President’s Message – May 2016

This is the time where hopefully many of our PTA Units are in a transition period as they have elected the board for the 2016-2017 year.  I am finishing up on the first year of my two-year term as the President for SDUCPTA.  And if your PTA Unit hasn’t had elections, please don’t forget that the SDUCPTA is here to help, shoot us an email at info@sdcouncilpta.org if you have questions or would like our assistance.  If you haven’t done so already, please send in your PTA Unit’s Board Roster for the 2016-2017 year to info@sdcouncilpta.org.

Some of the units have asked me when is a good time to start planning for next year, the short answer is, start thinking about ideas now.  The board-elect can present a provisional budget to the association to seek approval in order to allow the unit to operate over the

Celeste with Laura Bay, President of National PTA
Celeste with Laura Bay, President of National PTA

summer and start on some projects.   SDUCPTA will be planning to provide training for unit officers in late summer but your unit officers should also consider attending the Summer Leadership Conference organized by the Ninth District PTA being held on June 4, 2016 at USD.  This is a terrific opportunity for PTA Unit officers to get a jump start on training for their roles or for other members to attend workshops of interest – this is a perfect time to use the strategy of “divide and conquer”.

For the past month I have visited a couple of schools to help with elections,  attended family engagement events, attended the 117th California State PTA Annual Convention, and planning for the SDUCPTA’s Annual Founders Day Celebration/General Meeting.   I truly enjoyed going to the convention this year as I attended workshops to help me be a better leader as well as saw some of the local PTA leaders within SDUCPTA that were either volunteering (thank you!), attending as a delegate, or taking advantage of attending for a day.  I also was a panelist for the School Smarts Parent Academy workshop along with 

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My view from the panelist table at the School Smarts Workshop

Derri Ironfield from the Parent Outreach and Engagement Department and Principal Olga Venegas of Walt Whitman Elementary.  

A couple major topics of interest that is on the minds of California State PTA is Arts Education and Family Engagement. There was an Arts Education Advocacy Breakfast where PTA volunteers were encouraged to advocate for Arts Education in our schools as well as a fascinating panel during one of the general meetings, where we heard from a Boeing Executive that the company hires more Engineers that have a liberal arts education

Arts Education Advocacy Breakfast - California State PTA Convention
Arts Education Advocacy Breakfast – California State PTA Convention

because of the communication and thought processing skills
gained from arts education.

Art from Arts Action Workshop at convention
Art from Arts Action Workshop at convention

We also heard a lot about Family Engagement as the California State PTA is pushing for the AB2680 bill to get passed, currently the bill is

in suspension and we need our communities to speak to their local legislators, in particular the ones that serve on the Appropriations Committee.  PTA’s voice does matter as evident by the reversal of the release of student records order from the Morgan Hill Case.  I hope that we can do the same for the AB2680 bill but we can’t do this alone.

Lastly, I want to remind you that the SDUSD LCAP Draft Draft is available and we are all encouraged to provide feedback.

I am looking forward to entering my second year of my term as President for the Council and I am looking forward to seeing many local PTA volunteers at our upcoming Founders Day Celebration.  As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions or if you like to share what is going at your school!

Sincerely,

Celeste L. Bobryk-Ozaki
President
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

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