September 20,2016 - In This Issue:

Be on the Path to Excellence!

Wed., Sept. 21
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Join the webinar this Wed., Sept. 21 and get all the info you need to be considered again for the School of Excellence Award.
If you are a PTA leader interested in the School of Excellence program or helping to recruit PTAs to become a School of Excellence, this webinar is for you. We'll share the ways to get started on the path to excellence and break down the Family-School Partnership Scan. We'll also dive deeper into the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and share all of the tools available to support your efforts-from enrollment to excellence.
Our special guest panelists are Kris Garst and Lauren Van Hemert, two of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award Winners-the highest honor bestowed by National PTA. They will be discussing their School of Excellence journeys.

Kindle Giveaway
Celebrate Reading Together this March 2017!  The first 1,000 to sign up will receive a free event kit in the mail. There is a new opportunity for any PTA to receive Kindle e-readers! PTAs that sign up their PTA Family Reading Experiences for National Reading Month (March 2017) will receive an entry to the giveaway, which will occur in March 2017.
Sign-up HERE.
Go Back-to-School with PTA E-Learning
Do you want to be a better leader? Want to learn more about PTA? National PTA e-learning courses can help!
There are National PTA e-learning courses for experienced PTA volunteers and new members, covering various topics in just 30-45 minutes. Although these courses are full of useful and insightful information, we know that not everyone has an hour to invest into a course, so National PTA has developed "micro-courses."
Introducing Micro-Courses!  
National PTA Micro-Courses take a specific subject from longer e-learning courses and cover it in just 10-15 minutes, so learners can get the information they need in a manageable amount of time.
We also wanted to meet the needs of PTA's growing Hispanic membership base, so we've translated our core National PTA e-learning courses into Spanish, including: 
  • PTA Basics
  • Board Basics
  • Local Unit President
  • Local Unit Secretary
Check out the full library of PTA e-learning courses at

Join us on Facebook Live! 
Do you have a question about National PTA's e-learning courses? Join us on Facebook on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 12 p.m. EST for a PTA Live session. 
We'll share more information on how to sign up for an e-learning course and how they can help you and other volunteers in your local unit PTA! 
Make sure to be on the lookout for more updates in the future via social media!

It's a New Membership Year!
July 1 marks the beginning of the 2016-2017 PTA membership year.  So don't forget to start planning your membership campaign for the start of school and please begin by having all of your 2016-2017 PTA officers join your PTA now!

Update your 2016-2017 Officer List and send in your officers' membership dues today by using the forms here Membership Dues Payment Local PTA Member Report
Check out the NMPTA Website/Members Only Area/Membership Section for up-to-date information on Membership Chair Duties and Responsibilities.
Contact Jeanne Grazier, NMPTA VP for Membership 2015-2017 with questions or for more information at 

 From PTA: Our Children

Time Management for Teens: Surviving School Year Commitments
Time management isn't just for adults at work. The first few months of a new school year see many parents struggling to support their preteens and teens as they balance homework and school projects with clubs, sports, music, drama, volunteering, work-and just being a middle or high school kid!
Juggling all of these activities can be overwhelming for teens-and parents-and it's easy to see why teens can sometimes feel anxious or depressed.
You can help your teen avoid your teen having an emotional breakdown by fostering a strong relationship that encourages open and honest communication. In fact, studies show that having a strong relationship with your teen is one of the biggest positive influences on their behaviors.

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