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If you didn't catch this story a couple weeks ago, we wanted to spotlight it here to make sure everyone knows our nurses are heroes not only to our kids, but to the community as well. >read IUSD News

Lucky to Have Nurses and Counselors Supporting Our Students!
Congratulations to University High School's Mock Trial team, who last week won their second Orange County championship, defeating Valencia High School in Round 8 of the competition! UNI Mock Trial has appeared in three of the last six Final Rounds of the Orange County competition, winning in both 2017 and this year. The team, which consists of students portraying attorney and witness roles in a fictional legal case, now advances to the state competition, which will be held via Zoom between March 18th and 21st. 

Go Trojans!
It's March Membership Madness!
We want to encourage membership year-round and this month we have an incentive! Any memberships submitted will have your PTA entered to win a $75 donation. It can be one, two or fifty memberships (definitely try for 50), and you'll be entered to win!

This is also a great time to try out Totem and get a practice run with online memberships for next year! Please reach out to our Membership VP, Patricia (, with any questions!
Sacramento Safari 2021 Takeaways
This year has been especially important for PTA members to flex their advocacy muscle in support of ALL children across the state and locally.  California State PTA has published their 10 Things California State PTA Recommends for the Safe Reopening of Schools

Last week's Sacramento Safari virtual event (Check Out the Recordings & Takeaways!) has provided great insight into the unique budget situation of unanticipated one-time funding being available.  However, the challenge is now how to spend this money with so many competing priorities such as eliminating deferrals, helping schools reopen, providing funding for programs like teacher training, and general-purpose funding for local priorities. 
In IUSD, we know we're already one of the lowest funded school districts in the state and so our advocacy efforts are focused on trying to get more funding that would be distributed as equitably as possible --knowing the best we can do is getting it thru the Local Control Funding Formula. Our hope is that other funding sources will materialize from the federal government and state due to revenue adjustment increases and allow IUSD to spend where most needed.

Let your families know if they have not joined PTA yet, then the voice for our kids gets drowned out by other competing lobbyists and organizations and we can potentially lose funding sources that IUSD deservingly needs.  Legislators look at their constituent numbers and make decisions based on the number of voices heard.  Help keep our voices LOUD!
(photo: Speaking with Senator Dave Min)

see IUSD's Legislative Priorities
Ideas for Engaging Students, Families & Community
  • Panda Express has a great community outreach program where they offer multiple FREE programs:  Panda Cub Club, Read with Me, Achievement Awards, Fundraisers, and a Virtual Cultural Curriculum.  Email: or visit  Download Flyer
  • Think It Up & Write It Down has its roots in the similar program many Irvine schools may know called Imagination Machine. This company has adapted this past year to an eLearning Literacy Program where students learn and practice their writing skills along with quizzes to check on what they've learned. Typical costs range from $4-$5 per user (50 to 4,999 users).  visit  Download Flyer
  • Looking for a really Fun Game Night?  Tired of Jackbox games with limited players?  Check out from BrainWash Game Shows.  For up to 95 users at a time, the show costs $395 for a 1 hour show.  $350 for subsequent shows.  There is a 4-6 week lead time and end of school year gets sold out.
Graduating Senior? Check out these $cholarships!
IUCPTA Scholarship Application – Deadline April 11th
CAPTA Scholarship Application – Deadline Feb 1st

Irvine Talks is a celebration of humanity through art and performance. A platform created by students for students, Irvine Talks was founded from the belief that every person has a story to share – and through the sharing of stories, cultivates authenticity, connection, and hope. This year’s theme will explore the human condition through the theme of “Reflection”.

Irvine Talks Chapter IV: Reflection will be held on Saturday, March 27 at Portola High School.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 15. >more info

  • Does Your PTA Use the MEMBERSHIPTOOLKIT platform?  Connect with other PTA's to learn or share best TIPS for setting up your Website, Accounting, Fundraiser, Store, Message Boards, Calendar, Volunteer Sign-ups, Directory, and more! Connect with the PTA's at Canyon View and Santiago Hills.
  • Do you have DADS on your PTA exec board? Hook them up with the PTA DADS Leadership Group? Next meeting is March 9th 7:30PM.  Meeting Link.  Contact:
  • How are you supporting the needs of Special Education Students and Families? What kind of outreach is being done? Learn ways you can include them in next year's PTA planning by attending and collaborating with the Special Ed Community Advisory Council. Contact: Next meeting is April 8th at 6pm and OPEN to anyone.

  • Creative Connection - CAPTA's bi-monthly arts newsletter about arts education and resources on how to become an advocate for the arts at your school...SUBSCRIBE!
  • Monthly Advocacy Webinars...REGISTER!
  • - Advocate for Arts Education in all schools...JOIN!
  • Leadership Essentials - An invaluable publication for all PTA leaders; includes a registration link to a monthly support webinar covering all things PTA for that month...READ!
Get the Parent's Guide to Arts Education in CA Schools
👪 Lifelong Learning
- The Influence of Unconscious Bias - OC Human Relations Speaker Walks You Through Simple Tests Revealing Your Unconscious Bias
- Does California Spend Enough on Education?
- Ed100 YouTube Channel - Watch all 10 chapter 5-minute videos to open your eyes to how education funding works in CA

Next Council Meeting: March 17, 2021 (11am via Zoom)
  • How to Hold Virtual Elections - March 2nd 7PM...Register
  • Now!  Worker's Comp Annual Payroll Report was Due Jan 31st, but AIM is still accepting late reports.  Takes less than 60 seconds to complete form if you have nobody on a payroll via this link, here
  • March 9th, 7:30PM - PTA Dads Leadership Group Meeting Link
  • April 8th, 6PM - IUSD Special Education Community Advisory Council Meeting; Contact:
  • Monthly - Remittances (membership/insurance/council) are due on the day of each president’s meeting. Please mail or drop off remittances to the district office. Checks must be received by each due date to count for the month. 
Reminder:  If your unit has not had your IUCPTA mentors attend any of your exec or association meetings, please schedule that now.  Thank you!
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