*President's Message*
*General Membership Meeting Info, Schedule, and Hospitality*
*Micro-Training and Munchies * Duval PTAs Have Heart!

NEWS: * Scholarships! *Awards
*New DCCPTA Diversity Committee *5Essentials Survey
* P&P Luncheon

Membership, Treasurer, Bylaws:
* Membership * Member Benefits (updated)
* From the Treasurer

etc: DCC PTA Wellness, Voter Voice, House Bill 1079,
Committee on Education, Florida PTA's 2020 Legislative Priorities.
SAVE THE DATE: Florida PTA Leadership Convention
March Contest, Life Membership
Dear PTA Advocates of Duval County:

This is the time of the school year that always seems to fly by to me. The first hints of spring lead to daydreams of summer but there is also so much still to do! In addition to all the wonderful things your PTAs have been accomplishing, please do not forget the importance of keeping your membership informed. We hope you read and passed on our “What’s Happening in Tallahassee” newsletter a few weeks ago and regularly share the information that comes from DCCPTA and Florida PTA. As child advocates, we have a responsibility to be in the know – and help others to be in the know – so we can use our voices to speak up for all children and build a bridge together.

Sincerely,
Theresa Rogers
President, Duval County Council of PTAs and PTSAs
COMING UP
at the next GM Meeting on February 25, 2020:

Words of Welcome
Cheryl Grymes

Guest Speaker
Paul Ryder
Jacksonville Public Schools Alliance


General Membership Meeting Schedule

February 25
March 24
April 21

General Meetings are open to ALL PTA Members.
Every local unit is entitled to two voting delegates,
though anyone is welcome to attend.  

Cline Auditorium, DCPS School Board Building
1701 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32205
 
Hospitality begins at 9:00 am
Meeting begins at 9:30 am 
H O S P I T A L I T Y

If your local unit would like to provide hospitality at one of our general meetings please contact the Hospitality Chair: 

*Still need to fill April!  
Please feel free to stay after the general meeting (approx 11:30am) for a
Lunch and Learn
Supporting Safety in our
Schools and Community

Lunch is provided for free when you register:  https://t.co/2I9lA7CRk5
Each month we are collecting items at our general meetings to work in partnership with our local units and bring attention to the many needs of our community. 

Please bring to the 2/25 DCCPTA General Meeting in the
Cline Auditorium at the DCPS School Board Building.
FEBRUARY (and April) collection to benefit The Giving Closet Project :
For the detailed list of items, please


ADDITIONALLY, as part of the Duval PTAs Have Heart initiative, we will have another
Morning of Service 
4/1, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
at Feeding Northeast Florida. 

To participate please RSVP via this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EABA62BA75-duval1 

NEWS
Critical Alert on HB7079 & SB1498 regarding
School Turnaround Procedures and Timetables
Go to our Facebook post for information provided by Florida PTA.

PLEASE share these scholarship opportunities with your membership!!

DCCPTA Scholarship
The Duval County Council of PTAs is pleased to offer six (6) $500 scholarships to students graduating from Duval County schools in 2020. This is a one-time (non-renewable) award of $500. 
Application deadline is March 31, 2020. 
For more information:



A W A R D S
To find award applications for DCCPTA awards: 

Award applications for Florida PTA awards:
New DCCPTA Diversity Committee 
Our New DCCPTA Diversity Committee is seeking to build its inaugural committee with members from all backgrounds and all areas of Duval County to come together and work to develop some common ideas and goals that can improve representation and educational awareness within DCPS, particularly in the areas of bias, equity and accessibility.

All interested parties, please contact
Whitney Touchton diversity@dccpta.org
To share feedback about your experience at your child’s school on the 5Essentials Survey:  
The P&P Luncheon is Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Tickets for the Annual Presidents' and Principals' Luncheon
go on sale starting at the February 25 General Meeting. 
Tickets are $25 each. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $200.
It’s going to be a CELEBRATION! 
Is there a business that has worked with your PTA or your school for a fundraiser, program, spirit night, field trip, catering or any other partnership/program that might like to partner with other PTAs in Duval County?
Please share the vendor information packet with them or direct them to DCC PTA Business Partner/Vendor Coordinator-Christina Cummings at  BusPart@dccpta.org
The vendor fair precedes the annual DCC PTA President’s and Principal’s Luncheon on May 13th at the University of North Florida. The vendor fair will be held from 9:00am-11:30am. 
MEMBERSHIP - TREASURER - BYLAWS
Need a refresher on your Nominating Committee?
Are you continuing to GROW your membership?
Please make sure you are paying your membership dues monthly to Florida PTA through MemberHub or mail to Florida PTA (form: https://floridapta.org/media/2019/09/2019-2020-Membership-Dues-Payment-Form.pdf)  
UPDATED 2/15/2020, CHECK IT OUT!
CLICK HERE for the UPDATED Member Benefit Flyer.
NEW National PTA Partners offering discounts for ALL PTA Members

If you know of a business that would like to partner with DCC PTA,
please contact Christina Cummings at BusPart@dccpta.org
Conduct a mid-year budget review. If there are additional expenses or a change in an allocated expenditure, the budget must be amended by a vote of your general membership.
etc.
There are a lot of opinions on how electronics use affect the human body and mind, most of them not positive. With the convenience personal electronics provide, there area also drawbacks to our increasing digital use as a society. Here is a great tool to reflect on your personal digital use followed by tips and tools to achieve a healthy balance. Check it out. . . and BE WELL!

Click Here: DIGITAL WELLBEING
- Please remember to sign up for Voter Voice: 

-Are you following House Bill 1079 (formerly local Bill J-1)?

- To track what the Committee on Education is working on: 

-To see Florida PTA’s 2020 Legislative Priorities: 

-Florida PTA Leadership Convention, July 16-19. For more info: 
March is #NationalReadingAwarenessMonth

There’s nothing like a good book. If your child agrees, send us a two-minute video explaining his or her passion for reading. There’s a chance to win some book-buying money and an in-classroom read-along with a News4Jax morning anchor.
Do you know someone that has gone above and beyond advocating for our children and youth? Give them the gift of a Lifetime! The Honorary State Life Membership is the perfect gift to honor someone for outstanding service to our children and youth. In addition to a certificate, pin and ID card, the proceeds help support the Florida PTA Scholarship Program.

Contact Vicki Drake for more information.
Thank you!!!