June 6, 2020
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2020 Virtual Leadership Convention
Registration is open!  Join New Mexico PTA for a 2020 Virtual Leadership Convention on August 20-21!  PTA Leaders from around the state will gather online for the same training, networking, and inspiration that you have come to expect from our annual conventions.  The virtual nature of the convention has brought with it unexpected perks!  LOW prices!  National PTA Guests!  Register before June 15 to use 2019-2020 funds to pay the registration fees.
 
Benefits of Physical Activity

Hi New Mexico,
Physical activity has both short- and long-term benefits for emotional health. Researchers have found mood enhancement effects within five minutes of exercising, as well as greater rates of remission for depression and mood disorders after months of regular exercise. 

Since it's National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, helping kids develop habits and routines around physical activity can also help them build emotional resilience to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. So here are some ways to get your kids' feet moving!
 Resources & Activities
How Parents are Taking Action We are inspired by what parents like you are doing to keep kids healthy during this time, so we wanted to share some ideas submitted through our action submission form.  Don't forget to add yours, too!
  • "We have implemented Wellness Wednesdays at home. We get fresh air at a safe distance from others, and we talk about feelings and mental health, including what we are thankful for." - Jamie, Colorado
  • "My children and I go for long walks, picking up litter (with gloves) and admiring parts of nature." - Jillian, Minnesota
  • "My 6-year-old started creating stretching and exercising workouts to do as a family each day when we wake up during quarantine. It's a nice way to connect as a family before we get busy with work and school." - Quinn, Pennsylvania
  • "My children and I come up with healthy recipes to use for cooking lessons throughout the week, focusing on different foods from the five food groups." Sonja, Michigan
Be sure to tell us how you are keeping your kids physically and emotionally healthy at home !
COVID-19 PTA Update
As the nation continues to adjust to our new normal, we continue to update our COVID-19 Resource page with new info and tools.
Explore these resources and more at  PTA.org/COVID-19. In moments of crisis, PTA is still working for you.  Consider supporting our work!
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School Reentry Task Force; Requests Feedback from Families


NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

May 21, 2020

Contact: Nancy Martira, Director of Communications
505.690.6038 | Nancy.Martira@state.nm.us

NMPED Announces School Reentry Task Force; Requests Feedback from Families

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Public Education Department is asking families to complete an online survey about their experiences with continuous learning during the school closing period triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Survey responses will help school districts better meet community needs and help the New Mexico School Reentry Task Force shape plans for reopening public schools in the state.

Parents can expect to spend about eight minutes per student to complete the New Mexico Family Education Survey. They will answer both open- and close-ended questions about their child's level of engagement in school, the family's level of satisfaction with their school's expectations and supports, their school's ability to meet the child's individual needs, and their communication preferences.

The Family Education Survey launches the day after the first virtual meeting of the New Mexico School Reentry Task Force. The Task Force, convened by Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, is made up of stakeholders who meet virtually to discuss the myriad and complex issues of returning to school safely.

The task force represents the geographic diversity of New Mexico and includes educators, administrators, students, parents, public and school health officials, legislators, advocates and union and school board representation. A complete list of task force members is published below.

"The public health situation is still changing too quickly for us to develop a single plan for return to school," said Secretary Stewart. "We'll be looking to our School Reentry Task Force to contribute their perspective and help shape a number of contingency plans for a safe return to school."

Those plans will likely include in-person instruction, continued distance learning and hybrid options.

Secretary Stewart encouraged all New Mexican families to complete the online Family Education Survey.

"With our Continuous Learning Plans, educators, students and families were asked to quickly adapt to an unfamiliar model. We know that there were some bumps along the road, and we want to learn what worked well and what needs to be improved for the way forward."

NMPED is also launching a website to make it easier for schools, educators and families to learn about local schools and their offerings. NM Vistas will celebrate excellence in New Mexico's schools and identify and provide resources for schools needing more support. Visitors to the site will share the successes of New Mexico's diverse and dynamic schools as they tell their stories in their own words.

Parents will find information they can use when advocating for their children, schools and communities. Other valuable information available on NM Vistas includes academic growth data, attendance and graduation rates, and learning environment insights.

NM Vistas rolls out after an extensive beta testing period and will continue to evolve. Future phases will be dedicated to connecting teachers to quality resources and providing information to help families choose the best school for each child's needs. As the site evolves, visitors will be invited to provide feedback via a brief survey.


How to Ask What Kids Are Feeling

Ways to get insight into how your kids are handling stress.


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Heads Up! COVID-19 Relief Grants Open Monday!

We are so #PTAProud to say that we have partnered with TikTok to create the PTA COVID-19 Relief Fund to support PTAs across the country. Grants of $5,000 for each Local PTA and $15,000 for each District/Council/Region PTA will be available June 1.  Learn more.
 
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