Anza PTA

Anza Elementary School highly values our local unit of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and encourages your support and participation.
The PTA holds Association meetings five times per year, in conjunction with school wide evening activities.
Dates and times are listed in the school green book calendar.

Pay It Forward--VOLUNTEER

Dear Anza Families and Friends,

Welcome back families, teachers and staff. Whether you are new to Anza or a returning family, this is an exciting time for everyone. A new year, a chance to start fresh and hopefully try something new. I’m very excited to be your PTA President this year and look forward to meeting many new faces to help maintain our school a fun and nurturing place to learn and grow. PTA is for all parents, teachers and students.

This year I’m looking to get new parents to assist in the many activities that make our school great. We can’t do this without you. Many parents volunteer in the classroom which is important for our children’s education and I want to take this opportunity to ask you to please volunteer some of your time to our school-wide community as well. With about 550 families, a little of everyone’s time can go a very long way. I ask you to check us out and see how you can keep Anza a great school. I found this wonderful quote from Helen Keller – "Alone we can do so Little, TOGETHER we can do so much". Please come out and ask how you can help.

Monique Akker
(310) 251-8842 - Cell phone #

Purpose of the PTA

  • 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 well secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.

PTA Mission Statement

The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families.

PTA Association Meetings, 6:30pm Cafeteria:
October 20, 2016        Book Fair Family Night
December 15, 2016    "Cookies and Cocoa" and Members Bingo Night
February 23, 2017      Members Bingo Night
May 25, 2017             Open House
June 17, 2017            End of the Year Celebration   

Anza PTA Executive Board
(All Anza PTA Board Members and Chairmen are non-paid volunteers)

 President  Monique Akker
 Co-Executive Vice President
 Ginger Krauss
   Melinda Ou  310-540-6286  
 Co-1st Vice President
 Anna Benedict
 310-486-5810 Programs
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   Joanne Moore
 2nd Vice President
 Deanne Herbers
 310-567-7947 Ways & Means
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 3rd Vice President
 Traci Iwanaka
 310-792-5608 Membership
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 4th Vice President
 Catherine Sullivan
 310-540-5040 Parent Outreach
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 Recording Secretary
 Carly Wooster
 Financial Secretary
 Stacy Logue
 Treasurer  Bonnie Millman
 Auditor  Bob Marinas
 Historian  Gloria Steck
 Parliamentarian  Clint Paulson
 Corresponding Secretary
 Selilah Kalev
 Advisor/Principal     Barbara Marks
 All can be reached at:
 Teacher Representatives    
 Theresa Levell
 Patricia King
 Karen Matsunaga
 Beth Newell
 Helen Villongco


  • Adventures in Art: PTA funds and trains the volunteer docents to bring interesting and meaningful art experiences into the classroom several times throughout the school year.
  • Anza Copy Club: PTA organizes and trains volunteers to do the copying that teachers need done daily, allowing the teachers to focus on their students.
  • Assemblies: Educational assemblies are arranged for and funded by the PTA working with the school staff.
  • Communicator: Volunteers collate fliers from the office, district, PTA, and community. These are put into packets to come home on Wednesdays, so parents always know when to expect information to be in their children's backpacks.
  • Community Activities: The PTA organizes and sponsors a range of events that include firefighter, military, and police recognition; community-service projects; and book, food and toy drives.
  • Emergency Preparedness:The PTA is vital in the organization and equipping of Anza's program for emergency and disaster preparedness. This includes first-aid supplies, safety equipment, and basic survival needs for the students in case of a significant emergency event.
  • Family Events: Throughout the year, the PTA schedules and sponsors events to encourage families to get together with their children and with other families. These include picnics, evening programs, and other fun activities for all ages.
  • Library: The school library is staffed by PTA volunteers who enable classes to visit weekly. The only funding for books in the library comes from the PTA. 
  • Room Representatives: Room representatives (reps) serve as a liaison between the teacher, parents, and the PTA to recruit volunteers for field trips, class parties, and major school events. Parents interested in serving as a room rep should contact their child's teacher.
  • Technology: The technology committee of the PTA has been instrumental in the upgrading of computers in the classrooms and the computer lab, and continues to work to maintain up-to-date equipment and software for the students at Anza.
  • Other programs include the support of P.E./recess equipment purchases, the Bike Rodeo,  Science Fair, the Reflections Program, Activity Day, Red Ribbon Day (Drug Awareness), Beautification, Memory Books (yearbooks), student end-of-year awards, the Talent Show, Dr. Seuss Day, and a multicultural celebration.
  • Fund-raisers: The PTA is not a fundraising organization. However, it is necessary to sponsor fund-raisers in order to provide the programs mentioned above. The PTA sponsors two major fund-raisers annually, one in the Fall and another in Spring.
  • For a complete listing of activities and programs sponsored by the PTA, and the chairperson for each, please refer to pages 11-14 in the Anza Student Handbook.

If you have any questions or would like to help with any of these programs, please contact the person in charge of the program, the responsible Vice-President or the President.