Letter from the President…

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It is July, Summer is in full swing, and I just celebrated the 239th Birthday of our country with my family.  July also marks the beginning of my term as the President of San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.  I want to take the time to briefly introduce myself and to welcome new and returning PTA leaders.

My name is Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki and I am a mother of three children that attend schools in San Diego Unified School District.  I have a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Business Administration and had worked in the Life Science industry for nearly a decade before deciding to be a stay-at-home parent (only I’m never home).

I hate cleaning but I do love to cook, dance (from Jazz, Tap, and even Bellydancing), listen to music (Classic rock to Techno), and long ago I played the flute (that’s right, former band nerd).

My other passion in life is being basically a full-time child advocate through the work that I do with PTA.  I started out like most PTA leaders where I joined a local PTA unit back when my oldest was going to the Early Childhood program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Lafayette.  I participated in a fundraiser here and there, and it was not until when my youngest got a little older (he is almost six) did I step in and was elected as President for Walt Whitman Elementary PTA.

Since then, I’ve worked hard at revitalizing Whitman PTA while at the same time got involved with the true core of being a PTA member and that is advocating for children, not just for mine, but for all children.  I can honestly say that while the motivator behind my advocacy skills is from being a parent but I have learned to fine tune these skills in order to have the most impact through my involvement in PTA.

While child advocacy is at the core of PTA, I have also utilized the variety of programs and resources that PTA has to offer.  That’s why I want to share that San Diego Unified Council of PTAs has IDEAS – Inspiration, Diversity, Engagement, Advocacy, and Sustainability.

We want to be able to inspire new and returning PTA leaders through a variety of programs PTA has to offer from School SMARTS to Reflections.  I am proud to say that the board for Council is comprised of members with diverse backgrounds as all diversity should be celebrated.

Parent Engagement is one of the most cost effective ways to attain student achievement and we at Council are here to help in any way that we can.  SDUCPTA is a recognized partner of SDUSD and has had representatives serve on the LCAP team, Calendar Committee, and have gone to Sacramento, California to advocate for children locally and across the state.

Lastly, we are here to demonstrate sustainability, we will continue to provide leadership training but at the same time are looking for ways to continue to engage with our leaders with the issues that are facing our children such as Climate Change.

I am sincerely grateful for the leadership of Derby Pattengill and I want to continue his work by expanding on the partnerships he helped make with the district and other groups and I look forward to being the President for the next two years.

PTA Officers: We’re here to help you succeed!

 

Welcome, unit, council and district PTA officers!

THANK YOU for your leadership, dedication and commitment to California’s children, families and communities. No matter what office you’re taking on at the unit, council or district level, being a PTA officer is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of responsibility, and it takes special people to take on these roles.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. You have a vast network of support to help make your term as easy, enjoyable and rewarding as possible.  Our strong support structure is one of the many things that makes PTA unique, so always feel welcome to reach out for assistance.

We have great TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO HELP YOU. Many resources are available 24/7 on our website so they’re always up-to-date and available when you need them.

  • Toolkit — The Toolkit offers valuable information to assist you with the important work that you do on behalf of all children and families, including job descriptions, financial procedures and more.
  • Best practices and leadership support – Online at capta.org, you’ll find helpful tips and resources for building teams, working with school leaders, managing conflict and supporting student success. You’ll also find information about our programs and services to help you succeed. Additionally, each month you’ll begin to receive e-newsletters such as Leadership Essentials to provide timely reminders and information to help you throughout the year.
  • PTA Store – Order a wide variety of materials and merchandise from our online store.
  • And more!

PTA started with a just a handful of dedicated leaders more than a century ago, and today you and thousands of leaders across our state and nation are carrying our founders’ vision forward.

Summer Fun Cafe is in Session!

The San Diego Unified Food and Nutrition Services would like to remind you that while school is out, Summer Fun Café is in session. All summer long, children age 18 years and younger are welcome to visit any of the 58 sites located throughout the district to receive a free lunch.

You are also invited to join us for our Summer Fun Café Kickoff BBQ this Thursday, June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Skyline Community Park, 8285 Skyline Drive San Diego, CA 92114. In addition to a free barbecue lunch for children and their parents/guardians, this family-friendly event will feature the Fern Street Circus, the San Diego Padres Friar and Pad Squad, fun games with lots of prizes, a community resource fair, and a drawing for bicycles, backpacks and Padres gift bags with game tickets.

No paperwork or income qualifications are required to participate in this summer lunch program.  For complete schedule and locations, go to www.sandi.net/food and select Summer Fun Café or go to www.211sandiego.org/summerlunch.

Have Fun this Summer on the PTA!

 


Being a PTA member rewards you all year long!  Enjoy discounts on great summer destinations and take advantage of other offers from our Member Perks providers!

Visit our Member Perks page and download a flier to share with your members in English or Spanish
Aquarium of the Pacific
Don’t miss the new Jellies exhibition that opened May 22! 
Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.  Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds and watch the Magellanic Penguins play.  Visit www.aquariumofthepacific.org for more information and contact your PTA leader for discount coupons.
California Academy of Sciences
Dive into the “Color of Life.” 
There’s more to color than meets the eye.  Discover nature’s secret language in Color of Life, a new exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.  California State PTA members receive discounts when preordering tickets at www.calacademy.org/etickets2 with sales code “CAPTA.”
LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium offer exclusive PTA member discounts. 
For the best discount, reserve a  PTA Family Field Trip* at LEGOLAND for only $52 for an adult or child.  That’s half off!  Call (760) 438-5346 to book now.  Or, use a “Kids Go Free” PTA Coupon.  Coupons were mailed to Southern California PTAs in January.  Restrictions apply.  See all PTA offers and details and sign up atwww.legoland.com/pta.
ENTERPRISE Car Rental
PTA members are eligible for a discounted rate on all cars.
  Wherever you travel, whenever you travel, and no matter when you make your reservations, PTA members always receive the same low rate, depending on the vehicle rented.  Visit our Member Perks page to access the discounted online ordering link.
PLUS … all California State PTA members enjoy additional savings and exclusive offers from TRUECar, VolunteerSpot, Comcast Internet Essentials, The Via Foundation, Sylvan Learning and others.

 

San Diego PRIDE Parade Coming Soon!

 

 

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San Diego PRIDE Parade is coming!  2pm, Saturday, July 18, in Hillcrest!

This year’s PRIDE Parade will be historic and EPIC!  Join Your PTA in the 3rd year of our participation at PRIDE!  Send an email to (KellyB92024@gmail.com) in order to receive the delegation number/space in line in the parade when it becomes available.

March with librarians, administrators, teachers, San Diego Unified School District’s Superintendent, and YOU–PTA!
The Grand Marshals of the Parade are the entire Trans*Gender community!
As you may know, California State PTA in its child advocacy, at its annual convention in Sacramento last May, approved Resolution C: LGBTQ+ INCLUSIVENESS IN HEALTH EDUCATION CALIFORNIA
Thank you for being an UPstander for every child.

Healthy Lifestyles

Did you know that adding a Healthy Lifestyles program to your PTA unit can benefit children and their families but can earn chances to help fund these type programs?  Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and experience new things but it is also a time of planning for PTA units.   PTA units should use the Summer to plan for programs or events they wish to sponsor during the next school-year.  Here are a few ideas on what your PTA unit can do:

National PTA Programs

Improving Energy Balance Toolkit: Provides local PTAs with tools and resources to use in partnering with schools and engaging families in addressing an everyday healthy lifestyle practice known as energy balance – balancing what we eat with exercise.

Healthy Lifestyles Month: Learn about National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Month which is during the month of November.  Get ideas for celebrating and best practices for integrating healthy lifestyles into your school.

Fire Up Your Feet: A healthy fundraising option available to all schools and PTAs that encourages families to walk more to and from school—and in daily life—while keeping track of their steps.  Participate in their Activity Challenge for chances to earn money for your school.

To find out more about these programs, visit the National PTA’s website at www.pta.org and look under the tab for At School

California State PTA Grants

The California State PTA grant funds are available for PTAs in good standing to develop and implement programs and projects at the unit, council and district PTA level.  Healthy Lifestyles Grants are available from the California State PTA to develop, promote and implement programs, projects and activities that will improve the overall health of children and adults. Refer to the Insurance and Loss Prevention Guide for approved activities.  Grant applications are due by October 16 and awards range from $500 – $2000.

To find out more, visit their website at www.capta.org and look under programs within the PTA Leaders tab.

Other Resources:

TogetherCounts™ is a free online resource funded by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to promote families eating together and doing physical activity together.  Visit the Enrichment Zone area of their website for their FREE resources to bring energy balance to clubs, camps, meetings and more. Fun and flexible, Enrichment Zone helps kids develop an active, healthy lifestyle. Get kids moving everyday using all or part of their new four-module program. – See more at:http://www.togethercounts.com/at-home/enrichment-zone#sthash.pltogLN9.dpuf

BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) is a free before and after school physical activity program aimed to get children moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning.  BOKS program is designed for K-5, but can also be run in grades 6-8 with their modified curriculum.  The curriculum can be implemented by parents, PE teachers, staff, or other community members.  To find out more visit www.BOKSKIDS.org.

Lysol Healthy Habits Contest:

Contest runs from August 4, 2015 – October 16, 2015.  Show Lysol how you promote healthy habits in the classroom with a video (60 seconds or less) and you could win valuable gift cards worth $200 to $500 therough the Lysol Heathy Habits Contest.  For information, visit www.Lysol.com/heathyhabits.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA has many literature, books, cookbooks, posters, and other materials centered around healthy lifestyles completely free for your school to use to help promote the local school wellness policy.  Order the materials or learn more by visiting their website at  www.fns.usda.gov and the only requirement is that the materials are shipped to an actual school address.

If you have questions about any of these programs, feel free to contact SDUCPTA at sducpta@yahoo.com

Financial Literacy for Teens!

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A free financial literacy program for teens

Perfect for teens ages 13-19

Bite of Reality is a hands-on simulation that gives teens a taste of
real-world financial realities. It teaches teens how to make financial
decisions and gives them a better understanding of the challenges of living
on a budget. Teens are given a fictional occupation, salary, spouse and family,
student loan and credit debt and medical insurance payments.

 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
9:30 am – 12:00 pm or
5:00 – 7:30 pm
(Light refreshments provided)
LOCATION
California Coast Credit Union Administration Building, 3rd Floor
9201 Spectrum Center Blvd. (at corner of Overland)
San Diego, CA  92123
SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER TODAY!
To register, click the button below or call (877) 495-1600.
REGISTER