About the Peralta Parent-Teacher Group (PPTG)
Our elementary school is more than its buildings, gardens and murals. It is a community of people with s hared interest in the health and education of children. And the success of our school centers partly on vitality of the Peralta Parent Teacher Group, which continues a legacy of over 125 years of parental involvement at the school site. What is the PPTG?
Incorporated formally 1971, the PPTG is a group of parents and teachers that work together to raise funds, provide programs, and make decisions that affect everyone at the school.
Like “PTAs” at other schools, the PPTG meets monthly, follows a pre-published agenda, takes votes and gets things done. Anyone can speak at a meeting. All voices are welcomed because every parent at Peralta is a member of the PPTG. The PPTG is YOU, and you will vote to select the PPTG leadership.
How do you get involved?
Attending monthly meetings is the best way to have a say on the activities and programs and fundraisers that the PPTG sponsors and conducts. We recommend that parents take a moment to look at the PPTG meeting schedule and put it on their home or computer calendars.
You do not need to attend meetings to be active, involved and helpful. School activities and parent roles happen on all days of the week and at all times of day throughout the school year and even in the summer. The Volunteer Coordinator of the PPTG keeps a Volunteer List of approximately 75 jobs from the Auction Coordinators to the Yahoo webmaster. See the Volunteer list and choose a role that suits you, contact the current coordinator and let them know you’d like to get involved. Trust us – they WANT YOUR HELP!
It’s true that the best jobs go quickly but never fear, there’s always next year.
Also, note that on big school events, like the Walkathon or Peralta In Bloom spring festival, dozens of parents are called upon to make the event a success.
See the complete description of PPTG roles.
PPTG leadership varies somewhat in structure from year to year. For a long period, the group was headed by two co-chairs, each person serving alternating 2 year terms. More recently, as the programs and responsibilities of the PPTG have grown, a Leadership Committee (the LC or PPTG-LC) has played a greater role, meeting frequently, and supporting a single Chairperson.
The Peralta Parent Teacher Group Leadership Council (“The LC”) is composed of the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Volunteer Co-Chair and various Co-Chairs. We meet monthly during the school year to discuss issues and topics coming before the wider PPTG. This group makes the agenda, organizes and facilitates the monthly PPTG meetings. Each member acts as point person for area of responsibility and participates in long-range school planning and issues that arise. These roles (ideally) involve a 2-year commitment.
The Leadership Committee is comprised of:
- Recording Secretaries
- Volunteer Co-Chairs
- Communication Co-Chairs
- Community Building Co-Chairs
- Diversity-Unity Liaisons
- Community Relations/Advocacy Co-Chair
- Strategic Planning & Facilities Co-Chair
- Finance and Fundraising Co-Chair
- School Wellness and Support Co-Chair
- After School Program Co-Chairs
Leadership Committee meetings are usually held in LC member homes. Minutes are recorded and archived, as is the case for regular PPTG meetings.
The responsibilities of each role vary from year to year as needs and talents dictate, and can be found on the Volunteer Roles.
PPTG Mission Statement
The Peralta Parent Teacher Group (PPTG) is the supporting arm of Peralta Elementary School in Oakland, California. The PPTG is dedicated to supporting and enriching the education of our children through fundraising, community building, and recruiting and coordinating parent volunteers. The Peralta Community is committed to the development of the whole child. We value a safe, welcoming environment for students to develop high self-esteem, compassion and respect for others, and a love for learning. Our goal is for every child to reach his or her potential as a knowledgeable, caring, responsible citizen who makes contributions to our world and embraces options for his or her own growth.