SRVHS PTSA School Programs:
- Future Fund Online Registration
- Grad Night - Safe & Sober Party for Seniors
- Run for Education
- Ski Swap
- Honorary Service Awards
- Insurance for PTSA Sponsored Events
- Fiscal Management of Operating Expenses
- California State PTA Convention
Building Bridges - Incoming 9th Graders Information Nights (February)
Every year in February, incoming Freshman students and their parents are invited to participate in our Building Bridges program. This program is designed to make the transition from middle school to high school as successful as possible by offering a series of informational meetings and activities for our incoming 9th graders and their parents. Our PTSA volunteers help support the SRVHS Building Bridges nights. In January, our Building Bridges Chair coordinates with the Principal, the Leadership Teacher, the School Counselors, and the Booster Groups to get event details. Then volunteers collect flyers, documents, etc. and prepare the parent packet to be handed out at the two nights. The school creates and updates the Building Bridges webpage. The school & PTSA distribute digital materials to CWMS, LCMS, SVMS, and private schools prior to event. Our volunteers coordinate with Booster Group to help set up tables. and also decorate Commons & PAC (banners, balloons, etc.). On the two nights of Building Bridges, our volunteers handout packets to parents.
Support the time honored tradition of Grad Night at SRVHS! Grad Night is a senior class all-night, "safe and sober" graduation party that follows the graduation ceremony. The special event is complete with games, music, dancing, crafts, food, prizes and lots of fun. The theme changes every year so Grad Night is unique for each graduating class. Organized by the senior class parents, areas of the school campus are literally transformed to suit the theme of the night. Volunteer parents work hard to make this evening spectacular and it's only made possible because of all the people who donate their time. We need all the help we can get. Planning begins a year in advance and work continues right up until Grad Night...culminating into a positive send off for our SRV Seniors!
The Honorary Service Awards (HSA) program is designed as a unique way for PTSA to publicly acknowledge both individuals and organizations for outstanding community service to children and youth in a community. The following 6 awards may be given to any recipient:
- Very Special Person Award
- Honorary Service Award
- Continuing Service Award
- Golden Oak Service Award
- Outstanding Teacher Award
- Outstanding Administrator Award
HSAs can be awarded throughout the year, but in the past SRV HSAs were presented at the last PTSA meeting in May. HSAs are the perfect way to recognize graduating parent volunteers for their long-time service. The HSA Chair is appointed early in the term (July / August) to allow time for recruitment of committee members, planning of award presentation, and ordering certificates & pins online from CA State PTA. Our HSA Committee should be composed of different volunteers each year, be representative of the entire school community, and have an uneven number of members (five is suggested). All funds collected with this program are used exclusively to support the California State PTA scholarship and grant programs. Download the brochure for more information.
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs (SRVCPTA) Inclusion & Diversity Committee (IDC) hosts monthly meetings for reps to share IDC programs and events that have been successful at our SRVUSD schools. Our SRVHS PTSA IDC rep encourages diverse parent involvement to represent all student populations and facilitate your school's Words Matter Week activities. IDC reps attend PTSA meetings to discuss and obtain approval on all IDC projects suggested by the IDC committee and PTA members. IDC members lead the planning of cultural awareness event(s) that invite parents, students and staff to share their traditions with each other through traditional food, dance, artifacts, crafts and games. Help coordinate a PTSA welcome or buddy committee for families new to the school. Check with PTA President to ensure that IDC has a budget and is on your PTA meeting agendas.
Monthly meetings with the San Ramon Council of PTAs (SRVCPTA) Legislative Committee, including School Superintendent Rick Schmitt, will provide updates on legislative issues. Our legislative committee representative to the SRVCPTA Committee will disseminate this information to you through multiple resources: on our school website, e-Bulletin and e-LINK newsletter. There are many ways to get involved in Legislative advocacy: writing letters or calling our legislators, attending PTA Advocacy Day, writing letters to the editor and attending rallys. Please join us in continuing our history of a strong legislative advocacy team at San Ramon Valley High School.
Parenting in this day and age can be tricky. And navigating the ins and outs of modern day childhood education can be equally challenging. Your PTSA Parent Education & Community Concerns (PECC) Representatives work hard to offer parent education events and information throughout the school year to help you navigate the road ahead. Our goal is to provide educational meetings and information on teen culture and behaviors in order to engage parents and community members. Guest speakers address the myriad of issues facing teens and parents in our high-pressure culture, including under-age drinking and drug use, dangerous driving practices, unsafe sexual activities, bullying and harassment, teen depression/suicide, and more. Critical to our goal is involving members of our community in the process of investing in all our students in a variety of relationships (mentoring, teaching, coaching, etc.), recognizing that students need the support of a variety of caring adults and that no one group of adults raises a child on its own.
This group is comprised of parents who represent every parent organization on campus, as well as all four classes, and our principal. Any parent or student with a question, concern or comment regarding our school - school climate, student events, on-going campus initiatives or student concerns, etc. - is encouraged to submit their question or comment to the Priorities Committee. You may submit feedback in two ways: Write your question/comment/concern in the notebook passed at the monthly PTSA meetings, or you may email SRVHSPrioritiescommittee@gmail.com. Please be aware however, this is not a vehicle to ask individual questions about your student to the principal. All questions, comments and concerns are submitted to the principal and answered during the monthly Priorities meeting. The questions and answers are read at the PTSA meeting, shared with the parent organizations at their individual meetings, and published in the monthly eLINK Newsletter.
The Run for Education (formerly “Primo’s Run”) has been a tradition in the San Ramon Valley for 35 years. The 10k, 5k Timed, 5k Fun Run Walk, Mini Run, and this year's Friendship Run, are the primary fund-raising activities for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes education in our community in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Together with 34 affiliates, SRVEF raises more than 7 million dollars a year to support our SRVUSD schools.
PTSA Senior Scholarship
Since PTSA is an organization of volunteers, we are looking for senior students to apply who have activities and/or jobs that demonstrate outstanding volunteerism and/or community involvement. Students must be members of the PTSA in order to apply. Application deadline is usually the end of March and applications are available in the College/Career Center. Scholarship amount to be determined, but has ranged from $500 - $1,000 in past years.
Through the San Ramon Valley Council of PTA's Sister School Program, SRVHS has been paired with Peres Elementary School since 2010. Peres is located in Richmond and serves approximately 600 Preschool through 6th grade students. Our goal is to provide resources and support to the students, families, teachers, and staff at Peres. With guidance from the PTSA Sister School Program coordinators and Janet Willford (the SRVHS leadership teacher), SRVHS leadership students assist in organizing Sister School Program projects. However, ALL interested students and parents may participate in these community service opportunities.
SRVHS students can sign up to help with Peres projects by contacting Janet Willford at email@example.com
or 925-552-3062. Interested parents or students may contact the PTSA Sister School Program coordinator - Carolyn Gwynn
The generous parent donations collected at Wolf Pack Days will finance this year’s projects for Peres Elementary highlighted below. As needed, specific item donations will also be requested throughout the school year to supplement this program (ie. new and gently used books, paper, pencils, and beanie babies.) Donation baskets are located in the school Attendance Office. If your business has any donations to make, please contact one of the coordinators. In the past some of our local businesses have provided binders, electric pencil sharpeners, staplers, calculators, and copy paper.
- October: College Day at Peres - Approximately 20 SRVHS students make brief presentations to the Peres 4th – 6th grade classrooms to promote readiness for High School and College. Parent Chaperones and Drivers are needed.
- Halloween: SRVHS Students and Parents collect used Halloween costumes and coordinate SRVHS students attending the annual Halloween Parade at Peres. Parent Drivers and Chaperones needed.
- December: Holiday Gift Drive: SRVHS Students and Parents collect a holiday gift for each of Peres’ 600 students. There is a theme such as “outdoor play” or “board games”. Main activities: Coordinate the communication for requests in the school bulletin, school loop, Danville Patch, Nextdoor, Facebook, etc. Pick up gifts from Danville toy store and bring to SRVHS leadership room. Work with Leadership organizing gifts into age-appropriate categories. Parent Drivers and Chaperones needed.
- February: 6th grade visit to SRVHS - The entire Peres 6th grade visits SRVHS on a rally day. We host the kids in our theatre, music, and science classrooms, along with the career center. We pay for the bus transportation for the students.
- March: Read Across America Day - SRVHS Students and Parents collect age appropriate books, one for each of the 600+ students at Peres. The books are sorted by grade by Leadership students and distributed by 20-30 SRVHS students. We spend several hours at Peres playing with the kids at recess and reading to them in the classroom. Parent Drivers and Chaperones needed.
- Be Buck Program: We provide small trinkets to assist with this reward program at Peres that “catches” kids “BEing” good. Trinkets collected and delivered by a SRVHS parent coordinator 4 x throughout the year.
- Bike Helmets: A local organization provides bikes to Peres at holiday time and the Sister School Program funds the purchase of helmets.
- Ongoing Family Outreach: We solicit donations of specific items when a need arises to give extra support to Peres families. Also, we continuously collect small toys and beanie babies to be used as prizes for various student performance incentive programs run by the school.
SRV Ski Swap
The Ski Swap started in 1977 as a fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at San Ramon Valley High. Over the last 40 yrs, many changes have been made.. Vendors were added, and the event was moved into the gym. Remember the old gym? What started out as a small garage sale operation has evolved into to one of Northern California's largest non-commercial ski swaps and the only one in the east bay. And it continues to evolve. Visit www.srvSkiSwap.com for all the info!
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs (SRVCPTA) Special Needs Committee Meetings are held from 9:30 to 11:30am on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except for November and December. They are held in Board Room A of the SRVUSD Offices at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville. SRVCPTA Special Needs Committee Parent Education Evening Speaker Events held on the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month, September through April (except if noted otherwise), 7-9pm at Iron Horse Middle School MPR, 12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA, 94583. Many of our speakers address topics that are of interest and applicable to both families of children with special needs and families of children who may not be identified as having special needs. All are welcome to attend.
Each year the PTSA funds a number of grants to our teachers for everything from books to cooking equipment to provide them with the much needed tools they might otherwise not have to provide a quality learning experience for our students. These grants are awarded every January, after an evaluation by our Grant Committee and school principal. Funds for these grants are provided through Ski Swap and other fundraising activities of the SRVHS PTSA.