Checking in! How are you doing? (And important info about elections and deadlines)

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From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

Hello everybody,

I hope you are doing as well as can be in this unprecedented time in our nation’s history. PTA should not be foremost in your mind – at best we should be third, after the health and welfare of your family and yourself. But as a PTA officer, you do have an obligation to support PTA and maintain your PTA through its transition period.

Meanwhile, PTA is moving forward, and questions have come up regarding a number of topics. Georgia PTA sent those out in an email last night, so I hope this isn’t your first time seeing this guidance. If it is, go to https://www.georgiapta.org/ and sign up for their newsletter.  

On our Facebook page, we are posting resources and information from various sources to help all families. If you think we are missing something, send it to me. National PTA has a COVID-19 resource page as well. If you use these resources, let us know, we can post your story anonymously if you want. 

Report Deadlines – Extended – May 1

State deadlines for reports/awards have been moved to May 1. If you have already submitted you can submit a revised report. For example, if you have been actively supporting your community through the last few weeks, you can add that information. Send a copy to state and another to your Council.

Elections

No one can hold elections right now, that’s just a reality. Some of you may have March listed in your bylaws, and the earliest we will go back is April 27, so even if your bylaws say April, that may not be feasible. We just don’t have an end date. For elections you must meet in person, you must invite your whole membership, and you must have a quorum. Right now, that is NOT advisable, and may even be against local/city/state ordinance.  For elections and general meetings, the bylaws clearly state that “voting by proxy, absentee ballot, telephone, fax, email, and text messaging” is prohibited.

What does that mean for you? If you are a current PTA officer, you will be an officer of your PTA until you can hold a meeting, in person, to elect your replacement. Basically, sometime after this crisis is over, you can convene a special called general meeting if you need to, providing at least three (3) days notice to your membership. You must have a quorum at that meeting. You can hold elections from the floor if you did not have a nominating committee in place. If you have any questions or need help, or even someone to run/observe your election, contact me.  

Census 

I got my Census form in the mail – and it links to an online form, Make sure you go online and get counted! Our state representation in Congress as well as federal tax dollar allocations are based on these numbers. Everyone counts, even non-citizen residents. More info here.


In these times, I want you to think about what you are thankful for. I am thankful for all of you, many of whom, like me, are hunkered down working from home, while taking class attendance in the morning and finding that all the students are tardy and wearing pajamas to school.

I am thankful for the teachers and administration and support staff who are keeping things going through digital lessons, and the institutions that have moved services online, or the nonprofits that are the safety net for the needy amongst us.

And I am very grateful for all the essential people who went to work today, to provide us with food, deliveries, healthcare, security, government services, and so much more than we realize. 

Please stay safe and stay strong, and if you can’t do that, please do not hesitate to reach out to those of us who can help you. We are all in this together. 

Thank you!

John 

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021
jmartin@georgiapta.org

Important Dates 
All TBD


Postponed – District 10 Spring Conference

June 5-6 Wheeler High School
Check out Georgia PTA for info on CLT


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POSTPONED – Georgia PTA District 10 Spring Conference

D10 Spring Conference is postponed until further notice. 

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Hi all,

I am sure this comes as no surprise, but we, the District 10 Board, in consultation with Georgia PTA, have decided to postpone our Spring Conference until further notice. 

We are hopeful that we will be able to schedule it for later this school semester. We do recognize that at some point it may be too late in the year to hold a conference at all. 

However, we are working to host some sort of online webinar to connect with you and provide you with the information that you need. So watch this spot for information on that. 

I want to thank the nonprofit organizations Georgia Appleseed and the Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) for partnering with us on this event, and I look forward to working with them again. For details, see the nonprofits sidebar

I also want to thank our business partners American Carnival Mart and Educational Products, Inc. for their support as well. Please check out their web sites and see how they can fit into your school’s plans. See details below.

If you need anything from the District or your council leaders, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Atlanta: Richard Quartarone <rmquartarone@gmail.com>
North Fulton: Kristin Sharpe and Lisa Shanklin <president@nfcpta.com>
South Fulton: Glenda Shivers <vichelle3@yahoo.com>

Please stay safe, stay physically distant (for now), keep washing your hands (20 seconds every 20 minutes), and thank you for all that you are doing,

John 

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021
director@gaptadistrict10.com

SUPPORT OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS
Educational Products, Inc. 

Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) is the #1 prepackaged school supply company in the nation. Since 1980, we have worked with PTAs to help parents save time and money on school supply shopping. EPI has the largest inventory of items and brands you want in your school supply packs. We extend that same great service by offering everyday, low-prices on quality custom imprinted and embroidered apparel. With free artwork, free setup and free delivery on custom imprinted apparel, there are no surprises on your invoice.

American Carnival Mart  

American Carnival Mart is a fourth-generation family-owned carnival supply store specializing in providing wholesale toys and novelties for School and Church Carnivals, Company Picnics, Festivals & Events. We enjoy what we do and play/test the products we sell. If it’s not fun and safe for us, we don’t buy it for you. For schools, we stock carnival game prizes, supplies, and thousands of popular toys & novelties as prizes for carnival games. Our major source of new customers is word of mouth, so you know we will work hard to win and keep your business. We hope you’ll give us the opportunity to work with you!

Important Dates 
March 21, 2020 – Spring conference – Postponed


TBD (April?) – Online status meeting and Georgia Appleseed presentation

SPOTLIGHT ON NONPROFIT PARTNERS


The Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest law center with the mission to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform and community engagement. We seek a Georgia where the voices of poor people, children and marginalized people are heard and where injustices that no one should endure are resolved. Despite its small staff, Georgia Appleseed has been able to address serious issues of public concern by enlisting the volunteer services of lawyers and other professionals from around the state.
 


The mission of the Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.)  is to be a parent and child resource center for the clinically diagnosed and at-risk children of obesity. Over the last 17 years, CHOICES has delivered its message of health to more than 85,000 children and adults through cooking classes, workshops, summer camps and health expos.

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Join us at the District 10 Spring Conference!

Call to Conference! All local units should send at least one representative to the Spring Conference. Register here – free!

This event is free and open to all but please register so we know how many are coming. 

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Be there or be square! Read this email for upcoming events that could affect you child’s education.

PTA Day at the Capitol, Spring Conference, and elections – this issue is all about events! Show up, make a difference.

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

A lot goes into planning an event. And having hosted my fair share of these, I can say that the number one concern is usually turnout – will they show up? 
Well, this month, it’s important to you and your child to show up. 

First, we have PTA Day at the Capitol on February 25. We will gather at 9 AM at the Fulton County Government Center Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, then head over to the Capitol building. There are bills that we support, bills that we oppose. The only way that legislators know how to vote is if we tell them. Please wear red that day. Register here, the price of admission includes lunch. 

Save the date for our Spring Conference, Brunch and Bash. Start by connecting with our brunch provider – The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.). They are looking to partner with you. 
During our program, learn about resources and support for your child as we have the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice deliver information for all parents on advocating for their children  We will have more details soon, and the event is free to attend, but please register/RSVP so we know how many people we need to feed.
 
Tentative Agenda
9:30 a.m. Brunch provided by The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.)
10 a.m. District 10 Meeting
10:30 Presentation by the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Please share this event in your newsletters and with your parents – all are welcome!

And last, but certainly not least, are elections. We have a presidential primary coming up soon, and you need to be registered ahead of time in order to vote. Three years ago the balance of power in the Virginia legislature hinged on drawing a name out of a hat to resolve a tie. Every vote counts, don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. See our sidebar for important dates and deadlines. Voting is free, while the costs of not voting are enormous.

For ALL the children, thank you for being there when they need you most,

 

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021
jmartin@georgiapta.org 

 

 

Important Dates 
March 21, 2020 – Spring Conference 
Centennial High School 
9310 Scott Road, Roswell, GA, 30076
RSVP – free! 

 


Elections – Important Dates 

February 18 – Mock Elections using new voting machines – Details
February 24 – Last Day to register to vote in the Primary – Register online
February 25 – PTA Day at the Capitol – Register here
March 24 – Presidential Primary – Find your polling place


 

 

Official Fulton County Schools app 

 

Infinite Campus, bus schedules, lunch menus and more – all in one place. if you are a Fulton parent, you do not want to miss out on the official Fulton County Schools app. 
Find it on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store

 
 

 

 

 

 

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FCS and APS PTAs – hit the ground running! An event, a partnership, and more

 

 
 
 

 

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

I hope you all had an excellent holiday break! We are back in full swing with news, events, and a possible partnership for you. Don’t miss any of this!


Bending Toward Justice: In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Georgia PTA District 10 is collaborating with Georgia Appleseed, Working Films, Fulton County Juvenile Court Pathways Committee, and the Georgia Education Climate Coalition (GECC)  to host a film screening, data presentation, and panel discussion to learn more about how to make our schools more equitable, particularly through the mechanisms of school discipline and the juvenile justice system. 

Film/Screening: Segregated City, a short episode from The New York Times 
This event is FREE and open to the public, but ticket reservations are required. Reserve your seat ASAP:  
RSVP: http://bit.ly/Jan16Film (please sign up soon if you are interested – the venue is filling up!)
Data Presentation: Presentation of Changing the Odds report on addressing inequality in Atlanta, by Rubye Sullivan, Senior Associate for Education Achievement, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Panel Discussion:
– Michael Waller, Georgia Appleseed Interim Executive Director, Moderator
– A Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge
– Jason Esteves, Board Chair, Atlanta Public Schools
– Maribel Bell, Director Office of Student Discipline, Fulton County Schools

Details:
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event begins at 7:00 p.m.
Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

https://www.facebook.com/events/448962959336858/
 


Non profit looking to partner with Fulton and Atlanta schools to combat obesity

Are you looking for a resource for National PTA’s Healthy LifeStyles initiative? Is your school involved in tackling obesity challenges facing many of our students? The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) was formed in 2002, with the mission of being a resource for families with overweight and obese children.  Over the last 17 years, they have provided a supportive learning environment for over 85,000 at-risk and clinically diagnosed obese children in metropolitan Atlanta.

The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Community Teaching Kitchen recently opened at 125 Ellis Street NE in Atlanta and is looking to develop a strong relationship with your PTA!  They  provide cooking classes for low income families, employee team building cooking classes, health based lunch and learn workshops and culinary summer camps for overweight children. Their everyday goal is to teach families how to eat healthy with in-season foods, on a limited budget , and with very little preparation time or tools. Check out their program and contact them today!
Contact/information:
http://www.ChoicesForKids.org 
http://www.facebook.com/choices4kids
Info@choicesforkids.org
(404) 996-2362


Welcome Harper-Archer ES to PTA!

Atlanta Council President Richard Quartarone and I had the pleasure of chartering a new PTA – Harper Archer Elementary PTA in Atlanta. Setting up bylaws, performing a membership drive, and holding an election makes for one very long night, but the enthusiastic group of parents and staff, along with their supportive principal, Dr. Dione Taylor, stayed strong as we brought them officially under the PTA umbrella. Congratulation Harper-Archer ES – we look forward to seeing you grow and thrive as a PTA! 


Incorporation invoice communication sent to local units

From Georgia PTA: Incorporation invoices are sent out starting in November through the end of December. If your local unit has not received your invoice by now you should email nina@georgiapta.org

While incorporation is not required, it is highly recommended that PTAs become incorporated under GA PTA for purposes of liability coverage.  Please discuss as a board and proceed accordingly. Incorporation is one of the most important steps a PTA can take to protect its officers and volunteers from being personally liable or responsible for a PTA’s debts or legal obligations. The existence of a corporation serves to establish protection for, and limit the liability of, the individual members of the PTA while performing PTA business. Incorporating does nothing to change the liability of the PTA in the event of a lawsuit, but individual personal liability is minimized.
Fee schedule:

  • $30 – annual renewal Fee
  • $30 +$25 (annual renewal fee and late fee-after March 1) = $55
  • $30 + 25 + $30 (previous year annual renewal fee, late fee, and current year renewal fee) = $85
  • $250 (if Incorporation lapses after the deadline according to the Secretary of State)

For a new incorporation: $175 – use this form for a new incorporation
 


For ALL the children, thank you for being a volunteer, a parent, a leader, and an advocate.

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021
jmartin@georgiapta.org

 

 

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