Aug 052017

These 7 Simple Habits Will Get You There!

By Peter Economy, The Leadership Guy

(Note:  This article was originally written for bosses.  It has been changed to reflect the role of a PTA leader)

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Have you just stepped into a leadership position?  Are you stressing out about how you can best carry yourself and your team so that you’re a likable leader while still accomplishing your goals, meeting landmarks, and getting things done? Check out these 7 simple habits that will make you more likable–and more effective.

1. Be friendly

Many people in leadership position appear cold or aloof by forgetting to say hello to volunteers and avoiding small talk.  Be kind and approachable by taking steps to greet your team.

2. Make time for people

If your schedule is always booked up with external meetings or obligations, that leaves very little time to build relationships with your own own team. Demonstrating that you have both time and interest in your team’s opinions and concerns–no matter what their position may be–will help build trust in you as a leader.

3. Keep a dynamic character

Even if things go wrong–which they inevitably will at some point–it’s crucial that you, as a leader, maintain a dynamic and flexible character so that you can bounce back from whatever loss your group may experience.

4. Strive for positivity

As a leader with a lot of responsibilities, it can be easy to fall into the trap of negativity. If you maintain a positive attitude, however, you’ll help your own team realize a new world of perspectives–ones that will be much more productive than chronic pessimism.

5. Lead by example

When team members see their leader meeting deadlines in a timely manner, it inspires them to do the same. Don’t slip into the easy trap of thinking you’re exempt from your own rules as a leader. Your team members won’t respect you if that’s the case.

6. Give prompt feedback

Sometimes, leaders are so busy they don’t have time to react to the work their volunteers and team members are doing. If that’s the case, however, many people will feel slighted, unappreciated, and unwelcome. Take steps to ensure that’s not the case by giving ample feedback, and showing appreciation when it makes sense.

7. Be compassionate

The simplest thing you can do to be a likable leader? Be kind. Your team will be happy to work with you.

Jun 272017

Every PTA board should evaluate the term’s work and prepare recommendations for the next term. What worked? What didn’t? What do you recommend? Your insights and feedback are valuable to incoming officers!

Projects and Programs

  • Did the PTA achieve the goals set at the beginning of the term? If not, what needs to be done?
  • Did the officers and chairmen know what was expected of them?
  • Were efforts made to include more members in planning and working toward achieving those goals?


  • Did the PTA membership increase this term?
  • Was an effort made to include more new members?
  • Were the association meetings well attended?
  • Was the association included in the decision-making process of the organization?
  • Was the membership kept informed of PTA events and programs?

Training/Leadership Development Were the officers and chairmen notified of all training opportunities and encouraged to attend?

  • Did officers and chairmen take advantage of training opportunities?
  • Was the association represented at council/district PTA meetings?
  • Did your PTA send representation to the annual convention? If so, now is the time to make sure they share the resources and information, and what they learned with your PTA.

Resources for transitions

There’s a lot that happens during term transitions. Here are some resources to help!

  • Preparing for Fall PTA Finances — Budgeting. Forms. Financial procedures. Oh, my! Get the scoop on how to start your 2016-2017 PTA year on firm financial footing. Check it out!
  • Activities of the Board-Elect — The smooth transition of outgoing and incoming board members and officers is of vital importance and can determine your PTA’s leadership success for years to come. The transition process is the responsibility of both incoming and outgoing officers and board members. It gives closure to those leaving their positions and allows those coming in to be properly prepared. A good process of transition provides an opportunity for outgoing members to evaluate their work and efforts while giving suggestions to new board members on what they wish they had done differently. Get more information for new board members.
  • Procedure Books — Procedure Books are excellent tools to assist the incoming officers with information on how the work of their position went the previous year, contacts, and other information which is vital to how to do their position this year. Find out more.

And remember: PTA leaders are a real resource to help you during transition time — and any time! Contact the Tenth District PTSA or Highlands Council or California State PTA headquarters with any questions you may have — everyone is here to help you.


May 062017

Highlands Council of PTA’s Meeting

When:  May 15, 2017
Where:  Eagle Rock Elementary, Parent Center
2057 Fair Park Avenue, 90041
School Phone:  (323) 254-6851

Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

There will be a brief tour of the Green Schoolyard Project, built this year at Eagle Rock Elementary, that was funded by the The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84). The benefits of this type of project to the school community will be discussed and information about LAUSD’s SEEDS grants ( as well as some other state resources that are available through the California Natural Resources Agency ( will be presented.


Please attend this very informative and worthwhile meeting!

Meeting Agenda

I           Meeting Called to Order
II          Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance
III         Introduction
IV         Approval of Minutes
V         Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of Bills
VI        Transitioning Officers
VII       Tenth District Report
VIII      Eagle Rock Elementary Green School Project
IX        Unit Report
X         Announcements
XI        Meeting Adjourned

Mar 272017

District Theme: Every Child in Focus!

Cordially invites you to our



California State PTA President Justine Fischer

        Wednesday, May 24, 2017

10:00 am –1:00 pm

Monterey Hills Restaurant

3700 W. Ramona Blvd.

(323) 264-6381

Cost of Luncheon is $35.00 if payment is made in March or April.

Cost of Luncheon is $40.00 if payment is made in May so PLAN EARLY

Deadline to pay by check or cash:  Monday, May 15, 2017

Absolutely no walk-ins the day of the event. Payments will not be accepted the day of the event.

*This is an allowable expense for your PTA for your full PTA Board and Principal.

Feb 252017

Highlands Council of PTA’s Meeting

Founders Day Celebration

Breakfast Potluck
Bring your favorite breakfast/brunch dish to share with other members.

When:  February 27, 2017
Where:  Franklin High School, Parent Center
820 North Avenue 54
Los Angeles, CA  90042
School Phone:  (323) 550-2000

Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

All are welcome to attend this celebration!


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