SRV Council PTA Statement on Inclusive Event Planning
“PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences. When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.” CAPTA
Inclusion & Diversity
The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs (“Council”) is committed to supporting our units in their efforts to continue to develop effective family engagement opportunities that are inclusive. PTA leadership, as community representatives, should collaborate with school administration to identify and eliminate barriers to family engagement related to race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, family structure, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and religion.
Council strongly encourages units to offer inclusive events. We value inclusion and diversity of our various communities. Culture, family structure, gender and sexual orientation should not deter participation in PTA events. Families and students should not need to call out their differences to feel included.
Gender-neutral events are more welcoming and culturally inclusive. A majority of units in the SRVUSD have replaced gender-specific events with gender-neutral ones. Parent-child events need not be cancelled; rather, the nomenclature is changing with the times. Units have received positive responses to events such as “Pastries with Parents,” “Family Dance,” “Sweetheart Dance” or “VIP Dance”. These are just a few creative ways to use language to foster inclusion.
PTA stands for “All Children, All Families” and our motto is “Every Child, One Voice.” National and California PTA have long encouraged PTA units to plan events that are inclusive. Inclusive events more effectively serve all children and all families and lead to greater parental and community engagement, which benefits every child. We recommend that unit Presidents collaborate with their principal on inclusive language and events so that students and families are always welcome to events sponsored by the PTA.
*This document is intended to encourage thoughtful deliberation in making every reasonable effort to be inclusive, encourage creativity and fresh ideas, while being sensitive to the diversity of our children and families. PTA represents all children and all families and PTA-sponsored events should reflect that.
For additional training, guidance and support, feel free to contact the Council President, Inclusion & Diversity chair, or the district Equity team on issues related to gender and inclusion.
If space is an issue, consider splitting events by age instead of gender. Split K-2 and 3-5 as two separate events for example. Use labels like “VIP”, “MVP”, “Sweetheart” and other gender-neutral terms to suggest a one-on-one “date” with a family member if your event is not meant to be for the entire family.
every child. one voice.
The primary goal of the Tassajara Hills PTA is to help foster and build a sense of community where all feel welcome, can contribute, can benefit, and can make a positive difference for all children and families at Tassajara Hills Elementary School. We hope you will help us achieve this goal by joining the Tassajara Hills PTA today!
What We Do
Our organization is run 100% by volunteers. We are extremely grateful for the parents and community members who help us run these programs and events every year. Many of the PTA programs and events are also funded through membership and other fundraising activities, including the annual Carnival and the sale of Spirit Wear, yearbooks, and student directories. The funds allow the PTA to plan, financially support, and organize the following programs and events that benefit the entire Tassajara Hills community:
- Art Program
- Breakfast Book Club
- Multicultural Night
- Science Night
- STEM Club
- Exercise Club
- Ability Awareness Week
- Sister School Donation Drives
- Family Fun Nights
- Staff appreciation events
- Teacher grants, field trip grants, Copy Center, and much more!
Become a PTA Member
PTA membership offers the opportunity to:
- Partner with the Tassajara Hills school community to ensure a safe, welcoming, and fun learning environment;
- Meet other parents and build community;
- Contribute to important discussions that impact your children’s experience at Tassajara Hills Elementary School;
- Be part of a larger community through the California State PTA and National PTA bodies; and
- Enjoy exclusive Membership Perks, including discounts at California Academy of Sciences, Legoland, and other benefits. Please visit the California State PTA website for further information.
Joining the PTA is an easy way to show your support for the school and does not require a large time commitment – there is no obligation to attend meetings or volunteer for events. If you are interested in becoming more involved, you can always attend the monthly meetings or choose from the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year.
Support the PTA
Tassajara Hills PTA fundraising focuses on providing funds for programs which build community and enhance the educational experience at Tassajara Hills Elementary School. In addition to volunteering for PTA events and programs and purchasing PTA Membership, you can also support our PTA's efforts by purchasing Spirit Wear, yearbooks, and student directories. Shop or Donate in the Tassajara Hills Elementary School Store