Dear Parents and Friends,
On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope you have managed to stay safe and healthy with your families over the past summer months. Please know that the Alderwood Elementary PTA is your PTA no matter what academic model you selected. We are proud to represent and assist students, staff and teachers in the Traditional model, Hybrid model, AND the Irvine Virtual Academy!
Without a doubt, this coming year will be a unique experience for us all! Some of the events PTA has held in the past may look a little different this year, but know that the Executive Board is working very hard to come up with new and engaging activities for our children. More than ever, as we start the year with 100% distance learning for everyone, we need to establish and maintain a close communication system. Nearly all general communication from the Alderwood PTA will be sent or will be available electronically. To make sure we have your current contact info, please take a moment to
** Sign up on the PTA portal by CLICKING HERE **
Please note, all previous accounts are deleted to protect your privacy and every family must create a new account each year. For instructions CLICK HERE
Other ways to Stay Informed:
If you have any questions or ideas, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to email me directly at AWpta.firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all in this together! Thank you so much in advance for your support. I look forward to working with you this coming year.
Alderwood PTA President 2020-2021
In 1897,Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst organized the first gathering of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C. Mobilizing at a time when women did not have the right to vote, the two nevertheless knew that mothers would respond to a mission meant to bolster child wellbeing. Nearly 2000 people, made up of mothers, fathers, teachers, labor leaders, and legislators, convened in Washington, D.C. on February 17, far exceeding the attendance that the two women expected. The National Congress of Mothers soon became the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and began founding state affiliates across the country. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first Chairman of the Congress’ Advisory Committee and represented the group at both national and international functions.
Seeking to find a way to get African American parents more involved in their children’s education at a time when schools were segregated, Selena Sloan Butler formed the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) in 1911. The NCCPT began in Atlanta, Georgia, and quickly spread across many other states, advocating for better conditions for African American students. When the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, called National PTA by this time, merged with the NCCPT in 1970, Butler was named an official founder of the association and is recognized alongside Alice Birney and Phoebe Hearst as such.
Our Legacy in Leadership
As we remember PTA’s history, it is important to recognize the association’s rich legacy of advocacy. The association was founded as a vehicle in which families could promote policies protecting the best interests of their children. Since its establishment, National PTA and its affiliates have, among other things, been instrumental in successfully getting policies such as child labor protection laws, mandatory kindergarten, and school lunch programs implemented, and have fought for protecting arts education, passing fair juvenile justice laws, and crafting safe school policies.