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  • Friday, November 01, 2013 11:11 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    November 1, 2013
    From Second District PTA:
    1. Every unit must remit at least 15 memberships by November 15
    2. Federal and State filings due November 15
    3. Need funds to support your programs? Grant applications due November 15
    4. SFUSD Enrollment Fair TODAY November 2 
    5. Free tickets to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park this weekend
    6. Meet with Supervisor Eric Mar and Commissioner Rachel Norton to discuss PEEF and Children's Fund renewal Mon, Nov 4, 6-7pm at Toy Boat Cafe
    7. Upcoming Community Input Meetings about the renewal of the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) and the Children's Fund over the next two weeks
    8. Does your school participate in the Shared Schoolyard Project? More info here.

    And for the information:

    1. Every unit must remit at least 15 memberships by November 15

    Every PTA must remit at least 15 memberships by 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. 


    2. Federal and State Filings due November 15

    All units with a fiscal year end of June 30 must file the following by 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.


    3. Need funds to support your programs? Grant applications due 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

    4. SFUSD Enrollment Fair TODAY November 2

    Stop by and say hello to us at our table in the SFUSD Enrollment Fair. It takes place at the Concourse Exhibition Center from 9:30-2:30. More information can be found here.


    5. Free tickets to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park this weekend

    Attached is a FREE ticket offer to students along with discounted tickets for parents to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The event includes a ticket to visit the Chevron STEM ZONE with a unique, interactive area dedicated to furthering education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

     

    District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell has partnered with Schwab and Chevron to offer this to as many students as wants to take advantage of the offer.


    6. Meet with Supervisor Eric Mar and Commissioner Rachel Norton to discuss PEEF and Children's Fund Renewal on Monday, Nov 4 from 6-7pm at Toy Boat Cafe
    Please join Supervisor Eric Mar and Board of Education President Rachel Norton for a casual conversation about the re-authorization of the Children's Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund (aka Prop. H). These two critical measures, which fund over $100 million into education and children services every year, are up for renewal on the November 2014 ballot. Supervisor Mar and Commissioner Norton want to speak with parents about what they want to see from the ballot measures so children get the most possible benefit.

    6-7 PM, Monday November 4 @ Toy Boat Dessert Cafe (401 Clement St)

    RSVP to Peter Lauterborn at Peter.Lauterborn@sfgov.org.


    7. Upcoming Community Input Meetings about the upcoming renewal of the Public Education Enrichment Fund and the Children's Fund

    What will it take for all of our children, youth and families to thrive in our city? Are there smarter, more effective ways parents, educators, the City, and the broader community can work together to help our kids succeed?

    Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, and senior leaders from the City and SFUSD invite you to share YOUR opinions and ideas.

    The Children’s Fund and Public Education Enrichment Fund, which provide more than $100 million every year for our city’s young people, will soon expire. The community is invited to help shape the future of these investments in San Francisco children and youth at five public meetings.

    The meetings are happening in locations across the city on November 5,6,9,12, and 14. Details can be found here.


    8. Does your school participate in the Shared Schoolyard Project? More info here.
    Supervisor Mark Farrell launched a plan last year to open schoolyards across the city for families to use in their neighborhoods on weekends. To find out where the closest school to you is, or to find out how to sign your school up, please go to the project's new website here.


    Have a great weekend!
    -Second District PTA Executive Board
  • Friday, October 25, 2013 11:09 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    October 25, 2013
    1. What does your PTA pay for? Please complete this survey today so we can compile district-wide data on what parent efforts fund.
    2. Help US help YOU! Your input is needed to plan future general PTA meetings. Fill out this quick survey.
    3. Important information re: your Bylaws
    4. Cyberbullying Video Contest for Middle and High School students 
    5. Upcoming Community Input Meetings about the renewal of the Public Education Enrichment Fund and the Children's Fund
    And for the information:

    1. What does your PTA pay for? Please complete this survey today so we can compile district-wide data on what parent efforts fund.

    We are gathering information about what PTAs across San Francisco fund at their schools. We will also be sharing this information with the Superintendent. Please have someone from your school fill out this form TODAY.


    2. Help US help YOU! Your input is needed to plan future General Meetings. Fill out this quick survey.

    Please complete this survey by November 1 so we can plan our future meetings according to your needs.

    The 2013-2015 District Board is here to assist your Unit! During our August planning retreat we identified goals for the 2013-2014 school year.
    • Leadership Development:  Support Units towards building a strong foundation of sustained leadership.
    • Community Building: Build and support a collaborative and respectful community of Units.
    • Legislative/Advocacy: Increase effective parent engagement across all communities in San Francisco to empower our individual PTA members and Units to take initiative on issues important to their communities.
    • PTA Brand Marketing: Increase awareness of the PTA as the largest national child and family advocacy organization and support Units' marketing efforts.
    To this end, we put together this survey focused on Second District meetings and training. Please take a few minutes to complete it. Your comments and feedback are most welcome; help us help your Unit!

    GO TEAM!


    3. Important information re: your Bylaws

    If you are a unit revising your bylaws this year:
    After you submit your bylaws to the district PTA, and we send them up to the State Parliamentarian, you will receive your bylaws back signed by the State Parliamentarian. (Make sure that you have submitted 4 signature pages with your bylaws- the Parliamentarian will sign all of them.)
    At that point you must:
    1.  Vote at a meeting to adopt those bylaws
    2.  Make sure that vote is recorded in the minutes
    3.  The unit secretary must sign and date them right then and there- all 4 copies.  

    You have 4 copies of the signature page for this reason -- 1 for unit, 1 for district , 1 for the unit president to have with him/her for reference and the last one is to replace the one that gets lost (because one often does!).  Make sure the district gets a signed copy for their files.

    And unit bylaws are good for 3 years FROM THE DATE STATE SIGNS THEM…. not from the date the unit votes to adopt them.  

    4. Cyberbullying Video Contest for Middle and High School students
    The SF District Attorney's office presents a video contest for middle and high school students to share their personal stories about cyberbullying. Submissions are accepted through November 8 and there are great prizes to be awarded to the winners.

    Cyberbullying is a serious problem affecting 52% of students in the U.S. It involves using technology, like smart phones and the Internet, to bully or harass another person.

    See the attached flyer for details.

    5. Upcoming Community Input Meetings about the upcoming renewal of the Public Education Enrichment Fund and the Children's Fund

    What will it take for all of our children, youth and families to thrive in our city? Are there smarter, more effective ways parents, educators, the City, and the broader community can work together to help our kids succeed?

    Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, and senior leaders from the City and SFUSD invite you to share YOUR opinions and ideas.

    The Children’s Fund and Public Education Enrichment Fund, which provide more than $100 million every year for our city’s young people, will soon expire. The community is invited to help shape the future of these investments in San Francisco children and youth at five public meetings.

    Details are on the attached flyer.

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:08 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    October 15, 2013
    1. Turn in at least 30 PTA memberships TODAY
    2. Help US help YOU! Your input is needed to plan future general meetings.
    3. What does your PTA pay for? We are gathering data now...
    4. NEW! Reflections submissions deadlines and information.
    5. Announcing the new Second District PTA Treasurer: Dave Martin. Thanks, Dave! Next up- a Financial Secretary. Can you help?
    6. New PTA Campaign: Every Child in Focus
    7. Cyberbullying Prevention Workshop October 22 at James Lick
    And for the information:

    1. Turn in at least 30 PTA memberships by October 15 to receive award
    If you haven't yet submitted your initial round of membership dues, send it in today! Every PTA unit that turns in at least 30 membership to Second District by October 15 will receive the "Ready, Set, Remit" award from the California PTA. Each unit will receive a certificate and no application is required. What a great thing to hang in your school's front office or parent room! 

    Print and fill out this remittance form and mail it (or drop it off) along with your check (made out to Second District PTA and signed by two officers) to:
    Second District PTA
    ATTN: Treasurer
    555 Franklin Street, Room 203D
    San Francisco, CA 94102


    2. Help US help YOU! Your input is needed to plan future General Meetings.
    Please complete this survey so we can plan our future meetings according to your needs.

    The 2013-2015 District Board is here to assist your Unit! During our August planning retreat we identified goals for the 2013-2014 school year.
    • Leadership Development:  Support Units towards building a strong foundation of sustained leadership.
    • Community Building: Build and support a collaborative and respectful community of Units.
    • Legislative/Advocacy: Increase effective parent engagement across all communities in San Francisco to empower our individual PTA members and Units to take initiative on issues important to their communities.
    • PTA Brand Marketing: Increase awareness of the PTA as the largest national child and family advocacy organization and support Units' marketing efforts.
    To this end, we put together this survey focused on Second District meetings and training. Please take a few minutes to complete it. Your comments and feedback are most welcome; help us help your Unit!

    GO TEAM!


    3. What does your PTA pay for? We are gathering data now...
    We are gathering information about what PTAs across San Francisco fund at their schools. We will also be sharing this information with the Superintendent. Please have someone from your school fill out this form by Friday, October 18.


    4. NEW! Reflections submissions deadlines and information
    The theme for the 2013-2014 Reflections Arts Recognition Program is "Believe, Dream, Inspire"
    Please note the following dates:
    • October 15 - Reflections Webinar that explains how to use the new online registration. It runs from 5:30-6:30pm and is a worthwhile hour to spend. Go here to participate in the webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/238460638
    • November 1 - Reflections Theme Search 2015-2016 entry forms are due to the California State PTA, 2327 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. Entry forms and directions can be found here.
    • December 2 or 3 - Suggested Unit Deadline
    • December 9-13 - Suggested Unit Judging Week
    Please 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.

    Reflections information can also be found on our website.

    Kimberly Thompson
    Reflections Chair 2013-2015
    Second District PTA


    5. Announcing the new Second District PTA Treasurer: Dave Martin. Thanks, Dave! Next up- a Financial Secretary. Can you help?
    Good news! The Second District would like to announce the election of our new Treasurer, Dave Martin.  We look forward to introducing him to all of you soon. A little about Dave, he is a parent of twins that attend Lafayette Elementary, has served as a unit Treasurer and knows PTAEZ. So happy to have him on board! You can send welcome wishes to treasurer@sfpta.org.

    Next up- we need a Financial Secretary. This role will mainly be gathering financial reports from the Unit PTAs- which is a great opportunity to see how other schools are doing things and to build your network across the city!


    6. New PTA Campaign: Every Child in Focus
    National PTA's Every Child in Focus is a campaign to strengthen Family Engagement in Schools by celebrating the achievements and reporting the disparities within diverse populations, and sharing resources and advocacy tools to help understand the needs of every child.The campaign is a school-year-long series that provides educators, families and PTAs with the information they need to deepen family engagement in schools through the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. To see the great poster you can hang in your school,click here. October is the Month of the Urban Child. See resources here.
     

    7. Cyberbullying Prevention Workshop October 22 at James Lick
    Dear Middle School Families:

    On behalf of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and Common Sense Media, I write to ask for your help in spreading the word about an upcoming event for parents of San Francisco middle schoolers.

    On October 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. at James Lick Middle School, we will be providing a presentation and discussion on the role of media and technology in the way that our kids play, learn and interact - and on practical tips for navigating cyberbullying, privacy, and other real-life challenges.
    Please see the attached flyers.

    You are invited to:
    Stand Up, Don’t Stand By: How to put an end to bullying in a 24/7 digital world
    A special presentation and discussion for middle school parents and teachers, featuring:
    George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney and
    Merve Lapus, Educational Program Manager:

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 6pm-7:30pm

    James Lick Middle School
    1220 Noe Street @ 25th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114

    Today’s 24/7 media world is changing the nature of childhood and education.  This presentation will explore how media and technology impact the way kids play, learn and interact, and how this affects our community. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, we will focus on real-life solutions to challenges such as cyberbullying and privacy, and provide tips to help us all become good digital citizens.This is a great opportunity for SFUSD parents to hear from an expert at Common Sense Media, who did a similar presentation for parents at Roosevelt MS last spring.  While we can't replicate this presentation at every school site, we are pleased to provide it on the 22nd to parents district-wide who wish to attend.

    We are making arrangements for Spanish and Chinese translation.

    Light food will be provided. Child-friendly activities will be provided in an adjacent room. Parking is available in the upper yard.
    Please RSVP: katherine.miller@sfgov.org
    We are requesting RSVPs so that we can project our food and childcare needs.  Email: katherine.miller@sfgov.org.  
    Parents who wish to attend but do not have Internet access are free to contact me at 415-553-1110.

    Thank you,

    Katherine Weinstein Miller
    Director of Policy
    Office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón
    850 Bryant Street, Room 322
    San Francisco, CA  94103
    P: (415) 553-1110
    F: (415) 575-8815

  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013 6:37 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    October 9, 2013
    1. Turn in at least 30 PTA memberships by October 15 to receive award
    2. Financial Reports due now
    3. California PTA Grant Applications due November 15
    4. Governor signs student assessment bill supported by PTA
    5. Is your PTA looking for a new, free website?
    6. Find all past Scoops at www.sfpta.org
    7. Like our Facebook page
    And for the information:

    1. Turn in at least 30 PTA memberships by October 15 to receive award
    Every PTA unit that turns in at least 30 membership to Second District by October 15 will receive the "Ready, Set, Remit" award from the California PTA. Each unit will receive a certificate and no application is required. What a great thing to hang in your school's front office or parent room! 

    Print and fill out this remittance form and mail it along with your check (made out to Second District PTA and signed by two officers) to:
    Second District PTA
    ATTN: Treasurer
    555 Franklin Street, Room 203D
    San Francisco, CA 94102


    2. Financial Reports due now
    Each unit should send the following reports to Second District PTA as soon as possible. If you have already sent them to us- Thank You! Please contact Terry Norbury with any questions attreasurer@sfpta.org.
    1. 2013/2014 Unit PTA Budget (approved by your membership)
    2. 2012/2013 Year End Financial Report (see a sample report here)
    3. 2012/2013 Year End Audit (see how to do this here)

    3. California PTA Grant Applications due Novemeber 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


    4. Governor signs student assessment bill supported by PTA
    Governor Brown signed PTA-supported legislation last week that overhauls student assessments to align future testing with common core state standards. CAPTA President, Colleen You, issues this statement in response: 

    "AB 484 helps California take a sensible step in the transition to a new assessment system that will align future testing with the Common Core State Standards and foster high-quality teaching and learning in California’s classrooms. 

    This bill helps serve the needs of all students. It clearly signals the state’s commitment to implementation of the deeper learning and critical thinking skills embedded in the Common Core State Standards, while also ensuring we do not over-test our children.

    Ensuring all children have the opportunity to acquire critical 21st century skills has been a top legislative priority for the California State PTA and we commend the Governor for signing this legislation.

    For the full Release, click here.


    5. Is your PTA looking for a new, free website?
    Cards for Good is looking for up to ten San Francisco PTA units that are interested in a free, flexible, and modern website as part of a trial they are putting together for the National PTA.

    Here is an example of what the website might look like (Not the final version of course!). Everything is completely dynamic, meaning PTA units can edit all the content, add or take away features, have their own store, forms, take online payments, memberships, volunteering info etc.

    If your PTA is interested, contact Reuben at reuben@cardsforgood.com or 415 373 2386. He will ask you a few questions about your PTA, and then they will build the website for you and hand over the keys.


    6. Find all past Scoops at www.sfpta.org
    Did you miss the last Second District Scoop? Hit delete and wish you could refer to part of it again? Never fear! All Scoops are archived on our website. Click here to see them all!


    7. Like our Facebook page
    Are you on Facebook? Be sure to like our page (like, right now!). There are updates, resources, links and fun stuff posted almost daily. So, what are you waiting for? Click here to get there.
  • Thursday, October 03, 2013 2:33 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    October 3, 2013
    1. Turn in at least 30 PTA memberships by October 15 to receive award
    2. Financial Reports due now
    3. Did you miss this fundraising idea at our last meeting?
    4. Is your PTA looking for a new, free website?
    5. Thanks for attending...
    6. Update on Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance
    And for the information:

    1. Turn in at least 30 PTA memberships by October 15 to receive award
    Every PTA unit that turns in at least 30 membership to Second District by October 15 will receive the "Ready, Set, Remit" award from the California PTA. Each unit will receive a certificate and no application is required. What a great thing to hang in your school's front office or parent room! 

    Print and fill out this remittance form and mail it along with your check (made out to Second District PTA and signed by two officers) to:
    Second District PTA
    ATTN: Treasurer
    555 Franklin Street, Room 203D
    San Francisco, CA 94102


    2. Financial Reports due now
    Each unit should send the following reports to Second District PTA as soon as possible. If you have already sent them to us- Thank You! Please contact Terry Norbury with any questions at treasurer@sfpta.org.
    1. 2013/2014 Unit PTA Budget (approved by your membership)
    2. 2012/2013 Year End Financial Report (see a sample report here)
    3. 2012/2013 Year End Audit (see how to do this here)

    3. Did you miss this fundraising idea at our last meeting?
    Prolific Giving founder, George Nguyen, presented a new idea for fundraising at the Second District PTA General Meeting September 16th. You can read more about the Joojoobug app on their website.
    *********
    Joojoobug is YOUR smart solution to earn more money for your school! 
     
    Many of us have community partnerships in place, earning back money for our school by purchasing food or an item from that particular vendor.
     
    What Joojoobug does is leverage all of our efforts to make charitable giving city-wide! Click on the app and you will know all the vendors in the city that give back...it's that easy! Plus they do all of the administrative work - collecting data and distributing checks. 
     
    The Second District PTA would like to thank Prolific Giving's founder George Nguyen for this generous offer. You can register today for the introductory rate of 10% for as long as your unit uses the platform.  It's easy to sign up...just send an email to george@prolificgiving.com to get started.
     
    It's a win-win!


    4. Is your PTA looking for a new, free website?
    Cards for Good is looking for up to ten San Francisco PTA units that are interested in a free, flexible, and modern website as part of a trial they are putting together for the National PTA.

    Here is an example of what the website might look like (Not the final version of course!). Everything is completely dynamic, meaning PTA units can edit all the content, add or take away features, have their own store, forms, take online payments, memberships, volunteering info etc.

    If your PTA is interested, contact Reuben at reuben@cardsforgood.com or 415 373 2386. He will ask you a few questions about your PTA, and then they will build the website for you and hand over the keys.


    5. Thanks for attending...
    Thanks to all who attended the SFUSD Family Engagement Institute last weekend. There were so many great workshops and opportunities for sharing ideas to increase effective engagement in our schools. If you missed it, watch for it again next year!

    Also, thanks to all who supported the edMatch Tech Savvy Scavenger Hunt. Lots of families participated and dollars for SF public schools were raised!


    6. Update on Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance
    Last week we told you about a resolution Commissioner Emily Murase brought to the school board in support of the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance in front of the SF Board of Supervisors. We wanted to let you know that the resolution passed unanimously. A first reading of the City Ordinance was heard this Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors and the second reading is next Tuesday 10/8, at which point we expect a vote. If you want to share your opinion on the matter, please contact your Supervisor here.
  • Friday, September 20, 2013 2:33 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    September 20, 2013
    1. Find out if your PTA needs to update its bylaws this year
    2. How to use the new e-Membership cards
    3. New PTA listservs for Presidents and Treasurers
    4. Reminder- every SFUSD family should turn in a meal application, regardless of need
    5. Your school can apply for the SFUSD Impact and Innovation Awards
    6. Plan to attend the new Family Engagement Institute September 28th from 9am-2pm
    7. In case you missed Commissioner Emily Murase's presentation on girls and STEM education...
    8. San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance information
    9. Send a team from your school to the edMatch Tech Savvy Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, September 29th to raise money for SF public schools

    And for the information:

    1. Find out if your PTA needs to update its bylaws this year
    PTA Bylaws must be updated every three years according to CAPTA rules. The following Second District PTAs are required to update their bylaws during this school year. 

    Your PTA unit can update/change your bylaws even if your unit is not on this list by following these procedures.
    This usually takes a couple of hours of work, but spread out over three+ months. So now is the time to get started. To do so, fill in the attached worksheet, and contact parliamentarian@sfpta. 


    School Name
    PTA #
    Bylaw Date
    Alamo ES.
    3747
    12/10/09
    Bessie Carmichael ES
    5410
    11/25/09
    Flynn ES
    306
    6/20/06
    Jefferson ES
    312
    1/15/10
    Marina Middle
    320
    5/17/10
    O'Connell HS
    5415
    12/10/09
    Rosa Parks ES
    6119
    4/11/08
    Serra ES.
    4447
    7/10/08
    Starr King ES
    5945
    1/9/06
    Stevenson ES
    334
    5/27/08
    Sunnyside ES
    335

    E.R. Taylor ES
    4285
    11/25/09
    Washington HS
    339
    12/13/10
    Webster ES
    4208
    12/12/08





    2. How to use the new e-Membership cards
    NEW THIS YEAR! You now have the option of giving your members either traditional cardstock membership cards or electronic membership cards, or both. To request cardstock membership cards or for any membership support, please contact membership@sfpta.orgAll the "how-to" information can be found on our membership page.


    3. New PTA listservs for presidents and treasurers
    Over the last week we have created two new listservs- one for presidents and one for treasurers. The purpose of the these listservs is for people to network, share best practices, and get support. So far they have been both been quite lively! We hope they are helpful for you. And if you hold one of these officer positions and aren't on the group yet, please send an email to Michelle Parker at communications@sfpta.org.


    4. Reminder- every SFUSD family should turn in a meal application, regardless of need
    Turning an application in this year is easier than ever. You can now complete the application online here. Please spread the word and help your principal to collect these forms. 


    5. Your school can apply for the SFUSD Impact and Innovation Awards
    The Quality Teachers and Education Act (QTEA) parcel tax that voters passed in 2008 includes a component that recognizes schools who are making significant improvements in impact and innovation. Principals were made aware of this opportunity during the summer, but we want to make sure parents and teachers also know about it. If you think your school might qualify to apply, talk to your principal and site council about how you can help put the application together.

    From SFUSD:
    The QTEA Impact & Innovation Awards aim to reward schools which have demonstrated achievement and to develop effective methods of sharing strategies that hard-working staff at these schools employ day-to-day to support student achievement. The awards include 10 Impact Awards and 10 Innovation Awards and each award is $15,000.

    Tell us your stories on impact and innovation! Applications are due Monday, October 14th, 2013. Information and the application are attached.


    6. Plan to attend the new Family Engagement Institute September 28th from 9am-2pm
    Hear and share ideas about what’s working to support family engagement in schools across the district and connect with other families, schools and community leaders at SFUSD's first annual Family Engagement Institute. Register here. Invite your whole community!


    7. In case you missed Commissioner Emily Murase's presentation on girls and STEM education...

    Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director of the SF Department on the Status of Women and school board member, reviewed findings from a 

    new report.


    Just as San Francisco emerges as a hub of high tech companies such as Twitter, Salesforce, and Square, the number of women graduating with technical degrees has plummeted. Nicole Sowers, a public policy graduate student at Mills College, recently completed a research paper on girls and STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education, with a focus on SFUSD, for the SF Department on the Status of Women.


    Dr. Murase's presentation can be found here, and we are so glad she was able to be with us! The feedback was great.



    8. San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance Information

    District 3 Supervisor David Chiu has recently introduced a  workplace flexibility proposal which will give San Francisco employees (of companies with 20 employees or more) the right to request a flexible work schedule. Background materials are attached. School Board Commissioner Emily Murase will be submitting a resolution in support at the Sept 24 school board meeting. 


    The Second District PTA will not have time to consider and take an official position on the issue before Tuesday, but if you are interested in attending the school board meeting to voice your personal opinion during public comment, please do.  


    The proposal will be taken up by the Land Use and Economic Development Committee of the Board of Supervisors at an upcoming meeting (likely 9/23 or 9/30), 1:30 pm at the Board of Supervisors Committee Room. This will also be an opportunity to voice your opinion about the issue.



    9. Send a team from your school to the edMatch Tech Savvy Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, September 29th to raise money for SF public schools
    From edMatch:
    On Sunday, September 29th, edMatch is hosting the second-annual, citywide Tech-Savvy Scavenger Hunt. edMatch would like to invite you to sign up a 4-6 member team to compete in the scavenger hunt and help us raise much-needed funds for our schools. We are hoping to get at least one team from every school in the district to participate in this fun fundraising event. Here’s all the relevant information:

    • What: Citywide Tech-Savvy Scavenger Hunt to Benefit SF Public Schools
    • Where: Starts and ends at City Hall (Civic Center Plaza) and takes place in neighborhoods throughout the city.
    • When: Sunday, September 29th from 12:00-6:00 PM
    • Who: EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL! 

    Please sign up here and feel free to share this e-mail widely: http://supportsfpublicschools.eventbrite.com/
    SFUSD teacher teams are invited to participate for FREE in gratitude for all they do for our children. 

    Teachers interested in participating should contact Ellen Schatz-Kriney at: ellen@edmatchsf.org to register their team(s).

    Additional event info: 
    Gather at the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza downtown at Noon on 09/29 to receive your team’s mission & your zone assignment. The team that completes the most missions and racks up the most points wins -- and so do the teams with the best costumes, the best school spirit, and more.

    Plus... Delicious, gourmet street food provided by Off the Grid and live music from District 8.

    Some news coverage of last year's event: http://missionlocal.org/2012/10/gamers-flock-to-the-mission-to-support-schools/

    ** Brought to you by edMatch (www.edmatchsf.org). edMatch is a local, grassroots organization that challenges corporations, private philanthropists and the community at large to “match” funds raised in San Francisco’s public schools, then distributes the matching funds to all the City’s 114 schools on a per-student basis. 
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 AM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    September 10, 2013
    1. A note from Stephanie 
    2. First Second District General Meeting on Monday, September 16th at 6:30pm at Roosevelt Middle School- agenda below
    3. What do you first think of, when you think of PTA: Membership Update
    4. Tracking Your Volunteer Hours- How and Why
    5. Plan to attend the new Family Engagement Institute September 28th from 9am-2pm
    6. Send a team from your school to the edMatch Tech Savvy Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, September 29th to raise money for SF public schools
    And for the information:

    1. A note from Stephanie

    Hello friends and fellow members! 

    Thank you to those that came out for PTAU SF on Saturday. Your time and dedication to your unit is inspiring. Keep up the good work and thank you for your leadership. 

    Please SAVE the date. Next Monday evening, September 16th, is our first general meeting and we need representation from 10 units to make quorum. Details are below.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon. 

    All the best. 
    Cheers,
    Stephanie, President

    2. Second District General Meeting, Monday September 16th, 6:30pm at Roosevelt Middle School
    Just as San Francisco emerges as a hub of high tech companies such a Twitter, Salesforce, and Square, the number of women graduating with technical degrees has plummeted. Nicole Sowers, a public policy graduate student at Mills College, recently completed a research paper on girls and STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education, with a focus on SFUSD, for the SF Department on the Status of Women. Executive Director Emily Murase (also a school board member) will review key findings from the report. 

    George Nguyen is the founder and CEO of Prolific Giving based in San Francisco. George will talk about his mobile app that will help schools raise more money. It’s a more effective way of doing what every parent at every school does already.

    Did you know that you have the option of using electronic PTA membership cards this eyar? Learn how it works at our meeting.

    To rsvp and view the whole agenda, visit our website.

    3. What do you first think of, when you think of PTA?- from Shellie Wiener, VP Membership
    [Sounds like a great ice-breaker for your first school PTA meeting this year…]

    As we kick-off the 2013-2014 PTA year, I hope that all our membership chairs/vice-presidents will share with your members that PTA is a membership organization. As the largest and most powerful children's advocacy association in the United States dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families, our purpose is to serve our members needs.  Each school can determine what that means for their community.

    Belonging to PTA shows that you care about your student[s]. It also shows your child[ren] that school matters. PTA helps ensure that parents have a seat at the table when important decisions that affect schools are made.

    NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO JOIN PTA!

    Membership envelopes are available for your unit to use in the collection of dues.  New 2013-2014 membership cards are in the process of being sent out.  If you need either envelopes or cards, please contact me.

    New this year – two types of membership cards!  We have the traditional hard copy card; there is an on-line template for membership cards which you can print out on card stock at your convenience; and there are ‘electronic cards’ which you can email to members who have smart phones.  This allows the members to call up their membership card whenever they need to present it for proof of membership – no more trying to remember where their current year’s card is!

    Learn more about membership and supporting your members at the Fall General Meeting this coming Monday evening, September 16.  I hope to see you there!

    Shellie Wiener
    Second District PTA, VP Membership
    Membership@sfpta.org
    s_wiener@yahoo.com
    www.sfpta.org
    415.710.8416 cell/text


    4. Tracking Your Volunteer Hours- How and Why
    (from our Historian, Barbara Lee)

    Are You Counting Your PTA’s Volunteer Hours?
     
    The collection of hours is important in maintaining our federal tax-exempt status. An association (PTA) granted nonprofit charitable status must receive one-third of its support from the general public. The recorded hours of volunteers are proof of this. 
     
    Start now and please remember to keep track of your PTA’s volunteer hours.
     
    What types of activities should you keep track of?
    Phone calls
    Travel time
    Meeting time:
         * General Membership meetings
         * Executive Board meetings
         * Meetings with Teachers/Administration having to do with PTA
         * Any other meetings attended for PTA purposes
    Preparation time for:
         * Meetings
         * Events
         * Phone calls/e-mails
    Set-up/Clean-up
    Actual events
    Shopping for event/activity
    Thinking PTA
    Promoting PTA to friends and acquaintances
    Volunteering at school for PTA administered programs
    Email conversations
    Writing:
         * Agendas
         * Minutes
         * Treasurer's Reports
         * Chair/VP Reports
    Attending:
         * California State PTA Convention
         * National Convention
         * District trainings
         * Legislation activities/conferences
     
    If PTA asks you to do it – count it toward your volunteer hours.  Reports are due to your district on May 15th.  Thank you for all the volunteer hours you put in, and watch for a check to be presented at the California State PTA Convention in May 2014!

    5. Plan to attend the new Family Engagement Institute on Saturday, September 28th from 9am-2pm At MLK Middle School.

    Hear and share ideas about what’s working to support family engagement in schools across the district and connect with other families, schools and community leaders at SFUSD's first annual Family Engagement Institute. Register here. Flyers are attached- please send them out to your school community!

    6. Send a team from your school to the edMatch Tech Savvy Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, September 29th to raise money for SF public schools

    There are 4 things edMatch is asking all PTAs to do:
    • Announce the event at your soonest PTA meeting (information below).
    • Post the information to your school's listserv and in the newsletter.
    • Hang the attached flyer on your community bulletin board.
    • Encourage your community to form a student/parent team http://supportsfpublicschools.eventbrite.com/  
    (Tell your teachers about this too, as they are offering free registration to one team of current SFUSD teachers from each school that has at least one team registered) 

    Here is the information they would like you to share:


    On Sunday, September 29th, edMatch is hosting the second-annual, citywide Tech-Savvy Scavenger Hunt. edMatch would like to invite you to sign up a 4-6 member team to compete in the scavenger hunt and help us raise much-needed funds for our schools. We are hoping to get at least one team from every school in the district to participate in this fun fundraising event. Here’s all the relevant information:

    • What: Citywide Tech-Savvy Scavenger Hunt to Benefit SF Public Schools
    • Where: Starts and ends at City Hall (Civic Center Plaza) and takes place in neighborhoods throughout the city.
    • When: Sunday, September 29th from 12:00-6:00 PM
    • Who: EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL! 

    Please sign up here and feel free to share this e-mail widely: http://supportsfpublicschools.eventbrite.com/
    SFUSD teacher teams are invited to participate for FREE in gratitude for all they do for our children. 

    Teachers interested in participating should contact Ellen Schatz-Kriney at: ellen@edmatchsf.org to register their team(s).

    Additional event info: 
    Gather at the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza downtown at Noon on 09/29 to receive your team’s mission & your zone assignment. The team that completes the most missions and racks up the most points wins -- and so do the teams with the best costumes, the best school spirit, and more.

    Plus... Delicious, gourmet street food provided by Off the Grid and live music from District 8.

    Some news coverage of last year's event: http://missionlocal.org/2012/10/gamers-flock-to-the-mission-to-support-schools/

    ** Brought to you by edMatch (www.edmatchsf.org). edMatch is a local, grassroots organization that challenges corporations, private philanthropists and the community at large to “match” funds raised in San Francisco’s public schools, then distributes the matching funds to all the City’s 114 schools on a per-student basis. 


    Have a great rest of the week!
    - The Second District Executive Board
  • Wednesday, September 04, 2013 12:32 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    September 3, 2013
    1. Free PTA Officer Training THIS SATURDAY- register now! 
    2. Marketing your PTA- Increase Membership!
    3. SAVE THE DATE: First Second District General Meeting on Monday, September 16 at 6:30pm
    4. Thanks for coming to the PTA and Superintendent's Reception
    5. Send us your school's events for the Second District Calendar
    And for the information:

    1. Only 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER for the free PTA Officer Training (PTA University) this Saturday, September 7th from 8:30am-1pm at 555 Franklin St.

    Hello friends and fellow members, this is a brief reminder that the Second District PTA is hosting our first PTA University training this Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm at SFUSD 555 Franklin Street. Parking is available at the McAllister Street entrance. 

    We will have two State presenters speaking on PTAEZ, e-membership cards and everything financial. We will have training on the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian and Membership positions, as well as time to share best practices and community building. 

    This is a good investment of time which will lead to your unit's success. 

    Remember, in PTA there is no need to re-create the wheel. 

    Please register today (agenda is listed on the site) and I will see you on Saturday. Thank you for your time and efforts. 

    GO TEAM! 
    Cheers,
    Stephanie
    District President

    2. Marketing your PTA- Increase Membership!
    Looking to grow your PTA membership this year? Did you know that our goal as a PTA district is at least 9,500 members? And you can help us get there! The state PTA recently did a study to find out what messages are effective for reaching parents, teachers and community members. Use this information to craft the message for your school! Check it out here.

    3. SAVE THE DATE! First Second District PTA General Meeting of the year on Monday, September 16th at 6:30pm
    Location TBA. Come join PTA members from across the city, hear great speakers and learn something new! More details coming soon.
     
    4. Thanks for coming to the PTA and Superintendent's Reception last Thursday! We know life gets busy and hope you were able to meet a few new people or hear a few words that got your year off to a good start. Check out our Facebook page for photos from the event.

    5. Send us your school's events for our Second District Calendar
    As we mentioned a couple of week ago, we have a google calendar on our site that you are welcome to add to your own personal calendar or add to your school's google calendar. We would also like to plug in YOUR events to share with everyone else! Maybe a school wants to start holding a fall carnival and they want to attend others for ideas. Maybe a school in your neighborhood is planning a community event and doesn't want to plan it the same day as yours. So please share!

    To submit calendar items please send an email to communications@sfpta.org with "PTA CALENDAR: (Your school and event name)". Please list the date, time, place and description in the email body. Thanks!

    Have a great remainder of the week!

    -The Second District PTA Executive Board

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:29 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    This week in 
    The Second District Scoop
    August 27, 2013
    And for the information:

    1. This Thursday, August 29, 5:30-7:30pm, SFUSD 555 Franklin Street, Annual PTA and Superintendent Back to School Reception (free parking available in the lot- enter on McAllister)

    Hello friends and fellow members,

    Your presence is requested on Thursday. I would like to meet you in person and introduce you to the Second District Board.  Our Annual Superintendent’s Reception is this Thursday, August 29th at 555 Franklin from 5:30-7:30pm. Please attend and invite your school community. Refreshments and cake will be served. This is your opportunity to speak with Superintendent Carranza directly, to celebrate the start of a new school year, network and build community. 

    The Second District is here to support you and your school community. 

    See you there! 
    Thank you & GO TEAM! 
    -Stephanie LeBeau, Second District PTA President.

    2. Please make sure that at least some of your PTA officers can attend the free training on Saturday, September 7th from 8:30am-1pm at 555 Franklin St.

    This is an opportunity you won't want to miss! Our State PTA Treasurer will teach a workshop and be there to answer any finance question you can think of, along with our Past State PTA President, who will let you know of the latest and greatest coming down the pipeline in the PTA. There will also be trainings for Presidents, Secretaries and Membership Chairs, and a chance to network with other PTAs from around the city. Register on the PTA website and ask everyone on your board to join you!  

    3. PTA Financial Reports Reminders

    Hello PTA officers. I hope your summer has been pleasant and productive. 

    This is a reminder from your outgoing Second District PTA Treasurer of things that must be done by each PTA unit.

    Here are things that should be already completed relating to the last PTA fiscal year:
    1. A year-end audit.
    2. A 2012-13 Financial Report (Revenue and Expense Statement and Balance Sheet).
    3. An RRF-1 report filed with the California Attorney General's Office.
    4. A 990-N, 990-EZ, or 990 tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
    5. A 199N or 199 tax return filed with the California Franchise Tax Board.
    6. If your unit held a raffle, prepare and file the final Raffle Report (CT-NRP-2).

    Create a permanent file of all of the materials in 1 - 6, above (I use big ACCO fasteners) along with the accounting records for the 2012-13 year and turn this over to the President or Historian of your unit for permanent storage. 

    Send copies (pdfs are best) of the tax returns, RRF-1, raffle forms, and year-end financial reports to, Second District Treasurer, treasurer@sfpta.org.

    Look on the California PTA web site, www.capta.org, for help in doing any of these things. The filing deadline for items 3, 4, and 5 is four and one-half months after the end of your unit's fiscal year. (For most units this is November 15, 2013.

    Other things to do relating to the new year include:
    a. A PTA Budget for the new school year, 2013-14, should be ready for adoption in your first general membership meeting.
    b. Present the year-end audit to the first general membership meeting for adoption.
    c. Get the new check signers registered at your bank.
    d. If your unit will hold a raffle, file the Raffle Registration (CT-NRP-1) for the 2013-14 year.
    e. Set up your calendar to remit membership monthly starting the end of September.
    f. Remit your unit's insurance premium ($202) with your first or second monthly remittance.

    4. New school-specific email addresses for each PTA throughout Second District

    Each PTA in San Francisco has been given a school-specific email address with the sfpta domain. Each PTA President will each receive an email listing what that is. You are welcome to use it to your heart's content, but it is also the address the district PTA will give to community partners who want to contact you, because we do not want to give out your personal information. An example of how it might be used is with SFUSD or City leadership/departments who want to partner with or notify your school about a specific effort or opportunity. We will not give the list out to vendors and salespeople. The list of addresses will not be posted on our website, and will only be given out selectively when requested. If any questions or comments about this please contact Michelle atcommunications@sfpta.org.

    Have a great remainder of the week!

    -The Second District PTA Executive Board

  • Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:31 PM | Michelle Parker (Administrator)
    Welcome Back!

    We are sure it has been a busy week getting your kids and families back in the swing of things- new schedules, new activities, new teachers, homework, the list goes on and on. Now that you are getting that down, here are some important updates from Second District PTA. 

    We plan to send out Tuesday emails every week with information you need to run your PTA and to support your children. As always, feel free to contact us at 2nddist@sfpta.org if we can help you in any way.

    This week:
    1. Welcome from your new president, Stephanie LeBeau
    2. PTA and Superintendent Back to School Reception- this Thursday at 5:30pm
    3. PTA Officer Training- "PTA University"- Sat. Sept 7 8:30am-1pm
    4. Calendars, Remittance Forms and Dues, Oh My!
    5. We need a Treasurer... can you suggest someone?
    6. Check out our new(ish) website and like us on Facebook 
    7. Start counting your volunteer hours now
    And now for the information:
    1. Welcome from your new president, Stephanie LeBeau:

    Welcome friends and fellow members to the 2013-2014 school year!

    My name is Stephanie LeBeau and I am the new District PTA President. I want to thank you for taking on a very important leadership role in PTA.  Your involvement honors our PTA history and your work will continue to make a difference in the lives of children and families today and tomorrow.


    The mission of the Second District of the California State PTA is to improve the education, health, and well-being of children and families in San Francisco by advocating for, cultivating, and empowering individual units.


    As a PTA member, you are a part of the #1 organization that advocates for children.

    Membership is our strength.  Active and informed members make positive decisions that affect the welfare and education of children and youth locally, statewide and nationally.  The more members in PTA, the more powerful our voice.  Students of all ages are eligible to join any unit – a PTA or PTSA.  Our membership goal citywide is to have 9,500 members this year.  Please encourage your unit to make everyone in their family a card carrying member.  Your time and efforts are appreciated.

    Important dates:  Our Annual Superintendent’s Reception is scheduled for Thursday August 28th at 555 Franklin from 5:30-7:30pm. Please invite your school community.

    Our first training for the Executive Board officers will be held on Saturday September 7th at 555 Franklin from 8:30am-1pm.  We will have two guest speakers – our State Treasurer and most recent State President.


    Why attend training workshops? Because it will make your job easier, it’s a great investment of time, to build community and to share ideas.  See you there. :)


    The Second District is here to support you and your school community.  You are not alone.  We want to hear from you not only when you have challenges but to share in your successes. 

    We are looking forward to working with you this term. Remember, together everyone achieves more…GO TEAM!

    All the best, 
    Stephanie LeBeau
    President 2013-2015 | Email: stephaniepta@aol.com


    2. PTA and Superintendent Back to School Reception- this Thursday 5:30-7:30pm, Irving J. Breyer Board Room, SFUSD, 555 Franklin Street

    Come join us for our annual Back to School Reception with Superintendent Richard Carranza. It will be a great opportunity to visit with fellow PTA members from across the city, as well as hear from our Superintendent about the State's new education funding plan. Invite your friends, bring your kids, and get ready for a good time! Check out our event on Facebook, and see you Thursday.


    3. PTA Officer Training- "PTA University"- Sat. Sept 7 8:30am-1pm

    We will be joined by our immediate past State PTA President and current State PTA Treasurer, and there will be breakout sessions for Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and Membership Chairs. Watch for a link to register for the training in Tuesday's email, along with further details.


    4. Calendars, Remittance Forms and Dues, Oh My!

    Our calendar for the 2013-2014 school year is up on our website in list format, as well as on its ownpublic google calendar. Feel free to include this calendar in your own PTA's calendar, embed it on your site, or just in your own personal use. If you need assistance with doing any of that please let us know atcommunications@sfpta.org


    The new 2013-2014 Remittance Form can be found on our website here. This is form you use when submitting any membership dues (send them at least on the 1st of every month), your annual insurance premium ($202 this year), and additional premiums for Worker's Compensation Insurance (5% this year).


    Questions about PTA Membership dues? Contact VP of Membership, Shellie Wiener atmembership@sfpta.org or watch for more information coming your way very soon. You have a new option this year to send membership cards to your members electronically! 


    5. We need a Treasurer... can you suggest someone? Unfortunately, due to unforeseen health circumstances, our Second District Treasurer had to resign last week. We wish him the best. Can you help us find his replacement? Maybe you are interested yourself, or know of a past treasurer at your school who would be fabulous? There is a great deal of training and support available for this role. As you know, the treasurer is one of the required positions in PTA, so we need to get this filled as soon as possible. Thanks for your help!


    6. Check out our new(ish) website and like us on Facebook

    Have you been yet? Check out our website at www.sfpta.org where you will find the most up to date information for running your PTA, resources, links, calendars, forms, and more. Have suggestions? Are we missing something?Let us know at communications@sfpta.org.


    Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet? Check out the new Second District page and then share it with your own PTA, family and friends. 


    7. Start counting your volunteer hours now!

    Do you remember how we ask you for an Annual Report every May? Remember how it asks for your unit's cumulative volunteer hours for the year? It will be much easier to start counting now, rather than wait and try to figure it out later. As non-profit organizations, the IRS requires that we track this information to maintain our tax-exempt status. Check out our website for ideas how to do this, and what counts as PTA time. You can add a column on PTA meeting sign-in sheets for people to write it down, ask your committee chairs to track it, or get creative!


    Okay, that's it for now! We'll see you again in just a few days, with our first regular Tuesday email right around the corner.


    Thanks for doing what you do! It makes a difference.


    -The Second District PTA

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