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PTA Legislative Advocacy, October Focus : Voting

October is a busy advocacy month for our PTA. As a trusted, non-partisan partner at our school, the <insert PTA unit name> PTA has some important November 2020 election based deadlines and information to share with you. 

Mail-in-Ballots

  • This year, every registered Californian will automatically receive a  Mail-in-Ballot at the address they are registered to vote. An Executive Order from Governor Newsom in May allows for this.
  • Californians registered to vote will start receiving their mail-in-ballots in the first weeks of October. If others in your community received theirs, but you don’t, check your voter status to make sure that your information is correct. 
  • This year, California voters can sign up to be notified where their mail-in-ballot is, and its status, every step of the way. A voter who has signed up will receive notices from their county elections official regarding the status of the voter's vote-by-mail. Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive an automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot.

PTA members should also know that the California State PTA has taken positions on the following November 2020 Ballot Measures: 

  • SUPPORT - Proposition 15: California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act - This initiative would require that commercial and industrial real estate property worth $3 million or more be taxed on current market value, raising as much as $11.5 billion in additional funding for schools and other local governments. It protects all homeowners and renters by maintaining tax protections for ALL residential property. This money would be allocated to schools (40%) and other local governments (60%). In this link, you can find more information about this ballot measure.
  • SUPPORT- Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 – Restore Affirmative Action. This constitutional amendment, placed on the November 2020 statewide ballot by the legislature, asks the voters of California to vote on permitting the use of race, gender, and ethnic diversity as factors (but not decisive factors) in education including college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting. More detailed information about this ballot measure can be found in this link.
  • NEUTRAL - Proposition 19: Changes Certain Property Tax Rules. California State PTA has taken a neutral position on Prop 19, a legislative constitutional amendment that changes certain Property Tax Rules. See the California State PTA Study Committee Report here.

PTA encourages its members to stay informed and to research issues and candidates before voting.  Questions? Contact dvhsptsa@gmail.com for additional non-partisan resources. 

VOTING BY MAIL - a SAFE, SECURE & EASY OPTION FOR 2020

Your health is important and so is your vote. Luckily, every registered voter in California can vote by mail from the safety of your home in 2020.

Once you've completed your ballot, place it in the mailing envelope (FYI - no postage is necessary) then put it in the mail, or drop it at any official ballot dropbox. If you're sending it by mail, try to put it in a mailbox before election day, because it must be postmarked by November 3! Return it in-person to a polling place or the office of your County Elections Official no later than the close of polls at 8pm on Election Day.

Here are some websites with other important tools and tips that can help you fill out and mail your ballot correctly, to ensure that your vote is counted:

California Secretary of State – vote by mail instructions

California ballot dropbox and voting center locations

California Secretary of State – early voting information

For more information on voting by mail, visit the California Secretary of State’s website.

Sign-up here to receive an automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot. Where's My Ballot? is available in every county in California.

If you failed to receive your vote-by-mail ballot or you have lost or destroyed your original ballot, contact the Contra Costa County elections official in order to be sent a second vote-by-mail ballot.

Polls will still be open if you prefer to vote in person. If you’re planning to go to the polls in person anyway, consider becoming a Contra Costa County Poll Worker. You can find more information on their website.

culture in the community

The Culture in the Community Celebration Applications Due 10/19 (NEW DEADLINE)

Watch this year's Culture in the Community Celebration with captivating videos showcasing a wide variety of cultures in our community. Hear from your neighbors and the people that make San Ramon a great place to live and work.

The 4th Annual Culture in the Community Celebration is virtual this year with the help of our community! We asked our community members to submit videos sharing their culture through music, dance, cooking, or interactive presentation. We received an amazing response and are looking forward to sharing these fantastic videos! Videos will be available here, beginning Friday, November 13 at 3pm.

Highlights include: 

  • Video presentations from over 20 different cultures including Dance and Music Performances and Cooking Demonstrations
  • Kids Craft Workshops
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Free Craft Kits (while supplies last)

Free Culture in the Community Craft Kit: Pickup a FREE Culture in the Community Craft Kit on November 10 from 3-5pm at the San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd.). Crafts are limited to the first 150 kids with a limit of 1 per person.

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home is where the art is

The SRVUSD Art Departments designed apparel for our students/families to help build community rapport and school spirit.  Here is the link for students, families, and staff to view and order their apparel. Please use the code: freeshipJASSB for free individual shipping to your home. Please note that all orders must be received by Monday, October 19th. If we do not meet the minimum number required for production, the whole order will be canceled.

Note from Shopify: When people participate in a group order/Shopify order, we put a hold on their credit card for the maximum amount that they might have to pay in case of the group order tips into regular order. That hold will show up on each client’s card statement under “In Progress” or “Processing” or “Pending.” It’ll stay under “In Progress” or “Processing” or “Pending” until the group order deadline passes. If it passes and the group order hits the minimum, we’ll charge their cards the appropriate amount and the charge will move to the section of the statement for completed charges. At that point, we have charged their cards. If the deadline passes and the group order doesn’t hit the minimum, we will not charge their cards and will release the hold so the charge will disappear from their statements entirely within 3 to 5 business days.

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census : answer 3 questions for billions of dollars for california

Census results determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into California to support programs that benefit our communities such as parks, roads, schools, hospitals, health clinics, fire departments and more!

For every person uncounted in the census, we lose $20,000 over ten years for our local communities.

The results of the census also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. 

All responses are kept anonymous and by law cannot be released, even to law enforcement agencies.

Complete the Census NOW!

Online: my2020census.gov

By phone: 844-330-2020

By mail: complete the paper questionnaire (available in different languages) and mail it back

LAST DAY TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2020. For more information, go to CaliforniaCensus.org and follow @CAcensus on social media.

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remote and online resources

Parent Access for Grades, Assignments and Information

Parent access to student grades and assignments is an integral part of the educational experience for many of our families, especially during this period of remote learning. We want you to know where to go for information and how to communicate with your student's teachers.

  • Posting and distributing of assignments: Google Classroom Guardian summaries
  • Turning in work: Google classroom
  • Individual assignment score reporting: We will use School Loop to report grades on specific assignments, but will NOT be utilizing Loop Mail. Parents of freshmen and new students in grades 10-12 will need to create a new School Loop account, even if you have used School Loop as a middle school parent. Accounts do not roll from middle school to high school. The estimated completion date of training all teachers and importing all grades into School Loop is September 16.
  • Grade Reporting and Schedules: Use Infinite Campus to check grades at the end of a reporting period. Details of individual assignments will NOT be posted here. You can also see your child's schedule in Infinite Campus.
  • Email: You can communicate with your child's teachers using their @srvusd.net email.

DVHS & SRVUSD links to provide assistance during remote learning

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