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November/December 2021

PTA News
Upcoming Events
Family Art Night
Thursday, December 9th
6 pm
We have a great holiday lesson planned in the style of American sculptor Louise Nevelson. Start collecting early - we're sending you on a scavenger hunt around your house and neighborhood!  Then we'll meet together on zoom and create our sculptures! Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Zoom Training
Updating Bylaws Made Easy
Thursday, December 2nd
6 to 8 pm
Bylaws should be reviewed annually and updated every five years. Learn the steps you need to follow for a successful amendment process.
After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.
California PTA Legislation Conference
January 24-25, Sacramento
Early Bird Registration ends December 10
You don’t have to be a policy expert or an advocacy rock star to get great benefits from the conference. The Legislation Conference is designed to meet the needs of everyone — from an advocacy novice to a policy wonk.

There is so much to learn! You'll learn how to advocate at the local and state level about important issues that affect students around the state and you’ll hear from policymakers in Sacramento.  
Students can attend too! Is your high schooler passionate about a cause, do they want to learn more about how our government works how they can help make a change? Students are always welcome at the Legislation Conference.

Running Your PTA
Upcoming Due Dates
Following Items were due in November
  • Unit insurance premium
  • Tax Filings due November 15 for most units
  • Membership - make sure you have submitted at least 15 members through channels

Keep your good standing designation and avoid insurance late fees. Remit your minimum membership and insurance premium today!

Check with your Council for specific due dates. For a complete list of due dates for the year, click Here.
PTA Grants
Ninth District PTA Spring Program Grants

Ninth District PTA is offering Program Grants to unit and council PTAs in good standing. These grants are to develop and implement programs and projects that support the PTA mission and goals. Ninth District PTA grants are a one-time funding source. Individual grant awards will not exceed $800.

Grants will be awarded for programs in health and welfare, parent and student education, and parent and student involvement. Units or councils must submit grant applications to the Ninth District PTA office by noon on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Click Here to see examples of past grant awardees.

Questions? Contact Ninth District PTA Grants Chair, Betsy Mueller at
Membership Sweepstakes
In honor of National PTA's 125th anniversary, Ninth District PTA will award four PTAs $125 to use for their PTA programs.

The winners will be selected in a drawing in January from all units who meet the membership growth criteria. Stay tuned for an upcoming eblast with all the specifics.

In the meantime, to improve your chances, keep growing your membership!
Workers Comp Annual Payroll Report
Every PTA is required to submit a Worker’s Compensation Annual Payroll Report to determine if you owe any additional fees for workers compensation insurance. On this form, you should list any individual or company that your PTA paid between January 5, 2021 and January 4, 2022.

This report goes directly to our insurance carrier, AIM Insurance. File online or with a paper form no later than January 31, 2022.

Questions? Contact Shawna Straw, treasurer at
Monthly Communications Meeting with Robin Klau, California State PTA

If you are in charge of your PTA's social media or website, you play an important role in improving every aspect of your members' experience. California State PTA offers training and support for PTA communicators.

Robin Klau, California State PTA VP of Communication hosts a monthly communications call open to all PTAs. At this call, Robin will share a social media toolkit for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. She also does a mini-training on a communications topic and answers your questions. The next meeting will be January 20 at 7 pm so put it on your calendar and register today.

Family Engagement
It's a Guy Thing

When men actively participate in children’s education, it leads to better grades and higher attendance. Plus men’s participation contributes to creating healthy school climates and – in the long run – increased likelihoods of college attendance.

Men have been a part of the PTA from our beginning a century ago, and men must continue to be involved in the next century and beyond if our kids – and our future – will truly be successful.

Preventing a Fentanyl Overdose

Between January 2019 and December 2020, there was an 89% increase in illegally made fentanyl seized at the Southwest border. That means fentanyl is here in San Diego County, and the deaths are increasing. But there is something that may prevent an overdose: Naloxone. 

Naloxone, also known as NARCAN®, is a fast-acting nasal spray that can stop a fentanyl or other opioid-related overdose and save a life by quickly restoring breathing. You should consider carrying naloxone if people you know use pills, powders or heroin. If naloxone is used, the victim should go to the nearest emergency room. Naloxone is not a treatment for an opioid use disorder. Naloxone is carried at many San Diego County pharmacies (copay may be required), local community clinics, or through your health care provider. A New PATH, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides free opioid prevention and response training in San Diego County. Having trained people to call 911 and help administer naloxone could save a life.

Diana Godfrey, VP-Director of Health
Parliamentary Pointers
How to calculate the quorum for PTA meetings 

A quorum is the minimum number of members who must be present at your PTA meeting to make the proceedings of that meeting valid. Your bylaws will help you calculate the quorum - whether it's for an association, executive board or committee meeting.

Click Here to read excerpts from PTA bylaws on quorums for different meetings.

Questions? Contact Ninth District PTA Parliamentarian, Sue King

Honorary Service Awards
Nominations Open for Honorary Service Awards

The Ninth District PTA Honorary Service Award Selection Committee is seeking nominations for the 2021 PTA year. Nominated individuals/organizations include those who have made significant contributions that positively impact the lives of children, youth or families within Ninth District PTA – San Diego and Imperial Counties. These contributions should impact all those within Ninth District PTA. These contributions should be significantly beyond the nominee’s paid position or volunteer role. Nominations are due by January 7, 2022.

Ninth District PTA honorees will be celebrated at Ninth District PTA’s Annual Meeting and Founders Day Celebration in March 2022. The event will be held at the Marina Village Conference Center overlooking Mission Bay Channel in San Diego.

Community Resources
Conflict Resolution Workshops offered to PTAs at no cost

The National Conflict Resolution Center, in partnership with the County of San Diego’s HHSA, is offering free workshops and facilitated community circles to San Diego County PTAs through the Live Well Exchange Program. These workshops and circles are designed to provide skills in inclusive communication and conflict resolution, while also building community – and can be folded into initiatives related to parent/caregiver education (for parents/caregivers at all grade-levels) and social-emotional support (for high school students).
The workshops and circles are highly interactive, available in a variety of languages, held in person or on Zoom and can be customized to meet the needs of each group.
To schedule a workshop or circle - or if you just want more details - please contact Dania Brett at or call 619-657-6512. 

Girls and Women in Sports Days

Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with SDSU Athletics! The January 29 event starts at 10:30 a.m. with pre-game activities featuring SDSU women student-athletes. Immediately following, the Aztec women's basketball team takes on New Mexico, with tip-off at noon. Fill out this form to request tickets. Download an event flyer. COVID safety protocols in place for SDSU games are noted on the flyer.
Equity Blueprint for Action informational meeting
Wednesday, December 1st
5 to 6:30 p.m.

Parents, community members, K-12 educators, and others interested in educational
equity are welcome to attend an informational meeting December 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. about the SDCOE Equity Blueprint for Action. The document focuses on improving educational outcomes for all students with community- and research-informed practices. The actions and recommendations in the Equity Blueprint for Action aligns equity work to the California Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) priorities and California School Dashboard. The event is free to attend, but registration is requiredDownload event flyers in English and Spanish to share with stakeholders.

Service to Councils and Units
As a service to our PTAs, Ninth District PTA will post information below that may interest you or provide opportunities for your unit or council PTAs. Ninth District PTA does not endorse nor recommend these opportunities. We are sharing this information as a service to unit and council PTAs.
Barnes & Noble offers PTA
Book Fair Fundraisers

Barnes & Noble stores are offering book fairs to PTAs. You pick a day to invite your school community to come to Barnes & Noble and make their personal purchases. Barnes & Noble will, in turn, donate up to 15% cash back to your PTA.
Additionally, you can reach out-of-town supporters with online shopping in support of your in-store book fair. You can also invite your school chorus, band, or orchestra to perform, or have the Principal or special guests read to young students for added fun.
For more information, email Pam Curtis or call