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September 23, 2016

Why Come to Convention?

Laurie May, 2016 Convention Coordinator
Aimee Tweedie, Communications / Marketing Manager

If you haven’t already registered for the 120th Annual Meeting and Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY, November 11-13, 2016, the registration deadline is October 2, 2016. Register online here.

Are you thinking of coming to Convention, or thinking of sending delegates, but still haven’t quite decided?

Here are 5 reasons for you to come to Convention this year:

  • You will vote on continuing, updated, rescinded and new resolutions. Convention resolutions are calls for action by the NYS PTA.
  • You will meet PTA leaders just like you!
  • You will vote for new state officers, including the NYS PTA president.
  • You will hear from and meet National PTA President Laura Bay.
  • You can attend workshop sessions on education, curriculum development, family engagement, leadership development, and more!

Are you interested in coming, but can’t commit to the entire weekend? Come for just one day. It’s only $90 for a full day’s worth of conference activities, $45 for students!

Sending delegates to Convention is a legitimate use of your unit’s funds. Click here for more details.

Don’t miss the October 2 deadline! We hope to see you in Saratoga Springs at Convention!

Are You on the Fast Track to Win $250?

Lori Fontana, Membership Coordinator

Don’t forget to reach 60% of your unit's Membership Goal by October 31!

Your unit members must be registered on the portal and your unit must be in good standing to qualify for the drawing with six winners.

Click here for the new Unit Portal training videos.

For Membership Fast Track Certificates and Drawing Information, click here.

Find your payment dues slips here.

Still need to update your unit or council's officer contact info? Click here.

NYS PTA is Taking the Show on the Road!

Joan Wabnik, Programs Coordinator and Amanda Tobias, Reflections Specialist
Carol Raymond, Operations / Events Manager

Announcing the NYS PTA Reflections Art Roadshow Exhibit

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:00pm

Hosted by Genesee Valley Region

Location: Monroe 1 BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Rochester NY 14625

This two week-long public access art exhibit features the original multimedia artwork of the 2015-2016 NYS PTA Reflections Award of Excellence and Award of Merit students.

The NYS PTA Reflections Art Roadshow mission is to bring communities together in celebration of student success in the PTA Reflections Program, while advocating for quality arts education for all children.

Please email if you would like to attend! Deadline to register is October 7. Let's celebrate the arts and our students together.

We hope you can join us for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring a multimedia student art display and remarks from New York State PTA, Genesee Valley Region PTA, and other special guests.

The PARP Toolkit
Stephanie Avidon, PARP Specialist

Are you planning a PARP (Pick A Reading Partner) program at your school this year?

If so, check out the PARP Toolkit.

It has a variety of programs and activities, samples and examples of past NYS PARP winners. It’s a terrific resource!

If you are not planning a PARP program this year, take a minute to look through the PARP Toolkit and consider planning one next year. The more time you have to plan, the easier it is to run a PARP program.

Any questions, contact your Region PARP Chair or email me at

Tech Tip
Nori Gartner-Baca, Publications Specialist

Can't get enough of little Tech Tips that save you both time and energy?

There are several online resources that can send you a tip a day or provide brief tidbits on a regular basis.

Check out the NY Times Tech Tip page and Geek News.

SurfNetKids provides tech tips for families and classrooms.

The National Education Association (NEA) also provides tips on occasion.

Happy surfing!


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