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Kansas PTA Summer Leadership Training Series

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Please join us for the Kansas PTA Summer Leadership Training Series July 14th-28th. This is a great, free opportunity for local PTA officers to get the training they need from the comfort of their home.  See the Flyer below for all the details and registration links! Registration links can also be directly accessed below the flyer. Workshop flyer Memberhub Workshop Registration President Workshop Registration Best Practices for Virtual Meetings Workshop [...]

Conducting PTA Business When Schools are Closed

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March 23, 2020 Re: Communication within Local PTA Units Greetings Kansas PTA Unit President, Due to the closing of Kansas schools by the Governor, we know that many of you are wondering how to conduct essential business within your local PTA. Please know that Kansas PTA is here for you and we will all work together to make sure that everything continues to run smoothly for your unit and [...]

Kansas PTA Teams with MemberHub!

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Hello Kansas PTA Units! As you may know, Kansas PTA has entered into an agreement with MemberHub for your use as a PTA Unit, and communication ease with Kansas PTA when you are submitting membership, membership dues, and required documentation, such as your 990 submission and annual audit. Kansas PTA requires all units use MemberHub for membership submission, membership dues, and documentation notification. MemberHub does provide additional tools for [...]

School Immunization Information

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Immunization Requirements for the 2019-2020 school year have changed. The changes now require: Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students - two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine 7th and 11th graders - one dose of the Meningitis vaccine is required All other vaccine requirements remain the same. For further information on immunizations, see the Kansas Department of Health and Environment webpage at http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/index.html

Smart Snack

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Click this link for Smart Snack Information that answers questions about the Smart Snack regulations, and this pdf which gives guidance about exempt fundraisers.

Suicide Prevention

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September is suicide prevention month. In 2016, the most recent year with statistics available, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death for Kansas kids ages 5-14, and the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24 (Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 2016).It is important to know the warning signs of potential suicide and to act on those warning signs. Studies have shown that when someone attempts to kill [...]

Gun Safety for Children

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By Kimberly Martin, Kansas PTA Vice President of Advocacy 2019-2021 According to the Center for Disease Control Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (CDC WISQARS) 78 children, teens and young adults are injured or killed by guns on a daily basis in the United States (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019). The safest home for children and teens is a home without guns, but there are ways to make homes [...]

Special Education Resources

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1.       Families Together Inc. is a wonderful resource for families in Kansas who have children with special needs. Programs are available in English and Spanish and are provided at no cost.  They can help answer questions about how to access educational services, health plans and resources. They can help parents develop advocacy skills for their child and connect parents to other parents who have gone through a similar path.  You [...]

National PTA School of Excellence

Family Engagement|

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. As a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.

National PTA Official Local PTA Leader Kit

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Register at www.ptakit.org for access to your year-round resource to support all of your PTA leadership needs. You will find strategies, tips and turn-key tools to ensure your success in Leadership, Finance, Membership, Programs, Fundraising, Advocacy and Communications.

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships – focusing on Standard #6

Family Engagement|

The sixth National PTA Standard for Family-School Partnerships is Collaborating With Community. Many schools are opening their doors to their communities, becoming one-stop resource centers for families and other residents in an effort to strengthen the school and build a more family-friendly community. Partnerships that connect a school with local businesses, social services, youth organizations and other groups can turn a neighborhood into a thriving place to live, work and raise a [...]

New Resource for Parents on Student Data Privacy

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National PTA has collaborated with the Future of Privacy Forum and ConnectSafely to develop a digital guide to help parents understand the laws that protect student data as well as students' and parents' rights under the laws. Learn more about the guide and privacy rights for students and parents. http://ferpasherpa.org/parents-guide.html 

New Resource for Parents on 21st Century Learning and Citizenship

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P21 has created a free digital toolkit to help parents support their learners in becoming 21st century leaders and citizens. The three-part toolkit was developed with National PTA and provides an overview of 21st century learning and how citizenship has changed in a digitally and globally connected world. Find out more at P21.org/Parents. http://www.p21.org/our-work/citizenship/a-parents-guide

TeenLife Offers Parent Resources

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TeenLife.com is a national search engine for teen enrichment opportunities. Parents and educators can find summer and gap programs and community service opportunities for students in grades 6-12. PTA leaders are invited to join TeenLife and learn how to help parents find age-appropriate enrichment opportunities as their children transition to middle/high school. http://info.teenlife.com/pta