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In This Issue
Upcoming Events

July 22-24, 2016
NYS PTA Summer Leadership Conference
Utica, NY

November 11-13, 2016
NYS PTA 120th Annual Convention
Saratoga Springs, NY

Announcement of New Executive Director
Bonnie Russell, President

The New York State PTA welcomes Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, Esq. as the New York State PTA’s new Executive Director, to begin on June 29, 2016.

Ms. Belokopitsky shared with me that, "I am tremendously excited to work with the dedicated staff and team of accomplished leader volunteers to continue the mission of supporting our schools, parents, students and educators. Increasing advocacy and media coverage will allow PTA's influence at the Capitol and across the state to grow.

"Working in concert with regional leaders, I hope to help the association to continue to re-grow membership and engage parents at the grassroots level in new and innovative ways. Continuing to work with, and increasing the connections with the Education Department and Board of Regents, will only benefit our members, and expanding relationships with other educational organizations, including other parent groups, will be critical."

Ms. Belokopitsky's vision for our future is exciting, as we work together supporting what we already know – that PTA makes a difference in the lives of our children each and every day with everychild. onevoice. as we Communicate to Advocate!

For more information about her background, click here to read the full announcement.

Membership Reminder
Lori Fontana, Membership Coordinator

May 31 has already passed, so don't forget to send in your final membership payment!

Don't forget that membership is always open and members can always join!

Preparing for the Leadership Transition – President to President – Outgoing to Incoming
Gracemarie Rozea, 1st Vice President

As you prepare to conclude your term as president, prepare for the smooth transition of your successor. Remember how you felt as a beginner? Your successor may have different concerns and style of leadership, but needs your support to get off to a good start.

Click here for a checklist of items for the conclusion of your term.

Wellness News Update
Lucille Vitale, Wellness Coordinator

Governor Cuomo has announced a statewide launch of a heroin task force, charged with ending the heroin epidemic and opioid crisis in New York. This task force will consist of a broad coalition of experts in many different areas that will work together to develop a comprehensive action plan to combat this epidemic. Read the entire article here.

Submit your PARP Program for a PARP Award
Stephanie Avidon, PARP Specialist

Deadline is June 15

If you hosted a PARP program this year, consider submitting it for a PARP Award by June 15.

For the award application (and all the details), click here or visit (under Your PTA – Pick A Reading Partner section).

All applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2016 and sent to your region director. See the application for further details. Any questions, contact your Region PARP Chair or email me at

Each region selects one winner and then one NYS winner will be chosen. We look forward to seeing your PARP program!

Tech Tip
Nori Gartner-Baca, Publications Specialist

Short on time but your phone is dangerously low on battery? Switch it to airplane mode when you charge it. True, you won't get any new emails, texts or calls, but you will reach full power a bit sooner. Remember to switch it back off when you are done!

Turn down your screen brightness, this can use up a lot of battery. You can also turn off WiFi if you know you won't be using it. When WiFi is on, it is constantly looking for a signal, which can drain your battery fast.

A few quick tips and you'll be back to full power sooner!


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