To all PTA Councils and PTA units in the Central Hudson Region (CHR), we are happy to assist you!
CHR PTA Spring Conference
Our Spring Conference this year will be held Wednesday, May 21st, 6pm to 9pm, at The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point, NY. Invitations have been mailed. As you know, Spring Conference is CHR's last big event of the year.
Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be Phyllis Eig, from EPIC (Every Person Influences Children). We are also honored to have with us for the evening Lana Ajemian, NYS PTA President and Janet Meyerson, NYS PTA First Vice President. Your attendance is expected, so please make every effort to attend.
CHR PTA Health & Wellness Fair Family Event
Date: Saturday, March 29th
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Monroe-Woodbury Middle School
199 Dunderberg Road,Central Valley, NY 10917 (across from Woodbury Commons) Free screenings, giveaways, raffles, entertainment,
martial arts, fitness, Zumba and dance for all ages. NO Entry Fee! Come and bring the whole family!!!
For information, contact Amany Dgheim at firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTER CONFERENCE SUFFERN MIDDLE SCHOOL TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 at 6:00pm
You are invited to Central Hudson’s Winter Conference which will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (snow date, February 11, 2014) at Suffern Middle School, 80 Hemion Road, Suffern, NY 10901. The meeting begins at 6:00pm. Click here for a letter with more information.
The Central Hudson Region PTA held its Annual Spring Conference/Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 15th at The View on the Hudson in Piermont, New York. Attendees were Council and Unit Presidents, and CHR Board Members. The evening included a delicious buffet dinner, our Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers for the 2013-2014 school year. We were pleased and honored that Lana Ajemian, NYS PTA President, could be there. She gave a wonderful "Greetings from NYS PTA" speech, which is provided below. Or, click here for Lana Ajemian's Greetings from NYS PTA speech in pdf (in 2 pages).
NYS PTA Greetings: Central Hudson Region 2013 Spring Conference
On behalf of the NYS PTA Board of Directors, it is my distinct pleasure to bring you greetings and warm wishes for a wonderful Spring Conference. While spring is the time for gorgeous weather; putting away those winter clothes, planting gardens, and winding down another academic year, it’s also a time of reflection, transition and renewal. Some will be ending their term as president of their unit or council while others will be taking up that leadership position for the very first time.
To all those that are ending their tenure, I extend heartfelt thanks for all that you have accomplished on behalf of children in your school. I hope that you embrace this as an opportunity to share what you’ve learned with your successor; and pay that experience forward as you look ahead to continue your PTA journey. For those taking on the presidency for the first time, I applaud your willingness to lead your unit and I am confident that with the support and assistance of your executive committees you will accomplish great things!
As a time of reflection, we should all take the opportunity to look back on the past year and celebrate all we have done for children and families. Together, we have sent a strong message to decision makers that we will not be silent on issues that impact our children and their education.
Be proud that collectively we have sent more messages to Washington DC than any other state PTA. We may not have accomplished all that we wanted, but they know we are a strong voice for children!
Be proud that we’ve been working with Commissioner King and the Regents to address issues related to education reform and that we’ve been invited to be part of the State Education Department’s committees and task forces for the Dignity for All Students Act, Family Engagement, APPR, the CCLS and we’ve sent commentaries and presented testimony to policy and decision makers on these and other key issues.
Be proud that we are communicating more about issues affecting children and families as well as our PTA positions with our grassroots via social media; so please be sure to be part of that network. Go to our web site, go to my blog – sometimes a bit provocative -- but it gets you thinking, gets you talking, and most importantly, gets you involved!
And, thrilling to me as this a key goal of my administration, you can be proud of our most challenging, yet exciting, undertaking. Echoing our PTA mission for children, we’ve launched our Urban Initiative Task Force with the hope of bringing parent and family engagement education and training to low wealth areas of underserved communities. We have our work plan in place – our target is by next fall to be ready to enlist focus groups in specific communities and explore the possibilities for meaningful engagement.
Finally, speaking of possibilities, we are most proud of the strides you have taken in Central Hudson Region to promote PTA advocacy. Under the strong leadership of Region Director, Laurie Becker who has encouraged exploration, discussion and action on current education reform issues, you have opened the lines of communication to decision makers. You should be proud of those efforts (give yourself a hand!) as speaking up on behalf of children is WHAT we do and WHY we are here as they are the future and they will sustain our PTA legacy.
There’s so much more to learn about all we do; all we CAN do; and about your role in PTA. I invite you to join us at our Summer Leadership Conference in Utica on July 26-28th and get “Wild About PTA” ! Your own Field Support Coordinator, Judy Van Haaren, is this year’s conference coordinator so you know the conference will be terrific—we will be offering 47 workshops and trainings! Also be sure to take advantage of the trainings offered by your region – it is close by and will provide key support to you and your board so you may have a successful year ahead!
In closing I would like to extend my deepest thanks to your Region Director, Laurie Becker and your region board for all they have done to get our messages to you and to offer you assistance throughout the year. They are wonderful resources which you should access often.
Finally, be kind to yourselves and take time this summer to re-energize and relax. Have a wonderful Spring Conference.
Lana Ajemian, President
2013 Spring Conference
The Central Hudson Region PTA will be holding its Annual Spring Conference/Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 15th at The View on the Hudson in Piermont, New York. Invitations were mailed to Council and Unit Presidents and CHR Board Members the week of April 15th. The evening will commence with a buffet dinner followed by Greetings from NYS PTA, our Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers for the 2013-2014 school year. We are pleased and honored to announce that Lana Ajemian, NYS PTA President will be in attendance to deliver the “greeting” on behalf of NYS PTA. The Guest Speaker for the evening will be AnnMarie D’Aliso. If you did not receive your invitation, please let us know and we will mail you a new one. Please remember, registration forms along with completed credential cards should be mailed back to us no later than May 1, 2013.
Any questions regarding the conference should be directed to me at 845-627-6618 or email@example.com or Susan Wiener at 845-354-0644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Cuomo’s commitment to education funding is welcome, and the overall 4.4% increase (averaging 300/student) in education funding is greatly needed, but with uncontrollable fluctuations in fixed costs such as in health insurance and pensions, the Governor’s proposal of $203M one-time stabilization allocation may not be enough to stop the gutting of educational programs.
Leaders of PTA units and councils, Region Director Laurie Becker asks that you be proactive by sending a letter to the Governor. Feel free to use the letter that she sent to the Governor as a model (below is the link). Also send your letter to our state and local legislators. Their contact information is found at the link below.
Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley Marcus - Winner Announced
[from NYS PTA Weekly News 3/23/12- Laurie May, Awards Specialist]
"Each year NYS PTA awards one outstanding junior or senior high school student the prestigious Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley Marcus. The State winner receives a check for $250 and a plaque in recognition of his or her humanitarianism and volunteer service in the community.
"We are proud to announce the 2012 award winner, Tal Axelrod from Clarkstown High School South, West Nyack, Central Hudson Region.
"Tal credits his mother with instilling in him the importance of helping others. Tal's humanitarianism and work as a volunteer in his community are most worthy of this recognition. Tal started volunteering at the very young age of 8, in a softball league for mentally challenged adults by handing out bats and cueing them during the games. He went on to volunteer in a local nursing home where he still volunteers today and started a current events club to keep seniors engaged in discussion and aware of what is happening in the world outside of the nursing home. The success of this club led Tal to start a current events club at his high school. He also does service work through the National Honor Society and has raised money for Meals on Wheels and the March of Dimes. Additionally, he has worked on the campaign trail in support of a local politician.
"Tal says it best when he wrote in his application essay "I believe that by caring and sharing one's time and skills, for whatever purpose - whether it be to educate others , aid the ill or those impoverished, help maintain peace or to preserve the environment - makes us all fully human. Volunteering is essential to my life and I know that in some shape or form, I will continue offering my time to help others for the rest of my life."
"And that is why Tal is the 2012 Youth Humanitarianism Award Winner. Congratulations to Tal!"
Please Come to the 2012 Leg/Ed Breakfast
Every year, the region has a special breakfast conference at which region PTAs can discuss legislative issues with legislators and education leaders.
There is a fee to attend. Please print and submit the registration form.