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SSIS PTA - Putting the “Unity” in Community

SSIS PTA - Putting the “Unity” in Community
Tanya Olander (Cover photo: PTA Club Leaders Chatting)

After more than two years of not being able to hold traditional on-campus activities due to the pandemic, our amazing PTA is making up for lost time. 

Since the record-breaking turnout at the first PTA Coffee Morning just four months ago, PTA President Sophia Woo and her dedicated team have worked enthusiastically to support activities for our community. 

PTA President Sophia Woo welcomes parents at first our PTA coffee morning.

An “Event-Full” First Semester

August, September, and October went by in a flurry. From the three-part “New Parent Welcome Series,” an absolutely spectacular Family Fun Day, and a frightfully spooktacular Halloween, our PTA started off the school year true to their goals: to help parents understand more about the school and to meet and learn from each other.

Family Fun Day - a huge success and fun for all!

Those activities on their own would have made for an eventful first semester, but just a few short weeks after Halloween, the PTA recruited parents eager to show their appreciation on Teachers Day. Volunteers served up a beautiful luncheon with dishes from all around the world to suit each palate. Our teachers and administrators truly felt appreciated!

And just recently, in the second to last week of school, a time busier than most, our incredible PTA organized the Christmas Tree Lighting and Bazaar. To spread holiday joy, they also organized an initiative for our community to purchase gifts for children at a local orphanage. 

The Christmas Tree Lighting and Bazaar brought the holiday spirit to campus!

Honoring our school’s Core Values, the PTA, and the host of wonderful volunteers they’ve recruited to support these events during the first four months of school have made this one of the most memorable semesters ever. But that’s not all they’ve been up to!

Clubs with Connection

In addition to the school events the PTA organized, they also found time to initiate several PTA Clubs. Twelve clubs, many run by parent experts in our community, provided parents with opportunities to connect while trying new things. 

This semester’s clubs included: Arts Wonder Club, Saigon Explorer Club, two Book Clubs, Sports Club, Coffee Club, Vietnamese Club (Basic Level), Cooking Club, Volunteering / Community Service Club, English Conversation Club, Wine & Cheese Club, Psychology and Parenting Club. 

Parents enjoying an outing with the Saigon Explorer Club.

“Community events are amazing and truly contribute to getting families together with other families. In addition, our PTA Clubs allow parents to make friends with other parents while trying a new hobby or activity together,” says Sophia Woo. 

Not only do the clubs provide opportunities for parents to make new friends, but for some parents, like Anh (Lit Vu), the clubs have been an opportunity to build new skills: “I’ve taught one-on-one before, but never thought I could teach a full class of people. But after teaching the Beginners Vietnamese Club and Sports Club, I discovered I had it in me!”

Another parent shared how proud her child is to see her at school and how seeing her participate in clubs and activities has encouraged her child to also try new things. 

Unity in Community

Together with our families, and the many volunteers — parents, teachers, and staff — who have so graciously donated their time, our PTA is definitely putting the "unity" in community. What an amazing first semester it has been! We look forward with anticipation to many more events and opportunities to make connections. Thank you PTA and thank you to our wonderful community! Go Dragons!

PTA Exec Team and Divisional Reps, left to right: Jennifer Luu, Stella Au, Juhae Hong, Wendy Huo, Kaanchan Agarwal, Ha Tran, Sophia Woo, Angeline Lee, Alex Shin and Klara Chen (not pictured: Thang Vo and Uyen Ha). 

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