February 19, 2021
Monthly Membership Challenges
Honoring African American Educators and Advocates
In celebration of Black History Month, we are honoring Selena Sloan Butler, who founded the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) to advocate for children, especially African American children in segregated communities. After working side-by-side for every child through the Civil Rights movement, National PTA and NCCPT signed a Declaration of Unity and merged in 1970. Learn more about Selena, the Unification, and the history of National PTA.
From the desk of your NMPTA Health and Wellness Chairperson
"With the possibility of schools returning to some in-person learning, it is more important than ever to stay vigilant with the health safety guidelines, including getting yourself and your children tested if you present symptoms or have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID test.”
Reminder for people on where and how to get tested if they think they might have covid: https://cv.nmhealth.org
“It is also important to register with the state for the vaccine, so that once there is a dose available, you will get promptly notified. At this time, registration is only for adults.”
How to register for NM Vaccine: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org
“If your student has missed their well child checkup this past year due to the pandemic, it is also crucial to ensure they are up to date on their vaccination schedule. As our students come back to in-person learning, there is some concern for the potential outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as mumps, measles, and whooping cough due to the lower number of vaccinated children during the COVID pandemic.”
Learn more about childhood vaccines here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html
Land of Enchantment PTA Scholarships
Land of Enchantment PTA is proud to offer three scholarships to our members statewide! Educators, parent/guardians, and high school seniors can apply for $500 scholarships to help with the expense of GED, post-secondary education, or professional development. Use the attached applications. Submission deadline is April 2, 2021. You must be a member of a PTA in Good Standing.
Understand the Animals of the Ice
Looking for a fun virtual activity? Why not learn about animals of the ice? They run, swim, slide, waddle, fly and survive in the harsh extremes of the polar regions. Use videos and games to explore and discover marine life and science.
Tip for Civic Engagement
Participating in the legislative process is different in many ways this year but some things are enduring. I’ve heard several people grieve the face-to-face access at the Roundhouse that our citizen legislature affords in non-pandemic times. People miss visiting with legislative staff and lively conversations with legislators about policy issues that matter to New Mexicans. We’ve also witnessed people participating remotely who may not have been able to afford the time or travel costs and the virtual environment has reduced barriers to participation for some. There are definitely trade-offs, but what is remarkable is the resilience of New Mexicans regardless of role. Policy makers, community members, and advocates are sharing their stories, building understanding, and developing policies that hold promise for a stronger, healthier, New Mexico. One of the enduring qualities in this session is a clear and deep love for New Mexico across political perspectives. Do you want to know what’s happening and weigh-in on issues that matter to you, your family, and your neighbors? Visit nmlegis.gov. You can search legislation by keyword, read proposed legislation, and click to find out when the bill will be discussed and how to participate. Making a difference it right at our fingertips and the only qualifications you need are your story, your wisdom, and the desire to make New Mexico better.

This tip is authored by New Mexico First President and Executive Director, Lilly Irvin-Vitela. She can be reached at lilly@nmifrst.org.
PTA Spirit Days
Check out this Great Idea from Coral Community Charter School PTA!
 
We pick a theme every Wednesday, which is the day that there is no live teaching to avoid distractions. It's an individual check in between parents/students and teachers. The students are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the day which is announced the week before and the parents upload a picture to Bloomz. The pictures received from the parents will be featured in the yearbook. We also did “Dress Up Your Pet Day.” The kids have lots of fun and we have pictures for our yearbook.
 
To see more pictures of Spirit Days and more ideas from other PTAs, visit the Great Idea Resource page on NMPTA’s website. Share your PTA’s Great Idea by emailing vp.membership@newmexicopta.org.
 
Echo for Supporting and Inspiring Parents- February 22, 2021

 
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