PTA Day at the Capitol

The 2014 Georgia PTA Day at the Capitol will be held March 4, 2014.  We invite all PTA members to celebrate our second century of advocacy by joining us at 8:30 a.m. at the Fulton County Government Center for a briefing on legislative issues and advocacy.  Immediately following this session, we will head to the Capitol to see the legislature at work.

Invite your administrators, educators, superintendents, school board members, business partners and student leaders to attend.  To ensure your seat, register early.  Remember to WEAR RED!

The second highlight of the day will be lunch with the legislators at the Freight Depot beginning at 12:15 p.m.  Georgia PTA has invited all of the legislators to the luncheon, however, a personal invitation from you as a constituent and “local leader” in your community will be the most effective guarantee of their attendance. Go to Capitol Watch here to contact your legislator.

Questions?  Call Georgia PTA at (404) 659-0214 or (800) PTA-TODAY.

Advance Registrations must be received in state office on or before Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Registration after February 26 or on site is $50.

Lunch and resources are not guaranteed for registration after February 26, 2014.

Registration Form

Health and Wellness Grant‏

PTA has a myriad of opportunities to honor students, parents, leaders, PTA units, and other individuals. Whether it’s honoring student art achievement or honoring child advocacy efforts—PTA has an award for you. Apply today!

Smart from the start!

Smart from the Start: Community Outreach provides PTA Regions, Districts and Councils with tools and resources to educate families of children ages 3-5 and partner with a local neighborhood community to improve awareness of energy balance concepts. Energy balance is finding a balance between the calories we consume through what we eat and drink and the calories we burn through physical activity.

Funding Available

National PTA will award 10 grants of $10,000 each to PTA Regions, Districts and Councils.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST/2:00 p.m. PST

For additional information and to apply for this grant please follow this link to the National PTA Website

Exciting Upcoming Programs at Zoo Atlanta

Winter Safari Day Campzoo atlanta

Calling all K-5th graders! Winter Safari Day Camp is packed with hands-on learning, nature discovery and wildlife appreciation to engage young minds throughout their holiday break. Camp runs daily December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 and January 2, 3 and 6. Members get a discount! Sign up for one day or all eight!

Holiday Gift Certificates

Give the adventure of lifelong learning with a certificate for an award-winning education program. Get certificates for Wild Encounters, Family NightCrawlers, one-day Safari Day Camps or Keeper for a Day, or purchase in $25 increments up to $100. Purchase now!

Family NightCrawler

Leap into the New Year! Attention all polliwogs and parents! Hop on over to Zoo Atlanta to learn about frogs and our efforts to save amphibians across the globe. Wake up to an exclusive guided tour of the Zoo, behind-the-scenes peek of our incredible reptile building and fun filled hands-on activities. January 11Register!

Wanted and Needed | Local- District -Council Legislative Chairs

Chinita AllenMy name is Chinita Allen, and I am the Georgia PTA State Legislative Chair. Our legislative leadership team is committed to building advocacy capacity and making each member’s voice count.

If you care about the budget, school and bus safety, juvenile justice, child victims of sex and labor trafficking, teacher and principal quality, want to be part of a positive association and develop leadership and communication skills, then join us in making the Georgia PTA a formidable and enduring force.

No Experience Necessary!  We Will Train You!

Want To Help- But Can’t Commit?

Join or Capitol Watch Grassroots Campaign

Simply enter your email address to receive timely updates and start advocating with thousands of PTA members.

Contact:   Chinita Allen

Please provide:

  • Name
  • Email
  • School Name
  • Council Name (if applicable)
  • District #


National PTA School of Excellence Program | Deadline Reminder December 6th

As you know, the deadline for schools enrolled in the School of Excellence Program was extended until Friday, December 6th.

While the National PTA strongly encourage schools to complete their Family-School Partnership Scans by Friday, December 6th,  the National PTA will not be shutting down the link for schools to complete their Family-School Partnership Scan until the end of the month for any school that may have experienced any technical difficulty with the enrollment process. If you know of any schools that will need this extra time to complete their family-school partnership scan, please notify Dr. Renee Jackson. We want to give schools ample time to complete this very important step on their road to excellence. Schools can access the School of Excellence portal at

Thank you to many of you or other leaders who have reached out to schools enrolled in the program to encourage them to continue the next steps for completion.

Please remember to visit the state portal where you can receive updated information, milestones, and materials for the program If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erin Thwaites or myself, Dr. Renee Jackson at

Deadline to Submit your Family-School Partnership Scan extended to December 6, 2013!

 We want to make sure you are all aware of the new updates regarding the School of Excellence Program. Schools have to complete the Family-School Partnership Scan to stay in the program and the deadline has been extended to December 6th. There were many schools that had some trouble getting the scan online and we didn’t want anyone to stress about getting this done by November 15th because they were not able to access. The web address to the portal is . This is for schools to submit their scan and will remain open until all schools that wish to complete the scan have had the opportunity to do so.

Schools should submit their scan online at . Once they complete their scan online, the email that enrolled their PTA into the program will receive a PDF link of their Roadmap immediately. If they don’t receive the Roadmap via email immediately, they need to check their SPAM or JUNK folder or ask the person who enrolled to check their email. Below are also some helpful links that you can use for your PTA as well.

To contact for any assistance –

To access the state library –

The log in information is the following:

User name: Diversity

Password: Means

I want to thank each of you again for your patience during this first year of our program rollout. Your feedback is crucial on this GaPTA journey!

2014 Georgia Parent Leadership Award – Nomination Deadline Extended to December 4, 2013

We realize this information has been available to you through the Georgia Department of Education website since beginning of November, but during a meeting of Steering Committee on Friday, November 19, it was brought to our attention that no submissions for these awards have been received by the DOE yet. We all know that the PTA has some of the most hard-working, parents that exemplify the true meaning of what strong parent leaders are all around. It is our strong hope that you will get these links for the award applications into the hands of leaders in your area right away.  The Georgia Department of Education has graciously extended submission deadline.  Applications must be postmarked by no later than Wednesday, December 4, 2013.  Please review instructions carefully before beginning application  process.  The winners of this prestigious award will be formally recognized during the January 9-11, 2014 Family Engagement Conference in Athens, Georgia!  


The information for the Parent Leadership Award application is available under the Parent Involvement Month 2013 website.  Click here to directly complete the application:

To visit the Parent Involvement Month website click here.

Thanking each of you in advance for taking the time acknowledge extraordinary efforts expended by Today’s Georgia PTA parent leadership!
Angel Little, Georgia PTA Family Engagement Chair
Georgia PTA Executive Committee

HEAR YE…HEAR YE…HEAR YE | Atlanta Falcons vs Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, December 15.2013


This message comes to you from the office of Male Involvement.

Have you been racking your brain for something to do with your kid(s) and/or the entire family?  Well your timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

The aforementioned dated event lends the perfect opportunity for you to fulfill that desire.

So why don’t you grab your Atlanta Falcons attire and join many other males and their families from across the State along with Georgia PTA Board of Directors for a wonderfully exciting game.

 Remember “We Are Today’s PTA”….the Falcons would like our support but more importantly, OUR kid(s) need our support. The PTA bus is idling and we are waiting on you and the family.

 Hope to see you at the game!!


Reginald B. Forrest

Georgia PTA Male Involvement Chair