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Raising funds without children selling

This is my first time to post an entry. Hope it will be useful. I'm a grandmother of a 2nd and 4th grader and have been in PTA at least half my life and, trust me, that's a long time:-). First let me say that grandparents are probably one of our biggest untapped resources. I hope to remedy that in our school.

Now for fundraising which I am chairman of for our PTA. I wanted a continuous income stream and, having had a booth in an antique mall some years ago, I thought that just might…


Added by Carrol Wicker on June 29, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

"Building Small Villages...One Brick At A Time"

I wrote this is a letter to the editor of our local newspaper and submitted it this weekend. Just wanted to share...    : )


This past summer, I prepared for my daughters first year of school. Being new to kindergarten, since I was a first timer,

I did all the "normal things" to get ready. Register, check. Backpack and classroom supplies, check. Vaccinations, check. New sparkling uniforms, check. Open House, done. Finally, the day arrived and I thought I was ready. Little…


Added by christy leigh gardner on December 5, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

But What About Middle School?

Last week I posted a blog about new tools that are available to help engage families at the high school level. One question I often hear is, "what about middle school?" Middle school or junior high school is a challenging time for families and students! Today I found a great blog post related to middle school needs I'd like to share with you. Check it out at Blog

Added by sherriwilson on November 22, 2011 at 9:35am — No Comments

Resources for Family Engagement at the High School Level

Traditionally, it's always seemed as though families are less engaged at the high school level. There are also fewer resources for engaging families at the secondary level. Coincidence? I bring this up because  a few new resources have been released this week. Each of these focus on effective strategies for engaging families in their children's schools at the secondary level.…


Added by sherriwilson on November 18, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Strategies for Student Success

Today I was asked about specific strategies that PTA units can use to support student success. Standard 3 of the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships is supporting student success and is someting that many people struggle to implement. According to the National Standards, Goals, and Indicators for Family-School Partnerships, supporting student success occurs when "families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students' learning and healthy development both at…


Added by sherriwilson on October 24, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments

Take Your Family To School Week... The Webinar!

Hello, friends! Today the fantastic team at National PTA uploaded a webinar that explains the Take Your Family to School Week grant applications and process. We are really excited to have made this available to you so you can develop really strong applications! Thanks to the generous funding from the AXA Foundation, we will be giving away 45 grants of up to $1,000 to PTA units in good standing. Grants are due by 5:00 pm eastern time on October 28, 2011.


You can read more…


Added by sherriwilson on October 18, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

DiscoverE Educator Recognition Award

Do you have a child who is an engineer or is studying engineering and had a teacher that made a difference? The American Society of Mechanical Engineers DiscoverE Educator Recognition Award program focuses on the "unsung heroes" behind many exceptional engineers -- the teachers. The program offers engineers and engineering students the opportunity to recognize teachers who are helping their students excel in STEM subjects. Maximum award: $2,000, a digital projector from 3M, and a trip to… Continue

Added by sherriwilson on October 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Weekly Message for Sate Family Engagement Chairs


The deadline for the Take Your Family To School Week Grants is fast approaching. Have you started your submission yet? Have any of your local units? Better hurry! Grant applications will not be accepted after 5 pm on October 28! You can find out more about the grants at As always, if you have any questions or…


Added by sherriwilson on October 14, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

My Friday Message to You!

Hello Friends!

I hope this email finds you all happy and healthy, it’s been a busy week here at National PTA, so let’s get right to it!

This week I spent a great deal of time preparing for the Take Your Family To School Week Grants. Have you talked to your local units yet? It’s never too early to start the application process, but it’s too late after October 28, ‘cause they close at 5:00 pm sharp! Thanks to the generous sponsorship of our National Partner AXA Foundation, we will…


Added by sherriwilson on October 7, 2011 at 10:26am — No Comments

Take Your Family To School Week Grants

National PTAs Take Your Family To School Week is celebrated each February to pay tribute to PTA's legacy of building family-school partnerships. Next year, PTA will celebrate PTA Take Your Family To School Week from February 12-18, 2012 with the purpose of expanding and enhancing family engagement in schools across the country.


National PTA offers grants to PTAs in good standing to implement programs tht engage families in the school community. These grants can be used to…


Added by sherriwilson on October 5, 2011 at 8:18am — No Comments

A reprint of last week's message to the Family Engagement Chairs (and everybody else!)

Hi Everyone!

Well, I’m wrapping up my second week here, and I hope all of you enjoy your jobs as much as I am enjoying mine! Thank you to those of you who have reached out to welcome me to National PTA. I am delighted to be here. I am surrounded by a fantastic group of hard working, very smart people and I’m really excited to be a part of that one voice for every child!

I wanted to remind you that the Take Your Family To School Week grants are open now! Please encourage all of your… Continue

Added by sherriwilson on October 3, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments

Week Two! Is it too soon to say how much I love my job?

Hello friends!

So week two is nearly in the books. What have I learned? PTA staff are phenomonal! They work even harder than I'd imagined, and I had imagined they had worked pretty hard! I also learned that a lot of people out there are hungry for information and we need to find better ways to communicate effectively. I hope the Great Idea Bank takes off and we can use it as a forum to post information so I don't have to email all of you individually when something interesting is…


Added by sherriwilson on September 30, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Evolution of NCPIE

Hello Friends!

Let me start by saying, I had every intention of liveblogging the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education meeting this morning, but the best laid plans...


Anyhow, here is a quick recap of what we covered! There were lots of interesting people in the room. Among the attendees was Rosie Kelly, former project officer for Parent Information and Resource Centers at the USDE. Now, Rosie is the team leader for the Magnet Schools program. When we…


Added by sherriwilson on September 28, 2011 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Hello Friends!

My name is Sherri Wilson and I am the new Senior Manager of Family Engagement in Education at National PTA. I've been involved in PTA since my oldest son (who is now 24) began Kindergarten. Over the years, I have served as President of a local unit, Chair of Communications on the state board and most recently Vice President of Programs for Alabama PTA. My professional career began when I started working as a Parent Advocate at a Parent Information and Resource Center when my youngest son…


Added by sherriwilson on September 27, 2011 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Text for this article comes from the   National Association for the Education of Young Children,

Just when you've settled into the routine of the school year, it's time to think ahead to next year. Kindergarten registration in Henrico is right around the corner, April 7th and with many preschools  taking applications for next fall, parents may find themselves asking: Will my child be ready? Will he measure…


Added by Steve Magat on March 16, 2011 at 4:19pm — No Comments

New Dietary Guidelines Announced By USDA and HHS

I received a press release today (January 31, 2011) announcing the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the federal government’s attempt at “evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.” While not perfect, it’s a good place to start.

This is the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines…


Added by Dr. Marc Tinsley on January 31, 2011 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Should PTA change its name?


I was perusing educational sites last week, reading laments from educators about the lack of parental involvement, or anecdotes about students who were turned around with the help of parents. At PTA meetings, we brainstorm about ways to get parents more involved.Yahoo!…

Added by Aparna Vashisht on January 28, 2011 at 12:06pm — No Comments

How writing by hand makes kids smarter


Younger Americans are typing  more and writing less  —   Study after study suggests that handwriting is important for brain development and cognition — helping kids hone fine motor skills and learn to express and generate ideas. Yet the time devoted to teaching penmanship in most grade schools has shrunk to just one hour a week.  Here's a look at how the brain and penmanship interact:

Writing by hand can get ideas out faster --…


Added by Steve Magat on January 18, 2011 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Study tips for everyone from Toddlers to Teens

Study Tips

Study Tips for Toddlers and Teens

How to Stay on Top of School during and after the Holiday Season

By Steve Magat -- Tutor Doctor

Before kids can start celebrating the holiday season, they must first log in countless hours of studying and numerous homework sessions Projects are due, parent/teacher conferences…


Added by Steve Magat on December 15, 2010 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

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