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May 2022

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President's Message
As our schools start to wind down their year, PTA during May couldn’t be busier! PTA officers and volunteers have a lot to do in these last months of the term we sometimes refer to as the 100 days of May!

Elections should have already been held or are happening this month. All PTAs must have a President, Secretary and Treasurer to be in good standing. If we can help with elections, reach out to us.

Now that more schools are allowing volunteers on campus, start thinking about recruiting new leaders for your PTA. As you greet families returning to campus events, consider asking them to join a PTA committee. There's never "too much help" in a PTA.

Ninth District PTA will be offering in-person training this summer and early fall. Watch for information in your inbox soon. Investing a few hours in training has a tremendous payback and can guide you and your PTA to a great year. No matter how many training events I've attended, I always get something out of each and every one.

Close this year with a bang with all of the excitement year-end brings. Share with us, invite us, include us. We're here to help.

Derick Boerner
Upcoming Events
Ninth District PTA June Association Meeting
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
6:30 to 7 PM

All Ninth District PTA members are invited.

Our plans have changed. Instead of an in-person meeting on June 6, we're holding a virtual meeting on June 15. The meeting will be short - just 30 minutes - but we plan to pack a lot in: conduct important business, hear from our California State PTA president Carol Green and recognize your accomplishments.

We need your help to reach our quorum.
If every PTA registers at least one representative to attend this 30-minute virtual meeting, we can do it! Stay tuned for an upcoming eblast with the registration details.

What does the May Revise Budget mean for California Schools

Join the California State PTA Legislation Team and Kevin Gordon, one of the top West Coast fiscal experts in school funding, Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm for a California budget discussion. Kevin will highlight some of the changes outlined in the Governor’s May Revise budget proposal and answer questions from our members. All PTA members welcome to this free event!
Angst - Film Screening and panel discussion
Wednesday, May 25, 7- 8:30 pm
Angst is a documentary that explores anxiety - its causes, effects, and what we can do about it, with an emphasis on youth and families. After the showing there will be a Q&A session with a panel of experts. 
Save the Date!
Summer Officer Training
Saturday, July 30, 9 am to 1 pm

Ninth District PTA is holding an officer training event for PTA leaders. You can select from classes for president, treasurer, secretary, parliamentarian, membership and programs. This will be an in-person training at the San Diego County Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. Fee is $10 per person. Stay tuned for more details.  
PTA News
California State PTA President Carol Green surrounded by
Ninth District PTA delegates on the convention floor
Ninth District PTA delegates energized at
California State PTA Convention
Over 40 Ninth District PTA members attended the California State PTA convention in Ontario, California. Highlights were the Reflections honorees, excellent workshops, hearing from State PTA leaders and meeting other delegates in person! The delegates adopted a resolution Plant Based Food Options at School Meals. If your PTA wants more plant-based food options at your school cafeteria, this resolution gives you authority to start advocating!

Next year's convention will be in Sacramento. Consider including funds in your budget to send a voting delegate from your PTA.
Welcome to our newest PTA!
Logan Memorial PTSA
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs

We're excited that one of San Diego Unified's newest schools, Logan Memorial Educational Campus, has chosen to become part of the PTA family. What makes this school unique is that it's designed to serve children from "cradle to career" as it includes a preschool, an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The campus is already serving students through 8th grade and the high school opens next year.
This PTSA was organized on May 12, 2022 with 31 charter members!

Two Students from Ninth District PTA honored for their music at the National level for Reflections
We are so proud that two of our local students received national recognition at the National PTA Reflections program.

Archimedes Li, Grade 12, Westview high School, Palomar Council PTA, received Award of Excellence for his music composition Dialectic. Listen to Archimedes’ music here.

Vayun Shekhar, Grade 5, Stone Ranch Elementary School, Palomar Council PTA received Award of Excellence for his music composition Robotic Rhythm. Listen to Vayun’s music here.

To view all the award-winning works of art, Click Here.
New PTA Leader Site Just for You!
Register today.

California State PTA has a new PTA Leaders website! The site is live now with a full roll out the Summer of 2022 for the 2022-23 PTA year. The main California State PTA website will remain for the public.

PTA leaders, log in to create a custom profile / password. You will need:
  • Your California PTA District number (our District is 9)
  • California PTA ID number found on your PTA membership card or in your unit bylaws cover page in top right corner.
Running Your PTA
PTA Planning Tools
Planning your PTA year may start right after the new PTA executive board has been elected. Find helpful tools HERE .

Need help? Contact your Council PTA, if in council, or Ninth District PTA Leadership:
PTA Rosters
Wanted: 2022-2023 PTA Board Rosters
As soon as your election is over, we need your roster. This ensures that your Council, District, State and National PTA can connect with your PTA. We also need the president's home address so he or she will receive the all-important summer mailing from California State PTA.

Two ways to upload your roster. Do it yourself at the MyPTEZ website (Click Here for instructions) or email your roster to Ninth District PTA at and we'll upload for you.
Parliamentary Pointers
Can we still conduct PTA business meetings virtually?
During the COVID pandemic, California State PTA allowed units to meet virtually even if it wasn't strictly allowed in the bylaws. That exemption expired December 31, 2021. Going forward, your unit bylaws determine if your PTA has the option to hold meetings virtually. The 2020, 2021 and 2022 bylaws templates give associations the option of conducting association, executive board and committee meetings via teleconference - unless specifically lined out. The language is permissive “Members of the [body] may participate in….”

The best way to ensure you have the option to hold virtual meetings is to update your bylaws.

Questions? Contact Ninth District parliamentarian Sue King at
How many Volunteer Hours did your PTA contribute this year?

The 2021-2022 Historian Reports were due to Ninth District on May 1st. If you have not done so already, please submit your volunteer hours for the year. You can use this Google Form to notify us of your hours.

Questions? Contact Ninth District's Historian, Anne Emfinger at

Auditor Tips
Prepare for your Final Audit

Auditors should be preparing for the final audit of their current fiscal year – start collecting data now to reduce your workload after the year ends. If you use Google Drive or something similar, you can create a shared folder to collect treasurer reports, meeting minutes, bank statements, account reconciliations, and other data identified in the Audit Checklist. If there were recommendations from the first audit period, you should be checking up on how those are being implemented. 

For more tips, Click Here.

If you need more help, contact your council auditor, or Michael King at
Get ready to close out the fiscal year
As the school year comes to an end, take some time to prepare the PTA for next year! Each officer should prepare information for the incoming officer. Even if the officer isn't transitioning, this is still a great time to clean things up and "catch up" before the beginning of the year.

Financial officers have very important work to close out the fiscal year and prepare the financial records for the next fiscal year. Visit the toolkit for the full list of important activities!

New Way to Pay Insurance Next Year
The PTA Insurance premium for next year will be paid directly to our insurance carrier, AIM, in late October. Please budget 10 percent more than this year for the premium amount. The PTA president will receive the email with information on how to remit the payment so make sure the officer contact information is up to date!

Questions? Contact your Council Treasurer or Ninth District PTA treasurer Shawna Straw
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

As a parent, you want the best for your children. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help.

Nowadays it can feel like there is a massive disconnect between us and nature. Sometimes it can be overlooked how much nature can help us feel better. Here’s a few reasons why it’s great to get out and about.

Diane Godfrey, Ninth District PTA Health Director
Community Resources
Share with your PTA members!
Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Students ages 13 through 18 are invited to create a short (under 90 seconds) video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way. It's a chance to win a $250,000 college scholarship for students, a $50,000 prize for your teacher and the school will get a new $100,000 science lab!