President’s Message – June 2016

Left to Right: Rachel Wohnhaas, Historian, Ben Vereen Actor/Director, Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, President

The end of the school year for schools on the traditional calendar for SDUSD is fast approaching and so is the fiscal year for majority PTA’s across all levels.  For the SDUCPTA, the board members are nearing the end of the first year of their two-year term, which includes me.  I am currently up to my eyeballs in sequins and hairspray as one of the organizations I volunteer for is having their annual Spring Recitals in Balboa Park. However, I have been busy trying to make sure all of the Continue reading

“First Timer” shares her perspective on the California State PTA Convention


As a fairly seasoned PTA volunteer,  I thought it would helpful to ask a fellow PTA volunteer to share her thoughts on attending the California State PTA convention.  I have asked a first timer not only to being a PTA Leader as the Unit President but also to attending the California State PTA’s convention recently held in San Diego to share her thoughts on her experience to attending the convention.  In her own words, meet Claudia Camacho, mother of four children, and PTA President for Hawthorne Elementary PTA.

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, President, San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

My First Convention

“First Timer,” was written on the first ribbon I received at the 2016 PTA convention. This phrase was appropriate for me because although I have always been involved in my children’s schools I have never been part of a PTA. I am currently the PTA president at Continue reading

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 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

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 Continue reading

SDUCPTA’s Climate Action Committee News

Here are some ways you can get involved with the SDUCPTA’s Climate Action Committee:


  • Volunteer at Earth Day in Balboa Park this Sunday, April 17. It’s the largest free annual environmental fair in the world and they need lots of volunteers.  Click here to volunteer.
  • Fun Activities for the Kids at Earth Day Balboa Park
    • Children’s Earth Parade – The Children’s Earth Parade (All Species Welcome) starts at 10:30 am by the Spanish Village and marches through the Park to the Children’s Area Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Why PTA Unit Presidents should attend General Meetings for SDUCPTA?

From one President to Another – why I need you to come to our General Meetings

by:  Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, President of SDUCPTA

Like PTA Units, the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs is required to hold our Association Meetings which we call General Meetings.  These are held five times throughout the year typically on the 4th Monday of the Month starting in September of the fiscal year and every other month after that.  The voting body for these general meetings are the Unit PTA Presidents and it is their duty to attend these meetings and if they can’t attend, then the PTA Unit President can appoint another board member to represent the unit.  The quorum number needed  for SDCUTA’s general meeting to qualify as a meeting to count is 33 with 26 schools represented (as there are close to 80 units in our “association”).   Making quorum Continue reading