Welcome to the 2011-12
Potsdam Central PTSA

Potsdam, New York

of the New York Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
A Branch of the National PTA
Potsdam Central School

everychild. onevoice.

Site Index

PTA Newsletters:

Oct. 2011 - Feb. 2012-1 - Feb. 2012-2

Resources for Grieving Children

Visit Potsdam PTSA's Facebook Page and "like" us!

PTSA's Mini-grant Request Form

Potsdam PTSA Jane Skrzypek Volunteer of the Year Award Winners!

PTA Partners With Consumer Reports for School Safety Program

PTSA Theme - Leadership
Membership - MEMBERS ONLY - Calendar of Events
PTA Legislation - 100 Ways to Get Involved in Your Child's Education
School Board Members

Potsdam PTSA Programs!

Spring 2011 New York Parent Teacher

Updated: May 29, 2012

Together We Can Make a Difference!

The Mission of the Potsdam PTSA is to maintain a network between parents, teachers and students that promotes a positive and creative educational environment, facilitates communication, and supports school-based activities through volunteer time and funding.

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PTSA Leadership

2011-2012 PTSA Officers:

  • President - Coreen Bohl
  • VP for the High School - Maureen Moose
  • VP for AAK Middle School - Debbie Shipp
  • VP for Lawrence Avenue Elementary School - Rachel Wallace

    • Lawrence Avenue Volunteer Opportunities
    • Lawrence Avenue Committees/Programs:
      1. Book Fair:(coordinator - Rachel Wallace) - "The Scholastic Book Fair raises money for books and other literacy supplies at Lawrence Avenue."
      2. Fun Fair: (coordinator - Debbie Shipp) - "The Fun Fair is a great night of family fun that also raises money for supplies, activities, and author visits at Lawrence Avenue. It features games, healthy snacks, a book and game sale, treat walk, bingo, and a silent auction."
      3. Box Tops: (coordinator - Lori Hudson )
      4. Labels for Education
      5. Square One Arts fundraiser: (we looking for a coordinator for this project) - "The Square One Arts fundraiser takes your child's artwork and transforms it into mugs, tote bags, magnets, and much more! This is a very successful fundraiser that helps provide many opportunities for our school."
                          • Secretary - John Moosbrugger
                          • Treasurer - Susan Barrett
                            • Special Committees

                                        • Publicity/Legislation: Donna Seymour
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                                            PTSA Calendar of Events:

                                            Potsdam PTSA Meeting Schedule:

                                            • November 16 at the AAK library
                                            • January 18 (tentatively planned to be held at the High School)
                                            • March 21 (tentatively planned to be held at the Lawrence Avenue library)
                                            • May 16 (tentatively planned to be held at AAK library)

                                            Note: The Board of Education usually meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the High School Library at 7 pm. The public is always welcome to attend. The complete Board of Education Policies are available on-line. The district his a policy on bullying and harrassment. PTA also provides Bullying - A Proactive Approach to a Problem

                                            School Calendar Highlights

                                            April 2012

                                              April 7-15: Spring Recess

                                              April 16: Board of Education Meeting at 7 pm in the HS Library

                                              April 27: PTSA's Lawernce Avenue Fun Fair

                                            Resources for Grieving Children

                                            Provided by Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley and your Potsdam PTSA.

                                            POTSDAM PTSA PROGRAM1

                                            Serving the Potsdam Central District through:

                                            AUTHOR VISIT: For several years, Potsdam PTSA sponsored a school visit from a well-known children's author at the elementary and middle schools level. The author visit Committee is chaired by Julie Helenbrook

                                            PTSA CITIZENSHIP AWARD: Each year the Potsdam PTSA, in consultation with the high school staff, selects a senior to receive this award of $100 in recognition of community service.

                                            The Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley Marcus application is available on the NYS PTA website. It is now available in both fillable Word format and in .pdf format. We honor the memory of Stanley Marcus, who was a both a dedicated volunteer committed to serving youth and a NYS PTA Vice President, by sponsoring this prestigious award. All high school junior and senior students who exemplify the humanitarian principals of Stanley Marcus and attend a school with a PTA/PTSA unit in good standing are encouraged to submit applications. Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2012 and sent to your Region Director. Each year we receive applications from outstanding, caring students who selflessly give their time and energy to their schools and community and it is with great pleasure that we acknowledge their service. If you have a student who you think deserves to be recognized, the application is just a click away.

                                            Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education - The Jenkins Memorial Scholarship was inaugurated in October, 1946, as a special Golden Anniversary Project. In 1947 the fund was established as a permanent project as a living memorial to the young people who lost their lives in military service during WWII and was named for one of them, Clifford N. Jenkins, Jr., son of Margaret Jenkins, New York State PTA President 1944-1947 and National PTA President 1961-1964. The purpose of the project is to assist outstanding students in preparing for the teaching profession. The application is available in both fillable Word format and in .pdf format.

                                            Find 100 Ways to Get Involved in Your Child's Education

                                            National PTA has partnered with The Ad Council to launch a three-year public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to encourage parents to become more involved in their children's schools and education. The campaign targets English- and Spanish-speaking parents of school-age children, urging them to "Know What Really Matters. Know About Your Kid's School and Know About Your Kid."

                                            In support of the campaign, National PTA provides the 100 Ways to Know More. Do More. website, which provides articles and handy tips for parents about getting involved in their children's educations, the campaign's video PSAs (as seen on TV), and ordering information for the "100 Ways to Know More. Do More." brochure.

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                                            Membership in the Potsdam PTSA is open to anyone with an interest in public school education and is a great value at only $5 per member. You can sign up for membership at any of the building open houses, by attending a PTSA-sponsored event or at a meeting.

                                            PTSA membership forms can be turned in at any of the school’s main offices or mailed to: LAE, 29 Leroy Street, Potsdam, NY 13676.

                                            PTA Members Save 10% at OfficeMax - Save 10% on your next purchase at OfficeMax—including supplies, furniture, ink & toner and Print Center services. As a PTA member, you now receive exclusive savings at OfficeMax all year long. That means you can stock up on school supplies for the kids, organization essentials and furniture for your home or office, and ink and toner for all your printing needs. Saving is simple: log on to the PTA Member Benefits Page and get your online coupon code for purchase on www.officemax.com.

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                                            MEMBERS ONLY

                                            **SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING THE MEMBERS ONLY WEBSITE**

                                            PTA members, the username and password are printed on your 2011-12 PTA membership card.

                                            Remember to save your username and password to your computer's "password list" so you won't need to enter the information each time.

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                                            PTA Partners With Consumer Reports for School Safety Program

                                            The National PTA has recently partnered with Consumer Reports and the National School Boards Association to form the School Safety Alert Program to alert parents, schools and educators immediately to imminent dangers and allow them to remove potentially dangerous - even lethal - products from their homes and schools.

                                            Previously recalled products are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. Most recall information never reaches a family until tragedy strikes. Tens of millions of children are needlessly exposed to unsafe products, toys and foods that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

                                            This is why National PTA has partnered with Consumer Reports and the National School Boards Association to form the School Safety Alert Program. The School Safety Alert program will alert parents, school administrators, and educators immediately to imminent dangers and allow them to remove potentially dangerous even lethal products from their homes and schools.

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                                            2012 National PTA Federal Public Policy Agenda

                                            Each year National PTA publishes a public policy agenda that outlines policy priorities and recommendations for Congress. The priorities are selected based on the following criteria: timeliness of issue (is it being considered before Congress and the Administration), opportunities for National PTA to provide leadership and expertise to Congress, alignment to National PTA's mission and resolutions, and ability to achieve a meaningful policy change that will produce positive results for children and their families.

                                            The 2011 Public Policy Agenda focuses on two key priorities:

                                            • Family Engagement in Education
                                            • Opportunity and Equity for all Children.

                                            Download the 2012 Public Policy Agenda as a PDF.

                                            NYS PTA Supports Military Families

                                            At a workshop presented at the NYS PTA 2010 Convention in Buffalo this year, Carol West and Deanna Lothrop from the NYS Parental Information and Resource Center (NYSPIRC) described many services and programs available to the families where one or both parents are deployed in the military. They discussed the six stages of transition that families go through and how it affects children of different ages. They had many suggestions on what schools and communities could do.

                                            Here are some suggested resources and programs - most are free!

                                            See the following web sites for these programs and other ideas:

                                            PTA members may wish to join National PTA's Member-to-Member Network, the grassroots advocacy system that provides direct contact with members of Congress, and occasionally with federal regulatory agencies. When contact is needed, National PTA's Washington, DC, office issues Action Alerts that describe the pending legislative issue and the action needed. Network participants also have access to a staff liaison who can answer their questions and assist in their advocacy efforts.

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                                            Potsdam Central School Board Members

                                            About Potsdam

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