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Berkeley PTA Council is the umbrella organizastion for the PTAs active in the Berkeley Unified School District.  Our activities are aimed providing support to our PTAs to promote the mission of the California State PTA:

"The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communications."


PTA Council Joins the League of Women Voters to Sponsor 2014 Election Events

Your Vote Counts!

November 4th is Election Day and this year has a number of important races which affect our community, particularly Berkeley schools. The Berkeley PTA Council is proud to be a sponsor for a number of upcoming events put together by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany and Emeryville (LWVBAE). These should be lively and informative affairs which we hope will help voters as they consider their selections.

Berkeley PTAs Significant Financial Contributions

BUSD Expense Graph by School - 2013-2014

For those of us who have been in the PTA for a while, one of the first messages we got was "the PTA is NOT a fundraising organization". While this was never strictly true - I don't think there was ever a PTA that didn't raise some funds for their schools - the past decade of continued budget crisis and cutting of resources at school sites prompted our PTAs to significantly step up our contributions to our schools.

BUSD Welcome Reception for Dr. Donald Evans

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm

Berkeley City Hall, 2134 MLK Jr, Berkeley, CA

BUSD will be having a reception for Dr. Donald Evans, our new superintendent, in the hour before the Sept. 11 School Board meeting. The reception will be from 6:30pm to 7:15pm in the lobby of the Old Berkeley City Hall, 2134 MLK Jr. He has specifically reached out to the PTA and would like a chance to meet our leadership in an informal setting. As I have written in the past, I believe the Board made a good selection in Dr. Evans and hope you all will take the opportunity to meet him and judge for yourselves.

Berkeley PTA Council Meeting

Event Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

BUSD Technology Office - 2020 Bonar St Room 126

Council Executive Board Election

Berkeley Dine Out for Gardening and Cooking in our Schools

Berkeley Dine OutFor all in Berkeley, remember that today is the Berkeley Dine Out for our schools' Gardening and Cooking programs. BUSD has been a pioneer in teaching our students the importance of nutrition and where our food comes from. Join the Berkeley stores, restaurants and food providers who are helping to raise funding for the continuation of these programs. What defines Berkeley more than food? Check out the Berkeley Dine Out site for a list of places supporting Gardening and Cooking in our schools.

2013 Annual Training for PTA's

Peralta District PTA's


All PTA officers, chairmen, & administrators in Alameda County are invited!

Please join us! Training is a legitimate PTA expense.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013 …  8:15 AM TO 2:15 PM

at Canyon Middle School

19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley

Cost: $15/person includes continental breakfast & lunch


Please respond early so we have enough handouts and food!

Those registered by May 25th receive a 2nd ticket for door prize drawings.

BUSD Labor Negotiations Need Resolution

8 May 2013
School Board Directors
Berkeley Unified School District
2020 Bonar St.
Berkeley, CA 94702

Dear Board Members:

BUSD Labor Negotiations Need Resolution.

California PTA Convention

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 12:00pm

San Jose Convention Center


BUSD Director Vacancy Applications

In March, 2013, Leah Wilson resigned her seat on the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Board of Directors. On March 27, 2013, the remaining Board members guided by BUSD staff developed a process to fill the vacancy. Details of the process are available on the District website.

School Board Election Results

With essentially all the votes in Berkeley counted, the indication is that Judy Appell will be joining the re-elected Beatriz Leyva-Cutler and the three incumbent members to form the new Berkeley School Board. Congratulations to Judy and Beatriz. The new board will be constitued at the first meeting in 2013. SInce there are four of the five current members continuing on the Board, there should be little interruption of actions important to our schools, the most critical being the hiring of a new superintendent to lead BUSD.


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