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November 1, 2016
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Local PTA Units reporting 100% or more increase over their 2015-2016 total membership

Alvarado Elementary PTA
Arroyo Del Oso Elementary PTA
Bandelier Elementary PTA
Bellehaven Elementary PTA
CHS Cavegirl Softball PTA
CHS Cross Country PTA
CHS Track & Field PTA
Country Club Elementary PTA
Ernest Stapleton Elementary PTA
Gonzales Community School PTA
Jefferson Montessori Academy PTA
Joe Stanley Smith Elementary PTA
Military Heights Elementary PTA
Mission Avenue Elementary PTA
Monterrey Elementary PTA
North Star Elementary PTA
Ocotillo Elementary PTA
RFK Charter School PTA
Rio Costilla Community PTA
San Antonito Elementary PTA
Sierra Elementary PTA
Sombra Del Monte Elementary PTA
Tierra Antigua Elementary PTA

e-Learning Courses Now Available in Spanish
Do you have Spanish speaking leaders or members in your PTA? National PTA now offers  four e-learning courses available in Spanish: Local Unit President, Local Unit Secretary, PTA Basics, and Board Basics.
 To find out more information about these courses, or to see what else is available, please visit our e-Learning Library.

Save the Date for Family Reading this March!
As you begin this new school year and plan for the months ahead, make sure you save the date and get ready to celebrate National Reading Month in March with PTA's Family Reading Experience.
Sign up for a free event kit and your PTA will be eligible for a Kindle Giveaway! The first 1,000 PTAs to sign up by Dec. 1 will receive colorful posters, event signage, stickers for students, bookmarks and family take-home messages to support your event.

Thanks to Kindle, our generous sponsor, your PTA could be one of 100 to receive Kindle e-readers to support your school's literacy initiatives.
Go to and start planning today! We have everything you need to plan and host activities that will show parents how to boost core literacy skills with their kids.

Questions? Email or call (800) 307-4782.

Receive $200 for your PTA and
Help Parents Get Informed!

Parents have questions about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As a PTA leader, we know you want to help them understand what the new regulations will mean for their children.
Join New Mexico PTA's efforts to receive input from families about ESSA.  We are asking New Mexico PTAs to host an event led by a PTA leader and/or school personnel to engage in a community conversation with parents and families.  New Mexico PTA will provide all the necessary resources in an easy-to-use toolkit, including an event planning checklist, script, FAQs, and participant handouts.  In addition, a Leader's Guide will be provided to walk you through the steps to hosting an event.  The resources, combined with training and support from New Mexico PTA will help you conduct a successful event!  This project has a very fast turn-around time.  Information from your event will be sent to the Learning Alliance, who will compile the responses and send them to the NM Public Education Department for their review.  

The Details:
  • The Training of Facilitators event will be held at the Parents Reaching Out offices - 1920 Columbia Dr SE # B, Albuquerque, NM 87106 on Saturday November 12th from 8:30am - 12:30pm.  
  • Attendance is limited to the first 15 PTA schools that register.  PTAs must register two individuals.  One must be a PTA Board member and the second individual may be a PTA member, teacher, Principal, or school support staff person.  
  • Registrants travelling more than 60 miles one way (home address to training location address) will be eligible for a hotel room for the night of November 11th, and mileage reimbursement for one vehicle (based on Mapquest).  Hotel rooms are double occupancy.  Male and female attendees from a school will be booked in separate rooms.  New Mexico PTA will be responsible for all hotel arrangements.
  • Breakfast will be provided on Saturday morning, November 12th, for all registrants.  All other meals are at the expense of the registrant.
  • PTAs must be in compliance by November 7th to be eligible for this opportunity.

Next Steps:
  • Step 1: Register for the Training of Facilitators event on Saturday, November 12 from 8:30am - 12:30pm by emailing the registration form to by November 7th.
  • Step 2: Begin browsing resources on ESSA at: 
  • Step 3: Receive registration confirmation from New Mexico PTA.
  • Step 4: Conduct a presentation with at least 25 adults in attendance by January 13th, 2017(extended date) and send the required forms to the NMPTA office within one week of the event to receive a $200 donation to your school PTA.  

For questions and to request the registration form, contact New Mexico PTA at or by calling 505-881-0712.

Please note:  The presentations do not advocate for or against ESSA.  They are designed to provide parents and families with the opportunity to voice their opinions.  Families whose voices are heard are empowered families.

Children of all ages use the Internet for many things: doing schoolwork, communicating with friends, playing games, and more. That's why it's important to help ensure they make good decisions when going online.
Check out Living Life Online , a guide from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to help kids stay safe, use critical thinking skills, and more.

Find information about online safety for kids, including tips, games, and videos at .


Ask the Nutritionist: Sugar & Your Kid

Health and Nutrition experts from  The American Heart Association (AHA) recently recommended that children ages two to 18 consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day.
That's about 100 calories, or 25 grams of sugar.
So how can you help curb your child's sweet tooth? Sharon Hawks, registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist and certified diabetes educator answers your questions for Our Children Magazine.
How much sugar should my child consume?
 Kids who are four to six months old shouldn't have sugar so much at all. But when they're older, keep it somewhere between three and six teaspoons of sugar as a maximum for the day. That seems like a lot but it's really not when you consider that one can of soda has 10 grams of sugar.
Is it okay for my child to drink juice?
Somewhere around no more than six to eight ounces a day for kids is okay. But in reality, there's as much sugar in juice as if they were drinking a soda.
How can I make doing the math for my child's sugar intake less overwhelming?
 The key is just to keep it low. I talk a lot to parents about instead of thinking about teaspoons of sugar, think about the goal of getting them not used to sugar so they don't have to have it all the time.
But how can I satisfy my child's sweet tooth without going overboard?
Instead of having regular sweets that have a candy base, try to have sweets that have a more fruit base to it. If they're doing dessert, then you can serve an apple pie or a dessert that has berries in it.
Want more help to satisfy your child's sweet tooth for the holidays? Get more sensible tips from Sharon Hawks and other parents.
Alexis A. Goring is a writer who loves helping people through the art of storytelling.