From all the fabulous PTA volunteers all around Santa Barbara County 62 schools: Welcome to our blog! We do terrific things for our children and families and invite you to join us in making a difference in the education experience of all children: in safety issues for families of our communities, in sharing great parent information, and art opportunities, legislation alerts to keep our voice strong for issues that effect all our children. And at least 114 ways PTAs make a positive difference for children. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Start your PTA off with a bang!

The State PTA has a Fall newsletter and guide for school site PTA's called the  "Communicator"
Inside are articles and amazing information to help you get your PTA Fall started!

Whether you are a new president, PTA or a returning 
PTA there are some great articles to make your lives easier. 

From new e-bylaws to, 
PTA checklists for the year, 
New membership awards for PTA's 
and more!!!!

Simply click on the link below for 
the online communicator and a listing of the articles

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Smarts News on the arts

Speak up for arts education today
On May 25, 2011 the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee, by a vote of 23-16, approved the "Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act" (HR 1891). This new piece of federal legislation terminates 42 federal education programs, including the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. This bill is more serious than the annual funding measures that threaten to de-fund arts education, as HR 1891 permanently strips policy language out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that allows the Arts in Education program to be funded each year. 

To find out about critical federal legislation that impacts arts education funding, visit the Americans for the Arts' Action Center.

Who is PTA!

PTAs celebrate 114 years of service
on behalf of children 
We'll help you count the ways - 114, one for each year PTA has been around - that our volunteers help all the children of California. We've compiled this list  just in time for Founders Day this Thursday, commemorating the founding of PTA on February 17, 1897.
From the very beginning, PTA volunteers have worked to forge and strengthen vital connections between home and school to benefit children and youth, with information, training and resources.
PTA is the largest and most respected children's advocacy association in the nation, with nearly 1 million members in California. For more than a century, PTA volunteers have advocated at the local, state and federal levels to improve the education, health and safety of all children.

At the local level, PTAs are part of the fabric of nearly 4,000 communities throughout the state. This list is just a sampling of the many relevant ways PTAs make a difference every day, culled from a Local Leaders Survey completed by thousands of PTA leaders throughout the state.

Don't miss the party: We invite you to join with us and to contact your local PTAs to find out how they're celebrating Founders Day, and the many ways they help the children and families in your community.

everychild. onevoice.
The California State PTA has nearly 1 million members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's oldest, largest and highest profile volunteer association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial.
For more information about the California State PTA, visit www.capta.org

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

PTA training!

Fifteenth District
Leadership Training
When:                             Saturday, May 21, 2011 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Where:                             Oak Valley Elementary School
                                      595 Second Street Buellton
Keynote Speaker:                      Dianna MacDonald, California State PTA Leadership Mentor
State PTA Presenters:           Diane MacDonald, Leadership Commission Mentor
  Tom Jennings, State Finance Commission
Cost:       Registration in $15.00 per participant

The Fifteenth District Leadership Training is an opportunity for incoming officers and committee
chairpersons to gain the knowledge they will need to better serve their school’s PTA.  We
strongly encourage participation by every unit and remind you that this training is a valid PTA
expense.  Experienced state leaders will be on hand to answer questions and address your
concerns on any PTA topic.  Each registration includes three workshops, applicable handouts,
morning refreshments, lunch and the opportunity to share ideas with other PTA leaders in your

Directions to Oak Valley Elementary School:  From north or south Santa Barbara County, take
Highway 101 to Buellton, exit Highway 246, go west on Highway 246, turn right on Calor Drive
and turn left on Second Street.  Oak Valley Elementary School is on the right side of the street.

Please complete the attached registration form, include a check made payable to Fifteenth
District PTA and return no later than May 13, 2011 to: Fifteenth District PTA 1197
Royal Oak Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Kathleen Stevenson at (805) 934-1577.
We hope you can join us!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflections Celebration

Please join us 
"Together we can....."
celebrate our 15th District Reflections Gallery!

February 26th 2011,

1:00 p.m. General Meeting and Founders Day 
Gallery open for viewing

1:30 Reception & Cake

1:45 P.M.  Awards Ceremony

for directions please click above to go to the 
Los Olivos School website  

to RSVP or if you have a question please email us at