Happy Summer Vacation!!
August 2016
The Duval County Council PTA Dispatch!

  PTA Presidents:
this email to your entire Board!

 Get ready for our FIRST General Meeting
of the new school year!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cline Auditorium
DCPS School Board Building
1701 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Hospitality begins at 9:00 am
Meeting begins at 9:30 am

General Meetings are open to ALL PTA Members.

Each local unit is entitled to TWO delegates:
The President and a Delegate, OR
TWO delegates.

We are PTA!
Every Child...One Voice  


Click HERE for DCCPTA's entire
2016-2017 General Meeting schedule.

Congratulations to our new Florida PTA Board of Directors!

Over 1,000 members of the Florida PTA gathered for the Annual Leadership Convention,  Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 17th at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor. At the event, the following officers were elected and installed:
President: Cindy Gerhardt - Escambia County
President-Elect: Linda Kearschner - Pinellas County
Vice President for Leadership Development: Jennifer Martinez - Palm Beach County
Vice President for Regions & Councils: Carolyn Nelson-Goedert - Miami-Dade County
Vice President for Educational Development: Joe Gebara - Miami-Dade County
Vice President for Membership Development: Linda Nestor - Broward County
Secretary: Kathy Thrumston - Citrus County
Treasurer: Katrena McMahan - Indian River County

Curious about this year's Membership Benefits?
Send an email to Teri Davis at
TeriSellsJax@GMail.com and she will email you 
the list of Benefits we have lined up to date .

Get off on the Right Foot Right Away!

Once you've had your Election for next year's Executive Board Officers - click on the logo above on Florida PTA's website to register your new officers.

There is ONE MORE opportunity for Presidents and Treasurers to take our required DCCPTA President and Treasurer Training.  Sign up HERE for the session on August 9 from 5 pm - 7 pm.

ALL Training sessions will take place in the Cline Auditorium of the DCPS School Board Building.


Florida Primary Election Day

Tuesday, August 30 is Primary Day in Florida!

If you are a registered voter, you should have already received your Voter Information Card from the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.

The following offices and issues will be on the ballot that day:

United States Senator
Representative in Congress:  Districts 4 and 5
State Attorney:  Judicial Circuit 4
Public Defender:  Judicial Circuit 4
State Senator:  Districts 4 and 6
State Representative:  Districts 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
Circuit Judge, 4th Judicial Circuit:  Groups 1, 2, 9, 12, 15, 20, 23, 25 and 31
Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts
County Judge:  Groups 5, 6, 10, 15 and 16
School Board:  Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7
Neptune Beach Mayor and City Council Seats 2 and 3
Constitutional Amendment No. 4
Duval County Pension Liability Referendum
On the Duval County Supervisor of Elections website , you can find your precint and voting location and print out a sample ballot.

Early Voting will run from August 15 - August 28. 

Follow us on our Facebook page:

Current Presidents and Treasurers are invited to
join our exclusive Facebook blog.
Send an email to Jenifer Morgan at LocalUnits@dccpta.org
and she will send you an invite to join the page. 

Transition Checklist

DCCPTA has developed a checklist for your PTA to use to smooth the transition from this year's Board to next year's.

Many PTAs have a "Hand-Off Meeting" at the end of the year so that procedure books and verbal hints and tips can be transferred. It doesn't take long and your new officers and chair people will be immensely grateful!  

Click HERE to download a copy.


Jacksonville  Public Library Resources

On August 3, the Jacksonville Public Library will launch its NEW website! Take a look!

P arents and teachers:  Your library helps your students succeed!

For starters, the library is partnering with DCPS and expanding its Student Card initiative to ensure every DCPS student in K – 12th grade has a special student library card to check out materials and gain access to digital resources.

Students also can take advantage of  live, expert tutoring in any subject, including AP—free with their library card. That's just one feature of Brainfuse HelpNow. Check it out and make sure your kids bookmark the site.

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, Jenifer Morgan.

Check out National PTA's Pinterest Page!

They have 21 "Boards" up with over 1600 "pins" to help you with your Membership drive, recruiting Volunteers, Teacher Appreciation Week, Advocacy tips, etc.


Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee - ESEAC

The Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee (ESEAC) is a team of parents, educators, community service providers, and student support agency representatives.  We collaborate and partnership with the Exceptional Education and Student Services (EE/SS) Department, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS).

Contact Information
Parent Involvement Specialist

2016-17 General Meeting Dates:

To be determined . Check back soon on the DCPS ESEAC information page or contact 904 346 4601.

All meetings are 9:30am to 11:30am and will be held at the FDLRS Offices.

4124 Boulevard Center Drive
(Building 4600)
Jacksonville FL  32207

  The Teacher Supply Depot needs High School-aged volunteers YEAR 'ROUND!
   Students who need creative hours for the IB program are also welcome.    
Please wear comfortable work clothes that could get dirty.  
An emergency contact phone number for anyone
under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult will be required.
Give Chris Buckley a call or email at the Depot:
The Teacher Supply Depot is located at 3108 Lenox Avenue.

Florida PTA.org 

Florida PTA's Legislative Twitter Account   @FLPTA_Leg

National PTA.org 




Click HERE to see the entire year's calendar of DCCPTA's General Meetings.

DCCPTA Fall Leadership Training Workshops are scheduled for Saturday, October 1, from 9 am - 1 pm at the DCPS School Board Building, 1701 Prudential Drive. More details and a workshop schedule to come.

Monday, August 8 District 5 School Board Candidate Forum from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Edward Waters College. Here is the link to the PDF flyer for both forums.

Tuesday, August 9: District 7 School Board Candidate Forum, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Mandarin Senior High School. 

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