Serving San Diego and Imperial Counties since 1917

January 2023

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President's Message

We are excited our Annual Meeting Founders’ Day is back as an in-person event! Once again, we celebrate the vision that began over 126 years ago with the efforts of Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, and Selena Sloan Butler to improve the lives of all children. Sharing their passion has grown PTA into a powerful youth and family advocacy organization that YOU are part of today.

Our keynote speaker Lea Darrah, California State PTA Director of Legislation, will share her experience and thoughts about the heart of PTA: the advocacy work that will make the next 125 years the best possible for all our children.

We will recognize honorary service awardees, membership challenge winners, the meaningful work of grant recipients, and the San Diego County Teachers of the Year. Plus we conduct the business of the association and elect the 2023-2025 Ninth District Board of Directors.

We have a great deal to celebrate and are thrilled to meet in person again. Please join us.

Derick Boerner


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 22

Scottish Rite Event Center

1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego

9:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Lea Darrah

California State PTA Director of Legislation

$35 per person through January 31

$50 per person February 1-16

Register for Founders' Day

Join fellow PTA members for LegCon March 7-8! This year will be a fully virtual experience, where you can convene with fellow PTA leaders and advocates for virtual learning, networking and advocacy meetings with federal policymakers. The 2023 Virtual LegCon will feature daily keynotes, concurrent policy workshop sessions, National PTA’s annual Outstanding Advocacy Award Ceremony, a Hill Day wrap-up celebration and remarks from key administration officials and congressional champions. $50 to register

Learn more and register today.

March 20-21, 2023 California State PTA Legislation Conference Sacramento

April 21-23, 2023  California State PTA Convention

Join thousands of other PTA members in Sacramento for State Convention. Early registration opens mid-February.

June 3, 2023  Summer Leadership Conference

Our premier training event of the year

PTA News

Lea Darrah, California State PTA Legislation Director, to be Keynote Speaker at Founders Day

Lea Darrah, California State PTA Director of Legislation, will present the keynote address at the the Ninth District PTA Founders' Day and Annual Meeting on February 22, 2023.

As legislation director, Lea is the point person for state-wide advocacy. As we enter a period of budget cutting, Leah will explain how California State PTA is using it's influence to make sure our schools don't lose ground.

Lea Darrah has been a PTA member and volunteer since her oldest child, now a college graduate, started kindergarten. In 2020. she was elected as a trustee in her local school district in Davis, California, which increases her insight into how education policy and its implementation impacts our children every day. Lea and her husband Matt have four children, a dog, three cats and six chickens.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Spring 2023

Ninth District PTA Program Grant recipients!


Casa de Oro PTA $800 Grant for an after-school choral music program open to all grades (Transitional Kindergarten through sixth grade).


Hope Elementary School PTA $800 Grant for a Compassion Day program to introduce neurotypical and “able-bodied” students to the challenges their peers navigate while trying to access the same education, demonstrating the necessity for modifications and accommodations for disabled students.


Lincoln Elementary PTA $800 Grant for a community closet to have high-demand items readily available in the Family Center. This will assist with meeting the needs of students immediately without a delay. 


Logan Memorial PTSA $800 Grant for an educational program to survey the campus climate and support the administrators, teachers, parents and students in cultivating a more welcoming and safe environment. Survey results will be shared with the school community and Logan Memorial PTSA will facilitate a series of three parent and student feedback sessions.


Mount Miguel PTSA $800 Grant for a Black History Month program that includes community speakers, a contest for students to submit original projects in several categories (dance, music film, literature, photography, visual arts), transportation to the San Diego State University Black Conference and more.


Rolando Elementary School PTA $800 Grant for a 6-week program of ballroom dance lessons ending with a dance showcase. Students will learn basic fundamentals and a choreographed dance to perform in front of their parents. In previous years, this program was for all 4th grade students. The students that are now in 5th and 6th grade were unable to participate in the 4th grade ballroom dance program due to the pandemic. The PTA approved a motion to include the 5th and 6th grade students this year which created an added expense.


Sage Creek High School PTSA $400 Grant to help fund their series of College and Career Prep programs.


Sherman PTA $800 Grant to fund and support the Science Club on campus.

If your PTA is interested in finding out more about any of these programs, contact Betsy Mueller at

We're almost there!

We need less than 5,000 members to reach our goal of 45,000 PTA members in San Diego and Imperial Counties! We have 40,586 members to date. Let's keep PTA growing and thriving. Ask a friend or family member to join today!

Find out how close you are to State PTA membership challenges!

Running Your PTA

Upcoming Due Dates

Following Items are due in January

  • January 31 - Workers Comp survey - file directly with AIM Insurance

These items are past due

  • Unit insurance premium
  • Tax filings due November 15 for most units
  • Make sure you have submitted at least 15 members through channels
  • Year-end audit for FY 2021-2022

For a complete list of due dates for the year, Click Here.


Founders’ Day Membership Challenge

PTA Founders’ Day is February 17. Any unit that submits 17 new memberships for the month of February will earn a certificate and recognition on California State PTA social media platforms. No application is required. Due Date: February 28, 2023.


Workers Comp Opened on December 15

All PTAs are required to fill out the online Workers' Compensation Report whether you paid an employee/independent contractor or not. If, like 95% of the PTAs in California, you didn't pay any individuals for services, this process should take about two minutes to complete!  Click here for the online portal link. Just search for your unit on the first page, click on it, fill out the brief form and submit. If you need further instructions or if you paid someone and need to know how to report it, you can visit the Insurance page of the California State PTA website for a tutorial and instructions.


Give Kids a Smile Free Dental Care

Saturday, February 25 and Saturday, March 4, 2023

9 am to 1 pm

Each year, the San Diego County Dental Foundation partners with private practice dentists and public clinics to provide free oral health care such as dental sealants and fluoride to hundreds of underserved kids - age 1-18 years - in our region. Click here for a flyer in English and Spanish to share with your PTA members.

Learn more.


Are you ready for elections?

Units and Council should be gearing up for officer elections. The date for your election is in your bylaws - usually in March. Your nominating committee is tasked with filling the officer positions. Make sure you notify your members of the election at least 30 days prior. To learn more about holding your officer elections, Click Here.

Learn how the California education system works and win $1,000 for your PTA

California State PTA and teamed up to help parents learn more about education so you can help create better schools. Explore the education system in easy-to-understand language written by education experts who know Sacramento and local schools. This course is designed for parent leaders like you and is available in Spanish. Plus your PTA could win $1,000 in the next drawing in May 2023!

Watch a video.

Learn more.

Parliamentary Pointers

Motions - From the Meeting to the Minutes

In PTA all actions (motions) are approved by the executive board. After the motion is seconded, it is discussed and perhaps amended. The executive board votes on this motion. If adopted, the motion is then presented to the association for consideration. To follow a motion from the executive board to final approval at the association meeting including how to record in the minutes, Click Here.

Questions? Contact Sue King at

PTA Spotlight

PTA JEDI Committee promoting cultural diversity and inclusion in Poway Unified Schools

Two years ago, Palomar Council PTA launched Parents 4 JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion). The JEDI Committee was formed after the 2020 murder of George Floyd prompted the Poway School District to focus on instances of racism in their schools. The Palomar Council PTA formed a parent group to work alongside the District to keep this effort going at school and at home. The program celebrates cultural diversity while ensuring inclusion of students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with learning differences and financially-impacted students. The group has it's own Facebook page where they share resources and ideas and collaborate. To learn more about the JEDI program and explore their resources, Click Here.

To start your own PTA DEI journey, visit the California State PTA website for tools and resources.

Spotlight Award Recognizes Innovative PTA Programs

PTA members bring innovative services to our kids and schools each and every day. California State PTA wants to hear about your amazing accomplishments and share them with other PTAs. Applications Due – March 25, 2023

Learn More.

Community Events

San Diego County Board of Education Seeking Student Board Members 

The San Diego County Board of Education is seeking student applicants with diverse leadership experiences for its student board member position. Young people are powerful agents of change and their perspective is an important part of decision-making in education. Applications are now open to 10th- and 11th-grade students attending a public high school in San Diego County and are due February 1.

Learn More.

Love Your Wetlands Day at the Kendall Frost Marsh in Mission Bay!

Saturday, February 4

9 am - 4 pm, Free

Once a year, the Kendall Frost Marsh Preserve in Mission Bay is open to the public to learn about wetlands. Activities are family friendly and include guided walking tours, live animal presentations, booths from environmental organizations, habitat restoration, educational presentations by local scientists and wildlife rehabilitators, speeches by elected officials, and cultural activities with Indigenous leaders.

Learn more.

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