March 2021
Savvy Membership Awards
Congratulations to all our PTAs who reached their Membership Goal by January 31 and achieved the Savvy Membership Award! See the full list here.
Region Top Winners
04-268 Monroe Woodbury Senior High School PTA
05-094 Half Hollow Hills HS East PTA
06-316 Ralph Perry Junior HS PTA
07-199 Honeoye Falls-Lima PTA
10-093 Baldwin Senior High School PTSA
12-362 South Colonie Special Education PTA
15-392 Jamesville Elementary School PTA
17-318 John Jay High School PTSA
18-399 Hendrick Hudson HS PTSA
19-450 Bemus Point PTA
Random Drawing Prize Winners
05-094 Half Hollow Hills HS East PTA
07-199 Honeoye Falls-Lima PTA
15-392 Jamesville Elementary School PTA
Committee Spotlight

Kevin Lundell, NYS PTA Male Engagement Specialist

My name is Kevin Lundell, and I am the current Male Engagement Specialist for the NYS PTA.  This month, we are encouraging our PTA's to participate in our March Madness for Male Engagement Award.
Do you know some of the positive impacts of having male involvement?
  • Role modeling
  • Making appropriate choices
  • Improved problem-solving abilities
  • Providing financial support
  • Providing emotional support
  • Improved student performance
To self nominate for this award - please complete this quick application form by April 15, 2021.
  • Be inclusive in your membership efforts to make everyone feel welcome
  • Vary your marketing materials to appeal to different groups of people
  • Promote all members of the family unit to join as members
Hot Topics

Are you gearing up for officer elections? Be sure to let everyone know they need to be a current member to vote in your upcoming elections. Membership is year round, it's never too late to add members to do the business of PTA!
PTAs are sharing their success strategies and words of wisdom! Check them out on the PTA Success Stories webpage.
Earn the Male Engagement Award digital badge when you self nominate (Application Form) and report that at least 20% of your total membership identify as Male (Adults or Students)
One random winner will be chosen from all PTA achievers to win a $100 cash prize
Monthly To-Do List
  • Nominate your PTA for the Male Engagement Award if 20% of your total membership is Male (adults and students) Complete this FORM by April 15
  • Make sure you have set up a new Stripe credit card processing account so members can join your PTA online
  • Pay State/National dues for all members who have joined to date by March 31
Western Region Highlight
Melissa Zeitz- Western Region Membership Chair (RMC)

This is my first year as a Membership Chair for the Western Region PTA, however I have been involved with PTA for the last 7 years. The Western Region Executive Board did a great job of making me feel welcome – as they do with all their units, support is at the top of their list. There is a wonderful mix of seasoned and new parents with common interests. I am so proud to be part of this board.




Maple West Masks Up
Maple West Elementary School PTA wanted to make the transition to hybrid as seamless as possible for all of their elementary students. Safety is a top priority on everyone’s mind, especially during COVID. The hybrid students attend anywhere between 2-4 days a week in-person. The PTA team (with support from the Maple West School Principals) decided to purchase lanyards for all of the students. The lanyards have clips on both sides to hold onto each side of the face masks that students are required to wear. In needing to wear masks except for on mask breaks, there was a concern of putting them down on a possibly contaminated surface. It also prevents students from dropping masks on the ground. PTA Co-Presidents, Kristin and Jessica felt they wanted something practical and convenient. COVID was not something anyone had planned for, but the PTA found a way to use their funds for something that all students could use. 
Helping Hands at Heim 
Heim Middle School PTSA decided to use their PTA voice to help the community. Williamsville School District has a food pantry available to all families within the district in need of additional food. That need has been magnified throughout COVID. PTA Co- Presidents, Sarah and Clare made the decision to invite the students to participate in a food drive.  They wanted the students to witness how everyone giving a little help can make a big difference in their own community. Parents who donated were asked to donate during morning drop off.  The parents would drive thru the ‘drop off’ loop. The parent would then pop open their trunk for the volunteer or 8th grader to take the items from the trunk and put them on tables under tents. This "safe zone" was easier and safer for the parents and was able to avoid all contact. After 3 days of collecting, and fighting the elements of wind, rain and hail - they were able to acquire an enormous amount of food directly sent to the food pantry. In an effort to make it more successful, the food drive was coordinated with Heim Elementary School PTA – just across the parking lot, to join in. This was something that PTAs have done before, but taking the precautions required by the state regulations showed how our PTAs adapt to what is going on around us.
PTA Spirit
Join NYS PTA President, Dana Platin in Shining a Light on Every Child with One Voice!
Order your 2020-2022 President Theme lapel pin or face mask  on the NYS PTA store!

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