PTA NEWS: Nominations sought for service awards

Glendale Council PTA's Second Vice President Jaimi Zwerling-Jeffrey is seeking good people and organizations for the 2009 Honorary Service Awards.

In February, PTA units throughout the country will celebrate Founders Day, recognizing PTA's role as a voice for children, parent resource and public education advocate.

On Founders Day, the council will present the Honorary Service Award recognitions to individuals and organizations who have made a difference.

“There are many people who touch the lives of children in the Glendale Unified School District,” Zwerling-Jeffrey said. “There are teachers and parents, but there are many other individuals and organizations that have a notable, positive impact.”

The council identifies these Good Samaritans by looking to the Glendale/La Crescenta community for nominations. Organizations or individuals may be nominated for helping children through their involvement in PTA or other service or philanthropic groups.

Recipients attend the council's Founders Day dinner and receive a certificate and donation made in their honor to PTA's Honorary Service Award program. For nominations, contact Zwerling-Jeffrey at jaimi@ptbreak.net or (818) 246-4857.

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GLENDALE HIGH

Megan Schowengerdt, Glendale High School PTSA president, wishes everyone a joyous new year!

She also hopes supporters will consider making it a New Year's resolution to attend one or more of the productions offered throughout the year by Glendale High students.

Check the calendar page at www.glendalehigh.com.

Winter break is also the time to finish college applications and start financial aid paperwork.

Graduating seniors can apply for a California State PTA scholarship by going to www.capta.org. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

January brings the presidential inauguration and 14 fortunate Glendale High students in attendance. Teachers Olivia Macauley and John Eldred spearheaded this trip, with plans for this historic opportunity more than a year in the making.

The next PTSA meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the faculty cafeteria. Committees will be forming to reflect on PTSA growth and future plans. Lou Stewart kicks off her Honorary Service Award Committee by seeking those in the Glendale High School community who have contributed toward our children.

Joylene Wagner will be wrangling her nominating committee into assembling the 2009 executive board. Delegates will also be chosen for the state PTA convention in the spring, which provides leadership training for attendees.

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COLLEGE VIEW SCHOOL

College View's PTA Board meets at 1 p.m. Jan. 13. A planning meeting for the 2009 Silent Auction and Dinner is at 1 p.m. Jan 21. The PTA is actively seeking tax-deductible donations for this annual event set for April 3. College View is making a short video to illustrate for family what a typical day at the school is like.

The “Take Your Family to School Week” video project was funded through a grant from the AXA Foundation. The screening is tentatively set for Feb. 12.

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JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY

John Muir has received the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award for the second year in a row, Principal Amaly Avakian said.

“We are very proud that our students are improving each year,” she said.

Muir students are also participating in a project titled “Mail to the Chief.”

Students have written letters to President-elect Barack Obama with words of advice and wishes for success. Student letters from all over the country will be delivered to the White House on Jan. 23.

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R.D. WHITE ELEMENTARY

An R.D. White PTA board meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 8.

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VERDUGO WOODLANDS ELEMENTARY

Congratulations to inaugural members of the school district's “Girls on the Run” team based at Verdugo Woodlands. The girls will run their 5K during the holiday break as the original date was postponed due to the poor air quality from wildfires.

The next PTA and Woodlanders Volunteer Meeting (WAVE) is at 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Child care and refreshments provided.

It's not too early to plan for the annual Dad's Club Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 at the Dad's Club, 1728 Cañada Blvd. Tickets are $5 for all you can eat.

Dads who wish to show off skills as pancake flippers can call John Burke at (818) 241-2433. Volunteers wishing to get more involved with the PTA are asked to consider serving on the board for the 2009-10 school year.

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The Nominating Committee is assembling a slate of officers for next year's board and would appreciate input, Sharla Bohman said.

If you can suggest parents who would enjoy serving on the board, communicate your nominations to the committee. Self-nominations are most welcome.

Contact the school at (818) 241-2433 or visit www.vwpta.com for opportunities.


?EDNA KARINSKI covers the Glendale High School cluster PTA. Call (818) 253-5152 or e-mail Ekarinski@aol.com.

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