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Save the Date:Idaho PTA State Convention
Pocatello, Idaho....April 7-8, 2017
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is proud to have helped donate over $11 million to local communities for education, nonprofit and youth-sports programs.
 
 October 2016
Dear PTA Member & Friend of PTA,
Idaho PTA has participated in the first Parent Advisory Council with Superintendent Ybarra and other members of the Department of Education along with some other organizations and parents across Idaho.  

It was an open discussion on what's working and not working, family engagement tools, explanation of ADA and funding formula, and an IDL a parent portal, which is coming soon.

Idaho PTA has been asked to gather information regarding testing and accountability from a parent perspective.  We are also asked to review the Idaho ESSA plan and give feedback.  Please send us your concerns regarding any of these issues so that we may be able to pass them on. Email  Idaho PTA

Our mission at Idaho PTA is to  support & speak on behalf of children in the school amd our c ommunities before governmental bodies and other organizations that
make decisions affecting children. Idaho PTA is also actively promoting resources for parents to help them develop the skills they need to raise and protect their children, and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of our state and in the nation.
Please visit our  Idaho PTA Website for more information.
Is Your School Prepared for 
National Reading Month?
When families read together, they spark their imaginations, learn important lessons, start difficult conversations and make memories that last forever. National PTA and Kindle believe that family involvement is key to developing students who enjoy reading. That is why both groups are working together to engage families in reading through the PTA Family Reading Experience, a fun family literacy event hosted in schools nationwide. 
  
Watch this slideshow and use the checklist below to help you plan your own event!
Watch this slideshow and use the checklist below to help you plan your own event!

Choose a date and time that will allow the largest number of families to participate. Reserve an open space or a few classrooms for hosting reading stations. Coordinate with your school administrator to avoid conflicts with other activities.
  • Pick a theme, prepare reading station activities and print out take-home tips for parents. You can find options for these ready-made for you at PTA.org/Reading.
  • Recruit six reading leaders to facilitate station activities. Prepare each leader by sharing station instructions and reviewing your event schedule ahead of time. Be sure each station leader understands the importance of families participating in the activities with their children!
  • Invite your whole school community to attend! Send home an invitation using our templates at  PTA.org/Reading.

Local Units to Apply for a Mary Lou Anderson Grant


 
$1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community.
 
Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences.
 
Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. 
 Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, 
as determined by the Idaho PTA.  
 
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 17, 2017. Find out more at  PTA.org/Awards.
Idaho PTA Board Member Nominations
 Why volunteer for Idaho PTA? 
The number one reason to  is to benefit your child. 
In doing so, you also help all the children and students in Idaho.  But there are many more PTA advantages:
  • Get Connected. There's no better way to know what's happening in your school, community & state.
     
  • Discover Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
     
  • Tap into a Network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are important for our students. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences. 
     
  • Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with Idaho PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause-your child and all children in the Idaho.
     
  • Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change.
     
  • Witness Improvement. By getting involved you'll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Idaho PTA plays an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy, curriculum and social events.
     
  • Be a Role Model. By becoming a board member with the Idaho PTA, you'll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
     
  • This is an election year for Idaho PTA Board Members. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities to serve on the Board with the Idaho PTA, please click on the link below.
Congratulations!
The National Title I Association 
Distinguished Schools Program Award.

Rulon M. Ellis Elementary of the Pocatello (Region 5)
and
Clearwater Valley Elementary (Region 2)  
 
This prestigious award is given annually and recognizes qualifying Title I schools for their outstanding achievements in education.  Only two schools per state are selected each year.

For more information about Title I, please visit the
Idaho PTA | 208-344-0851 | idahopta@idahopta.org | http://www.idahopta.org
1655 W Fairview, Suite 109
Boise, ID 83702