Friday, May 29, 2020

Webinar Wednesdays Coming Soon!

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Save the date! Zoom registration links will be available soon.

Presidents Training - June 10, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Treasurers Training - June 17, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Makers for Medics Maple Intermediate PTA

Hello Volunteers, Makers, Donors, and Recipients,
Thank you for your help keeping our community safe and healthy during this pandemic. 
Throughout this project we have worked with tremendous urgency to help as much as we can.  In the middle of such a rush, it is easy to forget to update and thank those that have made all of this work possible.  

We wanted to share three key items-
1.      We are proud to share with you that we have directly donated our 10,000th face shield this week.
While the Makers for Medics project of the North Olmsted Maple Intermediate School PTA has led the way, we have been assisted by so many more.  Over 120 3D printers, 80 volunteer families, a dozen educational groups and hundreds of donors have joined together for this effort.  We have directly given to recipients from Erie County to Ashtabula, from Cuyahoga County to Tuscarawas and everywhere in between.  With other volunteer groups, we have assisted with components or assembly of an additional 7,000 donated shields. 
As we have reached peak production, we are writing to share with you all that has been accomplished and how we will be moving forward. 
2.      We are proud to announce that we are now going to be fulfilling direct requests from organizations and individuals, so please share the link -
Here is the status of the need as we know it in Northeast Ohio-
We have helped satisfy the needs of all urban and rural hospital requests we have received.  Most police, fire and EMS workers now have some level of protection, but it is not universal. Nursing homes, which are bearing the brunt of the disease, are still in need.  Secondary medical providers including urgent cares, home health workers, morticians, dialysis and dental providers are largely lacking in adequate protection.
3.      We will be seeking to directly produce an additional 6,000 more shields before we conclude the project on June 30th, funds permitting.  If you know of those who are in need of help, can assist the effort or contribute funds, please direct them to visit   We also share our updates on Makers for Medics Facebook page @MakersForMedicsPTA
Many of you have only directly interacted with someone from Makers for Medics.  We wanted each of you to share some of the joy and scope of what you have helped be a part of with now individuals and organizations across 12 counties.
We will post photos of individuals and thank you notes on our Facebook page, but attached is an attempt to list as many of the makers & volunteers, donors, and recipients as we could.  If we missed anyone, we apologize and would appreciate you letting us know for our final list at the end of the project.   

Once again, thank you for your service to our community!
Makers for Medics
Maple Intermediate PTA

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

National PTA Leg News

Letter from National PTA on the HEROS Act

National PTA just sent this letter to Senate and House congressional leaders regarding the HEROS Act, a fourth COVID-19 relief package passed by the House of Representatives on May 15.  At this time, there is no indication that the Senate will act on this bill soon. The letter will be posted to the Letters to Policymakers page shortly.


Equitable Services Guidance Under the CARES Act

As you be aware, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued guidance on Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under the CARES Act Programs.   ED interprets the CARES Act to allow school districts set aside funds to provide services to private school students and their teachers based on the total number of students they serve, not the number of low-income students they serve, as is the case for setting aside Title I funds for services for low-income students at non-public schools under ESEA. National PTA has addressed its concern about this guidance in the last paragraph of pg. 2 in the attached letter. The HEROS Act further clarifies that “equitable service” funding in the CARES Act is to be determined based on the number of low-income students attending private schools, consistent with section 1117 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Several other education groups, including the Council of Chief State School Officers also believe ED has misinterpreted congressional intent in the distribution of these funds under the CARES Act. As such, CCSSO sent a letter on May 5 Secretary DeVos making the case that the funds for private schools should follow the Title I formula, as directed in the CARES Act.  Senate HELP Committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) last week seemed to agree with the interpretations of public education groups, noting "I thought, and I think most of Congress thought, that money from the CARES Act would be distributed in the same way that Title I is distributed."  Several states and school districts have said they will not follow the ED guidance.  The Secretary said last week that ED plans to issue a regulatory rule – that will be available for public comment – to enforce ED’s interpretation of the funding allocation. If you have any questions about what is happening in your school community regarding allocation of CARES funding for equitable services, please contact your local school superintendent. National PTA will continue to follow this issue and engage as appropriate. 

Monday, May 18, 2020 / Ohio PTA Survey

Ohio Parent Teacher Association survey on schools re-opening plans draws ‘huge’ interest

Ohio Parent Teacher Association survey on schools re-opening plans draws ‘huge’ interest

More than 10,000 parents participated in an Ohio Parent Teacher Association survey seeking feedback on the state’s ongoing planning to potentially re-open schools this fall, according to the group’s leader. 

Survey Closed

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey about the Ohio Department of Education’s Reset and Restart draft document. Over 14,000 people shared their voices! 

The survey was closed Sunday night (5/19) because ODE needed the results by Monday morning. 

Ohio PTA will continue to keep you updated as we receive any new information.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Webinar Wednesdays - Wrapping up 2019-2020

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As a result of the unit survey we put out last month, we will be offering several webinars over the next few weeks and possibly into the summer. The first is "WRAPPING UP 2019-2020." It will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 and 7:00 pm. Please click on the links to register.

WRAPPING UP 2019-2020, MAY 20, 1:00 pm:

WRAPPING UP 2019-2020, MAY 20, 7:00 pm:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Ohio Department of Education Wants to Know

The Ohio Department of Education reached out to Ohio PTA for some feedback on how people feel about school reopening in the Fall, what concerns exist, and their DRAFT restarting school guidelines document. Please fill out this short survey so we can share it with them. 

Comments must be submitted ASAP.


Volunteer Hours

Presidents and Treasurers,

As you start to wrap up your school year, please take the time to submit your unit or council's volunteer hours. This year, the form will only be accessible online here:

Please submit by June 30.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Have You Completed The Census Yet?

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US Census
It's important that every Ohioan is counted in the US Census.  But apparently, Ohio ND Cleveland in particular are lacking.  The Census asks questions about you and the people you live with, such as your names, and birthdays.  You can submit the form online, over the phone,  or through a paper version.  It typically takes around 10 minutes to complete. 

We want to ensure our state and our community, specifically, receives the appropriate amount of federal funding to help us support our communities, schools, public safety resources, and to improve our roads. 

The Census determines how the federal government will distribute more than $675 billion dollars to critical state and local programs.  Businesses use the Census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, while real estate developers and city planners use the information to plan homes and improve neighborhoods. 

The Census is the basis of redistricting and reapportioning the number of representatives in U.S. Congress.  The population count helps decide where new schools and hospitals are needed and where to add public safety resources. 

The Census count affects the course of the next 10 years.  The result of this count is multiplied every year that passes, since following estimates are based on the original Census count.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

About Parents 2020

This nationally representative survey of parents and guardians included oversamples of African American and Hispanic parents, parents of children in transition grades - 5/6, 8/9, 11/12, and parents who live in COVID-19 "hot spots" - New York, California, and Washington-state. Insights from this survey build off of five years of parent research, and highlight the unique challenges faced by parents and guardians as they navigate this unprecedented moment in time.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

MemberHub is launching to all PTAs in Ohio on 05/12/2020

MemberHub is launching to all PTAs in Ohio on 05/12/2020, which is the day you will have access to log into your MemberHub sites to get started (watch for your Welcome Email from MemberHub on that day). We can hardly wait! 
MemberHub will be providing several training sessions for all PTA officers/leaders, so please be sure to register ASAP using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.

Register to Attend
Each session will include time for Q&A, so if you haven’t checked out the MemberHub Welcome Page for PTAs, please do so now at

Friday, May 1, 2020

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Look Within Reflections Winners

❤️❤️❤️ There are several Ohio WINNERS!❤️❤️❤️

Join Us in Celebrating this Year’s Graduates on Facebook

Source: National PTA One Voice Blog
This is a bittersweet time for the Class of 2020. As students head toward graduation, it’s not the day
they might have imagined — no processions, no diploma handoffs, no parties. They are commencing
at a time of great uncertainty. But graduating is a tremendous achievement, and worth pausing to
celebrate even in these circumstances.

So, May 15 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, Facebook will broadcast a National Graduation Celebration called #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020. During this live
broadcast, a commencement address will be given by Oprah Winfrey. The ceremony will acknowledge
high school and college graduating classes in every state across the country. Many celebrities, including Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and more, will share words of wisdom for
the class of 2020. Miley Cyrus will do a special performance of her hit song, “The Climb.”

If you would like your graduates to be acknowledged on this broadcast,
submit a video or pictures using this portal by May 4. Facebook plans to acknowledge all schools
who have a submission.

As a PTA, you can submit your own video or you can work with your parents, teachers, students
and administration to submit one joint application with multiple videos. Use National PTA’s Teacher Appreciation Week posters for graduates and Zoom virtual meeting backgrounds to make
your video extra special! Check them out at

Here is how you can participate:

1. Record A Congratulatory Message For Your Graduating Class

This option is perfect for anyone to do! For example:
“Hi, I am <NAME> and I am a teacher at Plymouth North High School in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I want to give a special shout out to our 2020 graduating class.
Congratulations on this huge achievement, I’m so proud of you. Go Eagles!”
The video should be approximately 15 seconds in length. Be creative, stand out and show your
school spirit!

 2. Cap & Gown Videos

This option is great for students! Coordinate with a group of your friends (your athletic teams,
cheer squad, choir team, chess team) and safely record a video of your cap toss with your
fellow graduates via a video service like Facebook Messenger or Zoom. For example:
“We are the Marina High School Cheerleaders from Huntington Beach, California – Go Vikings!”
Then toss your cap or your pom-poms. Don’t limit yourself! Be creative, unique and stand out.
The video should be approximately 15 seconds in length. Keep in mind there should be no music,
no profanity and no branded logos outside of your school colors.

3. Thank You Videos

This option is perfect for PTAs!
Thank your favorite teacher, principal, faculty members, mentor or parent for getting you here,
to graduation. Be sincere and heartfelt in your thank yous.  Make it count and start off by saying
who you are and what school you are from.
The video should be approximately 15 seconds in length. Keep in mind there should be no music,
no profanity and no branded logos outside of your school colors.

4. School Spirit Photos

Perfect for anyone, especially if you’re on a time crunch!
Just send in photos of yourself and pre-quarantine photos of your team/schoolmates in your
school colors, jerseys and hats.  Be creative and show your school spirit!

5. Record a Congratulatory Message for Your Graduating Senior

This option is perfect for very proud parents!
Share how proud you and your family are of your graduating senior and why. Show their photo
in the video if they are not there with you OR have them seated next to you if they are.  Show them
your love and support.
The video should be approximately 30 seconds in length. Keep in mind there should be no music,
no profanity and no branded logos outside of your school colors.
This year’s graduation will be different than other years, and no doubt memorable because of it.
We’re proud of our graduates for all they have achieved—congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Alyssa Montchal is a manager of programs and partnerships for National PTA.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

We LOVE Teachers!

Get emoji-tional with us and #ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020!
Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day—their immense work and impact moves us beyond words, so we need emojis to say how we feel. And with the abrupt end to the physical school year, our teachers have done even more to continue education with virtual classrooms and learning at home lessons. All to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential.

So, let’s all shower teachers in appreciation and share how we love (❤️) like (👍), celebrate (🎉) and care for (😍) our teachers!
It's in these challenging times that we truly recognize and appreciate how our nation’s educators play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives—inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.

Office Depot Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

We are excited to have the support of our Proud National Sponsor Office Depot! To support teachers and school communities across the nation, Office Depot is offering discounts in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.
Receive 5x Back in Rewards 
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While we often thank our teachers every day, it’s during Teacher Appreciation Week when we like to pause and really show our love for the teachers in our lives. We encourage you to tell your teacher how much you…
  • Love (❤️) how they encourage you in special ways
  • Like (👍) what’s happening in their virtual classroom
  • Celebrate (🎉) their achievements with students
  • Care about (😍) their commitment to students and families