The decision by FISD to implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme at Bright Elementary felt like the start of something amazing. You could feel it in the air. The buzz around the community was exciting, exhilarating, and positive. Bright Elementary would undoubtedly need a prepared, strong, and goal-oriented PTA that could back the future of the school and its amazing students!
Because of my service on PTA in prior years, I was aware of the annual Texas PTA kick-off event, but I never imagined how powerful it could be until I attended. In years before, I may have shrugged it off and showed little to no interest in attending, but this time it was different. This time my name was on the line. I began researching and reading all the marketing material about Texas PTA LAUNCH 2018. To my surprise, the event was held in our backyard making it much easier for many of our newly recruited PTA Board Members to attend. It was almost as if it was meant to be! The more I read, the more excited I became. LAUNCH was the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate our newly formed PTA. At LAUNCH 2018, Ida Lee Bright Elementary PTA had a record number of attendees! We were SEVEN STRONG: Natalie Villareal, Anne Deegan, Parvathi Sivaraman, Valerie Linck, Juanita Olivares, Rebecca Lewis, and Crystal Hahn.
As the newly elected PTA President, I knew the task at hand would be overwhelming. Rebuilding a PTA was not something I thought I would be doing to start the new year. Understanding the importance of finishing the school year strong, I knew that the first item of business would be recruitment. Recruiting, coordinating volunteers, and organizing leaders was the only way to rebuild our PTA. When that was done, our focus could turn to learning, developing, bonding, and growing as a PTA which included members that never served on a PTA before.
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Whether youâ€™re a first-time PTA Leader, or a veteran attendee, LAUNCH has something for you! With more than 150 workshops offered and 200 booths in the exhibit hall, your weekend will be filled with valuable information, networking opportunities, and priceless experiences with passionate Leaders! (from the Texas PTA website) From the moment we walked in the doors at the beautiful Hilton Anatole in Dallas, we were prepped and met with well-organized maps, printed programs, a PTA tote bag, a mobile app, and so much more!