The Highlands Newsletter May 2013


May 1, 2013
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News and Announcements…

 • Newly Elected Officers for Highlands Council.

• Every PTA Unit Must Elect Their Officers Now.

• California State Convention.

• Tenth District Music Scholarship Recipient.

• Start Your Membership Campaign Now.

• Highlands Council Meeting and Installation of Officers.

• Transition of Officers.

• Important:Volunteer Hours Are Due.

• Save the Date: Tenth District Annual Awards Luncheon.

• Big Sunday Volunteer Event at Ramon C. Cortines School of VAPA.

• 100 Camp Scholarships Available This Summer.

Congratulations to Our Newly Elected Officers

The following members have been elected to the Highlands Council Executive Board 2013-2014:
President – Jonna Harris, Toland Way
Vice President for Programs – Anvi Kevany, Mt. Washington
Vice President for Membership – Ted Henderson, Eagle Rock Jr./Sr. High School
Treasurer – Cindy Wong, Franklin High School
Secretary – Mimi Austria, Mt. Washington
Auditor – Scott Folsom, Mt. Washington
Historian – Gwendolyn Landry, Fairfax High SchoolCongratulations to everyone and thank you for your leadership and dedication!Back To Top

Every Unit PTA Should Have Had Their Election of Officers!

If your unit has not done so, you must schedule an Association Meeting in order for your members to elect the officers for the program year 2013-2014.    Your PTA unit must elect officers as outlined by your bylaws. The State of California requires each 501(c)(3) organization to have a minimum of three officers:  President, Secretary and Treasurer, in order to comply with the letters of incorporation.

Once your officers have been elected, a Roster of Offices and Chairmen must be completed and turned in.  To complete the form online, click on the link.

If you need assistance, please contact the Highlands Council as soon as possible.

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California State Convention

IMAGINE what we can do together for children!
Attending 2013 California State PTA Annual Convention is an investment in the future of your children, your school and your community. 

At the Convention:

Mt. Washington and Solano Avenue will be attending the convention to represent their unit and the Highlands Council.

Sofia Golino, Mt. Washington and Tenth District PTSA Reflections Photography winner, will have her entry exhibited at the State Convention.

Mt. Washington will be recognized for celebrating their 70th year as a PTA.

Lucky 13: California State PTA has challenged PTA units across the state to grow membership by meeting the Lucky 13 in 2013 membership challenge. For every 13 members you sign up over last year’s total, your PTA will be entered to win the ultimate Lucky 13 in 2013 gift basket, filled to the brim with gifts and donations from sponsors, vendors and PTA-partner businesses. Plus, Two lucky PTAs, one from Southern California and another from Northern California, will also receive a cash prize of $1,313 each to help support PTA programs and services at their schools.  The following units have qualified for the Lucky 13 drawings:

Name of School           Number of Drawings

Arroyo Seco MSM                          2
Delevan Drive ES                            3
Glenfeliz ES                                     3
Los Feliz Charter                            2
Micheltorena Street                      3
Mt. Washington ES                        3
Solano Avenue ES                           2


  • Motivating and inspiring keynote speakers such as NBA all-time leading scorer, New York Times best-selling author and STEM ambassador Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

And if you have limited time, check out X-TrEAM Saturday Training options and one-day registration packages on Saturday, May 4 just for you!

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Tenth District Music Scholarship Recipient-Julian Armenta, Franklin High School

Julian Armenta, tuba player, from Franklin High School, has been awarded a $200 music scholarship to pay for private lessons.  Julian is one of six students from the Highlands Council area to audition for the scholarships.  In addition, the following students were recognized for their performance:

  • Michael Gonzalez, Flute, Franklin High School for Outstanding Performance
  • Jose Gonzalez, Tuba, Franklin High School for Outstanding Performance
  • Lorena Guzman, Trombone, Franklin High School for Outstanding Performance
  • Katie Cahill, Piano, Eagle Rock Jr./Sr. High School for Honorable Mention

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Start Your Membership Campaign Now by Ted Henderson, Vice President for Membership.

Units should start planning now to get going at the start of next year. At a minimum, find out what was done at your unit last year. In addition, units must collect the dues amount as stipulated on the bylaws.  Also plan ahead if you want to send something out in the summer mailing. It is more economical if your school allows PTA materials to be included with their own mailing.  Otherwise, make sure that a line item budget is included for postage. For questions, please contact Ted Henderson at, or go to for more ideas and suggestions.

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Highlands Council Meeting and Installation of Officers.

The next Highlands Council meeting will be on May 17, 2013, at 10 am, Toland Way Parent Center.  Please plan to attend the meeting, or send a representative.  The council meetings provide important information, resources and networking, in order for PTA leaders to run their organization smoothly, and stay in compliance with state and federal requirements.

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Transition of Officers

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.

Read more to learn how to facilitate a smooth transition of officers.

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Important: Your Unit’s Volunteer Hours Are Due.

Every unit must complete and submit the Unit Annual Historian Report to Highlands Council by May 17, 2013.  The report includes the total number of volunteer hours accumulated throughout the program year, and the activities and programs that the unit PTA provided or engaged in.  The Historian, or someone designated by the president must complete, but the president has the ultimate responsiblity to make sure that the report is completed and submitted on a timely manner.

Read More.

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Save the Date

The Tenth District PTSA Annual Awards Luncheon will be on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Monterey Hill Restaurant, from 10 am to 1 pm.  The program will include the installation of officers for 2013-2015, special speakers, and awards recognition.  To RSVP, contact Elaine Black at 213-745-7114. If funds are available, this is an allowable expense for your PTA unit.

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On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 9am – 2pm

Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, 450 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

FEATURING • 2nd Annual Solar Concert • Free Store • Arts and Crafts Fair • Campus Beautification • Eco Fair • Gardening • Book Fair
ALL AGES EVENT;  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED; DONATIONS NEEDED: Gently Used Clothing and items, Gently Used Books, Toiletries, Diapers

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100 Camp Scholarships are Available this Summer.

Performing Arts Workshops, VOTED 2010’s BEST SUMMER CAMP in LA PARENT MAGAZINE, is pleased to announce that through a generous donation, twenty scholarships at each of our Summer Camp locations are now available.

These special scholarships have been made available for us to give as a matching fund.  Our donor, whose wish is to help local children experience the arts this summer, will sponsor half the tuition for up to 20 children at each camp site.  Each matching scholarship provides $250 dollars of the tuition for MUSICAL THEATER CAMP when the parent matches the remaining $250.

It is our donor’s request that the scholarships have no conditions or prerequisites.  We are issuing these scholarships immediately.  To receive one of these scholarships please call us at (310) 827-8827 and mention the “matching fund scholarships.”  For more information about PAW visit

Camp Locations In: West LA, Manhattan Beach, Studio City, Redondo Beach, Pasadena, Brentwood, El Segundo and Chatsworth.

Feel free to share this!  This notice can be sent out to any parent trees, email groups blogs or meeting groups where parents may read about this.

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