Nov 062017


Highlands Council of PTA’s

Association Meeting

We will be electing the Nominating Committee

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Sotomayor Learning Academies
Parent Center, Room 101, Building 9-101
(Parking is in the back of the school)
2050 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, 90065
School Phone:  (323) 276 – 5400


The Nominating Committee

The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek eligible nominees for the elected leadership of the Highlands Council.  The members of the committee have a tremendous influence on the future of the PTA and should be selected carefully.

Serving on a nominating committee is an honor and a privilege. This committee is the PTA’s most influential internal body.

Nominating committee members should have a broad acquaintance with the membership and an understanding of the organization’s functions and its purposes. The committee should include both experienced leadership as well as newer members.

Oct 282017

  Visit our California PTA Member Perks page for more information and download a flier
in English or Spanish to share with your members.


Get 20 percent off your first order on home, office and school supplies! With Google Express you can shop from trusted stores like Costco, Target and Kohl’s and get everything delivered fast.

In addition to saving you a trip to the store, Google Express is offering PTA members 20 percent off their first order with up to a $30 discount; just use code FIRSTORDER20 at checkout.

Shop these stores and more at


PTA members save time and money purchasing discount tickets online! Just use sales code CAPTA. Sales codes are space- and case-sensitive and first-time users must set up a profile before ordering.

Check for blackout dates before you visit. Explore how Earth’s most dazzling elements shape the world we know today at “Gems and Minerals Unearthed.”


Bring the power of the internet to more students and families through   Qualifying households in Comcast service areas receive discounts on monthly service and free internet training, plus discounts offered to those who receive HUD housing assistance, community college students, families and seniors.


PTA members are eligible for a discounted rate on all cars.  Wherever you travel, whenever you travel, and no matter when you make your reservations, PTA members always receive the same low rate, depending on the vehicle rented. Visit the Member Perks page to access the discounted online ordering link.

Oct 152017

SACRAMENTO – October has always been a difficult month for wildfires in California, but this year in particular the extreme devastation is felt by numerous communities throughout the state. California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald issued the following statement:

“California State PTA is deeply concerned about everyone impacted by the devastating wildfires affecting Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties as well as those affected by the Canyon Fire 2 in Orange County.

“As a Sonoma County resident, I have seen firsthand the devastation in my own community. My thoughts are with all of those who have been impacted. They are our families, friends, colleagues, volunteers and members and we remain steadfast in our commitment to support them as they rebuild and recover.

“California State PTA urges everyone to donate to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund or the American Red Cross Canyon Fire 2 Relief Fund. Redwood Credit Union is paying for all administrative costs for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, so 100 percent of your donation will go to relief efforts and directly to aid the victims.

“PTA leaders and members work hard every day to give our children and school communities what they need to thrive. Our mission now becomes that much more important.”

Oct 092017


Highlands Council of PTA’s
October 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Aragon Elementary School
1118 Aragon Avenue, Los Angeles, 90065
School Phone: (323) 221-5173


  1. Meeting called to Order
  2. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Guest Speaker:  PTA Fundraising
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of Bills
  6. PTAEZ Presented by Betsy Chapman
  7. Tax Filing, Filing Deadlines and Insurance
  8. Charitable Trust Filing
  9. Meeting with LAUSD Finance,  Leasing and Risk Management
  10. Unit Reports
  11. New Business:  Tenth District Chocolate Fundraiser
  12. Announcements
  13. Adjournment

Sep 202017


It is important that you file your taxes by the due date. If you do not file, there may be penalties, fees and/or revocation by the governmental entities such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and Attorney General’s Office of Charitable Trust (AG).

But we’re here to help you meet those deadlines and file in a correct and timely manner.

WHAT ARE MY DEADLINES?Image result for pta tax

Here’s what to do:

  • Check your bylaws to confirm your fiscal year-end. If you are still unsure, contact the Highlands Council or the Los Angeles 10th District. The majority of units have a fiscal year-end of June 30.
  • Once you have your fiscal year end, check out this chart for your tax deadline:
February 28  July 15
June 30  November 15


You must file the following forms no later than your tax deadline:

  • IRS Form 990 (990, 990EZ or 990N)
  • California State Franchise Tax Board Form 199 (199 or 199N)
  • Registration Renewal Form RRF-1.

If you require more time to file your taxes, you can complete the Form 8868 and mail to the IRS. (If you file the Form 8868 it will also extend the filing deadlines for Form 990/990EZ, Form 199 and Form RRF-1.)

Check out our step-by-step filing instructions to make tax filing easier.  Or contact Anvi Kevany, Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA Tax Filing Info Center at for assistance.

  1. Highlands Council of PTA’s Meeting, September 18, 2017
  2. National Arts in Education Week, September 10 – 16, 2017
  3. Want to Be a Remarkably Likeable Leader?
  4. Reviewing the Term
  5. Highlands Council Meeting on May 15, 2017
  6. Highlands Council Association Meeting
  7. Highlands Council Meeting: Election of the Nominating Committee
  8. Tenth District Reflections 2016-2017 Workshops
  9. Celebrating a Life
  10. You Will Be Missed!
  11. Resources for Transition
  12. Highlands Council Meeting: May 16, 2016
  13. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers!
  14. Tenth District PTSA Leaders: Join us April 9 for a special leadership training!
  15. Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors
  16. Highlands Council Meeting: Monday, January 18, 2016
  17. Giving Thanks!
  18. California State PTA Stories – Reda Rountree: The Heart of PTA
  19. Regional Training for PTA Leaders
  20. Bylaws Review Workshop
  21. Tenth District Association Meeting: Membership Kick Off
  22. 2015-2016 Officers
  23. Incoming Board: Start the New Term Off Right!
  24. Los Angeles Tenth District Founders Day Celebration 2015
  25. Mary Lou Anderson Arts Enhancement Grant
  26. Campaign Mailer in LAUSD Board Race Is Not Connected to California State PTA
  27. Student Leadership is Needed!
  28. We’re Thankful for Our PTA Family!
  29. Remit Your Membership Dues to Remain in Good Standing
  30. Insurance Premiums Are Now Due!
  31. Got Tax Forms?
  32. PTA Membership Toolbox
  33. PTA Resources for Parents
  34. California State PTA Grants, Awards and Scholarships
  35. Email Etiquette
  36. Keeping Track and Recording Volunteer Hours
  37. Our Deepest Sympathy
  38. Celebrating 117 Years
  39. Nominating Committee
  40. Scholarship, Grant and Award Programs to Help You and Your PTA
  41. Movie Copyrights and Licensing
  43. Announcing California State PTA’s New Online Officer/Board Member Contact Program
  44. Highlands Council Meeting and Installation of Officers
  45. Transition Basics for Every Officer
  47. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers for 2013-2014
  48. California State PTA Convention 2013
  49. PTA Engages on Key Issues at State Capitol
  50. Highlands Council Association Meeting, February 15, 2013
  51. Highlands Council Association Meeting and Founder’s Day Celebration, January 18, 2013
  52. You’re Invited: Eagle Rock HS PTSA Presents Lecture on Bullying
  53. Letter from LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy
  55. Thank You, PTA Volunteers!
  56. Highlands Council Association Meeting
  57. Tenth District Charitable Trust Workshop
  58. Highlands Council Association Meeting
  59. “Fall” Into Savings and Enjoy These Extra Perks and Benefits of PTA Membership
  62. Association Meeting and Federal and State Finance Requirement Workshop
  63. Roster of Officers and Chairmen 2012-2013
  64. PTA NEWS
  65. Los Angeles Tenth District Officers’ Training and Vendor Fair
  66. Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA Awards Luncheon
  67. Congratulations to the California Distinguished Schools 2012 Honorees!
  68. Teachers Matter!
  69. Highlands Council of PTA’s Membership Meeting
  70. Important: All PTA’s Must File Federal and State Tax Returns
  71. Los Angeles Tenth District Association Meeting and Holiday Luncheon
  72. PTA leaders, we need your input! Líderes de PTA, inecesitamos su ayuda!
  73. District Association Meeting, June 27, 2015
  74. 10th District Annual Awards Luncheon, May 20, 2015
  75. Tenth District Reflections Workshop, September 18, 2014
  76. New Officer Training, September 4, 2014
  77. How Does Your District Plan to Spend Its State Funding and Serve All Students?
  78. How to Calm Start-of-School Jitters
  79. Officer Training: Saturday, July 19, 2014
  80. Tenth District Association Meeting and Founders Day Celebration
  81. PTA Audit
  82. Tenth District Holiday Luncheon and Association Meeting
  83. Thank You to Our PTA Volunteers!
  84. The Highlands Newsletter October 2013
  85. New Officer Training, September 21, 2013
  86. Back To School Responsibilities for PTA’s
  87. Highlands Council Meeting – Please Note: Meeting Changed to August 23, 2013
  88. California State PTA Scholarships and Grants
  89. The Highlands Newsletter August 2013
  90. PTA Budget
  91. Summer Activites for Incoming Officers and Board Members
  92. Officer Training and Vendor Fair, 10th District PTSA, June 29, 2013
  93. The Highlands Newsletter May 2013
  94. Convention is Almost Here…Don’t Miss the Excitement!
  95. Highlands Council Meeting and Election of Officers, April 19, 2013
  96. Highlands Council Meeting and Election of Officers
  97. Membership Cards – How to Use
  98. Free Museum Day, September 29, 2012
  99. Officers Training, Saturday, September 8, 2012
  100. 10th District Association Training and Membership Kick-Off
  102. Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA Meeting and Founders’ Day Celebration 2012
  103. Tenth District PTSA Music Scholarship Application Due March 16, 2012
  104. Reflections Exhibit and Reception, February 26, 2012
  105. Tenth District PTSA Treasurer’s Training, January 14, 2012
  106. Leadership Essentials 2011-2012
  107. Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  108. Highlands Council of PTA’s Health and Wellness Fair and Clinic – Thank You To Our Supporters!
  109. Reflections Arts Contest Workshop, Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  110. Tenth District Bylaws Workshop, Wednesday, October 12, 2011
  111. Talking to Your Child About 9/11
  112. Tenth District PTSA Association Meeting, Saturday, September 10, 2011
  113. Community Health and Wellness Fair and Clinic, Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School, Sept. 10, 2011
  114. Tenth District PTSA Officers’ Training
  116. State Budget: Now You See It, Now You Don’t
  117. National PTA Grant: Healthy Lifestyles Due Date Extended to September 8, 2011
  118. May Revision of Governor’s Budget: PTA to Remain Vigilant
  119. PTA Welcomes Solano Avenue Elementary
  120. Governor Jerry Brown Joins Thousands at Kick Off for the California PTA Convention
  121. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers of Highlands Council of PTA’s
  122. You’re Invited: Convention 2011 Orientation Meeting at Los Angeles 10th District PTSA
  123. Time is Running Out. Have You Called Yet?
  124. Talking to Children About the Disaster in Japan
  125. How PTAs Can Respond to Requests for Relief Assistance
  126. Fall 2011 Public School Choice Applicant Team Recommendations
  127. Mt. Washington Elementary PTA Membership Up 150%
  128. Convention 2011
  129. LAUSD Postpones Implementation of Early Start Calendar Year
  130. CA PTA President Responds to Governor’s Sobering Budget Proposal