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President's Message - December 2016

posted Dec 8, 2016, 9:34 PM by SD Council PTA
December marks the season of giving as well as celebrating the end of the calendar year.  I can say 2016 has been a fairly busy year not only in my PTA world but also in my personal life.  Barely five months into my two-year term as Council President I re-entered the workforce initially on a part-time basis but in 2016, I accepted the offer to work full-time.  To say serving as Council President, working full-time, and keeping up with family obligations is challenging is an understatement but there's a real good reason why I keep doing what I do.  I firmly believe in the mission of PTA which is "to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children."  It is the guiding principal of what I do on behalf of PTA and I work with the board members of the Council to explore strategies on how we can encourage our schools and their communities to be engaged.  

While I may be the point of contact for the SDUCPTA and the automatic designated representative for the Council, doesn't mean that I have to do everything (even though i may try).  I do delegate out to my fellow board members to help explore opportunities that Council can be involved at a community-wide level.  Our latest efforts include: 
  • Promoting the Energy Troopers program, where anyone with a SDG&E Account that signs up to cut back on energy usage and the school of their choice can win monies.  I have arranged so that prize monies are made out to the school site PTA.
  • Participating in the Celebration of Lights being held on December 14, 2016, where ALL staff, students and families are encouraged to attend
  • Participating in the 7th Annual Finish Chelsea's Run to help raise monies for scholarships.  You can participate by joining the SDUCPTA Team!
  • Human Trafficking Committee of SDUSD, we are currently in discussions with this SDUSD committee on collaborative efforts to raise awareness on this issue in San Diego.
In addition we continue to reach out to our local PTA leaders to offer training and support and we are planning the next leadership training being held on January 21, 2017!  You can sign up today and let us know that you're coming!

I am looking forward to 2017 and for the many opportunities to further grow our PTAs community engagement potential.

Happy Holidays and thank you for all that you do for the children in your communities!

Sincerely

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


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