District 13 Update

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Congratulations to our County Reflections winners who advance to State competition!

On Thursday, November 20th, both the Cherokee County Council and Forsyth County Council celebrated the students who participated in the Reflections Arts Program. The first and second place winners in the Council for each grade in each category will advance to the Georgia PTA competition. Thank you to Melissa Potter (CCC) and Stephanie Moulton (FCC), plus all of our local unit chairpersons who put in countless hours on Reflections this year. We are so grateful to you for all your hard work!

Keep up the great work in membership!

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.

Do you have a great idea of how to continue to get more memberships as we head in to December? Send your ideas to d13gapta@gmail.com and we will share them with everyone!

15 More in 2015!

Congratulations to the following schools who have already turned in dues for 15 more members than last year: Clark Creek ES STEM, FD Johnston ES, Hickory Flat ES, Holly Springs ES, Indian Knoll ES, Kleven Boston ES, Oak Grove ES, Teasley MS, Woodstock ES, Woodstock HS, Big Creek ES, Brookwood ES, Daves Creek ES, Lakeside MS, Little Mill MS, Sawnee ES, South Forsyth MS. Pickens County MS PTSA is also eligible because they got over 15 more members (104 more!) than their chartering meeting.

15 More in 2015 – What does it mean?

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.

Follow National PTA's Pinterest page!

Calling all Pinterest fans out there! National PTA has a fantastic Pinterest page full of great ideas for membership, crafts, healthy food options, and more! http://www.pinterest.com/nationalpta/

Exciting offer from the Good to Go Gang!

**District 13 schools -- We have DVDs available for each school in our District which contain the 1st edition of the Good to Go Gang's Exercise Library for use in your school. Contact d13gapta@gmail.com if you have not received your copy and would like one!**

The GOOD TO GO GANG LLC has an incentive for each elementary PTA local unit who elects to participate in their January 30, 2015 cash drawing of $17,500.00. This will consist of three drawings, with the first prize being a $10,000.00 donation to the 1st place winner, a $5,000.00 donation to the 2nd place winner, and a 3rd place donation of $2,500.00.

If you elect to join them at this time, they ask that local unit PTA presidents please e-blast this Call-to-Action to ALL of your members in order to help promote the Wellness program NOW. This announcement will help promote our movement to the parents, and in turn they will also be made aware of the fact that $4.25 cents of the $11.00 requested to join the Wellness Campaign is also being donated back to the PTAs who have elected to participate in this great cause.

Order forms and checks are received by no later than January 16, 2015 to be included in the drawings for the $17,500.00.

The checks will be made payable to the GOOD TO GO GANG LLC, and the disbursements of your proceeds for participating in our campaign for our wellness package will be made payable to your local units within 30 days from the date above.

All order forms and promotional materials will be provided to each local PTA president via the GOOD TO GO GANG LLC at no additional charge. Please be sure to fill in the number of requested promotional sheets and order forms needed on your link page below.

Please visit Good to Go Gang by clicking on: http://goodtogogang.com/GAPTA.html

Nominating Committee for District 13 seeking interested candidates

District 13 is looking for PTA leaders for the 2015-2017 term. The district holds two conferences each year and supports three councils: Cherokee, Forsyth, & Gordon as well as Pickens County Middle School PTSA.

There are five positions which will be elected at our Spring Conference on May 6, 2015:

District Director;
Two Assistant Directors;
and Secretary.

Each officer serves a two year term. In order to be eligible to serve as a district officer, the district officer must reside within the district and be a member of a local PTA. A district director shall have served at least one term as a local unit officer or council officer.

Please contact Stephanie Moulton, District 13's nominating committee chair, to be considered. vpprograms@forsythcountypta.com

Start planning now for "Take Your Family to School Week"

National PTA's Take Your Family to School Week—February 16-20, 2015—will focus on the theme Supporting Student Success to promote family engagement solutions that are proven to help prevent the risks associated with high school dropout.

National PTA will send new PTA Take Your Family to School Week Kits to the first 150 PTAs to sign up to host an event. Supplies are limited, so sign up today!

National PTA Advocacy Awards Nominations accepted until December 19th!

Nominations for the 2015 Advocacy Awards are now being accepted! If you know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or know of a local unit or state level PTA that has done great advocacy work, please nominate them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA! Winners will be announced in January, and will receive their awards at the 2015 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Like in previous years, advocates may apply themselves in the youth and individual categories, and the winners in these categories will get the opportunity to act as advocacy ambassadors for PTA. Please use the links below to make nomainations. Nominations must be for efforts made in the last year and are due by midnight on Dec. 19.


January 2015 Dyslexia Forsyth's Event – Understanding Psychoeducational Evaluations: Using Testing Results to Make Educational Decisions

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:00pm

@ Forsyth County Board of Education, Room 380

1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040

Jennifer Lindstrom, an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at UGA, will focus on understanding and interpreting psychoeducational evaluations for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She will discuss important considerations in the accommodation selection process, including requests on high-stakes tests (SAT, ACT, etc.), and offer recommendations for making sound instructional and testing decisions based on information obtained from evaluations. Lindstrom will present case studies for participants to practice applying what they have learned about assessment principles and procedures.

This event is a combined venture of Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia, Dyslexia Network of Forsyth and IDA-GA and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-psychoeducational-evaluations-using-testing-results-to-make-educational-decisions-registration-13253263869

Visit www.dyslexiaforsyth.com

Mark Your Calendars! Dr. Dana Rickman to Speak with D13 in January

We are excited to have Dr. Dana Rickman from the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education host a Common Core roundtable at both Cherokee and Forsyth Councils in January.

Cherokee Council date is January 14th.

Forsyth Council date is January 16th.

More details are forthcoming!