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November 4, 2016

English Language Arts and Math Standards Review

Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, Esq., Executive Director

As a reminder, SED has released revised draft standards in ELA and Math. NYS PTA issued this press release, and you can read information on the revised draft standards and submit your comments on these standards here.

Commissioner Elia announced that SED has extended the time for comments on the revised standards until November 14, to ensure time for adequate stakeholder input.

Is Your Unit in Good Standing?

Lori Fontana, Membership Coordinator

Has your unit made its October membership payment? The first unit membership payment deadline date was October 31, 2016.

Units that have not sent in their payment are now in Delinquent Status.

You can find Membership Dues Payment Forms here.

Are your members registered on your Unit Portal? You can find all the training videos and learn how here.

Does Your Unit Qualify for the Fast Track Award Drawing?

Dania Welch, Membership / Insurance Manager & System Administrator

Both of the following conditions must be met for your unit to qualify for the Fast Track Award and Drawing (6 winners of $250):

  • Membership Dues Payment for 60% of your Membership Goal set by NYS PTA must have been received in the state office by October 31 (check your unit portal “Payments” tab to verify it was posted with an October payment date).
  • All paid members must be registered on your Unit Portal by November 7. You still have this weekend to catch up and get your members registered. All officers can help with the data entry.

If you need your Unit Portal access password reset, please send an email to with your unit code.

Are You Ready to Advance Your Reflections Entries?

Amanda Tobias, Reflections Specialist

Has your unit held a Reflections Program? Are you ready to send your winning art to your region?

Click here to find your region's deadlines, contact person and more information.

Be sure to check with your Region Reflections Chair (RRC) to learn your region's deadline and location for advancing entries, as well as any additional requirements, such as extra copies of forms or packaging materials, that they may require.

For more information about Reflections, please contact me at

Tech Tip

Nori Gartner-Baca, Publications Specialist

You press the power button on your laptop but nothing happens. You check all connections, try again, and even cross your fingers. But that machine won't turn on for anything! That's okay because everything you have on it is backed up...right? WHAT?!? You haven't backed up your computer since your vacation two years ago? Stop what you're doing and check out these options for easy, fast ways to keep your photos, documents, resumes and more SAFE!

Review this article by How-To-Geek.

Check out this article by CNET.

And wikiHow also has suggestions.

A few minutes now could save your digital life later!

Nominations for the 2017 PTA Advocacy Awards are Now Open

Lana Ajemian, Federal Legislation Chair

National PTA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Advocacy Awards! The deadline to submit a nomination is Sunday, December 18.

If you know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or a local unit or state PTA that has done great advocacy work, nominate them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA. You can also nominate yourself!

Award Categories:

Nominations must be for efforts made in the last year. Winners will be announced in January and will receive their awards at the 2017 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Kubatzky.


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