PTA Scoop 9/11: Come talk to the Superintendent next Monday 9/15 and vote on Prop C endorsement, plus lots more below...

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


Music Composition


Visual Arts


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 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 or printing out the form and faxing it to 415-522-6724.



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

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

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