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April 28, 2017

It’s Not Too Late to Find Your +ONE!

It's not too late to join our +ONE membership campaign.

Can you find just one person to become a member of PTA, thereby supporting every child in our state?

Found your +ONE? They can join here.

NYS PTA Leading the Way!

Important and Time-Sensitive Insurance Billing

Dania Welch, Membership / Insurance Manager

Our new insurance agency, AIM, mailed insurance applications/invoice packets to all unit presidents on April 7. If your unit president has not yet received the insurance packet in the mail, please contact AIM at 1-800-816-4044 to verify the president’s address on file and to ask for a replacement.

Insurance payments will go directly to AIM this year along with the three (3) signed documents in your application/invoice packet.

REMINDER: Premiums are due by June 1. Units who are delinquent as of June 1 will be assessed a late payment fee of $20 per building. The new Activity Coverage list (Play, Pause, Stop), along with a new Insurance Guide, will be sent via email to all units before coverage begins on July 1.

Nassau Region's Newest Charter

Pat Assortato, Nassau Region Director

On April 19, Nassau Region chartered the Long Island High School for the Arts PTSA.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers and members!

Need to Give an Honorary Life Membership?

Do you want to honor someone with an Honorary Life Membership (HLM)?

The school year will end before you know it, so send in your last-minute HLM (or other) award applications as soon as possible.

You can find information about the award and the award application here.

Interested in any other NYS PTA awards? Click here.

If you have any questions about the HLM or any other award, please email Lynne Degnen at, or call her at the state office.

Message from NYS Governor’s Office

Seeking Nominations and Applications for the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

Every day, thousands of teachers across the State of New York are making a difference in the lives of children. These teachers hold high expectations and academic goals for each one of their students, fostering critical thinking, cultivating creativity and instilling a love of learning. They are eager learners who pursue meaningful professional development throughout their careers.

This year, Governor Cuomo will award 60 teachers from across the state with the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Awardees will receive a stipend of $5,000 for continued learning and professional development, and have the opportunity to directly advise education policy makers.

To apply for the award, or to nominate an exceptional teacher, visit:

Updated Resource Guide

We have updated the Resource Guide!

If you are looking for best practices, how-to guides, calendars and resources, the NYS PTA Resource Guide is the place to go.

We have updated several sections with new information:

Check back for more updated sections coming soon!

Upcoming Award Deadlines

Family Engagement Award in Honor of Jami-Beth Knapp

This award will recognize an individual or group of individuals, who demonstrate innovative and unique strategies to encourage and involve parents as equal partners in their child’s education. Deadline: May 15

Family Engagement Award – Online Application Form

Family Engagement Award – Online Letter of Recommendation Form

Leadership Award In Honor of Jane Skrzypek

This NYS PTA award was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Jane Skrzypek. The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding leader in your PTA who, by his or her actions, inspires others to volunteer and assume leadership positions. Deadline: June 15

Application Leadership Award in Honor of Jane Skrzypek (fillable Word document)

Application Leadership Award in Honor of Jane Skrzypek (PDF document)

Teacher Fellowship For Graduate Study In Memory of Richard Gazzola

The Teacher Fellowship was established in 1961 to encourage excellent teachers to stay in the classroom by providing them opportunity to improve teaching skills, update professional knowledge, and expand professional perspectives. In 1992, the Fellowship was named to honor a “Master Teacher,” Richard Gazzola, who served on the New York State PTA Board of Directors for many years prior to his untimely death in 1991. Deadline: June 15

Teacher Fellowship for Graduate Study application (fillable Word)

Teacher Fellowship for Graduate Study application (PDF)

SLC Registration Will Open Soon!

Carol Raymond, Operations/Events Manager

Online registration for SLC will be ready in early May!

Summer Leadership Conference | July 21-23, 2017, Utica College

Utica College is a casual, relaxing and scenic environment where PTA members from around the state can network with state PTA leaders and one another, and expand leadership skills.

Past attendees have found the information interesting, useful, motivational and supportive. It is also a great opportunity to meet new PTA friends and share ideas.

This year we are looking to the future of PTA! Save the date to join us and learn how you can take your PTA unit to new and exciting places.



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