Happy Fall Ya’ll!
I hope everyone is starting to have a great year now that the PTA/PTSA’s can get back in to the schools to plan exciting programs for their students, families and staff. Just a reminder that all volunteers must of completed and passed a background screening with DCPS before volunteering in the school.

It’s exciting to get the Membership Reports each Monday and see how a lot of the PTA/PTSA’s memberships are increasing! Now is the time to come up with ways to reach out to your families and business partners to join your PTA/PTSAs.

There are several schools that are reaching out to us to get their PTAs back up and running this year and our Local Units VP Leisa Potter is getting the information out to these schools as to what they need to begin to do to make that happen. We are always looking for established PTA/PTSAs to mentor those new PTAs by sharing what you are doing in your schools that are making you successful. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please let Leisa Potter and myself know.

I would like to welcome Chartwells as a new GOLD Business Partner. Candace Nagel and Chartwells has been a great support to DCCPTA for the last couple of years. We are always looking for business partners so if you know of a business you would like for us to contact, please email me at president@dccpta.org

National PTA and Florida PTA have so many great articles and trainings on their webpage. When you get an opportunity, go to www.floridapta.org or www.nationalpta.org. and take a look at all these two webpages offer. You can also find the link to download the new Florida Bylaws Form on the Florida PTA webpage. I recently watched the training called 10 Minutes to PTA the Transformative Way that right now is on the National PTA webpage and it had a lot of great information for PTAs.

Florida PTA will be holding a Leadership Summit on Saturday, November 6th from 10:15 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There are 3 sessions that will be offering workshops that include Presidents, Secretaries, Advocacy, Membership/MemberHub and many other interesting classes. You can register by going to www.floridapta.org/leadership-summit-attendees/. All PTA Leaders and Members May Join! This Leadership Summit is FREE!

I hope everyone has a HAPPY FALL!

Kay Hawkins
President DCCPTA
Presidents Training

You are invited to a Zoom meeting

When: Nov 16, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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2022 Florida Legislative Conference
January 30th -February 1st

2021-2022 General Meeting Schedule

Virtual until further notice
9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday November 30th
  • Tuesday January 25th
  • Tuesday February 22nd
  • Tuesday March 22nd**
  • Tuesday April 26th

**Lunch & Learn following the meeting 12:30-1:30
What is a Lunch and Learn?

"Lunch and Learns" are meetings, training sessions, or presentations that take place during lunch. We'll bring together people from across our country in an informal atmosphere to collaborate, network and learn. The presentations will vary each month and will be held generally after a scheduled General Meeting.

Please feel free to Grab Your Lunch and Come Learn With Us!
Be in the know...

Be prepared for the 2021-2022 School Year with information here

**Important Upcoming Dates HERE**

Let your voice be heard! Suggestions on how to advocate for your community can be found here on the Florida PTA website.

Sign up for Voter Voice legislative alerts (Florida PTA’s Take Action Network) and take action here.



  • The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the DCCPTA Board is hosting its first meeting regarding advocating for changes with the DCPS dress code on November 17th at 6pm over zoom. 

  • Please email diversity@dccpta.org for more information. We welcome all stakeholders, including students, who would like to see changes made.

  • DCPS is looking for volunteer web designers to assist with a project. Please contact diversity@dccpta.org for more information.

  • The DEI Committee would like to facilitate PTA Mentorships! We would love to share resources across our city! We are looking for PTA's willing to share their time, expertise and resources with PTA's that might just be getting started, need some fresh perspectives or just some helping hands! Please email diversity@dccpta.org if you would like to be a mentor or a mentee!

Check out our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s “Let’s Talk About It” monthly education posts. Visit our DEI page to learn more.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) has announced a community-wide goal to better recruit and retain diverse male teachers in Duval County.
The National PTA Reflections Art Program
2021-2022 Reflections Submissions Due 12/2/21

Learn about PTA Reflections program, and encourage students to enter in any of the 6 categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

The Right Foot Forward Awardees- Congratulations!

  • Douglas Anderson School of the Arts PTSA
  • Fletcher Middle School PTSA
  • Julia Landon College Preparatory PTSA
  • Mandarin High School PTSA
  • New Berlin Elementary PTA
  • Pine Forest Elementary PTA
  • Stanton College Preparatory School PTSA
  • Wolfson High School PTSA

Applications for this award were due by 11/1/2021. To earn the award, the recipients completed the submission of:

  • An on-line application (including questions regarding payment of DCCPTA dues, state dues, and tax form 990 filing completion)
  • DCCPTA and Florida PTA audit forms
  • Current board roster with contact information
  • General Meeting Minutes where the 2021-2022 budget passed

Look for Awards Training sessions, after the first of the year, as DCCPTA wants your PTA/PTSA to be recognized for all of the hard work that you do through awards in the coming year!

Kelly Arledge
Awards Committee Chair
Member Benefits

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Business Partners
-Gold Level-

For more information visit our Business Partners page
Have you filed the IRS 990?
If yes, THANK YOU and you can disregard this email.

  • If your gross revenues are less than $50,000, file the 990N electronically now. It’s easy and
free: File here

  • Step by Step video here

  • Textbook Adoption Review Process. November 7-9th, 8:00am-3:30pm
More information can be found HERE

If you are interested in participating in the mathematics textbook adoption review process, please complete the following survey

The deadline for survey submissions is Monday, November 22, 2021, by 5:00 pm. All submissions will receive an email confirming participation during the week of November 29, 2021.

ParaProfessional Prep: How to become an Assistant Teacher (Course). Three dates: Nov. 2, 9, or 16th from 5-7pm
Family, Fun, Finance Day
Saturday, November 13, 9am-12pm

Sponsored by Junior Achievemnet, Fidelity Investments, and DCPS Parent Academy.

Sign up for National PTA news. Learn about advocacy, grants, and parent advice.
2021-2022 Duval County Council Board Members

President - Kay Hawkins
1st VP Programs - Tiffany Graham
2nd VP Local Units - Leisa Potter
3rd VP Leadership -
Treasurer - Doreen Abbott
Recording Secretary - Deepika Ancha
Corresponding Secretary - Billie Alston