Next Council PTA Meeting
The saying is that "March winds blow..." If February is any indication, Winnie the Pooh and his blustery day will have nothing on north Texas!
But, blustery days or not, Council PTA will be holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Garland/Rowlett rooms of the Harris Hill Administration Building Annex (501 S. Jupiter Rd, Garland 75042) at 9 a.m.
This month, we welcome Ken Stavinoha, Assistant Principal at Pearson Elementary in Rowlett and Jerry Rice, a grandfather of one of the 5th grade students at the campus. They will be sharing information about their campus Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, and offering tips for getting the program going on your campus.
Five students honored by Texas PTA
Five of the Reflections entries that progressed to Texas PTA - level competition received recognition.
Bubba's Mad Hatter P T(ea) A party
Our theme for the annual Spring Luncheon is loosely based on the Mad Hatter's Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. However, this time, the rabbit hole landed Alice in Bubba-land.
Dust off your favorite cap/hat/bonnet/chapeau and make plans to attend this popular event!
The deadline for ticket orders is Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (the day of the April Council meeting.)
Free 2014-15 Council Dues*
What? No Council dues next year??? Well, one enterprising local PTA can get just that! Council will once again be hosting a silent auction immediately prior to the start of the Spring Luncheon Program. Auction proceeds will go into the General Funds for Council, as we do not hold fundraisers during the year.
We are asking each local PTA to donate something for the auction - be it a single basket, a variety of gift certificates, or other cool stuff. The school that raises the most money during the auction will have their Council Dues covered for the coming school year.
* Please note that Council Dues are separate from the state/national dues that locals pay for each member to Texas PTA.
Future Teacher Scholarships
Do you know a graduating senior who plans to enter the teaching profession?
Encourage them to apply for the PTA Future Teacher Scholarship. Details are available from counselors at all high schools with active PTSAs.
Foundations: Leader Orientation
To make it easier for individuals to get the training at their convenience, Texas PTA has also 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 2013-14 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.
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.