District 10 Fall Conference 2020

Thank you all who attended the District 10 Fall Conference. We had a wealth of information, which will be shared on this page. 

Here is the video. If you watch the video, and you are a District 10 PTA officer, please email the District Director that you certify you have watched the video and submitted the survey below for your school to get credit for having attended, if no one attended on the date.

Download video: District 10 Fall Conference 2020

Take the survey: Presentation Evaluation Form

Here a few linked documents from the conference: 

Agenda: D10 Fall Conference Agenda 9-17-2020

Governor’s Executive Order Allowing Virtual Meetings: Executive Order- 10.15.20.01

Abridged Chat Log: Fall-Conference-2020-Chat-log

Treasurer Report: D10 Conference Treasurer Report

D10 Audit: PIAAUDITFINANCIAL REVIEW FORM (PAGE 2 of 3)

We want to thank Georgia AppleSeed for their excellent presentation. Watch the video for the full presentation with audio. If you attended, or watched the video, here is the presentation. PTA AFYC 2020.10.17

Additional resources from Georgia AppleSeed:

Help Guides for Children with Behavior and Learning Challenges

 

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Final notice! Register for the District 10 Conference (October 17, 10 a.m.)

District 10 Fall Conference

Hi all,
This is the final notice before the conference. All PTAs in District 10 must send someone, and many have. 

When: October 17, 10 a.m.
Register here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdO-rqDwrH90BUfVD1Rzorho4e7fS429B

Tentative Agenda:

Call to Order
Introductions and Welcome
Welcome and Call to CLT – Karen Hallacy, President of Georgia PTA
Treasurer’s Report
Introducing Francesca Warren – Board Member-Elect for FCS 
Director’s Note on Being Engaged and Educated about Education
Nominating Committee Selection (vote)
Proposed Resolution – Wearing Masks in a Pandemic (read here) (vote)

Guest Speaker – Georgia AppleSeed – Advocating for Children During the Pandemic
Q&A
Adjourn

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Join us at the D10 Fall Conference! Register inside! (October 17, 10 a.m.)

 

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

To all District 10 PTA leaders:

As schools consider re-opening, PTA will become more and more relevant. Children at home as well as in school will need support. Mental health issues for teens was already considered a crisis by experts in the field before the pandemic struck. Research indicates that anxiety, depression, and other issues requiring professional intervention have increased by 32% since we all went into that first lock-down back in March. The needs of children today are much different than they were about 6 months ago. So let’s talk about that!

For our District 10 Fall Conference, to be held on Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m, our guest speaker will be Georgia AppleSeed: Advocating for Your Child During the Pandemic. This will be a dynamic presentation/workshop along with Q&A. 

You must register in advance for this online conference:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdO-rqDwrH90BUfVD1Rzorho4e7fS429B

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Your PTA is required to attend all District and council events. If the PTA president cannot attend, appoint a member of your PTA/PTSA to attend. 

After our typical PTA business, we will have a discussion on mask mandates. District 10’s Board approved a position on mandating masks in public. You can find that position statement here. We are urging every city in Fulton County, as well as the County Commission, to pass a mask mandate for public spaces. We may vote on this position at the conference to turn it into a resolution. Please email me any proposed amendments to the statement. We will discuss and vote on any amendments and then the resolution.  

Other items for the agenda will follow. Please use the flier below along with the registration information above to promote the conference. 

For ALL the children, thank you for all that you are trying to do right now. Difficult times, yes, but every bit helps.

John Martin
District 10 Director, Georgia PTA
jmartin@georgiapta.org

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Check out this back to school update – Don’t miss out on important information!

Hello all parent leaders,

I hope the beginning of school has kicked off well for you. Fulton County Schools started last week, and Atlanta started yesterday! 

With the virus still in play, big issues are facing all districts, more so than in years past. I know that virtual learning is not the best solution for teaching every child, it’s not the best solution for every course, but it is the right way to keep our kids safe right now. I commend the school boards and school leaders for keeping the viral infection rate in mind when considering opening schools. Several school districts – with lower infection rates than Fulton County – opened face-to-face only to have to revert to virtual learning due to the number of infections and people in quarantine. New data suggests our numbers across Georgia are going down, but they are still too high.

Lots to cover right now. Use the links to jump down to what you are interested in.

Membership Drives and Programs

Keep up the excellent work you all do even though you can’t be there in person. Try to think about what support a classroom might need even when it meets online. Ask your teachers and administrators too. Also, be ready to switch gears for when classes go back to face-to-face. Need an idea? We recently held a grant for your best ideas. Find them on our web site and we are highlighting them in our newsletter. Our grant recipients have already been highlighted, but read below to check out another one. We’ll try to add one or two per eBlast. Have an idea – share it with us! 

 

Submit Officers

This newsletter is going to all officers from 2019  and 2020, but very soon I will stop emailing last year’s group – don’t miss out! You must submit this year’s officers in MemberHub. If you haven’t held elections, then you are still the officer of record and need to submit your names and email addresses “until your replacement can be elected” as stated in your bylaws. Make sure you select 2020-2021 year when adding members/officers.  If you need help, contact me.

 

Virtual meetings

According to the governor’s executive order, incorporated local units can hold virtual meetings – including elections – until August 31. It might be renewed. If you heard me or someone else say September 10, that was incorrect – that was the expiration date of a different emergency order. Sorry for the confusion.

If you are an unincorporated local unit – stay on until an election can be held. If a board member resigns, talk to me and I will help you through the process. I encourage you all to incorporate.

 

Training for Local Unit leaders

As a local unit officer, it is super important that you be trained. I’ve seen too many instances where leaders did not go for training, and then found out that something they could have been doing was being dropped – or just plain wrong. It is for your benefit and for the benefit of your children. Connect with your council leaders for specific plans on training, they should be posting those in their newsletters. In addition, Georgia PTA has training material on its web site – position-specific like president and treasurer as well as MemberHub, Bylaws, and PTA in a Pandemic, including presentations that you can use to train others.  Pre-recorded sessions should be available soon at the same link.

The Leadership Resource Guide also has much more information for all leaders, there’s a whole section on nominations/elections for example.

 

District 10 open position – Social Media chair

Congratulations to Tunieka Brown, our current social media chair. Her children are all now grown and in college, and after many years and many positions from local unit, council, district, and state she is stepping down from this District 10 board position. I’ve worked with Tunieka on many initiatives and on several boards. I will miss her wonderful ideas – which will be a part of her legacy, her advice – even when it wasn’t what I wanted to hear but what what was needed, and her tenacity – she always gets done what she sets out to do.

We need someone to fill the opening. The requirements for the position: – be a member of a District 10 PTA, have experience in Social Media for Facebook and possibly at least one other platform (Twitter, Instagram, etc.), administrator-level knowledge is a plus. The goals are to provide meaningful connections with parents, increase our connections, and be a functioning member of the District 10 board of directors. Email me to have your name considered.

 

Racial Inequity committee – need volunteers

District 10 needs six volunteers for our Addressing Racial Inequality committee – preferably two per council. We want to have a sustainable impact, meeting monthly until our Fall Conference (TBD, likely November, probably online) and then continuing afterward hosting periodic discussions and taking action in our communities. Contact your council president to be nominated, or contact me

 

Best Ideas

We’ve already highlighted our grant winner’s ideas in the last newsletter. This month, we’re focusing on Membership, and so here is an idea that came from Hillside Elementary. You can find all the submissions on our website. http://www.gaptadistrict10.com/best-ideas-for-ptas-in-a-virtual-setting-2020/


Hillside Elementary – Membership – From a funding standpoint, this year will be complicated. We expect to receive significantly less in donations, but a lot of our budget areas will need more money. For instance, we love to appreciate teachers and staff, but food must be individually packaged this year which is a lot more expensive. Ironically, in a year when teachers deserve even more celebrating, we will struggle to make it happen in our budget. As such, we are being very honest with our families. They know that we are expecting to see a decrease in membership, and we are ensuring they know that even a basic membership helps. More important than the money, however, is what a robust membership says about our program. While increasing our family participation is a goal we always have, 100% teacher and staff membership is where we are focusing this year. When the teachers support the PTA it tells our families, and our community, that they believe in what we are doing. That teachers feel supported by us, and value the relationship we have worked so hard for. To encourage 100% staff participation, we are reaching out to teachers and staff personally, and being very honest about our needs. We would like to have personalized water bottles made for each of the 88 staff members at Hillside. They would say “Teachers can do virtually anything!” We also plan to purchase keychains that can be hung on lanyards as well that will say “Essential Husky.” Our intention is to honor this year, and all the ways it is different, while also highlighting how much we respect our teachers as essential workers. The grant money would help us honor our teachers while showing our community how important our relationships are.


Thank you!

John Martin
District 10 Director, Georgia PTA
jmartin@georgiapta.org
http://www.gaptadistrict10.com
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Planning for the school year? Connect with your Council and District leaders. Also – Member Hub Training just for us.

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From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you… You are made by the struggles you choose. ~ C.T. Vivian

Dear parent leaders of District 10,

We lost a few icons of the Civil Rights struggle last week. As we mourn Rep. John Lewis and C.T. Vivian, let’s take this time to also celebrate their lives and remember how much we benefited from their leadership, their sacrifices, and their experience. In their time, they were physically beaten, thrown in jail, thwarted from marching, blocked from voting – but kept their heads held high and were never morally or spiritually broken. Few men in history see their legacy play out during their lifetime, but these two men crossed bridges both physical and metaphysical to forge significant change over the decades, having an impact on all of us.  But while we have come so very far, 2020 reminds us that we still have far to go. In the wake of recent events, Rep. Lewis spoke these words:

“It was very moving, very moving to see hundreds and thousands of people from all over America and around the world take to the streets to speak up, to speak out, to get into what I call good trouble, but to get in the way. And because of the action of young and old, Black, white, Latino, Asian-American and Native American, because people cried and prayed, people will never, ever forget what happened and how it happened, and it is my hope that we are on our way to greater change.” 


Member Hub Training

Please attend one of these training sessions, especially if you are new. Using MemberHub is mandatory – and it is also free. These are specifically for our district, please register soon, they could fill up.

Wednesday, August 5 @ 8pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsdOuprjsrEtefQUq1LexXOH1iPjc0ydfe 
 
Saturday, August 8 @ 10am:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvde-hqj0sHtecAqR079pjOlip6EBdClmF
 
Includes the following tasks:
– choosing an email address
– profile settings
– switching between organizations
– adding and removing officers and committee chairs***
– adding and removing site admins
– entering members
– differences between “people” and “members”
– locating membership cards
– remitting dues***
– confirming audit and 990***
 
*** These tasks are related to maintaining good standing with PTA. 


Planning for the new school year
 
We at least know how the beginning of the year will look for our children:
– APS will begin the school year operating in an all-virtual format, and the start of school has been pushed back to Aug. 24.
– FCS will start the year fully digital. Instruction will begin Aug. 17 for students.
 
But what does that mean for us? Our D10 Board is meeting early next month and we recognize that we may need new ideas to support you, while that pandemic virus is still going around. If you have a unique situation you can’t figure out, burning questions – or solutions! – please contact us, your council and district leaders.

Watch this spot – We may have another town hall (virtually), Council and District leaders will be offering training soon, and we will plan for a Fall District Conference, likely through Zoom, but let’s be hopeful that we can meet in Spring. 

Thank you for all that you do, and please stay safe!
 
John

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