And….. we’re off!! As I am writing this, you are no doubt putting together the final details for Open House and preparing for a great year. Thank you for the time you have already invested in planning for the success of your PTA program this year! You have taken on a major leadership roll that has the potential to impact the lives of a LOT of children! What an honor! I encourage you to take it seriously, but for heavens sake...have some fun in the process! Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Thank you for your availability!!
Now for the practical stuff…
You should already have your president’s packet and membership cards from NCPTA. If not, call the State office @ 1-800-255-0417 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to pass on the pertinent information in this packet to your committee chairs. For example, give the “Reflections” packet to your Reflections chair. As President, you should be familiar with each area, but your chair should be responsible for the details. You may want to copy some of the materials for yourself.
1. National Membership dues increased to $1.25 from $1.00. Your PTA will need to remit to NCPTA a total of $2.25 for each PTA/PTSA member. You have remitted $2.00/member in the past. You are able to increase your dues by 25˘ without calling for a bylaws vote by your membership.
2. Your Budget Committee should have a proposed budget ready to present to your PTA Executive Board. This should be approved by the general membership at your first unit meeting.
3. Communication is the key!!
·Decide on one color for any PTA publications (newsletter, bulletins, reminders) you send to parents to make it easily recognizable as coming from the PTA.
·Send out your information on a designated day or with specific school publications. Example: Send your newsletter with the VIP folder or with progress reports and report cards.
·Make communication meaningful, regular and two-way. See National Standards for Parent Involvement for more ideas.
4. Deal with PTA “paper” promptly. You will be receiving a lot of PTA mail, and if you let it sit around, you will never catch up!
5. Last but NOT least, make your goals achievable. You may see 10 things that you would like to improve upon this year. Please…don’t go there!! Pick 3, maybe 4 things that you can do and do them well. Doing one thing well for children is better than doing 10 things half-way.
I hope these tips will be helpful. I am excited about this year and what we can accomplish together. Our job as PTA Council is to instruct, inform and inspire YOU!! We are here to help you!! Call us or e-mail us any time between 8 am and 9 pm. (Just a reminder…we have families too.)
Below you will find a PTA Calendar for the Year. Use it in your planning. Here's wishing you a very successful year!