November - Fayette County Public Schools

Making Every Child’s Potential a Reality
November 2014
News to Use
1126 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505
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2013-2015 Officers
President - Kathy Smiley
1st VP - UFEN - James Brown
2 VP Membership - Ruth Revis
Secretary - Adrienne Thakur
Corresponding Secretary - Denise Bauer
Treasurer - Liz Hill
Greeting, leaders
Congratulations to all on an amazing PTA 5K! I am so proud of our 5K committee for putting together this amazing
event! This was more than just a day of fun – this event had multiple impacts: promoting a healthy lifestyle, creating
new Healthy Lifestyles Committees in each school that participated, engaging lots of families in a healthy and fun
activity, raising funds for our PTAs to implement programs for their families, making a great statement about what
PTA is and can be in the eyes of the community. WAY TO GO!
November is Healthy Lifestyles Month. We also have Parent & Family Involvement Week, American Education Week
and Unity Day this month. I hope your PTA/PTSA can find a way to celebrate these events.
We listened to our local PTA/PTSA units and the November roundtable is an evening meeting. It will be at 6 p.m. Nov.
20 at “It’s About Kids” Support Services in Conference Room C. This month’s training will be about parent
engagement in our schools. Come out and bring a friend to this worthwhile event.
As we approach Parent & Family Involvement Week, think about the support your PTA/PTSA has provided. I have
often heard our superintendent praise our PTAs/PTSAs for being such a valuable resource and support to our schools.
Keep up the great work! In this month of giving thanks, remember to thank all our parents, families and community
members who have helped make our events and programs successful. Have a great month and Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you for everything you do.
Kathy Smiley,
16th District PTA president
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You asked for it, you got it
The 16th District holds monthly Roundtable meetings that usually
include a speaker with a Q&A opportunity, along with some
training and an update on what’s happening in our wonderful
district. These meetings are usually held during the day, but
this month’s meeting will be in the evening instead. This month
we’ll feature FCPS Superintendent Tom Shelton, who will talk
about the state of our schools.
This month’s Roundtable will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in
Conference Room C, second floor of the FCPS Central Office.
We love to see school PTA/PTSA board members and key
volunteers at our meetings, but these Roundtables are open to
everyone. Please spread the word and encourage everyone to
come. It’s a great way for families to find out what’s happening
in our district.
Hope to see everyone there. As a bonus, we’ll have a few prizes
to give away!
November Dates to
November is PTA Healthy
Lifestyles & Arts & Heath Month
11/2 – Daylight Savings Time
11/4 – Election Day, no school
11/6 – 16th District PTA Board
Meeting 11:30am
11/6 – Equity Council Meeting,
11/11 – Veterans Day
11/13 – Special Education
Advisory Council Meeting, 5:30pm
11/14 – Mary Todd Elementary
Vendor Fair/Craft & Bake Sale
11/15 – LexKage Super Saturday,
Clays Mill Elementary, 10am-3pm
11/16-11/22 – American
Education Week
11/17-11/21 – Parent & Family
Involvement Week
11/20 – 16th District PTA
Roundtable Meeting 6:00pm,
IAKSS Conf. Room C
Did you know the PTA publishes a monthly
magazine? You can view it online here.
11/20 – Newsletter Information
In this issue of Our Children, television
personality and mom Meredith Vieira talks
about her work to help bring awareness to
bullying. She talks about the concerns she
had for her children in their youth as well as
her own experience with bullying in her
childhood and how she overcame it. “It was
devastating,” Vieira says of being bullied as a
11/24 – Unity Day
Also in this issue: Understanding
arithmetic with Common Core
11/26-11/28 – Thanksgiving
Break, no school
For a peek at what’s coming
up in future months, the
complete 2014-2015 calendar
is at the end of this
Learning isn’t just for kids!
National PTA E-Learning courses allow you to gain the knowledge and
skills needed to effectively serve your community. Here are some
additional benefits of National PTA E-Learning:
To access our e-learning courses,
you will need an online National
PTA profile. To create a profile,
follow the directions provided in
the e-learning registration guide.
As a PTA member, you have access to a wide selection of online
learning courses that allow you to develop the skills that matter
most to you.
Each online course includes interactive activities and
assessments to make the learning process more engaging.
With easy online access 24/7, members can develop and hone
leadership skills when, where, and as they need them.
National PTA E-Learning courses cover a wide range of PTArelated topics that help you be a better leader. Check out our
full course offerings at
To be in good standing, your PTA must:
Adhere to the purposes and basic policies of
Pay 16th District PTA, Kentucky PTA and
National PTA membership dues. One payment
must be made on or before Oct. 15.
Review treasurer’s books and submit the PTA
Financial Review form to 16th District PTA
and Kentucky PTA by Aug. 15 of each year.
File 990 with the Internal Revenue Service and
send copies to 16th District PTA, Kentucky
PTA, and Attorney General on or before
Nov. 15.
Have bylaws approved by the Kentucky PTA
every five years.
Have an IRS Employer Identification Number
(EIN) on file at the 16th District PTA and
Kentucky PTA office.
Maintain a minimum of 10 members.
Submit names and addresses of officers to the
Kentucky PTA.
Remit liability insurance premiums by Sept. 1
each year.
You experience awesome every day, and PTA
wants you to share it! Snag a photo and tag it
with #ShareAwesome anytime from now
until Nov. 30 on Instagram, Facebook or
Twitter for a chance to win a tablet or $2,500
#ShareAwesome is a new campaign from
National PTA with the support of LifeLock that
celebrates students and families who use digital
media and tools for good – good for
themselves, their families, their friends and the
whole world.
Visit to learn more
about ways your family can make better, safer
decisions online and to access official contest
Good luck, and don’t forget to smile!
Ten reasons why your gifted child procrastinates
Procrastination: that vexing time thief so many gifted children face. You watch as your bright, curious child, passionately engaged
in so many interests, comes to a screeching halt when a project is due. You coax, cajole, demand, bribe, threaten, and stand on
your head, yet nothing will budge. What gives?
While most people procrastinate from time to time, some develop a chronic pattern fraught with avoidance, disorganization and
frantic efforts as deadlines loom. Before you nag your child one more time, rush out and buy yet another self-help book, or hit
your head against the wall, you may first want to sort out the reasons for the procrastination. Usually there are one or more
contributing factors, and if you sort these out, you may be better prepared to tackle the problem.
Distractibility - Some gifted children are so immersed in their interests that they have difficulty focusing on the task at
hand. They become easily distracted by more engaging ideas or projects. Overscheduling can exacerbate this problem;
however, distractions can arise even without competing demands once the child's passions and interests take hold.
Disorganization - Gifted children can struggle with poor organizational and planning abilities and can lack time
management skills. Despite motivation to complete a project, they may become overwhelmed when it involves more
attention to details or long-range planning than usual. Difficulty managing their time and structuring how they will work
is frequently the root of this problem.
Apathy - Sometimes gifted children have become so bored and disgusted with school that they lose interest and don’t
really care about the quality of their work. They delay completing assignments because the work seems meaningless. They
would rather engage in a multitude of other activities than “waste” their time on rote paperwork or assignments that
seem too easy.
Past success - Some gifted children procrastinate because they can get away with it. Many have learned that
completing assignments at the last minute does not diminish the quality of their work or harm the outcome. They know
they can do better, but with a track record of excellent grades behind them, they realize they don’t have to work very hard
to just slide by.
Rebellion - Procrastination can be an expression of resistance or quiet rebellion against completing an assignment a
child resents. It is a means of devaluing the project, minimizing its importance, and expressing anger about having to
work on something unappealing. Even if the project is eventually completed, delaying it until the last minute is a form of
silent protest that may feel empowering to the child.
Perfectionism - High expectations of achieving success can create anxiety and a desire to delay that which is
distressing. When gifted children worry that they might not excel on a given task, they may put it off until the last
possible minute. Clearly, this can be a recipe for increased anxiety and inevitable 11:00 PM melt-downs.
Self-sabotage - Some gifted children (and gifted adolescents in particular) try to hide their abilities from others. In an
attempt to blend in, they may disguise their talents, perform poorly, and disengage from academics. Procrastination may
reflect their ambivalence about confronting this dilemma and uncertainty about whether to minimize their abilities or
live up to their potential. And if the quality of their work suffers, then they can perpetuate the image they want to convey.
Insecurity - Despite their apparent skills, some gifted children doubt their abilities. They may feel like "imposters" and
worry that their inadequacies will be "discovered" at any time. They believe that they have an image to uphold and if they
fail in some manner, they will be outed as a fraud. Delaying completion of a project is a means of avoiding the inevitable
anxiety that arises when they confront this fear.
Shame - Along with insecurity, some gifted children experience feelings of shame if they fail to excel. They react as if this
is an indictment against their intelligence and suspect that others will view them as inadequate. As a result,
procrastination can be an excuse; if a less than perfect grade is attributed to a rushed, last-minute effort, then the child
can believe that actual ability was never to blame.
10. Depression - Occasionally, procrastination may be a symptom of depression. However, it usually coincides with other
signs, such as withdrawal and isolation from peers, apparent sadness, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, and
irritability. In these situations, procrastination may be a reflection of feelings of hopelessness and a perception that
school work lacks any meaning.
Sorting out the cause of your child's procrastination is the first step toward working on the problem. A onesize-fits-all approach based on the latest self-help ideas may not work for your child's specific situation. Clearly, a child whose
procrastination is the result of perfectionism and shame will need a different approach than one whose primary concern is apathy.
Gather information, speak with your child, and listen to what your child thinks. Make a decision about whether the problem is
behavioral (habits, distractibility, time management), school based (boredom, apathy), and/or the result of anxiety or depression.
Determine whether intervention needs to occur at home, school, or both, and whether a counselor, school psychologist, or
therapist would help to address the problem.
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Healthy Lifestyles
The goal for National PTAs Healthy Lifestyles programming is to help school and home environments make the
healthy choice the easy choice.
Nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Obesity has potentially devastating
consequences for youth, increasing the risk of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Children who are obese also miss more school than other kids. If we don’t reverse the current childhood obesity
trend, this will be the first generation to live sicker and die younger than their parents.
PTA has an important role to play in reversing this trend. Problems exist both at home and school that could
benefit from a stronger family-school partnership around advocacy, mobilization and family education—PTAs
specific niche. The Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools to empower
families to partner with schools and advocate for healthy changes around nutrition and physical activity, and
create an environment at home that supports the positive changes happening at school.
By advocating for nutritious school meals and quality physical education, ensuring healthy options are available
at home, and modeling healthy behaviors, parents can create lifelong healthy habits within their families and
school communities and foster their children’s academic, social, emotional and physical growth.
Smart from the Start: Community Outreach Grant provides PTA Regions, Districts and Councils with
funding and tools to educate families of children ages 3-5 and partner with a local neighborhood
community to improve awareness of energy balance concepts.
Healthy Lifestyles Energy Balance 101: Provides local PTAs with tools and resources to use in partnering
with schools and engaging families in addressing an everyday healthy lifestyle practice known as Energy
Childhood Obesity Facts: Research and statistics PTAs can use to encourage their schools and
communities to improve student nutrition and physical activity, and also to create healthier homes and
Creating Healthy Schools: Information on how to improve school nutrition, increase physical activity and
develop and implement school wellness policies.
Creating Healthy Homes: Tips for promoting healthy eating and being physically active as a family.
Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles: Learn about National PTAs Healthy Lifestyles month, ideas for celebrating
and best practices for integrating healthy lifestyles into your school.
Fire Up Your Feet: A physical activity program that encourages families, students, schools and PTA groups
to work together and create active lifestyles which inspire our children to be healthy and physically
active. A healthy fundraising option is available to all schools and PTA groups in the country and an
Activity Challenge program is available is selected areas around the country
Membership news
Members, involvement and programs are each a part of an ongoing process of strengthening your PTA. An involved PTA
membership is a valuable resource to help you start and maintain meaningful programs and projects to benefit children,
youth and the community. Remember not just Parents can be members of the PTA. Anyone who has an interest in the
school or the students can become members. So encourage your students to ask any or all family members to become a
member. Keep this in mind when mailing membership information to the student’s home use “to the family of…” instead of
“to the parents of…”
Faculty and staff involvement
Your principal, faculty, and school staff are the keys to your effectiveness. Creating a working relationship with your
administration and staff requires the creation of an ongoing positive partnership. An effective PTA will establish two-way
communication with its school staff to determine issues of mutual concern.
Community involvement
Your community is the PTA’s backyard—work with it and you will benefit. PTA involvement is not limited to parents,
teachers and students. An open-door policy should be established with local businesses, places of worship, service
organizations (like Kiwanis and Rotary) and government agencies (like your health or police departments), as well as other
youth and community service groups. Building these relationships will assist overall community efforts to expand parent
and community involvement. Your community has senior citizens and other sources of volunteers who can benefit your
PTA. But someone must ask for their help and other specific opportunities for their contributions.
Business sponsorships and involvement
Business partners and your business community can provide a variety of resources for your PTA. Many of your students
are their children, as well as future employees. A good education for all children is critical for their business future. Don’t
hesitate to take the opportunity to offer membership and other PTA involvement opportunities to your business
The Big Bang - Fall
Book Fairs, academic events, open houses, etc.
ation in the school newsletter and on the web page
Did you know …
Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has a wonderful section on its website devoted to
School-Based Decision Making. Click here to link to learn more about SBDMs in general.
In addition to the general information, they now post their SDBM newsletters
online. The October newsletter contains articles about minority data, training
verification guidance, FAQs about minority elections and links to new resources
You can view them their current and past newsletters here.
Dixie Magnet Elementary School
found a fun way to advertise for their
recent Fall Festival.
Creativity catches people’s attention!
Nice job, Dixie!
Are you looking for new
Host a Volunteer Opportunities Open House: Make it interesting with door prizes, if
possible. Include other groups within the school. Make sure to know the requirements
for your school for volunteers and have the forms ready for people to fill out.
Provide Volunteer Orientation/Training: Provide detailed information on what they can
expect and what impact the project will have on the school.
Host a Brown Bag Lunch or a "Stop In Before Work" Breakfast: An information session
where volunteers can come during their lunch hour or before work to hear about
volunteer opportunities.
Spread the Word: Talk about the volunteer project with everyone you know. Wear a PTA
shirt and let people know that you're involved. Presence is everything!
Newsletters Feature: Include volunteers and opportunities in your newsletter - have a
Send Reminders: Make follow up announcements of those who have volunteered and/or
make a call to remind volunteers of their commitment.
Invitations: Ask the volunteers who have already signed up to help recruit additional
volunteers. Invite people to join you year around, not just at the beginning of the year.
Make the ask!
Provide Meaningful Work: Don't waste volunteer's time. Create positions that are diverse in
Show them Respect: Never require something from them that you won't do yourself.
Provide them with clear instructions and the necessary tools to perform the work expected.
Accept their recommendations and take their advice.
Support Career Enhancement: Help volunteers acquire new skills. Provide opportunity for
advancement. Even if they are not an officer, bring them to training they may become an
officer in the future.
Offer Personal Growth: Let volunteers grow with the program. Give them opportunities they
might not get in the workplace. Be flexible if you find out someone has a talent or an
interest in learning something, ask them to help in that area.
Putting the spotlight on wonderful FCPS staff
In years past, Fayette County Public Schools invited principals and department supervisors to
submit names for Staff Spotlight recognition on the district’s website and Channel 13. Starting in
2014-2015, the selection process and the criteria have changed.
Nominations are now welcome from the entire FCPS community – staff, students, families and
community members – to highlight specifics of how employees and schools have gone “above and
beyond” expectations in a particular situation.
Nomination form
A selection committee at “It’s About Kids” Support Services considers the submissions and
determines who is featured in the Staff Spotlight. For questions, email Heidi Reihing or call
(859) 381-4794.
Ashland Elementary PTA
Look at Mrs. Jones with 288 brand-new
books for the library, courtesy of her PTA!
Ashland’s PTA lives into the mission of
making every child’s potential a reality by
engaging and empowering families and
communities to advocate for all children.
They are proud of what they’ve been able to
accomplish with the support of all their
parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers
and staff!
Thank you for all you do for the children of
Ashland Elementary! This would not have
been possible without YOU!
Open committees on the 16th District PTA board
Advocacy chair: This committee keeps alive PTAs roots in social justice. It keeps membership informed of proposed local, state and federal legislation that will affect the welfare of
our children and encourages members to communicate with their local, state or national
legislation, education and/or general welfare of children issues. It encourages voter registration and voter participation
among the local unit membership. And it exposes students to the importance of participation in the legislative process by
offering student programs such as Kids Voting.
Diversity and Inclusion chair: It is important that PTA include all parents and advocate for all children. This committee
looks for new and creative ways to encourage diverse populations to feel welcome and become involved in PTA and their
Academic Initiatives chair: This committee assists local units who wish to plan and offer specific PTA programs that
support the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and student achievement in the classroom. This committee is
developing an accessible database of academic enrichment ideas and/or program work plans that enhance the regular
school curriculum. This committee will also help local units stay informed about public education academic initiatives at
our local, state and national levels.
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please contact Kathy Smiley – [email protected]
Healthy Lifestyles, Fun and Fundraising
2014 events
The day dawned with beautiful weather and a range of activities provided by our wonderful
partners, which kept the crowds active and engaged.
The races were packed, and the Color Craze was a hit with all concerned.
Schools from across the district will benefit from the great family engagement and the
proceeds from the race entry fees they can invest in programs.
1,198 Participants!
150 Volunteers!
12 Sponsors
16 Partners
Lots and Lots of Fun!
16th District PTA and Kentucky PTA
2014-2015 Calendar of Events
2nd – Back to School Rallies
7th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
15th – Mandatory Financial Review due to KYPTA &
“Back to School” Membership Dues
20th – Newsletter articles due
21st – Roundtable Meeting 11:30am
Happy New Year!
8th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
15th – Roundtable Meeting 11:30am &
Membership Dues Payment
19th – Martin Luther King Day; No School
20th – Newsletter articles due
4th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
15th - “Early Bird” Membership Dues
18th – Roundtable Meeting 11:30am
20th – Newsletter articles due
23rd – Kentucky Kids’ Day
5th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
Kids Advocacy Day @ Capitol & PTA Founders Day
15th – Membership Dues Payment & Scholarships &
Self Esteem (KYPTA)
19th – Roundtable Meeting 11:30am
20th – Newsletter articles due
Safe Schools Week – October 19th-25th
9th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
15th – Required Membership Dues Payment
16th – Roundtable Meeting 11:30am
19th – PTA 5K Embassy Suites
20th – Newsletter articles due
23rd -31st – Red Ribbon Week
31st – Reflections deadline for district judging
Read Across America, March 3rd
5th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
15th – Membership Dues Payment & Awards due
19th – Roundtable Meeting 11:30am
20th – Newsletter articles due
30th – 31st – Spring Break; No School
Parent Involvement Month
4th – Election Day; No School
6th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
7th – 8th- Kentucky PTA Advocacy Training
15th – 990 Filing or Forms due to IRS &
Membership Payment Dues
20th- Roundtable Meeting 6:00pm
20th – Newsletter articles due
21st – Reflection entries displayed at Gallery Hop
24th – Unity Day
SBDM Parent Elections
PTA Officers Elections
1st – 3rd – Spring Break; No School
9th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
15th – Membership Dues Payments
16th – Roundtable Meeting 6:00pm
20th – Newsletter articles due
7th – 16th District PTA Reflections Ceremony at Norsworthy
2:00pm – Elementary School Ceremony
4:00pm – Middle/High School Ceremony
20th – Newsletter articles due
Submit names of new officers to State/District PTA
4th – 8th – Staff Appreciation Week
7th – 16th District PTA Board Meeting 11:30am
13th – Annual Recognition Luncheon (tentative date)
15th – Membership Payment Due
26th- 28th – 119th National PTA Convention in Charlotte,
Note: Roundtable Meeting is held at the Central Office – 701 East Main Street – Conference Room C