Join Us in Welcoming Our New PTA’s formed during the
Prince George’s County
Frances Scott Key Elementary School PTA
From Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s County PTA Council (PGCPTA Council) was reinstated in February 2010. For the last 3 years, the PGCPTA Council has been busy in assisting Maryland PTA with establishing and re-establishing local units, building and fostering relationships with the Prince George’s County Public School System and most importantly advocating for all students in Prince George’s County. The PGCPTA Council has been extremely busy with the current legislation, House Bill 1107. This bill was passed to give the Prince George’s County, County Executive Rushern Baker the power and authority to select a Superintendent for the Prince George’s County School System. While this concerns citizens of Prince George’s County, the PGCPTA Council remained firm in not supporting this bill. The PGCPTA Council did not support this bill as there were so many uncertainties and no community involvement regarding the bill. The HB1107 goes into effect on July 1, 2013. The PGCPTA Council will continue to advocate for students and continue to demonstrate - 'Every Child. One Voice'
Last, the PGCPTA Council was recently awarded a $20,000 grant for the Urban Family Engagement Initiative. National PTA believes the solution to our academic and literacy crisis in urban areas involves a multi-layered approach that promotes partnership between parents, teachers, students, and communities. PTA's Urban Family Engagement Network (UFEN) emphasizes a locally-driven model energized by grassroots strategies and projects that train and mobilize volunteer leaders to become peer mentors to families of students in the community. This grant will extend over the next 2 1/2 years. The PGCPTA Council is currently in phase 1 of the grant and headed toward phase 2. We recently held a training session were National PTA facilitated the training and trained 15 PTA leaders to implement the grant. Our goal will be to educate parents on the following:
We thank you for your support and especially thank Maryland PTA for their support.
Earnest Moore, President
A Word from our Sponsors!
Snacking Sense For You and Your Family…
by Shaye Arluk, McDonald's Nurtriional Consultant
Snacking has become a favorite American past time. Most American adults snack every day, and children are snacking between 4-10 times a day! As the prevalence of snacking increases, the medical community is seeing an increase in excessive calorie and fat in children’s diets and a decrease in calcium, a critical nutrient for children. However, smaller meals like snacks can be very beneficial. They have the potential to provide the body with energy and nutrients needed after playing, exercising or fueling the body between meals to help maintain concentration and prevent poor behavior.
Yet, poor snack choices can slow the body down and potentially cause excess weight gain. Studies have shown that both adult and children are mainly snacking for non-hunger reasons: boredom, stress, fatigue, sadness, etc. When you choose snacks when you are not truly hungry, the human body tends to gravitate towards empty calories and large quantities. Children’s snacks should be limited 300 calories or less per snack including their beverage calories. The snacking habits a child sets up in their life now will influence what they eat in their adult life, so snacking smart is important!
Liquid snacks in the form of real fruit smoothies and fat-free chocolate milk can be an excellent snack for children that will give them the calcium, vitamins, minerals, and protein instead of the empty calories found in sugar sweetened beverages and fruit drinks.
Perfect snack choices combine lean protein sources and whole grain carbohydrates or fiber rich foods. Examples of good nutrient dense snacks include dairy snacks like low fat yogurt with granola, and fresh fruit, vegetable snacks like baby carrots and hummus, nuts and dried fruit, and whole grains like oatmeal made with milk. When your kids’ snacks contain complex carbohydrates and good sources of vitamins, they will feel more satisfied from the snack and you will feel good that you’ve provided their body with the nutrients it needs to function.
You can design easy and ideal snacks every day by combining one item from each of the 2 columns below. Remember, the snack choices you feed your child today will lead to life long choices in their adult years…happy snacking!
Column 1 Column 2
*1/2 Banana (try frozen) *Hummus
*Apple Slices *String Cheese
*Dried Apricots *Hard-boiled egg
*Grapes (try frozen) *Fat-free or low-fat yogurt
*Canned fruit in juice *Peanut butter
*Craisins/Raisins *Almond butter
*Dried apple rings *One handful of nuts
*Dried banana chips *Fat-free refried beans
*Cherries/Berries *Canned tuna (no more than
*Real Fruit Smoothies once a week)
*Deli roll-ups (turkey, roast beef, chicken or lean ham)
Veggies *Trader Joes Turkey/Buffalo Jerky
*Baby carrots * Non-fat or 1% Milk (white or
*Cucumber Slices *Edamame (this protein rich bean
*Green peas (from freezer) can count as a vegetable or protein)
*Sugar Snap Peas
*Red Pepper slices
*Yellow Squash Pizza
(jarred pizza sauce on yellow
squash strips with melted cheese)
*Sweet potato fries
*Whole Wheat crackers
*Small whole grain tortilla
*Low-sugar cereal bars
*1/2 English muffin or bagel
*Low-sugar oatmeal made with skim milk
*Microwave popcorn (made in a chemical free brown lunch bag)
*Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
Yearbooks Help Us Remember
Children bound through the hallways of schoolhouses across the nation with their yearbooks in hand. They greet friends and teachers and request a few cherished words to mark this moment in time.
The school yearbook is a time capsule of sorts, helping its viewers to recall classmates, best friends, field trips and celebrations. As each page is visited, vivid memories and their accompanying emotions come flowing back – playing for the team, performing at the talent show, making and ending friendships.
Preparing the school yearbook is an important job. The finished product will be thumbed through and scrutinized for many years to come. To make sure the yearbook withstands the test of time, it’s important to find a yearbook manufacturer that meets the needs of your school. Following are some key points to consider:
The flexibility to create the yearbook any time, any place - Look for a web-based option that provides templates, interactive tutorials and support materials to help the entire process run smoothly, regardless of where it’s created.
Easy access to Picture Day images - Save time and resources by finding a vendor that will automatically import student portraits into the yearbook program and create an index.
Accept submissions from multiple contributors - More children are represented in the yearbook when parents, teachers or students are able to upload possible photographs easily.
Creativity, however you please - Look for flexibility with pre-designed elements, such as covers and page design or the ability to design your own.
On-going support throughout the school year - Reminders of deadlines, newsletters with tips and inspiration, and creative support help to enhance the final product.
Let students make it their own through customization - By offering personalization options, like foil names, a hard cover, a current events insert and more, students can select the perfect book for them.
A yearbook to be proud of - Make sure the print quality of the yearbook will show off those cute kids and great photography.
Years from now, the students will grab their yearbooks to search for themselves and a few good friends. They’ll laugh at the clothes and hairstyles and remember a favorite teacher. They’ll read those “famous autographs” with a smile. For a short moment, they’ll be transported back to that special time in their lives.
Learn more about Lifetouch yearbooks at yearbooks.lifetouch.com or by calling 1-800-445-1191 x168.
Your Contributions Make an Important Difference
Contributions to the Annual Fund are used for important programs and projects, as well as day-to-day operations at Maryland PTA. Since it is impossible for Maryland PTA to fund all of the worthy and important programs it would like to support, it must depend on the generosity of PTA members and supporters, through contributions to our Annual Fund.
Through the Annual Fund, PTA members and donors are able to have a profound and lasting impact on the broad community we represent—parents, teachers, students, and communities. Because of our donors and members demonstrated dedication, compassion, and commitment, PTA is able to address important community issues, such as arts in education, parent involvement and healthy lifestyles.
Your gift will be put to work immediately on behalf of all of Maryland’s children. Thank you for your support of PTA and its mission.
Annual Fund donations can be made online with the button below or simply mailing a check (made payable to Maryland PTA), a letter outlining the purpose of the gift, to the following address:
5 Central Avenue
It Is Nominating Time- Local PTAs
Should be Setting up Nominating Committees!
Your PTAs should be forming nominating committees to seek officers for the upcoming year. Be sure to check your PTA’s bylaws to see what your timeline is, and the required number and composition of your nominating committees. Please refer to ARTICLE VI Officers and Their Election- Section 3 in your local PTA bylaws for information regarding your nominating committee. In order for PTAs to grow their own membership, they must be actively involved in looking for leadership in your school communities. Sometimes, all it takes is asking another if they would like to consider a leadership role in your PTA. PTAs work very hard in their school communities advocating on behalf of children and are a great support for their schools. Be inviting!
Quick Tips about PTA Nominating Committees from Maryland PTA
Nominating Committee-The nominating committee is one of the most important committees in your PTA unit. It is essential that the members of the nominating committee include experienced ongoing leadership as well as newer members. The unit bylaws should outline how the nominating committee members are elected and how many members should be on the nominating committee (Article VI, section 3). The nominating committee members have the responsibility of bringing forward the name of the most eligible person for each elected position. In considering which PTA members are the best qualified to serve in the officer positions, the criteria listed below should be considered and evaluated.
• Must be a PTA member.
• Must be enthusiastic and supportive of PTA.
• Must believe in the basic policies and purposes of the PTA.
• Must be fair and objective and concerned for the best interests of PTA.
• Should be willing to attend training.
• Should have some knowledge of the organization and its role in the school and in the community.
• Should be willing to give PTA a satisfactory level of priority and commitment, including attendance at meetings.
• Should be able to work well with people.
Who is eligible to serve on the Nominating Committee?
Any member who has paid current membership dues in the local unit is eligible to serve on the nominating committee. The principal may serve on the Nominating Committee if elected as any other member. The current PTA President may not serve on the Nominating Committee. All members should have an opportunity to nominate or be nominated for the committee.
What skills should Nominating Committee members possess?
• Fair, ethical and impartial judgment when evaluating people or situations.
• Ability to listen and ask penetrating questions.
• Ability to keep confidential information.
• Understanding of PTA Mission, Purposes, and plans.
• Understanding of how to build skill sets by position.
Election of Nominating Committee:
• The Nominating Committee is elected, as described in Article VI Section 3 of your bylaws. The bylaws state the number of people to be elected to the Nominating Committee. It is always an uneven number.
• Elect the Nominating Committee at least two months prior to the election meeting according to the manner described in your unit’s bylaws (general membership or board of directors).
• After the committee is elected, the committee will elect their chair.
• When selecting a chair, consider their demonstration of:
1. Ability to facilitate and resolve difficult discussion.
3. Ability to hold information in confidence.
4. Non bias behavior within their role at the PTA.
5. Integrity and ethical behavior.
• The chair, with input from other committee members, sets the first meeting date, time, and place. Hold the first meeting early enough to allow for a second and third meeting, if necessary.
Conducting Nominating Committee meetings:
• Conduct the meeting only if a majority of the committee is present. All committee members should be present at the meeting, if possible.
• Allow sufficient time to interview, study and discuss candidates
• Matters discussed by the Nominating Committee are strictly confidential. No names should be revealed until they are released according to established procedures.
• Committee members themselves may be nominated for office. They should be excused from the room while their nomination is being considered and may return to vote.
• Committee meetings are open only to committee members. Discussions must be open and honest, and above all, confidential. Should confidentiality be breached, it is the chair’s responsibility to counsel the member. If the chair breaches confidentiality, it is each member’s responsibility to bring it to the attention of the President.
• In contacting potential nominees, the nominating committee chairman (or other designated committee member) should:
· Give a clear indication of the responsibilities of the office and how much time may be involved.
· Include any expectation of officer representation at leadership training workshops, council/state PTA meetings and/or the annual convention.
· Never try to talk a reluctant individual into accepting a nomination.
· Never try to 'fill the board' just to have names in place. A vacancy at the time of the election may be filled by a nomination from the floor or later by the newly elected executive board.
• Determine a target date for completion
• Develop a “candidate search list” and determine how contacts will be made. Potential nominees should include PTA members who represent the social and ethnic makeup of the school and parent community. (After the election, it is helpful to pass on a list of those individuals who are interested in a committee to the incoming president.)
• Refer to the unit’s bylaws for copies of the job duties for each elected position.
• Set the next meeting date before adjourning.
• If needed, conduct interviews. Ask the same questions of all candidates per position. For example, ask all treasurer candidates the same questions. These questions can be different or the same as the questions you ask of the secretary candidates but ask all secretary candidates the same questions.
• If a complete slate of officers has been selected, complete a Nominating Committee Report, listing all nominees and positions. Date sign and present one copy to the PTA Board as soon as possible. Retain another copy to read at the election meeting.
• If the slate is not complete, give a Status Report ONLY to the Board, and continue the process until the slate is complete. When the slate is complete the Nominating Committee prepares and presents a report for the PTA board meeting and the general meeting, listing nominees for each office.
• When all nominees are selected and notification is given to the Board, post one copy of the Nominating Committee Report in the school office, or another visible location, at least 10 days prior to the election meeting or according to bylaws.
Dissolution of Nominating Committee:-A Nominating Committee, unlike other special committees that are automatically discharged when their report is made, has not completed its work until balloting for nominees has begun. If a nominee withdraws before the balloting begins, the Nominating Committee shall present another nominee.
Common Nominating Committee Mistakes:
• Forgetting to elect the Nominating Committee at least two months before the election month.
• Failing to provide advance notification to the general membership about when the Nominating Committee will be elected.
• Failing to apprise all members of their eligibility to potentially serve as an officer or on the Nominating Committee.
• Selecting members for officers without first determining what skills and qualifications they have for the position.
• Not actively recruiting new members for leadership positions.
• Assuming that only members who have children in the public school are the best candidates for leadership roles.
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
What's going on.......
Healthy Lifestyles Energy Balance 101 Grant
National PTA is excited to announce a new funding opportunity.
Thanks to the support of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and its Together Counts™ Program, we will be offering local PTAs the tools and resources to partner with schools and engage families to identify and address barriers or challenges to providing healthy learning and home environments.
PTAs play an important role in increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in the school community by engaging families, teachers, administrators and students in programs and activities that encourage the school community to be active and to eat healthier foods.
The goal of the Healthy Lifestyles Energy Balance 101 Grant is to provide local PTAs with resources to:
1. Use the standards based, Energy Balance 101 curriculum created by Discovery Education to educate families on the importance of energy balance, nutrition education and physical activity in achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Energy Balance is the balance your body needs between “energy “(consumed in the form of calories) and “energy out” (burned through activity);
2. Empower families to partner with schools to advocate for and support the implementation of healthy changes around nutrition and physical activity, and;
3. Provide families with tools to create an environment at home that supports the positive changes at school.
Beginning May 6, local units can apply for the Healthy Lifestyles Balance 101 Grant to implement these objectives. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. ET on June 28. Twenty-five (25) $2,000 grants will be awarded to PTAs in good standing who wish to engage students in grades PreK-5 in healthier habits.
Chesapeake Bay Trust
In 2012 the Chesapeake Bay Trust awarded almost $6 million in grants to area schools, PTAs, and other non profit organizations to advance environmental education and improve local communities throughout Maryland. Each year more than 200 schools receive funding from the Trust to pay for field trips, outdoor learning experiences and other hands on projects that teach students about their natural world.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust has 12 competitive grant programs that award funding for all kinds of projects and programs that improve the Chesapeake Bay and advance environmental education. The Trust’s Mini Grant Program for K-12 Environmental Education provides funding up to $5,000.00 for efforts that seek to educate and engage school communities in activities that benefit watershed health. Grant funding is available during three deadlines per year and more information can be found at www.cbtrust.org. If you have any questions about grant funding opportunities or how Bay plates make all this happen, contact Molly Alton Mullins at 410-974-2941, x 107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
.....good things are happening in Maryland!
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