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Florida Legislative PTA News Update March 1, 2017

Here is the review of PTA issues that Florida Legislative will be dealing with in the 2017 session.

Tools for Success Family With Special Needs Conference

Here is a great educational opportunity Tools for Success Family With Special Needs Conference.

Military Family Life Counselors Resource

School Liaison Officer, NS Mayport

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Sharon Kasica
(904) 270-6289 X1305
SLO NS Mayport

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School Liaison Officer, NAS Jax

(904) 778-2236


Through collaboration with The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, Duval County Public Schools, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC’s) have been provided to 14 Duval County Public Schools. The counselors’ services are designed to offer extra support to assist with the unique challenges which military families’ experience.

The primary focus of the Military & Family Life Counseling Program is prevention, education, and counseling support. The services are provided confidentially and no case records or documentation is kept. The consultants do not assess or diagnose, and when they encounter more in depth issues/diagnoses, they offer to connect military families with other helping agencies available on the installation or in the community. While meeting with children, MFLC’s always remain in line of sight of a teacher, staff member, or a parent.

The consultants are licensed clinicians who have demonstrated expertise in working with children. They can provide short-term non-medical counseling support in a variety of different ways: individual meetings with children, presentations about life skills issues, skill-building group discussions, and meetings with parents and families at the family’s request for additional counseling/coaching support.

Some of the common issues that MFLCs help with include the following:

  • stress management and coping skills
  • anger management/conflict resolution
  • deployment and reintegration issues
  • feelings associated with separation and divorce
  • grief and loss reactions
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • communication skills
  • leadership skills

MFLC’s have been assigned to work in the following schools,

Alimacani ES Fletcher HS New Berlin ES San Mateo ES
Chimney Lakes ES Jax Beach ES Neptune Beach ES Sheffield ES
Enterprise ES John Stockton ES Oceanway EM Venetia ES
Finegan ES Mayport ES Oceanway MS
First Coast HS Mayport MS Sabal Palm ES

The school program model is designed to provide an informal context in which children can access a behavioral consultant in a non-threatening and supportive environment. MFLCs circulate throughout the school facility making themselves available in classrooms, libraries, staff lounges, athletic events and other areas as identified. By virtue of these efforts to become integrated into the day to day fabric of the school, the consultant becomes the friendly face on the playground, the compassionate listener in the lunchroom, and an objective resource to teachers and staff alike.

All military families will be given the opportunity to consent for their children to participate in this free service or to opt-out. For more information about MFLC services, contact your school to request the direct number for the MFLC on campus.  Or you can contact the School Liaison Officer for either base using the information at the top of the page.

Naval Station Mayport School Liaison Officer flyer August 2016


STOMP Workshop Mayport Flyer

Jacksonville Public Library Resources

The Jacksonville Public Library will launch its NEW website! Take a look!  Parents and teachers: Your library helps your students succeed!Coj libary

For starters, the library is partnering with DCPS and expanding its Student Card initiative to ensure every DCPS student in K – 12th grade has a special student library card to check out materials and gain access to digital resources.
Students also can take advantage of  live, expert tutoring in any subject, including AP—free with their library card. That’s just one feature of Brainfuse HelpNow. Check it out and make sure your kids bookmark the site.

How To Start A PTA?

If you, or someone you know,would like information about how to start a PTA at YOUR school, contact DCCPTA’s VP for Local Units, Jenifer Morgan, email:

When Families Read Together, Learning Happens!

To find out more information and how to register for this event Click Here.  (Note you may need to register on the National PTA Back To School Kit Registration to get access.)

In March 2017, thousands of schools will transform their National Reading Month event into a PTA Family Reading Experience – an interactive event that engages the whole family in reading activities.

Parents take part in the fun with their kids and leave the event with a deeper understanding of the simple ways they can support the core skills of literacy.

Parents will learn how to support these core skills of literacy:

Hearing Phonological Awareness Sight Fluency Books Vocabulary
Speak Phonics Question Comprehension

Exceptional, Disabled, Handicapped, Student Information


Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee (ESEAC)

Exceptional Education and Student Services (EESS)

Disability Awareness Weeks

The Battle to Improve Special Education



Parent Resources

Links for Parents

DCPS Resources

DCPS Calendars

School Choice Guide

Exceptional, Disabled, Handicapped, Student Information

Parent Academy

Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC)

Other Links

A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation   Jul 27, 2016

Jacksonville Library System

JAXPEF report on when and why parents move a student out of their neighborhood school and how they decide on a new school.

Low Cost Internet Access If your child receives free or reduced price school lunches, you may quality for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Call 1-855-846-8376

Alliance for Excellent Education great site for the latest information and resources about Common Core, Digital Learning, and Advancements in Education New.

Jacksonville Children’s Commission (JCC) is an autonomous entity of the City of Jacksonville serving the needs of children and their families throughoutChilderns Commition Duval County. We partner with local non-profit organizations and sponsor a continuum of research-based programs to help ensure children from birth to age 18 have stable, nurturing families; are prepared to enter kindergarten and succeed in school; have support and guidance after-school and in the summer; and receive special help when they need it. The Commission works hand-in-hand with local nonprofit organizations, carefully tracking each program¹s effectiveness and outcomes.

Real$ense Jacksonville – Offering workshops on money matter FREE. Check out their website for the latest offerings. – School Payments Made Easy. Pay for school meals and more, anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone.  Create your FREE account to get started.

School Facts Jax, a free tool created by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, to make public school information easily accessible to parents and citizens.

Real Talk Podcasts Duval Public School podcasts on various topics, including: Bullying, Assessments, Attendance, and many more

Health and Well Being Links will provide contacts for addiction options.

Health and Well Being Links:

 provides valuable and verifiable information on substances abuse, addiction recovery, as well as motivational success stories to help you beat or avoid addiction.
ParnershipFor Drug Free
works to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens.
volunteers who are passionate about ending smoking around the world.



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February 2017 General Meeting Minutes

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Florida Education and Youth Legislation Links

This group of links provides a wide range of information related to national and Florida education and youth legislation.  This information can be used to keep up with the rapidly changing legislation.  Please keep informed and present your views to your legislators. Link to: The Legislative Priorities Brochure Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Civil Citation Efforts 2016 FSBA – Florida School Board Association Register for Voter Voice Legislative Alerts National PTA Advocacy page for Federal Updates Florida Department of Juvenile Justice “Roadmap to System Excellence” Reports Florida Children’s Council   Celita Wilson

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Florida Education Legislation Information

This group of documents provides information related to Florida education legislation.  This information can be used to support your views when contacting your legislators.  

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Spring Leadership Workshop April 20

Duval County Council PTA Spring Leadership Workshop April 20, 2017 class time table.  If you would like to register for the workshop Click Here.  If you would like to learn more about the new PTA/PTSA workshop award Click Here.   Spring Leadership Workshop April 20

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eNewsletter Florida PTA March 2017

See what is happening at the Florida PTA. Here is the March 2017 eNewsletter. March 2017 Florida PTA     1747 Orlando Central Parkway     Orlando, Florida     32809     407-855-7604     800-373-5782 Membership Board of Directors National PTA *Please share this publication with your members* e sure to get the latest information from us! Spring has sprung and our state’s legislative session has begun!  One of those brings new growth, new opportunities, and makes children happy.  The other brings…well…let’s just say new opportunities.  Each year we prepare for session by tuning in to the

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Governor Scott Requesting Increases To Education Funding

Florida PTA would like to commend Governor Rick Scott for his foresight in requesting significant increases to education funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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You’re Invited To A Community Town Hall – Jacksonville

Join parents, teachers and community leader, along with school board officials, and local state and federal elected officials for a special Community Town Hall meeting. April 1, 2017, 10:00 AM, Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, Florida.

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Florida PTA Awards 2017 Deadline May 1

Has your local PTA unit been doing great things? Florida PTA would like to recognize local units for their effort to further the mission and purpose of PTA. Apply by May 1, 2017  for all the awards that showcase your programs and accomplishments for the 2016-2017 year. Click Here for the state forms.

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School Based Mental Health Conference

Duval County Public Schools will be hosting the 2nd Annual School Based Mental Health Conference themed “Unlocking The Pieces to Student Mental Health” Friday, May 19th – William M. Raines High School,  9th graders And Friday, May 26th – Jeff Davis Middle School,  8th graders The purpose of this conference is to: Teach youth social, behavioral, and emotional skills. Bring about awareness of mental health and how students can navigate through life successfully despite risk factors. Foster resilience and increase protective factors in youth. Mental Health is a growing concern in our community and we recognize the impact it can

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Jacksonville Mayor’s Summer Student Jobs Program

The City of Jacksonville is excited to announce the 2017 Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program!  This years’ program will be building the talent pipeline for our local economy by connecting young adults with education and employment career pathways that prepare them to meet the skill demands of employers while leading them to workforce success. Our program will begin June 12 and run through July 21, 2017. The program will consist of training and 20-hour work weeks, along with a wide variety of employment opportunities. You must be between the ages of 16-21 (must be 16 by June 1, 2017) Must be TANF eligible

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General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meeting, Tuesday, April 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am, hospitality 9:00 -9:30 a.m. meeting 9:30 am. Make sure your PTA/PTSA has a representative. Join us at:
Duval County Public Schools
School Board Building
Cline Auditorium, 1st floor
1701 Prudential Dr
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

PTA – Applications – Forms – Spreadsheets – Samples

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 5397
Jacksonville, FL 32247
Email DCC President
Email Local Unit Team