District 13 Update

Be in the know!

Georgia PTA Announces Membership Incentives

15 More in 2015 – District 13 already has 4 schools who are eligible!

Every PTA/PTSA that has been chartered for two or more years that attains 15 more members than last year's final total by February 28, 2015 will be entered into a drawing to win $500.00! The first two PTA/PTSA names pulled will be the winners, and their money will be distributed by no later than April 5, 2015. Four more names will then be pulled, and each of these four will also be named as winners of $201.15 each. These winnings will be distributed by no later than April 5, 2015.

Newly chartered PTAs/PTSAs can also qualify to win money. Each of these schools that attains 15 more members by February 28, 2015 over the number of members that they had at the time of their charter meeting will be entered into a drawing to win $201.15 (one winner will be selected). Money will be distributed by no later than April 5, 2015.

RSVP for the D13 Fall Conference!

When you hear "Twitter, Kik, Tumbler, Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat" do you really understand what your children are doing on social media sites? Are your children protected? Are they being bullied on the internet? How can you keep them safe and their reputations clean and clear in this digital world? Colleges and employers are checking out your children online, are you?

Stop feeling lost about this new technology and join us on October 1, 2014 at Woodstock High School as District 13 PTA presents Katie Greer, renowned social media consultant, as she demystifies social media and gives parents action steps to take to make sure your children are protected.

Registration and brunch at 9am. Presentation begins as 10am. You must RSVP to have a spot. Please RSVP at d13gapta@gmail.com. Admission is $8.00, includes brunch. Send check made out to 13th District of Georgia PTA to Susan Hayes, 1804 Fenton Manor, Cumming, GA 30041.

Keep up the great work in membership!

District 13 has strong numbers as of the end of August with 21, 069 members overall.

Local unit leaders, please be sure to send in your dues at the END OF EVERY MONTH. Here is a link to the dues transmittal form. Also, if you need more membership cards, please send in the form for more membership cards to the state office.

You still have time to submit for several awards this year. Download the Membership Awards Form here! Both the Oak Tree (100% Staff) form and Community Partnership (30 community memberships) form are due by the last day of October.

My child has an IEP. Now what? — Sept. 23 at 7pm

Presented by Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County

Getting your child an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) is only the tip of the iceberg. The real confusion comes with what to expect once your student has one. A panel of parents and administrators will share their experiences and answer questions regarding your role in supporting the IEP. Help set up your child for a successful school year by understanding the process of this special education service.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00pm @ Forsyth County Board of Education, Drive Lab 1 & 2 (2nd floor), 1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040

This event is free and open to the public.


School of Excellence Enrollment Deadline is October 1

If you have not enrolled already, the deadline to submit your school for participation is October 1. Please visit the National PTA School of Excellence website for more information.

General Meeting Script

Do you ever feel a little unsure about what to say during your General Membership meetings? New local unit presidents are often a little worried about their script for their first meeting. National PTA has put together this very helpful script that can help take the stress out of knowing if you are saying things properly or not.

Register Now for the GA PTA Advocacy Conference – October 2, 2014

Register for the October 2, 2014 Georgia PTA Advocacy Conference being held at the Fulton County Government Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9:00 a.m. State School Superintendent candidates Valarie Wilson and Richard Woods have both made commitments to attend this event and participate in a candidates' forum. Our National PTA President, Otha E. Thornton, Jr., will serve as forum moderator. Additionally, Dr. Dana Rickman (Policy and Research Director for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education) will serve as one of the presenters on Common Core.

Register online until September 26, 2014 or print off a registration form, and have it postmarked no later than September 24, 2014. Registration fee of $30.00 includes materials and lunch. Non-members $35.00. On site registration fee is $35.00; lunch provided while supply lasts.

Click here to register online. Click here for mail-in registration.

FREE Exercise DVDs available from the Good to Go Gang!

The Good to Go Gang is offering a 150-minute exercise library (30 minutes a day) of guided activity to be played in the classroom for elementary children across the great State of Georgia as a donation from the GOOD TO GO GANG, LLC to the Georgia State PTA. This program is free for all elementary schools, so take advantage of this offer and promote a healthier lifestyle for our children.

There is no charge for these DVDs. Distribution to your school principals will be during the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year. This is also a great way to help every school that elects to participate meet the Department of Education's mandate for 30 minutes of guided exercises in our elementary schools.

Click the link below to visit the Good to Go Gang's website to submit your DVD request.www.goodtogogang.com/ga.html

Join the Good to Go Gang in their "Wellness Campaign" by requesting your free copies of the DVDs for the 2014-2015 school year, also be sure to watch for the NEW promotion that is coming your way within the next few days!

Register for the 2014 Male Engagement Conference to be held October 24-26 in Atlanta

Register today for the 2014 Male Engagement Conference, Oct. 24-26 in Atlanta, Ga.

The conference—supported by event signature sponsor WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)—will offer tips and best practices for creating male engagement to ensure the academic and social success of all children.

Conference registration is $119 and discounted hotel rates are available. For more info, go to PTA.org/MEC.

Share Your Pics

Help us show the power of male engagement in children's lives! Send us your photos of dads and male mentors engaged in activities with kids from birth to adulthood at home, in the school and the community. Collected photos will be compiled into a video format and shared at the National PTA Male Engagement Conference.

Upload your photos to our Flickr page to participate in this project.

Stay Connected!

There are a lot of ways to stay connected with Georgia PTA, the 13th District and your individual Council.


www.ptakit.org – Website with an amazing amount of resources!




On Facebook, either like us or join our groups!

National PTA, Georgia PTA, GA PTA - 13th District, Cherokee County Council PTA, Forsyth County Council PTA, Gordon County Council of PTA