Happy April Everyone!

Even with all we have had to handle, this year seems to be flying by. Thank you for hanging in there and continuing to move the PTA mission forward for all of our children and communities.

April is the time of year many PTAs start to seek nominees for the next school year. Setting our PTAs up for success is crucial for the sustainability of our association. A key component to this is succession planning and a smooth transition. After the election, schedule a turn over meeting so each incoming board member has time to meet with the outgoing leader. This offers them the opportunity to discuss the role, share successes, challenges, ideas for the future, and have time to turn over all materials to the incoming leader. If you need any assistance with this, your County Council Presidents, Region Representatives and Florida PTA Board of Directors stand ready to assist you. You are never alone, and that is what sets our great association apart from any other. We are also preparing a Get Engaged Wednesday to help with the annual Election Meeting. We had to reschedule this one but look for a new date to come out soon.

Remember to submit your membership dues monthly to the state office. We know membership has been on everyone's mind and it was felt across the state. We are confident that our members will return knowing that we were here for them throughout the pandemic. We must remain dedicated to the mission, ALL children and our communities in the meantime.

My word for this month is forward:
toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead:
to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.

Thank you so much for all that you give; your time, talents and treasures. You are appreciated. 

Jennifer "Jen" Martinez
President | Florida PTA
Get Engaged Wednesdays
Join us on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for a Get Engaged Wednesdays discussion unlike any other. We will participate in the kick-off of the 2021 Attendance Awareness Campaign - REBOUND WITH ATTENDANCE. This year, Attendance Works will host a kick-off webinar at 2 PM. Register here.

Then at 7 PM grab your popcorn and join us as we host a REBOUND WITH ATTENDANCE de-brief. We will discuss how Florida PTA can do its part to develop a statewide attendance campaign (FACSS) that meets our units and county councils where they are and advocate on the importance of attendance for every student, every minute to our education families. Register for the de-brief below.

When: April 14, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you,
Florida PTA

We have many upcoming Get Engaged Wednesdays! For more information, including recordings of past sessions, please visit our website.
Leadership Convention 2021
#LCFamilyReunion

ARE YOU READY FOR FLORIDA PTA’s BIGGEST FAMILY REUNION?
One awesome event, Two ways to experience it!
Announcing our 2021 Leadership Convention will be a Hybrid event.
You may choose to attend in-person or virtually!
There are only 300 spaces remaining for in-person attendance.

If you have not already provided a line item in your budget to attend the 2021 FPTA Leadership Convention (July 15-18), you still have time! Here are the prices for this incredible event and please remember training is a legitimate, approved expense!

Early bird: $90 (expires June 1st), Regular: $105 (until June 30th),
Students 21 & younger: $50
Non PTA-members: $150
*Fees are the same regardless of how you choose to attend

Stay up-to-date on Leadership Convention details, including workshops and schedules, by visiting https://floridapta.org/leadership-convention/
We can’t wait to see you there!!!
*NEW* Audit Form
The PTA Audit Form has been updated and ready for use. You can find the new Audit Form, as well as other Compliance requirement information by visiting this link:
Awards
In this not-so-typical year, we on the Awards Committee are guessing that you hosted some not-so-typical programs. Don’t forget to apply for awards for those programs and check out more awards that you can apply for on the Florida PTA website https://floridapta.org/florida-pta-awards/. We bet there is something that your unit qualifies to apply for. If you have any questions, please feel free to email awards@floridapta.org
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Florida PTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team is looking for K-12 students to share what it means to be a light to the world.

We would love to hear from your child(ren) regarding who they consider the light in their world or what it means to be a light to the world.

Video clips are limited to no more than 15 (fifteen seconds) in length. Deadline for submissions is May 5, 2021, at 12:00 pm.

Submissions can be made by clicking here.
Has your local or county council unit done a spectacular job with incorporating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in your daily PTA functions?

Apply for the DEI Award! Click here to access the application: https://floridapta.org/awards-forms/

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2021.​
April is Autism Awareness Month
April is recognized internationally as World Autism Month. It is during the month of April that communities all over the world find ways to elevate Autism Awareness.

Join us as we "Walk and Roll"!

April is Autism Awareness month and we will be raising awareness for students with disabilities by coordinating our 1st annual virtual run by walking, jogging, biking, swimming, rolling, jumping…any way that you want to move. Participate with children, friends and family whether you are together or in different areas. The virtual run is open to all ages and your donation will benefit scholarships for students with disabilities. It costs only $20 to participate and you will receive a medal and certificate. Thank you for your support and inclusion of our students with disabilities.

To participate and/or make a general donation, please complete this form.
April is National Volunteer Month!
April became National Volunteer Month as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign in 1991. It was started to encourage volunteerism and honor the impact volunteers have in communities.
 
How to Observe
  • Volunteer! Many volunteers will tell you it is a rewarding experience. You don’t have to have a ton of time. 
  • Do you have a special talent or skill that may benefit a charity or organization? Offer your services or ask how you can be of help. 
  • Thank a volunteer.
  • Use #NationalVolunteerMonth to share on social media.
 
Ideas on How to Make Volunteer Programs More Inclusive
Click the link below to find out more information on inclusive volunteer programs:

Sources: VolunteerMatch.org | https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-volunteer-month-april/
Children's Week 2021 at the Capitol
Join us and become a part of the annual and signature Children's Week Florida event, Celebration of the Hands!

Each year since 1986, early learning programs, schools, and individual families across the state, have created children’s hand artwork for a stunning visual display at the Capitol Rotunda during Children's Week Florida. These beautiful hands serve as a reminder to legislators, advocates, and visitors of how thousands of Florida’s children, youth, and families are impacted by decisions made during legislative session.

Children’s Week Florida, with the help of our community Partners, proudly invites you to be a part of this time-honored tradition and have the hands of your little loved ones included in this event. Visit the Celebration of the Hands webpage or click to download the instructional flyer for more information..

Questions? end an email to info@childrensweek.org, or call 850-487-6300.
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