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  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:09 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    April 10, 2014
    1. April 14- Final General Meeting of the year: Bylaws, Growing Participation, Advocacy 
    2. April 17: We need to hear from you! Please attend the PTA/SFUSD Community Forum to influence the district's new Accountability Plan
    3. April 16: Special DELAC presentation on the district's new Accountability Plan, and April 24 African American Parent Advisory Council Meeting
    4. Applications due April 18: 1000 Jobs for High School Youth this Summer!
    5. ALL UNITS- please turn in your Annual Report and New Officers List
    And for the information:

    1. April 14- Final General Meeting of the year: Bylaws, Growing Participation, Advocacy 

    Be sure to attend our final General Meeting of the year as we approve revisions to the Second District PTA bylaws, share ways to grow participation and PTA membership at your school site, and facilitate and advocacy training as we prepare for the November 2014 ballot. The meeting will take place on Monday, April 14 at 6:30pm at Sports Basement (1590 Bryant Street). You can register online here. To view the proposed bylaws changes, please view the bylaws summary attached to this email. We will also present our latest financial report. 


    2. April 17: We need to hear from you! Please attend the PTA/SFUSD Community Forum to influence the district's new Accountability Plan

    Please join us on April 17th from 6-8pm at 555 Franklin for a conversation about California's new education funding plan, how it impacts your student's learning, and to give your input on the new Local Control Accountability Plan. Input gathered at this forum and the many smaller focus groups happening around the district all month will be presented to the Superintendent at the end of April. Parent input is critical! We hope you can make it. Please register here. If you aren't able to attend this forum, try to attend another listed here.

    Refreshments and interpretation provided, as well as childwatch for kids over 3 years old. Flyers in English, Spanish and Chinese are attached. Please share them with all parents at your school!


    3. April 16: Special DELAC presentation on the district's new Accountability Plan, and April 24 African American Parent Advisory Council Meeting 

    Wednesday, April 16 – SFUSD's Local Control Accountability Plan In collaboration with the District English Learner Advisory Council (DELAC) we 
    are offering a presentation on Local Control Accountability Plan. This is the part 2 of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)  presentation we had at our 
    February African American  Parent Advisory Council meeting.
    
    If you are interested in finding out more about the district's accountability plan and to share your ideas to shape SFUSD's Accountability Plan, the please 
    come out and join the conversation.
    The presentation will:
    
    
    • Provide information about how new state funding for public schools will support our students to succeed
    • Learn about SFUSD's goals ,priorities and new accountability measures
    • Provide time to share your suggestions to shape our( SFUSD) Local Control Accountability Plan
    Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m. meal, 6:00-7:30 p.m. meeting
    Location: Civic Center Secondary, 727 Golden Gate Avenue Public transportation: Bus lines #5, 47, 49 and Civic Center Station Parking lot entrance on McAllister Provided: Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese interpretation Meal and childcare is available RSVP:
    Llewelyn-VasquezC@sfusd.edu or BarrowL@sfusd.edu *********************************************************** Wednesday, April 23, 2014- African American Parent Advisory Council meeting This is our regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will be held at the Leola Havard Early Elementary School's Auditorium, 1520 Oakdale, from 5:45 to 8 PM. Please bring another SFUSD parent with you!
     
    4. Applications due April 18: 1000 Jobs for High School Youth this Summer


    With the help of local businesses and organizations, the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) is able to offer San Francisco high schoolers a meaningful employment experience that creates a strong link between academic and occupational learning and provides ever important connections to the local job market for youth. 

     

    2014 Summer Program Eligibility

    • Resident of San Francisco
    • Will not have graduated by May 2014
    • 14-17 years old at the start of the program
    •  Able to commit to working 20 hours a week

    Applications Available:  March 24, 2014

    Applications Due: April 18, 2014

     

    call: 415-202-7903 | email: info@myeep.org

    Check www.myeep.org for an online application or pick one up at any of the locations listed on the attached flyer.



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

    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).

    Have a great week!
  • Friday, March 28, 2014 1:07 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    March 28, 2014
    1. Advocacy and Elections: the ins and outs of what your PTA can do
    2. April 14: Next PTA General Meeting - Bylaws, Growing Participation, and Advocacy 
    3. April 17: We need to hear from you! Please attend the PTA/SFUSD Community Forum to influence the district's new Accountability Plan
    4. If you've received a letter from the California State Franchise Tax Board...
    5. Convention Leadership Grant due ASAP
    6. Convention Registration now open
    7. Send us your web links and Facebook events so we can help promote your PTA's events!
    And for the information:

    1. Advocacy and Elections: the ins and outs of what your PTA can do


    As we head into a very busy election season from now until November, we want to remind you about a few PTA and non-profit dos/don'ts. 
    • PTAs may support issues, not candidates.
    • If a PTA leader chooses to personally endorse a candidate he/she may not use his/her PTA title, even for identification purposes.
    • Campaigning and signature gathering may only occur off of school sites, unless an on-site meeting is permitted (through SFUSD Facilities Dept) expressly for political purposes.
    • Many state-wide ballot measures are collecting signatures right now. Individuals may collect signatures while representing themselves (off school property), but the PTA may not encourage or solicit signatures on state-wide measures until/unless the State PTA takes a support position on that particular measure. If you have questions about specific initiatives, please contact us at communications@sfpta.org.
    • The state PTA takes positions on state issues, the district PTA takes positions on city-wide issues, and unit PTAs may take positions on neighborhood and school site issues. All positions should be taken by forming a study committee to discover whether proper authorities exist to support or oppose the issues, and then by taking a vote of the membership. More on this can be found on the PTA website

    2. April 14: Next PTA General Meeting - Bylaws, Growing Participation, and Advocacy 
    Be sure to attend our final General Meeting of the year as we approve revisions to the Second District PTA bylaws, share ways to grow participation and PTA membership at your school site, and facilitate and advocacy training as we prepare for the November 2014 ballot. The meeting will take place on Monday, April 14 at 6:30pm at Sports Basement (1590 Bryant Street). You can register online here. To view the proposed bylaws changes, please view the bylaws summary attached to this email. We will also present our latest financial report. 


    3. April 17: We need to hear from you! Please attend the PTA/SFUSD Community Forum to influence the district's new Accountability Plan

    Please join us on April 17th from 6-8pm at 555 Franklin for a conversation about California's new education funding plan, how it impacts your student's learning, and to give your input on the new Local Control Accountability Plan. Input gathered at this forum and the many smaller focus groups happening around the district all month will be presented to the Superintendent at the end of April. Parent input is critical! We hope you can make it. 

    Refreshments and interpretation provided, as well as childwatch for kids over 3 years old. Flyers in English, Spanish and Chinese are attached. Please share them with all parents at your school!


    4. If you've received a letter from the California State Franchise Tax Board...

    The California State Franchise Tax Board has begun sending “Request for Past Due FTB 199N” notices to small tax-exempt organizations in California, including PTAs.  The notice states that the FTB has no record of the recipient’s 199N filing (for a specified period)  and that the recipient must take action within 30 days.  The notice contains 4 pages of information, instructions and a questionnaire.  Some PTAs are likely to receive this notice soon.   


    Any PTA that receives a notice should immediately forward a copy of Page 1 of the notice to the financialsecretary@sfpta.org. Working with CAPTA, we will research the 199N filings for the PTA, determine what is missing, and ensure that any missing 199Ns are filed for them. In a few cases,  additional information may be requested, such as a confirmation page if a 199N had been previous filed.  And in a few cases, the FTB may require the longer Form 199, if gross income exceeded the 199N limit.



    5. Convention Leadership Grant due ASAP

    The Second District PTA is offering full scholarships for the CA PTA Convention in LA this May to two PTA members in San Francisco who are interested in developing their leadership skills. Convention is, hands down, the best training opportunity for PTA leaders all year. Don't miss it if you can help it! The Convention schedule of workshops is here. The application is attached to this email and is due NOW!


    6. Convention Registration now open

    Have you ever been before? This is absolutely the best training event of the year for PTA members and leaders across the state. This year we are down in LA from May 7-10. There are workshops designed to help you be more effective and more efficient. And one of the best parts is being with thousands of people going experiencing exactly what you are at your own school! Check out the agenda hereand get a sense of what you could learn. Let us know when you sign up and we'll make sure to connect you with others going from San Francisco.


    7. Send us your web links and Facebook events so we can promote your PTA's events!

    We'd love to help you promote your events so send us your links and we'll post them on our Facebook page. You can also send us short blurbs about successes you have at your school because we love to share the good news, too. And people love those posts; they often receive the most "likes." Send anything like this tocommunications@sfpta.org.


    Have a great week!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board
  • Friday, March 14, 2014 12:18 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
    March 14, 2014
    1. From Stephanie: Thank you!
    2. PTA Elections: THIS MONTH the nominating committee should identify PTA officers for next year
    3. Mid-year Audits for every PTA due NOW
    4. Membership Dues: be sure to send them in along with your membership list
    5. PTA Legal Filing Requirements Webinar: Franchise Tax Board March 20 at 2pm
    6. Save the Date- Next PTA General Meeting April 14: Bylaws, Growing participation and membership, and Advocacy as we move towards the November ballot
    7. More information about the Soda Tax
    8. Want to go to CAPTA Convention May 7-10 on us? Apply now for a Leadership Grant due March 14
    9. SFUSD adopts new Math Sequence and approves Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution
    10. PTAs raised $88,661 through parking lot fundraisers in 2013!
    11. Follow us on Vine!
    And for the information:

    1. From Stephanie: Thank you!


    On behalf of the Second District, I wanted to take a moment to say how much we appreciated your attendance at our Annual Founders Dinner. You all are such an inspiration to me and I appreciate all the work you are doing on behalf of the children in San Francisco. Congratulations to all the amazing women and men we recognized with Honorary Service Awards that night: Doreen Pacini, Nina Mazano, Sherry, Millie, and Gary Pacini. You can find out why they were nominated on our website, here. You can also find all of the great pictures from the Funtacular photo booth we had that night here (password 2nddistrict), as well as a coupon for PTAs attached to this email. 
    Keep up the good work. GO TEAM! All the best. 
    Cheers, Stephanie, District President 


    2. PTA Elections: THIS MONTH this nominating committee should identify PTA officers for next year
    Did you know that all PTAs should be electing new officers at their April meetings? We promise- it's in your bylaws! And in order to have that happen on time, and to set up the new executive board for a successful 2014-2015, hopefully you elected a nominating committee to search for your new officers in February. If you didn't, do it as soon as possible. This month your nominating committee should be identifying people willing to service next year, and should announce the proposed slate of officers at your March PTA meeting. You can find everything you need to know, in simple straightforward terms, here on our website. You will also find the handout about nominations and elections from our January General Meeting attached to this email. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any guidance!


    3. Mid-year Audits for every PTA due NOW 
    Every PTA should conduct two audits each year- one at the end of the the fiscal year and one in the middle. You can find out what your fiscal year is by looking at the front of your bylaws; most PTAs in San Francisco have a July 1-June 30 FY, which would mean an audit is conducted in January and July. If you don't have an auditor on your PTA board you can vote to appoint someone else to do it. It shouldn't take too long. You can find the audit checklist and more information here. After your audit is complete, it should be presented to the executive board and then to the membership. At that point, please email the Audit Report to treasurer@sfpta.org or mail to the PTA office (555 Franklin Street, Room 203D, SF 94102).


    4. Membership Dues: Be sure to send them in along with your membership list

    Be sure to turn in any PTA memberships that you have collected! When they begin trickling in it is all too easy to let them sit in someone's inbox. You can also make one more push for increased membership this year. Do you think you can get the same number of members as you have student enrollment? At a minimum, set a goal to increase membership by 14 members in 2014. Don't know what your membership number was last year? Email membership@sfpta.org. Also, please send us your membership email list. Your members will only receive very occasional messages from us when we need to communicate with all members and not just officers. Thank you!


    5. PTA Legal Filing Requirements Webinar: Franchise Tax Board March 20 at 2pm

    California State PTA is thrilled to launch a series of webinars designed to help PTAs understand their annual legal filing requirements and show them how to file with the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, and the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts.  

    You, or any member of your board, or any emerging PTA leader in your area are invited to join us for our first of three presentations: 

    What do I need to file with the California Franchise Tax Board? 
    GUEST SPEAKER: 
    Cheryl Martin from the Franchise Tax Board 
    WHEN: Thursday, March 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
    WHERE:  Broadcast live from Piatti Restaurant, 571 Pavilions Lane, Sacramento 

    Register for the webinar 

    6. Save the Date- Next PTA General Meeting April 14: Bylaws, Growing participation and membership, and Advocacy as we move toward the November ballot

    Be sure to attend our final General Meeting of the year as we approve revisions to the Second District PTA bylaws, share ways to grow participation and PTA membership at your school site, and facilitate and advocacy training as we prepare for the November 2014 ballot. The meeting will take place on Monday, April 14 at 6:30pm at Sports Basement (1590 Bryant Street). You can register online here. To view the proposed bylaws changes, please view the bylaws summary attached to this email. We will also present our latest financial report. 


    7. More information about the Soda Tax

    There will be frequent updates over the next several months about how you and your PTA can participate in the Soda Tax campaign, to help fight obesity and poor health in SF's youth.

    About endorsing the ballot measure:

    To add your PTA's individual name to the list of campaign endorsers, you may do so by consensus of the executive board and ratification of the members. This demonstrates even stronger parental support for the measure. You do not need to do any study of the measure or go through any other process (the Second District PTA's study committee report can be found here). A ratification is primarily a courtesy to ensure consensus of your particular school before taking a bolder action, since each San Francisco PTA already has authority to support and communicate about the measure because of the district PTA's endorsement. Once your PTA has officially endorsed the measure, please fill out the attached endorsement form, send it to the campaign, cc'ing communications@sfpta.org. The following PTAs have already added their name to the growing list- thank you! Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Grattan Elementary, Miraloma Elementary, and Presidio Middle School.


    What you can talk about on and off school sites:

    At your school, in Wednesday envelopes, on school loop, and other SFUSD owned communication vehicles:

    Per SFUSD rules, you may only hand out the attached flyer (which will soon be translated into Spanish and Chinese) when onsite for PTA meetings, etc. All school site discussion must be informational and factual in nature, not persuasive. 

    When on a PTA-owned listserv, website, or off school property at a home or other venue (you can be 10 feet away from the building on a public sidewalk):

    You may hand out other campaign literature and talk about the measure in a "Please vote yes" kind of way. You can find some of this information on the PTA website, and more information will be added regularly.


    Other organizing:

    The PTA will also organizing several tabling efforts across the city between now and election day to share information with voters about the Soda Tax. Please contact Michelle at communications@sfpta.org if you are interested in being the Soda Tax coordinator for your school or neighborhood. You do NOT need previous experience; we will train you. 



    8. Want to go to the CAPTA Convention May 7-10 on us? Apply now for a Leadership Grant due March 14th.

    The Second District PTA is offering full scholarships for the CA PTA Convention in LA this May to two PTA members in San Francisco who are interested in developing their leadership skills. Convention is, hands down, the best training opportunity for PTA leaders all year. Don't miss it if you can help it! The Convention schedule of workshops is here. The application is attached to this email and is due March 14, 2014.


    9. SFUSD adopts new Math Sequence and approves new Safe and Supportive Schools resolution

    SFUSD adopted a new Math Sequence for grades 6-12 at the February 25th board meeting. You can learn about how this makes math for middle and high school students different here.

    The School Board also adopted the Safe and Supportive School resolution, which commits to addressing disproportionality and disparities in the issuance of office referrals, suspensions, expulsion referrals, and expulsions, all of which result in lost instructional time, and taking affirmative steps to support its school-site leadership, teachers, staff, and parents to support students in the classroom. This policy also commits the district to having all schools share a common approach to interventions and supports by 2017. You can read more here.


    10. PTAs raised $88,861 through parking lot fundraisers in 2013!

    A year and half ago, the PTA worked hard with Supervisor Eric Mar's office to pass a piece of legislation that would exempt PTAs from collecting a third party parking tax when holding parking lot fundraisers onsite to raise money for the school. We just finished the first full year of implementation and are thrilled to report that the total PTAs across San Francisco raised in 2013 was $88,661.00 and the total amount of parking taxes they did NOT have to remit was $17,732.20. Thanks to Supervisor Mar and all the other Supervisors who supported our efforts to support our schools!


    11. Follow us on Vine!

    Have you heard of Vine? Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to post short looping video clips- six seconds long to be precise. They are great for when you want to share more than just a picture and for helping to capture the mood of a moment. Follow "Second District PTA"  and check out some of the great Vines we took at the Founders Day Dinner last week here!

    Have a great week!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board

    Contact:
    Michelle Parker
    VP Communications
     
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:49 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    February 19, 2014
    1. Nominate someone today for an Honorary Service Award- DUE FRIDAY
    2. Get your tickets now for the Annual PTA Founders Day Dinner Friday, Feb 28
    3. Form your PTA Nomination Committee this month
    4. More information about the PTA Soda Tax endorsement
    5. SFUSD/PPS Engaging Families in the Context of LCFF/LCAP Workshop this Friday
    6. Attend the SFUSD School Planning Summit Saturday March 1
    7. Nominate someone for Mayor's Teacher of the Year by Friday March 7
    8. GirlPower Workshop March 8
    9. Apply for a Leadership Grant to pay for your CA PTA Convention attendance in LA this May- due March 14
    10. Info about SFUSD Procedures for parent-funded programs
    And for the information:

    1. Nominate someone today for an Honorary Service Award- DUE FRIDAY


    We are currently taking nominations for Honorary Service Awards, which will be awarded at our Annual Founders Day Dinner on February 28th. Do you know a teacher, a parent, or a community partner who has given in a significant way that has improved your school? That may be in time or vision, behind the scenes or in front. Please write a paragraph about why you would like to see him/her recognized this year, and send it to communications@sfpta.org by February 21st

    We are also looking to recognize a PTA that has created a notable program, instituted an effective way to engage parents, had significant recent growth in participation, or anything else worth recognition. Please feel free to nominate your own school. We can't wait to read the entries! 


    2. Get your tickets now for the Annual PTA Founders Day Dinner Friday Feb 28
    Don't miss our annual dinner to celebrate all that you and your volunteers do in your schools. It is a great chance to network with other PTAs and hear about best pratices. You can get your tickets online here or print out the attached form and mail in your payment by Monday, Feb 24th to the PTA office (details on the form).


    3. Form your PTA Nomination Committee this month 
    Did you know that all PTAs should be electing new officers at their April meetings? We promise- it's in your bylaws! And in order to have that happen on time, and to set up the new executive board for a successful 2014-2015, you need to elect a nominating committee to search for your new officers ASAP. You can find everything you need to know, in simple straightforward terms, here on our website. You will also find the handouts about nominations and elections from our January General Meeting attached to this email. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any guidance!


    4. More information about the PTA Soda Tax endorsement

    As you heard last week, the Second District PTA endorsed the SF Soda Tax, set to be on the SF November 2014 ballot. You can read the press release here

    What does this mean for you? 

    This means that the district PTA will now be working in support of the measure through the November 2014 election, and that individual PTAs may now work in support of the measure. 


    To add your PTA's individual name to the list of campaign endorsers, you may do so by consensus of the executive board and ratification of the members. This demonstrates even stronger parental support for the measure. You do not need to do any study of the measure or go through any other process (the Second District PTA's study committee report can be found here). A ratification is primarily a courtesy to ensure consensus of your particular school before taking a bolder action, since each San Francisco PTA already has authority to support and communicate about the measure through the district PTA's endorsement. Once your PTA has officially endorsed the measure, please fill out the attached endorsement form, send it to the campaign, cc'ing communications@sfpta.org



    5. SFUSD/PPS Free Emerging Family Leaders Workshop this Friday 9-11am

    RSVP here.

    Become better equipped to educate and engage families on the state of California’s recently approved local control funding formula and the subsequent local control accountability plan being created in San Francisco. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn best practices from each other that will enhance their ability to connect with hard to reach families when introducing new content.

    EDUCATE family liaisons on the Local Control Funding Formula/Local Control Accountability Plan
    SHARE highlights & challenges of engaging parents through PPS-SF’s School Governance Program
    COLLECT best practices & challenges Family Liaisons experience in engaging parents at school sites
    DISTILL specific parent engagement strategies that should be incorporated into forthcoming LCAP discussions

    While tailored to the needs of SFUSD family liaisons, this family engagement workshop is intended for the SFUSD school community, including SFUSD staff, our district's community partners, and the parents and families of SFUSD students. Please feel free to invite and share.

    6. Attend the SFUSD School Planning Summit Saturday March 1

    All families, caregivers, school staff and community members are invited, and encouraged, to participate in the SFUSD School Planning Summit Saturday, March 1 from 8:30am-1pm. You will learn and work with your school team on your academic plan, Balanced Scorecard and budget for 2014-2015. Childcare is available; please rsvp here by Feb 21.


    7. Nominate someone now for Mayor's Teacher of the Year by Friday March 7

    Know a great teacher? Now is your chance to recognize them publicly. Nominate them for the Mayor's annual Teacher of the Year Award! All nominations are due March 7. Click here for details.


    8. GirlPower Workshop Saturday March 8

    GirlPower™ is a friendship program that inspires "Tween" girls to feel empowered, develop a strong sense of self, and love themselves while learning to manage the most important thing to them…their friendships. GirlPower™ is an internationally recognized program that has reached over 10,000 girls, parents, and educators. GirlPower’s skills-based approach teaches girls how to put out “Friendship Fires” (i.e. conflict) and create healthy friendships. Research clearly demonstrates that children who have healthy friendships perform better academically, are involved in more leadership opportunities, have higher self-esteem, have a more positive body image, and make smarter decisions in future relationships. To learn more about the GirlPower programs available for girls, parents, and educators please visit: www.urstrong.com.

    They are hosting a special mother-daughter friendship event on International Women’s Day (Saturday, March 8th from 1:30 to 5:30 at the Fort Mason Center). In one afternoon of fun and learning, Shasta Nelson (Founder of GirlFriendCircles.com & author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen!) and Dana Kerford (Founder of GirlPower and author of The Friendship Project) will facilitate a workshop that will:
    • Help your daughter learn what’s normal in a friendship & how to put out “Friendship Fires”
    • Teach you the five friendship circles & how friend-making is different, and just as needed, as an adult
    • Introduce you to other local moms and your daughter to other girls her age
    • Facilitate sharing between you and your daughter about each of your friendships, strengthening your mother-daughter bond
    • Give you both time to ask us questions, ensuring you leave having learned what you most needed to!
    Tickets are $75 per person (e.g. $150 for a mom/daughter) and include the workshops, handouts, a GirlPower pencil and sticker, drinks/snacks, and a Q&A to answer any specific questions. CLICK HERE to register.

    9. Apply for a Leadership Grant to pay for your CA PTA Convention Attendance in LA this May

    The Second District PTA is offering full scholarships for the CA PTA Convention in LA this May to two PTA members in San Francisco who are interested in developing their leadership skills. The application is attached to this email and is due March 14, 2014.


    10. SFUSD Procedures for parent-funded programs

    We held a training on February 10 to begin teaching PTAs what it takes to fund a program at their school sites. The presentation from that night is attached to this email, and you can find the new guide here.

    The guide includes why and how to:
    • Put contributions in the School Trust Account
    • Pay Program Staff in the School Trust Account
    • Complete Contracts and Facilities Use Permits
  • Monday, February 03, 2014 1:56 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    February 3, 2014
    1. Due 2/3 - Graduating High School Senior Scholarship Applications
    2. Monday 2/10 - Vote on PTA endorsement of Soda Tax, and Training on new SFUSD Guide
    3. More info on new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
    4. Do you know someone who has done something pretty great for your school? Nominate them for an Honorary Service Award for recognition at our Annual Founders Day Dinner
    5. Complete this survey to share your opinions with the teachers union, UESF, by Feb 10
    6. Apply for a Leadership Grant to pay for your CA PTA Convention attendance in LA this May
    7. Get your tickets now for the Annual PTA Founders Day Dinner Friday, Feb 28

    And for the information:

    1. Due 2/3 - Graduating High School Senior Scholarship Applications


    All students who are PTA members at a PTA high school and involved in volunteer service may apply for a $500 scholarship to continue their education at an accredited college. 

    Completed applications are due in the state PTA office by February 3, 2014. Learn more

    Did you know: Last year, California State PTA provided more than $65,000 in scholarships? The California State PTA Scholarship program is funded in part by our Honorary Service Awards program.



    2. Monday, 2/10, 6:30pm 555 Franklin St, Vote on PTA Endorsement of Soda Tax, and Training on new "Guide to SFUSD Procedures for Parent and Community-Funded Programs at School Sites"
    Please join us for a Special Meeting to vote on a Second District PTA endorsement of the Sugary Beverage Tax, set to appear on the November 2014 San Francisco ballot. Register for the meeting here.

    Following the endorsement vote, we will have a training on the brand new "Guide to SFUSD Procedures for Parent and Community-Funded Programs at School Sites." You don't want to miss this training! The guide includes why and how to:
    • Put contributions in the School Trust Account
    • Pay Program Staff in the School Trust Account
    • Complete Contracts and Facilities Use Permits

    3. More info on the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
    We had a presentation on the new way California is funding public schools at our General Meeting last Saturday, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). To follow up on some of your questions- SFUSD is receiving $7,313 per student this year, and by 2020/2021 the district will be receiving $11,233 per student. You can find out what other districts across the state are receiving here. EdSource has a great webpage with lots of accessible information about the funding, and explaining how the law works and where parents can get involved. You will see more from us over the coming months on this topic, as school districts are required to engage parents in how the funds are used. We will let you know when and where you can plug in!


    4. Do you know somebody who has done something pretty great for your school? Nominate them for an Honorary Service Award for recognition at our Annual Founders Day Dinner.

    We are currently taking nominations for Honorary Service Awards. Do you know a teacher, a parent, or a community partner who has given in a significant way that has improved your school? That may be in time or vision, behind the scenes or in front. Please write a paragraph about why you would like to see him/her recognized this year, and send it tocommunications@sfpta.org by February 14th

    We are also looking to recognize a PTA that has created a notable program, instituted an effective way to engage parents, had significant recent growth in participation, or anything else worth recognition. Please feel free to nominate your own school. We can't wait to read the entries!


    5. Complete this survey to share your opinions with the teachers union, UESF

    From UESF:

    As UESF enters contract negotiations with the district, we want to ensure that our proposals reflect the needs and wishes of our most important constituents: students and their families.

    The brief survey represents the next step coming out of the two town halls that the Close the Gap coalition (UESF plus nine community organizations) convened last spring and summer.  The priority areas for our students voiced by the more than 150 participants were: Strong family and educator engagement at school sites, more personalized help for students, and full, reliable and wisely-spent resources. 

    The questions in the survey will not reflect all of the wishes and aspirations of our families.  Instead, they focus on areas that we will address through our contract negotiations.  This survey is the beginning not the end of developing a strong, respectful partnership with our families and community partners. 

    Please encourage the parents and other school supporters to take this survey online. Paper copies are also available in English and Spanish. Contact UESF Political Director, Ken Tray, at 415-956-8373 or ktray@uesf.org if you have any questions, or would like surveys delivered to your site.


    6. Apply for a Leadership Grant to pay for your CA PTA Convention Attendance in LA this May

    The Second District PTA is offering full scholarships for the CA PTA Convention in LA this May to two PTA members in San Francisco who are interested in developing their leadership skills. The application is attached to this email and is due March 14, 2014.


    7. Get your tickets now for the Annual PTA Founders Day Dinner, Friday Feb 28

    Don't miss our annual diner to celebrate all that you and your volunteers do in your schools. You can get your tickets online here or print out the attached form and mail in your payment by Monday, Feb 24th to the PTA office (details on the form).
  • Friday, January 24, 2014 2:57 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)

    This week in 

    The Second District Scoop

    January 24, 2014

     

    1.     TOMORROW, Saturday, January 25th: Second District PTA General Meeting- Agenda

    2.     Due 1/31 - Teachers Matter...Members Matter Membership Challenge

    3.     Due 2/3 - Graduating High School Senior Scholarship Applications

    4.     February 10 - Special Meeting to vote on Sugary Beverage Tax endorsement and Training on new SFUSD Guide

    5.     Do you know someone who has done something pretty great for your school? Nominate them for an Honorary Service Award for recognition at our Annual Founders Day Dinner

    6.     Complete this survey to share your opinions with the teachers union, UESF, by Feb 10

    7.     Apply for a Leadership Grant to pay for your CA PTA Convention attendance in LA this May

    8.     Like us on Facebook!

     

    And for the information:

     

    1. Saturday, January 25th: Second District PTA General Meeting- Agenda

     

    Our second general membership meeting of the year is happening THIS SATURDAY, January 25, 2014 from 9-11:30am (registration/networking at 8:30), at Everett Middle School. ALL PTA MEMBERS ARE INVITED. As usual, we plan to provide you with tools and information to help you support your schools and students to your best ability. Come, and bring someone new! Register here. Spanish interpretation and babysitting provided.

     

    The agenda:

    8:30 - Registration/Networking

    9:00 - Welcome and Business

    BUSINESS

    Secretary's Report: Kari Gray, Secretary

    Financial Report: Dave Martin, Treasurer

    13-14 Budget Revision (attached)

    Financial Report

    Ratification of Checks

    9:30 Sugary Beverage Tax Presentation and formation of Study Committee to make a recommendation on a PTA endorsement of the measure. Guest presenters: Supervisors Scott Wiener and Eric Mar, and Nick Panagopoulos from BMWL and Partners

    10:10 - PTA Nominations and Elections- Electing a nominating committee to find people to run for next year's PTA officers for your school is just around the corner! Learn how to set yourselves up for success and receive resources to help 

    10:20 - Common Core State Standards and You- what are they, how will this new switch be different from current standards, and how you can support your child

    11:00 - Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and LCAP, the accountability plan associated with LCFF- what you need to know and how parents should be involved

     

     

    2. Due 1/31 - Teachers Matter...Members Matter Membership Challenge

     

    When all of your teachers join your PTA by January 31 and your PTA’s total membership exceeds your June 30, 2013 total, your PTA could qualify for a FREE convention registration. Jump start your mid-year membership efforts. Learn more about all of the California State PTA membership challenges.

     

     

    3. Due 2/3 - Graduating High School Senior Scholarship Applications

     

    All students who are PTA members at a PTA high school and involved in volunteer service may apply for a $500 scholarship to continue their education at an accredited college. 

    Completed applications are due in the state PTA office by February 3, 2014. Learn more

    Did you know: Last year, California State PTA provided more than $65,000 in scholarships? The California State PTA Scholarship program is funded in part by our Honorary Service Awards program.

     

     

    4. February 10, 6:30pm 555 Franklin St: Special Meeting to vote on a Sugary Beverage Tax Endorsement and Training on new "Guide to SFUSD Procedures for Parent and Community-Funded Programs at School Sites"

     

    Please join us for a Special Meeting to vote on a Second District PTA endorsement of the Sugary Beverage Tax, set to appear on the November 2014 San Francisco ballot. Register for the meeting here.

     

    Following the endorsement vote, we will have a training on the brand new "Guide to SFUSD Procedures for Parent and Community-Funded Programs at School Sites." You don't want to miss this training! The guide includes why and how to:

    ·  Put contributions in the School Trust Account

    ·  Pay Program Staff in the School Trust Account

    ·  Complete Contracts and Facilities Use Permits

     

    5. Do you know somebody who has done something pretty great for your school? Nominate them for an Honorary Service Award for recognition at our Annual Founders Day Dinner.

     

    We are currently taking nominations for Honorary Service Awards. Do you know a teacher, a parent, or a community partner who has given in a significant way that has improved your school? That may be in time or vision, behind the scenes or in front. Please write a paragraph about why you would like to see him/her recognized this year, and send it to communications@sfpta.org by February 14th

     

    We are also looking to recognize a PTA that has created a notable program, instituted an effective way to engage parents, had significant recent growth in participation, or anything else worth recognition. Please feel free to nominate your own school. We can't wait to read the entries!

     

     

    6. Complete this survey to share your opinions with the teachers union, UESF

     

    From UESF:

    As UESF enters contract negotiations with the district, we want to ensure that our proposals reflect the needs and wishes of our most important constituents: students and their families.

    The brief survey represents the next step coming out of the two town halls that the Close the Gap coalition (UESF plus nine community organizations) convened last spring and summer.  The priority areas for our students voiced by the more than 150 participants were: Strong family and educator engagement at school sites, more personalized help for students, and full, reliable and wisely-spent resources. 

    The questions in the survey will not reflect all of the wishes and aspirations of our families.  Instead, they focus on areas that we will address through our contract negotiations.  This survey is the beginning not the end of developing a strong, respectful partnership with our families and community partners. 

    Please encourage the parents and other school supporters to take this survey online. Paper copies are also available in English and Spanish. Contact UESF Political Director, Ken Tray, at 415-956-8373 or ktray@uesf.org if you have any questions, or would like surveys delivered to your site.

     

    7. Apply for a Leadership Grant to pay for your CA PTA Convention Attendance in LA this May

     

    The Second District PTA is offering full scholarships for the CA PTA Convention in LA this May to two PTA members in San Francisco who are interested in developing their leadership skills. The application is attached to this email and is due March 14, 2014.

     

     

    8. Like us on Facebook!

     

    We regularly post reminders, resources and tips on our Facebook page. Have you "liked" us yet so you know what we're talking about? Do it today and pass it on to your own PTA members so that they can stay in the loop, too! 

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:46 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    January 14, 2014

    1. Saturday, January 25th: Second District PTA General Meeting- Agenda
    2. Forming a Study Committee for Sugary Beverage Tax 
    3. Complete this survey to inform detailed content at General Meeting
    4. By tomorrow 1/15- complete this survey about PEEF!
    5. By tomorrow 1/15- ALL UNITS must complete and submit Workers' Compensations Forms and any additional premium amount
    6. Spotlight Award Applications due January 17th
    7. Like us on Facebook!
    8. Do you want to attend the CA PTA Legislation Conference Jan 27-28? One grant available from SFPTA
    9. February 10: Special Meeting to vote on Sugary Beverage Tax endorsement and Training on new SFUSD Guide
    10. Bylaws: See if yours are due this year (13/14) 

    And for the information:

    1. Saturday, January 25th: Second District PTA General Meeting- Agenda

    Our second general membership meeting of the year is happening Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9-11:30am (registration/networking at 8:30), at Everett Middle School. As usual, we plan to provide you with tools and information to help you support your schools and students to your best ability. Come, and bring someone new! Register here. Interpretation and babysitting provided.

    The agenda:
    8:30 - Registration/Networking
    9:00 - Welcome and Business
    BUSINESS
    Secretary's Report: Kari Gray, Secretary
    Financial Report: Dave Martin, Treasurer
    13-14 Budget Revision (attached)
    Financial Report
    Ratification of Checks
    9:30 - Sugary Beverage Tax Presentation and formation of Study Committee to make a recommendation on a PTA endorsement of the measure
    10:10 - PTA Nominations and Elections- Electing a nominating committee to find people to run for next year's PTA officers for your school is just around the corner! Learn how to set yourselves up for success and receive resources to help 
    10:20 - Common Core State Standards and You- what are they, how will this new switch be different from current standards, and how you can support your child
    11:00 - Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and LCAP, the accountability plan associated with LCFF- what you need to know and how parents should be involved


    2. Forming a Study Committee for Sugary Beverage Tax

    If you haven't yet heard, a Sugary Beverage Tax is expected to be on the November 2014 San Francisco ballot. We are forming a study committee that will make a recommendation to the members of Second District PTA (all of you!) on whether or not we should endorse this measure. We are looking for 1-2 more people to serve on the committee. No experience is needed, just an interest in being part of the process. Time commitment is 3-4 hours over the end of January into the beginning of February. The committee will make its recommendation at the February 10th Special Meeting, at which time the membership will take a vote. If you are interested in serving on the committee or have any questions, please contact Michelle at communications@sfpta.org.


    3. Complete this survey to inform detailed content at General Meeting


    We want to be sure that our General Meeting on January 25th what is helpful for you, so please take 5 minutes to let us know what you most want to know within the topics on the agenda by completing this survey by Monday, January 20th. Thank you!



    4. By tomorrow 1/15- complete this survey about PEEF!
    The district PTA has been participating in a large coalition of community organizations that has been studying the Children's Fund and PEEF over the past year, to make recommendations to the mayor and superintendent about what the re-authorization legislation might look like. Please fill out the survey here by tomorrow (Tuesday) to share your opinion on the issues.


    5. By tomorrow 1/15- ALL UNITS must complete and submit Workers' Compensations Forms and any additional premium amount
    Every unit, whether or not they have paid any employees or other people to do work for them (recess monitors, babysitters, after school teachers, etc.), MUST submit a Workers' Compensation Form by tomorrow to the Second District PTA. This helps us keep your insurance rates very low. If your PTA pays any people a cumulative total of $1000 or more, you must also submit an additional premium of 5% less the $1000. For more instructions and both forms, see our web page. You can also contact Dave Martin for help at treasurer@sfpta.org. 


    6. Spotlight Award Applications due January 17th
    This awards program recognizes the achievements of local units in multiple areas of involvement and will share the ideas with others throughout the state.  With one application, units will have the opportunity to submit for any of the award categories below through the same application.  (* Please note that units must have received the Ready, Set…Remit! award and be in good standing to qualify to apply for this award.)

    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: For training new leaders
    STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: For supporting students
    ENVIRONMENTAL: For raising environmental awareness
    FAMILY INVOLVEMENT: For boosting engagement
    MEMBERSHIP AND OUTREACH: For growing membership
    COLLABORATION: For partnering with business/agency
    ADVOCACY: For advocating on behalf of all children
    STUDENT INVOLVEMENT: For developing leaders

    Go to our website for more information and to fill out an application.


    7. Like us on Facebook!
    We regularly post reminders, resources and tips on our Facebook page. Have you "liked" us yet so you know what we're talking about? Do it today and pass it on to your own PTA members so that they can stay in the loop, too! 


    8. Do you want to attend the CA PTA Legislation Conference January 27-28? One grant from SFPTA available.

    If you haven't ever attended the California PTA Legislation Conference in Sacramento, here is your chance! Any PTA member is welcome to attend, and the Second District PTA has funds to send one more PTA member who isn't already being sent by his/her unit. Let us know at communications@sfpta.org if you are interested by January 20. The conference last from Monday morning 1/27 through Tuesday afternoon 1/28. Check the CAPTA website out for details.


    9. February 10, 6:30pm 555 Franklin St: Special Meeting to vote on a Sugary Beverage Tax Endorsement and Training on new "Guide to SFUSD Procedures for Parent and Community-Funded Programs at School Sites"

    Please join us for a Special Meeting to vote on a Second District PTA endorsement of the Sugary Beverage Tax, set to appear on the November 2014 San Francisco ballot. Register for the meeting here.

    Following the endorsement vote, we will have a training on the brand new "Guide to SFUSD Procedures for Parent and Community-Funded Programs at School Sites." You don't want to miss this training! The guide includes why and how to:
    • Put contributions in the School Trust Account
    • Pay Program Staff in the School Trust Account
    • Complete Contracts and Facilities Use Permits

    10. Bylaws: See if yours are due this year (13/14)
    All bylaws should be updated at least every three years. Check the attached list to find out if your PTA is up this year.

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:47 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    December 17, 2013

    1. Holiday Message from Stephanie
    2. EVERY PTA: Insurance premium was due ($202)- MISS THE DEADLINE?
    3. Reflections deadline THIS FRIDAY, how to register online, and an idea for your school 
    4. Spotlight Award Applications due January 17th
    5. Second District PTA 2nd General Meeting Saturday Jan 25th Agenda
    6. SAVE THE DATE! Second District PTA Annual Founders' Day Dinner Friday, February 28, 2014
    7. LCFF and LCAP: Not just acronyms, what should they mean to you?
    8. Bay Area Leadership Forum Jan 8, 2014- parent voice needed

    And for the information:

    1. Holiday Message from Stephanie

    Happy Holidays and greetings to you and your families!

    The Second District Board would like to send a heartfelt message of gratitude for all the time and efforts you pour into your units throughout the year. You keep the PTA Legacy alive- thank you! Wishing you all peace, love and laughter this holiday season. See you in January at our next Association meeting and in February for our Annual Founder's Dinner party. Happy New Year & GO TEAM! 

    - Stephanie LeBeau, District PTA President


    2. EVERY PTA: Insurance premium was due ($202)- miss the deadline?

    All PTAs were supposed to remit $202 to the district PTA by Dec 1 in order for your activities and meetings to be covered. If you have not yet done so, please submit payment TODAY with this form to the Second District PTA office: 555 Franklin, Room 203D, SF, CA 94102.


    3. Reflections deadline THIS FRIDAY, how to register online, and an idea for your school


    PTA Reflections Program 2013 – 2014 “Believe, Dream, Inspire”


    Second District Deadline for Unit Submissions: Friday, December 20th


    Hello Reflections Chairs, PTA Officers and Leadership Mentors: 

    If you missed the Webinar about online Reflections registration or would like to review the process you can find the archived information by following these steps: 


    Go to: 1) www.pta.org 2) Arts in Education 3) About Reflections 4) Leader Toolkit 5) PTA Leader Video Training 6) Guide to Online Registration. This is invaluable information to ease you through the registration process.

    If you are looking for ideas to encourage participation in your school's Reflections program, look no further!  The following information details how one of our Second District PTA schools is able to elicit enthusiastic participation from its families. 

     

    "We host a Family Art Night event at the school with a different art media (painting, drawing, poetry, collage, pastels, printing, etc) in each of about 10 classrooms. Students and parents come to the school around 6 pm, we all meet in the auditorium, we give them the theme, and they pick an art material they want to do for the night. At the end of the night, most of the kids and parents fill out the local entry form, tape it on the back of the artwork, and turn their piece in. Then we have a non-school-affiliated art person come as a judge to select the 10 pieces that will go to the district (in our case 5 from k-3, 5 from 3-5, 5 for literature). Then I enter all their information through the CAPTA online website process, mount them to poster board, and bring them to the district on the deadline."

    I hope this information is helpful and will make your job as Reflections advocates a little easier. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you have regarding the Reflections program. I will do my best to answer your questions or find someone who can.

    Kimberly Thompson
    Reflections Chair
    Second District PTA


    4. Spotlight Award Applications due January 17th
    This awards program recognizes the achievements of local units in multiple areas of involvement and will share the ideas with others throughout the state.  With one application, units will have the opportunity to submit for any of the award categories below through the same application.  (* Please note that units must have received the Ready, Set…Remit! award and be in good standing to qualify to apply for this award.)

    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: For training new leaders
    STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: For supporting students
    ENVIRONMENTAL: For raising environmental awareness
    FAMILY INVOLVEMENT: For boosting engagement
    MEMBERSHIP AND OUTREACH: For growing membership
    COLLABORATION: For partnering with business/agency
    ADVOCACY: For advocating on behalf of all children
    STUDENT INVOLVEMENT: For developing leaders

    Go to our website for more information and to fill out an application.


    5. Second District PTA General Meeting Saturday, January 25th, 9-11:30am
    Our second general membership meeting of the year is happening Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9-11:30am, location tba. As usual, we plan to provide you with tools and information to help you support your schools and students to your best ability. Come, and bring someone new! Register here. Interpretation and babysitting provided.

    On the agenda:
    • Sugary Beverage Tax Presentation- plus we will be forming a Study Committee to make a recommendation on a PTA endorsement of the measure
    • Common Core State Standards- what are they, how will this new switch be different from current standards, and how you can support your child
    • Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and LCAP, the accountability plan associated with LCFF- what you need to know and how parents should be involved
    • PTA Elections training- Electing a nominating committee to find people to run for next year's PTA officers for your school is just around the corner! Learn how to set yourselves up for success. 


    6. SAVE THE DATE! Second District PTA's Annual Founders' Day on Friday, February 28, 2014

    Yes, it is already that time! Mark your calendars and put aside the funds to send a few people from your PTA to attend this not-to-be-missed event. This is always a great opportunity to network with other PTA members from across the city and to honor some of the people among us making a difference in their school communities. Last year tickets were $45/person. More details to come in January. 


    7. LCFF and LCAP: Not just acronyms, what should they mean to you?
    Have you heard of LCFF or LCAP? LCFF, or Local Control Funding Formula, is the new way California is funding public schools. As a result, SFUSD will be receiving more money per pupil beginning this current school year. The California State PTA has a great page talking about school finance that includes information about how LCFF will affect you and your school, and what kinds of questions you can be asking. LCAP is the Local Control Accountability Plan that each district must adopt which describes how the district will be accountable to its students and greater community. Parents play a critical role in this plan. Click here for some helpful handouts you can distribute at your PTA meeting or in Wednesday folders (available in English, Spanish and Chinese). Want to learn even more? Attend our General Meeting on January 25th.


    8. Bay Area Leadership Forum Jan 8, 2014- parent voice needed

    The Alameda County Office of Education, the Alameda County Council of Superintendents,

    and the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership invite you to attend the...

     

     

    7th Annual Bay Area Leadership Forum

    Telling the New Story of Public Education

     

    January 8, 2014, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Ohlone College Newark Center

     39399 Cherry Street, Newark

     

     REGISTER

     

    Sweeping changes to funding, curriculum standards and assessments, and shared accountability provide a new opportunity for leaders to  support every child. This year's Forum we will connect, listen and lead towards this new opportunity.  

     

    The day will include featured presenters and ample time for discussion and collaboration.  Teams of teachers, parents, students and administrators are invited to attend the Leadership Forum together as we create a shared strategic direction for successful students, schools and communities. 

     

    The Bay Area Leadership Forum fills up fast. Don't risk the chance of being placed on the waiting list, register early to ensure a spot for you and your team.

     

     

    8:30am -   9am | coffee reception and registration 

           9am - 12pm|forum presentation and discussion 

     

    The Bay Area Leadership Forum is a collaborative project of the Alameda County Office of Education, the Alameda County Council of Superintendents, CCSESA and the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership. 

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    A special thanks to CCSESA Regions IV & V including the following County Offices of Education: Alameda; Contra Costa; Marin; Monterey; Napa; San Benito; San Francisco; Santa Clara; San Mateo; and Solano.

    Made possible through generous support from the 

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


    Happy Holidays!

    -Second District PTA Executive Board
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:45 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    November 26, 2013
    From Second District PTA:
    1. EVERY PTA: Insurance premium due ($202) to Second District PTA by Dec 1
    2. Reflections deadlines, how to register online, and an idea for your school 
    3. SAVE THE DATE! Second District PTA Annual Founder's Dinner Friday, February 28, 2014
    4. Upcoming Community Meetings re: graduation requirements and support, plus a checklist
    5. Thanks to all who sent in school supply lists- an update

    And for the information:

    1. EVERY PTA: Insurance premium due ($202) to Second District PTA by Dec 1

    All PTAs must remit $202 to the district PTA by Dec 1 in order to be covered. Please submit payment with this form to the Second District PTA office: 555 Franklin, Room 203D, SF, CA 94102.


    2. Reflections deadlines, how to register online, and an idea for your school


    PTA Reflections Program 2013 – 2014 “Believe, Dream, Inspire”


    Second District Deadline for Unit Submissions: Friday, December 20th


    Hello Reflections Chairs, PTA Officers and Leadership Mentors: 

    If you missed the Webinar about online Reflections registration or would like to review the process you can find the archived information by following these steps: 


    Go to: 1) www.pta.org 2) Arts in Education 3) About Reflections 4) Leader Toolkit 5) PTA Leader Video Training 6) Guide to Online Registration. This is invaluable information to ease you through the registration process.

    If you are looking for ideas to encourage participation in your school's Reflections program, look no further!  The following information details how one of our Second District PTA schools is able to elicit enthusiastic participation from its families. 

     

    "We host a Family Art Night event at the school with a different art media (painting, drawing, poetry, collage, pastels, printing, etc) in each of about 10 classrooms. Students and parents come to the school around 6 pm, we all meet in the auditorium, we give them the theme, and they pick an art material they want to do for the night. At the end of the night, most of the kids and parents fill out the local entry form, tape it on the back of the artwork, and turn their piece in. Then we have a non-school-affiliated art person come as a judge to select the 10 pieces that will go to the district (in our case 5 from k-3, 5 from 3-5, 5 for literature). Then I enter all their information through the CAPTA online website process, mount them to poster board, and bring them to the district on the deadline."

    I hope this information is helpful and will make your job as Reflections advocates a little easier. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you have regarding the Reflections program. I will do my best to answer your questions or find someone who can.

    Kimberly Thompson
    Reflections Chair
    Second District PTA


    3. SAVE THE DATE! Second District PTA Annual Founder's Dinner Friday, February 28, 2014

    Yes, it is already that time! Mark your calendars and put aside the funds to send a few people from your PTA to attend this not-to-be-missed event. This is always a great opportunity to network with other PTA members from across the city and to honor some of the people among us making a difference in their school communities. Last year tickets were $45/person. More details to come in January. A Save the Date flier is attached to this email.


    4. Upcoming Community Meetings re: graduation requirements and support, plus a checklist

    Come review your student's transcript and graduation plan, as well as learn about resources to ensure he/she is on track to graduate on time from high school. Flyers in English, Spanish, and Chinese are attached, as well a handy checklist for you and your student. Meetings take place on:
    • December 4, 2013 from 5-7pm at John O'Connell High, 2355 Folsom Street, 94110- Library
    • December 7, 2013 from 10am-12pm George Washington High, 600 32nd Ave, 94121- Cafeteria

    5. Thanks to all who sent in a school supply list- an update

    Thanks to everyone who sent in a list of supplies that their schools need. These lists went directly to Rag and Bone, through edMatch and the SF Education Fund, who are organizing the supply drive. After the holidays we will be able to update you on when/how supplies may be distributed. A big thanks to the organizers!



    Happy Thanksgiving! We are incredibly grateful for the work each of you do in your schools every day.Until next time...

    -Second District PTA Executive Board
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:44 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    November 12, 2013
    From Second District PTA:
    1. TONIGHT: Reflections Webinar. Learn how the online registration process works.
    2. TONIGHT and Thursday: Last two Community Input Meeting on the Children's Fund and the PEEF- please attend!
    3. Every unit must remit at least 15 memberships by Friday, November 15
    4. Federal and State filings due Friday, November 15
    5. Need funds to support your programs? Grant applications due Friday, November 15
    6. Does your school need any supplies? We're making a list and checking it twice...

    And for the information:

    1. TONIGHT: Reflections Webinar. Learn how the online registration process works.

    For all California
    Unit, Council, and District
    Reflections Chairs,
    PTA Presidents, Program Chairs
    and Art Chairs
     
    Reflections Online Process Webinar
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 
    6:00pm  to 7:00pm
     
    This Webinar will explain in detail how to do the Online Registration. 
     It is a worth while hour to spend.


    2. TONIGHT and Thursday: Last two Community Input Meeting on the Children's Fund and the PEEF- please attend!

    These are community meetings to discuss the upcoming renewal of the Children's Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund- both of which are currently funded by the city's General Fund to put resources towards after school programming, early education, sports, libraries, art, music and more. They are looking for input from parents and others in the community to help guide the process of reevaluating the current policies.

    You do not need to be an expert to attend! You just need to know what you envision for your own child, and to express what needs must be filled, if possible, with these funds. Attached is a flyer that gives details for the events.

    It is really important that we get parents to attend these community input sessions. Please spread the word! Thanks.


    3. Every unit must remit at least 15 memberships by Friday, November 15

    Every PTA must remit at least 15 memberships by Friday, November 15 in order to remain in good standing. Need ideas for recruiting new members? Click here. And here is the remittance form to use when sending in money. 


    4. Federal and State Filings due Friday, November 15

    All units with a fiscal year end of June 30 must file the following by Friday, November 15:
    • Federal 990
    • California 199
    • RRF-1
    For information about completing this work, go to our website and/or contact our treasurer, Dave Martin.


    5. Need funds to support your programs? Grant applications due Friday, November 15. 

    Did you know that your PTA can apply for grants through the state PTA?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. You can apply for grants in four areas (more information can be found on here):

    • Parent Education
    • Cultural Arts
    • Outreach Translation
    • Healthy Lifestyles

    6. Does your school need any supplies? We're making a list and checking it twice...

    Rag and Bone, a clothing shop coming to San Francisco, is looking to hold a school supply drive during the holidays for SFUSD schools. What kinds of supplies is your school out of or does it need? Paper? Colored pencils? Let us know so that we can relay the information. Please reply with a list by Friday, November 15th to communications@sfpta.org

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