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

  PTA Presidents:
this email to your entire Board!

  Join us for our next General Meeting!

Tuesday, January 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


Scott Shine
Duval County School Board Member

Dr. Nikolai Vitti
DCPS Superintendent

Dierdre Conner
Jacksonville Public Education Fund

April Seliga
Tobacco Free Coalition Jacksonville

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.

73 Units are in Good Standing! Thank you!
21  Units have 1 strike
11 Units have 2 strikes
16 Units have 3 strikes
12 Units have 4 strikes
 1  Unit has 5 strikes
Please contact Victor Melone at   [email protected]  or  [email protected]  if you need help or have questions.

Join DCCPTA for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

ALL PTAs are welcome to march in the parade with us, Monday, January 18.

Please contact Victor Melone (Cell: 635-7303 or [email protected]) to let him know the name of your local unit and how many people will be coming.

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.

News and Events

New report looks at modernizing Florida's school grading system
Jacksonville Public Education Fund released a policy brief examining the current school accountability system and proposes ways to update it to meet today's needs.

On January 6, by a 6-1 vote, the State Board of Education voted to pass Commissioner Pam Stewart’s proposed Florida Standards Assessment cut scores and school grades thresholds.  

    ONE by ONE Convention
    Apply NOW to be a ONE by ONE Delegate at the next Convention on January 23, 2016. See our NewsPost HERE

    Spring Leadership Workshops

    Please register for the workshops you plan to take, especially Presidents and Treasurers who have not yet completed our REQUIRED annual training.

    Join us for our Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Fair . So far, the following agencies will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions:
            HEAL Autism Now 
            Epilepsy Foundation
            Project Chance

    The Teacher Supply Depot is bursting at the seams!
    And unfortunately, volunteers are down...
    Please take a moment at your next Board meeting to try and find a date
    that 4-5 of your Board members could spare 2-3 hours and help out at the Depot.
    Chris Buckley works VERY hard to accommodate 
    our October General Meetings every year  and we know 
    everyone LOVES the opportunity to "shop" for supplies after the meeting.
    Please take this up at your next meeting and give Chris a call or email at the Depot:
    (High School TEENS are welcome too - Rack up some service hours!)
    Hospitality Sponsors Requested

    We need 2 PTA's to provide Hospitality for our February and April meetings.

    February 16, 2016  (NEW DATE)

    April 26, 2016

    If anyone has any questions please feel free to call, text or email Vilma Morgan, DCCPTA Hospitality Chair.
    Mobile:  (904) 868-2673
    Email:  [email protected]

    Treasurer's Corner


    First year and Returning Presidents and Treasurers MUST take DCCPTA's required Treasurer training EACH YEAR:  
    Our Winter workshops on January 30 are your last opportunity this school year to take the required training. Please REGISTER for the workshop HERE.

    How's Your Budget Doing?

    January is a good time to make a quick review of your budget to actual numbers and see if you will need to make any adjustments. See page 28 in Dollars & Sense in your Kit of Materials for a list of items to consider.

    If you see that you DO need to make adjustments, they must be approved by your General Membership at a General Meeting. 

    If you have any financial questions, please contact Jenifer Morgan, DCCPTA Treasurer at [email protected]

    Catch’em Being Good: The Benefits of Positive Reinforcement

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016,  8:00-9:00 pm.

    Conference call # 641-715-3580   Code 934-567

    The Florida PTA Exceptional Child Committee presents this special conference call in which they will be discussing the importance and impact of words.

    Giving real life examples, Allicia Walford will discuss the benefits of positive reinforcement to turn around behavior and get the cooperation we parents seek from our children.

    Using research and research based techniques, she will discuss and answer questions about changing negative interactions into positives ones.

    Would YOU like to attend the FLPTA Legislative Conference in Tallahassee, representing DCCPTA?

    DCCPTA has sent a local unit to the conference on a scholarship in past years, but this year we didn't have time to do the application/review process.

    If you are interested - contact Karen Nuland ([email protected]) ASAP to discuss the details.

    This is an outstanding conference! Don't pass up this opportunity!

    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!
    Again this year we will be featuring photos of all of the hard work local units have performed on behalf of their students, teachers and families over the past year in a slideshow at the P&P Luncheon.

    Please send 2-3 of the best photos you have to Rick Godke ([email protected]). Be sure to include the name of your PTA in the photo somewhere or include a note to Rick with PTA Name and the event.

    Health & Safety News

    Tuesday, January 26, Drug Free Duval Lunch and Learn: 
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm at Nova Southeastern University
    Join DFD as they launch their spring Lunch and Learn series!
    They will take a closer look at their strategies to inspire action, empathy and support in the community to improve the health of every citizen each day.
    First on the list is a wildly successful program – Know The Law – appropriate for both youth and adults. Program is FREE, but please RSVP if you would like the FREE lunch. 


    NOTE: February General Meeting Date CHANGE:
    We will meet on February 16 in the Cline Auditorium - NOT February 23.

    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.

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