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2-15-16 FYI - New Jersey PTA Newsletter

A Word From New Jersey PTA - Week of February 15, 2016

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In This Issue

-Take Your Family To School Week

-Award Opportunities

-NJPTA Nominating Committee

-Field Service Question Box

-The Great Leaders Trainings

-PTA Founder's Day

-Leadership Conference

-Board of Directors Positions

-Preschool Expansion Law

-Sweet 16 in '16

 

 

 

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It's Take Your Family 

To School Week

 

Take Your Family to School Week will be held Feb. 16-20, 2016. We're so excited to share our new theme, "Rock with PTA," to celebrate the amazing accomplishments in the classroom.

 

We encourage all of our PTAs to celebrate families, students and schools to support our student rock stars!

 

Visit PTA.org/TYFTSW to checkout our digital toolkit so you can begin planning the event today, and follow us on social media using our new hashtag #TYFTSW16.

 

 

Read on...

 

 

 

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Local PTA Award Opportunities

 

Has your PTA done an amazing project or program this year that deserves some recognition? Is there an amazing Principal and/or Teacher that supports your PTA greatly that deserves some extra appreciation...Here's your chance...

 

New Jersey PTA has extended the deadline for our Annual Local PTA Achievement Awards and awards to honor our Principals and Teachers.

 

Please click below to view the information:

 

Local PTA Achievement Awards

·  The NJPTA President "The Essential Piece" Award

·  Advocacy - Speaking Up For Our Students

·  Diversity & Inclusion

·  A Few Good Men 

·  This is How We Recruit

Outstanding Principal and Teacher Awards

 

Local PTA Newsletter and Website Awards

 

ALL AWARD APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY

MARCH 1st, 2016! 

 Read on...

 

 

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NJPTA Nominating Committee

 

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The Nominating Committee brings the following slate for the 2016 - 2018 Term:

 

Cathy Lindenbaum, President-Elect

 

Sharon Roseboro, 

Vice President of Advocacy

  

The offices of State-wide elections will take place at Convention for the positions of President-Elect and Vice President of Advocacy will be on the ballot for election at the 2016 New Jersey PTA Leadership Conference,April 15-16, 2016.

 

How to self-declare

Candidates who wish to self-declare for election to one of these offices must submit a signed Declaration of Good Faith form so that it is RECEIVED BY 30 days prior to the leadership conference (March 16, 2016). This must be sent to the NJPTA President (Debbie Tyrrell) and NJPTA Nominating Committee Chairman (Bamby Bergeron).

 

Below is the list of each item that candidates need to provide along with their Declaration of Good Faith.


- A signed Declaration of Good Faith Form with resume. 
-A 500 word statement to be published in the Candidate Guide sent prior to convention and in the Convention Program and on website.

-A digital photo to be used in the Candidate Guide, Convention Program & on the website.

 

These materials must be received to the NJPTA President (Debbie Tyrrell) and 

NJPTA Nominating Committee Chairman (Bamby Bergeron) no later than March 16, 2016.  

 

Please note March 16, 2016 is a received by date NOT a postmark date.

 

 

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Field Service

Question Box

 

Do you have a PTA question that has been bothering you? Do you want to see who Robert really is or what he has to say about something you are voting on? Did you need some help filling out that audit form? 

 

CLICK THE BELOW to send an e-mail to the Field Service Question Box and get your question answered! There are no dumb questions...

 

 

QUESTION BOX

 

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Mercerville, New Jersey 08619
njpta@njpta.org
609-587-0100

 

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 20

10 AM

Marlton, NJ

 

Tuesday, March 15

6 PM

Parsippany, NJ

 

More locations coming soon!

 

Please register for these free events!

 

 

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PTA Founder's Day- 

February 17

  

PTA Legacy

Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded the organization when women did not have the right to vote and social activism was not popular. However, they believed mothers would support their mission to eliminate threats that endangered children, and in early 1897, they started a nationwide campaign.

 

On Feb., 17, 1897, more than 2,000 people-mostlymothers, but also fathers, teachers, laborers and legislators-attended the first convocation of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C. Twenty years later, 37 chartered state congresses existed.

 

In 1970, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT)-founded by Selena Sloan Butler in Atlanta, Ga.-merged to serve all children.

 

As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children's lives, such as:

·  Creation of Kindergarten classes

·  Child labor laws

·  Public health service

·  Hot and healthy lunch programs

·  Juvenile justice system

·  Mandatory immunization

·  Arts in Education

·  School Safety

Founder's Day

Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded the organization when women did not have the right to vote and social activism was not popular. However, they believed mothers would support their mission to eliminate threats that endangered children, and in early 1897, they started a nationwide campaign.

 

On Feb., 17, 1897, more than 2,000 people-mostlymothers, but also fathers, teachers, laborers and legislators-attended the first convocation of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C. Twenty years later, 37 chartered state congresses existed.

 

In 1970, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT)-founded by Selena Sloan Butler in Atlanta, Ga.-merged to serve all children.

 

As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children's lives, such as:

·  Creation of Kindergarten classes

·  Child labor laws

·  Public health service

·  Hot and healthy lunch programs

·  Juvenile justice system

·  Mandatory immunization

·  Arts in Education

·  School Safety

Founders' Day 

Founders' Day (February 17) is when we celebrate the legacy and work of our founders-Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler-to better the lives of every child in education, health and safety. It is a time to reflect and take pride in our achievements, and renew our commitment to be a:

·  powerful voice for all children;

·  relevant resource for parents; and

·  strong advocate for public education.

Our founders represented women of imagination and courage. They had a simple idea-to improve the lives and future of all children. They understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day, and took action to change the world for all children.

 

Founders' Day (February 17) is when we celebrate the legacy and work of our founders-Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler-to better the lives of every child in education, health and safety. It is a time to reflect and take pride in our achievements, and renew our commitment to be a:

·  powerful voice for all children;

·  relevant resource for parents; and

·  strong advocate for public education.

Our founders represented women of imagination and courage. They had a simple idea-to improve the lives and future of all children. They understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day, and took action to change the world for all children.

 

 

 

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2016 New Jersey PTA

Leadership Conference

 

Have you imagined a full weekend of Leadership Training, voting on the future of our state association, reviewing Legislative Priorities and Resolutions...well the 115th Annual Leadership Conference is coming in April!

 

The New Jersey PTA Leadership Conference webpage has been launched. Check it out for all information for LeadCon2016!

 

We are excited to announce our Speakers including 

·  Commissioner of Education David Hespe

·  Former Education Commissioner Lucille Davy

·  Teacher of the Year Chelsea Collins

·  National PTA Secretary-Treasurer Wayne Bauman

 

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Join the NJPTA 

Board of Directors

 

Are you ready to continue to show your passion in PTA through work on the NJPTA Board of Directors.

 

Board Positions Open:

- Diversity and Inclusion Chairman

- Education/Special Education Chairman

- Family Engagement Chairman

- Health and Safety Chairman

- Membership Development Chairman

 

Click below to view the position descriptions and the Letter of Interest packet. All PTA Members are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE- February 29, 2016

 

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Updates from the State Capitol

 

 

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Preschool Expansion Law

 

Your voice is being heard loud and clear-and New Jersey's leaders are taking action.Here's your chance to thank Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D) from Essex and Morris; Speaker Vincent Prieto (D) from Bergen and Hudson; Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D) from Middlesex; Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R) from Essex, Morris and Passaic; State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D) from Essex; and State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D)from Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem. 

Last week, these members of the State Senate or Assembly each made pre-k a legislative priority by introducing separate bills to implement the 2008 preschool expansion law. That's huge progress. But bills don't become reality unless our legislators know we appreciate their efforts and support. 

Take a moment to thank the legislators who are supporting pre-k expansion.

·   Click here  to send them a thank you email message.

·   Click here  if you want to call them.


We've included a sample message you can edit-or you can make up your own.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Membership Incentive Deadline

 

 

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Sweet 16 in '16

 

(no application needed, NJPTA tracks your membership via PT Avenue)

 

For every increase of 16 members between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016:

·  Your PTA will be entered in a drawing to win $200.  Three winners will be chosen. (Remember, you receive an entry for every 16 member increase, thereby increasing your chances to win.)

·  Three winners will be announced and posted at NJPTA.org by April 15, 20

 

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