Brainstorming for Environmental Program

At our last council meeting we had to reschedule our Environmental meeting since the council meeting ran long. We have set up 2 meeting times for anyone and everyone interested in the environment to come to and share ideas to make our Environmental program be the best it can be. Anyone with an interest in environmental issues, come talk with us! Please choose the time and location that best fits your schedule. You do not have to attend both sessions. If you can't make it to either please email us at environmental@lisdpta.org with your ideas. We would like as many people as possible to come to these discussion sessions! Sign up here to attend.

Bowling for Scholars

IMG_0695 “Mardi Gras” is the theme of the Feb. 11 Bowling for Scholars event, which annually raises funds for the LISD Council of PTAs' scholarship fund through the Lewisville Education Foundation (LEF). Gather teams of four or five bowlers and just have fun for a couple of hours. It is not a tournament; prizes will be awarded instead for the best costumes and best team name. Available times are 9 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $25 per bowler or $20 if under age 12, which covers three games and shoe rental. The event, at Lewisville Lanes AMF Bowling, is open to anyone, including parents, teachers, students and community members. Bowling Registration

January 11 meeting

We had a busy meeting! See 1.11.17 agenda and power point (below) for much of the information we covered. The RSVP form for Founders Day is attached. The 139 Days and Counting power point on Texas legislative issues will give you information from Advocacy Chair Kristi Hassett's presentation. Continue to watch this page as more information becomes available about Reflections, PTA Rally Day, FLO 2 training and other upcoming activities. Donald Elementary spoke to us about their schoolwide holiday parties. They have extended an invitation to PTA reps who would like to see their Valentine's parties, which will be going on throughout the day Feb. 14. Contact President Alisha Smith at misterb3701@hotmail.com if you would like to see a party in action. The 1.11.17 powerpoint includes highlights from their talk. 1.11.17 Agenda Packet Final 1.11.17 FoundersDayRSVP 139 days and counting

21-Day Challenge

The 21-Day Challenge encourages students to be independently healthy by getting into the kitchen and making their own fruit and veggie snacks. The North Texas Recipe Book features recipes that were created by our very own students at the culinary program at The Colony. Sign-Up January 9-22 Challenge Starts January 23 Challenge Ends February 12 Final Survey February 27-March 5 Visit us at www.kids-teaching-kids.com Join us on Facebook: Medical City Children’s Hospital Follow us on Twitter: @MedCityKids Post your Healthy Snack Selfies at #KTK21Day We encourage families to take the challenge together while developing life-long healthy eating habits, one snack at a time!

We want your input!

Our Council has created four surveys covering different topics that we would like to have you complete and share with your PTA members. The more participants the better! Each section is no more than 10 questions long (Survey Monkey makes you buy a membership for more than 10 questions at a time, hence four surveys), and all responses are anonymous. Please complete all of the surveys, they are all important! We want your honest feedback so that we can make LISD Council of PTAs be the best it can be! Part 1 Training https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V8TZXXN Part 2 Fundraising and Vendors https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NZ9FMS Part 3 Programs and Communication https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5FKW2G5 Part 4 Involvement https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5FLC5RF Thanks so much for your time and support!!

PTA Rally Day

Concerned about STAAR? The new A-F school ratings? School funding? Vouchers? Join us for PTA Rally Day in February! We will talk to our legislators about important topics surrounding education legislation. We need at least one member from each PTA to join us as a voice for our children. rally-day-push Links: www.facebook.com/kristi.s.hassett http://www.txpta.org/advocacy/rallyday/ http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054aaaa62a1-ptarally http://lisdpta.org/ http://www.txpta.org/rally-day https://www.facebook.com/events/299750887046032/

Environmental Discussion Group

  Environmental Education is an important part of the holistic education and many of you may already have such Environmental Awareness/Education activities at your campus. As part of the LISD Council of PTAs Environmental Initiatives, we have been trying to do the same via programs such as Green Impact Challenge or celebrating Earth Day etc. This year, we would like to hear from your campus Environmental Representatives about your thoughts/ideas/suggestions. We would very much appreciate if your Campus Environmental Representative or any other interested volunteer can gather some input from your campus (including the principal and teachers; who may be good resources such as science, social studies, language arts, journalism, gifted teachers, librarians and club sponsors, etc.) about their thoughts/suggestions on what initiatives can help raising Environmental Awareness at your campus and how we can help. We would like to host a discussion group on this at our next council meeting on January 11th at the SSAB located at 400 W Main St. in Lewisville. We will start the meeting immediately following the close of the regular meeting. Please invite all interested people to attend the meeting and participate in this discussion. We are excited to hear your ideas! Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you and Happy New Year! Regards, Snehal Phirke Environmental Chair  

Lifetime and Extended Service Awards, and Founder’s Day info

It’s that time of year again! Time to select your 2016-17 Lifetime and Extended Service awards! If you haven’t already, immediately form your Lifetime membership selection committee. This committee is typically made up of the membership chair and a couple of board members. Refer to your PTA’s by-laws for guidelines on the number of committee members needed. A Lifetime PTA award winner can be anyone who has gone above and beyond to help your school’s PTA. Your PTA’s standing rules will tell you how many people you can honor and remember that a person can only receive the Lifetime award once. An extended service award is for 10 or more years of service. It is nice to give the Lifetime award first if they do not already have it.
Your honorees and one guest per person are invited to the Founder’s Day dinner on February 23, 2017 at Circle R Ranch. The cost of each individual ticket will be courtesy of YOUR PTA, so make sure that you have sufficient funds in budget. It is also suggested that the PTA President and the Principal of your school also attend, paid by the PTA. You must also go to the Texas PTA website to order a certificate with your award winner’s name on it. This year each award winner will receive a personalized certificate, a pin and a decal. You can submit your award winners’ names and pay here: www.txpta.org/volunteer-recognition • Extended service award is $125 + shipping • Lifetime PTA award is $75 + shipping Timeline: • November-January—Form Lifetime nominating committees and select award recipients. • January 11th—Invitations to the Founders Day banquet available at the LISD Council meeting. • February 2nd—Deadline to RSVP and submit payment for banquet • February 23rd—Founders Day Banquet at Circle R Ranch, $35 Per person Instructions for payment and submission of award winner’s names to LISD Council will be available beginning next week at the Council meeting. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. Sincerely, Allison Lassahn foundersday@lisdpta.org

Holiday Get Together & Give

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to give to those who could use help. We know many of you feel the same way, so we are inviting everyone to join us at a Holiday Get Together & Give at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at IHOP, 2435 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville. Join us for breakfast, and if you can, bring a Wal-Mart gift card or a monetary donation. There is no minimum amount, every little bit helps. The money and gift cards collected will go to Dressed to Learn to help the students in LISD who need clothing. (You do not have to donate to come, and this is a totally optional event.) Let us know on our Evite that you are coming so we have enough space reserved. Please contact Lauren Johnson at 817-709-8435 or president@lisdpta.org with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Nov. 16 Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda as well as the flyers that were given out are included in the link below. Agenda Packet Nov. 16