Latest News from New Mexico PTA
January 31,2017
Priority - Short Deadline!

The Public Education Department is recruiting members for its new Family Cabinet.   The application and additional information is on the new PED Family Cabinet web page:
Applications may be submitted in Spanish and /or English.
Applications are due on February 3, 2017.

In This Issue
Is Your School Prepared for National Reading Month?
Take Your Family to School is Almost Here!
Get ready! Take Your Family to School Week is Feb. 13-17, and we can't wait to celebrate the changing faces of families in America's classrooms-and beyond. 
Is Your Local PTA Unit Ready?

Make sure your local unit is prepared for our weeklong celebration! Visit to download our pre-made invitations, fliers, posters, social media graphics and more!    
We Want to Hear From You! 
How will your PTA celebrate the diverse families of America during Take Your Family To School Week? Tell us! Share photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PTAPROUD.

Spring e-Learning Challenge

The New Mexico PTA Board of Directors encourages all local unit PTA leaders to take the e-learning classes offered on the National PTA website,
This is your PTA's chance to win free registration for 4 people to attend the New Mexico PTA Convention, May 5-6, 2017.
A $450 value
Enter Today!

Please see this flyer for more information.

NMPTA Proud! Awards 2016-2107
Applications Available Now!
New Mexico PTA is pleased to announce that applications are available for the NMPTA Proud! Awards program for 2016-2017.  Based on the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships this 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 7, 2017.  If you have any questions please contact Jeanne Grazier, NMPTA VP for Membership at
Kick Off The Year With Everyday Learning Moments
New Year's Day has come and gone, and whether you made resolutions or not, there is one goal that likely stands above all others: helping your child thrive.
The new year is a great time to support your child with fun, meaningful conversations and interactions that will help set the tone for how your family will grow and learn together in 2017 and beyond.
Here are three ideas as you kick off a happy and productive year for your child:  
Ask and Share:
What makes your child happy? What are they good at? Where do they struggle? How do they get along with others? Do they feel connected with what they are learning at school?
Whether it's during longer moments like a family meal or while you're running errands, take time to ask your child questions that uncover  more than just yes or no answers.  Try to uncover things like how your child is feeling at school-among friends, with teachers and with school work. For example: ''Tell me about a moment today when you got excited about what you were learning."
Celebrate your child's strengths and successes and talk about how you can work together on challenges. Share your hopes, dreams and concerns as a family to build an ongoing sense of trust and openness.
For more tools and resources to help identify your child's character strengths and promote learning,  click here.
Role-model the Joy of Learning:
How can you help your child see learning as a fun part of everyday life and not just something they need to do for school or as part of 'homework'? 
As a parent, you have the greatest opportunity to spark curiosity and the love of learning. Be intentional about how you make learning together part of your family culture.
Allow your child to see your excitement as you try a new recipe for the first time or share something you've been wondering about and then take time to research and discover more. Read together as a family and try to make predictions about the story and ask questions about the characters and plot. Help foster your child's interest in a topic by visiting a museum, checking out books from the library or renting a movie on the topic. Find and create fun games you can play together to practice English and math skills as part of your everyday life.  
For practice lessons, videos and more learning tools to help you support your child's learning,  click here.
Support Learning Goals at Home:
What is your child expected to learn this year? How can you support your child to make sure they are learning the skills needed to be ready for the next grade? 
Now that we are half way through the school year, check in with your child's teacher about your child's progress with the skills he or she is expected to learn in order to be ready for the next grade. You can also ask the teacher about ways to support learning at home. Being focused, making good choices and setting goals are important life skills that you can help foster.
To find out what's expected of your child this year and see examples of how you can help,  click here.  

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Awards
Call for Entries Now Open!
Deadline: Friday, March 17, 8 p.m. EDT    
shutterstock_83509516.jpgThe Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes PTAs that best demonstrate outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion, as well as efforts to end discriminatory practices.
One local PTA, one district/council PTA and one state PTA will be selected from the pool of applicants to be honored at the  National PTA Convention & Expo  in Las Vegas, June 22-25
Jan Harp Domene, a former National PTA president, was committed to reaching out to the diverse families in the United States and bringing them into the PTA family. Learn more about Domene and the award.

How to Apply:
  1. Review the Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Preview application questions and draft responses prior to applying online
  3. Submit finalized responses through the online application by March 17, 8 p.m. EST
  4. Email supplemental documents to

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