Council Newsletter Guidelines & Tips
How often does the Lakewood Council of PTAs Newsletter come out?
The newsletter is distributed about 5 times per school year, and eventually will become a monthly newsletter. The newsletter is distributed on the 1st of the month (or close to the 1st).
Who can submit articles to the Lakewood Council of PTAs Newsletter?
Current members of PTA/PTSA may make submissions to the newsletter.
What items should be submitted?
PTA Events & Fundraisers, ideas and insights, articles on education and parenting, photos and story updates on PTA happenings, a call for volunteers, and membership updates. And, anything PTA!
When & how should submissions be made?
Submit newsletter information to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the most part, information will NOT be edited and should be submitted free of errors. Additionally, please do not send event fliers without a word document. An explanation or description of the event ought to accompany an fliers. Photos should be in jpeg format and no over-sized.
2013-2014 School Year Newsletter Schedule
January/February 2014 Issue Due December 20th
March/April 2014 Issue Due February 20th
May/June 2014 Issue Due April 20th
How do PTA members & Friends of PTA sign-up to get the newsletter?
PTA Membership Chairs can sign up new members in one of three ways;
- Go to (Include the link in emails to your member so to make it easier) http://schools.us7.listmanage.com/subscribe?u=58af28d83122632f14473bf2c&id=e4fccf7e1e.
- Visit the Lakewood City School Website and under the “For Parents” Tab, click PTA/PTO and then select The Lakewood Council of PTAs. The link is there for them to sign-up.
- Email their first and last name, email address, and unit name to email@example.com. We will enter them for you. If they are not a PTA member list the organization they represent, if applicable, or their neighborhood school.
The Lakewood Council of PTAs doesn’t guarantee space to publish every submission and reserves the right not to publish any submissions.
One of my very favorite things that we do as a PTA Council is to honor the Educator of the Year and Helping Hands Recipients each year at the Installation & Recognition Celebration in May. In Lakewood, we are fortunate to have some really awesome teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. We are also very fortunate to have volunteers in our schools that also go above and beyond the call of duty to support PTA events and help PTA volunteers pull of programs that benefit kids and families.
In November, it will be time to appoint an Educator of the Year/Helping Hands Chairperson for each PTA/PTSA Unit (unless already appointed) and begin the search for nominations within your school community. Every student, parent, teacher, and staff member is eligible to nominate a teacher for the Educator of the Year Award (must be a certified teacher in your school) and nominate anyone (as long as they are NOT a teacher) working in the school as a staff member or parent/student volunteer for the Helping Hands Award.
Each PTA unit will choose their own Educator of the Year and Helping Hands winner from all of the nominations that are received. Those winners must fill out an official Nomination Form to be sent to Council by February 1st for consideration for the Council Awards. Council will forward a nomination form the winners of each grade level to the Ohio PTA to represent the nomination from District 11.
This is a great time to get creative and get everyone involved in the process. PTAs are not required to use the official form to gather nominations (only for the official nomination to Council). Many schools work with their teachers to help students write an essay to nominate a teacher or volunteer, and many have created their own forms for nominations. It is also a great way to involve parents who may not have been able to contribute much in the past. Most parents love the opportunity to nominate a favorite teacher.
Jenny Beno, 2nd Vice President of Council will be overseeing the Educator of the Year and Helping Hand Award process with chairpersons from each school. She has created an Educator of the Year/Helping Hands Awards Guidelines & Requirements. Please contact Jenny if you have questions about the process.
Did you know that Ohio and National PTA offer many opportunities for PTAs to win awards and money?
For a list of all of the awards offered by the National/Ohio PTA go to Ohio PTA Awards.
Getting to Know You
By Kristine Pagsuyoin, Council President
Educator of the Year/Helping Hands Awards
Guidelines & Requirements
- The nominees for the Educator of the Year Award must be certified educators, while the Helping Hands Award is open to anyone else, such as parents or staff members at your school that are not teachers.
- In November, decide how you would like to solicit nominations. Start getting the word out that it’s time for people to submit nominations. Anyone—parents, students, teachers, other staff—can submit their nominations for favorite teacher and favorite volunteer or helper and why. Please make your criteria clear when asking for these nominations from your school community. Also, preschool teachers are eligible for submission from LECPTA.
- Once all nominations have been collected, each unit needs to select 1 nominee in each category from all of their entries as the winners. Those 2 people are then asked fill out the form available from the Ohio PTA website (visit www.ohiopta.org/programs, then click the Awards tab) to submit to Council.
- Those forms are due to Council by February 1st. Council will then choose one nominee from each grade-level (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and High School ) to honor at Installation in May and 1 overall winner to send to District 11, which includes Lakewood and other inner ring suburbs.
- District 11 will then choose one nominee from each category to send on to the Ohio PTA by March 1st.
- Each unit is free to recognize their winner in some way at their individual school/unit because not every teacher or volunteer will be recognized by Council.