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:

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

Jul 102018

 The School Smarts Parent Engagement Program is a model for creating meaningful and diverse parent involvement. It brings parents from all backgrounds together in support of their common interest: helping their children and schools succeed.


School Smarts is an award-winning, research-based program proven to:

  • Foster parent engagement in schools
  • Support parents as children’s first teachers
  • Develop future parent leaders
  • Encourage parents to advocate for a complete and quality education that includes the arts.

School Smarts is also a great way to expand and strengthen parent participation to meet school districts’ goals in their Local Control and Accountability Plans.

Student success relies on the involvement of parents, teachers and school administrators working together for a common goal. The School Smarts program increases parents’ knowledge of the importance of their role as their child’s first teacher, why involvement in their child’s education is essential, and encourages the continuum of learning at home. The School Smarts program strengthens the school community by educating a diverse group of parents on meaningful parent involvement and effective communications with school personnel.

The School Smarts program provides valuable information on new Common Core State Standards, assessments, local funding, college readiness and more. School Smarts is also a great tool for school districts implementing family engagement strategies as part of their Local Control Accountability Plan. Through leadership development, School Smarts helps develop parents who feel more informed, confident and comfortable to serve in their PTAs and on school or district committees.

School Smarts currently is offered in:


Contact to find out how parents, schools and districts can get involved! Read the School Smarts brochure or download the brochure in PDF format for more information.


Jul 022018

A lot goes on during PTA transition time. Here are a few resources to ease the process:

  • Preparing for Fall Finances – Budgeting, forms, financial procedures. Oh, my! Get the scoop on how to start your 2018-19 PTA year on firm financial footing. Check it out!
  • Complete the Last Audit – Don’t forget to get the audit completed from the last term. It can be started as soon as the last check is written in June or July 1st. It should be completed in July before any checks are written by the new officers
  • Activities of the Board-Elect – The smooth transition of outgoing and incoming board members and officers is vital 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. 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 here
  • 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 Highlands Council or the Tenth District PTSA or the California State PTA headquarters with any questions you may have. We are here to help you!

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