- For local fire assistance, CAPTA recommends donating to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund Redwood Credit Union is paying for all administrative costs for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, so 100 percent of donations will go to relief efforts and directly to aid the victims.
For North Bay Fire Relief, donations can be made to theFourteenth District PTA which serves Sonoma County. They plan to distribute all funds received to local PTAs and schools in need. Checks can be sent to Fourteenth District PTA, c/o Abby Fellman, 1648 Andover Way, Petaluma, CA 94954.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – afsp.org/sfbayarea
- A link to the “K-12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention” can be found at: http://www.heardalliance.org/help-toolkit/. The Toolkit has been recommended by Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as a resource for implementing the newly mandated “Youth Suicide Prevention Policy” required of all Local Education Agencies serving grades 7-12. The Toolkit contains a link to the Model Policy the CDE developed and it addresses the areas required by the policy.
- Bay Area Cancer Connections– http://bcconnections.org/
- Family Code Night –http://www.familycodenight.org/
- Keep Kids Safe – http://keepkidssafe.org/
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Santa Clara County – http://www.namisantaclara.org/
- Santa Clara County Sheriff SAFE Task Force– https://www.sccgov.org/sites/sheriff/Pages/safe.aspx
- Also, educational brochures from the Santa Clara Valley Water District were available to attendees. (http://www.valleywater.org/Programs/TeachersStudents.aspx)
PTA has free multilingual resources available to help you strengthen student success throughout the school year:
- 100 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed – These tips help you support children’s learning at home, at school and even on the go, and are available in English and Spanish.
- Ways to Support Learning at Home – Created in partnership with the California Teachers Association, these fliers are available in 11 languages and offer great advice from educators.
- Homework Help – Support your child and help them with their homework, and learn why homework is important for kids to thrive. This flier is available in six languages.
- And more!
Both email-phishing scams and crypto ransomware/malware are increasingly common and can have devastating impacts on businesses and non-profit associations of all sizes. As a non-profit association, PTA can be vulnerable to these types of cyber crimes at all levels and, in fact, we have heard reports of email-phishing scams happening to local leaders.
Email-phishing scams are typically fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., your PTA treasurer or president, your Internet service provider, your bank). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed website or otherwise get you to divulge private information such as bank account information or account passwords. The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft or trick you to wire money.
Ransomware/malware is a virus that installs covertly on the victims computer system and encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. Often malware is triggered by downloading files or clicking links from untrustworthy sources which appear to be legitimate.
As a reminder, PTA policy states that payments can only be made by a check with two signatures. If you get an email from a fellow PTA officer asking to wire funds, do not send money. Establish communication “backchannels” such as text message or phone calls to verify the authenticity of the request. Additionally, remember to keep your personal and PTA computer systems and firewalls up-to-date to minimize the potential for viruses to inflect your system with malware.
- California State PTA Online Toolkit – Finance Policies and Procedures
- Osterman Research White Paper – Best Practices for Dealing with Phishing and Ransomware
- Tipwire Video – Tips to Protect Yourself from Phishing
Please feel free to reach out to your district PTA or California State PTA for any questions.
- Involving no funds: Children can write thank you notes to their teacher and staff.
- Personal Funds: Parents can buy gifts and give gifts directly to their child’s teacher.
- Personal Funds: Room parents can collect money and present the teacher with a gift from the whole class (whether each family donated or not). The donations do not go through the PTA.
- PTA Funds: PTA can provide staff lunches, breakfast, coffee carts, etc. which are for the whole staff. The limitation is that less than 5% of the PTA budget should be spent on these types of purchases for the entire year. This includes food provided by the PTA at meetings, principal’s coffees, and cafecitos, etc.
- Do you wonder how to best support your teen?
- Are you sometimes unsure about how to talk to your teen especially in emotionally challenging situations?
- Come learn about improving communication and more!
Bay Area Air Quality Management District has a grant for bike racks. Here is the information about the grant and how to apply:
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Visit the BRVP website to for more information about program eligibility requirements and to obtain links to application materials and instructions.
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