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,
President 2013-2015 | Email: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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