January 2017              Official Newsletter of the DCCPTA               Volume V
Please join us at our next general meeting on Tuesday,
January 24th, 2017 - 9:30 am.
Mark these dates on your calendar!

Legislative Conference
March 26-27, 2017
Leadership Convention
Innisbrook Resort & Spa
July 13-16, 2017
Awarding Honorary Life Memberships

A nice way to make those people who are special to your PTA feel extra-special is to award them their Florida PTA Life Membership at the Presidents’ and Principals’ Luncheon in May.  This is super easy to do.  When you fill out the form to order your Life Membership, at the bottom, it will ask where you would like to have your Life Membership mailed.  In that box have them mail it to:

Vicki Drake

17305 Eagle Bend Blvd

Jax, FL 32226

As the DCCPTA Life Membership Chair, I will collect all the Life Memberships to be awarded at the luncheon and have them ready for presentation on that day.  Your Life Member will be able to receive their award before the entire luncheon and then have their picture taken by a professional photographer.

If you would like to let me know by email, or by phone, that you have sent in your Life Membership and are having it mailed to me, I will be happy to call or email you and let you know when I receive the certificate and pin so that you know everything has gone through as planned.  Just be sure to leave me your contact information.

Please do NOT bring your Life Memberships on the day of the Luncheon and ask us to award them at that late date. Due to the large number of awards that are handed out at the luncheon, we have to carefully script each one, so all awards need to be in the hands of the appropriate Council members at least a week prior to the luncheon day.

We are happy to also award Florida PTA Bricks and National Life Memberships by following the same procedure.

If you have questions, you can reach me at VickiLDrake@gmail.com or 251-3429.

 The Teacher Supply Depot is a great resource not only for our teachers, but also for PTA presidents or their prearranged designee.  It is necessary, if doing general shopping to come during the posted giveaway dates.  It is the only time when limited items are available, and, we do not have the manpower to have people coming in daily to just look around to do general shopping.  However, if you have a special project coming up before a giveaway and you need a couple of urgent items, we will try to help out if possible. 

We also need volunteers on a daily basis to make the materials ready for the upcoming giveaway.  PTAs that help out during the year, get special recognition at the Presidents’ and Principals’ luncheon.  Our next giveaway is February 2nd from 3 pm to 6 pm.  If the president needs to arrange a designee, contact Chris Buckley at 381-7480  or buckleyc@duvalschools.org.

Florida PTA Scholarship Opportunity

Florida PTA is pleased to offer an opportunity for assistance to qualified students who wish to continue their education beyond high school.

Florida PTA offers a total of four (4) scholarships, one each in the following categories: University, Fine Arts, Community College, and Vo-Tech, to a student graduating in the 2016-2017 school year. This is a one-time (non-renewable) award of $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a worthy student who is interested in getting a start in life through higher education.

The Florida PTA Scholarship is available for all high school seniors who are a member of their high school PTA/PTSAs or the Sunshine State PTA. 

Deadline for all applications is  February 1, 2017 .  All applications must be postmarked by that date in order to be considered. Florida PTA scholarship information for your quick access.

For more info, visit dccpta.org.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, in collaboration with several local organizations, has assembled a group of dynamic and driven Duval County youth to share their passions and personal definitions of success. Our goal is to amplify these student voices in order to uncover areas in which our community can support their journey to success in school and beyond.

We welcome community members, public school parents, teachers, school administrators and organizations working directly with local public school students to attend and join in the conversation following the student presentations.

Together, we will envision what Jacksonville would look like if all of our students had access to the resources they need to be successful. After the students presentations, participants will engage in table discussion to generate concrete ideas that address any gaps to support the students’ definition of success. We anticipate exciting ideas that will incorporate students’ voices and needs in a coordinated way.

Please join us at our event for an inspirational morning to help uncover ways to help our students reach their goals. Light snacks and coffee will be served.

Saturday, January 28

FSCJ Wilson Arts Center

11901 Beach Blvd.

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at onebyonejax.org

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  bylaws@dccpta.org