PTA is more than 100 years old, and through its efforts at the national, state and local levels, it is able to work in conjunction with educators to speak out for the best education possible for our children.

Right now, California public education is facing very serious challenges.

Contact Glendale Council PTA if you have any questions on how you can join a local PTA Unit at or (818) 241-3111, Ext. 494.


Reserve Friday for the first PTA meeting at 5 p.m. and the annual Welcome Picnic at 5:30 p.m. on the lower field.

Back to School night is Sept. 17 and information will be included in student Thursday folders.


The first PTA meeting of the year is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium.

Back to School Night is Sept. 25. More information will be sent home in Thursday folders.


The PTA kicked off its membership campaign with the motto, “Reach for the STARS.” STARS stands for Students, Teachers, Administrators, Relatives and Seniors, and symbolizes an opportunity to reach out to everyone connected to children’s education. The one and only fundraising campaign for PTA begins Oct. 8 with a holiday gift sale through Great American, which offers gifts made by and supporting women in Third World countries.

The annual Get Acquainted Picnic is a popular family affair happening Friday on the grassy field, and Back to School Night is Sept. 16. Look for more information in student Thursday folders.


The PTA membership drive kicks off this week and continues through Sept. 26. Join and help “build a strong foundation” by supporting the community.

The Annual Family Picnic will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Dunsmore Park. New Dunsmore T-shirts will be on sale, as well as emergency kits, stretchy book covers and license plate frames.

A new fundraiser chaired by Audra Magee kicks off Sept. 22. The first annual Jog-a-thon will take place Oct. 8. Please support the students’ efforts as they enjoy a day of fitness, while raising funds for important programs at Dunsmore. Back to School Night will be Sept. 25.


PTA Membership co-chairwomen Cecilia Borraez and Alicia Villasenor are aiming for 750 members during the drive, which continues through Sept. 26.

The PTA Board Meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a room parent training meeting at 11 a.m. in the auditorium.

The Sally Foster gift-wrap fundraiser runs from Thursday until Sept. 26. The goal is $25,000, and funds raised help pay for assemblies, school programs and field trips, among other things.

Back to School Night is Thursday with the following classroom visitation schedule: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. kindergarten through third-grade and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for fourth- through sixth-grade.


The new school year at Lincoln Elementary got off to an alarming start Sept. 2 — a curious new kindergartner pulled a fire alarm, resulting in an unplanned fire “drill,” which went off without a hitch.

Regarding planned activities, students and families are encouraged to help beautify the campus from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the first Campus Cleanup Day. The sprucing-up project comes in anticipation of Back to School Night, scheduled from 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Sept. 17 in the classrooms and auditorium.


The PTSA has begun its membership and fundraising campaigns. If you would like to join, please send your check for $10 payable to CVPTSA, Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214.

This year the PTSA has dedicated $5,000 toward a character and ethics project for students along with other funds for school improvement projects.

Donations for this project can also be sent to the school at the above address.

More information about CV PTSA can be found at

 JO ANN STUPAKIS covers the Crescenta Valley cluster and her column appears every three weeks. She can be reached by phone at (818) 248-8507 or by e-mail at jostupakis@

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