Congressional Update from the National PTA
Every voice matters…so use your voice! Tell your member of congress today to invest in Statewide Family Engagement Centers during this appropriations process to improve family engagement in schools across the country through National PTA’s Takes Action Center.
In addition to monitoring the budget bills, National PTA is closely watching the child nutrition bills and the juvenile justice re-authorization bills, which could impact school nutrition standards and school disciplinary policies in the future. Read the OneVoice blog posts below for more info on these pieces of legislation:
- Protecting the Progress We’ve Made in School Nutrition
- National PTA Supports Passage of Bipartisan Juvenile Justice Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives
Helping Kids who have OCD
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 pm ET
Working with kids and teens who have OCD can be both challenging and rewarding for clinicians. Join Dr. Elspeth Bell in exploring adaptations of traditional CBT techniques specifically focused for working with these clients. Elements addressed include approaches for engaging the kids and teens (and their parents) in the treatment process, the use of creative E/RP, and the inclusion of family in the treatment process. Register by clicking here.
Health & Wellness Initiatives
Do you want to start Health & Wellness initiatives in your school but don’t know where to start? We offer training on how to advocate for some fun ways to get your school on the track to good health. Start thinking about ideas for the spring or plans for the next school year. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. And be sure to check the menus above and to the left, which have more ideas and resources at your fingertips.
School Wellness Policies
Do you know about your school’s wellness policy? How does that fit into the health and wellness initiatives at your school? Be a part of healthy movement and change in your community. To help, the USDA’s Team Nutrition recently released its Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Kit. This toolkit includes several customizable templates to help schools communicate with parents and school staff about their wellness policy and encourage broader participation. It is designed to increase awareness of the components of the Local School Wellness Policy and provide strategies for school staff and parents to get involved.
As we wind down 2016, we want to thank all of the PTA parents and volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to being involved our schools. The PTA offers so many ways to get engaged, impact children’s lives, and help a school community to grow and achieve. We wish you all the best for a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season.
Health & Wellness Chair