The Colonial Hotel, Gardner, MA is the official hotel for Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, A Call to Action!
625 Betty Spring Road
Gardner, MA 01440
The room block at Colonial Hotel is available until September 1, 2106.
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
1 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128
Shrewsberry, MA ( close to Gardner)
|From The East||Take Rte 2 west to Exit 24B.
At the end of this exit, carefully merge onto Rte 140-North.
Take the 3rd left onto Betty Spring Rd (approximately 1 mile).
Colonial Hotel is the first left on Betty Spring Road.
|From The West||Take Rte 2 east to Exit 24.
At the end of this exit, bear left onto Rte 140-North.
Take the 3rd left onto Betty Spring Road (approximately 1 mile).
Colonial Hotel is the first left on Betty Spring Road
If you have a condition which requires accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and you require accommodations at the event, please contact the Massachusetts PTA Health Committee at email@example.com to describe the condition and the specific nature of the requested accommodations. Massachusetts PTA will provide accommodations in accordance with law.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Registration is open to PTA members, non PTA members, health and education stakeholders of all levels.
Massachusetts Health Summit
Friday, October 21, 2016
The Summit will have an exceptional audience from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including parents, educators, health and wellness experts, community members, elected officials and our trusted partners, convening to discuss and learn action steps to keep our children, families and communities healthy and safe.
What is the schedule for the Summit?
Please note: The Massachusetts PTA summit schedule is tentative and subject to change. View the agenda for up-to-date changes.
What dates should I book my travel to ensure that I won’t miss any of the Summit?
Plan to arrive Thursday night and you can experience it all! Summit activities start on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 2:00pm
What can I expect if I attend this year’s Summit / What are the benefits of attending this year’s Summit?
Massachusetts PTA’s Health Summit has an exceptional line-up of health sessions and keynote speakers this year that will help all:
- Learn to work better with principals, teachers and other community and family engagement leaders,
- Increase student health,
- Promote health and safety initiatives for schools and families, and
- Advocate more effectively by learning about the legislative issues facing our children and schools.
In addition, our summit is an opportunity to meet other PTA members and healthcare leaders to share ideas, make new friends, renew acquaintances, and have fun!
What is the dress code?
Attire is business casual. Feel free to be comfortable in slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, blouses, and, most importantly, comfortable shoes. We do recommend you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.
What are some recommendations from previous program attendees?
- Register early
- Share hotel rooms
- Wear comfortable shoes
- If coming with several people, plan out who attends what workshops, forums, coaching sessions, etc. to get the most information that you can take back to share
- Don’t be shy… talk to members from other areas to get new ideas and best practices
Will there be daycare offered at Convention?
Massachusetts PTA does not provide daycare services as a part of its Health Summit. Please contact the hotel to inquire about babysitting and children’s program services.
What can I expect when attending the Expo at this year’s Summit?
You’ll be able to explore exhibits from companies and nonprofit organizations providing products and services for PTAs and schools. Find the latest information and ideas on child and school safety, health and fitness, education, and much more!
How can I find out if a specific company will be exhibiting at the national convention?
Stay tuned for a list complete list of 2016 summit exhibitors.
How can I register for this year’s summit?
There are three ways to register:
- Online in Advance (by credit card). Go to Register. It is quick, easy, and secure. Online registration will open in August 2016.
- Mail in Advance (by check, or money order). Complete the registration form (last page of brochure) and mail it, postmarked by October 15, 2016, along with payment to the address listed on the registration form.
- On-site. Unfortunately because of counts that need to be submitted to the catering staff we are unable to accept on-site registration. You may pay on-site if you have pre-registered. The Registration Table will open at 8:00 am at the Colonial Hotel Function Hall Foyer.
Can summit costs be covered by my PTA budget?
Summit registration fees and travel costs are legitimate expenses that can be included in your PTA budget. Many PTAs budget to attend training programs every year. While other organizations charge hundreds of dollars for a summit like ours – we keep registration fees low to allow as many PTA leaders, families and healthcare professionals as possible to attend. This is just one way Massachusetts PTA invests in its members and volunteer leaders. By seeking sponsors and outside funding to defray the costs of the summit, we can keep registration fees as low as $50 per member and as low as $65 per non-member.
What are this year’s registration rates?
|Member Full||$50 ea|
|Member Full – Group
|Non-member Full||$65 ea|
How do I register multiple attendees at one time?
Go to masspta.org to register your group now!
Group Rate Discounts
Save on registration rates when registering as a group. 2 or more MEMBERS must register at the same time to be considered a group.
I am NOT A MEMBER. Can I still attend the summit? If so, how much will it cost to attend as a nonmember?
Massachusetts PTA welcomes participation in the summit by non-PTA members. If you are not a PTA member, you are entitled only to the Non-Member rates above.
Registration Confirmation Questions
I have registered for this year’s summit. When and how will I receive my confirmation?
A registration confirmation email will be sent to you at the address provided immediately upon completion of your registration. Your confirmation email will include your registration receipt.
Cancellation Policy Questions
What is Massachusetts PTA’s cancellation policy for summit registrations?
If you register in advance and find you cannot attend the summit, you must cancel your registration and request a refund. Requests for refunds must be submitted by the cancellation deadline of October 17, 2016.Refunds will not be processed after October 17th. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the refund to be issued. Please send your cancellation notice via email to Health@masspta.org
I can no longer attend this year’s convention – Can I transfer my registration to another person?
Massachusetts PTA will allow transfer of a registration to another person with appropriate notification prior to the start of the summit.
Hotel & Travel Questions
Which hotel is the official Summit Hotel for this year’s Summit? What is cost per night and how do I book?
Special summit rates have been secured for attendees at our official summit hotel:
625 Betty Spring Road
Gardner, MA 01440
Group Rate: $99* single/double for Thursday Night
*The rates listed above do not include the state and local taxes.
Rooms and the special rate may not be available after October 1st , so make your hotel reservations early.
I need to change and/or cancel my hotel reservations – what do I do?
Cancellations of reservations (must be made directly with the hotel) within 72 hours of arrival date.
How do I get from the Airport to the Hotel?
We encourage you to make your airport transfer arrangements through:
Shrewsberry, MA ( close to Gardner)
Special Needs Questions
If I have special needs, who can I contact?
If you have a condition which requires accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and you require accommodations at the event, please contact Massachusetts PTA Health Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to describe the condition and the specific nature of the requested accommodations. Massachusetts PTA will provide accommodations in accordance with law.