Graduating High School Senior Scholarships Due February 2

In the last Leadership Essentials, we mistakenly listed the due date for the California State PTA Graduating High School Senior Scholarships. The correct due date is February 2, 2015.

For more information about PTA scholarships and grants, visit

The Poinsettia – September 2014 issue

Dear Camarillo Council and Unit Leaders,
Click here to read the September 2014 issue of the 12th District PTA’s newsletter, The Poinsettia.  This issue includes important information about financial due dates, the 12th District Fall Training, membership and more!
Michelle Tingley
Poinsettia Chair, 12th District PTA


Dear PTA Presidents and Communications Officers:

Click here to review a copy of the media advisory that was sent statewide with information on the five key elements of student health.

The information is also available as a PDF handout in English and Spanish. Please feel free to download, print and share with your members, parents and school communities.

Plus, don’t forget to download and share these great back-to-school tips and member resources:

  • What parents need to know this back-to-school season (Available in English and Spanish)
  • How to calm the start-of-school jitters (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Guidance on how to ease transition for students with special needs (Available in English andSpanish)
  • Getting the most out of homework (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Six ways for parents to get involved this school year (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Head back to class with great member perks (Available in English and Spanish)

Thank you!

Pleasant Valley Lions Club 5K Run‏

The Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions Club in partnership with the Pleasant Valley School District is proud to present our 15th Annual 5K & a free 1-mile run on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Register by the 7th to guarantee your t-shirt. This year, we are thrilled to announce the run has been renamed the 5K Peel Out featuring the 1-mile Bananarama Run.  The event will be held at the beautiful Camarillo Ranch House. All PVSD students who pay to run in the quarter mile Cub Run will receive a medal when they cross the finish line.  Click here to register now!

Tips For the First Day of School

The American Academy of Pediatrics shares some suggestions on making the first day of school easier.

  • Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun! Your child will see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh their positive memories about previous years.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus.
  • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk) to school and pick her up on the first day.

Be sure to also take a look at tips for easing transition for students with disabilities.

CYBA Girls Basketball Registration


Online Registration →

Contest: Win $15K for You, $30K for Your School

UNCLE BEN’S® is excited to work with PTAs across the country for this year’s Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest. This important program helps families eat better by cooking together.

This year, five Grand Prize-winning families will each be awarded $15,000—and their kids’ schools will receive $30,000 cafeteria makeovers!

It’s easy and fun to enter the contest: Families simply create a short video that shows parents and kids preparing a rice dish.

The contest begins on August 13, so encourage PTA leaders to create buzz in their communities by using the flyers and materials we’ve created. They can download them at


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 305 other followers