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Parenting in a Pandemic Speaker Series – Creating Cultures of Acceptance, Compassion, and Integrity

The FINAL speaker of the Parenting in a Pandemic Speaker Series brought to you by Sixth District PTA on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 starting at 6:30 PM.
Join in for an evening with Erin Gruwell & The Freedom Writers Foundation to learn about “Creating Cultures of Acceptance, Compassion, and Integrity. They will also highlight the topics of mental illness and addiction, and suicide awareness and prevention.

In a scene from the hit movie Freedom Writers, a film based on Erin Gruwell’s experiences as an English teacher to inner-city Los Angeles youth, a Latino student is drawing a derogatory picture of a fellow black student. Intercepting the racial correspondence, Gruwell is reminded of a caricature she had seen from the Museum of Tolerance—Holocaust propaganda of a Jew made to look like a rat. Drawing parallels between her students’ ignorance and the prejudice of the Nazis, Gruwell captures the attention of her class by pointing out the seriousness of their actions and the implications that can follow.

In a thought-provoking presentation, Gruwell explores the very situations that have led us towards conflict in the past and how tolerance and understanding could have prevented such negative outcomes. A true proponent that one person can make an extraordinary difference, Gruwell inspires us all to embrace the concept of changing lives by creating a culture of acceptance, compassion, and integrity.

Register today for this virtual presentation. The first 500 will be able to join the webinar. All others will have to watch the live stream via YouTube.

#DiscoverTogether: Distance Learning Resources

Understanding learning expectations and standards is important for parents and PTA Leaders, especially today. With the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), helping children learn science is easier than ever before! NGSS brings discovery to the forefront of a child’s science education.

With that in mind, we want to encourage parents to take some time to explore just one of the many science learning activities available in the Resource Library – most, if not all, are easy to do at home!

For example, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a combination of indoor and outdoor activities – all focused on birds – designed to allow kids to explore nature and science. Check out these activities and more like them by clicking here.

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.


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

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  Register to volunteer today

March is Arts Education Month

California State PTA and the California Department of Education recognize March as Arts Education Month in California! It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all five domains of artistic expression – dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts.

There are three ways you and your PTA can show your support for arts education during Arts Education Month.

First, join CreateCA! Learn more about California’s movement for arts education at

Even more resources are available on our arts education page at Remember, creativity is not optional!

Second, we’d love to hear how arts education has touched your child, your family and your PTA. Have an arts story to share? We’d love to connect and hear your story. Fill out the submission form here.

And lastly, be sure to check out your local community theatres, county arts commissions, and museums for more events near you. Visit for a list of events and more resources.

Look for additional ideas and activities from California State PTA all month to celebrate Arts Education Month in California, and be sure to share them with your school community!

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.