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  • 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

  • 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 ​

  • Resources | SVPTA

    Resources Conflict/Whistleblower Form Find up-to-date information on running your PTA For SVPTA Presidents ​ Training Videos ​ SVPTA Forms ​ CAPTA & 4th District Resources ​ Frequently Asked Questions ​ Important Links

  • Join PTA | SVPTA

    Join PTA Today! Help strengthen our community & make an impact by joining one or more of our SVUSD school PTAs below. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ​ Cielo Vista Elementary ​ Del Cerro Elementary ​ Del Lago Elementary ​ De Portola Elementary ​ Foothill Ranch Elementary ​ Gates Elementary ​ Glen Yermo Elementary ​ La Madera Elementary ​ Linda Vista Elementary ​ Lomorena Elementary ​ Melinda Heights Elementary ​ Montevideo Elementary ​ Olivewood Elementary coming soon ​ Portola Hills Elementary Rancho Canada Elementary ​ Robinson Elementary ​ San Joaquin Elementary ​ Santiago STEAM Magnet Elementary ​ Trabuco Elementary ​ Trabuco Mesa Elementary ​ Valencia Elementary ​ Intermediate & High Schools ​ Laguna Hills High School ​ Los Alisos Intermediate ​ Serrano Intermediate Trabuco Hills High School ​

  • Advocacy | SVPTA

    Advocacy PTA at its heart is an advocacy organization. Recently on a phone call, National PTA President Anna King discussed advocacy and the importance of parents' decisions in their student's education. ​ Please remember that advocacy is respectful. If you want to be heard and enact change, it needs to be done in a kind and respectful manner. We’ve seen many people on all sides struggling with the impact of this pandemic on their children. As we continue to move forward & towards more normalcy for all of us, let’s do everything we can to reunite our school communities and our families. With ADVOCACY at the forefront of our organization, here are 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. 01 The Power of Parents Research underscores the impact of parent involvement in schools. Power-of-Parents-Feb-2014.pdf (edsource.org) 02 PARENTS' RIGHTS - Did you know that parents and caregivers have legal, guaranteed rights to school and student involvement? ​ It’s true: These laws and rules were created and put into effect by families, teachers and concerned community members and groups like the PTA who want the best for our kids. Parents' Rights - California State PTA (capta.org) ​ ​ 03 Proposed Legislation from the CA Assembly & Senate (if you have concern or support of certain bills, here is where you can go to provide your feedback) https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/ Legislator Contacts* *Please note, if you are writing your legislators, you cannot use your PTA title or position on any statewide issue. You must write them as a parent from their district. Senator Dave Min Website senator.min@sen.ca.gov (949) 223-5472 Staff member Matt.Kern@sen.ca.gov (Lake Forest area) ​ Senator Pat Bates Website Contact Form (949) 598-5850 Staff member rhonda.reardon@sen.ca.gov Assemblywoman Laurie Davies Website assemblymember.davies@assembly.ca.gov (949) 240-7300 Staff member Anne.Figueroa@asm.ca.gov Contact the Governor ​ You may contact Governor Gavin Newsom by mail at: Mailing address: Governor Gavin Newsom 1021 O Street, Suite 9000 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 ​ Submit a comment online - https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/ ​ ​ Any PTA district, council or unit may recommend action on legislation to the California State PTA Board of Managers. PTA districts, councils, and units are responsible for taking action on local issues originating in school districts, cities, regions, or counties. ​ Laws enacted by local, state and national bodies are primary sources of public policy. Securing adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth is one of the purposes of the organization. Therefore, PTA maintains an active legislation program. PTAs can and must participate actively in the process through which public policy decisions are made. Legislative Chairman ​ PTA is a child advocacy association. Its legislative mission is to speak on behalf of all children and youth at the local, state and federal levels. One of the Purposes of PTA is “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” PTA promotes and encourages legislative advocacy for the education and welfare of all children and youth. ​ Role of PTA legislation ​ As local officers of the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the state, PTA legislative advocacy chairs are responsible for demonstrating leadership on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about PTA’s issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals. ​ The California State PTA takes positions on issues/legislation based on position statements in the California State PTA Toolkit, California State PTA convention resolutions, California State PTA Legislation Platform and National PTA positions and convention resolutions. ​ The unit, council or district legislative chair provides PTA members with information about PTA positions on current legislation and issues. ​ ​ Advocacy Resources OC Voting Information Advocacy Program & Resources Help Voters to Be Informed about School Board Candidates Sacramento Safari Advocacy Communicator Legislative Roundtables/Conf. Your Representatives Legislative Alerts Current Legislation Sacramento Update How to be an Effective Advocate for Your Child 1st VP of Advocacy Michele S. svptaadvocacy@gmail.com

  • COVID-19 Info | SVPTA

    COVID-19 Info Links ​ SVUSD SVUSD Return to School Flow Chart SVUSD Mask Guidance 2021-2022 SVUSD Reopening Plan COVID Dashboards ​ OCHCA OCHCA Orders & Recommendations ​ CDPH CDPH Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine CDPH Guidance for Schools K-12 ​ CAPTA CAPTA COVID-19 Resources for PTA Leaders CAPTA COVID-19 Resources for Parents, Families & Educators Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 FAQS ​ ​ Can PTA hold in-person activities? We CAN hold PTA events off campus or on campus after school hours (ex/outreach program/art club/etc), but limited on number of people that can attend (an RSVP system to confirm the number attending is highly recommended & you must work closely with your principal to ensure numbers meet SVUSD guidelines/protocols). Please work closely with your site administrator/principal on planning any events. ​ ​ Can we have PTA Programs on campus (art, STEAM lab, etc.)? We ARE allowed to have PROGRAMS on campus. However, the process for approval has changed. You must have site admin/principal approval first, then have it submitted to the district & reviewed by the SVUSD school board & approved in their meeting. This means things will take longer to get started. However, the purpose behind this is to keep our students safe. The board will be reviewing & ensuring that these outside programs are following the same SAFETY protocols as SVUSD. ​ ​ Are we covered by our insurance? Insurance will cover all events as long as they meet our insurance guidelines (when in doubt, call or email AIM & verify). However, per my email with AIM, “ Your policy has a pandemic exclusion. There is no coverage for covid no matter where you have the event.” Meaning no coverage will be provided for COVID related issues. It is extremely important that we are following any COVID protocols/guidelines outlined by SVUSD. ​ ​ ​ Do PTA meetings have to be outside of school hours? Kids permitted? Yes, PTA meetings have to be outside of school hours if you want them to be held on campus. Outside of school hours, we CAN be on campus which is exciting. There cannot be children present at the meeting, however we PTAs can hire school site personnel during the meeting time to provide childcare in a separate room. They will adhere to all COVID protocols & safety measures for the children. ​ One great takeaway from the past year, is that ZOOM is a great way to reach all families. Perhaps a good compromise is to have any late afternoon/evening meetings in person, while offering daytime meetings via ZOOM. I do think in person meetings have many benefits & it is important to have that connection in person at least some of the time. ​ Will PTA volunteers be allowed on campus if approved by school administration? It is true that Visitors & Volunteers will be limited for the safety of our students. This does not mean there won’t be opportunities or needs throughout the year. Please work closely with your site administrator/principals to support these needs, while adhering to all safety protocols.​ ​ Will PTA be permitted to make copies on campus? YES, volunteers can come on campus to make copies. Please have your volunteer make an appointment with the front office via email, prior to coming on campus. All Volunteers must wear masks at all times on campus. ​ ​ Events involving food? Does food have to be individually packaged? Can it be more buffet style? Ideally yes, food being individually packaged is preferred. However, if someone is masked/gloved & individually serving food, this is acceptable. Again, all must be approved by your site administrator/principal. ​ During COVID-19 PTA can still... Spread positivity ​ Advocate for our kids on many levels ​ Keep parents informed as information gets shared with us. Please ask your school friends to join our SVPTA FB page https://www.facebook.com/SaddlebackValleyPTACouncil/ and Instagram @svptacouncil Ask parents to become PTA members & be a part of something BIGGER!!! Joining PTA gives you a voice, it connects you to resources for distance learning, mental health resources, it advocates important issues including Art, Special Education, Equity in Education & so much more!!! If your school needs a simple way for families to join virtually, use TOTEM which is CAPTA’s electronic membership platform.

  • Art Submission Form | SVPTA

    Share your art story Parent First Name* Parent Last Name* Email* Phone Student First Name* Student Last Name* School Name* Upload your art Max File Size 15MB Provide a brief description* Submit Thanks for submitting! Click here to go back to the Arts Advocacy to do list

  • SVPTA forms | SVPTA

    SVPTA Forms Financial Payment Authorization Form Unit Remittance Form Workers Comp Online Form Fiduciary Agreement ​ ​ ​ Running Your PTA Conflict/Whistleblower Form Conflict of Interest Policy Parliamentarian Bylaws Review Flow Chart Bylaws Review Worksheet Bylaws Submittal Form ​ ​ ​ Training Slides President Programs Communications How to Upload Documents to SVPTA For Secretaries PDF how to guide VIDEO walk through ​ For Treasurers PDF how to guide VIDEO walk through ​ For Presidents PDF how to guide ​ ​

  • About | SVPTA

    A Little Bit About Us SVPTA Mission Statement​ ​ The mission of the Saddleback Valley PTA is to empower our units, families and community members to become effective advocates for all children. SVPTA Goals for 2022-23 PEOPLE: ​ ​ Strengthen the relationship between unit and council. Provide council mentors for unit officers. Provide training for officers. ​ PROGRAMS: ​ Share ideas for successful programs and work collaboratively when possible. Encourage the exchange of ideas and discuss concerns among units. Encourage and strengthen family engagement. ​ PROMOTE PTA: ​ By fostering legislative awareness and advocacy within all units by educating members on pertinent legislative issues and encouraging attendance at Sacramento Safari and legislative roundtables. By encouraging attendance at California State PTA Convention. By using Council and State PTA Resources including the toolkit, websites, bylaws, and other sources of communication.

  • Membership | SVPTA

    Membership Joining PTA supports local, state and national efforts to improve the education of children and the lives of families. Membership provides the opportunity for individuals to raise their voices with others throughout the state and nation on issues affecting children, youth and families. PTA involvement helps build leadership, communication and advocacy skills. It provides members with opportunities to participate in an educational partnership with administrators and teachers. PTA members are a valuable community resource for starting and maintaining projects to benefit children and youth. In a year with less in person attendance, what role will the PTA have this year?​ The PTA remains a valuable source of information for your parents, this includes opportunities to discuss issues with Principals, as well as a chance to learn about developments and changes within SVUSD. This is particularly helpful this year when there may be a lot of change. This happens regardless of whether meetings happen in person or on-line. The PTA also allows for greater communication with parents and the community. The more knowledge people have, the better they will feel about the decisions facing all of us about their child’s school life. PTAs will also be needed to support the school in more practical ways . These possibilities include technology needs and possible online programs. PTAs will continue to support the California PTA and 4th District PTA in their advocacy pursuits on behalf of our children. Funding and support from the state is imperative right now and PTAs play a huge role as the voice of our children. This includes more recent work in improving mental health services in SVUSD, which is critical as children are asked to be flexible with their learning and learning environment. What do you need to prepare for your membership drive? Create an information guide or newsletter to send to your parents, outlining why they should join PTA. ​ Make sure your web store is ready for your membership drive. Many units already have an online store they can use but if not, you have the option of the TOTEM system. Membership Resources Links National PTA Membership Campaign CAPTA Building Your Membership Social Media Graphics Facebook Cover Image Twitter Cover Image Small Tile Square Other Graphics Join PTA Today All Children are Our Children logo ​ ​​ 2nd VP of Membership Sarah S. svptamembership@gmail.com

  • CAPTA & 4th District | SVPTA

    CAPTA & 4th District ​ Running Your PTA 4th District Leadership Tips CAPTA Tips for Leaders CAPTA Forms 4th District Forms Building Membership ​ ​ Financials CAPTA Finance Resource Page CAPTA Financial Checklist CAPTA Finance Forms ​ Insurance Coverage and Service 2022 Guide ​ ​ Advocacy CAPTA Advocacy for PTA Leaders 4th District Advocacy Communicator 4th District Advocacy/ Legislation ​ ​ ​ Parliamentarian Parliamentary Procedure Bylaws & Standing Rules Nominations & Elections ​ Social Media Guidelines for PTAs in California Advocacy Chart Guidelines for PTA Leaders and Members in California ​ ​ Training CAPTA Training Center 4th District August 2020 Workshop PDF 4th District Virtual Elections 2021 PDF ​ ​ Training Videos CAPTA Virtual Summer Leadership Academy President, Part 1 & Part 2 Secretary Treasurer, Part 1 , Part 2 , & Part 3 Parliamentarian Basics Audits Reflections Membership Basics Legislation & Advocacy ​ ​ 4th District Training President General Financial Secretary Parliamentarian Auditor Membership Membresia (Spanish Membership) Reflections ​ ​

  • Training Videos | SVPTA

    Training Videos CAPTA Virtual Summer Leadership Academy President Videos: Part 1 & Part 2 Handouts: Part 1 & Part 2 Secretary Video Handout Treasurer Videos: Part 1 , Part 2 , & Part 3 Handouts: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 Parliamentarian Basics Video Handout Links for Parliamentarian Q & A PTA Super References Sheet Audits Video Handout Membership Basics Video Handout Legislation & Advocacy Video Handout ​ ​ ​ 4th District Training Videos ​ President Secretary General Financial Parliamentarian Auditor Membership Membresia (Spanish Membership) Reflections ​ ​

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