MEDIA ADVISORY – District to Celebrate National Parent Involvement Day November 19

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District to Celebrate National Parent Involvement Day November 19

WHAT: Schools and departments across San Diego Unified School District are celebrating the invaluable role that parents/guardians play in supporting student learning and public education. Activities are planned at schools throughout the day, with several events also occurring on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 20. Media is invited to attend any of these activities.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 20 (Additional details are listed below) Continue reading

Public Education Investment Model

Recently the San Diego Board of Education and Superintendent Cindy Marten approved an advocacy plan to address the issue of funding for education.  Often times in advocacy efforts to our local legislators and representatives when advocates for education carries the message that education needs more funding, legislators turns the table on the advocates and asks, “how much?”  There isn’t a simple answer to this question and the SDUSD has come up with information and resources that can help answer that question.

For more information about these resources as well as information on future Town Hall meetings, visit Continue reading

Understanding the CAASPP


Do you have questions about what the new assessment scores mean for your child?

California State PTA held a webinar to help answer some of the questions parents may have about the new  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and will be offering the same presentation with the support of Ninth District PTA on November 12, 2015 starting at 6:30 pm at the San Diego County Office of Education (click here for more information). Continue reading

President’s Message – November 2015

My spouse while in the NAVY in 2000 - Happy Veteran's Day!
My spouse while in the NAVY in 2000 – Happy Veteran’s Day!

I have now been in office for just over four months.  My fellow colleagues at Council have been busy assisting our local PTA leaders and bringing in new PTA leaders which is why this post is slightly delayed than my usual pace.  One of the best parts of my “job” is the opportunity to meet with parents, community members, school administrators, and other supporters of PTA and seeing their passion to make a difference in the lives of children at their schools.  The mission of PTA – “To realize every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” is very near and dear to my heart.  One way that SDUCPTA has done to fulfill this mission is to support ALL schools to participate in the National Parent Involvement Day, which is celebrated on the third Thursday of November and this year it lands on November 19, 2015.  SDUCPTA recognizes that parents, grandparents, foster parents, uncles, aunts, stepparents, brothers and sisters, and anyone who cares about the overall health and well-being of children are making contributions big and small every day in our schools.  The intent of SDUCPTA in introducing National Parent Involvement Day to SDUSD in 2012 is to encourage ALL schools in SDUSD to take time to acknowledge the contributions made by these unsung heroes and it is what the SDUCPTA continues to strive to get the SDUSD to support.

The first few months are  one of the busiest times of the year for the SDUCPTA in that we are processing the PTA Unit membership dues, insurance dues, assisting with filing of taxes for the units, and providing training to help units run as a “business.”  Why is this important?  Aside from the fact it is required by law as prescribed in the unit’s bylaws, it is also important to maintain “unit in good-standing” status.  Why does “good-standing” status matter?  It matters because in order to participate in PTA-sponsored programs from National PTA Reflections and Grants offered by District, State, and National PTA channels, units have to have met this requirement.  To be a unit in good standing the following has to be submitted to Council:

As required by District, State, and National PTA

  • Approved Budget
  • Annual Financial Report
  • Year-end Audit
  • Insurance (PTA Presidents, check your mail as I got the insurance paperwork for Council as you should get one for your PTA unit)
  • Membership dues for at least 15 members
  • Copies of Tax Filings for 990N, 199N, and RRF-1

In addition the SDUCPTA requires PTA units to remit a $50 assessment fee, these are the main source of funds the Council uses to provide leadership training and support as well as materials such as officer manuals at no cost.

While this sounds like a lot of work, Council is here to help and the reason why I know that, is because when I became a Unit President in October of 2010, I had gone to Council for help.  And it has been worth it as I have been able to apply for over $16,000 in grants from PTA channels since then.  I’ve been serving as a board member for Council since July of 2013 and it’s been my way to show appreciation to my predecessors as well as to pay-it-forward.

So to my fellow PTA Unit Presidents, please be sure to join me at our next General Meeting on November 16, 2015 starting 6:30 pm in the Auditorium of the Harold J. Ballard Center.  Also, please share with me what you plan to do on the National Parent Involvement Day on November 19, 2015 as we would like to share in a press release.

I sincerely appreciate the 1400+ volunteers that are serving as PTA Leaders in 80+ schools in SDUSD and I hope you have been able to enjoy a little bit of time with your families on this Veteran’s Day.

Thank you all for your support,



Celeste L. Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

California’s New CAASPP Assessments and Your Child


California’s New CAASPP Assessments and Your Child

  • What do the new Smarter Balanced assessments mean for your child’s education?
  • What can you learn from your child’s score report?
  • How are assessments used to enhance learning?

Join Us for Answers
Join California State PTA and Ninth District PTA
Thursday, November 12; 6:30pm – 7:30pm
San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road
Rooms 401 and 402
San Diego, CA. 92111

Questions? Contact the Ninth District PTA office at 858-268-8077 or email
Click below to download the flyer! 

What is a Parliamentarian?


What is a Parliamentarian?

Have you asked that question recently?  Come on, be honest…  My name is Derby Pattengill and I am the Council Parliamentarian.  As I was starting in PTA a few years ago, I asked that question myself.  I believe I was even appointed parliamentarian of a unit and then had to look up the job description to finally understand.

Let me just take a few minutes to explain this very important appointed board opposition.  A parliamentarian of the PTA is an expert in the rules of order and the proper procedures for the conduct of meetings of deliberate assemblies(PTA meetings for us).  The parliamentarian assists the organization in the drafting and interpretation of bylaws and rules of order and the planning and conduct of meetings.

What does that mean?  It means that the Parliamentarian has a good working knowledge of the unit bylaws and can assist the president when questions of procedure arise during meetings.  Yes, the procedures and rules that are such a big part of PTA.  I know that many are having a big sigh right now, but what are all of the procedures and rules for anyway?  They are for fairness and transparency.  The principals of Parliamentary law are:

  • Justice and courtesy to all
  • Rights of the minority are protected
  • Rule of the majority protected
  • Partiality to none
  • Consideration of one subject at a time

When you put it that way, it doesn’t look so bad, right?  Let’s have a fair meeting where everyone may participate and no one person may dominate.  Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised is the parliamentary text that governs the PTA where the bylaws do not apply.  Bylaws for local PTA/PTSA units always take precedence over Robert’s Rules of Order.  I use the “Idiots “ version by the way and both are available online or at an actual bookstore.

Unit bylaws are filled with so much good information.

  • PTA officer positions and job descriptions
  • Meeting days
  • Number of board members or members needed at meetings to conduct business
  • Tax ID numbers
  • So much more….

We have bylaws for every unit at the council office.  Contact me if you need a copy of your set.  Bylaws also need to be updated every three years.  It is a simple process listed at the front of your bylaws, but you can call me about that as well.

Please remember the wise words of Robert-

Bylaws are a tool, not a weapon.

We, at council are here to help you with bylaws and any parliamentarian questions you nay have.  Please contact the council office or me directly.

Derby Pattengill
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

Save the Date: November 4 – Public Education Funding Town Hall

The district is planning to hold several Public Education Funding Town Halls in the upcoming year with local stakeholders. The first local conversation will be on Wednesday, November 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the district’s Education Center.  Please mark your calendars for this important initial discussion on the current status of education funding in California and what this means for our own students, our schools and California’s future. A guest from Sacramento will present the latest information on funding comparisons with other states and Superintendent Marten and the Board of Education will unveil the district’s investment model and funding tool that has been developed over the past year to highlight the additional investments needed to prepare California’s students to compete in the 21st century economy and be prepared to solve the state’s biggest challenges. Together, we can reimagine and lead a vision to build the finest public education system in the nation.

Visit San Diego Unified’s website for additional details and to RSVP.