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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:22 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)

    This week in 

    The Second District Scoop

    September 25, 2014

    1. Second District PTA endorses Prop C!
    2. To-do list for Prop E, the Soda Tax
    3. Talking about ballot measures to your PTA- the dos and don'ts
    4. So what about that rumored teachers' strike?
    5. 9/27 SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference 
    6. 10/2 Expert discussion on Common Core State Standards for Math
    7. Apply for PTA scholarships and grants- first due 10/15
    8. Invite a School Board member to your school this year


    And for the information:


    1. Second District PTA endorses Prop C!


    From Stephanie LeBeau - Thanks everybody for coming out yesterday and supporting the Second District PTA. The association voted to endorse Prop. C - Congratulations! This is a "vote of a generation" $125 million dollars per year for the next 25 years...please spread the word! Our Superintendent, Richard Carranza enjoyed listening to our Prop. C committee study report - great job Michelle Parker, Kari Gray, Leah Tarlen & Molly Hankowitz. I also would like to give a shout out to the rest of our city PTA board, who work tirelessly for all the parents and children of San Francisco - Mary Ellen Howard Rogers, Dave Martin, Shellie Wiener, Albert Ko, Jackie Wise, Kwan Wang, Carol Kocivar, Terry Norbury, Kimberely Thompson and Cathy Meyer for a great night. GO TEAM! cheers, Stephanie, District PTA President 


    Thanks to all who came out to vote. Attached you will find the press release and the report of the study committee, who researched all the PTA resolutions, position statements, policies and planks to find out what authorities we had to take a position on the initiative. As you can imagine, there were LOTS of reasons to support, and so that was the recommendation. Prop C will:

    1. Renew the Children's Fund for 25 more years and increases it to cover unmet needs and disconnected transitional age youth (18-24yr old).
    2. Renew the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF - which covers sports, libraries, art and music in public schools, as well as student support and early education).
    3. Create the Children and Families Council which would create an children and families plan for the city through collaboration of city departments, the mayor, the superintendent, and community members.
    4. Divide the existing Rainy Day Reserve into a City Rainy Day Reserve and a School Rainy Day Reserve.

    To learn more about Prop C, please visit the website. You can also get a window sign, sign up to volunteer as an individual or as a group, or be trained as a speaker or taught how to canvass. Most importantly, tell everyone you know what Prop C is so that they know to vote for it.



    2. To-do list for Prop E, the Soda Tax


    You have likely seen Prop E signs and articles EVERYWHERE over the past few months. If you're following it, you know that the American Beverage Association is putting a lot of money into the NO on E campaign, trying to convince people not to vote yes. This campaign will be won by people like you and me, telling their neighbors and working grassroots up, as San Francisco does best. WE have to be the change and not expect others to do it for us! As a PTA, please choose 1, 2 or all 3 of these things to do in support of Prop E before election day on November 4. Questions? Contact communications@sfpta.org.

    1. LIKE the campaign on Facebook  so you can follow the latest news and be aware of volunteer opportunities. 
    2. Have your school's PTA add it's name to the list of endorsing organizations. The PTA has already endorsed, so that is not a step you have to take. You will just need to vote to add your PTA's individual name on its own vs. only being included in the big "Second District PTA" endorsement. Our website discusses this a little more here.
    3. Plan a Day of Action for your PTA between now and Nov 4! This could be precinct walking, phone banking, or other visibility activities. Email communications@sfpta.org with questions or ideas and check out our website  for more details.


    3. Talking about ballot measures to your PTA - the dos and don'ts


    It's time for the refresher course on how and when PTAs can legally talk about these great ballot measures we are supporting this November!


    First, PTA is a 501c3, which means we can only support issues and never candidates. This is why we can take positions on ballot measures (issues) and not on who you should vote for for school board (candidates). There is a law in place that does not allow for campaigning on school properties without the proper permitting. So, unless your PTA would like to arrange that with the Real Estate office for your PTA meeting (it will mean paying a rental fee) you need to follow these instructions:

    • DO send as much information about the campaign, encouraging people to vote yes, as you like, through PTA-owned channels, i.e. your yahoo groups, email newsletters, website, etc.
    • DON'T bring campaign materials on school property. Instead, stand on the public sidewalk to hand people window signs, volunteer sign-ups, etc.
    • DO share the facts about the measure on your school site at a PTA meeting. That means no persuasive language like "Please vote YES on C and E." We are working on getting a fact-only SFUSD approved flier for you to share for Prop C, and you can use the SFUSD approved fact-only fliers for the Soda Tax from our website here. (we will try to update them so they say Prop E)
    • DON'T use SFUSD owned copy machines to copy campaign/persuasive literature for any ballot measure. Instead, take it to a copy shop. You can also contact either campaign for literature to be brought to you.

    If you would someone to come speak with your PTA about either/both of these measures, please contact us at communications@sfpta.org.



    4. So what about the rumored teachers' strike?


    Some of our PTAs have been approached by teachers at their schools to come out in support of the teachers in contract negotiations and to sign petitions. The PTA has a very specific policy stating that PTAs must stay neutral in contract negotiations due to the make up of our membership. You can read the policy here  (it's not too long). Plus, there is no way parents will have the whole picture when deciding a position because we do not have a seat at the collective bargaining table. What you CAN do is educate your members on what is happening. Updates are legally required and you can find the latest on the district's website. If you listen to one side, be open to other. The best position is always one of keeping the children's best interests in mind and letting all of the adults working in our schools know that you value them and their work.



    5. 9/27 SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference


    PLEASE ATTEND!  2nd Annual SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

    Saturday, September 27th From 9:00am to 3:00pm

    James Denman Middle School

    241 Oneida Avenue, across the street from the Balboa MUNI/BART Station.

     

    READY to make a difference? SET to learn, share and build together? Then GO to the Family Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27!  

    9:00am:  Community Resource Fair

    10:00am:  Exciting Speakers and Interactive Workshops Start

     

    We’ll provide free breakfast and lunch, child care and interpretation while you check out the resource fair and interactive workshops.

     

    Register for childcare or interpretation by calling the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 415-241-6185 for Spanish or English or 415-749-3410 for Cantonese or Mandarin, or by filling out the online form at this link http://www.sfusd.edu/en/family-and-community-support/family-empowerment-conference.html or printing out the form and faxing it to 415-522-6724.

     

    SPREAD THE WORD!

    Put the date in your school calendar

    Put a blurb in your school newsletter and on SchoolLoop

    Put this on the agenda and encourage your SSC, ELAC, and other leaders to attend

    Hang flyers on your school bulletin boards

    Announce this at Back to School Night!

    Personally invite families and staff to participate – More Details Coming Soon! 


     

    6. 10/2 Expert discussion on Common Core State Standards for Math 


    Math Education in SF is Changing - Right Now!  

    Join us for an expert discussion on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics.  


    Dear SFUSD Families, 


    We are excited to anno unce that Presidio will be hosting a district-wide Math Education Night on October 2, featuring Jo Boaler, PhD, a Stanford professor of mathematics education and nationally renowned expert on math-education reform.  Dr. Boaler serves as an adviser to several Silicon Valley companies, and as a White House presenter on girls and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  She recently formed www.youcubed.org to give teachers and parents the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics.


    Dr. Boaler will discuss the changes in math education under the Common Core State Standards and explain what we can expect in both content and practice. This program will be open to all families in the SF Unified School District. 


    We encourage you to join us for this special event and to share this with other SFUSD families. Older children (middle school and up) are also welcome to attend.


    Translation and light refreshments will be provided.


    Date:  Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 6pm to 7:30

    Location: Presidio Middle School Auditorium, 450 30th Avenue, between Geary & Anza.

    Parking:  Parking will be available in the lower yard located off 29th Avenue.


    This is a free event, but please sign up to help us gauge attendance levels:  

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/math-education-night-tickets-13060238525    


    There is no need to print your tickets to attend the event.  


    Thank you!

    Tony Payne

    Presidio Middle School Principal


    Organized & Hosted by the San Francisco Unified School District, Presidio Middle School & the Presidio PTSA.

    Questions?  Contact Suz, Presidio PTSA Communications Co-Chair at presidioptsa@gmail.com



    7. Apply for PTA scholarships and grants- due 10/15


    California State PTA provides funding (on average $500-$2,000) for PTAs in good standing to develop, sponsor and implement model programs and projects for their communities with the California State PTA Grants Program.


    The Grant Program is designed for PTAs to build and grow student achievement, parent engagement and family involvement to make a difference in their community. Grants for PTA units, councils and districts are available in four (4) areas for your programs and projects:

    • Parent Education Grants
    • Cultural Arts Grants
    • Outreach Translation Grants
    • Healthy Lifestyle Grants

    For more information, see the CAPTA website here.


    California State PTA also offers scholarships ($500) to encourage PTA members to continue their education and pursue studies in higher education in California. The Continuing Education Scholarship Program recognizes volunteer service by providing funds for PTA members to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in the State. For more information on scholarships, click here.



    8. Invite a School Board member to your school this year


    A great way to let the school district and its leadership know what is happening at your school is to invite a school board members to visit you. You can find their contact information on the SFUSD website here


    School Board Commissioner Matt Haney has expressed interest in meeting with parent groups this year to hear their thoughts and concerns, and asked us to communicate that to you. You can contact him at MattHaney@sfusd.edu and invite him to your PTA or ELAC meetings, principal coffee chats, or just a simple walkthrough of your school to show him what's happening. His best availability is mornings, daytime, and weekends (think- gathering a group of parents at a coffee shop on a Saturday morning). Commissioner Haney may also reach out to you directly through your sfpta email address.



    Have a great week!


    -Second District PTA Executive Board

    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop

    September 25, 2014
    1. Second District PTA endorses Prop C!
    2. To-do list for Prop E, the Soda Tax
    3. Talking about ballot measures to your PTA- the dos and don'ts
    4. So what about that rumored teachers' strike?
    5. 9/27 SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference 
    6. 10/2 Expert discussion on Common Core State Standards for Math
    7. Apply for PTA scholarships and grants- first due 10/15
    8. Invite a School Board member to your school this year
    And for the information:

    1. Second District PTA endorses Prop C!

    From Stephanie LeBeau - Thanks everybody for coming out yesterday and supporting the Second District PTA. The association voted to endorse Prop. C - Congratulations! This is a "vote of a generation" $125 million dollars per year for the next 25 years...please spread the word! Our Superintendent, Richard Carranza enjoyed listening to our Prop. C committee study report - great job Michelle Parker, Kari Gray, Leah Tarlen & Molly Hankowitz. I also would like to give a shout out to the rest of our city PTA board, who work tirelessly for all the parents and children of San Francisco - Mary Ellen Howard Rogers, Dave Martin, Shellie Wiener, Albert Ko, Jackie Wise, Kwan Wang, Carol Kocivar, Terry Norbury, Kimberely Thompson and Cathy Meyer for a great night. GO TEAM! cheers, Stephanie, District PTA President 

    Thanks to all who came out to vote. Attached you will find the press release and the report of the study committee, who researched all the PTA resolutions, position statements, policies and planks to find out what authorities we had to take a position on the initiative. As you can imagine, there were LOTS of reasons to support, and so that was the recommendation. Prop C will:
    1. Renew the Children's Fund for 25 more years and increases it to cover unmet needs and disconnected transitional age youth (18-24yr old).
    2. Renew the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF - which covers sports, libraries, art and music in public schools, as well as student support and early education).
    3. Create the Children and Families Council which would create an children and families plan for the city through collaboration of city departments, the mayor, the superintendent, and community members.
    4. Divide the existing Rainy Day Reserve into a City Rainy Day Reserve and a School Rainy Day Reserve.
    To learn more about Prop C, please visit the website . You can also get a window sign, sign up to volunteer as an individual or as a group, or be trained as a speaker or taught how to canvass. Most importantly, tell everyone you know what Prop C is so that they know to vote for it.


    2. To-do list for Prop E, the Soda Tax

    You have likely seen Prop E signs and articles EVERYWHERE over the past few months. If you're following it, you know that the American Beverage Association is putting a lot of money into the NO on E campaign, trying to convince people not to vote yes. This campaign will be won by people like you and me, telling their neighbors and working grassroots up, as San Francisco does best. WE have to be the change and not expect others to do it for us! As aPTA, please choose 1, 2 or all 3 of these things to do in support of Prop E before election day on November 4. Questions? Contact communications@sfpta.org.
    1. LIKE the campaign on Facebook  so you can follow the latest news and be aware of volunteer opportunities. 
    2. Have your school's PTA add it's name to the list of endorsing organizations. The PTAhas already endorsed, so that is not a step you have to take. You will just need to vote to add your PTA's individual name on its own vs. only being included in the big "Second District PTA" endorsement. Our website discusses this a little more here.
    3. Plan a Day of Action for your PTA between now and Nov 4! This could be precinct walking, phone banking, or other visibility activities. Emailcommunications@sfpta.org with questions or ideas and check out our website  for more details.

    3. Talking about ballot measures to your PTA - the dos and don'ts

    It's time for the refresher course on how and when PTAs can legally talk about these great ballot measures we are supporting this November!

    First, PTA is a 501c3, which means we can only support issues and never candidates. This is why we can take positions on ballot measures (issues) and not on who you should vote for for school board (candidates). There is a law in place that does not allow for campaigning on school properties without the proper permitting. So, unless your PTA would like to arrange that with the Real Estate office for your PTA meeting (it will mean paying a rental fee) you need to follow these instructions:
    • DO send as much information about the campaign, encouraging people to vote yes, as you like, through PTA-owned channels, i.e. your yahoo groups, email newsletters, website, etc.
    • DON'T bring campaign materials on school property. Instead, stand on the public sidewalk to hand people window signs, volunteer sign-ups, etc.
    • DO share the facts about the measure on your school site at a PTA meeting. That means no persuasive language like "Please vote YES on C and E." We are working on getting a fact-only SFUSD approved flier for you to share for Prop C, and you can use the SFUSD approved fact-only fliers for the Soda Tax from our website here. (we will try to update them so they say Prop E)
    • DON'T use SFUSD owned copy machines to copy campaign/persuasive literature for any ballot measure. Instead, take it to a copy shop. You can also contact either campaign for literature to be brought to you.
    If you would someone to come speak with your PTA about either/both of these measures, please contact us at communications@sfpta.org.


    4. So what about the rumored teachers' strike?
    Some of our PTAs have been approached by teachers at their schools to come out in support of the teachers in contract negotiations and to sign petitions. The PTA has a very specific policy stating that PTAs must stay neutral in contract negotiations due to the make up of our membership. You can read the policy here  (it's not too long). Plus, there is no way parents will have the whole picture when deciding a position because we do not have a seat at the collective bargaining table. What you CAN do is educate your members on what is happening. Updates are legally required and you can find the latest on the district's website . If you listen to one side, be open to other. The best position is always one of keeping the children's best interests in mind and letting all of the adults working in our schools know that you value them and their work.


    5. 9/27 SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

    PLEASE ATTEND!  2nd Annual SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

    Saturday, September 27th From 9:00am to 3:00pm

    James Denman Middle School

    241 Oneida Avenue, across the street from the Balboa MUNI/BART Station.

     

    READY to make a difference? SET to learn, share and build together? Then GO to the Family Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27!  

    9:00am:  Community Resource Fair

    10:00am:  Exciting Speakers and Interactive Workshops Start

     

    We’ll provide free breakfast and lunch, child care and interpretation while you check out the resource fair and interactive workshops.

     

    Look for more information and an agenda in your Wednesday envelope in the next couple of weeks.

    Register for childcare or interpretation by calling the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 415-241-6185 for Spanish or English or 415-749-3410 for Cantonese or Mandarin, or by filling out the online form at this link http://www.sfusd.edu/en/family-and-community-support/family-empowerment-conference.html         or printing out the form and faxing it to 415-522-6724.

     

    SPREAD THE WORD!

    Put the date in your school calendar

    Put a blurb in your school newsletter and on SchoolLoop

    Put this on the agenda and encourage your SSC, ELAC, and other leaders to attend

    Hang flyers on your school bulletin boards

    Announce this at Back to School Night!

    Personally invite families and staff to participate – More Details Coming Soon! 

     
    6. 10/2 Expert discussion on Common Core State Standards for Math 

    Math Education in SF is Changing - Right Now!  
    Join us for an expert discussion on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics.  

    Dear SFUSD Families, 

    We are excited to anno unce that Presidio will be hosting a district-wide Math Education Night on October 2, featuring Jo Boaler, PhD, a Stanford professor of mathematics education and nationally renowned expert on math-education reform.  Dr. Boaler serves as an adviser to several Silicon Valley companies, and as a White House presenter on girls and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  She recently formed www.youcubed.org     to give teachers and parents the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics.

    Dr. Boaler will discuss the changes in math education under the Common Core State Standards and explain what we can expect in both content and practice. This program will be open to all families in the SF Unified School District. 

    We encourage you to join us for this special event and to share this with other SFUSD families. Older children (middle school and up) are also welcome to attend.

    Translation and light refreshments will be provided.

    Date:  Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 6pm to 7:30
    Location: Presidio Middle School Auditorium, 450 30th Avenue, between Geary & Anza.
    Parking
    :  Parking will be available in the lower yard located off 29th Avenue.

    This is a free event, but please sign up to help us gauge attendance levels:  

    There is no need to print your tickets to attend the event.  

    Thank you!
    Tony Payne
    Presidio Middle School Principal

    Organized & Hosted by the San Francisco Unified School District, Presidio Middle School & the Presidio PTSA.
    Questions?  Contact Suz, Presidio PTSA Communications Co-Chair at presidioptsa@gmail.com
    7. Apply for PTA scholarships and grants- due 10/15

    California State PTA provides funding (on average $500-$2,000) for PTAs in good standing to develop, sponsor and implement model programs and projects for their communities with the California State PTA Grants Program.

    The Grant Program is designed for PTAs to build and grow student achievement, parent engagement and family involvement to make a difference in their community. Grants for PTAunits, councils and districts are available in four (4) areas for your programs and projects:
    • Parent Education Grants
    • Cultural Arts Grants
    • Outreach Translation Grants
    • Healthy Lifestyle Grants
    For more information, see the CAPTA website here.

    California State PTA also offers scholarships ($500) to encourage PTA members to continue their education and pursue studies in higher education in California. The Continuing Education Scholarship Program recognizes volunteer service by providing funds for PTA members to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in the State. For more information on scholarships, click here.


    8. Invite a School Board member to your school this year


    A great way to let the school district and its leadership know what is happening at your school is to invite a school board members to visit you. You can find their contact information on the SFUSD website here


    School Board Commissioner Matt Haney has expressed interest in meeting with parent groups this year to hear their thoughts and concerns, and asked us to communicate that to you. You can contact him at MattHaney@sfusd.edu and invite him to your PTA or ELAC meetings, principal coffee chats, or just a simple walkthrough of your school to show him what's happening. His best availability is mornings, daytime, and weekends (think- gathering a group of parents at a coffee shop on a Saturday morning). Commissioner Haney may also reach out to you directly through your sfpta email address.



    Have a great week!


    -Second District PTA Executive Board
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 11:06 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)

    This week in 

    The Second District Scoop

    September 11, 2014

    1. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15
    2. Vote on PTA Endorsement of Prop C at 9/15 meeting
    3. PTA Reflections Program info
    4. Parent Information Night 9/18 on new CA assessments/testing 
    5. SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference 9/27
    6. Thanks for attending Officer Training on Saturday
    7. How-to for parking lot fundraisers
    8. New Membership Remittance Form


    And for the information:


    1. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15


    Please join us for our Annual Superintendent Reception this Monday, September 15 at 6:30 at The Impact Hub (Chronicle Building, 925 Mission St)! Because we know you are all busy, we decided to consolidate this reception with our general meeting to leave you more nights free amidst all the Back to School Nights and homework help. The general meeting will begin at 6:30 with a bit of business (our 14-15 budget for approval is attached to this email) and then Superintendent Carranza will join us at 7pm, after which we will present membership awards and have an advocacy discussion with a vote on Prop C and an update of how to be involved with the Soda Tax (Prop E) this fall. Please RSVP here . Bring a friend and bring your kids! We look forward to seeing you.



    2. Vote on PTA Endorsement of Prop C at 9/15 meeting


    One of the measures on the local November ballot is Prop C, which covers the four things listed below and summarized in this article. We formed a study committee to review the existing PTA authorities to take a position on the measure and it will present a report to the membership on Monday night at our general meeting with a recommendation of support or oppose. Please be sure to show up and use your voice to vote! We will send the report to you all this weekend for review prior to the vote.

    1. Renews the Children's Fund for 25 more years and increases it to cover unmet needs and disconnected transitional age youth (18-24yr old).
    2. Renews the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF - which covers sports, libraries, art and music in public schools, as well as student support and early education).
    3. Creates the Children and Families Council which would create an children and families plan for the city through collaboration of city departments, the mayor, the superintendent, and community members.
    4. Divides the existing Rainy Day Reserve into a City Rainy Day Reserve and a School Rainy Day Reserve.


    3. PTA Reflections Program Info


    The Theme this year is  "The world would be a better place if...." (Flyer attached)


    This year, there is a new Division--- Special Arts Division:


    The Art Areas as Below: 

    Dance Choreography

    Film Production

    Literature

    Music Composition

    Photography

    Visual Arts


    Divisions

    Primary  - Preschool - Grade 2

    Intermediate - Grades 3-5

    Middle/Junior - Grades 6-8

    Senior - Grades 9-12

    Special Artist - Non- Graded


    Special Artist Division

    This year a new division of the Reflections program was introduced – the Special Artist Division. This is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines in the American Disabilities Act.


    Qualifying students create their own artwork. But, they may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult.


    Students who qualify for the Special Artist Division may choose to enter in the traditional four grade divisions.


    If this is the case, students will follow all general and arts category rules, but may submit an entry in the grade division most closely aligned to their cognitive or functional abilities. The student is then recognized and awarded as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges.



    4. Parent Information Night 9/18 on new CA assessments/testing


    Learn More about New Testing for New Standards on Sept. 18

    This is the first year the new Smarter Balanced Assessments  will measure student success in meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Join SFUSD at one of their parent information sessions on Thursday Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Civic Center Secondary School Auditorium to learn how the new test will measure student learning in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Staff from the humanities, math and educational technology departments will be on hand to share information.

    -         To RSVP, contact the Assessments Office at aao@sfusd.edu or 415-241-6400.

    -         See the flyers attached for more information



    5. SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference


    SAVE THE DATE!  2nd Annual SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

    Saturday, September 27th From 9:00am to 3:00pm

    James Denman Middle School

    241 Oneida Avenue, across the street from the Balboa MUNI/BART Station.

     

    READY to make a difference? SET to learn, share and build together? Then GO to the Family Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27!  

    9:00am:  Community Resource Fair

    10:00am:  Exciting Speakers and Interactive Workshops Start

     

    We’ll provide free breakfast and lunch, child care and interpretation while you check out the resource fair and interactive workshops.

     

    Look for more information and an agenda in your Wednesday envelope in the next couple of weeks.

    Register for childcare or interpretation by calling the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 415-241-6185 for Spanish or English or 415-749-3410 for Cantonese or Mandarin, or by filling out the online form at this link http://www.sfusd.edu/en/family-and-community-support/family-empowerment-conference.html or printing out the form and faxing it to 415-522-6724.

     

    SPREAD THE WORD!

    Put the date in your school calendar

    Put a blurb in your school newsletter and on SchoolLoop

    Put this on the agenda and encourage your SSC, ELAC, and other leaders to attend

    Hang flyers on your school bulletin boards

    Announce this at Back to School Night!

    Personally invite families and staff to participate – More Details Coming Soon!



    6. Thanks for attending Officer Training on Saturday


    Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to our training last weekend! We hope you got a lot out of it. We will be posting all of the resources shared to our website in the next week, so keep your eyes open for materials you can share with fellow officers who weren't able to attend.



    7. How-to for parking lot fundraisers


    With lots of street and music festivals upon us this fall, we want to remind you how to go about holding a parking lot fundraiser to benefit your PTA. Through work with the City of SF, PTAs do not have to collect taxes from people who pay to park in our school lots, but there is a protocol to follow, which includes getting a permit through the Second District PTA, working with the SFUSD real estate office, and getting an insurance rider through your PTA insurance. Guidelines can be found on our website and for other questions please contact Michelle at communications@sfpta.org



    8. New Membership Remittance Form


    Here is the form that you will complete when submitting all membership dues, insurance fees, and workers' comp fees. It includes information on where to send the form and payment. Please mark your calendars to remit whatever dues you have on the 1st of every month so that nothing sits on your desk waiting to get lost!



    Have a great week!


    -Second District PTA Executive Board

  • Wednesday, September 03, 2014 10:56 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)

    This week in 

    The Second District Scoop

    September 3, 2014

    1. PTA Officer Training THIS SATURDAY
    2. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15
    3. How-to for parking lot fundraisers
    4. New Membership Remittance Form
    5. Are you increasing your PTA membership?
    6. SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference 9/27


    And for the information:


    1. PTA Officer Training THIS SATURDAY


    Don't miss our PTA Officer Training (PTA U) THIS SATURDAY, September 6 from 8:30am-1pm. Please register here . There will be workshops for PTA finance, Presidents, Treasurers, Parliamentarians, Membership Chairs, Reflections, and Secretaries. 


    The Prop C (ballot measure for Children's Fund and PEEF renewals) Campaign Kickoff happens the same morning so PTA members are welcome to join the rally before coming to the training. Because the PTA has not yet taken a position, the rally will not be an official part of the day's activities.


    We are fortunate to have CA PTA representatives presenting at our training. CAPTA Treasurer Time Davidson will present on PTA Finance and teach the Treasurer's class. A member of the state Reflections committee will be here to answer all your questions about participating in this fantastic program in time for you to organize and have students submit artwork. The Theme this year is  "The world would be a better place if...."



    2. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15


    Please join us for our Annual Superintendent Reception on Monday, September 15 at 6:30! Because we know you are all busy, we decided to consolidate this reception with our general meeting to leave you more nights free amidst all the Back to School Nights and homework help. The general meeting will begin at 6:30 with a bit of business (our 14-15 budget for approval is attached to this email) and then Superintendent Carranza will join us at 7pm, after which we will have an advocacy discussion with a vote on Prop C and an update of how to be involved with the Soda Tax (Prop E) this fall. Please RSVP here. Bring a friend and bring your kids! We look forward to seeing you.



    3. How-to for parking lot fundraisers


    With lots of street and music festivals upon us this fall, we want to remind you how to go about holding a parking lot fundraiser to benefit your PTA. Through work with the City of SF, PTAs do not have to collect taxes from people who pay to park in our school lots, but there is a protocol to follow, which includes getting a permit through the Second District PTA, working with the SFUSD real estate office, and getting an insurance rider through your PTA insurance. Guidelines can be found on our website and for other questions please contact Michelle at communications@sfpta.org



    4. New Membership Remittance Form


    Here is the form that you will complete when submitting all membership dues, insurance fees, and workers' comp fees. It includes information on where to send the form and payment. Please mark your calendars to remit whatever dues you have on the 1st of every month so that nothing sits on your desk waiting to get lost!



    5. Are you increasing your PTA membership?


    It's time to build your membership for the year! Do you know how many members you had last year? Have you set a goal to have even more this year? Email membership@sfpta.org if you don't know, but want to. The more members you have, the stronger your collective voice is in advocating for your children, and the stronger our voice is as a district PTA when working on behalf of children and families. Here are some great tips  for organizing your membership campaign. Perks  for your members! And incentives and awards  for reaching membership goals.



    6. SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference


    SAVE THE DATE!  2nd Annual SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

    Saturday, September 27th From 9:00am to 3:00pm

    James Denman Middle School

    241 Oneida Avenue, across the street from the Balboa MUNI/BART Station.

     

    READY to make a difference? SET to learn, share and build together? Then GO to the Family Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27!  

    9:00am:  Community Resource Fair

    10:00am:  Exciting Speakers and Interactive Workshops Start

     

    We’ll provide free breakfast and lunch, child care and interpretation while you check out the resource fair and interactive workshops.

     

    Look for more information and an agenda in your Wednesday envelope in the next couple of weeks.

    Register for childcare or interpretation by calling the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 415-241-6185 for Spanish or English or 415-749-3410 for Cantonese or Mandarin, or by filling out the online form at this link http://www.sfusd.edu/en/family-and-community-support/family-empowerment-conference.html   or printing out the form and faxing it to 415-522-6724.

     

    SPREAD THE WORD!

    Put the date in your school calendar

    Put a blurb in your school newsletter and on SchoolLoop

    Put this on the agenda and encourage your SSC, ELAC, and other leaders to attend

    Hang flyers on your school bulletin boards

    Announce this at Back to School Night!

    Personally invite families and staff to participate – More Details Coming Soon!



    Have a great week!


    -Second District PTA Executive Board


    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop

    September 3, 2014
    1. PTA Officer Training THIS SATURDAY
    2. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15
    3. How-to for parking lot fundraisers
    4. New Membership Remittance Form
    5. Are you increasing your PTA membership?
    6. SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference 9/27

    And for the information:

    1. PTA Officer Training THIS SATURDAY

    Don't miss our PTA Officer Training (PTA U) THIS SATURDAY, September 6 from 8:30am-1pm. Please register here . There will be workshops for PTA finance, Presidents, Treasurers, Parliamentarians, Membership Chairs, Reflections, and Secretaries. 

    The Prop C (ballot measure for Children's Fund and PEEF renewals) Campaign Kickoff happens the same morning so PTA members are welcome to join the rally before coming to the training. Because the PTA has not yet taken a position, the rally will not be an official part of the day's activities.

    We are fortunate to have CA PTA representatives presenting at our training. CAPTA Treasurer Time Davidson will present on PTA Finance and teach the Treasurer's class. A member of the state Reflections committee will be here to answer all your questions about participating in this fantastic program in time for you to organize and have students submit artwork. The Theme this year is  "The world would be a better place if...."


    2. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15

    Please join us for our Annual Superintendent Reception on Monday, September 15 at 6:30! Because we know you are all busy, we decided to consolidate this reception with our general meeting to leave you more nights free amidst all the Back to School Nights and homework help. The general meeting will begin at 6:30 with a bit of business (our 14-15 budget for approval is attached to this email) and then Superintendent Carranza will join us at 7pm, after which we will have an advocacy discussion with a vote on Prop C and an update of how to be involved with the Soda Tax (Prop E) this fall. Please RSVP here  . Bring a friend and bring your kids! We look forward to seeing you.


    3. How-to for parking lot fundraisers

    With lots of street and music festivals upon us this fall, we want to remind you how to go about holding a parking lot fundraiser to benefit your PTA. Through work with the City of SF, PTAs do not have to collect taxes from people who pay to park in our school lots, but there is a protocol to follow, which includes getting a permit through the Second District PTA, working with the SFUSD real estate office, and getting an insurance rider through your PTA insurance. Guidelines can be found on our website    and for other questions please contact Michelle at communications@sfpta.org


    4. New Membership Remittance Form

    Here is the form  that you will complete when submitting all membership dues, insurance fees, and workers' comp fees. It includes information on where to send the form and payment. Please mark your calendars to remit whatever dues you have on the 1st of every month so that nothing sits on your desk waiting to get lost!


    5. Are you increasing your PTA membership?
    It's time to build your membership for the year! Do you know how many members you had last year? Have you set a goal to have even more this year? Emailmembership@sfpta.org if you don't know, but want to. The more members you have, the stronger your collective voice is in advocating for your children, and the stronger our voice is as a district PTA when working on behalf of children and families. Here are some great tips  for organizing your membership campaign.Perks  for your members! And incentives and awards  for reaching membership goals.



    6. SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

    SAVE THE DATE!  2nd Annual SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

    Saturday, September 27th From 9:00am to 3:00pm

    James Denman Middle School

    241 Oneida Avenue, across the street from the Balboa MUNI/BART Station.

     

    READY to make a difference? SET to learn, share and build together? Then GOto the Family Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27!  

    9:00am:  Community Resource Fair

    10:00am:  Exciting Speakers and Interactive Workshops Start

     

    We’ll provide free breakfast and lunch, child care and interpretation while you check out the resource fair and interactive workshops.

     

    Look for more information and an agenda in your Wednesday envelope in the next couple of weeks.

    Register for childcare or interpretation by calling the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 415-241-6185 for Spanish or English or 415-749-3410for Cantonese or Mandarin, or by filling out the online form at this linkhttp://www.sfusd.edu/en/family-and-community-support/family-empowerment-conference.html   or printing out the form and faxing it to 415-522-6724.

     

    SPREAD THE WORD!

    Put the date in your school calendar

    Put a blurb in your school newsletter and on SchoolLoop

    Put this on the agenda and encourage your SSC, ELAC, and other leaders to attend

    Hang flyers on your school bulletin boards

    Announce this at Back to School Night!

    Personally invite families and staff to participate – More Details Coming Soon!



    Have a great week!


    -Second District PTA Executive Board

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:36 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in
    The Second District Scoop
    August 28, 2014

    1. Welcome from our President
    2. Will you join the Prop C PTA study committee?
    3. PTA Officer Training: PTA U 9/6
    4. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15
    5. PTA Finances reminders
    6. How-to for parking lot fundraisers
    7. Contacting district PTA officers for support
    8. New PTA officer email groups

    And for the information:

    1. Welcome from our President

    Are you settled in to the school year yet? We hope your "parent homework" is finished and that you are ready for a great fall! We are really excited to see many of you at our upcoming meetings. Attached is a welcome letter from our president, Stephanie LeBeau.


    2. Will you join the Prop C study committee?

    We are looking for a few PTA members to participate on a committee that will look at PTA authorities to recommend a position on Prop C - the SF ballot measure in November that calls for the renewals of the Children's Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), the creation of the Our Children Our Families Council, and adjustments to the Rainy Day Reserve. This is a great opportunity to see how the PTA endorsement process works and will only require a couple hours of your time between now and September 15. The committee recommendation will be heard at the September 15th General Meeting and the entire district PTA membership will take a vote in accordance. Please contact Michelle at communications@sfpta.org by Tuesday, Sept 2 if you are interested in helping.


    3. PTA Officer Training: PTA U 9/6

    Did you miss our May training for all PTA officers? Don't worry! You will have another opportunity to learn how to do your best in your job on Saturday, September 6 from 8:30am-1pm. Please register here .

    The Prop C (ballot measure for Children's Fund and PEEF renewals) Campaign Kickoff happens the same morning so PTA members are welcome to join the rally before coming to the training. Because the PTA has not yet taken a position, the rally will not be an official part of the day's activities.

    We are fortunate to have CA PTA representatives presenting at our training. CAPTA Treasurer Time Davidson will present on PTA Finance and teach the Treasurer's class. A member of the state Reflections committee will be here to answer all your questions about participating in this fantastic program in time for you to organize and have students submit artwork. The Theme this year is "The world would be a better place if...."


    4. Annual Superintendent Reception and General Meeting 9/15

    Please join us for our Annual Superintendent Reception on Monday, September 15 at 6:30! Because we know you are all busy, we decided to consolidate this reception with our general meeting to leave you more nights free amidst all the Back to School Nights and homework help. The general meeting will begin at 6:30 with a bit of business (our 14-15 budget for approval is attached to this email) and then Superintendent Carranza will join us at 7pm, after which we will have an advocacy discussion with a vote on Prop C and an update of how to be involved with the Soda Tax (Prop E) this fall. Please RSVP here. Bring a friend and bring your kids! We look forward to seeing you.


    5. PTA Finances Reminder

    What should be finished early in the 2014-15 school year
    a. Year-end audit for last year.
    b. Financial Report for 2013-14.
    c. Federal Tax Return 990 for 2013-14 filed.
    d. State Tax Return 199 for 2013-14 filed.
    e. RRF-1 and Raffle Registration (if holding a raffle) for 2014-15 filed.
    f. Non Profit Raffle Report for 2013-14 filed (if applicable).
    g. Items a. and b. presented and adopted by vote at a General Meeting (GM).
    h. Budget for 2014-15 recommended by Executive Board (EB) and adopted by GM.
    i. Outgoing Treasurer’s permanent file for 2013-14.
    j. Forward copies of items a. through f. and h. to 2nd District.

    What should be done between now and February 1, 2015
    a. Present financial report/check ratification at each EB and GM.
    b. Be sure to record all PTA activities in GM minutes to trigger insurance coverage.
    c. Reconcile the bank statement each month-end.
    d. Remit dues to 2nd District at the beginning of each month.
    e. Remit insurance premium to 2nd District by mid-November ($202 in 2013-14).
    f. Revise budget as necessary and vote to adopt changes at GM.
    g. Appoint (if not elected) auditor by December GM.
    h. Do mid-year audit in January (half-way through year).
    i. Submit Workers’ Compensation Report and payment (if required) to 2nd District by January 15, 2015.

    Join us for the Officer Training on September 6, 2014 for additional training and tips. You can also find this list and other resources on our website here.


    6. How-to for parking lot fundraisers

    With lots of street and music festivals upon us this fall, we want to remind you how to go about holding a parking lot fundraiser to benefit your PTA. Through work with the City of SF, PTAs do not have to collect taxes from people who pay to park in our school lots, but there is a protocol to follow, which includes getting a permit through the Second District PTA, working with the SFUSD real estate office, and getting an insurance rider through your PTA insurance. Guidelines can be found on our website and for other questions please contact Michelle at communications@sfpta.org.


    7. Contacting district PTA officers for support

    You can find contact information for all members of the district PTA executive board here. For quick reference, you may be trying to get a hold of these folks in the very near future. :)

    8. New PTA officer email groups

    This year we are continuing two email groups from last year, one for PTA presidents, and one for treasurers. We have also added one for communication chairs and membership chairs. Presidents were included on ALL lists so they would be aware of conversations happening and information being shared. If there is someone on your board who would like to included on any of these lists, or if the president would like to be removed because someone else on the board is handling that position, please send an email to communications@sfpta.org. You can also manage your receipt of these emails online through links at the bottom of the emails or through your gmail account ("groups" app). Options include web-only viewing, daily digest, or single emails (which is what everyone was automatically set as). To unsubcribe, use the links at the bottom of the emails or let us know you would like to be removed. These groups were instituted so that you all would have more opportunity to learn and share with one another.


    Have a great week!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board


  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:29 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)


    You are receiving this email because you are a PTA officer at your school. It will arrive in your inbox each week during the school year with critical reminders of deadlines and events, tips for doing your job better, and resources for your community.

    This week in
    The Second District Scoop
    June 24, 2014
    1. IMPORTANT Note re: PTA Insurance
    2. We need your feedback to make PTA communications better
    3. Materials from PTA Officer Trainings
    4. What's next for the Soda Tax?

    And for the information:


    1. IMPORTANT Note re: PTA Insurance

    Hello friends and fellow members, I hope this is finding you well. Please find below a message from our State PTA Leadership Commission regarding our PTA insurance and unit requirements.

    As leaders in the PTA, each board member has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the assets of the association. Please familiarize yourself with this document. Thank you!

    We appreciate your time, efforts and leadership. GO TEAM! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    cheers,
    Stephanie LeBeau
    Second District PTA, President
    stephaniepta@aol.com
    president@sfpta.org
    www.sfpta.org
    415) 756-8887 cell/text


    This school year is coming to a close and it’s already time to plan for next year’s activities!

    When you plan your PTA’s programs and events, remember to check over the Insurance and Loss Prevention guide. This is the booklet with the red, yellow and green pages that will tell you exactly what events and activities a PTA can and cannot have.

    Pay particular attention to the red page- these activities are not allowed by our insurance coverage and they are very clear about this. (the statement below is from the guide’s Red page)

    The following activities and events are prohibited. Individual PTA officers may be held personally liable
    for conducting any of the events listed below.

    All PTAs should be aware that violation of established California State PTA policies,
    including the sponsoring of prohibited activities, can result in withdrawal of the PTA's charter.

    THESE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT ALLOWED, EVEN IF VENDOR HAS OWN INSURANCE.

    Directors and officers liability insurance and bonding insurance specifics are on pages 17 and 18 of the guide. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you READ these pages, and they are attached.

    The Bonding insurance page talks about what isn’t covered (there’s no property insurance, for example) and certain issues that would mean your unit would not be covered. (Such as a unit not following PTA financial procedures!)

    Make sure your entire board understands all insurance requirements and restrictions.

    Our insurance broker’s website is www.pta.bbt-knight.com The site has has an updated approved vendor list, it has the red, green and yellow pages in English AND Spanish, and has any forms you might need. It even has the guide!


    2. We need your feedback to make PTA communications better

    We want to make sure we are communicating with you the way you want to be communicated with, and are trying all kinds of new things this year (i.e. this e-newsletter, social media, etc.). Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to give feedback on this newsletter, our website, our social media platforms, and what you would like to learn about in the communication world. Your opinion matters! THANK YOU!


    3. Materials from PTA Officer Trainings

    Did you miss our President and/or Officer Trainings in May? Check out our website for resources and materials shared, as well as to register for our officer training in September - PTA University!


    4. What's next for the Soda Tax?

    We had a great group of parents attend the Information Session on May 31, and the campaign was thrilled to get 10 new volunteers signed up to get the word out about this important effort! We could really use your help this summer and fall - please fill out this very short form to let us know when you can spend 90 minutes volunteering for the campaign. Thank you!


    Have a great summer and we'll be in touch before too long!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board

    Contact:
    Michelle Parker
    VP Communications
    communications@sfpta.org
    415/260.8672
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:16 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop

    May 28, 2014
     
    1. End of the year note from our President
    2. LAST DAY- please turn in your Annual Reports 
    3. THIS WEEK- please turn in New Officer Contact Lists
    4. May 31, this Saturday: New PTA Officers Training, 8:30am-12:00pm
    5. May 31, this Saturday: Soda Tax Information Session, 12:30pm
    6. Please, please, please take 10 minutes for this PTA Communication Survey today! 
    7. Ed100.org - Check it out!

    And for the information:


    1. End of the year note from our President

    Dear friends and fellow members,  

    As we close this school year, I would like to take this time to especially thank you for working tirelessly to engage our families and bring them the opportunity to build community and serve community.  Your work is an important part of the PTA legacy and we appreciate you very much.  

    Have a wonderful and safe summer holiday.  
    Yours sincerely, Stephanie LeBeau, Second District PTA President 



    2. LAST DAY - Please turn in your Annual Report

    All PTAs in San Francisco must turn in their Annual Report ASAP (it was due by May 15th). Here is the form; you may send it in by email to historian@sfpta.org. The most important part of this document is the record of your PTA's volunteer hours. Hopefully you have been tracking them throughout the year. If you haven't, please work with your volunteer leaders to make a good estimate. This number is important for us to be able to substantiate your work as a non-profit organization. What counts as volunteer hours? See this handy flyer for ideas!


    3. THIS WEEK - Please turn in New Officer Contact Lists
    We also need the contact information for all of your PTA's newly elected officers as soon as the election takes place so that we can make sure they have all the resources they need to be successful next year. You could say that by turning this information this month, you are giving your new board the best gift they could ask for! The officer contact list template can be found here (3rd form down) and is also attached. Please send the completed report to communications@sfpta.org. If you have not yet held your PTA elections, please send us a note letting us know when they will happen or if you need help/support.


    4. May 31, this Saturday: New PTA Officers Training, 8:30am-12pm

    Calling all new PTA officers for 2014-2015! Don't miss your chance to learn about your new role and how to do it well on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:30-12:00 at the Chronicle Building on Mission and 5th Street. We will start with a vote on the Second District PTA bylaws, and then will train you on bylaws, finances, and the following officer positions (anyone may attend any of the sessions):
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Parliamentarian
    • Communications
    • Membership
    • Ed100.org   NEW!
    Please let us know if you need childcare for the meeting, or if Spanish or Chinese interpretation services are needed.

    Register now and pass this information to all your newly elected officers! If you can, stay for the Soda Tax information session immediately following the training. Lunch will be served at 12 and the session (described in detail below) will begin at 12:30.


    5. May 31, this Saturday: Soda Tax Information Session, 12:30pm

    Attend an information session immediately following the May 31st officer training from 12:30-1:30pm. The meeting will be at 901 Mission Street (Chronicle Building). Lunch will be provided beginning at 12:00pm and then you will have a chance to ask more questions of the campaign manager and other leaders in the effort so you will be better able to answer questions that come your way.


    6. Please, please, please take 10 minutes for this PTA Communications Survey today!
    We want to make sure we are communicating with you the way you want to be communicated with, and are trying all kinds of new things this year (i.e. this e-newsletter, social media, etc.). Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to give feedback on this newsletter, our website, our social media platforms, and what you would like to learn about in the communication world. Your opinion matters! THANK YOU!



    7. Ed100.org - Check it out!



    A new FREE resource to help support PTA parent leaders.

    California’s Education System is Changing Fast. 

    Learn How It Really Works, So You Can Make a Difference.

    We created Ed100 to help you become an informed leader in the work of making schools better. This is particularly important now, because your local community has more say than ever before about how education dollars are spent at your school.

    Use the LCAP Parent Checklist template. This template will help you determine “next steps” to make your schools better. Your PTA and school community can work on it together to provide input on your Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). It includes handy links to Ed100 lessons and other resources.

    A project of

    Full Circle FundWorking with the

    California State PTA

    to create informed parent leaders.



    Have a great final week of school!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board
  • Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:45 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop

    May 22, 2014
     
    1. TONIGHT: SFUSD presents its Draft LCAP at 6pm
    2. ALL UNITS- please turn in your Annual Reports and New Officer Contact Lists
    3. May 31: New PTA Officers Training, 8:30am-12:00pm
    4. May 31: Soda Tax Information Session, 12:30pm
    5. Add your PTA's name to the endorsement list
    6. Post-event recap- PTA Presidents Training

    And for the information:


    1. TONIGHT: SFUSD presents its Draft LCAP at 6pm

    SFUSD staff will be presenting the Draft Accountability Plan (LCAP) to the community from 6-8pm at 555 Franklin. Come join and learn! More info here.


    2. ALL UNITS: please turn in your annual report and new officers list TODAY

    All PTAs in San Francisco must turn in their Annual Report ASAP (it was due by May 15th). Here is the form; you may send it in by mail or email to historian@sfpta.org. The most important part of this document is the record of your PTA's volunteer hours. Hopefully you have been tracking them throughout the year. If you haven't, please work with your volunteer leaders to make a good estimate. This number is important for us to be able to substantiate your work as a non-profit organization. What counts as volunteer hours? See this handy flyer for ideas!
    We also need the contact information for all of your PTA's newly elected officers as soon as the election takes place so that we can make sure they have all the resources they need to be successful next year. You could say that by turning this information this month, you are giving your new board the best gift they could ask for! The officer contact list template can be found here (3rd form down) and is also attached. Please send the completed report to communications@sfpta.org. If you have not yet held your PTA elections, please send us a note letting us know when they will happen or if you need help/support.

    A big THANK YOU to the following schools for turning in their New PTA Officers Contact List: AP Giannini, CIS de Avila, Claire Lilienthal, Everett, New Traditions, Francis Scott Key, Peabody, Grattan, Hoover, James Lick, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lawton, Leonard Flynn, Longfellow, Marina, Marshall, Paul Revere, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rooftop, Flex Academy, SF Montessori, Sherman, Ulloa, and Vis Valley Middle. We received 18 new lists over the past week, but that still leaves 37 more schools to turn in information. Don't leave for the summer without doing this!


    3. May 31: New PTA Officers Training, 8:30am-12pm

    Calling all new PTA officers for 2014-2015! Don't miss your chance to learn about your new role and how to do it well on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:30-12:00 at the Chronicle Building on Mission and 5th Street. We will train you on bylaws, finances, and the following officer positions (anyone may attend any of the sessions):
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Parliamentarian
    • Communications
    • Membership
    • Reflections
    Register now and pass this information to all your newly elected officers! If you can, stay for the Soda Tax information session immediately following the training. Lunch will be served at 12 and the session (described in detail below) will begin at 12:30.


    4. May 31: Soda Tax Information Session, 12:30pm

    Attend an information session immediately following the May 31st officer training from 12:30-1:30pm. The meeting will be at 901 Mission Street (Chronicle Building). Lunch will be provided and you will have a chance to ask more questions of the campaign manager and other leaders in the effort so you will be better able to answer questions that come your way.


    5. Add your PTA's name to the endorsement list
    Add your PTA's name to the list of Soda Tax endorsers. Please do this at your final PTA meeting this school year! The district PTA has already endorsed this ballot measure, and to make the biggest impact, showing grassroots support, we'd like to make that list longer. We are asking each PTA unit executive board in San Francisco to consider adding that extra "oomph" by recommending this their membership at the final PTA meeting of the year. To be clear - your PTA has already endorsed this via the district PTA. You will just be showing that your PTA members support his effort enough to add the PTA's individual name to the list.



    6. Post-event Recap- PTA Presidents Training


    We had a great meeting on Monday and met lots of new PTA presidents! Thanks to everyone who came out. If you missed the training you can find most of the documents we handed out that night here. The site will be updated this weekend with the very latest information. We will also offer another training in early September to catch people who couldn't attend Monday.


  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:16 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop

    May 14, 2014
     
    1. Message from our President
    2. ALL UNITS- please turn in your Annual Reports and New Officer Contact Lists
    3. May 19: New PTA Presidents Training, 6:30-9pm
    4. May 31: New PTA Officers Training, 8:30am-12:00pm
    5. Three easy ways you can make a difference for the Soda Tax
    6. Webinars: How to file with IRS, Registry of Charitable Trusts, and Franchise Tax Board (you all need to know how to do this)

    And for the information:


    1. Message from our President

    Hello friends and fellow members,
     
    The State PTA just hosted us in Los Angeles for their 115th convention.  There were 75 workshops and hands-on training opportunities...we had a blast! Enjoy the picture attached. Next year the convention will be held in Sacramento - April 30 through May 3rd.  Please mark your calendars and set aside 24 hours or an entire weekend to be inspired. Thank you!

    Just a few reminders: 
    1) Please submit your new officers list to our VP of Communications at communications@sfpta.orgThis is a State PTA requirement. Your earliest attention is appreciated. 
    2) next Monday, May 19th from 6:30 to 9pm is our President's Retreat and 
    3) Officer training is scheduled for Saturday May 31st, please forward this information to your leaders for 2014-2015 so they can register for both at www.sfpta.org.
    4) Please forward your membership email lists to communications@sfpta.org. We promise to only use it with citywide announcements.
     
    Request: Please print the Superintendent/President note attached and post it on your school bulletin board or in your PTA office.  It's just a little note to say we appreciate your time and dedication!
     
    Thank you for your time and efforts.
     
    GO TEAM!
    cheers,
    Stephanie


    2. ALL UNITS: please turn in your annual report and new officers list TODAY

    All PTAs in San Francisco must turn in their Annual Report by May 15th. Here is the form; you may send it in by mail or email to historian@sfpta.org. The most important part of this document is the record of your PTA's volunteer hours. Hopefully you have been tracking them throughout the year. If you haven't, please work with your volunteer leaders to make a good estimate. This number is important for us to be able to substantiate your work as a non-profit organization. What counts as volunteer hours? See this handy flyer for ideas!
    We also need the contact information for all of your PTA's newly elected officers as soon as the election takes place so that we can make sure they have all the resources they need to be successful next year. You could say that by turning this information this month, you are giving your new board the best gift they could ask for! The officer contact list template can be found here (3rd form down) and is also attached. Please send the completed report to communications@sfpta.org. If you have not yet held your PTA elections, please send us a note letting us know when they will happen or if you need help/support.

    A big THANK YOU to the following schools for turning in their New PTA Officers Contact List: Paul Revere, CIS De Avila, Marina, Longfellow, SF Public Montessori, Grattan, and Claire Lillenthal. We still need contact lists from 55 schools by tomorrow!


    3. May 19: New PTA Presidents Training

    Whether you are a new incoming president or have done this before, you won't want to miss this opportunity to get tools and resources for leading your PTA down the path to success! Join us on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 555 Franklin from 6:30-9:00pmRegister here. Please be sure to pass this information along to your newly elected PTA officers as well, so they won't miss it! If the president cannot come, please send someone in their place. This is also a great opportunity to connect and network with other PTAs.


    4. May 31: New PTA Officers Training

    Calling all new PTA officers for 2014-2015! Don't miss your chance to learn about your new role and how to do it well on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:30-12:00 at the Chronicle Building on Mission and 5th Street. We will train you on bylaws, finances, and the following officer positions (anyone may attend any of the sessions):
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Parliamentarian
    • Communications
    • Membership
    • Reflections
    Register now and pass this information to all your newly elected officers! If you can, stay for the Soda Tax information session immediately following the training. Lunch will be served at 12 and the session (described in detail below) will begin at 12:30.


    5. Three easy ways you can make a difference for the Soda Tax 

    Momentum is building and we have THREE easy ways for you to make a difference for the Soda Tax.
    1. Add your PTA's name to the list of Soda Tax endorsers. Please do this at your final PTA meeting this school year! The district PTA has already endorsed this ballot measure, and to make the biggest impact, showing grassroots support, we'd like to make that list longer. We are asking each PTA unit executive board in San Francisco to consider adding that extra "oomph" by recommending this their membership at the final PTA meeting of the year. To be clear - your PTA has already endorsed this via the district PTA. You will just be showing that your PTA members support his effort enough to add the PTA's individual name to the list.
    2. "Like" the Soda Tax campaign on Facebook and follow it onTwitter. You will be able to keep up to date with the latest news and show your support.
    3. Attend an information session immediately following the May 31st officer training from 12:30-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided and you will have a chance to ask more questions of the campaign manager and other leaders in the effort so you will be better able to answer questions that come your way.

    6. Webinars: How to file with IRS, Registry of Charitable Trusts, and Franchise Tax Board (you all need to know how to do this)

    “What do PTAs need to file with the Internal Revenue Service?”

    Thursday, May 15 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

    Piatti Restaurant in Sacramento

    IN-PERSON:  https://events.benchmarkemail.com/event/AEAD4592C

    WEBINAR:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/441958638  

     

    If you missed sessions one and two, links to view the recorded webinars are below: 

    Session #1:  What do I need to file with the Franchise Tax Board? 
    View recorded webinar 

    Session #2:  What do I need to file with the Registry of Charitable Trusts? 
    View recorded webinar



    Have a great week!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board
  • Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:42 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    You are receiving this email because you are a PTA officer at your school. It will arrive in your inbox each week with critical reminders of deadlines and events, tips for doing your job better, and resources for your community. 

    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    May 1, 2014
    1. A note from our president 
    2. ALL UNITS- please turn in your Annual Report and New Officers List TODAY
    3. May 19: New PTA Presidents Training, 6:30-9pm
    4. May 31: New PTA Officers Training, 8:30am-12:00pm
    And for the information:

    1. A note from our president 
    Hello friends and fellow members, I hope this is finding you well. 
     
    Our State PTA Convention in Los Angeles is fast approaching. Even though you may not be attending this year since it is farther away (next year it will be in Sacramento -April 30th-mark your calendars!)...I wanted to send the Convention Chronicle (pdf attached) so you are in the loop. Many of us from the Second District board are attending. Convention online registration is still open until May 1st at www.capta.org
     
    Your membership is important and we do speak for every child with one voice.  You are 1 in 900,000+ strong in the State of California...did you know that?
     
    Many of our members in San Francisco don't realize that they belong to a very big community of parents working for all of our children's best interest throughout the State.  Our job at the Second District PTA is to provide a service and educate our 8,800+ members on citywide issues that impact our children here.
     
    To do this, we need your help. 
     
    Please send your school member email addresses to our communication chair, Michelle Parker atcommunications@sfpta.org by Wednesday May 7th. This will enable us to mobilize our members.  Thank you!
     
    We promise to only send emails about advocacy and citywide events. I appreciate your time and efforts with this request.
     
    Reminders: Incoming Presidents...we are hosting a retreat for you on Monday May 19th, 6:30-9pm and for incoming officers a training on Saturday May 31st from 8:30-12noon.
     
    Enjoy your day and keep up the good work! We would be nothing without YOU! 
    All the best.
    cheers,
    Stephanie 


    2. ALL UNITS: please turn in your annual report and new officers list TODAY

    All PTAs in San Francisco must turn in their Annual Report by May 15th, though you can certainly turn it in earlier! Here is the form; you may send it in by mail or email to historian@sfpta.org. The most important part of this document is the record of your PTA's volunteer hours. Hopefully you have been tracking them throughout the year. If you haven't, please work with you volunteer leaders to make a good estimate. This number is important for us to be able to substantiate your work as a non-profit organization. What counts as volunteer hours? See this handy flyer for ideas!

    We also need the contact information for all of your PTA's newly elected officers as soon as the election takes place so that we can make sure they have all the resources they need to be successful next year. You could say that by turning this information this month, you are giving your new board the best gift they could ask for! The officer contact list template can be found here (3rd form down) and is also attached. Please send the completed report tocommunications@sfpta.org. If you have not yet held your PTA elections, please send us a note letting us know when they will happen or if you need help/support.

    A big THANK YOU and congratulations to SF Public Montessori PTA for being the first school to turn in their New PTA Officers Contact List! 


    3. May 19: New PTA Presidents Training

    Whether you are a new incoming president or have done this before, you won't want to miss this opportunity to get tools and resources for leading your PTA down the path to success! Join us on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 555 Franklin from 6:30-9:00pmRegister here. Please be sure to pass this information along to your newly elected PTA officers as well, so they won't miss it! If the president cannot come, please send someone in their place. This is also a great opportunity to connect and network with other PTAs.


    4. May 31: New PTA Officers Training

    Calling all new PTA officers for 2014-2015! Don't miss your chance to learn about your new role and how to do it well on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:30-12:00 at the Chronicle Building on Mission and 5th Street. We will train you on bylaws, finances, and the following officer positions (anyone may attend any of the sessions):
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Parliamentarian
    • Communications
    • Membership
    • Reflections
    Register now and pass this information to all your newly elected officers!
     
    Have a great weekend!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board
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