What do Parents Think of Ed100.org?


“Ed100 is a guide no parent should be without. It’s an opportunity to understand education in California and a parent’s role…”

Justine Fischer
California State PTA

Ed100.org is our district’s go-to site for information about education in California. It takes complicated material and makes it easy to understand.

As the school board liaison to the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, I use Ed100.org to help inform PTA parent leaders about important education issues affecting the children of California. The website is easy to navigate and inspires parents to get more involved.”

Denise Jennison
President, Board of Education
San Ramon Valley Unified School District

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Lea Darrah
Legislative Advocate
Family Engagement
California State PTA

“Our PTA uses Ed100 as an essential parent resource. We feature it in our email blasts and trainings. It is quick, easy to use, and answers so many questions. The LCAP parent checklist is critical for our efforts to engage parents in the budget process.”

Cathy Meyer
2nd District PTA, President

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President’s Message – October 2015

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, President of SDUCPTA with her son and Justine Fischer, President of California State PTA

I am just barely three months into my new role with PTA as the President for the SDUCPTA.  Needless to day, I’ve been busy, we all have, you all have, but I do not do the work entirely on my own, it would be impossible to, besides, somebody got to do the laundry at home right?

The SDUCPTA held our first General Meeting on September 28, thank you to the Unit Presidents that were able to attend.  Thank you to California State Speaker of the Assembly, Toni G. Atkins and Superintendent Cindy Marten for sharing a few words about whats going on at the State and School District.  A number of PTA Units hosted their back-to-school events throughout September and into October and are turning in their Annual Financial Reports, Approved Budgets, and year-end Audits.  While I am encouraged for those reporting in, we still have a number of Units that need to submit these financial reports.

For this month, I want to take the time to highlight some of the opportunities on how you can get involved with the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.  If you are interested in getting involved or know someone that wants to get involved, be sure to share this information with them.  We have a number of activities and projects that have been ongoing or just getting started.

Open Board Positions:   We have a few opportunities to be involved at the Executive Board level of Council

  • Vice President of Programs – Oversee the various program committees such as Reflections, Honorary Service Award, Founder’s Day
  • Vice President of Communications – Mainly oversee the communications going out to the community and our local PTA leaders as well as oversee maintenance of the website and social media platforms
  • Financial Secretary – inquire with the council with details

Committees:  We are in need of volunteers to serve on the committee or can help with the activity

  • Reflections – Entries are due November 13, 2015 from PTA Units for judging at the Council level and beyond.  We’ll need volunteers to help with judging of the artwork submitted as well as when we host a Reflections Gala honoring those that have participated and have been awarded recognition.  Contact NiChelle Cannon at leadership@sdcouncilpta.org
  • Parking Lot Fundraiser – SDUCPTA will be holding a fundraiser event using the parking lot at the Ballard Center in Old Town during the Dia de los Muertos happening in Old Town on November 1 and November 2.  on either day.  On Sunday, Nov 1 we need volunteers to begin a shift starting at 12 noon until 8 pm and on Monday, Nov. 2, the actual Día de los Muertos, shifts begin at 4 pm.  Contact Bea Fernandez, Parking Lot Fundraiser Chair, at calexico55@gmail.com or (619) 948-4515 (cell)
  • Climate Action Committee – Now that the resolution has passed, we are forming a Climate Action Committee to implement the six action steps called for in the resolution. If you want to learn more or get involved, contact Laura Schumacher at treasurer@sdcounclpta.org

There is always something going at the Council but I by no means am asking that you take time away from your community but I want to encourage anyone that is interested to explore these opportunities.  We will have other opportunities for involvement throughout the year.  But if anything catches your eye, feel free to contact me.

All the best!


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


Volunteers Needed for Parking Lot Fundraiser



SDUCPTAs is organizing a Parking lot fundraiser during the Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Old Town celebration on Sunday, Nov.1 and Monday, Nov. 2.  We need volunteers to work a shift on either day.  On Sunday we need volunteers to begin a shift starting at 12 noon until 8 pm and on Monday, Nov. 2, the actual Día de los Muertos, shifts begin at 4 pm.

All funds raised will be used for the work we do for units such as printing training manuals and materials, childcare at all trainings, interpretation, and light refreshments, Reflections Gala, etc. If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Bea Fernandez at calexico55@gmail.com or (619) 948-4515 (cell).

Parent Involvement Day – Let us know what you’re planning!!!

Title-I-Parental-InvolvementCelebrate Parents and Guardians on National Parent Involvement Day Nov. 19

The San Diego Council of PTAs and the San Diego Unified School District are partnering once again to celebrate National Parent Involvement Day at all district schools on November 19. National Parent Involvement Day allows us to highlight how important parents, guardians and community are to the education of our children and to say “Thank you” for their contributions.  Principals and PTAs are encouraged to work together on hosting an event for parents.  You may want to:

*   Form a committee to plan an event.
*   Add this committee to the regular PTA general meeting agenda.  Continue to add members so that the work is shared equally.
*   Meet with your principal early and add the date to the master calendar. Scheduling early avoids double booking events on the same day.
*   Plan an event that is doable with the volunteers that you have and the budget available.

Please contact Bea Fernandez, PTA Chair for this event for any questions you may have at bfernandez@sandi.net. A packet of materials will be available in soon and posted on the SDUCPTA and district websites.  We want to know the date and time of when you are planning an event so we can highlight your efforts to the SDUSD.  Download the flyer in English and Spanish.

Climate Action Committee – October 2015


Climate Action Committee:
Work begins on Implementing PTA State Resolution

By Laura Schumacher

Last May I was privileged to be a delegate to the California State PTA Convention representing the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs. At convention, we adopted the resolution Climate Change is a Children’s Issue – a resolution written and submitted by our Council. For the first time, we have put climate change on the California State PTA agenda as a children’s issue.

Now that the resolution has passed, we are forming a Climate Action Committee to implement the six action steps called for in the resolution.

The good news is we’re already making progress!

In July, the San Diego Unified board of education voted to develop a Climate Action Plan for San Diego Unified Schools with the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035.

Starting this year San Diego Unified students will gain a deeper understanding of climate science by the time they graduate from high school as part of the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by California and 13 other states plus the District of Columbia (D.C).

There’s still more to do. We want to educate parents on how a warming climate affects children’s health –  especially children with asthma. We want to work with San Diego Unified to ensure the Climate Action Plan is adopted and implemented. Plus we want to train our PTA leaders to model sustainability and move toward making your PTA activities “Zero Waste Events.”

If you would like to join the Climate Action Committee or find out more about our plans, email me at treasurer@sdcouncilpta.org .  Our committee will be stronger if we have a broad representation of our PTAs on this committee. Please consider joining us.

Reflections Program – Get Started Today!!!

40th Reflections Logo-PMS208

All children deserve opportunities to explore and be involved in the arts. The arts play a critical role in students’ success in school and beyond, enhancing their reading and language skills, mathematics skills, thinking skills, social skills, motivation to learn and positive school environment.

  • The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It offers students the opportunity to earn local, state and even national recognition for original artwork they create in response to a specific theme.
  • Students who participate in the Reflections Program get an opportunity to explore the arts and culture, develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills and recognize themselves as artists.
  • This year’s entries should reflect upon and interpret the theme: “Let your imagination fly”.

Get started in 6 easy steps:

Step 1   Register your school reflections program at www.pta.org/programs/artsineducation.cfm

Step 2   Organize and Plan your program:

If you are new to Reflections consider starting with one area of art such as just photography, or visual arts.  Choose what will work best in your school.

Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.

Step 3   Promote your program

Announce your call for entries using PTA, school and community communication channels. Be sure to include a deadline and drop off location as well as submission instructions.

Step 4   Organize submitted artwork for judging

First, check-in entries and review artwork for qualification. Organize entries by division and category, then assign them to a judge.

  • Welcome judges with a copy of program rules and instruct them to complete their scorecards using this rubric.
  • Ensure judges review the student’s artwork title and artist statement included on the student’s entry form, but do not reveal the student’s name.
  • Assign awards to all qualifying entries. Award levels may include: Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, Honorable Mention and Participant.

Step 5   Celebrate!

Step 6   Wrap Up

And Remember….

The search is on for the future National PTA Reflections theme.

One exceptional concept may be chosen to inspire thousands of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create original works of art in dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts.

The Theme Search Contest Winner receives $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention.

If you have any questions, you can contact NiChelle Cannon VP of Leadership and Reflections Chair at leadership@sdcouncilpta.org

Membership Corner – October 2015



Hello Presidents and Membership Chairs!

In the world of membership there are some exciting things happening.  Remember this year’s California State PTA membership motto is “Focus on Growth.”  The Council has set a goal of reaching eleven thousand memberships.  This can be accomplished if every unit will make it a goal to increase their membership by 1%.  I know we collectively can do this.  Be confident, aggressive and creative on how to achieve your membership goals.  Don’t forget you have resources readily available to make you successful at the online membership pages of www.CAPTA.org.  Always talk about the importance and the perks of becoming a member of PTA.

The arrival of the long awaited electronic card is here.  There will now be three options to handle the issuing of membership cards.  They are the electronic card, paper, or a combination of both.  The electronic card has changed the way we have issued cards.  The first step in requesting this format is to follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015-16ECard.  Once you have clicked on the link you will be asked some basic questions and then how many electronic cards you would like.  Remember to be diligent with this request if you plan to use the paper version as well or you can make the decision to go all with electronic cards.  Although, you might want to be careful with that, ensure your population is fully capable of accepting this version.  Once your request has been approved by the California State PTA, you will receive three attachments to the designated email sent.  It will come with an easy to follow instruction sheet on how to process your cards.

The paper version is still available and can be requested through the Council.  Just send an email request to membership@sdcoucilpta.org.  We can send membership cards by school mail, so please use the school address on where to send them and how many you need.

As you are signing family members up for your unit PTA’s.  This year you will be submitting your membership rosters via email to membership@sdcouncilpta.org with the template provided on the Council website.  This will go along with your unit remittance submissions which you can mail or hand deliver to council.  As a reminder, all PTA units in SDUSD must remit $5.75 per member and you must use the Remittance form also available from our website under “Forms”.

Some general housekeeping items that need to be submitted to council.  Your board rosters need to be sent in as soon as possible, your validation of the Worker’s Comp form, your Council Assessment fee, and your insurance payment.

Finally, Thank You all out there leading the charge of PTA and being the advocates of our children.  Be Safe and you all are PTA Rock Stars!!

Eric Gonzales
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs Membership Chair
“I’m always here to help”