In This Issue
School of Excellence Applications Open Next Month


PTAs participating in the National PTA School of Excellence Program have worked hard this school year to engage families and improve their school. Starting April 1, the final School of Excellence Application will open at
PTAs on the path to excellence are encouraged to join us for a webinar on Tue, April 5 from 7-8 p.m. EST to learn how to prepare their final application. The application period will end on June 1. For State PTA Leader resources, visit
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Still Time To Apply!
The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Education Grant deadline has been extended to
Sun., March 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST. There's still time to apply .

Healthy School Meals Grant
Want to improve your school's meals? Apply for the Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy School Meals Grant and attend our webinars this month to learn more! Get an overview about the grant  on March 21 and then learn about the application process on March 29 . Read below for more details.

It's Time to Register for New Mexico Convention!

Convention is May 6-7, 2016 and is open to any PTA Member to attend!
 Follow this link
 for details and to sign-up
Announcing the NMPTA Proud! Awards
New Mexico PTA is pleased to announce an all new PTA awards program for 2015-2016.  Based on the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships this new awards program encourages all New Mexico PTA schools to submit entries in one or more categories describing how  the PTA at your school successfully Welcomed All Families, Communicated Effectively, Supported Student Success, Spoke Up for Every Child, Shared Power, and Collaborated With Community.
So fill out the application form today!  Anyone can submit an entry. The deadline for entries is April 2, 2016.  If you have any questions please contact Jeanne Grazier, NMPTA VP for Membership at
Reflections Results are In!
The results are in!  NMPTA would like to congratulate this year's state Reflections winners!  131 entries in six categories were judged and these 19 entries have been sent to Virginia to be judged by National PTA.  NMPTA will celebrate the artistic talents of New Mexico's students at our annual convention on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7.
2015-2016 NMPTA Reflections Winners
"Let Your Imagination Fly"
Primary - Dance Choreography
Delaney Davis, age 7, grade 2, SY Jackson ES
"A World of Imagination"
Primary - Film Production
Adrian Vargas, age 7, grade 2, SY Jackson ES
"A Butterfly's Dream"
Primary - Literature
Ava Wagenman, age 7, grade 2, SY Jackson ES
"A Land Far Away"
Primary - Music Composition
William McGlumphy, age 7, grade 2, SY Jackson ES
"Let Your Mind Run Wild"
Primary - Photography
Lillian Southward,  age 8, grade 2, SY Jackson ES
"Flying With My Duck!"
Primary - Visual Arts
Samira Nelson, age 7, grade 2, Georgia O'Keeffe ES
"My Book of Imagination"
Intermediate - Dance Choreography
Karin Lujan, age 10, grade 5, SY Jackson ES
"Imagination Fly"
Intermediate - Film Production
Alexander Gurrieri, age 10, grade 5, Georgia O'Keeffe ES
"Out In Space"
Intermediate - Literature
Sammy Yassin, age 10, grade 5, Georgia O'Keeffe ES
"I Let My Imagination Fly With Drones"
Intermediate - Music Composition
Dylan Smith, age 9, grade 4, North Star ES
Intermediate - Photography
Ella Dowding, age 10, grade 5, SY Jackson ES
Intermediate - Visual Arts
Irene Xue, age 10, grade 5, Georgia O'Keeffe ES
"Floating Away"
Middle - Film Production
Jordan Chavez, age 14, grade 8, LBJ MS
"An Imaginative Mind"
Middle - Literature
Ophelia Dimkoff, age 13, grade 8, Eisenhower MS
"Soaring Over a Cerulean Summer"
Middle - Music Composition
Bailee Baca, age 12, grade 6, Eisenhower MS
"Dance of the Fireflies"
Middle - Photography
Ruya Nelson, age 11, grade 6, Eisenhower MS
"Dream Catcher"
Middle - Visual Arts
Andy Liu, age 11, grade 6, Eisenhower MS
"Let Your Mind Run Free"
High - Dance Choreography
Carolina Valverde, age 15, grade 9, La Cueva HS
"Better When I'm Dancing"
High - Music Composition
James Mitchell, age 14, grade 10, Capitan
"Pie & Juggling"
PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle

FRE_logoofficial.pngThousands of PTAs host literacy events in March for National Reading Month and we want to celebrate their efforts to engage families in reading together. PTAs that register their National Reading Month activities by March 31 at could receive 10 Kindle E-Readers for their PTA!
For customizable resources for local PTAs, including ready-to-use event activities and take-home tips for families, check out the Family Reading Experience Toolkit.
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Now Is the Time to Simplify Your Life
Clean out those closets, empty that attic, gut that garage!  New Mexico PTA is holding another Goodwill 'Good Deeds' fundraiser at Hinkle Family Fun Center on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 to 3:00.  Please bag up your hand-offs and drop them at Hinkle on that day.

Pass the attached flier on to your family and friends too!  Offer to take their donations with you on April 9th and drop them off for them.  Or visit your local neighborhood yard sales and tell the homeowner that you know of a terrific organization that will gladly take their leftover items off their hands on the 9th!

FYI: Goodwill won't take big items (furniture, large appliances, TVs, mattresses) but soft goods, small hard goods, and electronics are all acceptable!