Serving San Diego and Imperial Counties since 1917

September 2022

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President's Message

Dear PTA Leaders and Members,

  We're now a couple of months into this term for new PTA leaders. I hope everyone is settling into their positions well. The school year start is exciting as a PTA leader. I was both happy and sad for my children to start their last year of high school and middle school. I marvel at the enthusiasm, drive and passion my fellow PTA volunteers have. You're all amazing!

  As you move along into your year, don’t forget that plans change and that's OK. Don’t be afraid to scrap Plan A and find a Plan B if something isn’t going to work out. Just because it’s “always been done that way” doesn’t mean it has to continue that way. Change is OK!

  Watch for upcoming training opportunities, both online and in person. We hope to see many of you there.

  I look forward to the great things our PTAs are doing around Ninth District and visiting as many of your events as I can.


Derick Boerner


Upcoming Events

Interactive Zoom Training

for PTA Officers

Space is limited - Register Early


We're excited to present three Zoom workshops for PTA officers: President, Secretary and Treasurer. Learn the basics of your board position from the convenience of home. These workshops are intended to be interactive and each will be limited to the first 100 attendees.


September 28

6:00 - 7:30PM 


September 28

6:00 - 7:30PM  


September 29

6:00 - 7:30PM

Register for Secretary Workshop
Register for Treasurer Workshop
Register for President Workshop
Register for Nominations/Elections Training

PTA News

Ninth District PTA is 16,135 members strong!

Each month, watch our membership grow on this PTA Membermometer! 

As of August 31, we are 35% to our goal of 45,000 PTA members in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This is thanks to you - our PTA unit leaders!

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

National PTA Reflections Program Open to all PTAs

Inspired by the theme Show Your Voice!, students can express themselves in six categories: dance, visual arts, film, photography, music or literature. Entries are submitted at the unit level and can progress all the way to National PTA. Entries are due to Ninth District PTA by December 6. Unit and Council due dates will be earlier.

Need more info? Contact the Reflections Committee at We will be more than happy to help!

Reflections Resources

Reflections Theme Search Competition for 2024-2025

The 2024-2025 theme search has officially opened! National PTA is seeking theme suggestions from K-12 students. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100 prize from National PTA. Scan or mail the Theme Search Entry Form and remember student submissions are due November 1, 2022.

Get on Board!

Wanted: Membership Director

Ninth District PTA is looking for a Membership Director for the 2022-2023 school year. If you're interested in sharing your PTA knowledge and experience with parents and families across the Ninth District (San Diego and Imperial Counties), please contact us. We would love to talk to you.

Learn about the Membership Director position.

Running Your PTA


The PTA Transition Period


One measure of good leadership is how well others have been prepared to continue the work of PTA. A sign of a good leader is not what you have done in your year but what is accomplished the year after. If you are a past officer, here are some great tips on how to step back with grace.


Be in touch for help or with questions:


Check out our YouTube Channel for PTA training webinars

Don’t forget to subscribe to help us grow!


Ready, Set, Remit 


All PTA units that forward a minimum of 30 members through channels by October 31, 2022 will receive a certificate celebrating their success and will be recognized on California State PTA social media platforms. No application is required. Check with your council on their due date to ensure you meet criteria. Ninth District due date is October 20.

Learn about all the Membership Challenges offered by California State PTA.

Parliamentary Pointers

Vacancy in Your Leadership Team?


Do you find now that most PTAs are back to work at school, there are vacancies in your executive board? How are these vacancies filled? If the position vacant is an elected officer the answer is found in your bylaws, Article V, Section 12 – Officers and Their Election.

Learn more.

Auditor Additions

Your unit’s final audit for the last term, July 2021 through June 22, or whatever your fiscal year is, should be complete by now. Don’t forget that the job is not fully complete until the final Audit Report is uploaded to myPTEZ, and adopted by the members at an association meeting. if you don’t know how to do the upload, or have problems with it, contact JoAnn at for assistance.  


Need Funding?

California State PTA and National PTA have grants just for PTAs! 


California State PTA urges a yes vote on Proposition 28 art and music funding

Proposition 28 would require the state to provide funding to increase arts instruction and programs in schools without raising taxes. The majority of the funding is to be used to hire new staff (80 percent) and for arts education programs. The initiative would also require schools to publish reports showing how the money was used to directly benefit students.

Watch 1 minute video explainer on Prop 28.

California State PTA urges a yes vote on Proposition 31 flavored tobacco products

SB 793, signed into law in 2020 and supported by California State PTA, banned the sale of flavored tobacco products in California. Opponents of the law put Proposition 31 on the November ballot to try to overturn the law. With flavors like “cotton candy,” “mango slushy,” and “chocolate,” vaping tobacco products have become increasingly popular among youth as young as 4th grade. To allow SB 793 to go into effect, vote yes on proposition 31.

Watch 1-minute video explainer on Prop 31

Family Engagement

A Podcast for Parents, by Parents

Notes from the Backpack is a PTA podcast designed for millions of parents and the decisionmakers they influence. Through the unique combination of expert, parent and educator guests, each episode features engaging conversations that offer real life advice and ideas on how to support children's learning and development - all in parent-friendly language.


September is National Food Safety Education Month.

It’s a great time to focus on key illness prevention steps, such as avoiding cross-contamination in your kitchen. Always follow four simple steps to prevent food poisoning: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods, like salads or food that is already cooked.

Learn more food safety tips.

Diane Godfrey, Ninth District PTA Health Director

Community Events

Fleet Week San Diego Student STEM Days

November 3-5

Student STEM Day inside the Fleet Week Innovation Zone brings exciting hands-on STEM activities to students in Dan Diego and the surrounding communities! Bus funding is available. Click here for parent flyer.

Learn more.

Global Day of Climate Action

Friday, September 23  

As part of the Global Day of Climate Action, Youth for Climate is organizing rallies in San Diego on September 23rd with youth at Waterfront Park, San Diego (then marching to SD City Hall); and at Chula Vista Main Library / Friendship Park (then marching to CV City Hall).  

Find a rally in your area.

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