SCCPTA 2nd Quarter Newsletter 
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SCCPTA Executive Board
President--Katie Burris
VP Leadership--Beth Karoly
VP Operations--Liz Merrill
Treasurer--Karen Mazzola
Recording Secretary--Melissa Holmes
A Message from the President:
On behalf of SCCPTA, thank you for all that your PTA/PTSA is doing to benefit students, parents and teachers at your schools! We hear about many of the programs and fundraisers that families are enjoying at your schools and around the community. Be #PTAProud of all that you do!

One of these programs is the PTA Reflections program. Thank you to Reflections Chairs and committees who encouraged our talented students to share their creativity with this year’s theme, “What is Your Story?” Winning artwork from each participating school has been submitted; the difficult job of county judging is underway, and we look forward to the Reflections Awards Celebration and Vendor Event Mar 1, 2017 event to celebrate county winners!

As we enjoy PTA programs, we are reminded that this is just a part of the our mission, that PTA advocates in many ways for every child. Representatives from Seminole County attended FLPTA All Children are Our Children State Summit Dec 3, bringing together PTA leaders, educators, and experts from around the state to discuss how we can better support our state's most vulnerable students through resources and programs designed the strengthen families and support all children. Topics included Juvenile Justice, Direct File, Civil Citations, Foster Care, Aging Out, Guardian Ad Litem, and Homelessness. These topics will continue to be discussed in #RealTalk events, community led Grass Roots effort to get more diverse voices represented to discuss how our schools can better meet the needs of these underrepresented students.  #BeHeard, sign up here to learn more and be involved.   Many of the topics will also be considered with the  2017 PTA Legislative Priorities. Plan to join us at the SCCPTA Winter Leadership Training Jan 18, 2017, 6:00p at ESC to learn more.

Thank you again for all that you do on behalf of PTA at your schools. Take the opportunity to spend time with your family and friends during the holidays, and we will look forward to more in 2017!

Katie Burris
President 2016-2017
Save the Dates!

[Breakfast] Lunch and Learn with your SCCPTA Treasurer and President. 
Saturday, January 14, 2017.
We will be at the following locations in the county:

9:30a-11:30am Panera Bread, 864 S Sun Dr, Lake Mary
12:00p-2:00pm Panera Bread, 5717 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs
 This is designed to be a drop in event in order for you to ask any questions since we are approaching midyear!  Remember to take a look at your Bylaws.  Generally your second general PTA meeting should be scheduled in January in order to update your Budget and form a Nominating Committee.  All officers should be looking for and training a potential replacement!  Your Bylaws establish no more than two consecutive terms.  Please don't leave your PTA in a lurch when you leave.  Build up Leaders!  

SCCPTA Winter Leadership Training – 4th General Meeting
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Educational Support Center, Training Room

Reflections Awards Celebration and Vendor Event
March 1, 2017
Winter Springs High School
Scholarships for High School Seniors

Many thanks to all the PTAs/PTSAs who have donated to the SCCPTA Scholarship fund. Your generous gifts will help deserving Seminole County high school seniors continue their education. If your local unit has not yet donated to the Scholarship fund, we hope you’ll consider doing so!  Donations for 2016-2017 scholarships can be made until March 31, and the donation form is available on the SCCPTA website, along with the scholarship application. Florida PTA also offers scholarships for Florida high school seniors—check out the FL PTA website for details. Students applying must be a member of PTA/PTSA, and their PTA must be in good standing.

Please pass on this information about available scholarships to your parents and students—thank you!

What’s Happening with Health & Safety
     The recently attended PTA State Summit highlighted several agencies that your local PTA may coordinate with for information, assistance, and great programs to provide necessary information for your parents.
The summit topics presented included the following: 
  • The new federal school law is ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, which is replacing No Child Left Behind, and opportunities for input into the guidelines.  
  • Understanding what is happening with the legal system and those under 18 including opportunities for Civil Citation.
  • Guardian Ad Litem, GAL, a program providing support for children and youth while they traverse the court systems.  They are always in need of volunteers and offer a unified state training system. 
  • Foster Care system is in need of families to train and provide love and support for foster children.  Adoption Program is also in need of families that have room in their hearts for another child. 
  • Homelessness and how it effects your school and our surrounding schools is a very timely topic for Seminole County.  You never know the situations that students might be living in. 
  • Florida Kid Care involvement: Gaining insight about how to protect and insure your children. From recent correspondence sent to SCCPTA, “getting involved can include anything from having informational training, having brochures and materials readily available, or even making referrals for application assistance!  Whatever activities are best for your schools, parents, and students..." For Florida kid Care information, please contact 
    • Jaida L. Perera, MSW
      Community and School-Based Outreach Coordinator
      Florida Covering Kids & Families
      The Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center
      University of South Florida
      3111 E. Fletcher Ave.
      Tampa, Fl 33613
      Office: LRC 109
      Phone: 813-974-1374
For additional information regarding the FLPTA State Summit and the information presented, please email for further information with the subject line SCCPTA. 
If your PTA is interested in presenting Health and Safety related programs, for example presenting information related to the above topics, SCCPTA offers Mini-Grants funded by Seminole Prevention Coalition. The application for Mini-Grants is available HERE.

Remember, PTA is an advocacy organization.  Be sure your parents are informed!
Thank you,
Katie Murphy, SCCPTA Health and Safety Chair
COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST...have you completed all of the following?
These activities are essential to participate in PTA programs and to be eligible for recognition and awards.
  • Copy of IRS Tax Filing Nov 15, sent to FlaPTA by Nov 30
  • Audit/Financial Review as of June 30, sent to FlaPTA by Sept 30
  • Membership Dues, $3.50 per membership sent to FlaPTA monthly, some due no later than Dec 15!
  • SCCPTA Dues, $50, due to SCCPTA by Oct 1
  • Bylaws, reviewed at least every 3 years
  • New and Returning Officers Form, online with FlaPTA July 1 (review and update as needed!)
In January/February, at your next General Meeting, consider Revising your PTA Budget to present to your General Membership for approval. It is also time to appoint a Nominating committee who can consider experienced and new officer candidates for the longevity of your PTA.

Once again Arts Alive in Seminole was a big success! This annual gala fundraiser for the arts, presented by the Foundation for SCPS, was held at the Westin Lake Mary on November 12. This year marked the 20 th anniversary of Arts Alive, and since its beginning in 1997 more than $1,400,000 in proceeds has been donated to fund arts programming in Seminole County Public Schools. Many thanks to the following PTAs/PTSAs who donated to Arts Alive:
Altamonte Elementary PTA
Chiles Middle PTSA
Eastbrook Elementary PTA
English Estates Elementary PTA
Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School PTA
Hagerty High PTSA
Heathrow Elementary PTA
Indian Trails Middle PTSA
Lake Mary High PTSA
Markham Woods Middle PTSA
Milwee Middle PTSA
Oviedo High PTSA
Sabal Point Elementary PTA
Sanford Middle PTSA
Walker Elementary PTA
Wekiva Elementary PTA
Wilson Elementary PTA
Winter Springs High PTSA
Thank you for supporting a strong arts education for our children!
Connect with SCCPTA!
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
Thank you, SCCPTA Business Partners! 
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