October 15th Deadline is HERE!

The deadline for local PTAs to submit dues for a minimum of 20 members to Texas PTA for state & national dues is Oct. 15. It is also the deadline to submit your $50 Council Dues.

Election Update

Early voting

Early voting will begin on Monday, Oct. 20 and end on Halloween - Friday, Oct. 31. There will be three locations available for early voting within the district boundaries. They include:

  • Richland College - Garland Campus
    675 W. Walnut St, Garland, TX 75040
  • Rowlett City Hall Annex
    4004 Main St, Rowlett, TX 75088
  • Sachse High School
    3901 Miles Rd, Sachse, TX 75048

Election Day - Nov. 4

Voters will not only be choosing the next Governor of Texas, and a number of other local, state, and national races, but here in Garland ISD, they will also be voting on the 2014 Bond Election. There is a plethora of bond information posted on the district website at www.garlandisd.net/bond2014

Be an informed voter!

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Do you have students interested in participating in the annual Reflections competition? Wondering where to start to coordinate your school level program? Look no further! Council Arts in Education Chairman, Celia Proffitt, has put together an awesome site to connect you to the things you need to know.

https://www.smore.com/ezfc2

Please note that your local PTA unit must be "in good standing" - aka have your dues paid to Texas PTA on or before October 15 - in order for students from your school to be eligible to advance to council, state and national judging.

2014 Fifth Grade Greeting Card Contest

The information packet for the annual Greeting Card Contest has been posted on this website.
Download here

The winning design from each elementary school is due in the GISD Communications Dept. by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.

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34 GISD schools earn National PTA School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.

The path to excellence starts with a joint commitment of PTA and school leaders to work together to achieve PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Through the School of Excellence program, the PTA and school will gain new ways to engage families in school decision-making, such as improvements to programs, practices and policies related to education, health, safety or the arts.

The statistics:

  • 169 schools in the United States of America were designated a School of Excellence
  • 42 Texas schools were designated a School of Excellence
  • 34 Garland ISD schools were designated a School of Excellence

(read more!)

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SAVE THE DATE!

LAUNCH: Summer Seminar will be at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas - July 17 – 19th. Registration info will be available on the Texas PTA website in January.

Editor's note: This is an AWESOME opportunity for your local PTA leadership to get all sorts of training in one place, as well as network with fellow PTA leaders from around the state. I did not really believe it until I experienced it for myself - but now I am definitely a proponent of the time and expense involved.

Foundations: Leader Orientation

All new Board members are required to complete this leadership training. To make it easier for individuals to get the training at their convenience, Texas PTA has made it available on their website, www.txpta.org. However, be forewarned that finding it on the site is challenging.

(1) Go to www.TXPTA.org

(2) Log in using the 2014-15 login/password (included with your membership card)

(3) Click on Intranet Home in upper right section of page

(4) Choose View Member Area from left side menu buttons

(5) Choose Notebook from left side menu. This is the online training portal.
At this time, Foundations training is the only option available, but it appears to have three "modules."

A council board member who was planning to do the online training reported that you may run into issues with your browser while trying to access the training. If you have more than one browser installed on your computer and have problems, you may wish to try an alternative browser. Examples of browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome.

October 2014
Council Talks Newsletter
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2014-15
Council Meetings

Except where noted, meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Garland/Rowlett rooms in the Harris Hill Administration Building Annex at 501 S. Jupiter Road in Garland.

  • September 3, 2014
    Dr. Bob Morrison
    Guest Speaker
  • October 1, 2014
    Jody Luna
    Just Say Yes! Youth Equipped to Succeed

  • November 5, 2014

  • December 3, 2014

  • February 4, 2015

  • March 4, 2015

  • April 8, 2015*
    (note - 2nd Wed)

  • May 15, 2015*
    (note - 3rd Friday)
    PTA Spring Luncheon
    Culwell Center Arena

Sharon Wainscott
2014-15 Council President
s.wainscott@verizon.net

Garland ISD Council of PTAs
c/o GISD Box 701
P.O. Box 469026
Garland, TX 75046-9026

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