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