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.

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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.

Sep 182017

Highlands Council of PTA’s Welcomes New and Returning Officers,
Board Members and Chairpersons!
Highlands Council of PTA’s Meeting

When:  September 18, 2017
Where: Councilmember District 14, Jose Huizar, Northeast Field Office
2035 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles,  90041
Phone:  (323) 254-5295
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm

We would like to welcome the new and returning officers to the Highlands Council. The Highlands Council of PTA’s is a group of PTA units organized under the authority of the California State PTA for the purpose of collaboration, leadership training, and coordination of the efforts of the member units.  The council provides the units an opportunity for cooperation in promoting their common interests and discussion regarding their common issues.  The council coordinates the work of the member units with other agencies or organizations in the area working for children and youth.  We serve as a channel of communication between the state and district PTA and the units.

Highlands Council of PTA’s Officers

President, Santa Ramirez

First VP Programs, Nora Gutierrez

Second VP Membership, Betsy Chapman

Secretary, Anvi Kevany

Treasurer, Jason Li

Historian, Yvonne Roldan

Parliamentarian, Jackie Cahill

Auditor, Cindy Wong

Sep 102017

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Whether you are a student, educator, parent, organization or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week!

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school or the community. Students of all ages – from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs – benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

Learn about how to get involved.

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.


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