District 13 Update

District 13 Scholarship Opportunity!

District 13 is proud to bring back our Scholarship program this year. The scholarship application for students of ALL ages. The due date is April 1, 2015 and scholarships of $250 will be awarded in May 2015. A PDF of the application has been emailed to each Local Unit president. If you need the application emailed to you, email us at d13gapta@gmail.com.

Exceptional Children's Committee

We are excited to have Colleen Beguiristain as the Exceptional Children's Committee Chair for District 13. If you have any experience in this area or are interested in serving with Colleen, she can be reached at colbeguiristain@gmail.com

Important Upcoming Dates

March 18 -- CCC Superintendent's Roundtable, 9:30am at Teasley Middle School

March 20 -- FCC General Meeting, 10am at Board of Education

March 22 -- State Reflections Ceremony

March 26 -- CCC Honoring Our Heroes Ceremony at Cherokee High School

March 27 -- PTA Night at the Hawks

April 1 -- Scholarship Applications for D13 Scholarship are due

April 16 -- CCC General Meeting

May 6 -- District 13 Spring Conference at Whitlow Elementary School (awards, celebration, vendor fair and officer election for D13)

May 13 -- CCC New Officer Training

May 13 -- FCC New Officer Training

May 19 -- FCC Principals and Presidents Lunch

June 26-28 -- National PTA Convention in Charlotte, NC

July 10-11 -- Georgia PTA Convention Leadership Training (CLT)

Dyslexia Forsyth's Upcoming Events

Dyslexia and More…Differentiating Among Disorders

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00pm

@Forsyth County Board of Education, Room 380

1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040

Often dyslexic students struggle with more than just reading, writing and spelling. Come learn more about common struggles- with math, handwriting, language processing, focus, anxiety and more. While learning disabilities can occur independently of one another, oftentimes they overlap. Dr. Leslie Stuart will present information on how to recognize these other difficulties as well as what you can do to help your child cope with them. Please come prepared to ask questions specific to your child's struggles. This is a group effort from IDA-GA, Decoding Dyslexia-GA and Dyslexia Forsyth.

Visit us at http://decodingdyslexiaga.com/ or http://www.idaga.org/index.htm

National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant

Deadline: March 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm EST/ 5:00 pm PST

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides matching dollar funding to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs within their


Now accepting applications for projects starting in the 2015-2016 school year. PTAs serving at-risk student populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

It is recommendded that you review the grant narrative before applying so that your responses may be drafted and then cut and pasted into the application. APPLY HERE!

New Family Reading Experience Webinar

Tues., March 31, 7 - 8 p.m. EDT

March is National Reading Month, but the importance of reading never ends! Join National PTA's senior manager of family and community engagement, Sherri Wilson in this live one-hour webinar and learn how to help PTAs promote a life-long love of reading throughout the school year and at home!

Register now.

Input Next Year's Officers By May 1

Local units: Once you've held your elections, please be sure to input the information for those officers into the Georgia PTA database. Officers need to be input by May 1. The online data entry is available this year. You can access it here. https://clt.georgiapta.org/

Nominations & Elections Resources

Local unit officers: please prepare ahead of time for your meetings with an agenda for everyone in attendance and a script for the presiding officer. This will make the meeting go so much more smoothly! Following parliamentary procedure is important not only to set the right tone and bring credibility to your meeting, but to help the presiding officer feel confident in how the meeting should proceed.

Quick Tips about Conducting Elections of PTA Officers

Quick Tips about PTA Nominating Committees

Quick Tips about Filling a PTA Officer Vacancy


Thank you to Solaro/Castle Rock Research for being a PLATINUM LEVEL Sponsor of the 13th District! Check out Solaro at www.solaro.com and www.castlerockresearch.com


Thank you to Spiritwear.com for being a GOLD LEVEL sponsor for the 13th District of Georgia PTA! Check out Spiritwear.com at www.spiritwear.com!

District 13 Spring Conference

Wednesday, May 6th, 9:30am

3655 Castleberry Road

Cumming, GA

We hope that you will join us for our District 13 Spring Conference on May 6th at Whitlow Elementary School! We have lots of exciting things planned for our attendees, including a vendor fair, brunch, district meeting and elections, entertainment from Whitlow ES students, tours of Whitlow's garden, and, of course, our annual awards and recognitions. Lisa-Marie Haygood, Georgia PTA President-Elect will also be there with us and will share her vision of Georgia PTA for her term as President (July 2015-July 2017). We hope that all our local unit leaders will attend and invite their principal to attend. Check-in and brunch begins at 9:30 am.

Cost to attend is $10 per person. To RSVP, please send an email to d13gapta@gmail.com with the name of the attendees and your school name. Send checks payable to 13th District of Georgia PTA to Susan Hayes, 1804 Fenton Manor, Cumming, GA 30041.

Reminder: Since we will be holding District elections, please be sure to bring your Membership card so that you can receive a voting delegate card. Thank you!