Welcome to the Online Home of the Berkeley PTA Council

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."


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.

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 - 5:00pm to Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

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.

PTA Council Endorses Measures O/N

Yes on Measures O and N

The Berkeley PTA Council is proud to endorse Berkeley measures N and O to return our much needed pools to the community. Our pools are an important asset to the Berkeley community, especially for our kids and their families. We believe that these measures will help improve the conditions of our pools, including restoring Willard Pool. In a community with few places where families can go to have some healthy fun, Measure N and O will ensure our pools will be improved and restored now and for future generations.

Reflections - Celebration of the Arts

PTA Reflections Art Recognition Program

2012-2013 Theme - "The Magic of a Moment"

In its more than 40-year history, the Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas:

Dr. Heatley Withdraws from Consideration for Superintendent

As reported earlier on BerkeleySide, Dr. Edmond Heatley sent a letter to the Berkeley School Board informing them of his withdrawl as a candidate for Superintendent of Berkeley Schools. Dr. Heatley took the right step as it became obvious that positions he has taken in the past are in stark contrast to those of the Berkeley community. This action does not lessen the concern about a process which almost hired a candidate without finding such a basic difference in views.

Offer to Edmond T. Heatley for Superintendent of BUSD

[The following message was sent to each of the current Berkeley School Board members and the acting Superintendents]

As President of the Berkeley PTA Council, I write to express a strong concern voiced by our members about the selection of Mr. Heatley as Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District.

Welcome Back to School

We hope that everyone had a great summer and is enjoying the first days of the new school year in Berkeley.  The Berkeley PTA is hear to help all our kids and families to succeed in school and life.  Come join your local PTA, whether you have a child in BUSD or not.  Anyone who supports our mission to positively impact the lives of all children and families is welcome!


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