Dear PTA Leaders,
Warm holiday greetings to all Sixteenth District leaders! It’s hard to believe that the 2018/19 school year is almost half way through. The Sixteenth District PTA is delighted to continue to play an integral role in our children’s education. This could not be possible without awesome volunteers like you!

We have a Special Meeting planned December 19th. Please see the information below.

Our next regularly scheduled General Meeting will be January 16, at 7 pm at Marin County Office of Education, 1000 Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael featuring An Evening with the Arts.  Special guests will include a Miko Lee, Executive Director of Youth in Arts and Heather Ippolito, Chair of the California
State PTA Arts Committee. An encompassing overview of arts education including the recently republished Parents Guide to the Visual and Performing Arts and recently released first ever Marin Arts Education Plan, as well as an overview of the Create California public will plan. There will also be opportunities for you to get your questions answered. Please join us.

Thank you all for your continued support of PTA. Have a blessed holiday season.

MJ Lonson
President
16th District PTA
SPECIAL 16TH DISTRICT MEETING
A Special Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 am at Dr. Insomniac’s, 800 Grant Avenue, Novato to review and approve Sixteenth District’s State PTA Resolution on Temperature Control Standards in the School Setting. Heather Smith, the writer of the resolution will discuss and answer any questions before moving to a vote which is required before submission to State PTA. We will also be voting on Heather Smith as a signatory to the 16th District Account.

We expect the meeting to be brief and hope you can join to celebrate this momentous occasion and the holidays!
UPLOAD REQUIRED REPORTS TO PTAEZ

We are here to help.

There’s been a change in the way documents are being forwarded to Council, District, and State. This process has been streamlined. The following documents needed to be uploaded to PTAEZ:

• Budget 
• Annual Financial Report 
• Audits 
• Tax Filings 

Even if your unit doesn’t use PTAEZ, you have access to PTAEZ by using the following login information:
Your login is:
USERNAME: Your email address  
PASSWORD: 1000   

Units who need further assistance with uploading their documents should contact: 

• North Marin Council (Novato units): Lisa Swanson swansonhome@gmail.com
• Mill Valley Council: Jennifer Morris jennifersmorris@gmail.com
• Out-of-Council (all other units not in either council): Heather Smith heatherfern25@gmail.com


ADVOCACY

California State PTA speaks up for children across the state and you can, too!

Whether you are an experienced advocate or have never participated before, join us for California State PTA’s Legislation Conference on January 14-15, 2019 in Sacramento and learn more about all the key issues and legislation impacting your child, school and community.

Join other PTA volunteers at the Legislation Conference and:
Be a part of the statewide effort to strengthen education, health and safety for all children by engaging in PTA’s advocacy goals and legislative priorities;

  • Get the latest information from legislators and key officials about important issues for children and families;

  • Visit directly with the legislators who represent your community– and if you’re new to the process, we’ll connect you with others so you can learn how to have more productive visits with your legislator.

Don’t wait – registration is now open! Rates are set at $240 for adults and $195 for students and includes all materials, training, lunch and dinner on Monday, and breakfast on Tuesday. Please note, there are no refunds and “no shows” will be invoiced. Registration transfers only.


SCHOLARSHIP
Graduating High School Senior Scholarship Opportunities 

Two scholarships are available for your application:

$750 Volunteer Service Scholarship — This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year.

$500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Applications, reference forms and all supporting documents must be received in the California State PTA office by February 1. All applicants are notified of their status in March. Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check. For questions and more information, please contact the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at grants@capta.org. Apply online below or download the form .

CALENDAR

December 1 – Last day for state office to receive (through PTA channels) at least the minimal amount of memberships (15) for a unit to remain “in good standing.”

December 19 – Special Sixteenth District Association Meeting, 9 am at Dr. Insomniac’s, 800 Grant Avenue, Novato

December 20  - Ensure that insurance premium is forwarded through channels. The premium must be received by California State PTA office from the district PTA by December 20, or a late fee of $25 will be assessed by California State PTA. Postmarks will not be accepted. For Units in Mill Valley and North Marin Councils, please adhere to the dates provided by your Councils for remittance.

January 5 – Ensure that Workers’ Compensation Annual Payroll Report and insurance premium, if any, are forwarded through channels. They must be received in the California State PTA office from the district PTA by January 31. Councils please adhere to due dates provided by your Council President.

January 16, 2019 – Sixteenth District Association Meeting – An Evening for the Arts, Marin County Office of Education, 1000 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael at 7 pm.

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