Mar 212016

Tenth District/California State PTA Leadership Training
Saturday,  April 9, 2016, 8:45 am – 2:45 pm.

Training topics include Officer Trainings for President, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian; LCFF/LCAP; Membership; Election Process; e-Bylaws; and Council Leadership

WHERE:         Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA
ADDRESS:     1000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90015
COST:             $10.00 per person (May be an allowable PTA expense, provided funds are available).

Checks made payable to the Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA and mail to Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA,  1000 Venice Blvd., L.A. CA 90015.

For additional information, please contact Elaine Black at (213) 745-7114, or email

Feb 202016



“Let Your Imagination Fly!”

Los Angeles Tenth District Reflections Exhibit
March 6, 2016, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tenth District Barbara Topkis Auditorium
1000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90015

Thank you to all the 21 Reflections Arts Chairpersons for their hard work and for supporting the Arts Education Program in the schools!  Eight hundred twenty two (822) Reflections entries were submitted to twenty-one (21) PTAs/PTSAs this year.  Below is the list of the participating schools and the names of the Reflections Chair for each school:

Atlantic Griffith Council – Talitha Tjandra – City Terrace

Gateway Council – Nadia Rios – 186th Street, Kathleen Kendrick – Dolores Street, Yvette Dayoan -Stephen M. White Middle

Highlands Council – Garret Williams – Dahlia Heights, Shannon Keller – Los Feliz Charter, Todd Westover – Mt. Washington, Barbara Lee – Solano Avenue

Lomita/San Pedro Council – Esther Hatch –  Lomita Math/Science Magnet, Michelle Ahaja – Park Western/Harbor Magnet

Out of Council – Heather Kampf and Jennifer Muirhead – Third Street, Julie McManus – Grand Arts PTSA, Mitra Rund – Mar Vista, Dorothy Pincus – Castle Heights, Cathy Salser – Palisades Elementary Charter, Bonnie Rejaez -Palisades Charter High, Cathy Glueck – Palms Middle, Jane Zahn – Revere Middle, Lynn Ishii – University High, Marieke Boorman – Wonderland Avenue, Sara Roos – Venice High

The Tenth District judges recognized three hundred twenty seven (327) entries either with Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or Honorable Mention. These entries will be displayed in the Reflections Exhibit and Reception at Tenth District on Sunday, March 6.

In addition, the district judges selected 23 entries to forward from Tenth District to the California State PTA for further consideration.


Madalynn Olmos , Primary, Park Western/Harbor Magnet
Kitty Roche, Intermediate, Wonderland
Juliana Pincus, Middle School, Palms
Gene Tanaka, High School, Palisades Charter

Visual Arts:
Clara Carter-Klauschie, Primary, Castle Heights
Jacquie Traenkle, Intermediate, Palisade Elementary
Yejin Lee, Middle School, Palms
Salma Abdu, High School, University
Danielle Perez, Special Artist, Lomita Magnet

Dance Choreography
Mila Dahm, Primary, Mt. Washington
Mattie Tillman, Intermediate, Palisades Elementary
Sanam Kamran, High School, Palisades Charter

Music Composition
Jacob Gabayan, Primary, Palisades Elementary
Wesley Wells, Intermediate, Mar Vista
Mia Ruhman, Middle School, Paul Revere
Sophia Eberlein, High School, Palisades Charter

Film Production
Sawyer Armbrust, Primary, Palisades Elementary
August Hirsch, Intermediate, Castle Height

Joshua Lo, Primary, Third Street
Samuel Nam, Intermediate, Wonderland
Kristin Villaraza, Middle School, Palms
Candace Yee, High School, Palisades
Razan Parker, Special Artist, Lomita Magnet


Feb 072016

District Association Meeting and Founders Day Celebration

Come join us and celebrate PTA’s 119th birthday.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Barbara Topkis Auditorium

The Association Meeting will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Lunch by Mariscos Cafe and Catering will be served at 12:00 pm.

Reserve now and call (213) 745-7190.

Cost is $15.00 per person. (Cost may be considered an allowable expense by your PTA, if funds are available.)

Jan 132016

The Tenth District PTSA Nominating Committee has met and nominated the following:

President – Alexandra Navarro
1st Vice President – Silvia Barba
2nd Vice President – Marty Wenkel
3rd Vice President – Gwendolyn Landry
4th Vice President – Cynthia Medina
5th Vice President – Sheri Hatcher
Secretary – VACANT
Treasurer – Santa Ramirez
Auditor – Jean Saunders

The Annual Election Meeting will be held on February 15, 2017, at 10:00 am,
at the Los Angeles Tenth District Offices, Barbara Topkis Auditorium.

Dec 022015

ALL Unit, Council & District Board Members are Welcome!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

In the Barbara Topkis Auditorium
Tenth District Building at
1000 Venice Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90015

District Association Meeting at 10:00am & Luncheon at 12:00 noon
Marvelous Caterer: Sunrise Kitchens
Roasted turkey, smoked ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables , Caesar salad, candied yams and dinner rolls with butter!

Opportunity Drawing-Purchase a $1.00 ticket for a chance to win BIG!
Please bring an unwrapped new toy for our Toy Drive & receive one Free Ticket.
Bring two new toys and receive two free tickets
**Toys will be delivered to the local Fire Station

Amazing lunch for an amazing PRICE $18.00
Please CALL Elaine Black to reserve at 213-745-7190
Mail to: Tenth District PTSA, 1000 Venice Blvd., L.A, CA 90015
At the door the cost is: $ 24.00

Nov 112015

Leadership Essentials

November 2015 Edition

PTAs: File by November 15 to stay in good standing!

Don’t forget: All PTAs must file their state and federal taxes as well as the Registration Renewal Fee Report (RRF-1) to the Attorney General’s Office by November 15 to remain in good standing — and California State PTA is here to help! Please check the California State PTA’s Tax Filing Support Center for helpful tools, tips and information.

If your PTA is using a tax consultant, please be aware that not all tax professionals understand non-profit filing. Make sure tax professionals address their questions to California State PTA via the Tax Filing Support Center, not the government agency.

If you receive correspondence from a government agency, be sure to immediately notify your council PTA or district PTA and provide a copy of what you received. Do not call the government agency: California State PTA has a relationship with these agencies and can more effectively and correctly address any issues that arise.

More Deadline Reminders

  • PTA insurance coverage for the 2016 year is now due to California State PTA through channels. Premiums are $216 for units and $154 for councils and districts. Check with your district or council for deadlines, and find out more about what your insurance provides.
  • Building PTA membership has great payoffs for your school such as increased family engagement and… awards!
  • Is your unit ready for the Reflections Art Program? Check out all the info.
Got vacancies?

Is your PTA still filling vacancies? Asking the right questions of prospective board members can make all the difference in getting a live body and getting someone who will energize and support the board in your goals to fulfill PTA work. Depending on the open position, consider asking the following of possible board members:

  • Can you describe a time when you did more than was required on an assignment?
  • What would you do if you made a really bad PTA blunder? How would you handle it?
  • Do you think some PTA rules and protocols are more important than others?
  • When was a time you helped someone else solve a problem?
  • What do you consider your best PTA idea?
  • How do you prioritize?
  • What qualities do you think a PTA leader should have or strive for?

Getting to know prospective board members by asking questions and hearing their answers and ideas can be very helpful in recruiting good people to the board and continuing to grow human assets for the good of our organization – and our children.

Basic PTA operating expenses: Are you covered?

Like any business, PTAs have basic operating expenses that should be financially supported by the annual membership campaign. When the local portion of membership dues is too low, the PTA will be challenged to meet its minimal operating expenses. Fundraising should be reserved for the added value the PTA wishes to provide for students, faculty and families. What are some of the basic operations of a PTA and why are they important? Click here to read more.

Check out the PTA Store for materials and awards

Aside from the much-loved PTA apparel and drinkware, did you know the PTA Store offers great items such as expanded Reflections Art Program awards and membership advertising materials to help promote your PTA? We encourage you to use as a valuable resource for your PTA or PTSA.

Leadership Essentials includes focused information for PTA leaders at all levels. Past issues are archived on the California State PTA website. Please contact if this email contained information that was helpful to you, or to share ideas about what information would be helpful to include in future issues.


Oct 302015


California State PTA Logo

Local leaders: Register now for our November 18 regional school-funding training!

Here’s your chance to learn more about the new way schools receive funding. You’ll get the training materials, tips and techniques for getting the word out into your local districts.

Whether you’re brand new or experienced in speaking up for children or you’re interested in learning more about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, this training is for you!

At this FREE training, you will:

  • Receive useful background and current information that supports parent engagement and understanding of the LCFF and LCAP
  • Receive presentation skills training and practice presenting the information – you will leave ready to plan and give trainings for your local members.

WHO: The training is intended for District, Council and Unit officers/chairs who will be training others in their area on LCFF and LCAP – this is a “train-the-trainers” event.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov.18, 2015; 4 – 7 p.m.; feel free to bring your own snacks.

WHERE: Ontario DoubleTree Hotel, 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, 91764; Big Bear Room.

RSVP:; you may send as many representatives as you would like, but all must preregister so we have enough materials on hand!
May 272015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

PTA Bylaws and Standing Rules  10:00am (AUD)
Meeting will be held in the Barbara Topkis, Auditorium
1000 Venice Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Adopt the bylaws revision
District summer operating hours
Officers Training

Attend meeting and receive FREE hard copy of the toolkit both English and Spanish

Enter to win a FREE ticket to next years Annual Awards

Bring the kids and create a cute art project to take home. Please let us know how many kids are coming.

It is extremely important that you plan to attend this meeting, so we will have a quorum to conduct official business.

If you are unable to attend, please send a representative.
Remember to call the District Office at (213) 745-7190, if you need to be excused.

Nov 272014

We know the huge amount of hours you volunteer every day and every week leading your PTA – answering emails and phone calls, planning student field trips, promoting parent and family engagement, organizing Reflections events, speaking up on important issues, holding fundraisers, attending meetings, promoting membership, resolving conflicts, taking care of the day-to-day organizational needs – and all the while, doing hundreds of other things to take care of your families and your other commitments.


As we head into this Thanksgiving weekend, we want to let you know just how much we truly value and appreciate your time and dedication to helping improve the lives of all children and families!

You are the heart of PTA, and we are thankful for you!