WHAT IS REFLECTIONS? The Ohio PTA, through National PTA, holds an annual cultural arts program, Reflections. Children in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas: literature, visual arts, photography, Dance Choreography, Film/Video and musical composition. The Reflections program allows PTAs throughout the state to recognize children for their creativity in portraying yearly themes. Teachers, parents, children and community can get involved in enhancing arts education though the Reflections progam. The Reflections Program is one of the best examples of the PTA's ability to bring out the best in our youth. PTA strongly supports education in the arts. The Reflections program is run across the country and uncovers some truly amazing talent. Many of the national finalists have been from right here in Ohio. As always, we will highlight the best of the best but bear in mind that this program is not about winning a contest. It is about creating educational excitement and involvement within our schools between parents, teachers and our kids.
Interested in learning more about the arts in education? OAAE, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, provides a weekly Arts Online Education Update.
National Response to Address Children's
Exposure to Violence
Did you know that more than half of this nation's children - estimated at 43 million - will have their lives touched by violence, crime, abuse, and psychological trauma this year? It will happen in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, playgrounds or playing fields, locker rooms, place of worship, shelters, streets, or in juvenile detention centers. The U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence is a must read report for every parent, guardian, and/or community stakeholder.
To view the complete report:
Visit National PTA for additional resources:
USDA Release Proposed Rule on
"Competitive Foods' in School
BENEFITS OF BREAKFAST IN OHIO
Benefits of Breakfast in Ohio Schools
Sponsors of Breakfast in Ohio Schools
to view the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
TAKE YOUR FAMILY TO SCHOOL WORK WEEK GRANT
A great opportunity for a grant for your unit! Take Your Family to School Week will be from February 17-21, 2014. Enter now to win! The $1000 grant is sponsored by AXA Foundation. This year’s theme is Supporting Student Success, and will focus on family engagement solutions that are proven to help prevent the risks associated with high school dropouts. Application deadline is Friday, October 25 at 5 pm. To apply, go to www.pta.org/awards.
Information Webinars are available:
Wednesday September 18 at 1 pm, Thursday, September 26 at 7 pm, Wednesday, October 9 at 1 pm, and Wednesday, October 16 at 3 pm. New this year: Webinar attendees gain 10 bonus points on the application for attending one webinar. All PTAs are encouraged to celebrate this special week. A newly refreshed 2014 Take Your Family to School Week Toolkit will be available soon and will include a Leader’s Guide, template family recruitment tools, family engagement activities, etc.
THE M.A.C.K. (Male Action Changing Kids) Award
All participants must follow General Rules for Participation.
Deadline: Submit by March 1, 2015
Prose, poetry and drama are all accepted. The entry must relate to the program theme, “HOW A MALE POSITIVELY CHANGED/INFLUENCED MY LIFE.” Whether an entry uses a variety of techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner chosen from each division – Primary (Preschool – Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5), Middle School (Grades 6 – 8), and High School (Grades 9 -12). The 1st place winners will receive $100.00; 2nd place winners will receive $50.00; and 3rd place winners will receive $25.00.
Ohio PTA has launched its diversity and inclusion committee, called the Ohio PTA Mosaic Committee. The “mosaic” concept is derived from the fact that we want our PTA’s to be reflective of the communities that we serve. Rather than wanting every family to come in and just blend into our units, we want each family’s culture to be integrated into and embraced by our PTA’s. If you picture a mosaic work, each unique piece is bonded together by mortar creating a beautiful design. We want PTA to be the mortar that bonds each distinctive piece of the school community together creating a mosaic.
Our Ohio PTA Mosaic Committee is designed to:
• Help develop and expand Ohio PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan
• Address challenges that PTA’s face in the areas of diversity and inclusion
• Help ensure that local PTA’s reflect the communities they serve
• Strive to insure that local PTA’s are inclusive, making each family feel invited and valued and that each family has a sense of belonging
• Solidify PTA’s position as the “Go To” organization in the area of diversity and Inclusion
• Create programs to educate leaders and members on the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve
• Help give insight into different cultures
• Help translate materials
If you are interested in being a part of the important work of the Ohio PTA Mosiac Committee, please complete this application.
Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION
Terry Hickey email@example.com
Chairperson, Ohio PTA Mosiac Committee