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  • Update from Florida PTA: All Children are Our Children
    The following was shared by Cindy Gerhardt, President of Florida PTA. Resilience.  That is our word for this year.  We are showing the capacity to not only recover quickly from the damage and chaos that Hurricane Irma brought to our communities, but we are being propelled back into the role of caregiver and advocate.  Only 10 days after Irma made landfall, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  While we know that many students from the Florida Keys, where schools have been extremely damaged, have been relocated to schools in Miami-Dade, we are now seeing hundreds of ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-11By Cindy Gerhardt
  • Cultivating Online Safety with Proactive Parents and Schools
    The internet can be a wonderful tool to learn and explore new concepts, as well as a way to connect with people and cultures far away. However, we also know that the internet can be a serious source of distraction and danger, especially for its youngest users. These risks are why setting boundaries and encouraging balance for online use is so important. Parents often feel overwhelmed by the drama that seems to accompany the technology in kids’ back pockets. And they’re certainly not blowing the issue out of proportion. A 2016 Common Sense Media study found that a whopping ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-04By Sarah Siegand
  • Support Families and School Communities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
    Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are facing an unprecedented crisis. The islands were heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma, and before they had a chance to recover, Hurricane Maria hit and devastated any remaining structures and supports. Families and school communities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands need our support now more than ever. Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria were the strongest storms to hit the islands in decades—families remain without power and access to basic necessities and schools remain closed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families, educators, schools and communities affected, particularly all ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-29By Jim Accomando
  • PTA Reflections: Within Reach
    PTA Reflections is a national program that sparks students’ imagination, curiosity and participation in the arts! Each PTA partners with their school and community to offer activities, events and awards for families to enjoy. Check out these fun ideas on how to bring Reflections to your community—in school and at home. Reflections at School Reflections will empower students to take charge of their own learning and make personal connections across their community. Share these ideas with teachers and school leaders to help increase student engagement and deepen learning. TIP 1: Introduce Reflections at a faculty meeting early in the school ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-22By Ethan Clark
  • Parents Unite to Support America’s Healthiest Schools
    When we drop our children off at school, we put great trust in the teachers and staff. Aside from home, kids spend the majority of their time at school, making it one of the most influential places in their most formative years. As parents, we look to schools to support our children in reaching their full academic potential. At Shore Acres Elementary—my sons’ school where I serve as PTA president—that pursuit starts with being a healthy school. We’re not your average healthy school. We’re one of America’s Healthiest Schools, a distinction earned through our work with the Alliance for ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-21By Stephanie Cox
  • Park West Gallery: Art Education Matters
    Students create self portraits through the Turnaround Arts program. (Sponsored Post) Knowledge is power, and there are few things more powerful than art. Despite art’s connection to human emotion, we at the Park West Gallery understand the art world can be intimidating for those who feel they aren’t “in-the-know,” so we strive to make art accessible for people of all ages by demystifying it. We emphasize the importance of art education by hosting regular free educational seminars and sponsoring enrichment programs through our nonprofit organization, the Park West Foundation. Exposure to the arts is a critical part of a child’s ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-13By Chris Gray
  • Clever and Fun Ways to Get Your Child Math-Ready
    Students often lose academic ground in the summer, especially in math. Researchers have found that students on average lose more than two months of math learning over the summer. To help children feel confident in math at the start of the new school year, try some math activities at home. That may seem like a challenge, but kids can practice math in lots of fun, unexpected ways. For example, inexpensive board games that offer children experience with numbers on a die, counting, money collection and distribution are all wonderful, non-traditional ways to sharpen your child’s math skills. Card games ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-11By Danielle Goedel
  • Q Your School: Free Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for Public Elementary Schools
    (Sponsored Post) As parents and teachers, you know how important it is to create a healthy environment for children to learn, grow and thrive. At kaléo, where we put patients first, we feel the same way. However, approximately six million children in the U.S. live with life-threatening allergies, meaning that an encounter with a peanut in the lunchroom or a bee sting during recess could trigger anaphylaxis to those at risk. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can happen quickly and may cause death. Anaphylaxis can occur as a result of exposure to allergens including tree nuts, peanuts, ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-08By Spencer Williamson
  • Celebrate the Holidays Safely
    The kids are back to school and the holidays are around the corner. It’s an exciting time to gather with family and friends. Unfortunately, holiday festivities can present unique fire hazards. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more residential fires happen during the colder months than any other time of year, primarily caused by cooking, heating and electrical malfunctions. Don’t let a fire ruin your holiday! Stay safe with these simple tips: Cook with Care Remain in the kitchen when you’re cooking and keep pan lids close by so that if a fire starts in the pan you can ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-07By Kristen Gomez
  • Go Back-to-School with National PTA
    Dear fellow PTA members, As your 55th National PTA President, it is an honor to welcome you to another exciting school year. As we begin an energizing new school year, I ask that you stay laser-focused on our PTA mission. We must ensure that all children have equity and quality in learning, and that they have access to a first-class public school education. National PTA’s resources, guides and tips can help you achieve our mission. 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit (PTAKit.org) Use this thorough guide to walk through every step of being a PTA leader, from Finance to Advocacy. ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-06By Jim Accomando
  • Preparing for a Hot Housing Market
    (Sponsored Post) Homes are flying off of the market—at least that’s the prediction for 2017. According to Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson, “We expect 2017 to break the 2016 record as the fastest market on record. Homes stayed on the market an average of 52 days before going under contract in 2016, the shortest time recorded since Redfin began keeping track in 2009.” Record number of sales The Salt Lake Board of Realtors® Housing Forecast 2017 report agrees; 2016 marked the highest level of homes sold in ten years. It also noted that the sale of multifamily units, such ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-30By Bryan Packer
  • Tell Congress to #STOPCutsToClassrooms
    Our public schools are at a crisis point. Federal funding for public education has remained at 2% of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services. This disparity between funding and actual cost means that Congress has essentially made cuts to classroom budgets across the nation. These overall classroom funding cuts couldn’t be coming at a worse time. Today’s classrooms are more in need of funding than ever—most public-school students are now from low-income families, yet federal spending for high-poverty schools has decreased by more than ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-25By Joshua Westfall
  • Becoming a National PTA School of Excellence
    Have you ever wondered what PTAs have done to help their schools become nationally-recognized Schools of Excellence? Check out how these PTAs made a tremendous impact on continuous school improvement through the School of Excellence program. Enroll your PTA in the 2017-18 School of Excellence program now thru October 1 at PTA.org/Excellence. Highland Oaks Elementary PTA – GA Through the School of Excellence program, the Highland Oaks Elementary PTA created the Kindness Project with the mission to foster kindness and respect in our student body by engaging students, parents and faculty alike. All students worked together during their art ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-22By Amy Weinberg
  • Start the School Year Right With Healthy Habits
    (Sponsored Post) Help Protect Your Children From Germs This Back-To-School Season With school bells ringing and teachers diving into their lesson plans, help your children focus on what matters most during the school year – learning! As part of the Healthy Habits Program, Lysol alongside the National Parent Teacher Association hope to spread the word on healthy habits, starting with simple yet effective tips to help keep germs at bay and help prevent your children from getting sick, whether in the classroom or at home! Set your children up for a successful and healthy school year with the following ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-15By Rory Tait
  • Enroll in the 2017-18 School of Excellence Program
    Maybe you are looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements. Maybe something meaningful is already happening between your PTA and school, and you would like to see that recognized. In either case, National PTA’s School of Excellence program offers customized tools to help you to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success, and to earn recognition for your PTA and school. By enrolling in this program, your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Throughout the ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-28By Amy Weinberg