Feb 042019

Hello Highlands Council PTA members!  

Please join us for our next Highlands Council Meeting from 4:00 to 5:30 on Monday February 11, 2019 where we will be celebrating Founders Day.

The meeting will be held at Cindy Wong’s home at:

2319 Hill Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Once you get near her home, you will see her address number on the mailbox on the street, go up the long driveway and park anywhere along the fence.

We will be providing food, drinks, and a cake in honor of Founders Day to go along with our regular meeting. Please RSVP and let me know how many will be coming from your school. We would like to get an approximate head count so that we can have enough food prepared and ready.  As always, your kids are welcome to come and please feel free to invite your Principals as well.

Topics for discussion will include the recent strike and what it means for the future of LAUSD, recognizing volunteers at your units (please let me know if there is anyone at your schools who we could honor for their contributions to your PTA), formation of a nominating committee for next year’s Highlands Council officers, and information for the upcoming special election to fill the vacant school board seat for our own BD5.  The special election is scheduled for March 5, 2019. 

We hope to see you and your entire board on Monday!

Thank you!
Take Tada
Highlands Council PTA

Jan 032019

Hello Highlands Council members,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

Our next Highlands Council meeting will be held on Monday January 14, 2019 at the Sotomayor Learning Center’s parent center from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. It is important for you to have representation and voice any concerns you may have, and how, we as a council may help, at these meetings.

One of the biggest concerns parents have at this moment is the looming teachers strike currently scheduled to start on Thursday January 10 if an agreement cannot be reached with LAUSD. Many people have asked what the stance of the PTA should be and hopefully this information helps clear up any confusion. According the the PTA toolkit under the topic of collective bargaining, the PTA MUST REMAIN NEUTRAL.

Under the California PTA stance, all PTA’s must remain neutral when the union and the district are engaged in the collective bargaining process, even though we are a Parent, Teacher Association. The California State PTA Toolkit specifically addresses the issue of Collective Bargaining and the different actions that the PTA may take in compliance with California State policies regarding Collective Bargaining.

That said, it is not advisable for the teacher or UTLA representative alone to speak at the association meeting for to following reasons:

  1. This may jeopardize the PTA’s neutrality position.
  2. The PTA has a responsibility to become knowledgeable and to inform the public about proposed contracts, and there are steps that must be taken to fulfill this responsibility.
  3. Under the Education Employment Relations Act (EERA), there is a provision for the public to have access to the collective bargaining clause.  Called the “sunshine” clause, it mandates that all initial proposals of any contract negotiations between employee group and the school district shall be presented at a public meeting of the board of education and that a reasonable time shall elapse to allow for public input before negotiations start.
  4. The PTA Council or Tenth District is encouraged to hold an informational meeting that has representatives from the Teacher’s Union and the school district, and both groups must be represented in order to have this meeting.

Therefore, any information involving ongoing collective bargaining shall come from the board of education through a public meeting, or a meeting that includes both sides, so that all pertinent information are addressed and the PTA must be able to ask “WHAT WILL BE THE EFFECT ON ALL CHILDREN”.

From the California State PTA:

Public School Employer-Employee Negotiations

“The PTA has a responsibility to:

  • Study and become informed early in the process about the proposed contracts and the fiscal implications and to analyze the effect on the students and the programs in the district;
  • Inform all parties if any issue being negotiated either is consistent with or differs with adopted California State PTA position statements;
  • Encourage all parties to work cooperatively to develop procedures to ensure that classrooms and students are not used for propaganda purposes;
  • Remain neutral in the event of a dispute††;
  • Continue with normal PTA activities in the event of a dispute; and
  • Inform parents and community members about proposed contracts and encourage other school-based and community organizations to study proposed contracts.

(The above statement is a policy of the PTA as an organization, and is in no way intended as an infringement on the activities of its members acting as individuals.)
† Scope of bargaining – The law defines “scope,” as a broad range of issues and subjects that either party may or may not introduce for negotiation. Scope is a crucial, dynamic, and frequently litigated area.
†† Dispute – a verbal controversy, a controversy, a debate, or quarrel on any issue under discussion.”

Please come to the January 14 Highlands Council meeting to hear about what parents can do during this time as well as hear about information of the upcoming special election for electing a representative for Board District 5. Again, it is important for at least one officer from your PTA unit attend.

Thank you!
Take Tada
Highlands Council PTA

Sep 072018


Here are a few announcements for the month of September:

  1. First and foremost, a BIG welcome to Highlands Council Parliamentarian, Emerald Ivy of Mayberry Elementary!!! She has graciously accepted the position as appointed by the President.  I know she’ll be very busy as we will need to update our council By Laws this year.  Units who have By Laws dated 2015 or earlier will need to update theirs as well.  We will be contacting those units shortly to see if they need any help.

2. We’re off to a great start on our E-membership campaign with almost 1/3 of our units already up and running at the time of writing of this update.

My personal goal is to have each and every PTA unit set up and running this year. Once set up, joining is as easy as clicking on the link, inputting some personal info, paying and even donating additional funds right from the person’s phone. The best parts are that it automatically divvies up the membership dues, keeps tabs on who joined (even from out of state or out of the country), and members can instantly download their membership card.

If your unit hasn’t set up their e-membership platform, here are the steps it takes to be up and running:

A) Accept the leader invite email from Totem (the email will come from Totem and be entitled: Accept your invite as (Officer title of _____PTA).

This was sent over the summer and when I received one, I thought it could’ve been spam or a virus and didn’t open it. Our membership chair assured me that it was the link to start the process of getting set up. If you deleted it, please let Jason Li know and he’ll send you another link. His email address is: membership@highlandscouncilpta.org.

B) Once accepted, at least 2 other board members need to accept and verify

Invitations were sent to all officers, so if they did not receive them or deleted them, you can resend or add others who did not get the invitation.

C) Connect and verify your bank account. 

The President adds the account, the Treasurer confirms the information.

D) Verify settings and membership dues. 

Add your unit membership dues, breakdown of those dues will automatically be calculated as:

– Highlands Council: $0.20

– 10th District: $1.25

– CA PTA: $ 2.00

– National PTA: $2.25

Units only need to enter the total membership dues. The $5.70 will automatically be deducted.

E) TOTEM will send email confirmation once its ready. YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN ACCEPTING E-MEMBERSHIPS!!!!

3. Please make sure and send a representative from your unit to our Monday September 17 meeting at Sotomayor Learning Academies in the Parent Center (park in the far back staff parking, the room is almost to the farthest end of the parking). The address is 2050 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Time 4:00pm-5:30pm, there will be refreshments and there is extra space to bring your children, if it is needed.

We will have a representative from the Smart and Final Foundation explain how each and every unit can receive a check for $250 as a donation plus obtain a Smart Advantage card from Smart and Final. This card will allow the purchasing items at Smart and Final for which you will automatically not pay sales tax on many items. Lastly, I was told they will be bringing coupons for a $20 discount off your first purchase of $100 or more.

As always, we as a council are here to help you with training, provide answers to procedural questions, and provide whatever support is needed in order to help you have a successful year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of our board members with questions or help!


Take Tada
Highlands Council of PTA’s

Aug 192018
Association meetings for the 2018-2019 school year have been posted to the calendar and will be held at Sotomayor Learning Academies Parent Center.
We will try run meetings efficiently so as to finish earlier at each meeting.
  • August 27: Electronic Membership – discussion of goals of each unit
  • September 17: Smart & Final Foundation – $250 donation available for PTA units who apply
  • October 15: Fundrasing do’s and dont’s
  • November 19: Treasurer, Tax, and Audit training – formation of a nominating committee for 2019-2020
  • December: No Meeting
  • January 14: Election preparation/election committees
  • February 11: Founder’s Day celebration
  • March 18: Elections for your 2019-2020 PTA board
  • April 22: Officer’s training for new officer’s
  • May 13: Celebrate our successes and introduce new officers
Aug 152018

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It is a great pleasure and privilege to introduce myself to you as the new Highlands Council PTA President for the 2018-2019 school year!  Actually, I am not “new” as I had served as Highlands Council President during the 2015-2016 school year.

I have also served as the first President of a newly formed PTA at Solano Avenue Elementary followed by serving as Treasurer and Secretary there. I have also served as Vice President at Eagle Rock Jr/Sr High PTSA.

Having been brand new to PTA  at one time, the help and support from people at the council and district levels were the key to our success.  I believe it is now time for me, and our very capable Highlands Council board members, to take that baton and work to ensure that every unit PTA reaches their goals and has a successful year.

Your success is our success and I know that I speak for all of us on the Highlands Council board when I say we are here for you!

Takeomi Tada

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