A Holiday Wish!


At this time special time of year, we give thanks for all our PTA volunteers, teachers and school administrators for your unwavering commitment to positively impact the lives of all our students.  As such, we would like to share with you the artists whom will be representing Orange Unified School District and Orange Community Council PTA at the Fourth District PTA level competition.  

The following students were honored with the Award of Excellence, and will advance to the next level of district competition. Fourth District PTA Reflections Gallery and Reception will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Orange County Department of Education located at 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

• Preschool through second grade: Katherine Gutierrez, dance; Tristan Hernandez, film; Andrew Slay, literature; Benen Camp, music; and Elijah Vasquez, photography, all from Linda Vista; and Daniel Javed, visual arts, Crescent Elementary.

• Third through fifth grade: Ella Parker, dance; Cooper Adams, film; Kelsea Lemmel, music; Aidan Polanco, photography; and Aisley Delgadillo, visual arts, all from Linda Vista; and Anh-Thu Doan, literature, La Veta.

• Sixth through eighth grade: Jasmin Cervantes, dance, La Veta; Carina Flores, film; Hannah Bleiweiss, literature; and Andrew McCormick, photography, all from Santiago Charter Middle School; and Elizabeth Johnson, visual arts, El Rancho Charter Middle School.

• Grades nine through 12: Kaitlyn Sung, dance; Angeline Phan, film; Yujin Min, literature; Christina Foley, music; Aryana Bates, photography; and Alyssa Hanson, visual arts, all from Canyon High School.

• In the Special Artist Division, a new division for students who meet the ADA guidelines, Emma Bustrum from Linda Vista Elementary was awarded the Award of Excellence for Photography, and Dylan Vella, also from Linda Vista, received the Award of Excellence for Visual Arts.

Award of Merit:
• Preschool through second grade: Audrey Romo, literature, Panorama Elementary; Elisha Echeverria, photography, Chapman Hills; and Jaiden Biscoe, visual arts, La Veta.

• Third through fifth grade: Avery Archung, dance, and Gracie Silberman, film, Anaheim Hills; Elizabeth Duncan, literature, Linda Vista; and Kellen Lai, photography, and Cameron Lamberson, visual arts, La Veta.

• Sixth through eighth grade: Nolan Dunn, film; Emma Wagner, literature, and Dagny Parayao, visual arts, La Veta; and Christopher Busby, photography, Linda Vista.
Honorable Mentions 
• Preschool through second grade: Keira Low, literature, and Katherine Jacquot, photography, Crescent; Trudy Schmidt, visual arts, Canyon Rim.

• Third through fifth grade: Kendall Armstrong, film, La Veta; Katherine Mumpower, literature, Anaheim Hills; Hana Keil, photography, Panorama; and Stephanie Bradley, visual arts, Crescent.

• Sixth through eighth grade: Raihan Dadabhoy, literature, Crescent; Owen Mull, photography, La Veta; and Hannah Bleiweiss, visual arts, Santiago


A special thank you to Santiago Charter Middle School for hosting Council Reflections Awards Ceremony and Gallery led by Michelle Deziel. 

Best Wishes for the Holidays and New Year 2015! 

From all of us, at Orange Community Council of PTA

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Save the Date!

Hello PTA Peeps! 

In order to help you have an informed perspective, we are inviting all of you to attend Orange Unified School District Board of Education Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 9th at 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. The forum will be held in Building H, Board Rooms 1, 2, 3 at the district offices of Orange Unified School District which is located on 1401 North Handy Street, Orange, CA 92867.

Before voting on November 4, take the opportunity to listen and question the candidates. Their decisions affect our local public instruction, our schools, and our children.

Moderated by: League of Women Voters of Orange County

Sponsored by: Orange Community Council of PTAs

For more information: Contact Allan Galera, 1st VP of Legislation, at thegaleras@sbcglobal.net / 714- 628-0620

Candidate Forum Flyer

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Workshops Reminder!

Hey PTA Peeps!

Heads up! On-line registration ($10.00) for 4th District PTA workshops is still open through tomorrow (Monday). (Shhhh, it looks like they forgot to pull down the on-line form and it does work!)

So, go ahead an register http://www.fourthdistrictpta.org/fall-training-workshop-online-registration-form/

The PTA & Elections workshop is about what you as a leader can and can’t do to support school bonds like Measure K. What you can do and can’t do if you want to host a candidate forum at your PTA, etc….class will be taught by Celia Jaffe -4th District PTA immediate Past-President.

Feel free to take a class you haven’t before, something I call “PTA cross-training”. Expand your PTA horizons!

By the way, I’ll be giving the Spanish class for President’s! So, come by and say hi!

See you there!  Emoji

Diana Flores


Orange Community Council of PTAs


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A note from your Council President…

Welcome 2014-2015 PTA Presidents and Principals!

As of July 1, 2014 you are now officers of your PTA/PTSA as well as members of Orange Community Council of PTAs, which belongs to Fourth District PTA, the California State PTA, and National PTA.

Today’s PTA is a dedicated, powerful, and connected network of 5 million parents, teachers, students, and leaders nationwide making a difference in the education, health, and safety of America’s children.

The monthly attendance of your PTA/PTSA President to our monthly council meetings will help your PTA President stay informed of important legislative child advocacy issues and access to tools and resources on academic, parenting and PTA topics.

I would like to encourage you to visit our council website at: occ-pta.org where you will find a wealth of resources to help you along with your PTA leadership. Feel free to check-out our website as often as you need for important upcoming information. You may also follow us on Twitter @occptapresident and like our Facebook page Orange Community Council of PTAs.

Upcoming important dates to save:

“Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, August 27 from 8:30am-11:00am in OUSD Board Rooms 1,2,and 3. Presidents and their entire executive board members are welcome. They will learn from each council officer 5 practical tips they can use to help them start-off a great PTA year. We will also have a representative from BB&T Insurance who will also talk about the top 5 things every PTA leader must know. Your PTA President will have the opportunity to pick-up their PTA membership cards and purchase membership envelope boxes at $15.00 per box of 500 pre-printed color envelopes. M&G Invitation 2014-2015

Orange Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 3 from 9:00am-11:00am in Building J.   Presidents should bring their PTA calendar of events and meetings. As well as membership remittance, and a copy of end-of the year audit.  Updated 14-15 Calendar   Updated OCCPTA Unit Remittance Form

Fourth District Fall Workshops Wednesday, September 10 at National University. See attached English and Spanish registration forms for more information. Future and returning officers are welcome to attend. Your officers must be trained in order to help your school achieve PTA success. 2014 Fall Workshop Flyer – Final 7 17pdf    2014 S-Fall Workshop Flyer – Final 7 17

Be Our Guest Principal and PTA President on Wednesday, September 24 in Building J from 8:30am-10:30am. This meeting is open for all OUSD principals and their PTA president or parent leader. Those of you are not PTA affiliated are more than welcome to attend as well. Principals and their parent leader will learn how to work together and strengthen their relationship to benefit the children of their schools. Be Our Guest Invitation 2014-2015

Welcome Back Luncheon on Wednesday, October 1 from 10:45am-12:30pm at OUSD. This luncheon invitation is open to all OUSD Principals and their parent leader as well. Invitation and details to follow soon.

Principals and PTA Presidents do not hesitate to contact me, should you need to address any PTA matter, I am here to help you.

On behalf of the entire Orange Community Council Executive Board, thank you OUSD Principals and PTA Presidents for stepping-up to lead your PTA/PTSA in benefit of all our students.



Diana Flores


Orange Community Council of PTAs


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A Note from Reflections Chair…

 Dear OCCPTA Presidents,

 Welcome to the 2014-15 school year.  As the Orange Community Council’s REFLECTIONS Chair, I would like to invite and encourage YOUR school to participate in the National PTA’s REFLECTIONS Art Program!

REFLECTIONS is an arts and recognition program that invites students to create original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme and recognizes them for their efforts (2014-15 theme is: “The World Would Be A Better Place If…”).

This highly popular program is open to all schools with PTAs, is free to students and takes place at our schools between the start of school and October. The kids need to complete their projects by mid-October because the 1st place artworks are due to me at the November Executive OCCPTA meeting. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to identify a parent volunteer at your school ASAP!

There is much information about the program at: http://occpta.wordpress.com/reflections/ http://www.fourthdistrictpta.org/reflections/ http://www.capta.org/sections/programs/reflections.cfm  or http://www.pta.org/reflections

I am also available to answer any questions your volunteers have. I have chaired the program at Linda Vista Elementary School for the last 7 years, so hopefully I will have any needed answers.

PLEASE OFFER REFLECTIONS AT YOUR SCHOOL! With YOUR support and encouragement, we can keep the arts alive in Orange County!  Let’s provide our students with this priceless opportunity to be creative! Our kids are talented, let’s give them a chance to tap into it and show it off!


With very best wishes,

 Michelle Deziel Hernandez 

Reflections Chairperson

Orange Community Council and Linda Vista Elementary

Email: dez323@gmail.com

Call or text: 626.676.7212

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Who is PTA?


Orange Community Council of PTAs (OCCPTA) is at the school district level. Chartered in October 27th, 1926, we encompass all of the schools within Orange Unified School District. We currently serve 27 unit (school site) PTAs.

We have the pleasure and the responsibility of leading our units. We act as a conduit for information flowing from the unit and council levels to the state level and vice-versa. We work in partnership with Orange Unified School District, and provide parental input on a variety of issues. The officers and chairman of OCCPTA work closely with our units to ensure that they have the training, mentoring, information, and guidance they need to be successful leaders and advocates.
In turn, the units provide these same services to their units. This web site is only one of the tools we provide for the edification of our members. In addition, we coordinate attendance at the annual California State PTA convention each spring, and we will begin hosting Summer Leadership Trainings in 2014.
The OCCPTA board is made up of members from a variety of units. They are exceptional leaders who have devoted many years of service to this organization. Take advantage of their collective knowledge by utilizing the tools that they provide both online and off.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our web site. We hope you find it a valuable resource. So, who is OCCPTA? We are the middle link in the chain of child advocacy that includes Units, Councils, Districts, States, and National PTA.
In short, we are you!


El Concilio Comunitario de Orange PTAs (OCCPTA) es a nivel del distrito escolar. Fue fundado el 27 de octubre de 1926 abarcamos todas las escuelas dentro del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Orange; actualmente servimos a 27 unidades (planteles escolares) de PTA.

Tenemos el placer y la responsabilidad de guiar a nuestras unidades. Servimos como  conducto de información entre las unidades y el Cuarto Distrito y vice-versa. Trabajamos conjuntamente con el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Orange y aportamos opiniones como padres de familia en una variedad de asuntos. Los funcionarios y directores de comités de OCCPTA trabajan estrechamente con nuestras unidades para asegurar que tengan la capacitación, orientación, información y guías necesarias para que nuestros miembros sean líderes y defensores exitosos.
A su vez, estas unidades provén este servicio dentro de sus escuelas. Este sitio de internet es uno de los recursos que proveemos para la educación de nuestros miembros. Asimismo, cada primavera coordinamos la asistencia de nuestros miembros a la convención de PTA de California, y comenzando el verano del 2014 ofreceremos Capacitaciones de Liderazgo.  
La mesa ejecutiva de OCCPTA está conformada por miembros de distintas escuelas. Son líderes excepcionales que han dedicado muchos años de servicio a esta organización. Aproveche el conocimiento colectivo al utilizar las herramientas que proveen tanto en línea como en persona.   
Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de visitar nuestra página web. Deseo que lo encuentre como un recurso valioso.
Así que, ¿quién es OCCPTA? Somos el eslabón central en la cadena de defensa de todos los niños que incluye unidades, concilios, distritos, estatal y PTA Nacional.
¡En resumen, somos ustedes!  
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