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Library Summer Programs

“The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.” – Polly Horvath

Suicide Prevention Webinar

Join California State PTA Vice President for Health & Community Concerns Shereen Walter and special guest presenter Stan Collins from to learn how to recognize the warning signs for suicide and what to do when you see them.

Find out about trainings and resources available to parents, school staff and youth to increase awareness and help students. Hear how parents can create safe conversations about suicide with their children.

Suicide Prevention Webinar
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
6 – 7 p.m.



Reminder: Celebrate 5/29 Day with ScholarShare and Earn $50

Get $50 when you open a new ScholarShare 529 college savings account! ScholarShare 529 knows how important it is to reach your college savings goals. That’s why they teamed up with California State PTA to invite you to participate in 5/29 Day on May 29 by opening a new college savings account – which they’ll add $50 to. One week until 5/29 Day!

Benefits of a ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan:

  • 100% tax free growth – pay no state and federal taxes on funds used toward qualified expenses
  • Low cost – less than half the national average
  • Go anywhere – use at any accredited school in the U.S. and abroad
  • Investment choice – flexibility with professional management

Take advantage of this special offer from May 29 – June 1, 2018.

Learn more about ScholarShare 529 and the college savings plan at

Dashboard Basics for Families – Parent Ed

Saturday, May 19
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Peterson Middle School
1380 Rosalia Ave 
Registration required (please provide name and school)
Mary Perry, California State PTA VP for Education will lead an interactive workshop for parents & guardians!
Learn how to:
  • Use the CA School Dashboard online tool to measure school & district success.
  • Search for and analyze your school’s data.
  • Understand how the Dashboard data & the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) work together.
  • Explore your role in helping your school and school district succeed in the coming year!
CAPTA: Meet the Dash [Video – 2:35 minutes]
         : California School Dashboard Tutorial [Video – 1:50 minutes]
Ed100: Lesson 9.7 The Dashboard: Measuring California School Performance
Edsource: Contrary to critics, parents tell pollster they find California’s school dashboard useful [Article]
Questions or to RSVP (send your name and your school’s name) to
Note: Both officer training and this workshop for parents/guardians will be taking place at Peterson MS on the same day.

Sixth District Spring Training: Saturday, May 19th

Exciting news!!
Council Officers can attend this year’s Spring Training for FREE!
We have found a common problem throughout our units this year has been the result of miscommunication and conflict. We are excited to have California State PTA VP of Leadership, Tom Horn, present a workshop to help us deal with these issues:
Managing People and Conflict
  • This workshop will focus on developing leadership skills to assist in creating and managing cohesive relationships in your PTA work.  We will walk you through practical steps to prevent and manage conflict, and the information learned in this workshop can also be useful in other aspects of your personal life.
Council officers who sign up for this workshop can also attend any other workshops for FREE! If you are attending the whole day, you will also receive free lunch.
Diane Foote will be presenting two workshops specific to Council officers:
Council 1: Officer Training
  • It’s different outside the individual unit!  Understand your new role as a council leader.  Required officer positions will be covered.  You are an important link in the PTA structure, and there are resources and tools to help you support your members. 
Council 2: Unit Financials provide a window into the Unit
  • Council and District PTAs have the responsibility to collect and review financial reports and tax filings. What does that mean?  Let’s get together and discuss the financial documents you should be collecting (and forwarding to Sixth District), what you’re looking for in these documents, and how to communicate with units what you found in reviewing their financial documentation.  We have the cheat sheets and can help you develop a strategy for collecting and reviewing.  Financial health is only one indication of the health of a PTA.
We encourage all council officers to attend these workshops.
You may want to attend the regular workshop for your position so that you can be prepared to lead training in your councils as needed.
Check for training day information and the registration link.
Use discount code: COUNCIL to set the registration fee to $0. You will be billed the full fee if the Conflict workshop is not included in your registration, or you do not cancel by 5/11/18.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Peterson Middle School
1380 Rosalia Dr., Sunnyvale 94087

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7 – 11, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7 – 11, 2018
PTA Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner from May 7 – 11. It’s the perfect time to personally thank your students’ teachers and staff for their sacrifices and support for children throughout the year.
The California State PTA understands the importance of staff appreciation in building a stronger home-to-school connection. PTA resources may be used for this type of expense.
  • Acceptable expenditures may include a staff lunch as long as the expenses follow PTA guidelines and the expenses are approved by the membership.
  • Personal gifts or gifts for individuals cannot be purchased with PTA funds.
  • If the membership wishes to present teachers and staff with personal gifts, the individual members can make personal donations to purchase the designated items. These donations should not be commingled with PTA funds.
National PTA – Promotional Toolkit including certificates, digital and social media graphics

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Question:
If PTA funds cannot be used to purchase gifts, what our options?
  • Involving no funds: Children can write thank you notes to their teacher and staff.
  • Personal Funds: Parents can buy gifts and give gifts directly to their child’s teacher.
  • Personal Funds: Room parents can collect money and present the teacher with a gift from the whole class (whether each family donated or not). The donations do not go through the PTA.
  • PTA Funds: PTA can provide staff lunches, breakfast, coffee carts, etc. which are for the whole staff.  The limitation is that less than 5% of the PTA budget should be spent on these types of purchases for the entire year. This includes food provided by the PTA at meetings, principal’s coffees, and cafecitos, etc.