District 13 Update

State Reflections Winners, Spring Conference, and more!

Congratulations to our State-level Reflections Winners!

Sunday, March 22nd was a special day for many students in our district. State Reflections winners were announced at the High Museum. It was a lovely event and a day to remember for those children being honored. District 13 has 5 students advancing to the National PTA competition – 3 from Cherokee and 2 from Forsyth. Congratulations to all the winners!

Georgia Special Artist Photography Awards
First Place and Photography Entry to National – Preston Johnson, Hickory Flat ES
First Place – Ryan Weber, Bascomb ES
Second Place – Ryan Weber, Bascomb ES
Third Place – Brody Wright, Indian Knoll ES

Georgia Special Artist Literature Awards
Second Place – Alexia Irwin, Ballground STEM Academy

Georgia Special Artist Visual Arts Awards
Second Place – Almas Hussain, Little River ES

Musical Composition Awards
Second Grade, second place – Ella Bekkerus, Brookwood ES
Second Grade, third place – Cheryl Jerald, Daves Creek ES
Sixth Grade, first place – Shawn Dua, South Forsyth MS
Eighth Grade, second place – Carly Lobdell, South Forsyth MS

Dance Choreography Awards
First Grade, first place – Navy Joshi, Brookwood ES
Second Grade, second place – Lindsay Morris, Hickory Flat ES
Third Grade, second place – Samuel Fleshler, Daves Creek ES
Sixth Grade, first place – Hannah Fleshler, Lakeside MS
Seventh Grade, First Place and Middle Division Entry to National – Caroline Cannizzaro, Riverwatch MS
Seventh Grade, third place – Lillian Hansen, South Forsyth MS
Eleventh Grade, first place – Elizabeth Hale, Etowah HS
Twelfth Grade, second place – Kathryn Huller, Cherokee HS

Photography Awards
Kindergarten, third place – Owen Muraski, Haw Creek ES
Third Grade, second place – Jesse Martinez, Free Home ES
Third Grade, third place – Christina Warren, Avery ES
Fourth Grade, first place – Tyler Hsu, Kelly Mill ES
Fifth Grade, second place – William Jones, Hasty ES
Sixth Grade, second place – Camila Medina, Mill Creek MS
Eleventh Grade, first place – Sarah Burris, Sequoyah HS

Film Production Awards
First Grade, third place – Navy Joshi, Brookwood ES
Fourth Grade, First Place and Intermediate Division Entry to National – Brayden Fuentes, Macedonia ES
Sixth Grade, second place – David Collie, Jr., Holly Springs ES
Seventh Grade, second place – Jed Guin, Mill Creek MS
Eighth Grade, third place – Jordan-Paige Sudduth, Lakeside MS
Tenth Grade, first place – Caroline Usry, Etowah HS

Visual Arts Awards
Second Grade, second place – Adora Snapp, Macedonia ES
Sixth Grade, third place – Prashanth Radhakrishnan, Riverwatch MS
Eighth Grade, honorable mention – Ziche (Ava) Wang, Riverwatch MS
Ninth Grade, second place – Taylor Montooth, Sequoyah HS

Literature Awards
Second Grade, second place – Jay Hyun, Settles Bridge ES
Fourth Grade, third place – Katy Krumrey, Sixes ES
Fifth Grade, first place – Suzanne Cook, Mountain Road ES
Seventh Grade, First Place and Middle Division Entry to National – Morgan Parsley, Lakeside MS
Eighth Grade, first place – Srija Somaka, Riverwatch MS
Ninth Grade, third place – Marissa Henager, River Ridge HS
Tenth Grade, First Place and High Division Entry to National – Isabelle Riddle, Sequoyah HS
Eleventh Grade, second place – Connor Booz, Woodstock HS
Twelfth Grade, first place – Rachel Fisher, Etowah HS

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. Get a copy of the application here. If you need the application emailed to you, email us at d13gapta@gmail.com.

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/

Financial Red Flags

One of the most important things we do as PTA Board Members is fundraise so that we can provide educational support to our schools. With that comes the handling of money — often large sums of money. It is important to always stay aware of what is going on with your PTA funds and to catch any financial red flag.

To protect your PTA, be aware of the following things:

• No treasurer’s reports at executive board or association meetings.

• Reports are given orally with written information to be provided “later.”

• Treasurer’s reports list only general categories without sufficient detail.

• Treasurer misses meetings.

• Audits not performed as scheduled.

• No one from unit attends any council/district meetings or workshops.

• Board members not turning in correct amount of money; accounting irregularities in their own fundraisers/activities.

• Inability of treasurer or chairman to say how much money the fundraiser made.

• No monthly financial reports; no audits.

• Board unfamiliar with unit bylaws.

• Banks that do not return processed checks (or copies of such.)

• Unapproved meeting minutes.

• Unapproved budgets or yearly calendars.

• President (or other officer) not reviewing bank statements.

• Demands from staff/principal for “gifts” to school.

• A treasurer who is disorganized and can’t get reports ready for meetings.

• A president who writes the checks because the treasurer has no experience.

• Inquiry calls by concerned parents, teachers, or principal.

• Calls on the same matter from two different sources.

• Failure to provide a year-end audit on request.

• Providing skimpy or misleading information.

• Lack of or incomplete minutes, particularly in matters involving use of funds.

• Fundraising project that will benefit a board member financially.

• Unit board not following financial procedure because they “never did before”; board that claims it “didn’t know.”

• Only one person counting money.

• Only one person signing checks; only one person on bank signature card.

• Signing of blank checks.

• Receipts not attached to Requests for Reimbursements.

Need help or guidance? Contact your Council and District leadership.

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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!

Dyslexia Forsyth's Upcoming Events

The Role of Nutrients and Hormones on Brain Function
(ex. focus, memory, learning)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:00pm
@Forsyth County Board of Education, Room 380

1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040

Dyslexia Forsyth is pleased to have Dr. Krishna Doniparthi, MD
Triple Board Certified, Family Medicine, Functional Medicine, Bariatric Medicine

Please join us as Dr. Doniparthi discusses how hormones and nutrients affect brain function and behavior of children and adults. He will talk about the importance of brain fitness and the specific steps you can take to improve overall brain health. Optimal brain health is essential to increased focus, better memory and improved learning capacity! This event is free and open to the public. No reservation is necessary.

Important Upcoming Dates

March 26 -- CCC Honoring Our Heroes Ceremony at Cherokee High School at 6:30pm

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; 9:30 registration(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)