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PTA Connects - November 16, 2021
IN THIS ISSUE: November is the beginning of the winter holiday season! In PTA we celebrate by thanking our volunteers and those in the education community, note the completion of this year's Legislative session, and start thinking about the Legislation Conference and membership in 2022. As always we have resources to support you including important dates and training to help your PTA. 

Keep in touch! Follow us on social media or let us know what questions you have.

Celebrating American Education Week

Join us in celebrating public education and honoring the individuals working to ensure that every student receives a quality education. On our blog, we share ideas for celebrating the team of people who support public schools, everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others.

This includes YOU — the PTA leaders and parent advocates who give their time and talents to improving the lives of all children and families. On behalf of the California State PTA, thank you for your dedication and passion for students across the state. 


The Legislation Conference Turned Me Into an Advocate

As a relatively new volunteer in my children’s middle school and not knowing exactly what I might experience, I said, “Yes! I’ll go.”  My first Legislation Conference included meeting many new faces and listening to some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people about subjects that directly impact our children. What really impressed me was the way we could meet our state legislators in Sacramento and talk with them 1-on-1. I quickly made new friends, forged alliances, and learned advocacy skills that would later prove to be valuable. 

Be sure to click the link below to read the rest of Jade's personal story - then register to attend the 2022 Legislation Conference!


Multiple Bills Addressing Students’ Mental Health are Now Law

Fear and isolation heightened during the pandemic have reinforced California State PTA’s long-standing commitment to the mental health of children and the need for adult education to address youth mental health challenges. Read the full article on our blog to learn more about this trio of bills to support the mental health needs of students. 


Why do you PTA? 

The Member Services Commission wants to connect with our members and build community through our shared commitment to the mission of PTA. Send us an email at with a picture and one sentence answering our question: "Why do you PTA?" We'll share it out as as we continue to build camaraderie and PTA membership.

Advocates Plan to Continue Work on Several Education Bills

In 2021, the Education Advocates researched many bills affecting K-12 public school education, based on our authorities, which consist of our legislative planks, resolutions, and position statements. Although the bills listed below did not proceed through the full legislative process to reach Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk and were not signed into law, California State PTA continues to support the issues these bills address.

Read the full blog post to see the bills we hope that the legislature will again discuss when they reconvene in January 2022.


Participate and Win in 2022 with Membership Awards & Incentives

When you win with membership, we all win as one voice for all children in “Your KIND of PTA“.

We're sharing nine checkpoints that your route to successful membership should include. We’ve made the directions simple on your journey. Visit each checkpoint along the route to build a strong membership campaign for your PTA this year. 

Tag us on social media as you achieve the Membership Drive checkpoints within your community. Keep an eye on the California State PTA social media accounts for posts about you and your membership accomplishments!

Read the official rules, find deadlines, download the Membership Drive Map and fill out the award application forms on our website.

PTA LEADERS - Save the Date!

You're Invited to Join in the Conversation!

Join California State PTA President, Carol Green, in an interactive, online chat focusing on the 2022 Legislation Conference. At least 40 minutes of the hour will be devoted to member Q&A. Questions should be submitted with registration, a limited number of live questions will also be accepted.

Happening on December 13th at 6:00pm and again on December 14th at noon, click the link below to register for the time that works best for you.

  • Click here for the link to join on December 13th at 6:00 pm.
  • Click here for the link to join on December 14th at noon.

Each month Carol will have a different guest and topic, all are welcome to join the chat or listen in. Save the date so you can participate in the conversation!

Legislation Team Monthly Call for Local Leaders: November 16th at 7pm

Learn more about how to be an effective local advocate, and hear more about our plans for the January 24-25th 2022 Legislation Conference.  Meet with our Legislation Team in breakout rooms during the latter half of the call for discussion and information to help you in your local advocacy work. 

Communications Monthly Call: November 18th at 7pm

Join the State's Communication Commissioners for our monthly local leaders call. 
  • Be the first to see the New Social Media Kits for California State PTA units, councils, and districts. Here's the link to last year's archives!
    • There is no call in December - so it's a double kit month!
    • Reminder: only call attendees will get the template link for all images (to make changes quickly in Canva).
  • Be inspired by fellow PTA volunteers with our November Spotlight Presentations:  
    • 3rd District PTA: how to sign up for TechSoup accounts. This allows you to get free Google Suites or Microsoft for Non-Profits, plus lots of discounts on technology!
Visit our website for more upcoming events



Award certificates, ribbons, and more are available in the PTA Store now!  Celebrate and reward your students' creativity with authentic PTA Reflections swag! Kustom Imprints is the parent company of, the only source for National PTA Reflections Awards. 


Take a look at the extra perks of membership available exclusively to PTA members like you!


If your PTA hasn’t put membership online yet, click here to learn how TOTEM can make joining your PTA , all year long, easier.

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