Deadline for Missouri PTA judging: “no later than December 10, 2015” – Submission is all online.
Springfield Council of PTAs TrainingReflections2015 (a powerpoint of the training held Sept. 16, 2015).
National PTA Reflections Resources : 30min video or take the Reflections Leader e-learning course to walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections while learning about resources and tools provided by your State PTA and National PTA.
Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.
- Customize your check list to organize tasks and schedule deadlines.
- Consider these Volunteer Job Descriptions to help recruit volunteers with specific skills/interests.
Flier for students: Let Your Imagination Fly…
Save the Date: Springfield Council of PTAs Reflections Showcase event, Sunday, January 17, 2016
Be sure to sign up for REMIND so you receive important text reminders about SCPTA general membership meetings; Clothing Bank volunteer schedule; specific donation needs at the Clothing Bank; Reflections deadlines, etc.
It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service that many teachers and coaches already put to use. Just text @scptag to 81010. You will be asked to reply with your full name, then you’ll receive a text confirming that you are on the REMIND thread for SCPTA!
The Clothing Bank Work Schedule is completed. Please send as many volunteers as you can on your assigned day! Volunteers can work any day that they are available. Thank you!
Clothing Bank School Assignment Schedule
2015 – 2016
The Clothing Bank is open to shoppers from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm every Thursday
Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
5 Kickapoo, Cherokee, Wilson’s Creek, Mann, Jeffries, Disney, Harrison, McBride, Gray
12 Central, Pipkin, Westport, Study, Campbell, Westport, Bissett, York, Weaver, Boyd, Weller, Greenwood
19 Glendale, Pershing, Hickory Hills, Sequiota, Field, Wilder, Pittman, Bingham
*Open Saturday, November 7, 9-11 am
* Open Saturday, December 5, 9-11 am
**Closed December 10, 2015—January 7, 2016
14 Hillcrest, Reed, Pleasant View, Robberson, Bowerman, Williams, Watkins, Fremont, Truman, Greenwood
21 Parkview, Jarrett, Carver, Cowden, Sherwood, Holland, Sunshine, Delaware, Rountree, McGregor, Twain, Portland
28 Kickapoo, Cherokee, Wilson’s Creek, Mann, Jeffries, Disney, Harrison, McBride, Gray
4 Central, Pipkin, Westport, Study, Campbell, Westport, Bissett, York, Weaver, Boyd, Weller, Greenwood
11 Glendale, Pershing, Hickory Hills, Sequiota, Field, Wilder, Pittman, Bingham
18 Hillcrest, Reed, Pleasant View, Robberson, Bowerman, Williams, Watkins, Fremont, Truman, Greenwood
25 Parkview, Jarrett, Carver, Cowden, Sherwood, Holland, Sunshine, Delaware, Rountree, McGregor, Twain, Portland
3 Kickapoo, Cherokee, Wilson’s Creek, Mann, Jeffries, Disney, Harrison, McBride, Gray
17 Central, Pipkin, Westport, Study, Campbell, Westport, Bissett, York, Weaver, Boyd, Weller, Greenwood
24 Glendale, Pershing, Hickory Hills, Sequiota, Field, Wilder, Pittman, Bingham
31 Hillcrest, Reed, Pleasant View, Robberson, Bowerman, Williams, Watkins, Fremont, Truman, Greenwood
* Open Saturday, March 5, 9-11 am
**Closed March 10, 2016
7 Parkview, Jarrett, Carver, Cowden, Sherwood, Holland, Sunshine, Delaware, Rountree, McGregor, Twain, Portland
14 Kickapoo, Cherokee, Wilson’s Creek, Mann, Jeffries, Disney, Harrison, McBride, Gray
21 Central, Pipkin, Westport, Study, Campbell, Westport, Bissett, York, Weaver, Boyd, Weller, Greenwood
28 Glendale, Pershing, Hickory Hills, Sequiota, Field, Wilder, Pittman, Bingham
This is also the last day the Clothing Bank will be open for the 2015-16 School Year
The Clothing Bank is located within Study Alternative Center at 2343 W. Olive Street. We are located on the back, or northeast side of the building. Parking is usually available along the north side of the building.
Missouri PTA is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 membership promotion: MEMBERSHIP IN ACTION!
One member = One change to win $2,000.
More memberships = more changes to win $2,000!
See this flyer for rules-> Membership In Action
Missouri PTA Legislative Platform 2016
Each year Missouri PTA formulates a legislative platform for the upcoming state legislative session. The priorities are based on the issues the Missouri PTA Legislative Department expects to target for the upcoming state legislative session. As other issues arise, either in the form of bills or due to unexpected events, Missouri PTA turns to the state and national resolutions and position statements to formulate our stance.
The Missouri PTA Legislative Platform for 2016
- Legislation that protects and calls for local control of schools.
- Legislation to strengthen laws designed to protect minors from abuse and increase funding for programs and services aimed at the prevention of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
- Legislation that supports increased access to mental health services for children.
- Opposition to tax credits or tax deductions for tuition paid by a parent or sponsors for non-public elementary and secondary school children.
- Enforcement of legislation requiring school districts to have policies that promote increased parental engagement in their children’s education.
- Legislation that will maintain or generate local and state funding for public education.
- Legislation that will safeguard the educational and personal records of students.
For more legislative information from Missouri PTA, please read the rest of the November Legislative report and share this information at your next PTA/PTSA meeting:
November is designated as Child Mental Health Awareness month. Addressing mental health conditions is a serious subject that many, often due to the stigma attached, feel uncomfortable discussing. Children suffering from mental health issues tend to struggle academically from the time they enter school through their secondary school years. Only 20% of children ages 9-17 who have diagnosable mental disorders are identified and receive help. Schools play a critical role in identifying and addressing mental health needs. Find out what services your school already has in place and make sure to pass that information along to other parents. One of the most basic ways PTA can help is by acknowledging children’s mental health is a serious issue and providing information and education about available resources. PTA needs to get the conversation out in the open. National PTA has some great resources you can share on Emotional Health. You find topics on stress management and teens, the signs to tell if your child is struggling emotionally, and links to a variety of additional resources for both parents and educators.
The National PTA partnered with the National Association of School Psychologists to host a webinar on ways to access special education services offered by your school when your child has a mental health disorder.
Listen (to the webinar at the link above) as a parent, school psychologist and national expert in parents’ and students’ rights, share how to navigate the school system and advocate for your child’s educational needs and overall well-being at school through individualized education plans (IEP) and 504 plans
Thank you to all who attended this event!!!
Thursday, November 5, 2015, our General Meeting will be held in the evening at 6:00pm at Kickapoo High School, 3710 S. Jefferson, in the KHS Library. Springfield Council of PTAs and Missouri PTA will host a legislative rally with state and federal representatives. Students of all PTSAs will have a chance to ask questions along with our teachers and parents. Don’t miss your chance to be heard. Food and childcare will be provided. We will begin serving food at 5:30pm.
Please use the west entrance (Jefferson Street) at KHS.
This will be a question and answer forum (not a debate). The following elected officials have been invited to attend and to participate in the panel:
Federal Elected Officials (Sending a representative from their local office)-David Rauch representing Senator Claire McCaskill, Dan Waddlington representing Senator Roy Blunt and Mike Ussery representing Congressman Billy Long.
State Elected Officials (Attending)-Representative Charlie Norr and Representative Kevin Austin.
State Elected Officials (Unable to attend)-Senator Bob Dixon, Senator Jay Wasson, Representatives Lincoln Hough, Sonya Anderson, Lyndall Fraker, Eric Burlison and Elijah Haahr.
Advocacy has been the cornerstone of PTA since our founding in 1897 and remains the primary focus today. Many major landmark policies for children such as child labor laws, the Juvenile Justice System and hot school lunches, are examples of PTA advocates pushing for reform. Of course changes don’t take place overnight. Advocacy is often a gradual process. It requires patience and year-to-year efforts. Most of all it requires advocacy remain a primary focus not only at the National and State level but also the local unit level. It is the job of the unit legislative chair to both inform and encourage advocacy by all our members.
When you appoint a legislative chair for your unit make sure they contact the state PTA office to give them their contact information (firstname.lastname@example.org). This will ensure your legislative chair is added to the list to receive emails and other resources from MOPTA.
Encourage your members to sign up for Missouri PTA legislative alerts at this link: http://mopta.org/jcdc-take-action/
Encourage your members to sign up for National PTA legislative alerts at this link: http://cqrcengage.com/npta2/app/register?1&m=15903
Encourage your members to attend our Council’s annual advocacy events. We will host our annual legislative focus council meeting in November and our annual school board candidates’ forum in March. Your attendance at these events (and all council meetings) matter, so make plans now to attend and recruit additional members to join you. Remember that you can bring an unlimited number of members to any council meeting, however, only 5 may vote if a vote on council issues occurs during our business meeting.
National PTA is a membership association. People join to support the work you do locally and the work PTAs do collectively to help children, families and schools. We rely on our over 4 million members to contribute their time and skills to schools and communities around the country and overseas.
The number one reason to join PTA is to benefit your child.
In addition National PTA teams up with businesses committed to supporting PTA’s mission of serving all children by offering our members special discounts, fundraising opportunities and other unique deals.
Look for current member benefits providers at this link: National PTA Member Benefits