Council Leader Update
Council Treasurers Must Report Council Dues that have been PAID
On a monthly basis, please have your Council Treasurer send an email to Shiree Lynch at the state office (email@example.com) indicating which of your local units has PAID their Council dues. Paying Council dues is a requirement to be in good standing with Georgia PTA, however, we need the Councils to let us know which local units have made that payment.
Council report was due September 22, 2015 -- Don't forget to turn it in!
If you have not turned it in, please do so by the end of this week. Please complete and either mail it to the state office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy going to your District Director. You can download the report form from the Council Only section of the Georgia PTA website.
Council Only Section of Website
There is a Council Only section of the Georgia PTA website where you will be able to access the resources you will need for the year. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the GA PTA homepage to access the button. Council log-in is case sensitive.
log in — Children
password — First
Also, be sure to check that local units are turning in their dues on a monthly basis. Reach out to them if they aren't doing so with a kind email and a nudge to turn in their dues monthly.
Model Council Form
To download the Model Council form, you can access it on the Council Only part of the website under FORMS. This completed form will be due to Georgia PTA by May 1st to be considered for Model Council status and recognition at Convention Leadership Training.
Common Core Training Incentives - Dates Extended
All presentations must be presented by an approved and trained Common Core presenter by Georgia PTA. Contact Dr. Detrius Jones for more information and to schedule a presentation – email@example.com or 404-202-1373.
The deadline to pre-register with Dr. Jones for presentations is October 31, 2015. All presentations must be concluded by November 30, 2015 to qualify for the financial incentive.
Important Upcoming Dates
October 5-9 – Georgia Pre-K Week
October 15 — Advocacy Day (Register Now!)
October 23-31 – Red Ribbon Week – check out this website for resources: http://redribbon.org/downloads/Downloadswithlinks/
Month of November – Parent Engagement Month
December 4 — Reflections Entries Due to the State Office
PTAs and Other Parent Groups (talking points)
Here is a preview of information found in the document:
• While there are many differences between PTAs and other parent groups, the most fundamental is our mission. PTA is a nationwide network of families and educators advocating for children at all levels of decision making, and other parent groups are comprised of families working only at an individual school.
• As a nationwide network of more than 22,000 schools and four million families, PTA provides parents, educators, and other concerned adults with an organized way to improve education, health, and safety conditions for America’s children. In addition to involvement at the school, PTA parents have a voice with district, state, and even national level conversations.
This document contains a lot of great information beyond these two key talking points. Check it out!
Training Materials available for your use
Reminders for your local units…
If a local unit's fiscal year end was May 31, their IRS 990 Filing Verification Form is due to the state office on October 15. Make sure your local units are checking their bylaws for their fiscal year end date.
Membership Awards Qualifications for October:
Gold Membership Award – If they reach Target Membership and submit the membership awards form by October 31
Community Partnership Award – if they have 30 community partners and submit the form and list by October 31
Oak Tree Award – all staff as members by October 31. (Staff includes: principal, administrative staff, clerical staff, custodians, social workers, counselors, cafeteria staff, i.e., and personnel assigned or based at the school.)
Georgia PTA is happy to offer online training opportunities for those PTA leaders who were not able to attend CLT, a council training or a PTA University. These trainings can be viewed from the comfort of their own home! If you have local unit leaders who you know have not yet attended training, we recommend that you share with them this training opportunity. They can go to www.vimeo.com/georgiaptatraining and watch the training videos for President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Developing Your Communications Plan, Report Writing and Breakfast in the Classroom.
Social Media: Use it to connect with your members!
We believe social media is a great way to connect people to our association. Are you following Georgia PTA on Facebook? We sure hope so! Georgia PTA posts the most up-to the-minute information on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Be sure to share information Georgia PTA posts to your District, Council or Local Unit pages. It's one of the most effective ways we can reach more people.
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