Virtual Summer Leadership Academy

California State PTA is holding its first-ever Virtual Summer Leadership Academy! Summer is the perfect time for you as a PTA leader to hone your leadership skills in preparation for the coming school year, and get up to speed on what you need to know to more effectively run your PTA.

This training will be spread out over two sessions in July and August. In July we’ll offer training for treasurers and presidents, plus classes in compliance, membership basics, and how to use the TOTEM electronic membership system. August will be more issue-based and we’ll cover subjects such as advocacy, family engagement, fundraising and education.

The fee is $20 per PTA unit, and your board members can attend as many classes as they’d like.

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June 17th 6th District General Association & Meeting Management Training

Register today for the Wednesday, June 17th General Association Meeting at 7:00 pm with a training immediately following.

PTA Meeting Management 101. With planning, your PTA meetings will run smoothly – especially when everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. We will discuss the different types of PTA meetings, parliamentary procedure, motions, and what must be documented during your PTA meeting. PTA meetings are the same whether in person or remote via teleconferencing.
This workshop is recommended for all officers, especially Presidents, Treasurers, Secretaries and Parliamentarians.
Questions? Send an email to programs@capta6.org.

New Coronavirus Resources

California State PTA is constantly updating the COVID-19 pages on its website with information and resources that are relevant to you. For example this month they added the following to the COVID-19 Resources for Parents, Families and Educators page:

    • Tools for mental and emotional well-being from organizations such as Child Trends, ACES Aware, and the Positive Coaching Alliance
    • 200 free at-home activities and resources for children in pre-K through 12th from the US Census Bureau, which help kids learn why it’s important to count everyone in the 2020 Census
  • Notes from the Backpack: Tackling COVID-19 Anxiety Together – This episode of the popular podcast from National PTA features advice from psychologist Dr. Erlanger “Earl” Turner about how to stay happy, healthy and learning during this difficult time

How do I talk to my child about Coronavirus?

Children, as well as adults, are likely to experience anxiety in this uncertain time. Several resources have been created by leading mental health experts on how to have age-appropriate, fact-based and reassuring conversations with you children about the outbreak and the steps they can take to stay healthy.

As a parent, how can I support learning at home?

Recognizing that not all families or children will have the resources to access and leverage digital learning opportunities, PTAs should work with their local school and district to understand what plans are in place or are being developed to equitably support student learning during school closures. PTAs can (and should!) work with schools to help develop student learning plans during school closures and help communicate these plans to families.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), has developed 10 Strategies for Online Learning During Coronavirus Outbreak. The Today Show has curated some free educational activities that students and families can engage in here. (To see distance-learning resources compiled by California State PTA, click here.)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Santa Clara County Public Health

The County of Santa Clara ​Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. The department is taking action to protect the public and keep the community informed.​​

Santa Clara County Public Health COVID-19 News

State Senator Jim Beall Guidance from the County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department to Protect Residents of the County from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Barbara Emerich Memorial Scholarship

The Barbara Emerich Memorial Scholarship application is now out. Barbara Emerich held PTA leadership positions, from local schools to the state level, for more than 50 years. Her commitment to children was unparalleled, particularly in the areas of juvenile justice, gun control, teenage health and special needs. The Sixth District PTA proudly honors Barbara Emerich’s extraordinary service by awarding scholarships to two high school seniors who best exemplify her dedication to youth and families. Applications will be due Friday, April 17, 2020.

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PTA Officer Training in January 2020

Join us for PTA Officer Training! We’re offering 2 dates and 4 classes. Join us once or as many times as you are available. Classes are free and will be held 6:30pm – 8:30pm in two convenient locations:

** January 16 will be held at the San Jose Unified School District Office (855 Lenzen Ave, San Jose, CA 95126).
** January 22 will be held at the Sunnyvale School District Office (819 W Iowa Ave. Sunnyvale Ca, 94086)

Preregistration is not required, but it helps us ensure we have sufficient supplies & space. Several Sixth District PTA officers will be available to answer your questions. We hope you will join us. Sign up today!

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PTA in SJUSD Save the Date Dec 5th and Dec 12th

There will be 4 workshops offered at Sunnyvale School District Officers (Dec 5th) and San Jose Unified School District offices (Dec 12th).

Time 6:30-8:30PM

Workshops:

Executive Board Training:  This training will make your job easier and start to give you a better understanding of the role of the Executive Board and the financial responsibilities of all officers and chairs.  All members of the executive board (elected and appointed officers, committee chairs, principal or teacher rep) should consider attending; your training will be more meaningful if you & other members of the board attend the training as a team.

Basic Parliamentarian Training: ·       We will discuss the role and duties of the parliamentarian. We will also review unit bylaws. Learn what is in your bylaws and why. Knowing what’s in your bylaws can make you a better officer and PTA member. Make your PTA life easier — Get the most out of your bylaws! Brief introduction to e-bylaws

Audit and Monthly Review Requirements:·       CSPTA Insurance requires that there be audits and monthly review.  If loss occurs and there has been no audit, there is no coverage.  Don’t wait until the end of the year to prepare for the audit. Get simple strategies and tips for making audits and the monthly review a piece of cake! Learn how to plan, conduct and report the outcome of your PTA audit. Reassure your members their resources are being managed in a businesslike manner which complies with all regulations. This workshop is not just for auditors; any officer, especially the president, treasurer and secretary, would benefit from understanding what is required to pass a PTA audit.

More workshops will be offered in January