September 2016                     The Official News of the Duval County Council PTA/PTSA                       Volume 1
President's Message

Schools may have been on vacation, but your County Council has been hard at work for our students.  Among our summer highlights were:

Summer Activities
  • We hosted 4 Presidents' and Treasurers' Training Programs over the summer to train the new incoming officers.
  • We attended the National PTA Convention in June in Orlando and witnessed the power of PTA! 
  • We attended the Florida PTA State Convention in July with many of our local PTA Units. 
FL PTA Leadership Convention
  • Duval's local units were honored by Florida PTA for all the great work they do for the students of our county. 
  • Over 25 local PTAs were honored and we encourage you to apply for the FL PTA awards this year.  You all deserve to be recognized for the important work you do all year for your students, parents and teachers. The seminars, speakers and the fellowship were amazing. 
  • We came home with new ideas and new friends. 
  • We hope you all will put this convention on your calendar and in your budget for next summer. 
Communications 

We are reaching out to you and your members with our:
  • Monthly  General Membership Meetings  
    (4th Tuesday of the month 9:30 a.m. at the School Board Bldg.)
  • Facebook page (Duval County Council of PTAs),
  • DCC PTA website (www.dccpta.org),
  • Fall Leadership Workshops (Oct. 1st at the School Board Bldg. from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) and
  • Bi-monthly DCC PTA newsletter.
Contact
If you are interested in learning more about what the County Council does or getting more involved, please contact me at  president@dccpta.org .  We are here to assist you!
Karen Nuland, President-Duval County Council of PTAs

Presidents, please forward this newsletter to your board.
Our next General Meeting will be held on September 27, 2016

Please consider joining us from 9:30 am - 11:00 am in the Cline Auditorium, located at the  
Hospitality begins at 9am.
2016 - 2017 Membership Benefits
Right Foot Award Deadline is Nov. 1st

A special award is presented to PTAs that complete tasks to make sure your PTA is off to a good start. This years award is due (postmarked) by Nov. 1st. For the printable application, visit our website.

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. 

As a  National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.

Deadline to enroll in this program for the 2016-2017 year is October 1st.
For more information, visit www.pta.org/excellence.
Congratulations to 
Julia Landon College Prep and Stanton College Prep
for receiving recognition as a 
National PTA School of Excellence!
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One View

Did you sign up for Focus last year? Duval Schools have now merged Focus with One View, an all-in-one resource for managing your student's information. Now you can view your child's grades, check attendance, receive announcements, even communicate with their teacher. You can use your existing Focus account or register a new account with One View, for detailed instructions on the process,  click here.
Reflections

The annual theme search for Reflections is underway with the winner receiving $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention. Deadline to turn in your theme idea is Nov. 16.

Schools participating in this year's theme, "What Is Your Story?" need to have their entries turned in by December 5 for county judging.

If your school does not currently participate in the Reflections program, but would like more information on how to start one, we're here to help! Contact Anita at  reflections@dccpta.org or  visit our web page for helpful info!


Interested in helping out at the Depot?

Volunteers are greatly needed to go through all of the donations the Teacher Supply Depot receives on a daily basis. Do you have high schoolers looking for volunteer hours? This could be a great option for them as well! Contact Chris Buckley at the depot at 904.381.7480.

Next Giveaway is on September 8th from 3pm - 6pm. 
Giveaways are open to DCPS Employees and PTA Presidents - ID is required! PTA Presidents are welcome to send a delegate on their behalf, but arrangements must be made ahead of time. For more information about the Teacher Supply Depot or upcoming giveaways, click here. Also, please consider  joining them on Facebook.
Spotlight on Your PTA Communications

Do you have an effective Website, eNewsletter, or eBlast that gets the PTA word out?  Share it with us! Please send a link and an explanation of how your service has benefit your PTA to web@dccpta.org. Your example will be listed in the Webmaster-Chair section of DCCPTA.org.