PTA 
School of Excellence Program and register today.


Ohio PTA is proud to announce the 2018-2019 National PTA Ohio Reflection Winners! We congratulate all the National Winners and all the students from Ohio who participated in the 50th Anniversary Reflections Program.

Dance Choreography

Award of Merit – Mary Kate McQuillen
                                Primary Division
                                Fishcreek Elementary PTA

Award of Merit – Karissa Motice
                                Middle School Division
                                Memorial Middle School PTA

Award of Merit – Holly Burke
                                High School Division
                                Mentor High School PTSA

Music Composition

Award of Merit – Hayden Mesnick
                                High School Division
                                Solon High School PTA

Award of Excellence – Mohammed Nagi
                                         High School Division
                                         Solon High School PTA

Award of Merit – Payton Bame
                                Intermediate Division
                                Mark Twain Elementary PTA

Award of Merit – Ava Weaver
                               Middle School Division
                               Finneytown Secondary PTA

Communications Corner

Communications Corner
Venezuela Robinson, Director of Communications communications@ohiopta.org

Communicating Clearly: Creating, Cultivating and Inspiring Ideas for an Effective 2019-2020 Membership Campaign

It is never too early to start planning for next school year. Encourage PTA members to take a few free e-learning courses online over the summer. https://www.pta.org/home/run-your-pta/elearning

Having a summer executive board meeting and/or general membership meeting will ensure a smooth transition in the fall. Identifying chair people now, preparing a preliminary calendar can get the membership ideas and activities/events rolling now rather than later. National PTA and Ohio PTA have a wealth of resources to get the ball rolling. pta.org ---ohiopta.org

Join the Ohio PTA H.U.B.

Current Ohio PTA H.U.B. members are encouraged to invite their fellow PTA members to join. This closed group is accessible for PTA members in Ohio to share programs, ideas, and ask questions of  fellow Ohioan PTA members. The Ohio PTA Help, Understanding, Best Practices (H.U.B) group can be accessed via the Ohio PTA FB page under the group link. Group administrators will approve members (based on the response to three (3) questions and/or through invites of existing H.U.B. members) to maintain the integrity of this closed group.

Stay in touch with Ohio PTA through our many communication options.

Have a Safe Sensational Summer!