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Upcoming Events and Announcements

Our Antiracism and DEI Conversation continues Thursday, February 3rd at 6pm.  Click to REGISTER.   

Watch this 16 minute video and read the proposal that earned us the grant:

PTA Grant Overview (video):

Grant Proposal: 


LAist Article on PTA Fundraising: 

Sankofa screening with Array 

February 8, 2022 @ 5pm PST 

The Rockdale VAPA Magnet screening of the 1993 Haile Gerima masterpiece will broadcast live February 8th at 5:00 pm PST. Sankofa tells the story of an African American fashion model named Mona who goes on a spiritual journey of resistance to confront her past. This is a parent/adult event.

Rockdale VAPA Magnet PTA Vice President Gregory J. Amani Smith will be hosting the Q&A after the movie.

Did you hear the great news? Rockdale VAPA Elementary PTA has been awarded the 2022 National PTA Center for Family Engagement’s Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Grant! We are one of 27 schools across the country to have this opportunity. To learn more or get involved, please join us on February 3 @ 6pm on Zoom (Register here)

It’s that time of year again! 

No, not for Girl Scout Cookies, but yes, that is happening now too!  It’s the Nominating Committee’s search for 2022-23 PTA Executive Board and Elections!  If you are interested in supporting the plans for the next PTA and would like to learn more, check out the board positions here.

Celebrating Reflections Artists! 

Sixteen (16) Rockets participated in this year’s inaugural Reflections program and became the founding members of the Reflections program!  Watch the Reflections Recognition presentation from December here.

Five (5) artists advanced to Tenth District, which received 73 entries from 13 participating schools; 299 entries from all of LAUSD!  The Award of Merit was awarded to Andalucia Dickson in Film Production/Intermediate; Honorable Mentions were awarded to Russell Sov in Visual Arts/Primary and Andreas Frangeskou in Visual Arts/Intermediate; Audrey Manaloto-Turcato in Literature/Intermediate and Sebastian Hinojosa in Dance Choreography/Primary.  

We are so proud of these Rockdale artists who will be celebrated at the Rockdale Reflections Exhibit and Award Ceremony in March.  The Tenth District Award Ceremony and Exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2022 - Save the Date!


Highlands Council PTA & Tenth District of PTSAs are hosting monthly DEI Webinars

Join us on 3rd Tuesdays 6-7p

February 15, 2022 is the next webinar with Ms. Lorna Palmer, Restorative Justice Advisor

Flyer here  and you can Register here

The Filipino Family Health Initiative is seeking Filipino families with children 8-12 years old to participate in the positive parenting program, Incredible Years.  Watch Dr. Joyce Javier of CHLA/USC and Cynthia Dickson, Rockdale parent/Highlands Council DEI Chairperson talk about the program during January 18’s webinar here.  For more information, visit Fliers in English here and Tagalog here.


The PTA is a great way to meet other Rockdale families, help build a strong school community and participate in the enrichment of our students’ school experience.  Check out our Talent Search Survey and see how your talents can help all our Rockets succeed and achieve their best potential!

The Read-A-Thon is quickly approaching!  Students can start thinking about friends, neighbors and family that can support Rockdale through this fun-raiser in March! 


The Rockdale Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was established in 1913 and continues to support the school through advocacy and fundraising. Although LAUSD recognizes Rockdale’s exceptional art programming with our Magnet status, our arts curriculum is not fully funded by the school district. Most of the wonderful arts curriculum at Rockdale are funded by the PTA.  Some include the LA Opera partnership and the Garden School Foundation.

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Annual Giving Campaign
Annual Giving Campaign

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The Annual Giving Campaign will bridge the gap between the basic, minimum funding provided by LAUSD and the essential 21st century academic programs and arts instruction that help promote a successful learning environment at Rockdale. Simply put, public funding alone does not provide for enrichment programs, nor does it guarantee academic excellence for our children. That’s why we need the Annual Giving Campaign.

Help us raise funds for our public school by donating to the Annual Giving Campaign. You can contribute your donation all at once or via a monthly contribution. The donation is 100% tax deductible. We offer different levels of donations. Please give generously. Every single dollar counts!

2021-2022 OFFICERS
  • President - Jacquiline Wagner
  • Vice President - Gregory Amani Smith
  • Treasurer - Molly Jacobs
  • Financial Secretary - Veronica Diaz
  • Recording Secretary Dana Higuera-Reyes
  • Historian - Mona Abaya
  • Parliamentarian - Nicole White