Important Dates for REFLECTIONS

All virtual entries are due by December 1, 2022.

Virtual artwork from councils (Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont and Pleasanton) and out-of-council PTAs (located in Albany, Castro Valley, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, San Leandro and San Lorenzo) must be turned in by December 1st by 11pm. You must email your Google Sheet — created by the Google Form which was introduced in training — to A link to the Google Form was previously emailed to Presidents and Reflections chairpersons. Only send your Award of Excellence entries. You can have one Award of Excellence for each category, in each grade division.

All Participation Forms must be turned in on December 1, 2022.

These will be emailed out to you to be filled in. If you have physical artwork contact me directly at We encourage all to accept the virtual option since this is how California State PTA is accepting artwork this year as well.

Peralta’s Virtual Reflections Ceremony is January 7, 2023, at 3:00 pm.

The ceremony will be hosted on our Facebook page.

Michelle Hertel, Peralta District PTA Reflections Chair

Oct 24: Happy Diwali and Association Meeting Reminder

Wishing all a very Happy Diwali, the festival of lights.
I apologize that due an oversight during the meeting calendar planning, this major holiday conflict was missed.
Hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends celebrating the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.

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Quick reminder for our meeting tonight, Monday 10/24 at 6:30pm. This meeting is dedicated to discussing issues/concerns, soliciting suggestions/advice and sharing ideas/accomplishments.
Please plan on participating, listening and learning.


[This email with the Zoom link to attend was sent to all PTAs officers in PDPTA]

Tax Filings | Oct 25 Training

PTA’s informational tax returns are due November 15th. If you have never filed an IRS 990/990N/990EZ or FTB 199 form plan on attending Peralta’s Tax Filings Training on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30 pm. 

The Zoom link to attend was emailed to all unit and council presidents and treasurers, but if you are still needing it, send a request to

California State PTA has a Tax Filing Support Center you can refer to. After submitting your documents to the IRS and the Franchise Tax Board of California, be sure to upload copies to PTAEZ under Document Management (free access to all PTAs).

If your PTA has gross revenues under $50,000 your PTA can file a postcard version of the 990 and 199 in just a matter of minutes. Note, you cannot file for an extension if you plan to file the postcard versions of the 990 and 199. However, if you anticipate not being able to file on time, you can apply for a six-month extension using Form 8868. Please notify your council or district treasurer if you are filing for an extension.

And don’t forget to renew your Charitable Trust number with the California Attorney General’s office using the Registration Renewal Form (RRF-1) by November 15th as well. Again, copies should also be uploaded to PTAEZ. just as you do with tax filings. Filing FAQs

Leslie Keirns, Peralta District PTA Treasurer

Zoom Into Membership, Thursday Oct. 6 at 7pm

First ZIM (Zooming Into Membership) meeting this Thursday, October 6 at 7PM!

Want to boost the “T” in PTA at your unit? We’ve assembled a panel of teachers, administrators, and front office staff to share what does and doesn’t appeal to them when working with their PTAs.

Do you have questions that you’d like answered at the event? Please email Ellen Tillman, VP Membership at by Wednesday, October 5. This webinar will run around 45 short minutes, so please plan on tuning in!

Need the Zoom link to join? Refer to the email from Ellen, or request a link via email at (include your PTA unit, and copy unit president on email)

“Ed100 in 10 Weeks” Starting September 5 thru November 15

Everyone is invited! Selisa Loeza from Ed100 presented at our August 29th Association Meeting inviting all EVERYONE (not just Peralta PTA leaders) to “Ed100 in 10 Weeks”, their FREE program to educate parents and families through their program online. Information is here. Every Tuesday parents will have the opportunity to get together online to share what they’ve learned.

Ed100 is a free, self-paced online course that prepares you to make a difference in your school or school district. California’s education system is complex and changing fast. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a community member, Ed100 helps you learn what you need to know to be informed, credible and ready for action. Each lesson takes about 5 minutes, in English or in Spanish.

 Peralta District PTA Association Meeting on Monday, 8/29 at 6:30 pm via Zoom

2018 Peralta District PTA Association Meeting | We will start meeting again soon when facilities allow!

[Zoom link sent under separate email to all officers and chairs listed in myPTEZ. Current PTA leaders, if you did not receive the email, please notify to ensure you are listed as a current contact. Copy your unit president, and include your PTA unit name, position and PTA email address ]


Congratulations on being elected/appointed to serve on the PTA/PTSA at your school.

One of the six purposes of California State PTA is “Represent, inform, and mobilize members and the public to advocate for the protection, education, health, safety, and well-being of all children and youth“. Thank you for signing up to serve our children and youth. Learn More at:

Our first association meeting will be held on Monday, August 29th at 6:30 pm via Zoom.

Among other business matters, we will adopt our budget, adopt the year end audit report and approve the grant program.

We will have presentations by two accomplished student speakers on very important topics – Reflections art program and Resolutions. They will share inspiring stories of their journey to success achieved by overcoming obstacles and believing in themselves.

You will learn about a 10 week FREE parent ed program offered exclusively for our district by that is set to start on September 13th. Registration link will be shared at this meeting.

More details to follow including the Zoom link for the meeting.


PDPTA Membership Challenge ON NOW thru October 14!

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to a new school year!  This means we are in the prime time marketing window for PTA membership campaigning!  Below you’ll find the PDPTA Membership Challenge (and yes, units in Fremont are welcome to participate too!) as well as upcoming important membership trainings, webinars, and general membership assistance.  Please share with your boards, but especially your membership chairs.  As always, please contact me if you have any questions.


Ellen Tillman
VP Membership,

Have a Great First Association Meeting of the Year!

Planning and preparing for the first Association Meeting can is a lot harder than it looks, but it does get easier! Refer to your bylaws for meeting months and notice requirements . This blogpost

Tip to drive attendance: Invite your school principal to share updates and help welcome your members. Use all available communications channels to advertise your meeting with plenty of advance notice.

Confused as to whether motions need to be ratified, approved, adopted, etc? CAPTA has a sample agenda and script that you can use here.

Meeting in person and need a sign-in sheet? Here you go… customize according to your needs.

Important: Update Officer & Board Contacts in myPTEZ

Unit Presidents please update your unit roster in myPTEZ and include ALL officer and board member contacts in MyPTEZ (not just the minimum President, Treasurer, and Secretary contacts), as well as your School Principal’s email address to ensure that they don’t miss out on important communications.

MyPTEZ is available as a FREE feature to all PTA units, councils and districts in California.

Need your initial myPTEZ login? Contact Peralta Treasure Leslie Keirns at treasurer.pdpta(at)

After the initial registration process, your PTA will have ongoing access to generate reports and make edits as often as needed. Your information will then be available to your council, district and state PTA as appropriate, and none of the information will ever be shared outside of the association.

Click here for a tutorial on how to enter roster information into the Officer Reporting System of MyPTEZ.

Note: You do not have to be a current MyPTEZ subscriber to enter and view information, but if you are, you can immediately access the Officer/Board Member Contact system from within your unit’s existing MyPTEZ account.

A big THANK YOU for your invaluable service and commitment!

[Email to 2021-22 PTA leaders by Peralta District President, Ujjwala Gadgil on July 2, 2022)


On June 30th ended the PTA term 2021-22, your yearlong commitment to fulfill the mission of state PTA:

“The mission of California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families.”

Undoubtedly, with your dedication and commitment you have made a positive impact in your community. In these difficult times, you have brought hope and inspiration to others to follow your steps. You have supported your school and community with countless hours of service and generous funding support. With your passion and perseverance you have made your PTA strong to continue on to do even more in the coming term.

On behalf of Peralta District PTA, I would like to express our gratitude for your selfless service and your accomplishments. Thank you for being a part of our PTA family and making it stronger.

I hope you will continue to be actively engaged in your PTA or at least in your community. Our children need heroes like yourself, our schools need engaged stakeholders like yourself and our families need advocates like yourself. We need you!

Please email me to discuss options for your involvement at Peralta District PTA.

We realize that sometimes, on the path of PTA, there are challenges and roadblocks.
Please feel free to contact me for any concerns, questions or suggestions.

Wishing you a very healthy, safe and restful summer!



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