Smart Cycling Trainings

Do you like bicycling? Do you want to be safer and feel more comfortable bicycling for fun or just getting around town? Do you want to be a good bicycling role model for your child?

Then please take the Smart Cycling course offered by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Cost: FREE

Why participate?

  • Gain confidence and feel more secure when riding a bicycle on city streets.
  • Support your local Safe Routes to School Program.
  • Understand how traffic laws apply to bicyclists.
  • Learn how to teach safe cycling to your own children.
  • Learn skills that will help bicyclists and car drivers safely share our roadways.
  • Save money, improve your health, and protect our environment through bicycling!
The training will cover how to ride safely and perform maintenance on your bike, rules of the Road, bicycle commute, etc.
*All participants at Smart Cycling training must be high school age or older.

Convention Scholarships – Deadline March 30

California State PTA’s Convention is in Ontario this year (April 27 – 29, 2018).
Sixth District PTA and Santa Clara Valley PTA are offering scholarships of up to $500 to PTA leaders who expect to be officers or chairpersons at their unit or council next school year.
Applications are due to Santa Clara Valley PTA by Friday, March 30, 2018.
Sign up by March 31 to take advantage of Early Registration prices.
  • Full-time: $219 (price increases April 1 to $269)
  • One day: $99 (price increases April 1 to $149)

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.