This week in
The Second District Scoop
September 25, 2014
- Second District PTA endorses Prop C!
- To-do list for Prop E, the Soda Tax
- Talking about ballot measures to your PTA- the dos and don'ts
- So what about that rumored teachers' strike?
- 9/27 SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference
- 10/2 Expert discussion on Common Core State Standards for Math
- Apply for PTA scholarships and grants- first due 10/15
- 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:
- Renew the Children's Fund for 25 more years and increases it to cover unmet needs and disconnected transitional age youth (18-24yr old).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LIKE the campaign on Facebook so you can follow the latest news and be aware of volunteer opportunities.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
There is no need to print your tickets to attend the event.
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 email@example.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