Disability Awareness Weeks

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In 2008, Disability History and Awareness instruction weeks were established for all schools in Florida, to occur during the first two weeks in October.

School districts are required to designate the first two weeks of October as Disability History and Awareness Weeks and also promotes providing instruction for students in all public schools to expand student knowledge, understanding, and awareness of individuals with disabilities, disability history, and the disability rights movement.

Here’s a document from the Florida Department of Education to get you started.


Teacher Supply Depot

Teacher Suply Depote

The Teacher Supply Depot Needs High School-aged volunteers YEAR ‘ROUND!

  Students who need creative hours for the IB program are also welcome.  Please wear comfortable work clothes that could get dirty.  An emergency contact phone number for anyone under 18 who is not accompanied by an adult will be required. Give Chris Buckley a call or email at the Depot: 904.381.7480,  BuckleyC@duvalschools.org.  The Teacher Supply Depot is located at 3108 Lenox Avenue.

What is the Teachers Depot

The Teacher Supply Depot is a warehouse of reusable materials donated by businesses and community members.  These materials are distributed free to public school teachers to enhance instruction in their classroom and promote student achievement.

What kinds of things can be found at the Teacher Supply Depot?

Most of the items donated to the Teacher Supply Depot were destined for the landfill.  Instead of adding to the county’s solid waste disposal difficulties, these materials now end up as creative student projects and innovative teaching aids.  Items include art, holiday, office, paper and science supplies; student incentives and children’s books; overruns; punch-outs; end cuts and many other open ended materials.

Teacher Supply Depot Making a Difference

Since its first opening in September of 1996, more than 1,400 contributors donated over $65 million worth of supplies.  By the end of the 2015-2016 school year, the Teacher Supply Depot conducted 218 give-away days logging over 69,000 teacher, principal and PTA president visits.

The Teacher Supply Depot enjoys tremendous support from the business community, volunteers, the media and the many other individuals who are contributors.  This project is a joint effort between the Duval County Public Schools’ Warehousing Division, Community and Family Engagement and the Duval County Council of PTAs/PTSAs.

For more information on donating or volunteering call the Teacher Supply Depot at (904) 381-7480.   Please help us promote this great resource Teacher Supply Depot 2017-2018

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Teacher Supply Depot (Old Lackawanna School Number 10)
3108 Lenox Avenue 32254


Exit I 10 at McDuff, turn North 1 block and take left on Lenox.
Teacher Supply Depot 2 blocks on the left.

These are the Give Away Dates for 2017-2018:TeachDepot

PTA Presidents or their designee can attend these giveaway dates. You must let them know if you are sending a designee.

September 14, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

October 5, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

November 2, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

December 7, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

January 11, 2018, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

February 1, 2018, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

March 1, 2018, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

April 5, 2018, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

May 10, 2018, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Do you have supplies to donate?

Contact Chris Buckley at 381-7480 or by e-mail at buckleyc@duvalschools.org

Check out the Friends of Teacher Supply Depot Face Book Page

Click the link below for our donation form.  The second page of the form includes a list of suggested items to donate.

Teacher Supply Depot Donation Form

Paper Cutting Die Shapes Available

The Teacher Supply Depot has sets of paper cutting dies in many shapes.  On this file Ellison Die Inventory there are 3 excel spreadsheets one for each size that are available.


PTA School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

What Does it Take to Become a National PTA School of Excellence?

By enrolling in this program, your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment in identifying and implementing an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

Those that exhibit improvement are honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years. Honorees receive celebration tools and automatic consideration for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award and a $2,000 grant for their school. PTAs are encouraged to renew their designation each year, or every other year, to continue to build on their momentum.

Click Here to learn more about the National PTA School of Excellence Program.

School of Excellence

School, Community, Health & Safety, Resources and Links

Child Safety

Bullying – Duval County Public Schools, Contact–Heather Watson, watsonh@duvalschools.org ,  904-390-2215, September 2014

ID A Kid—-Amber Alerts, Contact—Matt Campbell, Matt.campbell@prudential.com,  September 2014

Self Defense, Michael & David, zolondek@gmail.com , VI Garage, Mike and Kristellys Zolondek, 11855 North Main Street, Suite 3, Jacksonville, FL 32218 September 2014

The Players–Safe Kids, Lesley Seaton, Lesley.seaton@bmcjax.com, September 2014

Walk Safe, Contact–Lisa Wright, wrightfarm@bellsouth.net, 904-396-9549, September 2014

Community Education

Jacksonville Zoo

Cummer Museum

Jacksonville Public Library

General Children Links

Family Resources  National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

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.

Financial Links

Real$ense Jacksonville – Offering workshops on money matter FREE.

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

School Related Links

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

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

School Lunches, Snacks, and Nutrition

MySchoolBucks.com – School Payments Made Easy. Pay for school meals and more, anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone.  Create your FREE account to get started.

Smart Snacks for PTA Activities

Take a look at this video from DCPS’ School Lunch food service provider, Chartwell’s, about their Farm to Table program.  February 10, 2015

Daily food guide from the US Department of Agriculture at www.choosemyplate.gov.  There are daily tips, recipes, cookbooks and menus, resources for teachers and educators, graphics, links to other resources and partners, etc. Many features are available in Spanish too.  October 31, 2014

Whole Foods–San Jose Blvd., Donation—Cereal Bars and Coupons, Jennifer Johnston, 10601 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Fl. 32257, 288-1100, johnston@wholefoods.com

Mental Health & Addiction Links:

Drug Addiction Bonding-and-Addictions PowerPoint

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7

United Way 2-1-1 Phone System Offers Community Access to Health, Social and Human Services.  United Way 2-1-1 is nationally accredited by the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems (AIRS), the highest regarded information and referral accreditation program in the United States. United Way 2-1-1 is also nationally accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and certified statewide by the Florida Alliance of Information and Referral Services (FLAIRS).

Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson Hospital, http://www.communityasthmajax.org/, Lesley Seaton, Lesley.seaton@bmcjax.com,  September 2014

 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.
http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/, Kick tobacco with help.
https://quitsmokingcommunity.org , volunteers who are passionate about ending smoking around the world.
Drug Free Duval’s January Lunch ‘n’ Learn on the Bonding-and-Addictions. February 3, 2015

From Drug Free Duval , Susan Pitman, presented Drug Free Duval Presentation on Parent Engagement    at our October 2014.

Underage Drinking Drug Free Duval Teen Alcohol Booklet  order copies for your school from Sally Finn at Sally@drugfreeduval.org.

 JPEF Mental Health Resources  The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has graciously allowed us to share with our members the attached information flyer of Mental Health Resources available in Jacksonville. Please feel free to post on your own school and/or PTA websites and distribute to your school’s families.   August 21, 2015

Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition, http://www.tobaccofreejacksonville.org/ , Dr. Robert Thomas, Robert.thomas@flhealth.gov, Florida Department of Health in Duval, Division of Nutrition and Chronic Disease, Chair—Harry Reagan – harry.reagan@comcast.net, September 2014

Physical Health

DCPS Vision Services Program by Dot Mathias June 2015  DCPS Vision Screening Program History by Dot Mathias June 12, 2015

Florida KidCare – Insurance, http://www.floridakidcare.org/, Lesley Seaton, Lesley.Seaton@bmcjax.com , 904-202-4052, September 2014

Chiropractor – Sports Heath, Dr. Jake Marshall, Marshall Family Chiropractic, http://maximizedlivingdrmarshall.com/ , mfc.jacksonville@gmail.com, September 2014

Smart Snacks for PTA

Smart Snacks Implementation Materials

As a reminder, the Smart Snacks policy became effective July 1, 2015.  Please review the following documents for information on how your local unit will need to consider the food items you may choose to sell and what times during the day and evening that will be allowed on DCPS property.


Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ – updated 4-8-15

Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ

4-7-2015 DCPS Board Agenda Item – Adoption of Smart Snack Food Regulations

UDSA Competitive Food Regs (Smart Snack) and Florida Rule (FDACS 5p-1 003) – Summary of Changes 6-1-2015


Tools Schools Focusing Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks in Schools Resources

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snack Product Calculator




The Top Mental Health Challenges Facing Students

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This guide helps to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for students and where and when to seek help. Left untreated, these issues can become debilitating for students, so whether you feel you are experiencing these issues or find yourself concerned for a friend or peer, it is important to take action now.
For complete article information Click Here.




Submit Photos For P&P Slideshow By April 3

Would you please share with me 3 or 4 PTA programs photos from the past year. I need them by April 3. I am responsible for producing a slide show for the Duval County PTA P&P Luncheon that will be held in May. This special slide show will showcase the many valuable programs each PTA/PTSA provides to Duval County schools.  Do not be the only PTA/PTSA that is not on the 2015-16 P&P Slideshow.

CLICK HERE for “PTA Photo Communication Tips”Slide Show

CLICK HERE for “P&P Luncheon Slide Show Submissions Form”
If you have problem filling out the form
Email 3 or 4 photos to Historian@dccpta.org with the following information:
• PTA or PTSA Name
• Contact Person
• Contact Phone
• Contact email
• For each photo: file name and. photo description.

CLICK HERE to view the “2016 Presidents’ & Principals’ Luncheon Slide Show”
CLICK HERE to view the “2015 Presidents & Principals Luncheon Slide Show”

Kim Alvarez
PTA’s Presidents & Principals Luncheon Slide Show Chair

2014-15 Reflections Winners


2014-2015 Reflections Program

Theme: “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”

Duval County Council of PTAs Winning Entries

Reflections is a nationwide arts appreciation and recognition program for students in grades PK-12. The program allows students to express themselves artistically based on a common theme. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year was “The world would be a better place if…”

Entries were judged on Interpretation of Theme, Artistic Merit, Creativity, and Mastery of Medium. Each entry was accompanied by an artist statement to describe the student’s interpretation on the theme.

In Duval County, we had 20 PTAs participating in this year’s Program. 680 entries were judged and recognized at the school PTA level. Of that, 242 entries were judged at the County level, 58 entries were forwarded to Florida PTA for the State level for competition. Seven entries were forwarded to the National PTA where 2 were nationally recognized.  The number of Duval County entries recognized at the state and national level is more than twice that of the last few years.

For each art category in each grade division, three entries earned the Award of Excellence. These entries have been forwarded to the State Reflections program. Also in each art category in each grade division, up to five entries received Honorable Mention with the Award of Merit.

This year, Duval County has the winner of the nation-wide Theme Search contest. Brianna Eisman, from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts was one of five students forwarded by Florida PTA to the National PTA for consideration for the 2016-2017 theme. She went on to win the nation-wide theme search. Her winning theme for 2016-17 is “What is Your Story?”

We are very proud of all participants and hope that they feel proud of a job very well done.

DCCPTA wishes to thank all of the Local Unit Reflections Chairs, parents, and volunteers for their extensive support of our students throughout this program. Also, a big thank you to all of the judges in each art category who volunteered their time and expertise to allow so many students’ efforts and hard work to be recognized far beyond their local schools.

Congratulations to all of our students!

2014-15 Reflections Winners

Smart Snacks Implementation Materials

As a reminder, the Smart Snacks policy became effective July 1, 2015.

Please review the following documents for information on how your local unit will need to consider the food items you may choose to sell and what times during the day and evening that will be allowed on DCPS property.

This information has also been distributed to all school principals.

4-7-2015 DCPS Board Agenda Item – Adoption of Smart Snack Food Regulations

Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ – updated 4-8-15

UDSA Competitive Food Regs (Smart Snack) and Florida Rule (FDACS 5p-1 003) – Summary of Changes 6-1-2015