Join us for our next General Meeting!!
April 2016
The Duval County Council PTA Dispatch!

  PTA Presidents:
this email to your entire Board!

  Join us for our next General Meeting!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hospitality and Check-in at  8:30 am
Meeting at 9:00 am 

Cline Auditorium
DCPS School Board Building
1701 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207



If you ordered by mail, you may pick up
your ticket order today.
NO tickets will be mailed.


Each local unit has two voting delegates.  
They can be the President and a delegate OR two delegates.  
The meetings are open to all PTA members. 

We encourage everyone to attend.

We are PTA!
Every Child...One Voice  
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Is YOUR Local Unit in Good Standing?

See link below to connect to the Good Standing Requirements on our website.

92 Units are in Good Standing)! Thank you!
22 Units only have ONE missing requirement.  

Please contact Victor Melone at  or  if you need help or have questions.


ESE News

The 18th Annual Family Cafe is set for June 10-12, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

This three-day event provides a venue for people with disabilities and their families to learn about available services, connect with policy makers and network with each other. It features dozens of breakout sessions, a full Exhibit Hall, a series of Keynotes and multiple opportunities to interact with other families informally.

There is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members or caregivers. Professionals are required to pay a $150 registration fee.

At this time all Financial Assistance has been awarded. 

See more at:


Every year, the Florida Department of Education surveys the parents of students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). (Students in the gifted program are not included in this survey unless they have an IEP for another special need.)

The survey is open online from February 1 - May 31.

You can complete the survey HERE, or request a paper copy from your school. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

If you, or someone you know,
would like information about how to start a PTA
at YOUR school, contact DCCPTA's
VP for Local Units, Victor Melone.

DCCPTA Awards are Due April 26!

    All Award forms  can be found  on our website HERE.

    Florida PTA Principal of the Year

    Behind every successful PTA/PTSA, there is a school principal who is supportive, helpful and personally involved in the PTA/PTSA.

    To recognize the principal who best fits this description, Florida PTA honors an Outstanding Principal of the Year.  If your principal promotes the mission of PTA and purposes of the Florida PTA and encourages the use of the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement, please go to our web site to show your support by nominating her/him for the Florida PTA Outstanding Principal of the Year.

    The deadline for submission is May 1, 2016, but the easy to complete applications are live and ready to be completed.  

    If you have questions, contact our FLPTA Awards Chair via

    Florida PTA Reflections Reception

    If your local unit has students that received
    Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit
    at the STATE level of judging with Florida PTA,
    the students and their families are invited
    to Florida PTA's Reflections Reception
    in Orlando on May 14, 2016.

    All Florida Reflections 2016 Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit
    will receive awards at this event.

    Event is open to all. Must RSVP to attend.

      The Teacher Supply Depot needs volunteers YEAR 'ROUND!
      High School students are welcome all summer long -- except Memorial Day and July 4th.
     Students who need creative hours for the IB program are also welcome.    
    Please wear comfortable work clothes that could get dirty (we may be painting).  
    I will need an emergency contact phone number for anyone
    under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult.
    Give Chris Buckley a call or email at the Depot:
    The Teacher Supply Depot is located at 3108 Lenox Avenue.

    Presidents' & Principals' Luncheon

    Tickets ($25 each - max. 8 tickets/PTA until April 30) will be on sale at every General Meeting January - April. Make checks payable to DCCPTA.

    Buy EARLY to get the best tables! 


    We Need Your PTA Event Photos!

    Your PTA/PTSA photos or movie clips are needed featuring your local unit's activities and events.  

    Your submissions will be featured in a slideshow at the 2016 P&P Luncheon.  Please send in 2-4 of the best photos and P&P Luncheon Slide Show Submissions Form as soon as possible to Rick Godke (  

    For complete information for submitting pictures for the PTA’s President’s & Principals Luncheon Slide Show Click Here.  

    Thank you to these units that have already submitted pics for the P&P recognition:

    Hendricks Ave Elementary

    Jacksonville Beach Elementary

    Kirby-Smith Middle 

    Paxon SAS 

    San Mateo Elementary 

    Venetia Elementary


    Health & Safety News

    Please join Drug Free Duval as we support Duval Department of Health and Duval County Public Schools 2015 release of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results
    The data is critical to the work of our coalition, as well as other agencies working toward health and wellness in Duval County. DFD’s Executive Director, Susan Pitman, is presenting the data related to Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs.
    Monday, April 25, 2016
    8 A.M - 12 P.M
    Schultz Center 
    4019 Boulevard Center Dr. 
    Jacksonville, FL 32207 
    This event is free to attend and a networking breakfast will be provided between 8-8:30.  
    Seating is limited and Registration is required. 
    Go to to register 


    Drug Free Duval wil hold its regular Coalition General Meeting on Tuesday April 26 from Noon to 1:30 pm:

    Transamerica Financial
    8081 Phillips Hwy Suite 22
    Jacksonville, FL

    Please RSVP if you would like a lunch by April 22 to


    Teens n eed more information about the potential damage that results from caffeine consumption, says a new study published in the  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior . (From


    AWARD APPLICATIONS - are posted on the website HERE.  ALL DCPTA award applications are due no later than NOON on April 26 at the Cline Auditorium.
    You may turn award applications in early, by mailing your application and all materials (at your own risk) or turning them in to our Awards Chair Nicole at any General Meeting.

    Florida PTA Award Applications are due May 1, 2016.

    May 1, Nominations for Florida PTA Principal of the Year are due.

    National PTA Convention  
    June 30 – July 3, 2016
    Walt Disney World
    Swan & Dolphin Resort

    Orlando, Florida

    Click HERE for complete information.

    Florida PTA Convention and Leadership
    July  14-17, 2016
    Innisbrook Resort
    Palm Harbor, FL

    Click  HERE  for complete information.

    Is YOUR PTA in Good Standing? 
      Duval County Council PTA
    P.O. Box 5397
    Jacksonville, FL  32247