In This Issue
In the Spotlight...
It’s time to recognize the contributions of your PTA within your school
community! Is something meaningful happening between your PTA and school
that deserves recognition? Are you looking to step-up your PTA’s
involvement in school improvements
? Now is the time to
record and publicize the positive impact
your PTA has had on your
students and school community!
School of Excellence
is a recognition program that supports
and celebrates partnerships between PTA and schools to enrich the
educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
By participating in this program, you will gain a better understanding of
what you can do to support improvements at your school, and your PTA will
gain a seat at the table when important decisions are made.
For more information on the School of Excellence and to enroll your school
in the program, click
The NYS Senate has passed bill
. This bill limits insurance abuses and increases access to
substance abuse treatment
. The bill now heads to the Assembly.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is adding 100 experienced state troopers to
across New York.
Announced at Rockland County Community College, a three-pronged initiative
focuses on combating a heroin problem that Cuomo said is "of epidemic
proportions." The initiative covers enforcement, education and response.
“The first step is admitting the problem and not denying it,” Cuomo said in
reference to someone seeking drug treatment. “That's the first step for the
collective, for the state. We have to admit the problem. This state has a
serious problem with heroin
for more info.
The NYS Senate approved S7217, which, if signed into law, would make the Empire State the
fourth state to ban the sale of powdered alcohol
. It prohibits the sale or
offering for sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product. It has now
moved to the Assembly.
to read the Senate bill.
All around the country, the documentary The Anonymous People
is being shown
to confront the stigma of addiction and give a voice to those in recovery
The documentary is usually shown with a panel discussion of persons in long-term recovery and
addiction treatment providers. PTAs can promote these events or host one of
To learn more about the documentary, click
Check out the programs and resources at your local library. There are
activities, programs and contests related to summer reading. Click
Dads Take Your Child To School Day
promotes father involvement by
encouraging fathers and other significant male caregivers to take their
child to school and remain involved throughout the year
Community-based organizations, stakeholders, Head Start and school
administrators and staff are encouraged to plan local events across the
. In 2013, over 450 registered sites allowed thousands of dads across
New York state to participate.
For more information and to register your site or get involved, please click
Governor Cuomo has outlined safety tips for visiting amusement parks
view the recommendations, click
The Acting NYS Commissioner of Health has declared that “influenza is no
longer prevalent in New York State. This means NYS healthcare workers who
are not vaccinated against influenza are no longer required by State
regulation to wear masks
in areas where patients are typically present.”
to read more.