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What is the PTA?

The PTA is a national organization that advocates for children. Its motto is “every child, one voice” and the Mira Vista PTA follows that motto.

The Mira Vista PTA is a group of parents and teachers who come together to advocate for the safety and well being of every child, and for our community and school to be a positive, nurturing learning environment.

Click each of the sections below to learn more.

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  • We provide funds for amazing programs not covered by the district like field trips and teacher supply grants
  • We write grants for development of science, technology, and arts
  • We support, run, and fund after school programs like STEM Club, Art club, Glee, Gardens, and recorder lessons
  • We strengthen and unite our community
  • We advocate for every child’s well being and safety[/spoiler]

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The PTA advocates for children at the national, state, and local level. There are 5 levels of structure within the PTA:

Please visit the websites above to learn more about the programs and organization of the PTA. We encourage complete transparency among our membership.

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Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-8 pm in the teacher’s lounge.  Everyone is invited to attend. Childcare and snacks are provided. [/spoiler]

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PTAs aren’t for just a few parents–and it isn’t a clique. At Mira Vista, our parent community comes together to help one another, our kids, and our teachers to do the very best they can. Joining the PTA allows you to stay involved in your child’s school life and it also helps connect you to your community.[/spoiler]

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Both moms and dads are active in our PTA, and participation is welcome from all. Attending monthly meetings is a great way to keep informed of school information and to connect with teachers, other parents, and the principal.[/spoiler]
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  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
  • To raise the standards of home life.
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, and spiritual education.[/spoiler]

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  • The California State PTA is a professional, non-profit volunteer organization committed to the well-being of all children.
  • We believe every adult has the responsibility to ensure that all children develop to their full potential.
  • We believe parents are children’s first teachers and that parent involvement is essential throughout a child’s educational experience.
  • We believe that family is the basic unit of society responsible for the support and nurturing of all children, and we recognize that “the family” may be defined in many ways.
  • We believe our responsibility includes advocating for the safety and welfare of all children and the opportunity for a quality public education for each child.

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  • Noncommercial: PTA may not endorse any product or promote any good or service over any other.
  • Nonsectarian: PTA welcomes into membership people representing a diversity of cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and political and religious beliefs.
  • Nonpartisan: PTA may never support or oppose political parties or candidates.

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