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Audience: Homepage and Special Needs

Yes, the SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee is a co-sponsor of Decoding Dyslexia CA's Tri-Valley Dyslexia Support Group that began meeting in January 2017.  This school year, the group is meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30pm in the Library at Bella Vista Elementary School, 1050 Trumpet Vine Lane, San Ramon.


For more information, contact sandra.wicks@gmail.com 


At the October meeting, on 10/12/17, the focus will be on self-advocacy – framed around how to talk to your teacher and other adults about what you need to be successful in your learning.  This meeting is intended for both kids and adults. Our guest presenters are Kyle Chan and Raymond Fang, Monte Vista High School students and speech and debate coaches, who have experience presenting self-advocacy camps for students.

Your RSVP to sandra.wicks@gmail.com helps us plan the room arrangements and handouts.  Thank you! 

Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 10/9/17

Audience: Homepage

Digital Citizenship: 6 Ways for Families to Learn More and Help Their Schools!

Digital Citizenship Week is October 16 - 20, 2017 and PTA would like to share some tips to help parents have “DigCit” conversations at our schools. When parents and students learn more about digital citizenship, we help create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use.


If you and other parents at your school want to learn more about where to look for practical tips on social media, apps, and technology information AND help your school receive Common Sense School digital citizenship certification recognition, here are 6 items you can discuss with your Principal:


1. Offering to help your school site distribute the Common Sense Family Tip Sheets which align with the topics being covered at your school or the Common Sense Family Media Agreement 


2. Hosting a school-wide parent education evening with a teen panel using materials, ideas, and best practices from the Common Sense Connecting Families program


3. Encouraging parent leaders to facilitate ongoing family engagement activities using Common Sense Connecting Families resources


4. Publishing an article about the importance of digital citizenship in the school newsletter


5. Posting a link to Common Sense on the school's website


6. Providing parents easy access to advice on parenting in the digital age by adding the Common Sense Parent News and Advice Blog widget on your school's website















Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 10/8/17

Audience: Special Needs and Homepage

Pleasanton Adult & Career Education is hosting a Family Information Night on the topic of Transitioning to College with a Learning Disability


Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Hart Middle School MPR

4433 Willow Rd, Pleasanton

RSVP Required @http://bit.ly/LD-College

Space is limited as the entire East Bay is invited for this rare opportunity.


Forget the myths, rumors and assumptions.  Get the facts on what really happens - and doesn't happen - for students with learning disabilities at college, from featured speaker, Elizabeth Hamblet, author of From High School to College:  Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities.  

Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 10/3/17

Audience: Homepage

Adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus, drive and/or chaperone a day and/or overnight field trip and/or athletic event need to apply through the Volunteer Management System (VMS).  The VMS is a web-based software application that allows the District and all schools to better track and provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers.

SRVUSD has partnered with Be A Mentor, Inc., to support the on line registration and screening process of school volunteers.


The VMS includes three (3) levels of volunteer clearance and tracking. Please know that the District will NOT be asking parents to incur any of the costs associated with these clearance processes. During the online application process, you will be asked to choose the level or levels of clearance you will need based on your anticipated involvement.

Too apply or update your volunteer status (including providing updated driver's license, vehicle registration and/or car insurance), visit www.srvusd.net/parents/volunteers

Posted by: Heidi Ellicott-Pesic
Published: 8/13/17

Audience: Homepage and Homepage

For a list of Back to School Nights around the district, visit the SRVUSD Website.

Posted by: Heidi Ellicott-Pesic
Published: 8/13/17

Audience: Homepage

Hello Parents and Staff,

     If you or your child will be at a new school, please take a moment to update your email list subscriptions to make sure that you receive communications about Walk-thru Registration and other news during the first few weeks of school.  This is necessary because our PTA newsletter/email lists don't get updated until after Labor Day.  To do this, just click on the Update Profile link down in the footer of this message and check the lists you want to subscribe to. This is also the place to update your email address if you've changed it.

     Know any incoming or new-to-the-district families?   

     Please forward this message to them so they can get on the right lists.

     Parents of 2017 Graduates:  You're welcome to stay on the lists you are on, but if you'd prefer to stop receiving newsletters and school updates, just click on the Update Profile link and uncheck any lists you no longer want to hear from. We encourage you to subscribe to an Alumni Parent list or follow the Council PTA on Facebook or Twitter.

     Interest Lists - We also have the following interest lists:

  • Special Needs Info/Events - receive information from our Special Needs Committee

  • Parent Ed. Info/Events- receive information about parent programs throughout the district that are open to everyone

  • Legislative Advocacy Info/Events- receive action requests and information about legislation and policy, related to education or other issues affecting children and youth

  • Health & Wellness Info/Events - receive information from our Health & Wellness Committee

     We look forward to continuing to providing communication between home and school.   If you have any questions about this request, you may reply to this email and a member of our Communications Team will respond.



Lynn Ashley

President, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs


Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 8/13/17

Audience: Homepage and Special Needs


The new 20-minute documentary, Tastes Like Freedom, will be the backdrop for this evening discussion about food allergies on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, 7-9pm in the Iron Horse Middle School Multipurpose Room.Tastes Like Freedom intimately portrays the social and emotional challenges of living with food allergies and the freedom this group of young people experienced at this unique camp experience.


After the film, a panel including teen campers, Louise Tippens - Camp Blue Spruce’s founder, Julie Bitler - a representative from the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research, Sahru Keiser - an associate of F.A.R.E, and other speakers will discuss how people and programs in our community are making a positive difference in the lives of our kids with food allergies. 


This event is free and open to the public, but please register to attend at the Eventbrite link below.  Students are welcome to attend too!


Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 4/26/17

Audience: Homepage and For PTA Leaders

Our PTA Council recognizes that your time and efforts for registration planning are critical to making your student programs a success, and we’re here to help! We recently formed a PTA Council Registration Committee to provide support with registration questions, best practices, system support, membership, online PTA waivers, FERPA and school directories. We would like to invite all registration chairs to a roundtable discussion to connect with other school registration volunteers and experienced leaders. If your school does not have a registration chair, we'd love to have the PTA President or EVP attend.


SRVCPTA Registration Roundtable

Friday, May 5th, 9:00am - 11:00am

SRVUSD Boardroom

699 Orchard Drive

Danville 94526



Please feel free to email us questions you may have so we can be prepared with answers for the group. We'll provide continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water. Looking forward to working together with you!

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 4/22/17

Audience: Homepage, Inclusion & Diversity, Parent & Community Concerns and Special Needs

Parents are invited to join Superintendent Rick Schmitt and Assistant Superintendent, Education Services, Toni Taylor, on May 3, 2017 as they host two Special Education interactive Town Halls for parents. The district’s vision for Special Education will be shared and parents are invited to ask questions and share their thoughts and ideas.


As we look toward the future, we are placing increased attention on Special Education in the 2017-18 school year. This includes shifting the Special Education Department and the new, yet to be identified, Executive Director for Special Education, under our Educational Services Division. As part of our work, we will focus on creating structures and supports that encourage building relationships and trust among all of our stakeholders.


To learn more, please join us on May 3 at one of the following meetings:


9-10:30 am
SRVUSD Education Center Board Room
699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville


6-7:30 pm
Professional Development Center
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road, Danville

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 4/22/17

Audience: Homepage and For PTA Leaders

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs is hosting a night of learning and networking for returning and incoming PTA leaders!


Please join us on Monday, May 8th for a delicious dinner and training sessions for the following PTA positions:

• President and Exec Vice President
• Treasurer and Financial Secretary
• Recording Secretary
• Communications / Constant Contact Editor
• Parliamentarian
• Membership
• Auditor
• PTA Events & Programs (Promo Parties, Multicultural Fairs, Carnivals, Movie Nights, etc.)
• Introduction to PTA EZ at 5:30pm


Here's the link to sign up and to check out the details: 




Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 4/18/17

Audience: Homepage

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Iron Horse Middle School-MPR
12601 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 3/10/17

Audience: Homepage, Legislative Advocacy and Legislative Advocacy

Parents, educators & community members: REGISTRATION is now open for PTA Advocacy Day for Education. Check it out and buy your ticket!

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 2/26/17

Audience: Homepage

Words Matter Week focuses on the power that words can have in making others feel good about themselves or how words could bring others down. This is the fourth year we will be celebrating the week, and our hope is that the ongoing dialogue inspires students, staff, and parents to be mindful of the words they choose in day-to-day conversations, not only during this week of awareness, but all year long. We are proud to celebrate this week-long celebration together with the SRV Unified School District's Climate Committee. It is because of the partnership that our PTAs have with the school district, that we can achieve great things.

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 2/5/17

Audience: Homepage, Parent & Community Concerns and Special Needs

The SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee is partnering with Decoding Dyslexia CA to provide a Dyslexia Support Group that will meet in the Tri-Valley.  The new support group will provide an opportunity and space for parents and educators to come together once a month to offer support, share ideas and resources, and empower each other as they experience the successes and challenges of raising/teaching a child with dyslexia. The group is parent-moderated and free. Please RSVP so we can assure enough seats and materials.

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Bella Vista Elementary School Library
1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582

(just 3.7 miles north of the I-580 Hopyard Exit)


RSVP:  Liz, lfcrowley@yahoo.com or Sandra, sandra.wicks@gmail.com

Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 1/8/17

Audience: Homepage, Parent & Community Concerns and Special Needs

Wednesday, January 18th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Iron Horse Middle School MPR


You are invited to come learn about the variety of instructional technology available to SRVUSD students to enhance their learning, including four stations where you will have the opportunity to interact with specific programs/apps and learn some tips for supporting your student. The four stations will explore: Google Drive tools, Other digital tools, Learning Ally (the audiobook service the district is piloting for students with print disabilities), as well as low tech tools.

This event is free; please register here to attend

Posted by: Rachel Hurd
Published: 1/8/17

Audience: Homepage, Parent & Community Concerns and Special Needs

Reading the Signs: A Conversation About Dyslexia


One year after the passage of AB 1369, the landscape for dyslexia is changing in California schools. On October 4th, the SRVUSD Board of Education adopted a resolution designating October as Dyslexia Awareness month.  Please join members of the district's Dyslexia Think Tank for a discussion about dyslexia:

  • What is dyslexia?
  • What is happening with AB 1369 implementation? 
  • What is SRVUSD doing and where are we headed to better address the implications of dyslexia in public schools?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 7:00-9:00pm 

Iron Horse Middle School MPR, 12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon


Dyslexia Think Tank participants will include:

  • School Board member/Decoding Dyslexia CA Regional Manager -Rachel Hurd
  • Director of Elementary Instruction - Carol Loflin
  • Special Needs Support Liaison - Christine Koehne
  • Intervention Specialist/Teacher  - Monina Salazar

This event is free. Please register to attend so that we can plan accordingly. 

Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 10/12/16