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New Mexico PTA 102nd Annual Convention
Celebrating 102 Years
of Family Engagement
and Advocacy

Dear PTA Members, 
The New Mexico PTA Board and Convention Committee would like to extend a personal invitation to each of you to attend the upcoming 102nd Annual NMPTA State Convention. This year the Convention will be held on May 5-6, 2017 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North Hotel. Please see attached pdf: 
Some highlights of this year's Convention will be dynamic speakers, an exhibitors showcase, the Reflections celebration, informative workshops, and special recognition of the NMPTA Proud! Awards winners. Professional development for all members enables your PTA to be successful. The Convention is open to all members, not just PTA officers. 
NMPTA uses an online registration system. Click here to register: ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM and click here to print the payment form: PAYMENT FORM.

Please plan to spend both days with us to take advantage of all the sessions and activities!
We look forward to meeting each and every one of you!
Wendy Licon
NMPTA Convention Committee Chair
May May 5-6, 2017
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Rd NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Book your group rate for 2017 Annual PTA Conference Block
Delegates are responsible for their own accommodations. Limited space available at the
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
Please Request NMPTA Room Rate of $99.00 (+ tax). Must Be Reserved By April 20, 2017

In This Issue
Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors 

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award
Apply by March 17
The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes one local, one district/council and one state PTA that best exemplify a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The awardees will be honored at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo. Apply today!

Mary Lou Anderson Grant 

Apply by March 17
The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the arts for under-served audiences. Apply today!

Support Kids' Health and Well-Being: Apply for a Grant

Action for Healthy Kids is providing over 1,100 grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Apply for a breakfast grant to pilot or expand school breakfast programs or a Game On grant to support physical activity and nutrition initiatives.
Learn more and apply by April 7 at

Spring e-Learning Challenge

The New Mexico PTA Board of Directors encourages all local unit PTA leaders to take the e-learning classes offered on the National PTA website,
  PTA e-Learning
This is your PTA's chance to win free registration for 4 people to attend the New Mexico PTA Convention, May 5-6, 2017.
A $450 value
Enter Today!

Please see this flyer for more information.

Fire Up Your Feet!

Fire Up Your Feet and Active Schools Fundraising: A Winning Combination!

Join this webinar on March 8 th to learn how you can use Fire Up Your Feet and Active Schools Fundraising together to raise funds the active and healthy way! Register here.
Learn how to register, track, and win!
Unable to join the webinar? Register and a recording will be sent to you approximately 1 week after webinar.  

For support or questions email

McDonald's Partners with New Mexico PTA
McDonald's is excited to announce its new partnership with New Mexico PTA! McDonald's and NMPTA's goals of supporting and advocating for education and
children in our state are aligned in many ways.

Like NMPTA, McDonald's promotes literacy and education for its employees and its customers. McDonald's Archways to Opportunity education program supports its employees - many who are high school students - with tuition assistance to earn high
school/college degrees and learn English as a second language. McDonald's local owner/operators contribute thousands of dollars throughout our state to local schools in their communities through sponsorships, food donations, and more each year.

Did you know that McDonald's menu has many wholesome and nutrition-minded options? In fact, 80% of menu items are 400 calories or less. McDonald's is committed to providing wholesome eating choices for children. All Happy Meals include apple slices, seasonal fruit or yogurt, milk and preservative free chicken or 100% beef.

As part of our new partnership, McDonald's is committed to assisting NMPTA schools in
a number of ways including:
  • McTeacher's Nights where local NMPTA members and schools raise money to benefit
  • their schools + school programs.
  • * Ronald McDonald visits to schools to share anti-bullying, leadership and "character
  • counts" messaging.
  • * Literacy promotion for kids throughout the State, with an upcoming event in March!
  • * Gold sponsorship of the NMPTA Statewide Convention.
  • * Support of the NMPTA Reflections Program with McDonald's tray liners in ALL NM
  • restaurants featuring student artwork.
McDonald's is looking forward to meeting the NMPTA members over the next few months. More exciting news to come but in the meantime, please follow our Twitter
account at @McD_NewMexico + restaurant Facebook pages by searching for 'McDonald's @' and the address/location of your nearest McDonald's in the search bar.
ESSA Forum Update
New Mexico PTA has partnered with Learning Alliance of New Mexico to conduct Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) forums around the state. The ESSA forums provide an opportunity for communities to voice their thoughts and ideas regarding quality education within our state. The feedback provided from the forums is compiled in a report which will be sent to the Public Education Dept. Most recent forums were held at Alice King Community School, Gadsden School District and Jemez Mountain Community PTA.  NMPTA thanks the LANL Foundation for their funding support of this project.
Very Special Thank you! 

  Thank you to the Noyce Foundation and New Mexico Out of School Time who sponsored lunch and joined us on February 21st for the NMPTA/NMOST Legislative Day in Santa Fe. Thank you to our guest speakers; Michael Weinburg- Thornburg Foundation, Aubrey Dunn-NM State Land Commissioner, Armelle Casau- STEM Up Project NMOST, Pamela Pereyra- NM Media Literacy NOW and May Sagbakken- NMOST who educated us on the legislative process, current bills, the State Land Office, advocacy and how to engage our legislators.

If you were unable to attend Legislative Day there is still time for you to advocate in support of or oppose bills impacting education within our state. We invite you to visit to learn more about the bills being proposed at the Roundhouse. Contact your Representatives and Senators to share your thoughts. Your legislators want to hear from You!

Scholarship Oppotunites
Land of Enchantment PTA is pleased to announce four scholarship opportunities sponsored by Mountain America Federal Credit Union. Please see the attached scholarship applications for more information and how to apply.