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Celebrating 100 Years of Advocating for Children

 Banneker Middle School Parent Involvement Committee with Governor O'Malley.

                           

   

                                                                             Maryland PTA Bylaws Committee                                                      

 

 

                                                                                        

 

 

         

 Proposed Bylaw Admendments for the 2017 Annual Convention

                               Click Here for Proposed Bylaw Admendments

 

Is Your Local PTA Unit in Compliance with Maryland PTA Standards

of Continuing Affiliation?  

COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST

1) Are the local PTA unit's bylaws on file with Maryland PTA? 

2) Is the local PTA unit up to date on membership dues payments to Maryland PTA?

3) Has the local PTA unit paid their 2016-17 insurance? 

4) Has the local PTA unit filed the Annual Renewal of Registration Form for Maryland

Charitable Organizations?

5) Has the local PTA unit filed a Form 990 with the IRS? 

6) Has the local PTA unit completed an audit for the 2016 year and sent a copy to Maryland PTA? 

7) Does Maryland PTA have the current officer contact information for the 2016-2017 school year? 

If you can say, "yes," to items 1-7 above, Congratulations!  Your local PTA unit is in good standing with Maryland PTA Bylaws!

If your local PTA unit has not completed each of these Maryland PTA requirements, they are not in good standing according to the Maryland PTA Bylaws. Please call our office 1-800-707-7972 or e-mail Office@mdpta.org, for assistance.

MARCH 31, 2017  - DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE ACCORDING TO MARYLAND PTA BYLAWS.


                                                NPTA

                       

Commit to Positive, Safe Environments for All Students
 
National PTA is committed to the well-being of our children and ensuring that schools create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all children.
 
Today, National PTA joined other leading education organizations in a national call to action addressing the recent reports of bullying behavior in schools. Every child deserves to come to school excited to learn in a safe and nurturing environment without the fear of bullying, violence or discrimination.
 
This call to action follows National PTA's statement on its commitment to positive, safe environments for all students and a recent webinar on bullying and cyberbullying prevention.
 
It has long been a top priority of National PTA to make sure all children have a supportive environment where they can thrive and learn. We are committed to working with schools, school systems, educators, parents and the community to ensure all children have the opportunity to receive a great education in a setting free from discrimination, harassment and violence.
 
We encourage you to share this statement among your membership and within your schools and communities to support and affirm safe and inclusive school learning environments for all students.
 
Collaborating Organizations
 
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
 
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                              Celebrating Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland

 

2017 CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
 
The attached Microsoft Word file provides a review of the information required to submit an Nomination for the 2017 Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland Awards.   Click here to Launch the nomination form 

 


 Washington County Board of Education Proposed Policy Change May Impact Washington County PTA (Click Here)

 Testimony of the President, Elizabeth Ysla Leight (Click Here)

 Maryland PTA Structure and Function (Click Here)


                                                                                                    

 

Talking to Children About the Election

By Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Director of Content and Partnerships, Learning Heroes
 
Our nation has experienced a historic election and throughout this complex process parents and teachers have played an important role in helping children understand what it means for our communities and country. In the days and weeks ahead, it will remain important to listen to our children, making sure they feel safe, optimistic and motivated to learn and grow as individuals and as part of the world around them.
 
For more than 15 years I’ve had the privilege of working with families and educators across the country and continue to be inspired by the commitment to raising healthy, happy and successful children. Here are some questions and ideas I’ve been thinking about as well as additional resources and tips from trusted partners such as Scholastic, GreatSchools, CommonSense Media, Univision and more.
 
Listen and Ask

How are your children feeling? What questions do your children have?

Stay connected to how your children are reacting to the election and listen closely to their questions and thoughts. Provide reassurance that you, your family, and your children’s school are there for them, giving them a place to talk through their questions and work through their feelings.
 
Role-model positive choices

Given that many communities feel disconnected and divided right now, what can each of us do to be kind and understand others? How can we have a positive impact in our school and community?

Talk to your children about the small choices and actions we take every day that help make the world a better place. As you show the importance of understanding others’ feelings and views as part of leading a positive and healthy life, your children will too.
 
Teach them how to overcome challenges

With all of the different feelings children might be experiencing, how can you help your children learn to manage their emotions? How can you teach them the skills they need to overcome difficult situations?

Continue to support their overall development by showing them important skills like how to practice self-control and how to approach life’s challenges with perseverance and resilience.
 
Focus on the positive

What makes your children smile? What are they good at and what are they interested in?

Limit negative media exposure and focus on the positive things that make your children happy. Help encourage and strengthen your children’s belief and confidence in their ability to realize their dreams and play a positive role in the world around them. 
 
For more information, resources and tips on related topics including bullying and supporting social and emotional development, click on these Learning Tools.

Additional articles and resources:
  What should we tell our kids? Be tomorrow’s leaders, today.
Common Sense Media
  How do you talk to your kids about the election?
CNN
  ¿Cómo explicar a los niños el triunfo de Trump en las elecciones?
Univision
  4 key messages your children need to hear the day after the election
Huffington Post
  Here’s what students are saying about the election
NPR
  Talking with your kids about the presidential election
Parents Together
5 things to know before talking to your kids about the election
PopSugar
  How to talk to your kids about the election results
Today
  Children changing the world
Scholastic
  Citizens of the world: How to raise a child who appreciates, respects, and enjoys the diversity of life
Scholastic
  What do kids want in a president?
GreatSchools

 


 

Score Report Support

Last spring, your child took a new state test focusing on the critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills that students need, which replaced the previous test taken in your state.  Results from the new tests are important because they will help teachers better understand where your child does well and where he/she may need some help.  

 

As parents, we all have lots of questions about what score reports from the test means for our children. That’s why in this month’s newsletter, we’re focusing on resources to help you understand your child’s score report, and learn how to use it to support their growth. We hope these resources are helpful to you, and we're here to help!

What's different about the new tests?

Click here for some introductory information on how the new state tests work, and what they are measuring. If you’re not sure which test your child took last spring, select your state from the drop down menu at the bottom of the page for more information.

How can I help at home?

On our site, we’ve developed two new one-stop-shop pages (one for Smarter Balanced and one for PARCC) packed full of useful information for parents from trusted partners such as GreatSchools, National PTA and Scholastic.  And we’re very excited to share new tools, including GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents and Skill Builder, which allows you to search by grade, subject and scoring category to find information and resources tailored to the areas where your child needs support..
 
Click here for our new page for parents: About the Smarter Balanced Test
Click here for our new page for parents in PARCC states: About the PARCC Test
Click here if you’re not sure which test your child took last spring.

How are they helpful to my child's teacher?

In this video, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, shares information about the new tests, and how they are helpful to your child’s teacher.   This video focuses on the Smarter Balanced test, if you live in a PARCC state, click here.

 

National PTA received a request from PARCC.

If you could find time to take the survey it would be greatly appreciated.

 

The PARCC states are seeking feedback to ensure they are delivering score reports and other information in a way that is both understandable and useful to parents and students. The answers parents give will provide the consortium with valuable information, and will help enhance the score delivery process for next year.

 

 

  

 


             

Have you checked the status of your unit's incorporation? 

If you are not considered  "In Good Standing" by the Maryland Department of Assessments, you need to contact them (410-767-1350) to find out what is required to bring you into Good Standing. Not being in good standing can result in the loss of your incorporation and the protection it provides.  It will cause your local to not be in good standing, and thus not be able to participate in several of our programs and benefits.  This loss of standing by the MD Dept of State is usually a result of not filing your property tax report. 

THIS REPORT NEEDS TO BE FILED WHETHER YOUR PTA/PTSA OWNS ANY PROPERTY OR NOT!!!

Check your status at www.dat.state.md.us

  • Click on Business Data Search
  • Select the PTA name as originally submitted OR enter the Incorporation number for your PTA.
  • When you see your PTA, click on general information
  • This will give you an overview of the status of your PTA.        

 


 

What's going on.......

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