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Win a Trip to Disney with #TheSmartTalk

Have you entered National PTA's The Smart Talk Giveaway yet? We encourage local PTAs and families to kick off the new year with The Smart Talk-a resource that will help parents and kids have an open dialogue and set smart ground rules for using digital devices safely.
It's simple. All you have to do is share your family's favorite technology ground rule to enter!
Visit TheSmartTalk.org for complete rules and regulations.

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FEAST Mindful Eating for Teens Study
The Center for Family and Adolescent Research in Albuquerque has developed a mindful eating program for teenagers and invites parents of 12-17 year old students to call to learn more about the program.  This program teaches teens how to develop a healthy relationship with food and eating as well as how to reduce stress and manage emotions.  There is no cost to participate in the program.  There are only a few slots left for our Spring 2016 Program.  Please contact Donna at 505-263-7318 or donnas@ori.org.  
Why Mindful Eating?
Why are people turning off their phones, televisions and other plug-in devices
and tuning in to the taste of food?

Growing research suggests that distraction while eating prevents a person from enjoying the bite in the mouth. Coined "mindless eating," this innocent behavior has been linked to overeating, stress, and weight gain.
 
How would you know if you are eating in a mindless or distracted way? One quick way is to recall what you ate at your last meal. Can you describe the flavor, the taste, the texture?  If you are struggling to remember any of the specifics about your choice, you are not alone.

Learning mindful eating skills allows yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation.

By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating you can change your relationship to food.


Visit the FEAST study website for more information:  http://www.ori.org/feast.


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Important Information About The Family & Community Engagement Act

NMPTA continues to work with the Legislature when it comes to parent engagement in our state.  On behalf of NMPTA and partners, Senator Linda Lopez has introduced Senate Bill 179 Family and Community Engagement Act.  The purpose of this Act is to ensure that family and community engagement programs are properly designed and implemented in all schools.  The intent is to provide a focus and structure for those programs based on prior experience and research while maintaining sufficient local flexibility to design a program that best meets the needs of the local community.  Seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) will be appropriated from the general fund to the public education department for expenditures in fiscal year 2017.  This money will be distributed to local school districts to design and implement family and community engagement programs if this Bill passes.
To learn more about this legislation, visit www.nmlegis.gov.  Reach out to your legislatures and let them know the value of parent engagement in the schools and your support of SB179. 

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January -2016
 Your New Mexico PTA Board in Action

  • VP for Legislation and Advocacy worked closely with Senator Linda Lopez and Senator Pete Campos to introduce SB 179 Parent and Community Engagement Act.  Visit www.legis.gov to follow the progress of this bill.  
  • Legislative Day 2016, held in partnership with the New Mexico Out of School Time Network, had over 140 students and 56 adults in attendance.  Students and adults visited their Legislators, took tours of the Capitol building, and participated in Advocacy Training.  
  • VP for Membership has officially launched the 16 in '16 Membership Campaign on February 1st.  Will your PTA win $160????
  • Reflections Chair received Reflections entries from schools around the state.  The NMPTA office is filled with amazing work from PTA students.  We love this time of year!!
  • Financial Officer assisted five schools with financial questions and provided guidance.
  • President attended Mission Graduate meetings for the High School network and the Summer Learning network.
  • Communications Chair continues to update the NMPTA website and post to Twitter and Facebook.  Have you had The Smart Talk with your child and entered to win a trip to Disney World in Orlando?  Visit www.TheSmartTalk.org  for more information.
  • Male Participation Chair has visited schools to talk about strengthening programs and took school mascots to the NMPTA Legislative Day for pictures and visits!
  • The Bylaws Committee continues to process bylaw revisions.  Packets of information were sent out to schools whose bylaws are due for revision in 2016.
  • Ten presentations on the PARCC assessments were held by PTAs and NMPTA Board members around the state.
  • ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON ANY OF THE NMPTA COMMITTEES?  We appreciate your "fresh eyes" on issues and procedures.  Please contact NMPTA at nmpta@newmexicopta.org for information.