March 2019
Join us in Boise for our annual Idaho PTA Convention!

The 114th Idaho PTA Convention is just 6 short weeks away!  This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other PTA leaders and learn leadership skills.  Get the training you need to more effectively run your PTA, and talk to vendors who can help your PTA with fundraising and other services.  You will also learn skills to help you in your life away from PTA!  Come join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students, teachers, and PTA units throughout the state.  Remember that this is a valid PTA unit expense.  Be sure to get your registration in early... and this year, you can do it all online!  Just click the link below.  Remember to book your hotel room by clicking the link below for our special PTA rate.  We will be voting in a brand new Board of Directors, and I can't wait for you all to meet them and ask them questions!
 Idaho PTA just spent the day at the Capitol reaching out to legislators and voicing our concerns about proposed legislation and issues that impact our children.  Idaho PTA is proud to be a voice for all kids!  Please let us know if there are issues that concern you.  I am really proud of all our members, local leaders and state leaders for their hard work.  You are the heroes I celebrate each day! Thank you for all you do!
See you soon!
Lesli Schei
Idaho PTA President

Hotel: Courtyard Marriott West, Meridian
1 789 South Eagle Road    Meridian    ID    83642  
 PTA Room Rate is $139 a night.  

Visit our Convention Website  here to register!

Registration $100 until March 31.  Price increases to $125 April 1.  

*Remember, local units can budget funds to send PTA members to Convention.  Scholarships are also available (details below).  Consider adding Convention to your annual budget for the next school year!
Featured Speaker:

Jim Accomando, National PTA President

James L. Accomando was elected as the 55th President of the National PTA ® Board of Directors at the June 2017 National PTA Convention. Jim has been engaged in fulfilling the Mission of PTA since his oldest child began Kindergarten. For the past 18 years, he has volunteered at every level and has had the pleasure of being President of his child's High School PTA, the District's PTA Council and the State of Connecticut Parent Teacher Association. Jim believes that family and community engagement is one of the key strengths of PTA in providing equity and quality in our educational system today. He advocates to look beyond the school community to develop partnerships with other educational stakeholders in order to further the Mission of the Association.
In 2012, Jim was instrumental in the Snow Flakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School Healing Initiative and the fundraising of $1.1 million dollars to support potential mental health issues within the Sandy Hook school community. He is also actively engaged in other civic and youth programming as a coach, Boy Scout leader and church leader.
Jim is a small business owner, the parent of two public school educated children and the husband of a public school teacher.

Be a Hero and Solve a Mystery at Convention!

We are excited to offer a new team-building experience this year... a murder mystery dinner presented by Playhouse Boise!  Work together with your board to help solve the crime.  Or bring your family for some great entertainment!  Dinner is provided with a full convention registration, or dinner-only tickets are available on the registration link above.
Shooting Star
Help us Celebrate the Idaho PTA Teacher and Student of the Year!
Nominations accepted through March 15, 2019.

Idaho PTA Board of Directors Elections:

The nominees for Idaho PTA Board of Directors to be elected at convention are:

President-Elect: Stephen Rudy
Vice President of Advocacy: Elizabeth Hume
Vice President of Membership: Mary Kae Ryner
Secretary: Leslie Anderson
Treasurer: Julie Bigler

Idaho PTA will take nominations from the floor, if notice of intent to run is given in writing or email to two executive committee members by 10am Friday, April 5.  Those wishing to run from the floor must be  a member of Idaho or a local PTA, have previous PTA experience, and meet other criteria listed in the A-6 appendix of the Idaho Standing Rules.  For more information, email us at

                Membership, Leadership
Awards to be presented at Convention

Membership Awards:  Tell your PTA's success story through your membership!  Idaho PTA will honor those units with increased membership numbers for the 2018-2019 school year.

Leadership Awards:  Your PTA story likely includes plenty of leadership opportunities.  If you've served in your school's PTA for any length of time, chances are good you may qualify for one of Idaho PTA's leadership awards!  Click on the links below to see how you can be recognized for your time and efforts in PTA!

Reflections Winners Announced!

Click here to see this year's winners!
The ceremony to honor this year's winners will be Saturday, April 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriott in Meridian.  Winners will receive an invitation.

Good luck to our Idaho Winners, moving on to the national competition!

Questions about casting your ballot? Information for local units about voting at Convention


 A voting delegate is appointed by each Local Unit.  A voting 
delegate represents the Local Unit's viewpoint on each vote.  A voting 
delegate must seek direction from the Local Unit on how the delegate should 
vote on each matter at convention.  It will be imperative that each unit's 
delegate(s) review and discuss the Local Unit Idaho PTA Bylaws changes up for vote  with their members so that each delegate will be able to vote ON BEHALF OF  THEIR UNIT during the general session at convention.  This applies to all  voting matters presented during convention.  

Voting delegates vote with the 
consensus of a unit, only after the members of the unit have given their 
say.  A delegate represents the vote of an entire unit.  

The number of local unit delegates are decided upon membership numbers.  Every Idaho unit automatically has two delegates. (President and one additional member)  For every additional 25 members, that unit is entitled to one additional voting delegate.  Please contact the Idaho PTA State Office if unsure how many delegates your local unit is allowed.  

Attached is a credential card that must be filled out by the local unit president in order for the delegate to be allowed to vote at the state convention.  Please be sure to print it, have the president fill it out and bring it plus your membership card to convention.  This is a requirement in order to vote!

Are you ready for Local Unit Elections?

Most Local PTA Units hold their elections in March, so their newly elected officers can attend Idaho PTA Convention in April.

The length of your officers' terms and the officer positions to be filled are specified in your unit's Standing Rules, and details for holding elections can be found in the Local Unit Uniform bylaws.  For more details, visit our website at

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