December 8, 2020
PTA Superstars
Congratulations to our Early Bird Membership Challenge Winners!
Each year NMPTA urges our PTAs to get 75% of last year’s total membership by the September 30 reporting deadline. This year Atrisco Elementary PTSA and Ernest Stapleton Elementary PTA both exceeded that goal! Each of those PTAs will receive a $200 donation!
Previously an email was sent to local PTA leaders stating that no PTAs qualified for the Early Bird Award – membership data was reviewed to reveal this error.
Give a Life-Changing Gift This Holiday Season with The Education Plan®

Give a Life-Changing Gift This Holiday Season with The Education Plan®
by Carolyn Fittipaldi, Education Trust Board of New Mexico

The holiday season offers an opportunity to give a unique gift that will have a lasting, positive impact on the lives of your loved ones. Consider opening an account or making a gift contribution to an existing account with The Education Plan®—New Mexico’s 529 college savings plan.

In the uncertainty of 2020, this year’s holiday season is a good time to look forward to a better future. With the gift of a college savings plan with The Education Plan, you’re investing in the future and helping to ensure that student loan debt is less of a factor for your children or your grandchildren.
K-12 Students are Invited to Write an Essay about a One-Week Expedition on the Moon!
On Sept. 15, 2020, NASA, in partnership with Future Engineers, launched the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. The contest, which is open to all (public, private, and home school) students in grades K-12, asks participants to imagine they are leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole. In the essay, students will need to describe to NASA what (and who) they would bring to help make their expedition a success.
The Moon Pod Essay Contest is presented in support of NASA's Artemis program. The student challenge is part of NASA's efforts to engage the public in its missions to the Moon and Mars. NASA is returning to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration for a new generation. Working with its partners throughout the Artemis program, the agency will fine-tune precision landing technologies and develop new mobility capabilities that allow robots and crew to travel greater distances and explore new regions of the Moon.
Visit the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest page for important program dates:
The challenge will require students to imagine and share their thoughts on leading a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole. Additionally, participants must include the types of skills, attributes, and/or personality traits they would want their Moon Pod crew to have and why. For a full description of the contest, including the requirements and who can enter, visit the Moon Pod Essay Contest website.
Every student who submits an entry will receive a certificate from NASA and be invited to a special NASA virtual event – with an astronaut!
Selected semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Moreover, nine finalists will travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2021 to learn about lunar exploration, and the national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis test launch to watch the most powerful rocket in the world launch from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Entries for the contest are due no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on Dec. 17, 2020. Children and students who live in the same household with NASA employees cannot enter. Read the full description of contest rules at Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest ("The Challenge") Rules
Explora is proud to announce the Classroom Connections program
Explora is proud to announce the Classroom Connections program, made possible through generous funding from AFRL New Mexico. Together, we are connecting New Mexico students with STEM professionals to reveal possibilities for their future. 
Congratulations to these PTAs
Congratulations to our Compliance Document PTAs! Thirteen PTAs in New Mexico met the November 30 deadline for submitting compliance documentation! Of those 13, two were randomly chosen to win $200 each. Congratulations to Cien Aguas International School PTA and Monte Vista Elementary PTA! Many PTAs are very close to being in compliance. It’s never too late to submit missing items. Contact to check your status.
The Fall Print Edition is Here!

We are so excited to share the fall 2020 back-to-school print edition of National PTA's Our Children Magazine with you! Check out our back-to-school digital edition and get helpful tips on navigating the school year during the pandemic.
Keep Systems Secure
Scammers are always looking for ways to steal your information. Keep your family safe online by securing your electronics. When you take the time to secure your devices, you save money and time. Use these tips from the Federal Trade Commission to keep your systems secure.
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