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March 8 meeting

Attached are the five-page agenda packet (pdf) and the Power Point presentation (pptx) from our regular meeting held March 8. 3 8 17 pdf 3.8.17 pptx

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Important dates and info

Environmental Updates

ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATES - GOING GREEN FAIR: #LISDPTAGoingGreen As many of you have suggested, we are making our environmental contest bigger and better this year! We are making it a Digital Fair open for the entire month of April 2017. Entries can be submitted starting April 1, 2017 and the last day for submitting entries will be April 30, 2017.   Instead of limiting to the Literature and Art entries, we are opening it out to all kinds of smarts. All entries are welcome: Art, Music, Photography, Essays, Poems, Recipes, Videos, Projects you are doing or have done this year, Apps,… anything that fits the Theme Going Green.   Going Green means making more environmentally friendly choices such as ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, spreading awareness, and helping protect natural resources and endangered species... Show us how you celebrate our dear planet Earth, lovely trees, icebergs, oceans and our fellow animals… How will you help raise awareness and protect our green friends?   OPEN TO ALL: Students, Teachers, Staff, and Schools. Let your creativity flow… Let your love for the environment show! (Just make sure to post your own original creative work, avoid using copyrighted works, cite all references and give all due credits)   Share it on Social Media with #LISDPTAGoingGreen and optionally #yourGroupName, earn points and get recognized as LISD PTA 2017 Green Ambassadors!   Scoring: Each individual entry will count as 5 points and each project entry with groups of 5 or more will get 50 points! So get ready to earn your points starting April 1st and get recognized as LISD PTA 2017 Green Ambassadors!   GREEN WEEK Saturday, April 22nd (International Mother Earth Day) - Friday, April 28th (National Arbor Day)   Earth Day, or International Mother Earth Day, is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. We will send information in our newsletter about Earth Day celebrations.   (continued)     For the school week starting Monday, April 24th to Friday, April 28th, we have a theme for each day. Just do something simple that goes with the theme. Whether small or big, every single action matters! Tell us what you do with #LISDPTAGreenWeek.    
Monday April 24 Get your Green on!: Wear Green and Think Green!
Tuesday, April 25 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle : What can you reduce, reuse, recycle? At school, at home? Recycle that paper or plastic bottle, Reduce waste at lunch? Get a recycling bin at home?
Wednesday, April 26 Environment friend: Celebrate an environment friend today. Bee friend? Support a cause, share your gratitude.
Thursday, April 27 Energy savior: Be an energy savior today, turn that light off, walk/bike to school, unplug for some time,…
Friday, April 28 New beginnings, New resolutions: It’s National Arbor Day! Plant a tree. Care for a tree. Start a garden. Make a resolution to be more environment-friendly.
    For more information on any of the Environmental events, please contact Snehal Phirke at environmental@lisdpta.org

Council Board Openings

We have openings on our council board and we would love to hear from you if you are interested! Below is the link to fill out an interest form, If you are interested in an officer position, please have your form submitted by March 22nd to allow time for the nominating committee to look over all the forms and post the slate in time for elections in April. The Standing Committee Chairs and Special Committee Chairs will be selected once the officers have been elected.   If you are interested in getting involved at the council level with a smaller role, we have included a committee interest section as well. We would love to have some new faces get involved with the council. We have a large district, so the more help we can get, the better. Please don't think that this is a huge time commitment! You can be involved as much or as little as you would like. All levels of support are welcome!!   If you aren't sure what you want to do or if you have any questions, please, don't hesitate to contact President Lauren Johnson at president@lisdpta.org and she will be happy to help find a spot that works best with your availability and preferences.   Here is the link to the form: https://goo.gl/forms/VL8kPZEEVzIZVncz1     Thanks for all you do, and have a wonderful Spring Break!!

Reflections

A Reflections entry by a Heritage Elementary student has advanced to the final round of nationwide judging in the PTA Reflections program. Dylan James Shaw of Heritage received an Overall Award of Excellence at the state level in the Special Artist category for his music composition, “My Joy Song.” All Overall Award of Excellence entries have been advanced to National PTA. The national level results will be available in June. Texas PTA thanks every participating student for their outstanding entries that truly showcased this year’s theme. Texas PTA received 1,027 entries for state-level judging, and they awarded nearly 500 students. Entries receiving an Overall Award of Excellence, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or Honorable Mention will receive an invitation to attend the statewide awards ceremony May 6 in San Antonio. Those students will be presented with an award by Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook. Lewisville ISD held a reception on Thursday, March 9, for all of our PTA Reflections participants, and recognized those students whose entries advanced to state or received district-level recognition. Here are the LISD entries that advanced to the state level, and their awards. Congratulations, everyone! Special thanks to Katherine Sells and Yolanda Murray who headed up Council’s Reflections program this year, Council President Lauren Johnson, LISD school Reflections representatives, Bolin Center and administrative services, and the judges of the 300-plus entries.

Vendor Fair

The Lewisville ISD Council of PTA will hold a Spring Vendor Fair on Wednesday, April 12. Representatives from our 60+ PTAs, school principals and booster representatives are invited to this meeting.  You can participate as a Virtual Vendor ($75) or Live Vendor ($125). Descriptions are on the form linked at the end of this announcement. Extra Tables are $50. Vendors are asked to provide one item to be used as a door prize for a drawing to be given to attendees who visit every booth and fill out bingo card. To register, please fill out registration form linked below and mail to address on form, or contact Yolanda Murray, Vendor Fair coordinator, to make other arrangements for delivery of registration and payment.  Please RSVP by March 17.   Vendor Fair Date Wednesday, April 12, 2017; Location  Lewisville ISD Career Center East, 2553 FM 544, Lewisville, TX  75056; Timeline Setup 8 a.m., Pre-Meeting Mingle 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Council Meeting 9:30 - 11 a.m., Post Meeting Mingle 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Spring 2017 Vendor Fair

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