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4th Grade OSS 2019-2020
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Why Do We Have PTA and a Foundation? read more
What is the difference between the PTA and the Foundation, why do we need two parent support organizations, and what do each of the organizations do?

San Juan Elementary School enjoys the benefits of having both a PTA and Foundation.   These two parent support organizations are complimentary organizations who work diligently to improve communication in the school and provide enrichment opportunities for the students. 

Parent Teacher Association ("PTA")
The PTA at San Juan is supported by the state and national PTA organizations.  The PTA addresses issues that are important to both parents, school administrators and teachers such as increased budgets, quality teachers, and capabilities for schools to thrive.

The PTA generates funds through its membership drive, family fun nights, donations, and Jogathon which is the largest PTA fundraiser of the year.  The PTA provides funding for the school librarian (cost shared with the Foundation), class field trips, teacher supplies, Reflections Art Program, night of sharing, kinder reading Olympics, book fair and field day.

San Juan Children's Education Foundation ("SJCEF" or the "Foundation")
SJCEF was established in 2008 during the recession as a means to bridge the gap between the declining school budget and expanding school needs.  The Foundation provides funding for educational enrichment programs for the school as a means to augment the Common Core with alternate learning opportunities.  The Foundation is staffed entirely by parent volunteers who are passionate about creating an exceptional learning environment for our kids.  

The Foundation generates funds through corporate fundraising, grants, donations, ongoing fundraising events including its 2 largest events, the Spring Festival and Noche de Gala.  SJCEF provides funding for the K-3 music program, school librarian (costs shared with the PTA), ST Math computer program for K-5, school musical, musical instruments for 4th and 5th grade, outdoor science school for 5th grade, teacher grants the following: sheep hearts for dissection (5th grade), robotics and 3D printer (4th grade), field trip (3rd grade), mineral kits (2nd grade), and Apple TVs (1st grade).

Key Differences Between the PTA and Foundation
The key differences relate to the organizational structure of the organizations and how funds are used.

1)    The PTA is part of a state and national PTA organization that provides the framework and operating principles that the PTA must follow.  The San Juan Elementary PTA has an executive board that governs its local activities. 

2)    The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is overseen by the Foundation Board, principal, and School Site Counsel. The Foundation must comply with IRS Tax Guidelines for 501(c)(3) organizations.

3)    The PTA must spend its funds on programs that benefit all students in the school.  The PTA Executive Board votes on funding  requests.

4)    The Foundation has flexibility to spend its funds on programs and educational opportunities that may benefit only 1 teacher or  class, one grade, several grades or a group of students at the school.  The Foundation may also provide funding for equipment for the school.  Funding requests are approved by the Foundation Board and principal.  Changes in the bylaws of the Foundation must be approved by the Site Counsel.

In summary, the biggest difference between the 2 parent support groups is the way that the funds are used.  PTA must spend funds on programs that benefit all students in the school versus the Foundation that has flexibility in how its funds are used.   

Yes, the school does benefit by having both the PTA and Foundation that work together to support the students, school administrators and teachers.  The PTA and Foundation do not compete with each other, they are complimentary organizations.  If the Foundation did not exist, many of the targeted programs such as K-3 music would not be possible.

Many people volunteer for both the PTA and the Foundation.  We encourage you to get involved and explore volunteer opportunities with both the PTA and Foundation.  Together, we can help our students to achieve academic success and inspire them to further their education at the college level and beyond.  Let's continue to work hard to make San Juan Elementary an even more amazing school!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Angi Soderin, PTA President (angisoderin@yahoo.com) or Kari Hallowell, SJCEF President (kari.hallowell@gmail.com).
News And Events view all

PTA Membership Drive

Sep 01, 2019 12:00 AM - Sep 30, 2019 11:59 PM

Join the PTA today and be part of a nationwide network that provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also... more

Reflections After School Art Workshop

Sep 24, 2019
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Join the PTA for the annual Reflections After school Art Workshop. Location - lunch tables more

Coffee with the Principal

Sep 27, 2019
from 08:00 AM to 09:00 AM

Come join us in the MPR for Coffee with the Principal. more

Shopping Extravaganza Fundraiser

Oct 05, 2019
from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Shop. Save. Donate. We have been selected as one of a number of local charities to participate in the annual Shopping Extravaganza held at the San Clemente Outlets on October 5. Support San Juan... more

How to Buy Shopping Extravaganza Tickets

Join us at the Shopping Extravaganza at the San Clemente Outlet Mall on Saturday - October 5, 2019 from 10am-8pm. Attached is a video that provides instructions on how to purchase the tickets to make... more

Why Do We Have PTA and a Foundation?

What is the difference between the PTA and the Foundation, why do we need two parent support organizations, and what do each of the organizations do? San Juan Elementary School enjoys the benefits of... more

Emerald Cove Outdoor Science School Overview

Outdoor Science School Information Learn more about the outdoor science school trip in the presentation that Emerald Cove gave earlier this year. The presentation has an overview of the location,... more

Free National Park Pass for 4th Graders

Opportunity for free national park pass for 4th grade students and their families: Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient... more

Programs view all

Amazon Smile

Amazon donates .5% of eligible purchases through smile.amazon.com. Click on the link and select San Juan Children's Education Foundation as your charitable organization. Easy to raise funds for SJCEF... more

Emily Press Labels

SJCEF has partnered with Emily Press for a label fundraiser. Click on the link, enter any applicable sales codes and at check out enter sanjuanes to ensure the Foundation receives credit. SJCEF... more

French Toast Uniform Fundraiser

SJCEF has partnered with French Toast for uniforms. Click on the icon and select all items you would like to purchase. Enter any applicable sale codes or coupons in the Promotion Code Field. After... more

Office Depot

Support our school by shopping at Office Depot. We can earn up to 5% of qualifying purchases in credits that can be used by the school for free supplies. Simply make a purchase in the store or... more


Do you Shopoo? Shoparoo is hassle free fundraising that is the easiest way EVER to fundraise for our school. Here's How it Works 1) Simply download the free Shoparoo App for your Android or iPhone. 2)... more

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San Juan Elementary School
31642 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-4533
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