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CDS PTTA and Family Involvement

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Welcome! The CDS Parent Teacher Trustee Association (“PTTA”) includes each of us.  All CDS staff, teachers, administration, parents and the Board of Trustees are automatically members of the PTTA.

The PTTA aspires to welcome, educate, communicate and appreciate. We work to welcome all families to the school and events, educate parents about school-wide issues and learning opportunities, facilitate communication throughout the community, and coordinate appreciation events for the faculty and staff. The Class Liaisons, Buddy Family Program, Welcome Picnic, Family Farming Program, Faculty Appreciation Dinner and Luncheon, as well as Fiesta and Country Fair are just a few activities organized or supported by the PTTA. We do all of this in hopes of creating a greater sense of community within the school. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to participate!

I hope that you will take the time to get involved and explore more about how you can support your PTTA!  Feel free to reach out with any ideas, questions or thoughts to ptta@cds-sf.org.

—Lindsay Woollerson
2016-2017 PTTA President

Family Involvement

We view school as a collaborative experience for and by many, rather than simply an exercise in individual achievement. It is our heartfelt belief that the vitality of our community depends on the active participation of everyone in it. Families are involved as partners in their children’s education and contribute their time and talents in a number of different ways, depending upon their interests, abilities and availability. Some parents read to the children in the classroom and drive on field trips, some help coordinate annual school events such as the Country Fair, while others assist with fundraising and marketing.

Getting involved at CDS is a great way to develop deeper relationships with other parents and families, with your child’s teachers’ and with the CDS staff. All parents are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the CDS community in some capacity during the school year. Leading Admissions Tours, becoming a Family Farmer, joining a Committee, or volunteering in the classrooms or on campus are all great ways to help out.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer form or email us at ptta@cds-sf.org and we will help find a way for you to get involved that matches your interests and availability.

Dues and Fundraising

The PTTA is funded by an annual fee ($50) assessed to each family as PTTA Membership. This fee supports events such as the Welcome Picnic and the Faculty Appreciation events.

Shopping is another way you can support the PTTA. Do you know amazon.com, Rainbow Grocery, Mabel’s Labels and Sports Basement each have special accounts with the CDS PTTA where a portion of your purchases support the PTTA? Check out the CDS PTTA webpage or your Family Handbook to find out more and sign up! These funds help the PTTA to hold Community Events such as Wine & Cheese and Family Bingo.

Getting Involved in PTTA

The leadership of the PTTA consists of a diverse group of parents, trustees and administrators (some wearing multiple hats). The PTTA leadership meets regularly to plan for educational, fundraising and community building events. In addition, meetings provide the PTTA leadership an opportunity to disseminate and discuss current school issues. PTTA Meetings are open to anyone in the community and dates and times are posted on the CDS web calendar and announced at Friday assemblies.

The leadership roles below represent a number of positions that may be utilized by the PTTA to accomplish its work. Any member of the PTTA may hold these leadership positions. The 2016-2017 PTTA Leadership includes:

President (Lindsay Woollerson): Organizes and leads the PTTA; chairs meetings; serves on the CDS Board of Trustees; maintains communication with the Head of School and administration regarding PTTA activities and contributions; works with PTTA officers and members to identify individuals and groups to carry out activities and plans; oversees strategic direction of the PTTA. Works with the Director of Finance and Operations to insure that the PTTA budget and finances are well managed and that record keeping is up to date. (Typically a two-year role). The PTTA president is an ex-officio, voting member of the CDS Board of Trustees.

Vice President (Carl Schneebeck): Spearheads Buddy Family Program; Helps the President with all functions above; keeps the PTTA meeting minutes and keeps discussions focused.

Fundraising Coordinator/Partnerships (Nicole Dogwill): Works with the CDS Director of Finance and Operations to insure that the PTTA budget and finances are well managed and that record keeping is up to date; identifies and suggests unique revenue-sharing agreements.

Logo Wear Coordinator (Betsy Bayha): Works with Fundraising Coordinator and PTTA Leadership to design, source and sell CDS logo wear. Proceeds from logo wear sales go toward PTTA Events support. Betsy has also volunteered to function as a Middle School Liaison to the PTTA to help improve engagement.

Classroom Liaison Coordinator (Vivien Zraick/Leah Spero): Coordinates and assists the classroom liaisons; works with PTTA officers and members to identify individuals and groups to carry out activities and plans, including the annual Welcome Picnic.

Faculty Appreciation Coordinators (Cynthia Aldridge/Paula Fog): Coordinates annual faculty holiday party and year-end faculty luncheon; helps coordinate fundraising events that provide holiday bonuses to the faculty and staff; helps plan the monthly faculty breakfast.

Country Fair Chairs (Polly Fields/Denise Brown): Orchestrates all planning and execution aspects of this annual spring event that celebrates our community, diversity and commitment to the environment; creates a cadre of school-wide volunteers to create a seamless and cost-neutral event.

Fiesta Chairs Sponsorship Chair (Chris Bunga) works with the advancement team to secure corporate sponsorships and underwriting for the Fiesta so the funds raised at the auction can go directly towards sliding scale tuition; Donations Chair (Andrea Ach) orchestrates a team to strategically reach out to the community to acquire gift certificates, physical items, and services to sell at the auction; Parties Chair (Jessica Casillas) solicits parents to throw interesting, fun, and engaging parties for everyone in the community, working with the Advancement team to keep the school calendar in mind during the scheduling process; Communications Chair (Jeanette Perez) works with Advancement team to set overall communication strategy for the auction, assisting in writing Coop posts, auction item listings, and other school-wide communications.

Green School Committee (Holly Coleman): Works with the Green Task Force and the PTTA on school-wide green initiatives such as alternative transportation, waste reduction and other strategies that build a healthier campus and community.

Farm Family Coordinator (Anna Sopko): Trains new family farmers and handles scheduling and coordination of the family farmers; maintains a calendar of assignments and sends out reminders; serves as main contact for family farmers on weekends and holidays.

Community Events Coordinator (Alicia London/OPEN): Helps plan and organize ad hoc events, and also lends assistance and expertise to other PTTA sponsored events.

COID Liaison (Anthony Witte - Staff): Serves as the official voice of the Committee on Inclusion and Diversity (COID) on the PTTA and as the official voice of the PTTA on COID; leads the planning for the annual diversity picnic, and supports the community building efforts around affinity groups.

Parent Education Coordinator (Laura Fraser): Member of SPEAK and other relevant education policy and advocacy groups; prepares shortlist of recommended parent education opportunities for the CDS community; partners with other Bay Area schools to organize and promote parent education events.

Members of the Administration who are ex-officio members of the PTTA leadership:

• Head of School (Molly Huffman) 
• Assistant Head of School/Lower School Head (Rebecca Kroll) 
• Middle School Head (Ed Rhee) 
• Early Childhood Program Director (Antonette Greene) 
• Director of Communication (Andrei Ferrera)
• Director of Admission (Diane Larabee) 
• Director of Development (Jeanna Yoo) 
• Extended Program Director (Charles DiRicco)