Welcome to the 2016-17 Year

Welcome Palo Alto PTA Presidents and Vice Presidents to the Palo Alto PTA Council!

Thank you for volunteering to lead your school.  Like us, you may have had moments when you questioned your sanity for agreeing to do it.  Let us assure you that we have a great team to help your PTA be successful.  You are encouraged to contact any of us with questions.  We will also offer more training on Wed. Sept 14th.

Please plan to attend the President’s meetings usually held the 3rd Wed. morning of each month.   This year we are starting at 8:45 am and will try to end by 10:30 http://ptac.paloaltopta.org/2016-17-meeting-schedule/

The first meeting is August 24th from 8:45 am to 10:30 am in Room A at the District Office (25 Churchill).

The purpose of the President’s meeting is to share best practices and learn from each other.   Superintendent Max McGee or one of the school board members will join us for part of the meeting and update us on issues impacting our district. You are welcome to suggest agenda items.   The goal is to keep these meetings fast paced and address your questions and concerns.   No minutes are taken.   You can multi-task.   The key is that YOU JOIN US!   The meetings are richer when more schools participate.

Please look for a survey that Bill Cortright, our council technology lead and webmaster will send:

  • Rosters – lists of PTA volunteers by school)
  • Software Survey – tracks software used by the 17 schools in our district. This is the 3rd year of the survey. It is useful to know how your school compares to others, especially if you may be considering a change in vendors.     There are no plans to mandate the use of any supplier or program. Let’s discuss if we can leverage opportunities.

When updating your school calendar, please consider noting that the League of Women Voters will be hosting a PAUSD School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday evening September 22 in the Board room at 25 Churchill.

Enjoy the summer.   We look forward to seeing you August 24.


Warm Regards,

Audrey Gold, PTAC President 2016-17

Pat Markevitch, PTAC Vice President 2016-17