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News Briefs

Find Out How to Tell When a Kid is Struggling Emotionally
Help us promote a special conversation May 4 on recognizing the symptoms of a kid who is struggling emotionally. This is an event for parents, educators and youth-serving professionals to your PTAs, as well as education and health partners. In addition to the email announcement below, download our template newsletter article and tailor it for your members and partners.

Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. Early detection and treatment is key for student success. Join The American Psychological Association's Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, Executive Director for Professional Practice, renowned psychologist Dr. Mary Alvord and National PTA President Otha Thornton as we explore how to recognize when a youth is struggling emotionally, and what to do about it when you know a kid needs help.

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Golden Acorn Awards Available Through PTA Store
Local Units may order Golden Acorn awards, Honorary Life Membership awards, Outstanding Advocate, and Outstanding Educator awards may be ordered online at http://store.wastatepta.org/. (There are no paper forms available for these awards. It is now an online process through the PTA store.)

Please be aware that Golden Award and other award orders will not be available to pick up on-site at convention this year. However, please feel free to go to the PTA Store to order your Golden Acorns and other awards any time (including during convention) and they will be processed and sent to you in a timely manner.

14 in 14 Membership Challenges --
The National PTA Membership Committee is excited to announce the launch of 14 in ’14 National PTA Membership Challenge! Every PTA in the nation, is challenged to recruit and report 14 new members. For each 14 new members a PTA signs up between February 1 and May 31, the PTA receives an entry for a chance to win $1,000 from the National PTA.

When a PTA in Washington state has 14 new members signed up, they send a list of the new members, a National PTA 14 in ’14 Entry Form, and a check with the membership dues attached to the Washington State PTA office. At that time, the state office will send off their membership form to NPTA for inclusion in the NPTA $1,000 lottery for the 14 in ’14 contest nationwide. The National PTA drawing for the $1,000 cash prize will occur at the 2014 National PTA Convention and Exhibition. These forms are due by April 14, 2014. ...learn more.

In addition to the National PTA contest, Washington State PTA will also enter 14 in ’14 recipients into a Washington State PTA contest to receive a $500 grant towards attending the Washington State PTA Convention at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel on April 25-17, 2014. The final date to be entered in the Washington State PTA 14 in ’14 drawing is April 14, 2014. There will then be twelve (12), $500 grants, drawn at random in the WSPTA 14 in 14 lottery.



Upcoming Events
WSPTA Annual Convention--April 25-27, 2014--Bellevue Hyatt Hotel, Bellevue, WA ...Click here


Events
You can learn from experienced leaders at region trainings and leadership conferences, and statewide conventions and workshops. In addition to targeted classes, these events are opportunities for you to network with other PTA leaders from your region or across the state and further develop your own leadership and advocacy skills.    …Details
Programs
You can support the youth in your community with programs from the state and National PTA. These include support for the arts, parent engagement, college or career preparation, and more. Better yet, your PTA/PTSA can apply for a grant and design your own.   …Details
Regions
Local PTAs enjoy the support of experienced PTA leaders who make up the service delivery teams that organize training in each geographic region. This means you can find support close at hand. Your region director is your point person for training and networking.    …Find your local connection
Advocacy
For more than 100 years, PTA has advocated for kids on the local, state and national level. Child labor laws, universal kindergarten, school breakfast and lunch programs, and universal immunization—these are all things we take for granted today but were each hard fought victories for PTA. PTA is committed to supporting legislation that protects children and ensures every child gets a great education. …Learn about our priorities
Membership
Members are the lifeblood of PTA. You provide the passion, leadership, and hard work needed to achieve PTA’s vision that every child’s potential becomes a reality. In addition, PTA membership includes access to valuable benefits offered through National PTA.    …All about benefits
Outreach
The Outreach Committee’s vision is to see “The diversity that is present in our community reflected in our membership”. We do this by reaching out to those who have differences in age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.    …Learn more about our Outreach
Resources
All parents want what is best for their children, and here you can find links to our online parenting magazine, The Child Advocate and a host of parenting resources, from suicide prevention to online learning. You can also find links to Washington State PTA’s Uniform Bylaws and volunteer recognition program.    …Parent Resources
Leadership Resources
The Leadership Resources section of our website provides current members and leaders information to help them build a strong local PTA or council and meet their responsibilities to comply with state and Federal laws that govern tax exempt nonprofit corporations.  …Leadership Resources (User Name and Password required)

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