Peralta District PTA Annual Leadership Training

posted May 22, 2017, 7:18 AM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated May 22, 2017, 9:33 PM ]

Congratulations to all of the new and returning PTA Executive Board members!

Please consider attending the annual leadership training sponsored by the Peralta District PTA:

Saturday, June 3, 2017
8:15 am to 2:30 pm
Canyon Middle School
19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley
Cost: $15 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

See the flyer and registration form for more information. RSVPs are requested by May 25.
Workshop descriptions can be found here.

Managing Your Child's 504 Plan

posted May 12, 2017, 9:52 AM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated May 12, 2017, 9:52 AM ]

Free parent event sponsored by the 
Pleasanton PTA Council’s Special Needs Committee

Monday, May 15, 7 to 8:30 pm
Pleasanton Middle School MPR, 5001 Case Avenue, Pleasanton

This presentation is geared toward parents who have a child with an existing 504 Plan. 
Eligibility or assessment for a 504 Plan will not be discussed during this presentation.

            • How to construct an effective 504 Plan
            • How to best collaborate and advocate within a 504 Plan
            • Ideas for accommodations based on disability
            • How to help your child advocate for themselves
            • Tips and suggestions from other parents 
Kathleen Rief is the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Coordinator for PUSD. 
She has served as the district's SDC teacher and as a site administrator. 
Rebecca Thackaberry is an experienced teacher who currently works 
as an advocate for students receiving special education services and students with 504 Plans. 
Noreen Senner is the mom of three boys, two with active 504 Plans. 
She has served as PTA president at Hearst Elementary 
and is the VP of Student and Community Concerns in the Pleasanton PTA Council.

Register for this free event here. Email if you have questions about this event.

2017 Excellence in Education Award winners

posted Apr 22, 2017, 9:16 AM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 12:40 PM ]

2017 Excellence in Education Awards Program

The Pleasanton PTA Council, in partnership with the Pleasanton Unified School District, 
is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Excellence in Education Awards:

§   Jennifer Bell (Walnut Grove Elementary School)
§   Heather Brillhart (Alisal Elementary School)
§   Denise Daniels (Lydiksen Elementary School)
§   David Fischer (Pleasanton Middle School)
§   Kelsey Foster (Walnut Grove Elementary School)
§   Duane Habecker (Pleasanton Unified School District)
§   Jaclyn Isaacson (Donlon Elementary School)
§   Randall Lomas (Harvest Park Middle School)
§   Tara Martin (Walnut Grove Elementary School)
§   Laura Moore (Alisal Elementary School)
§   Celeste Nava (Valley View Elementary School)
§   Paul Perazzo (Harvest Park Middle School)
§   Russell Sato (Village High School)
§   Annette Sodergren (Walnut Grove Elementary School)
§   Dick Spicka (Pleasanton Unified School District)
§   Traci Sweeney (Pleasanton Middle School)
§   Mairi Wohlgemuth (Amador Valley High School)

Honorees will receive their awards at the 27th Annual Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony, 
which will begin at 7 pm on Monday, May 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church (1225 Hopyard Road).

Friends and families of the honorees, as well as community members, are welcome to attend the ceremony 
to celebrate this achievement! Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for this year's awards!

The official press release can be found here
For more information, please contact Pleasanton PTA Council President Robin Dias-Magnano.

Executive Board for 2017–2018

posted Apr 14, 2017, 1:37 AM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

The Pleasanton PTA Council presents the 2017–2018 Executive Board:

President: Robin Dias-Magnano
Executive Vice-President: Summer Bowers
Vice President, Student & Community Concerns: Noreen Senner
Vice President, Leadership Development: Mona Sethi
Vice President, Membership: Sara Campbell
Vice President, Advocacy: Angela Ramirez Holmes
Secretary: Katie Brunner
Treasurer: Jennifer Delp
Historian: Carrie Mitooka
Auditor: Tim Cortez
Parliamentarian: Kirsten Schwartz (to be appointed by the President)

Leadership Training Breakfast

posted Apr 14, 2017, 1:34 AM by Emmeline Chen

The Pleasanton PTA Council is hosting a leadership training/get-together breakfast 
on Thursday, May 11, at Vic's All-Star Kitchen (201-A Main Street), starting at 9:30 am.

All current and incoming Pleasanton PTA Executive Board members are invited to gather for sharing and leadership development. A hot breakfast will be provided for all PTA officers.

Depending on participation, we may break into groups by officer position (e.g., treasurers, parliamentarians, presidents) so that unit officers can get to know one another, as well as their PTA Council counterparts, for training and support.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 5, so that we can provide Vic's with a headcount for breakfast.

Video posted for How to Raise an Adult parenting event

posted Mar 19, 2017, 7:53 AM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 8:09 AM ]
The video of the February 4, 2017, parenting address given by Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Dean of Freshman and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University and author of the New York Times best-seller, How to Raise An Adult is now available online

So if you missed the event, want to watch it again. or share with your friends, you can do so now

Note: The Pleasanton Unified School District will be offering a book club and translated discussions of the book.

Slate for the 2017–18 Pleasanton PTA Council Executive Board

posted Mar 18, 2017, 7:38 PM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 10:16 AM ]

The Pleasanton PTA Council Nominating Committee 
presents the election slate 
for the 2017–2018 Pleasanton PTA Council Executive Board:

President: Robin Dias-Magnano
Executive Vice-President: Summer Bowers
Vice President, Student & Community Concerns: Noreen Senner
Vice President, Leadership Development: Mona Sethi
Vice President, Membership: Sara Campbell
Vice President, Advocacy: Angela Ramirez Holmes
Secretary: Katie Brunner
Treasurer: Jennifer Delp
Historian: Carrie Mitooka
Auditor: Tim Cortez
Parliamentarian: Kirsten Schwartz (to be appointed by the President)

Elections for the new PTA Council officers for the 2017–2018 school year will be held at the Pleasanton PTA Council Association meeting on Thursday, April 13, from 7 to 8:30 pm, in the Bernal Room at the Pleasanton Unified School District office, 4665 Bernal Avenue.

Many thanks to this year's nominating committee: 
Katie Brunner, Emmeline Chen, Vicki Hubbard, Becka Schnell, and Mona Sethi.

2017 Excellence in Education Awards Program

posted Mar 18, 2017, 7:36 PM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 7:54 AM ]

The Pleasanton PTA Council is pleased to announce the launch of the

2017 Excellence in Education Awards Program.  

To nominate an outstanding staff member in the Pleasanton Unified School District, please fill out a nomination form, and submit it along with your nomination letter to

Nominations are due by 4 pm on Friday, March 17.

Save the Date! 

The awards ceremony will begin at 7 pm on Monday, May 8, 
at Trinity Lutheran Church (1225 Hopyard Road).

2017 Advocacy Day for Education

posted Feb 16, 2017, 5:43 PM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 7:52 AM ]

2017 Advocacy Day for Education
Friday, March 24, 9 am to 2:30 pm
San Ramon Community Center

Join other parents, educators, elected officials, and community members for the 37th annual PTA Advocacy Day for Education hosted by the Pleasanton PTA Council, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, and Las Trampas Creek Council of PTAs. 

We will explore topics related to student success, well-being, safety, and how to advocate for a student-centered approach to education. The agenda includes
  • Student Well-Being and Safety, with Jon Kleiman, Parent Education Director for Challenge Success. The first part of his presentation will define the issues of health and well-being of today's students based on national trends and survey results concerning sleep-deprivation, stress, anxiety, and cheating. The second part will present solutions for families and school sites.

  • California's New Accountability System and its Relationship to the Local Control and Accountability Plan Process, with a representative of California State PTA State Legislator Panel - moderated by John Festerwald, Editor, EdSource 
    • Steve Glazer, State Senator (District 7) 
    • Catharine Baker, California Assemblymember (District 16) 
    •  Tim Grayson, California Assemblymember (District 14) 

  • Panel of Local Superintendents, moderated by John Fensterwald, Editor, EdSource
    • Pleasanton Unified School District 
    • San Ramon Valley Unified School District
    • Orinda Union School District

2017 Founders Day Luncheon

posted Feb 5, 2017, 6:46 PM by Emmeline Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 7:55 AM ]

Please join us in celebrating Pleasanton PTA community volunteers and leaders at our annual Founders Day luncheon!

Opening remarks will be presented by Stacey Gustafson, an author, humor columnist, and Pleasanton mom. Her book, Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives, is available on Amazon and eBooks.

Our keynote speaker will be Linda Turnbull, the executive director and founder of Teen EsteemLinda's topic will be iParenting: Intentional Parenting for Overextended Kids.

Linda is passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle for teens, especially regarding high-risk adolescent behavior. Linda sits on numerous committees and consults for boards similar in nature to Teen Esteem. She and her husband, Ken, live in Danville and have two grown daughters whom they raised in the San Ramon Valley.

Teen Esteem’s mission is to educate and empower students, families, educators, and the community on challenges young people face, emphasizing the importance of respect for self and others.

The lunch buffet will feature spinach salad, a fresh baked-bread basket, parmesan and pesto pasta, grilled chicken breast, seasonal vegetables, and assorted cookies. Iced tea, coffee, and soda will also be served.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time: 11:15 am - Check-in and seating
          11:30 am to 1 pm - Lunch and program

Place: Handles Gastropub, 855 Main Street, Pleasanton

Cost: Individual tickets – $30
 Table of 10 – $300

Please confirm your attendance by February 9, 2017, by mailing a completed order formalong with a check payable to Pleasanton PTA Council to Tim Cortez, Treasurer, 3310 Vermont Place, Pleasanton, CA 94588-2907.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at our Founders Day celebration!

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