PTA NEWS

2014 Excellence in Education Award Winners

Pleasanton, CA: The Pleasanton PTA Council, in partnership with the Pleasanton Unified School District, is pleased to announce the 2014 Winners of the Excellence in Education Awards. Honorees will receive their awards at the 24th Annual Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 19th Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road. Friends and families of the honorees,  as well as community members, are most welcome to attend the ceremony to celebrate  their achievement! Light refreshments will be served.

The 2014 Honorees are as follows:

Lisa Alba (Vintage Hills), Patricia Blair (Pleasanton Middle School), Sharolyn Borris (Walnut Grove), Linda Bury (Walnut Grove), Katie Crawford (Alisal), Cherryl Crawley (Fairlands), Greg Dankwardt (Harvest Park Middle School), Shari Eastman (Fairlands), Christine Fitzsimmons (Alisal), Julie Hagstrom (Vintage Hills), Rachel Harold (Amador Valley High School), Mike Kuhfal (Hearst), Carlota Lim (Walnut Grove), Denise Morgan (Donlon), Mike Payne (Walnut Grove), Adam Randall (Vintage Hills), Eric Thiel (Amador Valley High School), Sara Walsh (Walnut Grove)

For more information, please contact Robin Dias-Magnano at (925) 336-1998. 

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2014-2015 Executive Board Elect

The Pleasanton PTA Council pleased to present the of officers for the 2014-2015 term of office:

PresidentKatie Brunner
Executive Vice PresidentMary Diligent
1st Vice President, Student & Community Concerns: Kristen Dean
2nd Vice President, Communications: Robin Dias
3rd Vice President, Membership: Madelyn Conrad
4th Vice President, Advocacy & Outreach: Maritess Simmons
SecretaryElizabeth Lester
TreasurerBeth Limesand
Auditor: OPEN
Historian: OPEN
Parliamentarian: OPEN

 Pleasanton PTA Council Reflections - Press Release

January 14, 2014 

Pleasanton, CA: Eight Pleasanton students have had their works of art chosen to advance to the California State PTA level of judging in the Reflections Program. Reflections is a national PTA arts enhancement program held annually. The 2013-14 theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” The Pleasanton PTA Council Reflections Recognition Ceremony was held December 4th at the Firehouse Art Center. The work
of nineteen students was chosen to represent Pleasanton and advance to next level at the Peralta PTA District, comprising all of Alameda County. On January 11th, Peralta PTA District chose twenty four entries to advance to the state level; eight of which were from Pleasanton! 

Congratulations to the eight Pleasanton students whose artistic creations are advancing to the State level: 

Advancing Entries: 

Dance Choreography: 
Maisha Sharma, Fairlands Elementary, Primary Division 

Literature: 
Aarush Kote, Fairlands Elementary, Primary Division 
Sandhya Kalavacherla, Amador Valley High School, Senior Division 

Visual Arts: 
Anoushka Sharma, 4th GR, Vintage Hills Elementary, Intermediate Division 
Hyunjung (Lucy) Kim, Harvest Park Middle School, Middle/Junior Division 
Daekyung Kim, Amador Valley High School, Senior Division 

Musical Composition: 
Brenna Lonner, Walnut Grove, Intermediate Division 

Film/Video Production:
Nischay Poovaiah, Harvest Park Middle School, Middle/Junior Division

Should any of these students be named award winners by the State PTA and advance to the National level, their work will be presented at the California State PTA Convention to be held in Los Angeles, California, May 7-10, 2014

The Pleasanton PTA Council began in 2003 as an umbrella group for all PTAs in Pleasanton. The mission of the PTA is to represent their members and to empower and support them with skills in advocacy, leadership, and communication to positively impact the lives of all children and families. More information is available at 

www.pleasantonpta.org

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Reflections Program 2013-2014 "Believe, Dream, Inspire"

  
The Reflections Program is a PTA program that encourages students to explore their talents and express themselves.  Since 1969, when it was created by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, millions of students, Grades Pre-K through 12, have created original artwork, inspired on a specific theme.

The theme for PTA’s 2013–14 Reflections Program is Believe, Dream, Inspire. This theme was submitted through the Reflections Theme Search Contest by Julie Lampert of Waverly Park PTA, located in East Rockaway, New York.

“My Inspiration for the theme came from my experience in competitive sports. I hope that students across the country will strive to make their dreams become a reality,” Julie writes.

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Over the 2012-2013 school year, PTA volunteers in Pleasanton contributed 122,733 volunteer hours to PUSD. The IRS values volunteer work at $20/hour, so this equates to a donation of $2,454,660 to support PUSD students and staff.  Way to go, PTA!!