Sixth District
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California Sixth District PTA
serving Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
“PTA -- Building Community Unity”
connecting families to schools
Units & Councils

School Funding:
Is Bad Good Enough?
It's time to speak up to protect our public schools!
Get informed and get engaged:
(1) READ this short blog post in Ed100;
(2) COME to the Legislative Round Table, Thu Nov 16!
Tax Help
Mon Oct 30
& Tue Nov 7
Mon Oct 30, 6:00-8:30 p.m. (RSVP by Wed Oct 25)
& Tue Nov 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m. (RSVP by Wed Nov 1)
Santa Clara Unified School District Offices,
1889 Lawrence Rd., Santa Clara 95051 [map]
Enter from St. Lawrence Drive.

Last appointment 8:00 p.m.
Questions or to RSVP:

Finance for
All Officers
- or -
Mon Oct 30

Finance for All Officers:  Managing the PTA's finances is not just the Treasurer's job. Discover how all board membrs fit into the finance picture. Learn the importance of complying with federal government standards needed to protect the assets of the PTA.
          - or -
Parliamentarian Basics:  We'll discuss the role & duties of the parliamentarian. We will also review unit bylaws. Learn what's in your bylaws -- and why. Knowing what's in your bylaws can make you a better officer and PTA member. Make your PTA life easier -- get the most out of your bylaws!
Mon Oct 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (RSVP by Wed Oct 25)
Santa Clara Unified School District Offices,
1889 Lawrence Rd., Santa Clara 95051 [map]
Enter from St. Lawrence Drive.
Questions or to RSVP:
How to Audit
PTA Books
- or -
& Elections
Tue Nov 7
How to Audit PTA  Books: Don't wait until the end of the year to prepare for the audit. Get simple strategies & tips for making audits a piece of cake! Learn how to plan, conduct, & report the outcome of your PTA audit. Reassure your members their resources are being managed in a businesslike manner that complies with all regulations. This workshop is not just for auditors; any officer, especially the president, treasurer and secretary, would benefit from understanding what is required to pass a PTA audit.
          - or -
Nominations & Elections: The Parliamentarian begins the process.
Tue Nov 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (RSVP by Wed Nov 1),
Santa Clara Unified School District Offices,
1889 Lawrence Rd., Santa Clara 95051 [map]
Enter from St. Lawrence Drive.
Questions or to RSVP:
Round Table

Thu Nov 16
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
(meet & greet 6:30-7)
This year's Legislative Round Table will explore three topics:
Adequate funding: Even with the Prop 55 extension of Prop. 30 taxes, our funding is below average, and California's schools rank in the bottom 5. LCFF improves equity, but does not address adequacy. How can we restore long-term increased stable funding for our children's schools?
Raising Teacher Status:In countries with high-performing schools, teachers are better trained, better paid, better supported, and better respected than in the US. How can we change the way we view the teaching profession, so that we can better recruit and retain and properly compensate our children's teachers?
Early Childhood Education: Santa Clara County's Superintendent of Schools says the County Office's work on early learning is its highest priority project. How can we improve access to high quality, affordable, early learning for all of California's children?
Come discuss these topics with our State Senators & Assemblymembers! FREE.
Thu Nov 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Location:
     FUHSD Professional Learning Ctr (rear building)
     Fremont Union High School District Office,
     589 W Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale [map] [campus map]

RSVPs appreciated, but not required. Send RSVPs & questions for legislators to!

calendars & checklists
for Presidents & Officers

Helpful calendars to guide you through your PTA  year:
Comments? Questions? Suggestions?
Contact Vandana Kaushal, President.
Count Your Volunteer Hours!

Ever wonder why we all need to track & report our volunteer hours? Here, from State PTA, a clear, simple explanation of what to count and why it's so important! [click here].

& Financial
New, Improved Calendars
for Treasurers & Membership Chairs.
[click here]
Understanding Your PTA's Insurance

Every PTA has liability insurance that protects not only the PTA but also its officers and members. Your PTA pays an annual premium for this. But do you know what's covered and what isn't? This is important -- you DON'T want to host an event, have a problem, and then discover that you're not insured! So please, please, before you plan an event, [click here] to check the coverage details and restrictions.

Parliamentarians: e-Bylaws is now available to Units in Sixth District. Please [click here] to request your user profile. Note: we are in Phase Two of pilot testing of this program. Please provide feedback to State PTA to help them refine the system. Thank you for your participation & your patience!
Questions & feedback:
A  warm welcome to all who visit our Sixth District website!  Thank you for the time, energy and enthusiasm you share in supporting PTA  in and across our local communities. Please stay in touch, and contact us with any questions, concerns and, yes, ideas.
  -- Vandana Kaushal, Sixth District President
Meetings, Events, Deadlines
Tax Help Event;
Finance for All Officers;
Parliamentarian Basics
Mon Oct 30
Tax Help Event;
How to Audit PTA Books;
Parliamentarian: Nominations & Elections
Tue Nov 7
Legislative Round Table
Thu Nov 16, 6:30 p.m.
Exec Board
Mon Nov 27, 6 p.m.
District Board
Mon Nov 27, 7 p.m.
Reflections Winners => Sixth District
Fri Dec 1, noon
Exec Board (if needed)
Sun Dec 10
Envelopes, Cards, & Dues
For membership envelopes, membership cards, and e-membership cards, [click here].
Remember: Membership is a year-round activity. Please remember to submit monthly membership reports & remittances to Sixth District.

What Does the
PTA logo
Do? and Why?

As leaders, we know that the PTA isn't just about carnivals and fundraising -- for 119 years, we've been the nation's largest volunteer child advocacy organization. But what does that mean? What have we done, what are we doing now, and why do we do what we do?  [Click here]  for our new booklet that you can read online, print, distribute, and share not just with your members, but also with friends & with school and district leadership. Use it at meetings, at events, and in your membership drives!
Comments? Questions? Suggestions?
Contact Erwin Morton.

State PTA has great electronic publications on education, health, advocacy, and running your PTA. They're all FREE. You can subscribe to any (or all) of them [here].
Office Hours
The Sixth District PTA Office is open
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our office is in the Library of the
Santa Clara County Office of Education,
1290 Ridder Park Dr., San Jose [map]
Contact:, 408-453-6536.
(Hours may vary; please call before visiting.)
The Sixth District PTA supports and empowers PTA leaders through training, parent education, financial support, and mentoring, to enable them to advocate more effectively on behalf of children and families.
suggestion box
Help Us Serve You Better!
Please click the suggestion box to e-mail us & let us know how we could better meet your needs. Thanks! (Prefer to write anonymously? Please send your ideas & comments by snail mail to the office address at the bottom of this web page.)

About Sixth District PTA

Sixth District PTA, encompassing Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties, is one of 28 PTA Districts that make up the California State PTA. Sixth District PTA serves approximately 225 PTA Units. Most of our Units are in our nine PTA councils -- Cupertino-Fremont-Sunnyvale, Evergreen, Los Altos-Mountain View, Milpitas Unified, Monterey Bay, North Valley, Palo Alto, San José Unified, and Santa Clara Unified.

Our other Units are in:
  Santa Clara County:  Alum Rock Union Elementary, Campbell Union, Campbell Union High, East Side Union High, Franklin-McKinley Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, and Saratoga Union School Districts.
  Santa Cruz County:  Santa Cruz City and Scotts Valley Unified School Districts.
  Monterey County:  Greenfield Union, Monterey Peninsula Unified, and Pacific Grove Unified School Districts.

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California Sixth District PTA
1290 Ridder Park Drive, M/C 214, San Jose, CA 95131-2304
Phone 408-453-6536 * FAX 408-453-6768

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