President’s Message for April 2016

Volunteers from Ninth District PTA with Senator Marty Block on day two of California State PTA Legislation Conference

Spring is in full swing and it has been busy for the Council as well as for many of our units.  For Council, we held our Reflections Gala at Challenger Middle School on March 9 – thank you to all those that were able to attend, thank you to Challenger Middle School and the PTSA for being the host, and to NiChelle Cannon, our VP of Leadership and Reflections Chair for putting together a wonderful program.  A few of our board members were part of the Ninth District PTA’s contingency that attended the California State PTA’s Legislation Conference up in Sacramento, CA.    We learned about California State PTA’s updated key advocacy goals and had the opportunity to meet with legislators to carry the message of PTA and advocate for our children.  Lastly, we held our regular General Meeting on March 23 that was filled with loads of information and entertainment.

In addition to the Council events, I spoke at the San Diego Board of Education Meeting held on March 22 to share the latest advocacy goals of California State PTA and propose that they consider a resolution to support AB2680.   I met with Superintendent Cindy Marten the very next day where we discussed AB2680, School SMARTs, and LCAP goals.

Families at Doyle PEN working together on an art activity
Families at Doyle PEN working together on an art activity

I also learned that the SDBOE had approved release of funds to cover half of the cost for the school sites that want to launch or continue to use the School SMARTs Parent Academy.  I attended the kick-


off of Clairemont’s Movie Under the Stars at Alcott Elementary on March 4 followed up with the next movie night held at Whitman Elementary on March 18.  I paid a visit to Doyle Elementary during their General Association Meeting to help show support as well as speak on the Cool the Earth Challenge and Schools SMARTs and attended their Parent Engagement Night (PEN) to kick-off the School SMARTs Parent Academy.  Lastly, I was able to attend the

Elementary School Honors Choir, Orchestra, and Band performance held at the Point. Loma Nazarene campus.  I was amazed by the talent of these youngsters and hope to attend next year’s concerts.  One major achievement that I am happy to share is that San Diego Unified Council of PTAs has approved the partnership with California Coast Credit Union as a Premier Sponsor where they will donate $2,000 over the 2016-2017 year to help with our mission to provided leadership training and support to the local PTA leaders in SDUSD.

Looking ahead, the Council is busy as we have a couple of events coming up.  We have our Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Fundraiser in Old Town on May 7 and May 8.  We also have our Annual Founders Day Celebration/General Meeting on May 23, 2016 at the La Hacienda Hotel from 6 pm – 8 pm.  This is our signature gala event where we celebrate legacy of 119 years of PTA and the accomplishments our units and aw

Elementary students from across district performing in the Honors Choir, Orchestra, and Band Concert
Elementary students from across district performing in the Honors Choir, Orchestra, and Band Concert

ard the recipients of our Honorary Service Award program.  Tickets are available to purchase online or payable with a check.  We will also be selling raffle tickets for prizes such as tickets to various museums in Balboa Park and other prizes donated by local businesses and institutions.

Getting down to business however, PTA Units should be holding their elections for the 2016-2017 Officers as the Unit Board Rosters are due to Council by May 1.   Units should also be working on their Annual Historian Report to document the total volunteers hours contributed by volunteers at PTA sponsored events.  You can also submit your hours via our online survey but we still need the report sent to our office.  For more questions about volunteer hours you can contact our Council Historian, Rachel Wohnhaas at

As always, I look forward to hearing from PTA Units and you are welcome to contact me anytime for any questions.

Yours truly,

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

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