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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

New Arts Education Data Has Been Released

All students in California deserve the opportunity to enroll in high quality arts education curriculum that will provide them with the important skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive workforce. Prior to 2016, we lacked the tools to show us where (and how) arts education is offered across the state. That’s why Create CA, the California Department of Education and the Arts Education Data Project have joined together to provide a new suite of tools to help increase participation and ensure student success in arts education.

Here’s how you can help with the movement:

  1. Look at your data. This video from Create CA will explain how to examine your data. Access the data here
  2. Work together. Take the information you gathered from the data to your PTA and work on a strategy for ways to improve access to the arts at your school or in your school district
  3. Make your ask. Speak to your principal, school board, or superintendent. Go to your LCAP meetings. Share your findings with them and ask for increased access to the arts for all students
  4. Offer solutions. Don’t threaten, but offer suggestions and solutions. Ask the district to re-examine their Visual and Performing Arts Plan (VAPA Plan) and include parents in the review. Offer to speak to neighboring districts about their areas of success to see if that is something your district can duplicate
  5. Use our resources. CreateCA and California State PTA both have resources for you to use. Familiarize yourself not only with the Data Plan, but the Parents’ Guide to the Visual and Performing Arts in California Public Schools
  6. Follow, share and persist. Follow Create CA and California State PTA on social media. Share arts information on your website or social media and keep the parents at your school informed

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Easing Back-to-School Anxiety

When it comes to the first day of school, kids — and parents — may be excited and a bit nervous. Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of transition or change. This is especially true for children and teens going back to school, or for first-timers starting kindergarten.

This transition can be stressful and disruptive for the entire family! Prior to the first day of school, your anxious child may cling, cry, have temper tantrums, have trouble sleeping, complain of headaches or stomach pains, withdraw and become sullen or irritable.

Here are some tips for helping ease the stress of a new school year and starting on a positive note:

  • Re-assure your child
  • Point out the positives
  • Prepare ahead and start a routine
  • Encourage safe traveling to and from school
  • Plan for special needs
  • Make your child feel comfortable
  • Prepare for emergency situation

Read more at www.capta.org/tips-for-parents.

Registration is Closed! Walk-Ins are Welcome!

Our Spring Leadership Training is June 1, 2019 @ Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale, CA 94087. Walk-In Registration is $20.
 
This is another affordable option to get PTA training for your new board, network with other PTA leaders and share best practices on events and programs that you can do with your PTA! Pre-Registration includes continental breakfast, 3 workshops and association meeting, lunch and all workshop materials.
Learn more about the classes at capta6.org/training/
NOTE: No registration is required for the Association Meeting, PTA Mini Store, or Vendor/Resource Fair.
Unavailable June 1? There is another option for Training June 10 by Santa Clara Council of PTAs. Learn more & RSVP!

Last Week to Register – June 1 Spring Leadership Training!

Can’t make it to Convention? You’re in luck! Our Spring Leadership Training is June 1, 2019 @ Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale, CA 94087.
 
This is another affordable option to get PTA training for your new board, network with other PTA leaders and share best practices on events and programs that you can do with your PTA! Pre-Registration is $15 includes continental breakfast, 3 workshops and association meeting, lunch and all workshop materials.
Learn more about the classes at capta6.org/training/
Register for $15 by 5/28 or $20 after 5/28 or at the door.
NOTE: No registration is required for the Association Meeting, PTA Mini Store, or Vendor/Resource Fair. Scholarships are available until 5/28/19. Please contact our VP of Leadership for Scholarship Opportunities.
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Registration is now Open for the June 1 Spring Leadership Training

Can’t make it to Convention? You’re in luck! Our Spring Leadership Training is June 1, 2019 @ Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale, CA 94087.
 
This is another affordable option to get PTA training for your new board, network with other PTA leaders and share best practices on events and programs that you can do with your PTA! Pre-Registration is $15 includes continental breakfast, 3 workshops and association meeting, lunch and all workshop materials
NOTE: No registration is required for the Association Meeting, PTA Mini Store, or Vendor/Resource Fair. Scholarships are available until 5/28/19. Please contact our VP of Leadership for Scholarship Opportunities.

Learn more about the classes at capta6.org/training/

Register for $15 by 5/28 or $20 after 5/28 or at the door.

Volunteer and Access the PTA Convention for Free

We’re looking for volunteers to help at the 2019 California State PTA Annual Convention! Do you want to make a difference in the lives of California children and families? Volunteer for shifts (4-6 hours) from Wednesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 18 and help California State PTA at the largest school-based convention in the nation.

When you volunteer for one shift, you will be given free access to the rest of that day’s events. If you volunteer for an afternoon shift, come to the Volunteer Registration booth at the start of that day to obtain a badge for the morning events. If you volunteer for a morning shift, the afternoon events will be free for you.

If you volunteer for two NON-consecutive shifts, or two consecutive shifts (with a break), you will be given free access to another full day of your choice at the Convention.

We will make every effort to accommodate requests for specific job assignments, however it may be necessary to assign you where needed. Assignments are made at the start of each shift, not in advance for any particular day or shift.

Note: If you have already registered and paid for Convention, we’re sorry, but you will not be able to request a refund for any days you volunteer. We’d still appreciate your help, though!

Volunteer assignments may include:

  • Tote bag stuffing
  • Registration
  • PTA Store
  • Exhibit hall
  • General sessions

Please send any questions to  volunteers@capta.org.  Register to volunteer today

Registration is Open for California State PTA Convention!

Spark your Passion at #NEXTGENPTA California State PTA’s Annual Convention in Monterey May 16-18, 2019. Registration is now open! Please make sure you register early and book your rooms to get the best pricing and are able to stay close to the Convention Center!
Convention is a wonderful place to ask questions, learn new things, meet new people and be energized for the coming term. This is where we learn how to make a positive impact in our local schools, councils and districts.
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