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Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Fundraiser

posted Apr 7, 2017, 9:54 PM by P. Godwin   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 10:06 PM ]

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Will you be attending the festivities in Old Town for Cinco de Mayo?  

Park in the Ballard Center Parking Lot and your parking donation will go to the San Diego Unified Council of PTA’s to continue its mission of advocating for all the children and youth of San Diego Unified School District.  The upper and lower parking lots will be open …

May 5th   (5pm-10pm)

May 6th   (9am-10pm)

and May 7th   (9am-8.30pm)

2375 Congress Street, San Diego.


If you would like to volunteer at this event, please contact

Rachel Wohnhaas at

President's Message - April 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 10:14 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 11:25 PM ]

Being a PTA Unit President is a very hard job to do, being a PTA President of one of the largest Council PTAs in California and quite possibly in the United States a whole different ballgame.  I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of the many volunteers that serve on the the board AND
leadership team of the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs and my immediate family.  And I certainly wouldn't be here if it were not for the hundreds of committed volunteers serving their local PTA Units.  SDUCPTA is strictly 100% all volunteers fighting hard to make a difference in the lives of children and support our local PTAs in SDUSD and beyond.  I've made quite a few personal sacrifices, haven't celebrated my own birthday in what would be construed as "normal" but for me, for the last two years, I was where I wanted to be.  I am a self-prescribed full-on PTA nerd and not ashamed to admit it.  I've taken time off work to attend various PTA conferences or conventions for training and advocacy purposes.  I actually track my hours and miles for my monthly reports to the board and by my best estimate, I've committed over 2,700 hours and traveled over 4,700 miles since the start of my term in July 2015.  I spent most of my term figuring out ways to raise PTA's voice in San Diego whether it be participating in speaking engagements, attending various community outreach events, or having PTA's voice heard.  I love the legacy and history of PTA and love being able to share PTA's story to enlighten people everywhere what a difference PTA has made for children.

But my time is almost up, now I am in full transition mode and working hard to tie up loose ends.  That includes helping our local PTAs getting caught up with compliance issues so that their board-elect has a great start to their term.  It is hard to think that by July 1, I won't be the point of contact, I won't be the go to person to represent SDUCPTA, but I won't be far as I will be the next Treasurer for the SDUCPTA.  The party isn't over yet, in fact, SDUCPTA is planning our Founders Day/General Meeting to be held on May 22, 2017!  We'll be celebrating 120 years of PTA working for children, highlighting the accomplishments of our local PTAs and SDUCPTA as well as honoring individuals that have made a difference for children in San Diego.  It has been stressful nearly two years but I wouldn't trade it for the world as it has truly been an honor, privilege, and blessing to be gifted with one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  

Here's some friendly reminders for PTA Units
  • PTA Board Rosters for 2017-2018:  By now, PTA Unit should have had their elections or will be having their elections.  The PTA President is responsible for submitting the Board Contact information for the 2017-2018 PTA Board and that does include the mailing address of the officers (not the school address).  If your PTA Unit needs assistance, please immediately contact SDUCPTA at or call (619) 297-7821.
  • Mid-year Audit Report Due:  ALL PTAs need to submit the Mid-Year Audit report which is normally for the first six months of the fiscal year.
  • Annual Historian Report Due, May 2:  ALL PTAs need to submit the Annual Historian Report to record the number of volunteer hours for the 2016-2017 fiscal year (and yes this includes some guessimating as you need to include estimated hours to the end of the fiscal year).  You may ask why, well the IRS needs a record that as a non-profit, your organization is completing its mission, and that is what the Annual Historian Report helps your PTA to do.
You can find all of the necessary forms to complete these tasks by visiting our website Forms area:

Here's some upcoming events to be award of:
  • SDUCPTA's Honorary Service Award Nomination Due, April 17, 2017:  Do you know someone special or an organization that has made a significant contribution on behalf of children in the greater area of San Diego?  SDUCPTA is accepting nominations until April 17!
  • CA PTA Convention - April 28 - April 30, San Jose, CA:  Registration is still available but the cost is now $249 for PTA members.  SDUCPTA will be receiving the Spotlight Award in Communication in recognition of our leadership training efforts.  To find out more about CA PTA's Convention, visit their website:
  • SDUCPTA's Parking Lot Fundraiser, May 5-7, Ballard Center in Old Town:  The SDUCPTA will be holding a parking lot fundraiser to raise funds that will go towards ensuring that we can provide the leadership training and support to our local PTA locals and advocacy efforts on behalf of all children.   We are looking for volunteers and if you would like to help, contact our Parking Lot Fundraiser Chairperson, Rachel Wohnhaas at
  • SDUCPTA's Founders Day Celebration/General Meeting, May 22, 6 pm - 8 pm:  Join us to celebrate 120 years of PTA working for Children.  The event will be at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, San Diego State University, 5250 55th Street, 92115.  Early Bird price is $30 per person until 5/8/2017 and goes up to $50 starting 5/9/2017.  You can purchase tickets online at:
  • Ninth District PTA's Summer Leadership Conference, June 3, 2017:  While the CA PTA's Annual Convention is a great opportunity to get training, it can be costly, have no fear, Ninth District's SLC is a great and affordable training opportunity for people new to PTA or looking to learn more.  The cost is $50 per person and is worth every penny.  Registration are now open visit Ninth District's website for more info:
As always, I am here to help, so if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!


Celeste L. Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

Fire Up Your Feet Spring 2017 Challenge

posted Mar 9, 2017, 7:34 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 10:23 AM ]

Win Cash Awards for Your School!

Join the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge
April 15, 2017 - May 15, 2017

Sign up today!
1. Click it! Visit to sign up. It’s free!
2. Track it! During the challenge, track your school’s physical activity using our easy online activity tracker. Bicycling, Walk to School Day, recess — all activity counts!
3. Win It! Schools with the most activity win cash awards to support physical activity, wellness, and Safe Routes to School programs!

Encourage physical activity and promote health and wellness!
Easy, fun, and free to participate for K-8 schools, students, parents, teachers, and community members!

¡Gane premios en efectivo para su escuela!
Únase al reto “Pon en Marcha Tus Pies”

¡Promueva la actividad física, la salud y el bienestar!
¡Fácil, entretenido y gratis para las escuelas de kinder a octavo grado, estudiantes, padres, maestros y miembros de la comunidad!

Reto de Primavera 2017, 15 de abril al 15 de mayo

Únase al reto “Pon en Marcha Tus Pies”
¡Inscríbase hoy!
1. Visite para registrarse. ¡Es gratis!
2. ¡Monitoree! Durante el reto, monitoree la actividad física de su escuela utilizando nuestro registro virtual de actividad. Correr bicicleta, actividades del Día de caminar a la escuela, juegos durante el recreo – !toda actividad cuenta!
3. ¡Gane! Las escuelas con la mayor cantidad de actividad ganarán premios en efectivo para apoyar sus programas de educación física, bienestar y de Rutas Escolares

¡Promueva la actividad física, la salud y el bienestar!
¡Fácil, entretenido y gratis para las escuelas de kinder a octavo grado, estudiantes, padres, maestros y miembros de la comunidad!
Registro de actividad mejorado

Accepting HSA Nomiations

posted Mar 9, 2017, 7:09 PM by SD Council PTA

San Diego Unified Council of PTAs will present the Honorary Service Award to a deserving individual or organization at the Founders Day Dinner on May 22, 2017.  If you would like to nominate an individual or organization to receive the Honorary or Continuing Service Award, the Very Special Person, or the Golden Oak, please complete the form below and return to the address noted below by April 17, 2017.

Please remember your nominee must be someone who has gone above and beyond their job description; that they have shown true dedication to the children and youth of San Diego Unified Council of PTAs and they are representative of the entire council.

Return form (see below) by April 17, 2017 to:                  

Honorary Service Award Committee
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

The Harold J. Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress Street, Bungalow #7
San Diego, CA 92110

Or scan and email to:         Barbara Flannery     
                                           Betsy Mueller          
                                           Linda Zintz                

Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:55 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 6:56 PM ]

She was a lifetime PTA member, leader, mentor and advocate for children. But if you spent any time in Ruth Johnson's company, you would discover what Ruth cared about most...programs. Ruth always had a list of great ideas for programs that engaged students and parents.

To honor Ruth, the PTA has established the Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award. Tell us about a program at your school that makes
you proud. It can be small or large. It can involve parents, students or both. It can happen during school or after school or even at home. Submit your program and you may be the recipient of an award this year of $100 to help continue your program or start a new one.

Program Requirements:
  • Serves students
  • Is innovative and creative
  • Is managed or funded by PTA
  • Has a role for parents to be engaged (i.e. movie night, school event, etc.)
  • Is promoted at a time convenient to families
How to apply for the $100 Ruth Johnson Memorial Program Award:
  • Write a description of the program (approximately 250 words)
  • Send up to three artifacts (i.e. flyers, screen shot of website, pictures, what you are doing to promote the event)
Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017

For more information, contact Betsy Mueller at 619-838-1500 by phone, or by email at

San Diego Unified Honors Concert

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:51 PM by SD Council PTA

Are you a music fan? San Diego Unified has a number of high schools with fabulous bands and orchestras. You and your PTA families are cordially invited to attend three honor concerts over the next several months.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.
Copley Symphony Hall

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University

The concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information contact the San Diego Unified Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) Office at 858-256-2700.

Spring is a Great Time to Update Bylaws!

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:34 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 6:45 PM ]

Aahh Spring.  The days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, the flood waters are receding and elections are in the air.  Spring is a perfect time to update your bylaws.  PTA requires that Unit bylaws be updated every three years even if you are not making any changes.  That is right, we like fresh, not stale.  So why not set up next year’s PTA board with a new set of bylaws?  It is easy and fun, especially with the new E Bylaws system at

Wait a minute, what are bylaws you ask?  Bylaws are designed to help yourPTA function in an orderly manner. PTA bylaws describe the purpose of PTA and its mission, and members’ rights, in addition to officers, committees and their respective duties.  The only official set of PTA bylaws for any PTA is an original approved current set of bylaws, signed and dated by the state parliamentarian, PTA president and secretary, and on file with the unit PTA secretary.  A copy of the association’s Bylaws for the Local PTA/PTSA Units must be made available to any association member upon request. A copy should be provided to all officers and board members. Each executive board member is repsonsible for making a thorough study of them.

Local PTAs that need a current copy of their approved bylaws should contact their council parliamentarian for assistance. Your Parliamentarian is Derby Pattengill ( or He is available to provide you with a copy of your current bylaws and help guide you through the updating process, and answer any questions.

Electronic bylaws are now available in English, and highly recommended although paper (standard) bylaws are also available in Spanish and English.

Note:  Any change in the association’s bylaws, including the number of officers, positions, or membership dues amounts may not be implemented until bylaws have been submitted through channels (council and district PTAs) to the California State PTA parliamentarian for approval.

This means that your PTA must continue to charge the stated dues amount, elect the stated officers, and hold meetings as provided for in your most current set of bylaws signed by the California State PTA parliamentarian. Simply adopting the amendments at an association meeting without prior state approval is not sufficient.

Most bylaws are processed by the state parliamentarian within two weeks of receipt unless additional information is required. Bylaws submitted for review should be returned to you through channels within 6-8 weeks of the original submission date. 

President's Message - March 2017

posted Mar 5, 2017, 3:59 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 8:25 PM ]

March is here which means Spring is coming, our clocks will move forward an hour, elections will be happening, and it marks the beginning of a transition period for the next group of leadership.  I am coming to the final 100+ plus days of my term as President of the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.  But I along with my fellow board the leadership team members are not finished yet, The Council is still being kept busy with supporting our PTAs, engaging in other projects, and advocating on children's issues.  On March 4, I participated in the Finish Chelsea's Run 5K & Walk held in Balboa Park.  I am by no means an avid fan of running and I have participated in other 5K events, but this one was special.  Brent and Kelly King, parents of Chelsea King, are truly inspiring in promoting the message for all to be #changemaker throughout our lives. I want to give a special shout out to Valencia Rodriquez, Council's Hospitality Chair, as she help recruit individuals to join the SDUCPTA Team.  It truly was a day of celebration and I hope to grab more to participate next year! 

As I mentioned elections, the Council will be having our election of officers for the 2017-2019 term on March 20, 2017 and ALL PTA Unit Presidents will be called to attend this important meeting as we also have other important business to conduct.  If your PTA Unit has not planned for a meeting in either March or April, this needs to be done and Council can help but you have to let us know!

Here are some other reminders:
Energy Troopers Sign-up Challenge - Deadline to qualify, March 6, 2017.  Your school can automatically be awarded funds based on the number of families signed-up to enroll to conserve on energy.  Prize monies range from $100 - $2,000 and just for signing up, the school does have a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000 for conserving the most mount of energy.  For more information visit the Energy Troopers website.

Mid-Year Audits are due - PTA Units are required to complete an audit for the first six months of the fiscal year, for most PTA units, this is from July 1 to December 31.  

CAPTA Mid-Year Membership Challenge Due - To date, SDUCPTA has 9,459 members and we are very close to our goal of 10,000!  CA PTA has a mid-year membership challenge for each PTA Unit to add 17 new members by March 31, 2017 but you need to remit your dues to Council by March 17, 2017.  Remember, membership dues are to be remitted through PTA channels on a monthly basis and must forward $5.75 per member.  Please be sure to use the current remittance form.  Be sure to promote to your school community to do good things for kids by joining the PTA.  For information on building your PTA Unit Membership, check out the CA PTA's website.

National PTA's Mary Lou Anderson Grant - Due March 17, 2017.  This is an opportunity for your PTA to apply for a grant worth up to $1,000 to held fund an arts program, which can be used to help support the Reflections program for the 2017-2018 school year.  For more information, visit the National PTA's website.

National PTA's Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award - Due March 17, 2017.  This award recognizes PTAs that best demonstrate outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion, as well as efforts to end discriminatory practices.  The award will be presented to one state PTA, one district/council PTA and one local PTA at the Annual National PTA Convention, June 22-25, 2017, in Las Vegas.  For more information on how to apply, visit the National PTA's Website.  

California PTA's Convention - Registration for the 2017 California State PTA's Convention is now open.  The convention will be from April 28 - 30, 2017 in San Jose, CA.  To find out more information and to register online, visit the California State PTA's website.

SDUCPTA's Ruth Johnson Program Award - Due to Council April 7, 2017.  This program award was created to honor the memory of Ruth Johnson whom was a long-time volunteer for the PTA including the SDUCPTA, and was a avid supporter of PTA programs.  To find out more information, download the application today!

SDUCPTA's Honorary Service Award - Nominations due to Council April 17, 2017.  San Diego Unified Council of PTAs will present the Honorary Service Award to a deserving individual or organization at the Founders Day Dinner on May 23, 2017. If you would like to nominate an individual or organization to receive the Honorary or Continuing Service Award, the Very Special Person, or the Golden Oak.  Download the application from our website under the Forms page.

As always, thank you for all that you do for the children in your community.


Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

President's Message - February 2017

posted Feb 5, 2017, 9:49 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 10:15 PM ]

February marks a special time for PTA and in 2017 we celebrate 120 years that PTA has worked toward bettering the lives of every child
in education, health and safety.  F
ounders’ Day (February 17) is when we celebrate the legacy and work of our founders—Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler—to better the lives of every child.  It is a time of reflection and to celebrate the accomplishments of PTA and to draw on inspiration on how we can continue to improve the lives of children everywhere.  I encourage each and every PTA in San Diego to take the time to do something to celebrate this occasion and it can be simple or grand.  One of the things that drew me to PTA is the amount of resources that are available  at my fingertips.  As a PTA Unit President, I used the ideas of Take Your Family to School Week to plan and implement family and community outreach events to benefit the students and the families of my school. Remember that the mission of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.   Your PTA can do something as easy as sponsor "Coffee with the Principal" to planning a multicultural event.  Or maybe your PTA is already doing something but didn't realize it falls under the category of family and community engagement.

The National PTA has many fun, pre-planned family education events for you to choose from to help you plan a great event for your school.  Check out some of the ideas listed below:
  • Family Reading Experience (Powered by Kindle): Engage the whole family in reading activities. (Grades K-5)
  • The Smart Talk: Create a family agreement together outlining the ground rules for how children will use their smartphones and devices safely and responsibly. (Grades K-12)
  • Safety Toolkit: Use a series of lesson plans and take-home tip sheets to teach families about poison, fire, playground and bike safety. (Grades K-5)
  • Multicultural Event Guide: Plan an event where students, families and school staff are educated about the various cultures represented within your school community. (Grades K-12)
  • Creative Career Fair Event Guide: Help connect a student’s current interest in the arts with tomorrow’s career potential. (Grades K-12)
  • Host healthy events like a health fair, fun , healthy cooking class or playground clean up. (Grades K-12)

The great thing about utilizing the resources from different channels of PTA is that a lot of the ideas are planned out for you, including program guides to customizable flyers to help with marketing of the activity.  I am by no means saying it is always easy, but you don't have to try and reinvent the wheel if you are not familiar with planing and implementing an activity.  I have often said that San Diego Unified Council of PTAs has I.D.E.A.S where we offer and draw on Inspiration for our PTA units, we celebrate the Diversity not only among our board but also among our PTAs, we are here to help our schools be Engaged, we continue to Advocate for all children, and we are here to offer Sustainability for our PTAs to continue year after year.  

Here are a few important reminders in the world of PTA:

February 10, 2017: SDUCPTA Reflections Gala – Ballard Center
February 13 – 17, 2017 National PTA’s “Take Your Families to School Week”
February 22, 2017: Ninth District PTA’s Founders Day Celebration
February 28, 2017: Ben Vereen Awards WTA Submissions Due
March 3, 2017: Ninth District PTA’s Reflections Gala
March 4, 2017: Finish Chelsea's Run 5K - Join the SDUCPTA Team!
March 17, 2017: National PTA’s Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts EnhancementGrant Due
March 17, 2017:  
National PTA's Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award Due
March 13-14, 2017: CA PTA Legislation Conference
March 20, 2017: General Association Meeting
April 17, 2017:  Council's HSA Nominations Due
April 28 – April 30, 2017:
CA PTA Convention in San Jose
May 1 - May 5, 2017: Teachers Appreciation Week
May 10, 2017:  California Day of the Teacher
May 22, 2017 Founders Day Dinner/General Association Meeting

Your PTA should be electing their Nomination Committee at a General Association meeting whose job it is to vet for the slate of candidates for the 2017-2018 term.  Lastly, you PTA should be completing the mid-year audit for the first six months of the fiscal year (for most PTAs this is for the period of July 1 - December 31).

If you ever need assistance, Council Board members along with the members of the Leadership Team are here to help, we can even assist with elections.  Just contact us at or call (619) 297-7821.

As always, thank you for all that you do for the children of your communities.


Celeste L. Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

Family Climate Action Summit-February 9, 7:00 p.m.

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:53 PM by SD Council PTA

Please join Board Vice President Kevin Beiser for the 2017 Family Climate Action Summit.

WHAT: San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Kevin Beiser, in partnership with the Sierra Club and the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs are hosting this event to:

  • Celebrate Environmental Achievements
  • Learn about current green clubs in schools, hear from students and educators
  • Discuss San Diego Unified’s Future Climate Action Plan to achieve 100% renewable energy
  • Learn how Climate Action Plans can benefit our school families

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kearny High School Auditorium, 1954 Komet Way, 92111

Guest Speakers:

Barbara Bry, San Diego City Councilmember, District 1

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, President, San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

Micah Mitrosky, Environmental Organizer, IBEW Local 569

Pete Hasapopoulos and Christine Herbeck, Sierra Club

In addition, leaders in environmental change will be recognized with the following awards:

Climate Leader of the Year Awards

Masada Disenhouse, SanDiego350

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, San Diego Unified Council of PTA’s

Max Guinn, Kids Eco Club

Climate Organization of the Year Award

Ruben Arizmendi, Sierra Club

Business Leader of the Year

Steve South, EDCO Disposal Corporation

RSVP is not required, but appreciated. Please RSVP to Pete Hasapopoulos, Sierra Club, Spanish translation services are available.

We hope to see you there!

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