April 2017               DCCPTA Newsletter              Vol. XII
Reminder, our next general meeting is 4/25 at 9:30 am.
Don't forget your awards and money for P&P tickets!
President's Report

Attention PTA Leaders!

We are “rounding third base and on our way to home plate” of this school year!  I hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break and now it’s time to finish the PTA year STRONG!

  • Have you purchased your tickets to the Presidents’ and Principals’ Luncheon on May 16th?
  • Have you applied for County Council Awards and FL PTA Awards?  Deadline for Council Council is April 25th and FL PTA is May 1st

What an amazing two years I have had as the President of Duval County Council of PTAs.  It has been an honor and pleasure serving you all.  I have met so many great PTA leaders in the schools all over Duval County.  You should all give yourselves a pat on the back for all the hard work you have put in on behalf of the students at your schools.

We are blessed to have such an abundance of talent in Duval County.  Parents, grandparents, community leaders, aunts and uncles, caregivers, principals and teachers have done so much to teach and love our students.

I ask that each of you think of two things before your leadership term ends.

  1. Who is going to replace you in your PTA?
You have great leaders all around you, with many different leadership styles and they all want to help the students and teachers.  I am sure you can indentify many people around you who can take on your position.  Be ready to hand off your notebook or thumb drive to the next person.

  1. What is your next leadership position in PTA?
Follow your passion whether it is fund raising, membership, teacher appreciation or something completely different.  Please remember your talents will always be appreciated at the County Council and the FL PTA level.

Don’t put limits on yourself or on others in PTA.  Think of all the skills you have used to serve in your position: negotiation, leadership, friendship, strategic planning, counseling, money management, and of course, organization.

Again, you are all amazing and I have been lucky to have served with you and your PTAs.

Karen Nuland, President- Duval County Council of PTAs 2015-2017

Congratulations to the newly elected 2017-2018 DCCPTA Officers.

President: Felita Tutt

1st VP – Programs: Theresa Rogers

2nd VP – Local Units: — OPEN —

3rd VP – Leadership: Anna-Maria Charles

Recording Secretary: Ann Gipalo

Corresponding Secretary: Kim Alvarez

Treasurer: Cathy Guiler

Duval County Council Spring Workshops - April 20th, 2017
  All PTA/PTSA members are welcome to attend the Duval County Council PTA Leadership Workshops to be held
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the 
Cline Auditorium, 1st floor, 1701 Prudential Dr, Jacksonville, Florida 32207. 

If you would like to learn more about the new PTA/PTSA Workshop Award  Click Here .

Reflections Winners

  Check out the list of
Florida PTA Reflections winners from Duval County . Thirty-one students placed at the state level.
Four of those will continue on to the national-level competition.

Upcoming Award Deadlines

Award applications – including History books and electronic History submissions – are due at the April General Meeting, Tuesday April 25 from 8:30 am to NOON, outside the Cline Auditorium at the School Board. Do not  drop off anything at the School Board except on Tuesday April 25th 8:30 am to NOON.  There is no one at the School Board Building to accept awards on behalf of PTA.

Award applications MAY BE MAILEDAT YOUR OWN RISK – to our P.O. Box. However, the awards must be received by 5:00 pm THE DAY BEFORE THE GENERAL MEETING. (This year, that date is Monday, April 24.)

We cannot accept late entries because judging begins on several of the awards immediately following the April General Meeting.

Also, don't forget about Florida PTA awards, the deadline is May 1st, click here to visit their awards page.

We're counting the hours until ONE by ONE Convention: Students at the Center of the Conversation!

This year, the Convention will be Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, 245 Water Street. 

Join us for an inspirational day of conversation and action! Raise your voice alongside community leaders, advocates, educators, parents and students to encourage excellence within our public schools and to speak as one voice about the importance of public education to our city.

Public schools belong to the community — when students thrive, so does Jacksonville.


Event is free and open to the public, however  registration is required . Breakfast samples will be provided by local culinary students. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Don't miss your chance to attend!

Honorary Life Memberships

Giving an Honorary PTA Life Membership to that special person who has done so much for your PTA is such a special way to make them know how important they are to you.  Having it awarded to them at the Presidents’ and Principals’ Luncheon in May in front of a room full of other PTAs and their Principals is an even more outstanding way to make them feel extra special.  And, following their presentation, they can have their picture taken by a professional photographer to preserve that wonderful moment.

If you would like to have your Life Memberships presented at the P&P Luncheon on May 16, 2017.  When you fill out the application just fill in my name and address in the  return section .  I will be collecting all the Life Memberships and preparing them for presentation at the luncheon.  If you will let me know you have done this, I will be happy to let you know when I receive them so you are assured your Life Membership will be ready for presentation at the luncheon.

Please mail to: Vicki Drake, 17305 Eagle Bend Blvd. Jacksonville, FL. 32226
Email:  vickiLdrake@gmail.com ,
Phone: 251-3429

Bylaws Reminder 

  Please check the front page of your PTA bylaws for approval date. Bylaws are valid for 3 years from that date. To renew your bylaws, download the 2016-2017 form from the Florida PTA. Fill it out, get proper signatures, and fax to Florida PTA for approval. (407 240-9577). Be sure to fill out the bylaws submission form as well.
Remember, any amendments need the vote of the membership following a 30 day notice. Otherwise, simple notification of the membership is all that is required. If you have any questions, contact Betty Marty at