PTA Rally Day

We are looking forward to our trip to Austin for PTA Rally Day on Feb. 27. We will join PTAs from across the state to discuss education issues with our legislators. We need as many people as possible to join us, and we would like at least one person from each PTA to attend. Additional info at http://lisdpta.org/2017/01/31/rally-day/. We may still be able to order your Rally Day t-shirt if you let us know your size by Thursday evening. Contact Kristi Hassett, advocacy chair, at legislative@lisdpta.org if you are thinking of joining us.

Reflections – Rescheduled Reception

LISD Council of PTAs will hold a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the Bolin Center for all students who participated in the PTA Reflections arts program. The reception is open to the students, their families, staff, principals, and members of the community. The event was rescheduled to avoid a conflict with elementary open house. The Reflections program provides students an opportunity to express their artistic talent through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Submissions are judged based on the artistic vision to portray the theme, originality, and creativity. The artist's statement on the theme, which this year is "What Is Your Story?," is just as important as the artwork itself. Our judges, community members who are experts in fields related to the Reflections categories, have selected 18 entries to receive designations of Excellence and to represent LISD at the state level. The district can send only one entry to state for each category and age division. Age divisions are Primary (preschool – grade 2), Intermediate (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12). The state PTA will announce its award results in March, with the top entries advancing to the national level. At the reception, we will honor the students whose submissions advanced to state, as well as 46 entries that received designations of Merit and Honorable Mention at the district level. See All District Awards for a full list of district awards that will be given at the reception. These LISD students will represent LISD at the state level.  

Reflections Reception

  UPDATE: We will be rescheduling our PTA Reflections reception for sometime after spring break due to a conflict with the district-wide Elementary Open House. We will send out updated information once we have secured a date and time. ----- The Reflections program provides students an opportunity to express their artistic talent through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Submissions are judged based on the artistic vision to portray the theme, originality, and creativity. The artist's statement on the theme, which this year is "What Is Your Story?," is just as important as the artwork itself. Our judges, community members who are experts in fields related to the Reflections categories, have selected 18 entries to receive designations of Excellence and to represent LISD at the state level. The district can send only one entry to state for each category and age division. Age divisions are Primary (preschool – grade 2), Intermediate (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12). The state PTA will announce its award results in March, with the top entries advancing to the national level. At the reception, we will honor the students whose submissions advanced to state, as well as 46 entries that received designations of Merit and Honorable Mention at the district level. See attachment for the Award of Excellence winners. reflections to state

Legislative Priorities

Please see the following documents for information on the LISD Council of PTAs' focused legislative priorities (adequate and equitable school funding, STAAR, state accountability system, and opposition to vouchers) as well as the broader Texas PTA legislative priorities. We'll need your help to advocate for our children. LISD Council Priorities 85th Legislative Session Texas PTA Legislative Priorities 2017

Bowling for Scholars

"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. BowlingForScholars2017

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 your 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 and school reps who would like to see their Valentine's Day 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 1.11.17 139 days and counting FoundersDayRSVP

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!!

Rally Day

Concerned about STAAR? The new A-F school ratings? School funding? Vouchers? Join us for PTA Rally Day in Austin! 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. 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 Discussions

We have been soliciting ideas for environmental programming and have some great ideas to work with! If you were not able to attend any of our discussions sessions, please send your thoughts and ideas to environmental@lisdpta.org.

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