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.

FREE Parent Symposium – February 16

Sixth District PTA & the Santa Clara County Office of Education are putting on aFREE Parent Symposium on Saturday, February 16 starting at 8:30am with Breakfast and introductions. There will be two sets of sessions that will help you empower you to engage with your students, community and family to bring greater success! Please Register for this FREE opportunity and select the workshops you are interested in!

parent symposium

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.

San Jose Unified Council of PTAs Council Honorary Service Award 2019 Nominations

Honorary Service Awards are awarded throughout the year and designed as a unique way for PTA units, councils and districts to publicly acknowledge both individuals and organizations for outstanding community service to children and youth in a community. All funds collected with this program are used exclusively to support the California State PTA scholarship and grant programs. More information Honorary Service Award

San Jose Unified Council of PTAs
Council Honorary Service Award
2019 Nominations

Honorary Service Award 2019 Ballot (doc)

Please complete this form and mail/email by March 1st to: Laura Raimondi
5877 Porto Alegre Dr. San Jose, 95120 or

The San Jose Unified Council of PTAs is requesting your nominations for our council’s Honorary Service Awards. We ask PTAs and individuals to please take some time to consider someone you know (not necessarily someone from PTA) who has given outstanding service to children. The awards will be presented at the annual luncheon on March 29, 2019.


Gardner Academy the neighborhood school for you!

Two academic programs offered:

  • Structured English Immersion (SEI) – offering one class at every grade level.
    Teachers modify their instruction and employ strategies to make the core content understandable for English Learners, helping them maintain grade level competency.
  • Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) – offering two classes at every grade level.
    The TWBI program features native Spanish-speaking students as role models for English speaking students in primary grades. During the Academic English Language class (20% of each class day), English speaking students become the role
    models. The language model grows over the years with more time each year devoted to learning the English language

Percentage breakdown by grade:
K-1: 80% Spanish: 20% English | 2nd -3rd: 70% Spanish: 30% English, | 4th – 5th: 50% Spanish: 50% English.

502 Illinois Ave., San José:

February 7th,
March 7th,
April 4th and 25th,
May 30th

Please RSVP Amparo 408-535-6225

Town Hall Meeting- Gunderson High School Theater Monday, February 4th, 2019

We want to hear from you! Join us for our second Town Hall Meeting of the 2018-19 school year.
Bring your ideas, thoughts and suggestions on how we can work together to reach our common goal of preparing today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.
Live Spanish interpretation and free child care will be provided.
San José Unified’s town hall meetings are designed to bring the district office to YOU. Our trustees, superintendent, and department heads will be in attendance to hear your thoughts about the district and our schools and listen to the issues and ideas that are important to you.
All parents, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend and have their voices heard. Everyone will get at least one minute to speak. Comments and speaker cards will be reviewed after the meeting and responses posted to the district website. Please know that while we will not be able to address every comment right away, we will do our best to follow up in a timely fashion.

When and Where
Monday, February 4, 2019 Gunderson High School’s
6:00 – 8:00 PM theater

622 Guandabert Lane,
San José, CA 95136