PTA News

2018-20 National PTA Schools of Excellence

posted Aug 1, 2018, 8:30 AM by Barbara Flannery

Congratulations to:
Barnard Elementary PTA
Cabrillo Elementary PTA
Language Academy PTSA

The 2018-20 Schools of Excellence are designated in recognition of their commitment in building an inclusive and welcoming school-community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being of all students. To learn more visit the National PTA website.

Mid-Year Checkup Workshop

posted Jan 16, 2018, 11:39 AM by Barbara Flannery

Join us on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Learn how to effectively advocate for you community, run your elections and audits, compile volunteer hour and run a mid-year membership campaign.
RSVP using this link or call (619) 271-7821.

Free Parent Expo on Sat., Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:46 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 2:52 PM ]

This event is being held at the Ballard Parent Center and offers multiple workshops on a variety of topics for parents, as well as entertainment, food, translation, and childcare to all district families. Computers 2 Kids will be there with computers for purchase (refurbished desktop computers for $80 and refurbished netbooks for $100) so don't miss this great deal to purchase technology for your home.Transportation to this event, via school bus, is being offered at various school sites. Contact Katherine Aud at (619) 725-7329 for busing information.  Please use this link to RSVP.  For more information

2018 PTA Legislation Conference

posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:33 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 2:57 PM ]
Registration for the 2018 State PTA Legislation Conference is now open. A key role for all PTAs is to speak for all children and advocate for what's in each child's best interest. Whether you are an experienced advocate or have never participated before, the 2018 California State PTA Legislation Conference is for you. The conference focuses on the key issues and legislation impacting your child, school and community and is being held Jan. 22-23, 2018 in Sacramento. For complete information, visit the California PTA website. If you have questions, email Mahogany Taylor, Council VP of Legislation, at 

September Membership Stars

posted Sep 19, 2017, 7:54 AM by Barbara Flannery   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 2:54 PM by SD Council PTA ]

Jefferson IB Elementary PTA, 
Birney Elementary PTA, Foster Elementary PTA, Perry Elementary PTA, Central Elementary PTA, Lafayette Elementary PTA, Miller Elementary PTA, Balboa Elementary PTA, Cabrillo Elementary PTA, Florence Elementary PTA, Johnson Magnet PTA

Fun summer activities for the whole family

posted Jun 13, 2017, 8:54 AM by SD Council PTA

Free and Fabulous Fun in your Neighborhood!
Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!
The Summer Movies in the Park event series began in 2007 as a ‘take back our parks’ initiative, giving local residents a reason to visit their local county and city parks for a free and safe evening event. This well-attended community activity deterred inappropriate after-hours park use and loitering and gave residents an opportunity to feel safe in their local park, thus encouraging future visits.

For more information visit the website or follow the Facebook page

Twilight  in the Park Summer Concerts at Balboa Park


For 36 years, Twilight’s live music under the stars has been delighting visitors. The music program ranges from military

bands and Dixieland jazz, to big band swing and Latin salsa. Concerts run all the way through to August 31, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with special theme-events celebrating starting at 5:30  p.m. on the stage of the majestic Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

the goal at Twilight is to provide a fabulous, free, family-oriented venue for folks to come and listen to some great music. Bring a picnic, sit back and relax, or kick up your heels to some wonderful tunes.  For complete list of shows (subject to change without notice) visit the website.

Resident Free Tuesdays to participating museums in Balboa Park

Park organizations offer free admissions to San Diego City & County Residents (with ID), active military, & their dependents on Tuesdays.  The is an offer available all year long, for complete list, visit the website.  

If you have any information on free or low-cost activities for families, let us know by emailing to!

President's Message - June 2017

posted Jun 13, 2017, 5:46 AM by SD Council PTA

This is my last post as President for the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.  For 24 months I had the privilege and honor of being the "voice and face" of PTA here in San Diego.  I spoke at school board meetings, met with SDUSD directors and the Superintendent on a regular basis, traveled across
California to represent SDUCPTA at conventions and conferences, met with legislators, planned and gave training, and so much more.  None of this would have been possible were it not for the fabulous team of volunteers that served as board members and leadership team members for SDUCPTA.  My focus now is to "clean up" as much as I can so that my successor, Derick Boerner, has a as much of a clean slate as possible so that he can continue the mission of SDUCPTA with ease. 

I can remember two years ago, people were asking what's going to become of SDUCPTA after Derby Pattengill finished his term as President.  I can remember thinking, what am I going to do, I mean the guy has great hair and a great smile.  Derby has been an awesome past President and I kept him around as Council's Parliamentarian which has been immensely helpful not only to me but also to our PTA units.  My focus for SDUCPTA was to raise PTA's visibility in San Diego and to raise PTA's voice on issues that affects children in our community and schools.  I hoped that our PTAs and the community at large has a better idea of who we are and what we do.  Not that past president's haven't done this but each president has had an area of focus for their terms.  And now, I managed to make mark as people are slowly getting used to the idea that I will no longer be the President.  I have an idea of what Derick's focus will be and I have every confidence that he'll do great things.  Change is hard for everyone, but given the time, you will see that while things may change they'll also remain the same.

So this is my goodbye and I hope that you all will continue to do great things for children in your schools and communities.  Thank you for everything.

Humbly yours for the last time...

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

Stay Nourished ALL summer long

posted Jun 12, 2017, 5:58 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 5:10 AM ]

During the summer months, no-cost meals are available for everyone ages 18 and under.  This program is available in Sacramento,
San Diego, and Contra Costa counties where 
school districts and farmers are teaming up to offer fresh, healthy summer meals made with California’s abundant crops.   Kids can get tasty, freshly prepared Lunches for Kids -- June 19 - August 18 at numerous locations across San Diego.

No cost. Summer meals at no charge for kids & teens ages 18 and younger. 
No registration. Participation does not require any enrollment or identification. 
No questions asked. There is no income verification or paperwork of any kind. an added bonus, t
hanks to sponsors, adults accompanying a child may eat for FREE at any of our summer barbecues!!!

For more information or to find a site near you visit: or download the flyer below.

Its Spring- The Birds and Bees and Sex Ed are in the Air!

posted Jun 4, 2017, 8:47 PM by SD Council PTA

San Diego Unified School District

Last year the San Diego Unified School board trustees adopted a new sexual health curriculum titled Rights, Respect, and Responsibility.  The curriculum is managed by the San Diego Unified Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP) which is in part funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  The District curriculum has not had a significant update in about 30 years.  The sexual health curriculum is taught to middle school students as well as high  school students and this is the first year of implementation.  Typically that means 6th, 8th and 12th grades, but it may vary depending on the school site. 

 The Executive Board of the San Diego Unified Council of PTA voted in early May to support this curriculum though the curriculum has been of some concern to some parents in the district.  We believe the curriculum is in alignment with the California Healthy Youth Act as well as the National Sexual Health Standards.  Additionally we believe the curriculum is in support of our California State PTA and National PTA resolutions:

·       LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness In Health Education California(CAPTA)

·       HIV/STD Prevention Education In Our Schools(CAPTA)

·       Violence Prevention In Schools(CAPTA)

·       Child Trafficking(PTA)

·       Sexting(PTA)

·       Recognition of LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class(PTA)

·       Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Affecting Students Safety(PTA)

as well as the California State PTA position statements:

·       Family Planning(CAPTA)

·       Health Education(CAPTA)

·       Prevention of Teen Pregnancy(CAPTA

·       Teen Dating Violence Prevention(CAPTA)

·       Elements of Comprehensive health Programs(PTA)


In order to help our PTA parents stay informed as to what is happening in the classroom, here are some useful links to the new curriculum.  This information is all available on the district website as well.


A good place to start is with the Scope and Sequence of the curriculum or the more in depth review of the curriculum here.  There is also a link to Parent/Family ResourcesParent and student discussions are a big part of this curriculum and the parent/family resources links help support those of us parents who recognize the distinct difference between this curriculum and the classes we had when we were in school.  Please take some time to review the Student Supports as well


Parents absolutely do have the option to have their children excused from these classes.  You may click here on the district website for the directions on how to opt your children out from the sexual health curriculum.


If you have any questions regarding the curriculum, please feel free to contact the PTA office.  

President's Message - May 2017

posted May 9, 2017, 8:00 PM by SD Council PTA

The school year is rapidly coming to an end.  For many of us, our children are in the midst of SBAC testing or we're busy trying to wrap up the school year and start making plans for the summer.  But for PTA, the work still continues!  Now is a time if you are a PTA leader at any level, to reflect on the past year
and think about if the goals were met, or how would you do things differently.  I am not one to live life in regret, I accept the choices I make, and hold myself accountable to the outcomes (whether good or bad).  The best thing I can do is to offer suggestions on how I feel things could be done better.  I am firm believer that there is ALWAYS room for improvement.  I have been involved in a non-profit all-volunteer organization spanning over 25 years and in PTA I have gained so much in terms of fine-tuning my advocacy skills as well as expanding my knowledge on best practices, for any non-profit.  I have had the pleasure of being able to represent the SDUCPTA by attending various conferences and conventions over the past few years and I've been so grateful for the opportunities.  

I have also met so many great people and made friendships along the way.  One special friendship I've made is with a Senior from Poway High School, Ella Smith, whom has been serving as one of the Student Representatives on the California State PTA Board of Managers for the past two years.  She's moving on and will be attending UC Berkley starting in August 2017.   I'm going to miss her terribly.  She was the last student to give the "Inspiration" at the recent California State PTA Convention and one thing she said that resonates with me so much was "while I can't major in make a world a better place, I am a member of PTA and that's close enough."  I got to spend some quality albeit brief time with Ella while at the California State PTA Convention.  We talked about each other, we talked about the future, and yes we talked about PTA.  One thing she pointed out and asked, do our PTAs ask students to get involved?  And that's a good question, that's a good question you can ask about your PTA Unit's future, how does your PTA not only engage with parents, caregivers, or community members to take on a leadership role, does your PTA reach out to the students?  Sure this may be a question for Middle and High School, but why not for Elementary School as well?  That's my challenge to you, maybe ask yourselves, how does your PTA engage with Students, after all the "S" in PTSA isn't just about having students join the PTA, it's an emphasis on Student participation as a PTA leader.  Ella Smith is an inspiration to me and she can inspire so many others, I hope she inspires you to encourage more student involvement.

And now, here are a few friendly reminders:
  • SDUCPTA Founders Day - This is our annual "gala" event where we celebrate the accomplishments of our PTAs and recognize those that made a difference in the lives of children in San Diego.  This year we're celebrating "120 years of PTA Working for Children and Families."  The early bird rate was been extended to May 15.  You can purchase tickets online or download the form (English or Spanish) to pay by check.
  • PTA Unit Rosters - Approximately 1/3 of our PTA Units have submitted their Board Rosters for the 2017-2018 year.  As a reminder, ALL PTA Units are required to elect their board members ANNUALLY.  If your unit needs help, contact us right away at or call
    (619) 297-7821.  We do need to know if you PTA Unit has had elections or is going to have elections.  The current President does need to forward the contact information, including addresses (and not the school address), so that the next board can get some critical information on upcoming training or get materials from the different channels of PTA, this can also be done by logging into PTAEZ (for more information, visit the CA PTA's Website).
  • End of Term Checklist - Checkout this quick reference guide from the California State PTA's website for things consider before you exit out of your current position.
  • Training - Honestly, any PTA member or PTA Leader can never have too much training, part of a successful board is a well-trained board.  Different channels of PTA offer various training opportunities.  The next great training opportunity is being offered by the Ninth District PTA's Summer Leadership Conference, on June 3 at USD.  I have always highly recommended any and all PTA leaders including board members for Council to participate.  There is a cost of $50 (if registered by May 25, 2017), well worth the expense, and a VALID PTA expense.  Visit Ninth District PTA's website for more information.
As always, thank you for all that you do on behalf of the children in your community and I am here to help.


Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

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