President’s Message – September 2015

First day of School is barely a week away and I hope you have all had been able to enjoy your summer time off (or at least your children).  The board for the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs has been busy in order to meet our objective to provide leadership training and support for PTA leaders for the PTA units we serve.  I have been wrapping up an 18+ month Smart from the Start Community Outreach Project where an Energy Balance curriculum has been introduced to four low-income preschools as well as building a coalition of community organizations to bring resources to these families from education to access to nutrition.  I didn’t do this alone as I had volunteers from the Council, SAY San Diego, and the Parent Outreach and Engagement Department of SDUSD to help make the various activities a success.

Members of the Council Board helped organized what is turning out to be a definite annual signature event, the Back-to-School Breakfast for all PTA Presidents and Principals.   We had over 70 Parents and School Administrations attend the event held on August 18, 2015.  Attendees got to learn about the history of PTA, California State PTA’s School SMARTs program, Parent Involvement Day, and theme for Reflections 2015-2016 – “Let your imagination fly.!”  Superintendent Cindy Marten was able to join us and share a few words about what’s going on at the District.  Following the breakfast, a training for PTA Presidents was held in our Council office.
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Back-to-School Breakfast for PTA Presidents and Principals – August 2015

We’ve also been busy attending various community outreach events to help promote Parent Involvement and PTA in general.  We were represented at two events on August 15 – Cox Media Back-to-School event and SDUSD Military Appreciation and Enrollment Fair.  We ended our summer by attending the All-Management Back-to-School Meeting and Information Fair held on August 28 at Lincoln High School where we had several school principals express an interest in starting a PTA as well as share information with various department heads on what San Diego Unified Council of PTAs has to offer to SDUSD and to the community as a whole.
20150815_110053(1)SDUCPTA at Cox Media Back-to-School event at Westfield Mission Valley Mall, August 15, 2015
CNgp2EVUEAAVQCzVice President of Legislation, Derick Boerner, and President, Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki at the All-Management Meeting and information fair, August 15, 2015

If that’s not enough, we’ve also been planning for PTA Unit Officer Training for President, Treasurer, Auditor, and Secretary to be held on September 1, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm and September 10, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  It’s is my goal to continue the mission of SDUCPTA to provide Leadership and Support to our units while helping all children to succeed and realize their full potential.

I want you all to remember that San Diego  Unified Council of PTAs is here to help our PTA units be successful and we are here to help answer any question.  However, like your units, we also need your help.  If you are a PTA President, please fill out this simple survey to help us with the General Meetings (your answers are confidential).  Like PTA Units, the Council Board cannot sponsor the various training, programs, and special events held throughout the year until our members approves our proposed budget.  PTA Unit Presidents serve as Council’s Association Members and are the voting body for the Council as an organization.  The first General Meeting for the 2015-2016 year will be on September 28, 2015 starting with a meet and greet at 5:30 pm.

Thank YOU for your support and I look forward the adventures that the 2015-2016 School-year will bring!

Cheers!

Celeste

Celeste L Bobryk-Ozaki
President

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