• 6 Things Parents Need to Know About E-Cigarettes
    Many parents have high school memories of classmates sneaking cigarettes and of the Marlboro man, Joe Camel, and Virginia Slims ad campaigns that made cigarettes seem ubiquitous and cool. Over time, public health education campaigns and effective public health policies have driven smoking rates to record lows, and made smoking more like the exception than the rule. But now there is a new threat to our kids’ health in the form of e-cigarettes –nicotine-loaded products about which many parents have little knowledge, and to which tweens and teens have flocked as a result of appealing flavors, deceptive marketing, and ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-02By Jessica Cohen
  • How Life360 Crash Detection Helped Save Our Boys
    On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, my two sons, ages 16 and 13, were driving on the freeway and collided with another car. The car veered off the road, down an embankment, hit a tree and flipped over. Every parent’s nightmare. I’m a therapist and never look at my phone during a patient session, but it kept buzzing. I knew something was wrong as soon as my receptionist knocked on my door. Fortunately, we have a Life360 membership with Crash Detection. The sensors had detected a collision and immediately, a Life360 representative contacted both my wife and ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-30By Ryan Darrow
  • National PTA Gives Federal Policy Update
    Last night, March 25, the U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion dollar COVID-19 #3 relief package. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote and pass the bill Friday, March 27, and then it will go to the President for his signature, which he has indicated he will sign. In related news, U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue will participate in the President’s Coronavirus Task Force’s daily briefing to discuss online learning and school meals. There is no set time for the daily briefing. Most 24-7 news networks carry the briefing ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-26By Jacki Ball
  • The Top 3 COVID-19 Legislative Packages You Need To Know
    National PTA is engaged in, and closely monitoring the details of the third legislative package. Specifically, we are focused on ensuring that federal resources are able to quickly get to states and school districts, including dedicated resources to support distance learning, and that there are appropriate flexibilities provided, however we are opposed to broad waivers that raise significant equity and civil rights concerns. Right now, negotiations are ongoing many provisions in the bill including those related to distance learning in the third package.  More details to come as we learn them. COVID-19 Relief Package #3 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-23By Jacki Ball
  • National PTA President Addresses Membership Amongst Pandemic
    The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has reached a critical point. Yesterday we learned that we have lost our first known PTA leader to the virus. Our utmost priority during this crisis is the health and safety of all of our members and all students, educators, staff and families. We are also committed to supporting and making sure all PTAs, children, families, schools and communities have what they need during this challenging time. COVID-19 has and will continue to have significant impacts and implications on K-12 education and student populations. Please know that National PTA is engaging regularly with congressional staff ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-19By Leslie Boggs
  • Partnering for Good: Spotlighting Survivors at the Super Bowl
    Each year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city through their Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program. As the Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA President, I knew we had to take advantage of this opportunity and help one of our local PTAs become a recipient of the grant coinciding with the Miami Super Bowl 2020. We had a PTSA high school, Miami Beach Senior High, whose field was deemed a hazard—preventing their 2,400 students from accessing a valuable outdoor space. We knew we had to correct this situation. Given the fact the overhaul would ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-07By Beth Edwards
  • Customize Health for Your Community! With a Healthy Hydration Event
    SPOTLIGHT: Apples PTA (Stamford, Connecticut) This blog post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders who received a Healthy Hydration Grant, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America. They share practical advice and lessons learned from planning and hosting their events. The Healthy Hydration Program is a great way to promote drinking water and infused water to students and families. The program can be coupled with so many different types of events such as a Healthy Lifestyles Night or a Field Day. Since we at APPLES PTA serve a preschool, our students are three and four-years ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-06By Valentina Conetta
  • Fun for the Whole Family! At a Healthy Hydration Event
    SPOTLIGHT: Dufief Elementary PTSA (North Potomac, Md.) This blog post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders who received a Healthy Hydration Grant, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America. They share practical advice and lessons learned from planning and hosting their events. Incorporating a Healthy Hydration Event into our PTA calendar was so easy! We hosted a Bike Rodeo and simply added the Healthy Hydration Stations at our event. Our school is in the middle of a very suburban walkable and bikeable neighborhood. Although there are many students who ride their bikes casually, we wanted to ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-04By Jamie Pflasterer
  • Arts Enhancement Grant Awards Local PTAs
    National PTA’s Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant awards two local PTAs $1,000 in matching funds for student-centered programs that increase access to high quality arts learning experiences and new pathways for students to participate in National PTA’s Reflections program Last year, through the Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant application, PTAs shared their plans to deliver high-quality arts education activities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts. We were so excited to select Anderson Mill Elementary PTA in Texas and Reese Road Elementary School PTA in Georgia to receive the award in 2019, and we ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-02By Ellie Miller
  • National PTA Celebrates the Heroes Around Us All
    National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students participate in Reflections in response to the annual theme. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education hosted the National PTA Reflections Student Arts Showcase & Exhibit Opening, honoring the over 200 national winners from the 2018-2019 program year. During the hour-long program, the 2018-2019 theme, Heroes Around Me, was reflected through performances and features in all ... read more
    Published on 2020-02-29By Hope Cagle
  • 8 Easy Steps for an Awesome Field Day!
    Winter is winding down, which can only mean one thing—Spring is right around the corner! You may be looking ahead to a 5th grade graduation, or even thinking of that upcoming summer vacation, but wait! Don’t let Field Day catch you by surprise this year. At Booster Spirit Wear, we work with thousands of schools across the country every day and hear all of the best insider tips and tricks to pulling off the biggest events of the school year. Below we have complied everything we know about Field Day and built out 8 easy steps to help you be the hero ... read more
    Published on 2020-02-26By Emily Thomas
  • Focus on Health with a Healthy Hydration Event
    SPOTLIGHT: Cumberland Trace Elementary School PTA (Bowling Green, Ky.)  This blog post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders who received a Healthy Hydration Grant, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America. They share practical advice and lessons learned from planning and hosting their events. When I saw the opportunity to apply for the Nestlé Waters Healthy Hydration Program Grant through National PTA, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew winning the grant could help open a pathway for Cumberland Trace Elementary PTA to host a healthy lifestyles event at our school in Bowling Green, Ky! Like ... read more
    Published on 2020-02-26By Becky Durkee
  • Making Drinking Water Fun! With a Healthy Hydration Event
    SPOTLIGHT: Pope PTA (Puyallup, Wash.) This blog post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders who received a Healthy Hydration Grant, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America. They share practical advice and lessons learned from planning and hosting their events. “Try new things ‘cuz they might taste good!” was the jingle I sang from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood as the masses of students taking their water breaks approached the water coolers. The signs on the water coolers piqued their interest as they realized they had a decision to make: Which flavored water recipe would they try first? ... read more
    Published on 2020-02-19By Victoria Treffry
  • Healthy Habits to Carry your Family Through the End of Cold and Flu Season
    Practice healthy habits throughout cold and flu season to make it to the finish line! We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The end of winter is within sight, and with it – we hope – is the end of cold and flu season. Even with spring just around the corner, however, it is important to remember that we are still in the midst of peak cold and flu. Practicing healthy habits is just as important now as ever, to help get you and your loved ones through the end of the season in good ... read more
    Published on 2020-02-18By Ferran Rousaud
  • Mid-year Classroom Supply List
    Mid-year reminder to replenish school supplies and finish the school year strong The midpoint of the school year is finally here! Now that most schools are at the halfway mark, it’s time to make sure classrooms are stocked for the remainder of the year. The National Parent Teacher Association and Lysol® want to remind schools and encourage parents to help refresh supplies in classroom to end the year strong by providing a quick checklist of essentials that sometimes aren’t top-of-mind. We are still in the thick of cold and flu season, so consider sending in the following items to help ... read more
    Published on 2020-02-03By Ferran Rousaud