One of the things that I love about what I do on behalf of the SDUCPTA is raising awareness about the core value of PTA when it comes children’s issues. In February I spoke at the SDBOE Meeting to raise awareness about the recent efforts of California State PTA and National PTA on an IRS ruling that would have affected all non-profits as well as PTA’s support of the efforts by SDUSD on addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ students. I also attended an Education Mixer where advocates, SDUSD staff, and community members gathered to show support for the LGBTQ+ youth and sharing information on resources and what we do for the LGBTQ+ youth. Derby Pattengill, my predecessor and current Council Parliamentarian has been serving as the PTA representative on the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee and has said “participating in LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee is one of my favorite jobs as a PTA leader.” Being a member of PTA means being a part of an organization that carries one of the most respected and recognized Parents Voice.
I also attended the Ninth District’s PTA’s presentation on “LCFF- How Parents Ca
n Engage” where I got a nice refresher on the world of LCAP as well as learned some great information from the San Diego County Office of Education about what and how parents can ask the right questions about the LCAP for their school district. Earlier in the month, I was invited to give a presentation at the Morse Cluster meeting where my goal was to educate the community about PTA, structure, history, and what the SDUCPTA does for the community on top of the leadership training and support we provide to local P
TA leaders. And I was pleasantly surprised by the Principal Silvia Martinez of Lee Elementary showing off her PTA spirit (and with BLING!)
As I mentioned, part of what I do is to raise awareness about PTA, raising the Parents’ Voice through PTA, but I also like to raise awareness about what local PTA leaders can do. Here are some things to be aware or ideas of what your PTA can do.
- The next General Meeting for all PTA Unit Presidents will be called is on March 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Ballard Center. We’ll have a presentation from Ed Hidalgo about Qualcomm’s Think-a-Bit Lab and Pick Up Stix will present on various programs they offer to schools
- Nominating Committees should have been formed and slate of candidates selected for upcoming elections for the 2016-2017 PTA Unit Board
- Mid-year audit of PTA Books – Audits should be completed for the financial period of July 1 – December 31 of the calendar year
- March Membership Madness Campaign – Participate in SDUCPTA’s membership campaign for a chance to get one 1-day registration to the California State PTA’s Convention
- Cool the Earth Climate Action Challenge – your school has a chance to earn cash by signing up to participate in the Cool the Earth School Assembly program, deadline to register has been extended to March 11, 2016
- Honorary Service Awards – honor individuals or organizations that have made significant contribution to your school community
- Teachers Appreciation Week – Your PTA can create a fun way to show appreciation for the hard work that teachers do for our kids during Teachers’ Appreciation Week, May 2 – May 6, 2016
- Grants Applications – there are quite a few grants available for PTA units to apply for which have been posted on our website and e-newsletter.
As always, I along with the board members of SDUCPTA are here to help and I look forward hearing from our units.
Celeste L. Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs