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October 2022

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Upcoming Events

PTA Officer Training

Saturday, November 5

9:00 AM to 12:45 PM

San Diego County Office of Education

6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego

$10 per person

This training is designed for Unit PTA leaders. Each attendee can choose two training sessions.

Meet and Greet: 9:00AM to 9:20AM

Session 1: 9:30AM - 11:00AM  Choose One

  • Treasurer Basics, Part 2
  • PTA Membership
  • Effective Meetings using Parliamentary Procedure
  • Advocacy: Hot Topics in Sacramento

Session 2: 11:15AM - 12:45PM - Choose one

  • Unit President, Part 2
  • PTA Programs
  • The Basics of PTA Bylaws

Light refreshments will be available.

Proof of COVID 19 vaccination required.

Unfortunately, Spanish interpretation will not be available.

Register for Officer Training

SSI for Minors

A Ninth District PTA Webinar

Monday, November 14, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Presidents - Please share this information with

your school's special education community.

SSI or Supplemental Security Income is a federal benefit for children diagnosed with certain mental or physical disabilities and receiving treatment from a medical professional. Legal Aid advocates and attorneys provide FREE services for children up to age 18 who may be eligible. This webinar, with guest speaker Jennifer Winberry of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, will explain how to know if your children qualify and how the Legal Aid Society can help with all stages of the SSI application process. 

Register for SSI Webinar

Family Art Night via Zoom

Thursday, November 17

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us for our next Ninth District PTA Family Art Night. We'll be making a stained-glass project using construction paper, marker, colored pencil, or watercolor. This is a lesson suitable for all ages! We'll be giving away some metallic finishing supplies during the Zoom lesson so be sure to attend!  

Check out the lesson plan here:  English   Spanish

Register for Art Night

April 21-23, 2023  California State PTA Convention

Join thousands of other PTA members in Sacramento for State Convention. Consider adding funds for convention to your PTA budget now.

June 3, 2023  Summer Leadership Conference

Our premier training event of the year is back and will be in person. Stay tuned for more details.

PTA News

Welcome to our newest PTA!

Fahari Jeffers PTSA

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Chula Vista Elementary Council

Chula Vista's newest school, Fahari Jeffers Elementary, has chosen to become part of the PTA family. The TK-6th grade campus opened July 20, 2022. The campus features modern facilities and grounds, a state-of-the-art, student-friendly innovation center, a Maker Space, and a great team of ambitious teachers and staff. This PTSA was organized on October 18, 2022 with 24 charter members!

Ninth District PTA is over halfway to our Membership Goal!

Each month, watch our membership grow on this PTA Membermometer! As of October 3, we have 25,243 PTA members in Ninth District - 56% to our goal of 45,000 PTA members in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This is thanks to you - our amazing PTA unit leaders!

Keep it going and help us raise our voices for children!

Running Your PTA


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We now have a library of training videos in English and Spanish on our YouTube Channel. These training videos are helpful for first-timers or experienced leaders who want a refresher. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and help us grow! We continue to add videos so if you subscribe, you'll be notified.


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Year-End tax Filing

It’s that time of year again. Most PTA tax returns are due November 15. We have several options for assistance this year.

  1. Visit California State PTA's Tax Filing Support Center for instructions and the forms to do it yourself.
  2. Watch this step-by-step video on how to file the required returns. 
  3. Still need more help? California State PTA is offering tax filing appointments from November 7-9. These are for units that normally make less than $50,000 a year. Contact to make an appointment.

Questions? Contact your council treasurer or Shawna Straw, Ninth District PTA treasurer


Got 15?


To be a PTA, you need at least 15 members. Remittance for the required minimum 15 members is due to Ninth District PTA by November 15. Check with your council PTA for their specific due date. Of course, don't stop at 15 members. The more members who join your PTA, the stronger your voice for kids.

Parliamentary Pointers

Are your Bylaws up to date?


If the association bylaws are more than five years old, your students’ Reflections art work and scholarship/grant applications will not be considered.


The date is figured from the state parliamentarian’s signature on the last page of the bylaws. The target date is 2018 or later. If you need assistance updating bylaws, be in touch with your council leadership if in council, or, if out of council, with district leadership at the email address below.


Questions? Contact Sue King at

Auditor Additions

New Fillable Audit Forms

Using the most recent version of forms is always a good idea, and in the world of audits, there's exciting news on that front – the Audit Report and the Audit Checklist are now available as fillable pdfs! That allows auditors to just ‘fill in the blanks’ on those forms instead of handwriting the information or tedious work to electronically complete the forms. The latest forms are available from the Ninth District PTA website on our forms page or the California State PTA website here. Both sources have a selection of other useful forms in addition to these.    

Questions? Contact your Council Auditor or Michael King, Ninth District PTA auditor

Family Engagement

PTA updates standards for Family-School Partnerships

The PTA National Standards for Family School Partnerships has transformed family engagement across the country for over 20 years. The Standards set the bar for best practices in six key tenets. The NEW 2022 version includes the same six key Standards with impactful edits to goals and indicators. 

Explore the Standards.

Grant Opportunity

Apply for a School Garden Grant

Every year Berry Good Food awards grants to K-12 schools and community educational organizations with garden projects that support healthy food education in San Diego County. Applications due October 31, 2022.

Learn More


Social Media and Elections

PTAs cannot support or oppose political parties or candidates, including those running for school board. That means PTAs must monitor their social media - including the comments - so it doesn't appear you are endorsing or opposing a candidate. Endorsements can be implied so be careful. Good rule of thumb is not to allow any comments on a candidate running for office on your PTA social media.


October Health Awareness Month Themes

During October, we observe National Depression Education & Awareness Month. This important holiday helps teach us about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for depression. It also lets all of us know that seeking help — either from a counselor, a trusted friend, or your community — is a sign of hope and strength.

October is also National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of more than 356,000 people each year, including more than 23,000 youth under age 18.

Diane Godfrey, Ninth District PTA Health Director

Community Events

Free Parent Webinars from San Diego

County Office of Education

How Parents Can Help Their Children Manage Anxiety

November 29, 2022    6:00-7:00 pm


Taking Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health while Parenting

December 15, 2022    6:00-7:00 pm

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