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  • Growing Our Membership Every Month
    Membership is a year-round effort.  It never ends.  As PTA ambassadors, leaders are to constantly promote the value of PTA, and with it, ignite interest in our mission for people to join in.  Our PTA voice is more powerful, and our PTA advocacy is stronger the more members we have.  The new year is full of additional opportunities to invite everyone to join PTA this second half of the National PTA membership year (7/1-6/30.)  What are those opportunities?  To begin with, all of your remaining meetings and activities in your PTA calendar for this year. To continue, all National ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-11By Ivelisse Castro
  • National PTA’s Art Program Turns 50
      Did you know we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National PTA Reflections Program this year? For the past 50 years, the National PTA Reflections program has encouraged students of all ages to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA and over 4,000 PTAs across the country encourage all students with all abilities to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—that reflect on the annual theme. As a kick off to our celebration, we’re thrilled to announce we had ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-03By Amy Weinberg
  • Parents and Kids Join Forces with STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night
    This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night Giveaway winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event with lessons learned and practical advice.   Game Nights are so special because they are family based. The experience is extremely fun for kids and exciting for parents as well, especially when it’s a new theme or a hands-on activity like playing ThinkFun games. Family members play together – kind of like a large home game night where kids are ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-29By Isabel Materon
  • Creating Lasting Memories with STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night
    This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night Giveaway winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event with lessons learned and practical advice.   Maplewood STEM/ThinkFun Game Night is something I spearheaded after a very meager turn out the previous year that our school put together. I am a firm believer of getting out of something what you put into it. So, in this case as a PTA we wanted to “Do Better.” We try to apply ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27By Sondra Miller
  • Teachers Turn Up for STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night
      This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night Giveaway winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event with lessons learned and practical advice.   Our local PTA had a problem: We needed a way to get our teachers involved in our PTA events. Thankfully, we heard about the National PTA STEM + Families Game Nights and thought it presented a perfect opportunity! We were fortunate to win a bundle of ~50 ThinkFun games during the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-21By Amy Jorde
  • Member Growth, Huge Turnout With STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night
    This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night Giveaway winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event with lessons learned and practical advice.   Did you know that games are good for motor skills, help our kids solve problems, can lead students to get better grades, and promote family bonding? That’s why at Cedargrove PTA, we are proud to host three Family Game Nights every year, which we think are unforgettable for everybody. Family Game Nights give ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-19By Yesy Reyes
  • Family Game Night, Anyone? With STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night
      This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families ThinkFun Game Night Giveaway winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event with lessons learned and practical advice.   Curtsinger Elementary School PTA had a problem. We wanted to give our families bonding time and grow our membership, but it was becoming harder to grab families’ attention for evening programs. So, we sent out a quick survey to our families. We discovered a desire for more info about science, technology, engineering, ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-17By Aliina Plunk
  • PTA RECAP: Healthy Lifestyles Month and Get Off Your Apps Events
    To help National PTA celebrate Healthy Lifestyles Month this November, Goya-Move awarded $1,000 to 15 local PTAs to host a “Get Off Your Apps” Physical Activity Event at their elementary or middle schools. Congratulations to these 15 PTAs who used our program toolkit to plan, promote host and celebrate their events. So, now that November is over you may wonder, “What did a successful ‘Get Off Your Apps’ Physical Activity Event look like?”  Charles R. Drew Charter School PTA in Atlanta knows! The PTA hosted the first “Get Off Your Apps” Physical Activity of the month Nov. ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-12By Amy Weinberg
  • Plan Your Own Award-Worthy PTA Reflections Showcase Watch Party
      Through the National PTA Reflections program, students receive national, state, and local recognition for their artistry and originality in dance choreography, film production, literature, music, photography, and visual arts. This year is even more important than usual as it is our 50th anniversary. Since 1969, when the program was founded, Reflections has helped so many students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, and find a love for learning! To celebrate, National PTA is going all out by incorporating 50th anniversary celebrations into our upcoming events, including this year’s Reflections Student Arts Showcase at the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-11By Amy Weinberg
  • What is #GivingTuesday and How Can I Participate?
      For many of us, Thanksgiving with our families makes the holiday season official. We gather with loved ones, give thanks for the blessings in our lives, and enjoy a day of togetherness and turkey. We hardly have time to put away the leftovers before holiday shopping messages become urgent. Don’t miss Black Friday! Save time for Small Business Saturday! Don’t forget about Cyber Monday! And then there’s #GivingTuesday. With all of the messages about buying and taking you’ll hear over the next few days, #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27) provides a welcome reminder about the power of giving. #GivingTuesday is ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-26By Caroline Condon
  • Inside Look at National PTA’s New Digital Safety Initiative
    Last week, I visited Texas to help Chapel Hill Preparatory School in Dallas host the first Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop. I’m a new staff member at National PTA, so this was my first opportunity to see PTA members in action. My first impression? PTA parents are dedicated! These parents came ready to be vulnerable—no small feat with the amount of parent-shaming that goes on today—and talk openly about tough parenting issues, provide support for one another and create solutions together. Families began to trickle in for dinner before the workshop started, allowing people to eat, relax and meet ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-13By Natalie Hedden
  • Know an Outstanding PTA Advocate? Nominate Them for the 2019 Advocacy Awards!
    PTA advocates go to great lengths to take action for kids. From meeting with local, state and federal decisionmakers to hosting school forums to advocating for legislation and ballot initiatives, PTA advocates consistently go above and beyond to advocate for each and every child. National PTA recognizes the dedication our advocates through our annual Advocacy Awards which are presented to outstanding individual, state PTA and local PTA advocates at our Legislative Conference. We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Advocacy Awards! If you are or know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or a local ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-12By Hannah Engle
  • What’s the Difference Between the Cold and Flu?
      Cold and flu both start with a sore throat and stuffy nose, but what are the symptoms that differentiate each virus? As we move into the colder months, it’s important to know the difference between the cold and flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cold and flu have similar symptoms because they are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by a different virus. Symptoms of the cold can include sneezing, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat. The flu, on the other hand, includes cold symptoms, as well as feeling feverish, experiencing ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-09By Ferran Rousaud
  • Be There When The Bell Rings for Take Your Family to School Week
      National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week (TYFTSW) is coming up fast! Throughout the week of Feb. 10-17, 2019, National PTA and local PTA units across the country will be hosting events to encourage family and community engagement, as well as celebrate National PTA Founders’ Day. Although February is still months away, the way to ensure a successful TYFTSW event is to begin planning now. We’ve got a few event ideas for you! ·         Sharpen Literacy Skills: Host a family reading experience, where parents and children spend the evening reading and sharing their favorite books. ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-29By Natalie Hedden
  • Help Is Needed to Decide Art Program’s Theme
    Did you know each year we hold a theme search contest for the National PTA Reflections program? For nearly fifty years, hundreds of students across the country have submitted theme ideas, and every year, one theme is chosen to serve as a catalyst for artistic creation for the following program year. In addition to a $100 prize, winners receive national recognition by determining theme for the 2020-2021 Reflections program year. They also play a major role in inspiring hundreds of thousands of students to create original works of art and helping us celebrate the breadth of history of the last ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-26By Sarah Goodwin