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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 info@sdcouncilpta.org 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.

Sincerely

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki
President
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

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