Next Council PTA Meeting

At our April 9th Council PTA meeting, our guest speaker will be Board President, Larry Glick. The topic he plans to address is "The Role of the School Board President."

After he finishes his planned comments, he will open the floor to questions from the audience.

All Council PTA Deadlines are Wednesday April 9

The day of the Council meeting is the deadline for a number of Council-related items:

  • PTA Spring Luncheon ticket purchase (after this date, the price goes up!)
  • Principal of the Year nominations
  • Outstanding PTA of the Year nominations
  • Outstanding Individual Volunteer nominations
  • Outstanding Volunteer Program nominations
  • Outstanding Individual Parent Educator nominations
  • Outstanding Parent Education Program nominations
  • Outstanding PTA Newsletter applications
  • Historian Scrapbook judging

Don't miss your chance to earn a little recognition for your local PTA. We'll have a box outside to collect your award forms/applications. Please package each award separately so we can distribute them to the appropriate Board member easily.

luncheon_logoBubba'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! We'll even have a "best hat(s)" contest to recognize the best headwear.

The deadline for ticket orders is Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (the day of the April Council meeting.)

Download ticket order form here

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

(1) Go to

(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.
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 2014
Council Talks Newsletter
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Council Meetings

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

  • Wednesday, September 4
  • Wednesday, October 2
    Curtis Culwell Center Ballroom
    11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6
  • Wednesday, December 4
  • No January meeting
  • Wednesday, February 5
  • Wednesday, March 5
  • Wednesday, April 9
    (Note: SECOND Wednesday)
  • Thursday, May 1
    Spring Luncheon
    Curtis Culwell Center Arena

Suellen Atteberry
2012-14 Council President

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

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