3rd Quarter SCCPTA Newsletter
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SCCPTA Executive Board
President--Katie Burris
1st Vice President, Leadership
Beth Karoly
2nd Vice President, Operations
Liz Merrill
Treasurer--Karen Mazzola
Recording Secretary--Polly DeLucia

A message from the President.

After a very brief break during the holidays, PTA is back to work! Thank you to all who attended the SCCPTA Winter Legislative Training event and learned more about the education related legislation to be proposed this year during the legislative session now underway in Tallahassee. Thank you to FlaPTA Legislative Chair, Angie Gallo for sharing her insight. I was able to attend the FlaPTA Legislative Conference soon after and learned more about resources in Tallahassee. I was joined by Abby Sanchez, LBHS PTSA, and Cathy Ross, CIOT PTSA, the two who received our SCCPTA Grant toward their attendance at the Conference.  You and your PTA members can stay informed and be aware of legislative activities in Tallahassee by signing up for alerts from FlaPTA and contacting your legislators. As advocates, you are the voice for all children!
Just as our Founders, Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler, have their roots in advocacy, we are rooted in advocacy today! As we celebrate Founder’s Day this month, SCCPTA would also like to thank those PTA Leaders who have gone before us. Since 1963, there have been 31 Presidents of SCCPTA, 3 of whom have also become FlaPTA President, Sandy Traeger, Nancy Cox, and Jean Hovey. We thank them and all the SCCPTA Presidents for their leadership through the years.
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of PTA for the students, parents and teachers at your school!

Katie Burris, President SCCPTA 2015-2016                          
Imagine the Possibilities!

Spring is a busy time at the Foundation--Check out the following events and announcements:
  • The SCPS School-Related Employee of the Year will be honored on Tuesday, March 8, 4:45-8:00 pm at Lake Mary HS with a reception/award ceremony for nominees and their families.
  • On Thursday, March 17, the 2017 SCPS Teacher of the Year will be honored at the Westin Lake Mary, with a dinner/award ceremony, 5:15-8:30 pm.
  • The Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to graduating SCPS seniors. Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on April 1. The scholarship application is on the website.
  • The EA Sports Riverside Dash, benefitting the Foundation, will be held at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford at 7 am on Sunday, April 3.
  • The Golf “FORE” Education golf tournament will be held at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes on Monday, April 11. Flight start times are 8 am and 1:30 pm. All funds raised through this fun all day event will be donated to support Foundation programs.Seminole County PTA is a great partner of the Foundation for SCPS! Please help them support and honor our students and teachers by volunteering or making a donation. For more information, go to the Foundation’s website, To volunteer, please contact Susan Zettler at or Charneisha Pates,

Information for Treasurers

Form 990-N (e-Postcard) Submission Website Will Change Feb. 29, 2016
  • Beginning February 29, 2016, Form 990-N electronic submissions will be accepted through instead of Urban Institute's website.
  • Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations Not Required to File Form 990 or Form 990EZ, is used by small, tax-exempt organizations for annual reporting and can only be submitted electronically.
  • Registration required
Aside from the submission site change, 990-N filers will be required to complete a short, one-time registration before submitting their electronic form to  Previously-registered organizations may continue using the Urban Institute website through February 28, 2016.  For more information, visit the  Form 990-N  webpage.

Additional information
Form 990-N, e-Postcard, Frequently Asked Questions
Form 990-N, e-Postcard, Required Information
Exempt Organizations educational website,

How to file
  • To file 2014 990-N on or before February 28, 2016:  If you haven't filed your 2014 yet, the Urban Institute will continue to host Form 990-N at until February 28, 2016.  
  • To file 990-N on or after February 29, 2016:  The IRS will begin hosting Form 990-N on February 29, 2016.  All Form 990-N users (including users previously registered with Urban Institute) who file after February 28, 2016 will be required to register before completing the 990-N on-line.  This is a one-time registration.  Your PTA/PTSA won't need to register each year. ​​
Leadership is fundamental!
Good leadership is a key component to the success of any PTA unit. Good leadership creates an atmosphere of support and mutual respect between the members of the PTA unit. Good leadership explores and makes use of the special talents and abilities of its members. Good PTA leaders channel information from Seminole County Council, Florida, and National PTA to their local unit members. Good leaders assist members reach the goals of their unit and keep that unit focused on the PTA Vision and Mission (Vision = Making very child's potential a reality! Mission = To be a powerful voice for all children. To be a relevant resource for families & Communities. To be a strong advocate for the education & well-being of every child). Good PTA leaders conduct productive meetings, follow PTA policies and procedures, and participate in leadership training opportunities throughout the year. Good PTA leaders delegate responsibility and mentor future leaders for their local unit and County Council PTA. Good leaders are not born. Good leaders grow and develop their skills each and every day so click HERE to take a look at these opportunities! 

Records Retention:
It is suggested that a copy of the following information be attached to the records of the Secretary and Treasurer so that essential materials are retained notwithstanding change-over in officers. 
  • Permanent:  Annual Audit/Financial Review Reports, Charter, Bylaws, Standing Rules, Legal Correspondence, Reports made to Federal/State agencies, Insurance Records, Minutes and Agendas. 
  • Seven Years:  Accounts Payable records, Cash Receipt records, Cancelled Checks, Invoices, Sales Records, Bank Reconciliations, Budgets.
Exceptional Child Report
The "Ten Essential Steps for Special Education 
  • Step 1. Child is identified as possibly needing 
  • Step 2. Child is evaluated.
  • Step 3.  Eligibility is decided.
  • Step 4. Child is found eligible for services.
  • Step 5. IEP meeting is scheduled.
  • Step 6. IEP meeting is held and the IEP is written.
  • Step 7.  After the IEP is written, services are provided.
  • Step 8. Progress is measured and reported to parents.
  • Step 9. IEP is reviewed.
  • Step 10. Child is reevaluated.
Special education and related services.
There are parents in your school who need this information. The Exceptional Child Committee is working in partnership with organizations that can help families and give children with exceptionalities a voice.  We would like to encourage you to share this information and appoint an Exceptional Child Chair on your PTA.  These chairs will work with SCCPTA to help give these families the help they need. If you would like more details regarding this process but don’t know where to go for assistance, contact Michelle Wilson, Exceptional Child Chair, SCCPTA, 
Every Child One Voice.

Orlando will be hosting the National PTA Convention, “Think Big, Think PTA”, June 30-July 3, 2016 at the Swan and Dolphin at Walt Disney World. Registration is now open! Learn more about the agenda, speakers, and exhibitors by following this link: Think Big, Think PTA! 
PTAs across the state of Florida are being asked to help host this event. Each county is to bring 5 table decorations with a Florida theme. Please contact Katie Burris, SCCPTA President, , if this is something your PTA is interested in sharing with others in PTA’s from across the country. Table decoration commitments are due by May 5.
Florida PTA Leadership Convention is July 14-17, 2016 at Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor.

More information is coming soon, please plan to attend. SCCPTA will make a county donation to the Florida PTA Scholarship Fund. Please consider adding to this donation with a cash or gift card donation. Donation to the  Fund is due by May 5.
Does your Elementary PTA have Family Engagement Programs planned? Receive recognition from Florida PTA and President Mindy Haas, participate in the 2016 Flat Mindy Project.
Attention Recording Secretaries!
By this point in the year, your local unit PTA should have conducted a General Meeting and elected a Nominating Committee. Be sure to include the names of the committee members in the Minutes from this General Meeting.

This is also the time to revise the budget if desired and ask the general membership to vote for approval. Remember your part in the financial checks and balances

Remember your part in the financial checks-and-balances of your local unit.  If your treasurer has not been submitting monthly reports, please bring this to your president's attention.
If you have any questions, please contact
Polly DeLucia at
 Seminole County students had a wonderful time this year with Reflections, the National PTA's annual arts program.  Thirty six schools participated, and almost 400 winning school entries were advanced to SCCPTA for judging!  Students created visual arts, including some 3D entries, photography, literature, music, film production and dance choreography inspired by this year's theme "Let your Imagination Fly".  We had representation in almost every category within each division.  Three Seminole County Winners in each arts area/division will compete at the State level of the competition.
Congratulations to all of our creative and talented SCPS students, and many thanks to the parents, teachers, and school Reflections Chairs who support the PTA Reflections program.  The County Winners and Honorable Mention Winners will receive their award ribbons and be honored at the SCCPTA Reflections Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 20th at 6 pm at Winter Springs High School.   Non winners who advanced to compete at County will receive a SCCPTA Participation Ribbon later in the Spring.
Good luck to the Seminole County winners who will be competing with other county winners from all over Florida for the State Reflections awards. The Florida Reflections winners will be announced sometime in March. Florida PTA Reflections winners will be honored at a program scheduled for Sat, May 14. More information will follow.
Thank you again for all that you do and for your support of PTA and the PTA Reflections Program!
Is your board receiving important information? If there have been any changes in your Executive Board, be sure to update contact information with your SCCPTA Area Coordinator and online with FloridaPTA!
Scholarship Information! 
PTA student members who are interested in furthering their education can seek financial assistance from several sources which are funded by donations. Scholarship applications for qualified students are now online.  To apply, click the following links: 

 FlaPTA postmark by May 1,
 The Foundation for SCPS, deadline Apr 1
It’s that time of year...Spring is in the air and Nominating Committees have been elected and are hard at work. The work of the Nominating Committee is an important task. A nominating committee composed of at least three members, and always an uneven number, shall be elected at a general meeting at least one month prior to the election of officers. The PTA President should appoint a chair pro tem who shall call the first meeting. The committee can then elect its own chair. The nominating committee shall nominate ONE person for each elected office to be filled and report these nominees at the election meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at that time. In order to be nominated a person must be a member of the PTA. Questions? You may find additional information in your Bylaws and you may contact SCCPTA with questions.

Opportunities are also available to learn more about PTA at the county level and share what you have learned with others. The mission of PTA continues and Seminole County Council needs your support and participation. Click HERE to let us know you're interested. 
Toot Your Own Horn!
Recognize your unit, the effort of your board members, and the goals that you have accomplished this year by applying for Awards! There are many opportunities for recognition, so review them all to see those for which your board is qualified. Consider Florida PTA Honorary State Life Memberships and History Walk of Fame Awards as a way to honor and thank those who have been especially supportive of PTA activities. Check due dates carefully, and don’t hesitate to contact us for clarification. Know that there are awards that are not given each year because there are no applicants… so, click the links to apply. You may be a winner!
Jan 12-Mar 11: Florida Legislative Session
Mar 8: SCPS Employee of the Year Celebration
Mar 8-10: National PTA Legislative Conference (Arlington, VA)
Mar 17: SCPS Teacher of the Year Celebration
Apr 20: SCCPTA Reflections Celebration/Parent Vendor Event
May4: SCCPTA Awards Breakfast
May 11: SCCPTA Spring Training/Vendor Event
May 26: Last Day of School
Reflections Awards Celebration and Vendor Event*  (*note new event!)
Wed, Apr 20, 6:00p at WSHS, in the Auditorium and the Cafeteria
After a brief meeting including nomination of officers, we will celebrate Reflections winners and will have the opportunity to visit vendors with programs, camps, etc of interest to parents and their students.
Awards Breakfast
Wed, May 4, a.m. time to be confirmed, at Heathrow Country Club.
This third annual event will celebrate all of you and your hard working PTA’s! We will announce SCCPTA Award winners and can arrange to present any special Awards from FlaPTA . We will install 2016-2017 Officers.
Spring Training and Vendor Event
Wed, May 11, p.m. time to be confirmed, at Lyman HS in the Cafeteria and Classrooms*  (*note new day/time)
This event offers specific training for officers and committee chairs and is recommended as an opportunity to review new or updated information. There will also be Vendors offering programs and fundraising opportunities for your PTA.
Become a SCCPTA Business Partner
Thank you to our SCCPTA Business Partners! 
These business support Seminole County Public Schools through their continued efforts in training, resources and scholarship opportunities for PTA’s, the students, parents and families that they represent throughout the county. We ask our local PTA units and their families to consider these Business Partner's pledge of support and, in turn, support the businesses to continue an alliance between community and education. 
Central Florida Fundraising Books
Snifty Pencil Toppers
Volusia Discount Card
Seminole County Discount Card
Helping Make Life Goals a Reality

Cindy Price, CFP
865 N. S.R. 434 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 
Altamonte Springs , FL 32714

Local Office Phone 

Buckworm Inc
1191 East Newport Center Dr.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

113 N Orlando Ave
Winter Park, FL 
541 FL-436, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(470) 788-0122
Connect with SCCPTA
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