Aug 022019

Dear PTA Family,

It is with the saddest regret that we announce the death of our beloved Past District President Mary Toyoko Usui Toma on July 21, 2019. Mary Toma was born on June 29, 1928, in the state of Washington.  She moved to Los Angeles after marrying Ronald Toma in 1950. Mary worked as a Medical Technologist at Kaiser Permanente and later in Children’s Hospital LA where she worked for more than 20 years. 

They raised five (5) children in the Silver Lake area where they attended Micheltorena Elementary, King Junior High and Marshall High School. This is where Mary planted her roots and became an advocate and member and leader of the PTA at the local school level and council level.  She became our Los Angeles Tenth District President in 1995 thru 1997 and again was the first District President to ever hold the District President position for two (2) terms.  Her second term was in 2001 thru 2003.  Mary volunteered determinedly as an advocate for the children of LAUSD. 

She was a kind soul and was popular for her social service who will be missed by friends and family. Her contribution towards the society will always be cherished in the minds of everyone that knew her. Other than being a kind-hearted woman, she was also a loving wife and devoted mother who never neglected her family and always made sure that she spent valuable time with them. She is survived by her five (5) children, Dana, April, Robin, Heather, Heidi, and eight (8) grandchildren. Mary’s surviving siblings are Frank, Terry, James and many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her countless PTA family members that will always hold her dear to our hearts and always remember her and her passion for serving the children of LAUSD.

A memorial service/celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 9th, at 11 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 S. Central Ave., in Little Tokyo, L.A. (; 213-617-9097).

She will be buried at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills on Saturday, August 10th, at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, contact 888-984-6706. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA, for Mary Toma at 1605 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 405 in Los Angeles, CA 90015.  For more information, please call Silvia Barba or Elaine Black at (213) 745-7114.     

May 312019

Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA

Reflections Exhibit and Reception

To Honor Our


2018-2019 Theme: “Heroes Around Me”

SUNDAY, June 2, 2019

Between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

1605 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 405, Los Angeles 90015

Mar 242019
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President – Silvia Barba

1st Vice President – Leslie Menjivar

2nd Vice President – Lechelle Williams

3rd Vice President – Santa Ramirez

4th Vice President – Cindy Wong

5th Vice President – Yolanda Villareal

6th Vice President – Alexandra Navarro

Secretary – Nadine Melara

Treasurer – Jean Saunders

Auditor – Jeanne Wauke

Feb 032019

On behalf of the entire Los Angeles Unified family, we are deeply saddened to share that our beloved former Superintendent, Dr. Michelle King, has passed away. Words cannot begin to describe the sorrow we feel, the love we shared with – and for – Dr. King, and the lasting impact she had on our communities. Her dedication to uplift every student, family and employee within Los Angeles Unified was second to none.

As a Los Angeles Unified graduate, parent, life-long educator, and the first African American woman to lead the district, Dr. King was truly an inspiration. She was a collaborative and innovative leader who broke down barriers to create more equitable opportunities for every student. Her warmth, love and generosity transformed countless lives and left a legacy that will continue to impact us for generations. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Dr. King’s daughters, parents and brother, as well as all of her family and friends whose lives she so deeply and positively touched.

Office of the Superintendent

Jan 082019
A student’s education doesn’t end once they walk across that high-school graduation stage. That’s why California State PTA has two scholarships to help high school seniors achieve their college dreams and life goals.

  • $750 Volunteer Service Scholarship – This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, and allows them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools
  • $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Applications are due February 1. All scholarship applications require current membership at PTAs in good standing, so if you know a student who is not yet a PTA member but is interested in applying, be sure to contact your local PTA to join today or join online at!

Apply online at

For general questions about these important programs, please contact

Nov 212018

SACRAMENTO – California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald issued the following statement regarding the recent tragedies in California:

“From senseless acts of violence to raging wildfires, California families once again have suffered the unthinkable.

“There aren’t words to describe the deep impact and devastation these tragedies have caused in our state – to our families, our friends, our neighbors and our communities.

“PTA has long stood beside those in need and those without a voice, and today is no different. We encourage you to do what you can to support all children and families in California. Visit the American Red CrossSalvation Army or California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund for more information on where to send your financial gift, or to find a local blood drive to help victims.”

About California State PTA:
California State PTA connects families, schools and communities. We are part of the foundation of our public-education system and a trusted messenger to millions of members, parents, families, educators and allied agencies throughout the state. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families. For more information:

Sep 012018


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“Our Children – Our Treasure”
District Theme for 2018 – 2019

Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA
cordially invites you to attend . . .
District Association Meeting
‘18 – 19’ Membership Kick-Off
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10am – 1:00pm

1605 W. Olympic Blvd, Ste. 405, Los Angeles, 90015
(parking located on the corner of James M. Wood Blvd & Union Ave

Come celebrate with us our FIRST District Association Meeting of the 2018-2019 school year
and membership kick-off event

Units will be able to pick up the membership cards only if you have COMPLETED the Roster of Officers and Chairmen 2018 – 2019

Take advantage of this opportunity to get more ideas in membership kick-off.
*Child care will be provided during the meeting only.

PLEASE RSVP to the District Office by the deadline date of September 12, 2018
Office Manager: Elaine Black, email to
Telephone: (213) 745-7114 Fax: (213) 745-6426

Jun 202018

Dear Outgoing Officers,

Summer is here, and so is the time for transition in PTA. For some PTA leaders, this means your term as an officer has ended. Thank you for your dedication, commitment and time spent improving the lives of all children and families in your community and across the state. We appreciate you!

As you transition, make sure the vital work of your PTA continues by making sure your successor has the the resources and support to be successful. Share your information, materials and best practices with them,

and remember how you felt a year ago when you started. Volunteer leaders like you are essential to developing new leaders who have kept PTA going strong for more than 120 years. If you receive any PTA mailings or emails in the coming weeks, please be sure to forward them to the person who will be in the position you’ve held this past

year.Even if your child is promoting or graduating and you won’t have a child at a PTA school anymore, you can still join and be a PTA member! Visit to sign up again. Your continuing membership gives PTA a stronger voice for all children and all families.Thank you for believing in children and believing in PTA and supporting the PTA mission: to positively impact the lives of children and families.

I believe in you,

Dianna MacDonald
California State PTA President