Letter From The President…


President’s Letter
 April  2015

 We are fully in election season in PTA.  Council elections were held March 23rd.

Congratulations to the new Council Executive Board Elect:
President:                               Celeste Bobryk- Ozaki
Executive Vice President:     Betsy Mueller
Treasurer:                             Open
Secretary                                Fay Hanilton
Financial Secretary               Open
VP of Leadership                  NiChelle Cannon
VP of Programs                     Open
VP of Legislation                   Derick Boerner
Auditor                                   Janine Morrow
Historian                                Rachael Wohnhaas

 If you still need to hold elections and would like some assistance, please contact council.  We are ready to help you plan or even run your elections.  Remember, rosters are due to the council office May 1.

 It is LCAP update time in San Diego Unified.  Part of the update process is parent input. This is your chance to give input at the school site level.  Do you need to be a budget guru for this?  Not at all.  I encourage you to talk with your principal, your teachers, and your children about what is going well at your school and what needs improvement.  Please inform your parents about this opportunity so that each school can be its best.  The local control Funding formula will fail without parent input.  If you have any school funding or budget questions, please contact the Council.

 Are you going to the CAPTA convention in Sacramento?  It is a great opportunity to take useful workshops, meet PTA leaders from across the state, vote on PTA business and get really inspired to work to positively impact the lives of all of our children and families.  If you are headed to convention, please send me an email so that we may stay in touch at that event.

I look forward to seeing you at Founders Day on May 18th.

 Thank you,
Derby Pattengill
619 322-1416

Historian Reports Due Soon!

Your historian reports are due soon.  We need to know how many volunteer hours your PTA logged this year.  This information is extremely important because we determine how much those hours are worth monetarily and that number helps us apply for grants to further our causes.  Reports are due to Council by May 1st, 2015.

Click HERE to download the form.

Updated Sexual Harassment Policy for District

The California Department of Education (CDE) conducted a Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) audit during December 2014. One of the items reviewed during the audit was Educational Equity.  CDE reviewed documents and met with staff from several different departments. CDE determined that district policies regarding nondiscrimination and sexual harassment needed revisions in order for the language to more closely align with the specific language contained in law. Click HERE to find San Diego Unified School District’s updated Student Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy for your review.

Kids Making a Difference!


Way to go, Simon!  Second-grader Simon Barnes Bye and School Board Trustee Richard Barrera took a moment to snap a pic at the March Climate Rally at City Hall. Simon and his mom Kelly Barnes – our Council Historian –  will be carrying their message of renewable energy  to the California State Convention in Sacramento. They will be speaking in favor of the San Diego Council PTA resolution Climate Change is a Children’s Issue. Are you going to convention? Join us on Saturday, May 2 in Sacramento to be the voice of our kids and future generations on this important issue.

Click HERE to read our Climate Change Resolution.

Teach your Children to be Upstanders


An upstander speaks up and stands up for others. A tattle tale tells to get someone in trouble – an upstander tells to keep someone from getting hurt. Talk to your kids about being an upstander. Parents and caring adults can play pivotal roles in creating healthy, safe school and community climates. We urge you to collaborate with your school principal to reinforce with parents the message students are receiving at school.  To get the conversation going, consider using these PTA resources to organize a Parent Education Night at your school.

Bring On The Challenge!

San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
Membership Challenge
It’s not too late!!!
Earn the 15 in 2015 Achievement!Increase your PTA’s membership by 15 this year and receive the Outstanding Membership award from San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.Outstanding Membership Awards will be presented at our annual Founders Day Meeting and Dinner on May 18th.

Membership remittance must be received by the Council PTA by May 1st to be eligible.

3rd Annual PTA @ PRIDE!


Save the Date:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

3rd Annual PTA @ PRIDE

Right around kindergarten with my first child, I decided that I’m not going to another parade unless I’m IN IT! I was tired of just sitting on the sidelines! That sounds like a great description for the thousands of PTA members of California’s largest child advocacy organization–we do not sit on the bench!

So, for the third year in a row, you all are cordially invited to participate in PTA @ PRIDE! We will join the San Diego PRIDE parade’s San Diego Unified School District contingent.  This participation meshes with the advocacy work that we do year-round: being an Upstander and advocating for the understanding and dignity of all children.

It is also a great place to start the PTA year off with your officers and members as well as your children. It’s a very upbeat gathering where appreciation for your participation is palpable and exciting. You will hear more about PTA @ PRIDE in the next several weeks, please consider walking with us for the dignity, safety, and PRIDE of all children.

please email KellyB92024@gmail.com to receive more info about PTA@PRIDE

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