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Friday, Dec. 5 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec 6 from 8-10 a.m. are your only opportunities to deliver your school entries for Council PTA level judging. Your local PTA unit must be "in good standing" - aka have your dues paid to Council PTA in order for students from your school to participate in Council judging, and have had your membership dues paid to Texas PTA on or before October 15 for entries from your school to be eligible to advance to state or national judging.

Don't forget to return between 5-7 p.m. Saturday evening to retrieve non-winning entries. The Council doesn't have a secure storage place at this time.

Mark your calendar for the evening of January 8. All Council winners in the 2014 Reflections contest will be honored at the Curtis Culwell Center at a come/go reception between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Hark How the Bells!

Dues are Past Due!

If you have not yet submitted dues to Texas PTA for your members or have not yet submitted your $50 Council PTA dues, please do so ASAP!

Council dues form

PTA Schools of Excellence Honored at GISD Board meeting

Pat Mullins, Family Engagement Facilitator, coordinated a reception on Tuesday, October 14 for the schools that earned "National PTA School of Excellence" designations. read more

Dr. Mullins with dignitaries


Dr. Pat Mullins (yellow jacket) speaks with (left to right) Leslie Boggs, president of Texas PTA, Shannon Sevier, vice president of National PTA, and Larry Glick, GISD Board Vice President



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.

December 2014
Council Talks Newsletter
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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
    Terry Clark
    Child Programs Coordinator
    North Texas Food Bank

  • December 3, 2014
    Rowlett High School
    Chamber Singers

  • January 2015

  • February 4, 2015
    60th Anniversary Celebration!
    Leslie Boggs
    Texas PTA President

  • March 4, 2015
    Melissa Williams
    Texas childrens book author and publisher

  • April 8, 2015*
    (note - 2nd Wed)
    School Board president
    Rick Lambert

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

Sharon Wainscott
2014-15 Council President

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

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