Parents for Healthy Kids Grants – Up to $1000

Support parent-led physical activity AND nutrition initiatives and help your school become healthier with an Action for Healthy Kids “Parents for Healthy Kids” grant for the 2018-2019 school year.
Funding can go toward but is not limited to equipment for recess, classroom physical activity, play space or gymnasium refurbishing, healthy celebrations and fundraisers, and taste tests.
  • Deadline to apply is April 6, 2018.
For additional information, go to School Grants for Healthy Kids or email

Elementary students show their culinary talents – March 20th at Gunderson HS

Nine finalists were selected to participate in the 2018 Future Chefs LIVE cooking competition on Tuesday, March 20th, at Gunderson High. Finalists will prepare and present their creations, which will be judged on originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid friendliness, and use of healthy ingredients. The winning student will be considered for a regional finalist award. Selected regional finalists will vie to become national finalists in an online vote! Click here to learn more and join us for this fun event.

Guidance on Student Walk Outs and Marches

We’ve heard the voices of our members – the hundreds of thousands of parents, teachers, students, administrators and community members who are outraged at the senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that took the lives of 17 students and faculty members. Our students across the nation are using their powerful voices to ask for meaningful policy changes at the state and federal level to address the all too common issue of gun violence that is affecting them in the place they should feel safest: their school.

The following are walk outs and marches we are currently aware of:

  • On March 14, students and teachers are planning to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This event is being planned in part by the organizers of the Women’s March
  • On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC. March For Our Lives is created and led by students across the country
  • Another National High School Walkout is planned at 10 a.m. on April 20, which will mark the 19th year since the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

California State PTA supports the rights of students to express themselves on campus through organized demonstrations, but believes that care must be taken to ensure the orderly operation of the school is not disrupted and the physical safety of students is not threatened. Leaving during school hours to attend an off-campus demonstration places the student outside the safety zone of the school and unnecessarily jeopardizes that school’s education funding.

We entrust our students to their school leadership to ensure a safe environment for their voices to be heard. Be sure to talk with your local school district about possible student demonstrations that may affect your school or community.

March is National Reading Month

Family Reading Experience
Thursday, March 1
10:00 am
Join National PTA to learn all about their partnership with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and how you can celebrate National Reading Month with a Family Reading Experience. Parents take part in the fun with their kids and leave the event with a deeper understanding of the simple ways they can support literacy.
RIF Million Book March
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has set a goal of one million books read by the end of March. You can find out how a child in your life can participate and download free resources.
RIF invites you to participate in the fun and help encourage your students to read.
By participating in RIF’s Million Book March initiative you share the importance of reading in a way that is fun, exciting and supportive.
Reading is Fundamental is a National PTA partner.

Pioneer High School Band & Orchestra Presents “Classic”

Pioneer High School is once again holding its annual benefit concert this coming Saturday, March 3rd, at the Performing Arts Center. You are invited to come and experience music played by some of San Jose’s finest young musicians. There will be food and drinks available, as well as a raffle. All proceeds go to the Pioneer Performing Arts Boosters club.

You are cordially invited….


Take Action to End Gun Violence: March 14 “Call Out” to Federal Legislators

On March 14, students across the country are planning to “walk out” to make their voices heard. California State PTA is asking for your help to “call out” our federal legislators and demand action.

Stand together with the voices of students and call your federal legislators on March 14 to demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation including:

  • Prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons
  • Mandatory background checks
  • Waiting periods for all firearm purchases.

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