Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs
April 2021 Newsletter
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Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs
April 2022

4th VP Meeting
Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Thirty-Third District PTA Budget Workshop
April 7 at 10 a.m.

Presidents Meeting
Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m.

Council Executive Board Meeting
Friday, April 15 at 9 a.m.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m.

CAPTA Convention
Thursday - Saturday, April 28-30
Ontario Convention Center

When I said goodbye to Trisha Paddock at the PTA Council meeting last Friday, I never dreamed it would be goodbye forever.  Our last conversation about her daughter’s baseball jersey she was wearing seemed insignificant at the time.  Just an ordinary conversation about everyday life that now lingers in my memory and makes me long for just one more chance to tell her all the things I am grateful to her for.  

Her words were softly spoken, but they always carried a powerful message.  She led the DEI committee with such grace and brought together diverse and sometimes contentious ideas with elegance and poise.  

Her passing has left a hole in my heart and our community that will be hard to fill.  I hope that we will all honor her legacy and carry on her efforts in DEI with the same passion and devotion that she did.  I hope that we are inspired to give as selflessly as she did, and I hope that we can learn to lead with as much grace as she did.  

Rest in love, light, and peace, Trisha.  

Mariko Hama
2021-2022 Council President


Welcome to our new board members

PVP Council Executive Board 2022-2023
President - Mariko Hama
Executive VP - Amy Friedman
1st VP (Organization) -Jennifer Ng
2nd VP (Hospitality) - Kelly Cook
3rd VP (Education) - Open
4thVP (Community Service) - Jackie Sugarman
5th VP (Communications) - Portia Bhattaria

6th VP (Ways & Means) - Jan Lim
7th VP (Legislation) - Chinyarai Hamilton
Treasurer - Margaret Liou
Financial Secretary - Carlie Garber
Auditor - Tasneem Ali
Recording Secretary - Lisa Paolucci
Historian - Jean Christen


What's Due

Overdue:  Audit for the period 7/1/2021-12/31/2021.  The Audit should include an Audit Report for each bank account, the Audit Checklist, and any recommendations from the audit committee.
Click here to review the current DFU (Due From Units).

Council Mandatory Training


Please make sure all Incoming Board Members have a copy of the training schedule.

Click here for the Council Mandatory Training Schedule.



Registration Best Practice Training

Zoom preregistration link will be sent out soon for a discussion about registration packets. Find out the packet due dates, what should (and should not) be included in the packet, as well as some tips on best practices, as we begin building our packets for next year. It is highly recommended that a representative from every unit attend, regardless of the platform that they will be using for registration. Please join us on May 4.
 Unit Incoming Board Rosters  Our bylaws require that incoming unit rosters be remitted to council by May 1. Please send your incoming board rosters to Mariko Hama at as soon as they are elected.  The template can be found here. 


Palos Verdes Peninsula Council

Honorary Service Awards
Council Board Installation
June 1, 9 a.m., Breakfast
  Los Verdes Golf Course

PVPUSD Sustainability Committee and the PV Council of PTAs have partnered to bring environmental awareness to all PV campuses for Earth Day.  All elementary schools are forming student-led green teams to implement the new committee's goals including classroom recycling and milk carton recycling.  Marking the 125th anniversary of the founding of the PTA, our council has challenged each school site from elementary to high school to celebrate Founder's Day with a day of service on Friday, April 22.  See the attached flyer for some ideas for your units. Make sure to tag us on social media!  

California State PTA Convention

2022 California State PTA Convention details:
 April 29 - May 1 in Ontario, CA

  •  Registration and hotel booking is OPEN!!
    • Regular Registration is $299 and runs April 1 - 27
    • Onsite Registration is $349 and runs April 2 - May 1
    • The DoubleTree by Hilton is the host hotel 
      • Rooms are $159/night plus tax
      • Daily Parking is $15/day
      • Check In is at 3 pm - Check Out is at 12 pm
  • Check out CAPTA's website for up-to-date registration and hotel information
  • A wide variety of workshops will be offered
  • Attendees must be fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines to attend the convention
  • Masking will be required in-doors unless actively eating, drinking, or speaking from a microphone
  • CAPTA will be hosting an event on Saturday, April 30 celebrating 125 years of PTA from 7-10 pm outside of the Ontario Convention Center
    • Cost is $20 per person that includes a DJ and special cupcakes
    • There will be no host food trucks available on site from 5-8 pm for dinner
  • No outside food or drinks are allowed inside the convention center; bags will be searched 
  • Do not lose your voting card! CAPTA will NOT issue a replacement
Read the Convention Chronicle!
Thirty-Third District PTA Convention Information:

There will NOT be a district dinner this year. We will reassess having a district dinner next year.  There is a $20 per person fee for all Thirty-Third District PTA registrants. This covers the cost of fun convention items and activities provided for our members throughout the convention.  Councils will be billed by Thirty-Third District PTA for all of their convention attendees. It will be council’s responsibility to collect from units.
If you haven't done so already, release your convention budget if your PTA is going to pay for your board members to attend convention.

ALSO, vote in your delegates for the PTA Convention. Each school has one delegate (usually the president/president-elect) and then one delegate for every 50 members. It is a motion at your April association meeting (e.g., I move to elect Joan Smith as a delegate to the Calif State PTA convention in April or I move to elect Joan Smith, Patty President and Elaine EVP as delegates to the Calif State PTA convention in April.)
For more information Click here to go to the California State Bylaws and scroll to Article XV - Annual Convention.


A note from California State PTA about gifts and gift cards

It is that time of year again for units to start planning Staff Appreciation celebrations.  While you are deciding how to show your gratitude, please remember the guidance California State PTA.

PTA funds cannot be used to purchase personal gifts or gift cards for staff or volunteers, for the following reasons:
  • Giving a volunteer cash or a cash equivalent like a gift card on behalf of the organization may cause that person to be considered an employee or an independent contractor by government agencies.
  • In addition, the IRS considers cash gifts (including gift cards) as reportable income on the recipient’s tax filings. 
For these reasons, our policies and procedures expressly forbid giving gift cards purchased with PTA funds.
However, if local businesses or members of your community wish to donate gift cards/certificates to school staff, you may facilitate that donation. 

6 - Presidents Out/In Meeting

20 - Council Out/In Meeting

23 - DEI Committee Meeting 5pm


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