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  • Register for Training | SVPTA

    Register for SVPTA training Parliamentarian Workshop/Q&A Registration link coming soon Wednesday, September 22nd 7pm

  • Join Our Board | SVPTA

    Join Our Board SVPTA is looking to add a Bilingual Liaison and Diversity & Inclusion Advocate to our board. If you are interested in either of these positions, please fill out the inquiry form below. First Name Last Name Email SVPTA School(s) that your student(s) attend Which position(s) are you interested in? Bilingual Liaison Diversity & Inclusion Advocate Send Thank you for your interest! SVPTA President, Michele Sparks, will be in touch will you soon.

  • Candidate Forum | SVPTA

    SVUSD School Board Trustee Candidate Forum Tuesday, September 27 7-8 pm SVUSD Board Room Moderated by The League of Women Voters ​ ​ Meet the Candidates Trustee Area 1 Mr. Greg Kunath gregkunathforthekids.com Candidate Information Sheet Mr. Dan Walsh danwalshforschoolboard.com ​ Candidate Information Sheet Trustee Area 5 Ms. Jenny Richter jennyrichter4schoolboardsvusd.com ​ Candidate Information Sheet Mrs. Barbara Schulmann barbaraforschoolboard.com ​ Candidate Information Sheet Basic Ground Rules for the Candidate Forum There will be no substitutes or stand-ins for the candidates Any news releases about the debate will be handled by the sponsoring organization(s) and sent simultaneously to all the candidates. No campaign banners, signs, literature, handouts, buttons, tee shirts, or other campaign paraphernalia will be allowed in the debate hall until after the forum has concluded. The audience will be asked to refrain from applauding or in other ways demonstrating support or nonsupport for a candidate. There will be no audience reaction shots during the debate, although panning of the audience before and after the debate may be allowed. Candidates will be introduced by full name. Thereafter, "Mr." and "Ms." will be used. The candidates will remain seated at all times during the debate. The candidates will not use props, but may bring notes and use a note pad and pens for taking notes during the debate. Time limits on responses will be strictly observed. A timekeeper will hold cards, visible to the speaker, indicating how much time remains. When the "stop card" is shown, the speaker must end his/her speech within 10 seconds. The moderator will have the responsibility for enforcing time limits. The moderator also will have the authority to interrupt the proceedings to enforce the ground rules and format that were agreed to by the candidates. Questions from the audience will be submitted in writing. The moderator will read the questions. The moderator may restate the question. The candidates will not interrupt one another. No flash cameras and no motor-driven cameras will be used during the debate other than those authorized by the sponsors. Photographers and the press will be placed at a reasonable distance from the candidates and microphones to reduce distractions. Candidates are invited to remain after the conclusion of the forum to speak with audience members.

  • SVPTA | Saddleback Valley PTA Council

    Welcome! Saddleback Valley PTA Council serves the schools in Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Our council represents 25 units and falls within the Fourth District PTA, California State PTA and National PTA. Latest News State Public Health Order dated September 13, 2022 ​ ​ Hello SVUSD Community, ​ Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) has kept the safety, health, and well-being of its students and employees as a top priority. ​ In the recently issued State Public Health Order of September 13, 2022 , CDPH (California Department of Public Health) announced that the State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 has been rescinded effective September 17, 2022. Beginning Saturday, September 17, 2022: Employees are no longer required to submit vaccination status Unvaccinated employees are no longer required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing Volunteers are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to volunteer at school sites The District will continue to follow guidance from the California Department of Public Health and Orange County Health Care Agency and communicate any changes with the community. Sincerely, Wendie Hauschild Director, Communications and Administrative Services Saddleback Valley Unified School District PTA at its heart is an advocacy organization. ​ With ADVOCACY at the forefront of our organization, we have put together a list of resources supporting the importance of parent involvement in schools, as well as contact information to assist you in advocating for your child through local representatives, state representatives & various agencies. ​ ​ ​ Read More

  • For SVPTA Presidents | SVPTA

    For PTA Presidents Yearly to do list View PDF ​ How to Upload Documents to SVPTA​ PDF how to guide Google Form (For Uploading Docs to SVPTA) https://forms.gle/3s39aojNzCM4kdMa7 ​ Points Chart View Google Doc ​ Insurance Coverage http://downloads.capta.org/fin/CAPTA_Insurance_Guide_2022.pdf ​ ​ Fiduciary Agreement http://downloads.capta.org/toolkit/forms/FiduciaryAgreement.pdf ​ ​ Need Help? Have a Question? Contact Vanessa - president@svpta.com or Catherine - vp@svpta.org ​ Step by Step Guide for Program Submission & the Approval Process View the PDF Guide ​ Insurance To get started, you should all email our insurance company AIM, at aim@aim-companies.com and request a copy of your unit insurance and ask to have the district named as an additional insured. You will need this and it will be valid for the year. Facilities - after school hours events and programs For any events or programs before or after school hours you can email agreements@svusd,org and they will let you know if you need to fill out a facilities request. Facilities is re-assessing the process and hopes to have something more concrete soon but for now, please contact that email address with all details for after hours programs and events. These also need to be submitted by your principal on the google form. ​ Work closely with your principal and office administrator and you can start planning together. If you have any questions, please reach out to Cindy - programs@svpta.org

  • Award Winners | SVPTA

    Award Winners We are part of an incredible community in Saddleback Valley. Our PTA’s play a vital role in engaging our families, supporting our school sites, advocating important issues & being a VOICE for ALL CHILDREN! On behalf of 4th District PTA (serving all of Orange County) & Saddleback Valley PTA, we are so proud of Trabuco Mesa Elementary PTA for being recognized with the PTA Kindness Award & to Trabuco Hills High School for their Creative Program Award. Trabuco Mesa Elementary PTA KINDNESS AWARD from 4th District PTA ​ Several years ago, the Orange County Department of Education launched the Billion Acts of Kindness campaign, whose stated goal might be to achieve a certain measurable marker, but whose real purpose is to change the climate on school campuses for our children. Since that mission so closely aligned with our own, we at Fourth District PTA decided to further the initiative by recognizing PTAs who have embraced kindness and launched a program of their own at their respective schools. (By the way, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please visit Kindness1billion.org to learn more about OCDE’s initiative, which to date has amassed more than 14 ½ million acts of kindness.) The PTA President at this next school reported that: Kindness is a way of daily life, not an exceptional act, among the students and staff at our school. Our school community understands that even the smallest act of kindness can make the world of difference to others. Some examples of what they do to promote kindness on campus include: A buddy bench, where any lonely student can sit, knowing that a friend will soon come to sit with them. Upper grade students are paired with younger students as big buddies to foster relationships across grade levels. One classroom has established the SEAKers program (which is Students Engaging in Acts of Kindness) encouraging students to perform random acts of kindness. The PTA also helped establish a “Unified Gardening” program, which brings neurodiverse and neurotypical students together to grow a garden, while also cultivating friendship and community. They also host a Unified PE program so students may participate together in physical education games and recess activities as well. There is no better way to build friendships than through play, and what a great way to teach others that kindness is fun! Lastly, the PTA regularly highlighted kindness activities in their newsletter so that all would know about them, and to encourage that kindness to spread. For their inspired and important work in fostering kindness on our school campuses, we want to recognize Trabuco Mesa Elementary from the Saddleback Valley Council of PTAs. Trabuco Hills High School PTSA CREATIVE PROGRAM AWARD from 4th District PTA Every child, one voice, is not just our motto. For this next PTA, it is their directive. They are truly walking the walk to make sure all students are a welcome part of their school families and are receiving the support they need. The author of this award application told a beautiful tale of her own son’s experiences as an active PTSA Board Member. Despite his developmental delays, he was embraced and able to serve his school community in many ways, including serving as the board’s historian and volunteering at multiple events. She and others were inspired to make sure that all students, including those with exceptional needs, have the best high school experience possible. She reports that their PTSA has a true heart for all learning abilities- not just those that “fit the mold.” To that end, they formed a committee to help look at school activities through a different, more inclusive, lens. One notable outcome from the work of this group was to provide a sensory room for the dances held on campus. This room would enable any student with unique needs to take a break from the noise or even stay in the room the whole time. Although there were not many students who utilized this sensory room, the awareness, sensitivity, and kindness displayed by its mere existence inspired many families and students to participate in the dance, who otherwise might not have. The comfort and care that went into the planning helped them know that this would be a safe and welcoming place for all students. The success of this and other events has been a result of collaboration among the parents, teachers, staff, and administration. They report: We are past the time of, "It would be nice to have a special needs chair.” We are to the point where it is necessary to step up to meet all students’ needs. For their innovative approaches to raising one voice for every child, we would like to recognize Trabuco Hills High School from the Saddleback Valley of PTAs.

  • Special Education | SVPTA

    Special Education About Us PTA Special Education Liaisons- We are a volunteer group of parents with children on an IEP who advocate for all children while making sure the schools and PTA have an eye on inclusion. We have a liaison at each school in SVUSD (there are a few open) This role is also the bridge between SPED Administrators, teachers, staff and parents. This is a great person to contact if you have any questions about your child having the most inclusive school experience (outside of academics which would be your IEP Team). Here is an updated contact list and if the position is open at your school email us at specialed@svpta.org . PTA SPED Liaisons Directory Handbooks Elementary Intermediate/High School PTA Budget Worksheet PTA SPED Calendar Get Involved 1. PTA Join the Parent List Join us on FB ​ Volunteer (e-mail) Join our Parent-to-Parent Mentoring group (Schedule & Info on the table below) ​ 2. CAC Join the South Orange County CAC (Community Advisory Committee) Through SELPA (Special Education and Local Plan Area). Email: CACofSOC@gmail.com ​ Follow on FB ​ Website: Community Advisory Committee (CAC) | Educational Services ​ 22/23 CAC Meeting Calendar: English Spanish Donate Your donation makes a difference! Donations help us pay for parent education and community building events. And cookies. Lots of cookies. Make a donation to the SVPTA Special Education Advocacy via check payable to “SVPTA-SPED” Have concerns about your child?​ Find out where to start if you have concerns about your child, or want to learn more about IEPs and 504 plans. Learn more Resources Special Education Office: (949) 580-3206 https://www.svusd.org/departments/educational-services/special-education ​ 2022/23 PTA SPED Contacts Back to school toolkit IEP Resources: IEP Checklist to Assist Parents Positive Student Profile to give to your child's IEP Team Undivided Website ​ Procedural Safeguards: English Spanish SVPTA Special Education Liaison Jen N. specialed@svpta.org

  • Is your child struggling | SVPTA

    Is your child struggling? When your school-age student is struggling, it can be difficult to figure out what is going on and what to do. We have gathered some resources on this site that we hope you’ll find helpful. Do you suspect that your child might have a disability or learning difference? When your child has difficulties learning or participating in school activities, he or she may have a disability. Learning differences or disabilities can emerge or be identified at any time. Issues are commonly identified around Kindergarten age, but learning disabilities are often identified much later. ​ Red flags that your child may have a disability that impacts his or her ability to access education include (but are not limited to): difficulty reading, writing or spelling, difficulty with math, refusing to go to school, difficulty getting along with teachers or other students, difficulty following directions or paying attention in class, difficulty with transitions, or physical conditions that make it difficult for the student to learn, sit or participate in school. First Steps If you suspect that your child may have a disability or learning difference, here are some good first steps: ​ Talk with your child’s teacher. (The teacher should also notify parents if there has been a noticeable gap in academic performance, possible learning difficulties, or problems with attendance or behavior, but if they haven’t it doesn’t mean there’s not a problem). Talk with your child’s doctor. They may refer you to appropriate specialists or suggest other interventions. Call the Selpa SOC SELPA Director, Rae Lynn Nelson (949) 580-3394 RaeLynn.Nelson@svusd.org Talk with another parent. The PTA has parent volunteers who can help with navigating the process while respecting your privacy. (Please note that we are not experts and cannot provide medical advice.) Contact Us: specialed@svpta.org Possible next steps The teacher may suggest trying some strategies in the classroom or ask that a Student Study Team (SST) evaluate your student’s academic, behavioral and social-emotional progress. The SST may propose additional strategies. ​ If progress is still a concern the SST may recommend an assessment to determine eligibility for special education and related services. Some families may also choose to have a private assessment. ​ Important: You as the parent can also request an SST evaluation at any time. You don’t need to wait for the teacher or school administration to propose this. You can also request that an assessment for eligibility for special education be done at any time. The assessment process does not have to be initiated by the school. How to request an assessment.- https://youtu.be/GoBSv0FdPYo Learning More To effectively advocate for your child you need to learn about your child’s needs. It is also important to learn about the process and your rights as a parent. There many good resources, testimonials and simulations online like Understood , AutismSpeaks , Disabilityrightsca.org , Undivided and many others. ​ You can also read the SELPA Parent Handbook . ​ Don’t despair! The right intervention or support can be different for every child and can take time and patience to identify. SVPTA Special Education Liaison Jen N. specialed@svpta.org

  • SVPTA Photos | SVPTA

    SVPTA Event Photos 2019-20 Presidents & Principals Breakfast

  • Distance Learning | SVPTA

    Distance Learning ​ Read Aloud & Listening Story Time from Space Storyline Online (Stories read by Famous Actors) [PK-5th] Common Sense Media, The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids [All Ages] ​ ​ E-books & Online Reading Internet Archive (Open Library) Starfall [PK-3rd] Teach Your Monster to Read (requires parent login) [PK-1st] Wonderopolis [All ages] Scholastic Learn at Home [All Ages] ​ ​ ​ Writing Read-Write-Think - Parent After School Resources [K-12] Story Bird (requires parent login) Story Jumper (requires parent login) ​ ​ ​ Math You Cubed Math Tasks [K-12] Robert Kaplinsky Math Lessons [K-12] 3-Act Math Lessons [K-7] National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Brain Teasers [6-12] National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Interactive Math Games [PK-12] Open Middle Math Problems [K-12] ​ ​ ​ Science California Academy of Science Webcams (all ages) Exploratorium - Read, watch, experiment (All ages) Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams (all ages) Mystery Science (K-5) PBS Crash Course - Science and History/Social Science (9th-12th) PBS NOVA Wonders (6th-12th) San Diego Zoo Webcams (all ages) ​ ​​ ​ History/Social Science PBS Learning - News Depth [4th-7th] PBS Kids - Let’s Go Luna- Travel the World [K-2] PBS Kids - World Cultures [PK-5th] PBS - Above the Noise [6th-12th] PBS Learning - Crash Course - Science and History/Social Science [9th-12th]​ ​ ​ ​Visual/Performing Arts Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Sketchbook Melody Prompts (9th-12th) PBS Art School (6th-12th) PBS Spark - Short videos of artists (Various ages) PBS Sound Field - Videos on all types of music (6th-12th) PBS Classical MPR Class Notes (1st-6th) ​ ​ ​ ​English Language Development Biblioteca Virtual Infantil BrainPop en Español Colorín Colorado CommonLit Duolingo Khan en Español Nasa Ciencias en Español Newsela en Español Tween Tribune Español ​ ​ Take a Virtual Field Trip​ Museums with Virtual Tours Virtual Museum Tours 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take With Your Kids 33 National Park Tours You Can Take From the Comfort of Your Home San Diego Zoo Yellowstone National Park tour Planet Mars 360-degree tour Monterey Bay Aquarium live animal cameras Atlanta Zoo panda cam Houston Zoo webcams Georgia Aquarium beluga whale cam Farm Tours from FarmFood360 Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra Great Wall of China Boston Children’s Museum Virtual Tour Google Museum Collections 30 Virtual Field Trips 10 Tips for Parents ​ Set up a daily family routine, including healthy eating and sleeping habits Provide a place and time at home for homework Check on assignments, homework and projects Talk each day with your child about his/her activities Promote literacy by reading to your child and by reading yourself Limit and monitor TV watching, gaming, social media and computer time Express high expectations and standards for your child’s learning Attend parent-teacher conferences, Open House and Back-To-School events Participate in decisions that affect your child’s education Tap into community resources with visits to a library, museum, zoo or theater and encourage participation in after-school clubs, sports and art activities ​