Category Archives: Helpful Information

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.

Barbara Emerich Scholarship – Due April 12

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. You can find the application (due April 12) & more information on our  website.
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Save the Dates

Friday March 1, 2019 – Due date for submitting Honorary Service Award Nominees (see attached flyer). This is an award for individuals in your community (PTA or not PTA) that have given their time and talents to help improve the lives of children and families over a period of multiple years.  The winners will be honored at our SJU Council Luncheon on March 29th.

Friday March 8, 2019 – Sixth District Help day – have questions or need some help from experts…..several Sixth District officers will be on hand from 12 – 6 on Friday 3/8 at the Santa Clara County Office of Education to help out.

Monday March 11, 2019SJU Council Association Meeting – from 6:00 – 7:00pm come learn about changes to the new PTA Insurance along with info on Five Minute Audits.  Our meeting will be from 7:00 – 8:30pm and as always we will be serving a lite supper.

Friday March 15, 2019 – Spring Membership Incentive deadline at Sixth District ….. Your membership must be to Terri Jimenez by Wednesday 3/13 in order for us to get it to Sixth District by the deadline.   Remember – membership is all year long, so continue to encourage folks to join PTA as members.

Friday March 29, 2019SJU Council Luncheon – this is an opportunity to celebrate the year (yes it’s not over yet, but April and May are so busy at your school sites).  Each unit should have at least two or three officers (all can come) and you should invite your Outstanding Service Award Winner as they will be honored at the luncheon.  Many units also invite their Principal….our Luncheon is a valid PTA expense, but it must be in your Budget.  Invitations will be going out next week with details for time, menu and location.

Notice of Provisional Appointment to Governing Board

On January 1, 2019, a vacancy on the Governing Board of the San José Unified School District occurred when Pamela Foley commenced her term of office as a member of the San Jose City Council.

Consistent with all applicable laws and policies, the Board of Education has completed the public announcement and appointment process. That process concluded with the provisional appointment of Carla Collins at a special meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Carla Collins took the oath of office and was afforded all the powers and duties of the Governing Board member representing Trustee Area 3 at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

The provisional appointment of Carla Collins as the Governing Board member representing Trustee Area 3 shall become effective unless a petition calling for a special election pursuant to California Education Code 5091 is filed in the Office of the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of this provisional appointment, which is February 14, 2019.

Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors – Applications due February 1st

A student’s education doesn’t end once they walk across that high-school graduation stage. That’s why California State PTA has two scholarships to help high school seniors achieve their college dreams and life goals.

  • $750 Volunteer Service Scholarship – This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, and allows them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools
  • $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Applications are due February 1. All scholarship applications require current membership at PTAs in good standing, so if you know a student who is not yet a PTA member but is interested in applying, be sure to contact your local PTA to join today or join online at www.capta.org/join!

Apply online at www.capta.org/scholarships/graduating-high-school-seniors.

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Announcement of SJUSD Board Vacancy

On January 1, 2019, a vacancy on the Governing Board of the San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) will occur when Pamela Foley begins her term of office as a member of the San Jose City Council.

The SJUSD Board of Education shall make a provisional appointment within 60 days of the date of the vacancy per its bylaws. The provisional appointee will serve until the term of office expires in November 2020.

Candidates seeking additional information are to contact the SJUSD Public Information Office at pio@sjusd.org or 408-535-6444.