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Are you a new leader in your PTA, or a seasoned leader in a new role? Do you enjoy meeting other like-minded parents, educators and community members? Do you need help with your PTA’s taxes, social media accounts, electronic membership or another topic?

Join California State PTA leaders, local officers and volunteers for a day of leadership training, workshops, table talks and networking designed to help you succeed in your PTA leadership role. Our Regional Leadership Conferences offer numerous workshops for PTA leaders in a wide variety of topics including training for officers, hot topics, tax-filing support, electronic membership and more. This year, we are excited to offer training opportunities in Southern California:

September 7: The Cesar Chavez-Delores Huerta Center for Education — Rialto, CA


Download free, printable resources for PTA leaders here.

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

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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: