PRESIDENT’S LETTER- JUNE 2015

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Here we are in June and the Council and most of our PTAs are coming to the end of the fiscal year.  That means that new boards will start to get to work on all of the great things PTA does.  This is my last president letter of the term.  I have really enjoyed my two  years working with all of our PTAs and I look forward to continue the work as council Parliamentarian next year.  Though she really needs no introduction, I would like to welcome Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki as 2015-2017 SDUCPTA President.  Celeste has been the Legislative VP for council for the last two years as well as the lead on the Smart From The Start Energy Balance program.   I know that she will be a great leader for San Diego Unified and I look forward to our next two years.

It is LCAP update time in San Diego Unified.   The new LCAP draft should be published any day now.  Keep looking to Sandi.net  for the latest.  I encourage you to talk with your principal, your teachers, and your children about what is going well at your school and what needs improvement.  Please inform your parents about this opportunity so that each school can be its best.  The Local Control Funding formula will fail without parent input.  If you have any school funding or budget questions, please contact the Council.

Compliance Reminders.
May 1 was a big due date for PTA units.   Please make sure you have submitted the following to council.  If you are in need of assistance for any of these items, please let us know.

  • Historian Reports are due to council.
  • 2015/2016 Board rosters are due. If you use PTA EZ for your roster, please let us know that as well.  If you have not yet turned in your roster, a letter will be going out to you as well as the school principal outlining the fact that if you do not have a board by the end of the fiscal year, your PTA will cease to have an executive board and cannot do business.  The PTA Council r District will need to assist with your election meeting in the new fiscal year.
  • Dues increase will begin July 1. There will be a $0.75 increase for membership after the end of June.  The dues increase was adopted at the state convention last year.  This should be considered when you are planning your 2015/2016 budgets.  We will update our remittance forms and be available to help during the transition.

Call us now if you are in need of help.

Thank you,
Derby Pattengill
president@sdcouncilpta.org
619 322-1416

COUNCIL WANT ADS…

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We are looking for a few good people to help round out the council this year.  If interested, please contact the council office at SDUCPTA@yahoo.com or call 619 297-7821

VP of Programs- Council programs include: Reflections, President’s and Principal’s Breakfast, Honorary Service Awards, Founders Day and National Parent Involvement Day.   Do you like to plan and coordinate events and programs?  This job is perfect for you.

YOU GOT ELECTED TO THE BOARD, NOW WHAT?

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You just got elected to a PTA board. What is the first thing you should do? Read your PTA unit bylaws. Your bylaws are specific to your PTA.  You’ll find out important information such as:

When are your association meetings?

What are the duties of my position?

Who can sign checks?

How much money can your PTA spend for unbudgeted items in between association meetings?

Also, notice the date of your bylaws. Bylaws should be updated at least every three years. If your bylaws are older than 2012, volunteer to be on the Bylaws Committee to get them updated.

PTA @ PRIDE COMING SOON!

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Wondering what to do with your PTA membership over the summer? Come march with us Sat July 18! Join one of the largest child advocacy organizations at an unforgettable community event–San Diego Pride Parade.

You’ll march with librarians, administrators, teachers, San Diego Unified’s Superintendent, and when PTA shows up, it’s officially a party.
Come be an upstander, invite your new board members and start your term on a solid footing.
Contact KellyB92024@gmail.com for an optional planning meetup, and to receive the contingent number (our place in the lineup) to join the parade once it’s available.

CONGRATULATIONS NINTH DISTRICT PTA!

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A HUGE congratulations goes out to Ninth District PTA for earning the the Jan Harp Domene Award and becoming nationally recognized leaders in ensuring today’s PTA include all of us!

The Ninth District PTA (which San Diego Unified Council of PTAs is extremely proud to be a part of) received the following letter…

The National PTA is pleased to inform you that the application for California Ninth District PTA  has been selected to receive the Jan Harp Domene Award. This award recognizes PTAs that best demonstrate exemplary work in the area of diversity and inclusion and their commitment and dedication to outreach to all families. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!

 National PTA’s tagline “everychild.onevoice” becomes more powerful and meaningful through the efforts of all PTAs to be universally welcoming and inclusive. Again, congratulations on your accomplishment and I look forward to seeing you on this special occasion.

 Sincerely,
Elida Perez Knapp | National Urban Family Engagement Representative