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San Diego Unified Council of PTA's Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter November 2015
In This Issue
Look inside for information on Understanding the CAASPP, the districts Public Education Model, the role of the Parliamentarian, and more.....
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
(619) 297-7821
In honor of Veterans Day, Celeste's spouse while in the NAVY in 200
President's Message - November 2015
I have now been in office for just over four months.  My fellow colleagues at Council have been busy assisting our local PTA leaders and bringing in new PTA leaders which is why this post is slightly delayed than my usual pace.  One of the best parts of my "job" is the opportunity to meet with parents, community members, school administrators, and other supporters of PTA and seeing their passion to make a difference in the lives of children at their schools.  The mission of PTA - "To realize every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children." is very near and dear to my heart.  One way that SDUCPTA has done to fulfill this mission is to support ALL schools to participate in the National Parent Involvement Day, which is celebrated on the third Thursday of November and this year it lands on November 19, 2015.    Read more......

Understanding the CAASPP
Do you have questions about what the new assessment scores mean for your child?
California State PTA held a webinar to help answer some of the questions parents may have about the new  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and will be offering the same presentation with the support of Ninth District PTA on November 12, 2015 starting at 6:30 pm at the San Diego County Office of Education (click  here for more information).
If you are unable to make it to the Ninth District PTA event on November 12, here's a recap from the webinar    Read more.....

Reflections Program - Entries are Due Nov 13!!!
The SDUCPTA will be accepting entries during office hours on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm.  If that time does not work for you, please call at (619) 297-7821 or contact NiChelle Cannon at leadership@sdcouncilpta.org to setup an appointment.
Parent Involvement Day
Let us know what you're planning!!!

National Parent/Family Involvement Day is right around the corner.
We hope you are in the midst of planning a special event/activity for "National Parent/Family Involvement Day."  Jennifer Rodriguez, from the Communications Department would like to include your event on a Media Press Release to promote this special day.  Please send an email to Jennifer at jcornelius@sandi.net with the following information:
  1.  Name of school
  2.  Time of your event
  3.  Title of event and a 2 sentence description.
National Parent Involvement Day is a day to celebrate and honor the many things that Parents, Caregivers, and Community members do to support our schools.
Visit our website for ideas and planning guide available in English and Spanish.
We look forward to hearing from you!!!
What is a Parliamentarian?
Have you asked that question recently?  Come on, be honest...  My name is Derby Pattengill and I am the Council Parliamentarian.  As I was starting in PTA a few years ago, I asked that question myself.  I believe I was even appointed parliamentarian of a unit and then had to look up the job description to finally understand.

Let me just take a few minutes to explain this very important appointed board opposition.  A parliamentarian of the PTA is an expert in the rules of order and the proper procedures for the conduct of meetings of deliberate assemblies(PTA meetings for us).  The parliamentarian assists the organization in the drafting and interpretation of bylaws and rules of order and the planning and conduct of meetings.   Read more......  
 Public Education Investment Model
Recently the San Diego Board of Education and Superintendent Cindy Marten approved an advocacy plan to address the issue of funding for education.  Often times in advocacy efforts to our local legislators and representatives when advocates for education carries the message that education needs more funding, legislators turns the table on the advocates and asks, "how much?"  There isn't a simple answer to this question and the SDUSD has come up with information and resources that can help answer that question.

For more information about these resources as well as information on future Town Hall meetings, visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/funding