The season of giving is here and 2015 is fast approaching to an end. The past month has been a busy time for Council as well as for all PTA units. We did have our General Meeting on November 16, however, we did not make quorum so no official business was done. As I recognize that everyone that were able to attend are volunteers such as myself, I did not want anyone to walk away without getting something out of it. We had a presentation from Ryan Ta, Senior Account Executive for Peachjar on what how Peachjar can help schools and their communities stay connected. I also used the meeting as an opportunity for people to share successful experiences with their PTA units. Naturally I am disappointed that quorum was not met and I have run into this issue as a PTA Unit President in the past but I am the eternal optimist and hope that this won’t be a regular occurrence as Council really does need our voting members (PTA Unit Presidents) to help us help you.
November also marked the month for Parent Involvement Day and I am so thrilled that schools with and without PTA units shared information with SDUSD on what they planned to do to honor the volunteers that help make a difference at their schools. I had the pleasure of attending a few schools that hosted an event: – Standley Middle School PTSA had their Parent Information Night and Volunteer Thank you on November 18, Challenger Middle School had a great workshop on understanding Teen Stress (I now know that when my teen is feeling “escalated” to give her moment) on November 19, and Balboa Elementary had their Family Friday/Coffee with the Principal on November 20. I enjoyed attending them all and having an opportunity to meet with some of the staff and parents. These are just a few of the schools in SDUSD that took time to host an event and I thank them all for taking the time to make this commitment.
The New Year is fast upon us so let me end with encouraging you all to enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season but to also start looking ahead. Units should be looking at getting their mid-year audits done (typically for fiscal periods from July 1 – December 31) and this is also a good time to hold a mid-year budget review as many PTA Units had at least one fundraiser. PTA Units should be planning to have a general meeting in January where a nominating committee is selected to help put together the slate of candidates for PTA Unit Board Elections for 2016-2017 term. This may seem like a lot to do and Council is here to help, in fact we’ll be having a Winter Workshop on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 9 am – 1 pm at the Ballard Center (see the flyer in English and Spanish) for a cost of $15 per unit.
Thank you all for the work you do for each of your schools and I wish you the best that the holiday season has to offer.
Celeste L. Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs