Next Council Meeting: Wednesday, April 8

photo of Rick LambertJoin us at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the Harris Hill Administration Building Annex to hear from our guest speaker, Rick Lambert. Rick was elected to the GISD Board of Trustees in May 2012, and has been serving as president during the 2014-15 school year.

He will be providing an update on preparations for starting the improvement projects approved in the fall 2014 Bond Election, ongoing efforts to improve the education experience in GISD, and more. Bring your questions and comments to share.

Peace Love PTA t-shirt
Last chance to order a "cool" PTA T-shirt!

The GISD Council of PTAs is taking orders for this fun t-shirt design as a fundraiser for both Council and the PTA Scholarship fund.

The April 8 Council meeting is your last opportunity to place an order if you haven't already.

Click for order information

Annual PTA Spring Luncheon

You like to save money, right? You have already made plans to attend the annual Spring Luncheon, right? But have you ordered your tickets yet? After April 8, a late fee will be added to each ticket in your order.

The event honors the best-of-the-best PTA activities in Garland ISD and allows guests to catch up with PTA friends and neighbors over lunch. Don't miss the chance to cheer for GISD's best - without paying extra for the privilege.

Click here for ticket information


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, However, be forewarned that finding it on the site is challenging.

(1) Go to

(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.

April 2015
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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