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January 2022

President's Message
Happy New Year!
 
It’s not exactly the start to the new year we all hoped for, but that’s OK! Yes, COVID is surging once again but we still have a lot to look forward to this year in PTA. We were planning, and hoping, to hold our Annual Meeting / Founders Day Breakfast in person in March, but with the health and safety of our members in mind, I've made the difficult decision to pivot the event to an online meeting this year. If we've learned nothing else in the last 18 months – we have learned to be flexible!
 
The California State PTA Convention is coming at the end of April and this, too, we hope will be in person in Ontario, California – only an hour and a half away. Start thinking about attending or sending at least one leader from your PTA to this great event. The training and connections made at convention are priceless and with no airfare needed, it's much less of an expense.
 
Can you believe we also need to start working on nominating committees and elections soon? Plan ahead so the transition to next year’s board will be as smooth as can be. Our parliamentarian and leadership team are here to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to our amazing team.
 
As we watch the news and are inundated with new pandemic information, I know parents are especially concerned about the health of our children and students. Stay in contact with your school and school district leaders to get up-to-date information and be a voice for our children. 
 
Stay healthy and I hope to see many of you soon.
 
Derick Boerner, Ninth District PTA President
PTA News
Upcoming Events
Zoom Training
Fast and Furious PTA Audits!
Thursday, February 3
6 to 8 pm
For most units and councils, January -- or six months from the start of their fiscal year, whichever comes first -- marks the beginning of the mid-year audit season.

To help you get ready, Ninth District PTA Auditor Michael King will present a two-hour Zoom training at 6 pm on February 3,. This event is a basic how-to lesson for unit and council auditors, presidents, secretaries, and treasurers.  

Topics will include:
  • Why audits are needed
  • Who is involved – it’s more than just the auditor!
  • Necessary forms and paperwork
  • Audits are more than checking the treasurer’s math
  • Common scenarios
  • What to do if you discover something unfavorable
  • Ask the Auditor anything
Ninth District PTA
Annual Meeting & Founders Day
March 2, 2022


You are invited to attend this Virtual Event on March 2, 2022!
Keep an eye out for more information and registration details soon!
2021-22 Reflections Art Program
Thank you to the units and councils
that participated in the
PTA Reflections art program this year. 

Announcements coming soon!
Welcome to our newest PTA!
Limitless Learning Academy PTA
Escondido Council of PTAs
Limitless Learning is Escondido's new, K-8 blended learning school, in which students receive educational opportunities both virtually and in person.
This PTA was organized on January 12, 2022 with 33 charter members!
California State PTA Legislation Conference Postponed

The California State PTA Legislation Conference, scheduled for January 24-25, 2022 is being postponed. California PTA is looking into alternative dates, the possibility of a virtual conference, and other options due to the fast spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and health conditions in Sacramento County.

We'll update you as soon as we know the new details.


Running Your PTA
Upcoming Due Dates
Following Items are due in January
  • January 31 - Workers Comp survey - file directly with AIM Insurance - AIM insurance will send out link to all unit presidents.

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 2020-2021

For a complete list of due dates for the year, click Here.
Membership
Got 125 Members?
Membership is a year-round activity! Perhaps you caught up on some bookkeeping for PTA over the winter break and you realized more membership should be remitted. OR, you’ve added electronic membership to the PTA social media channels and new members are joining (click here to learn how to use electronic membership!). 

Whatever the reason, please submit the membership “per capita” ASAP so your PTA can be entered into our drawing for $125 to celebrate 125 years of PTA advocacy! All units with at least 125 members by January 31 will be entered. Currently, 119 PTAs/PTSAs have already qualified!  

Kudos to the following councils who have increased their membership from last year by over 200%:

  • Cajon Valley Council
  • South Bay Council
Finance
Attorney General raises fees for RRF-1 filings
On January 1st, the California Attorney General raised the fees on various required filings for non-profit organizations including PTAs. All filings must now use the 2022 form and include the new filing fee, even if the filing is for a prior year. If your unit or council has not filed the RRF-1 for 2020-21, make sure you use the new form and include the new fee.
 
New fees effective 1/1/2022
RRF-1 Fees - Most RRF-1 fees will increase depending on revenue:
  • Between $0.00 and $49,999 $25.00   (Previously filers less than $25,000 were free)
  • Between $50,000 and $100,000 $50.00   (Previously $25.00)
  • Between $100,001 and $250,000 $75.00   (Previously $50.00)
  • Between $250.001 and $1,000,000 $100.00  (Previously $75.00)
Raffle Permits $30.00 (Previously $20.00)
Initial Charitable Trust Registration for new charters only $50.00 (Previously $25.00)
 
New annotated forms will be available on the California State PTA Tax Filing Support Center page.

Questions? Contact your Council treasurer or Ninth District PTA treasurer Shawna Straw.
Parliamentary Pointers
Who can be an officer in your PTA?

The answer is in your bylaws. Go to Article V, Section 1-8, and familiarize yourself with the requirements for officers so you can be a resource for your PTA executive board and nominating committee. Remember, not all executive board members are officers. The president, secretary and treasurers are always PTA officers. Other officers - specific to your unit PTA - will be listed in your bylaws.

Click Here to read excerpts from PTA bylaws on election of new officers.

Questions? Contact Ninth District PTA Parliamentarian, Sue King parliamentarian@ninthdistrictpta.org

Community Resources
Share with your PTA members!
Covid-19 Video Townhall
Thursday, January 27
6:30-8:30pm

The San Diego branch of the NAACP will present a townhall with the latest information on Covid-19. The panel of epidemiology experts from the County of San Diego includes Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan, Public Health Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Tuteur, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Kelly Motadel, Chief Health Officer.

The town hall will be streaming on YouTube.
San Diego County Board of Education Seeking Student 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 Feb. 1.


To get inspired, watch this KPBS profile of the first student member of the San Diego Unified Board of Education, Zachary Patterson. Zachary is also a PTA leader serving on the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs Executive Board.
Give Kids a Smile Program
February 14-March 7, 2022

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 to share with your PTA members.

Love Your Wetlands Day at the Kendall Frost Marsh in Mission Bay!
Saturday, February 5
10 am - 4 pm, Free

Join the UC Natural Reserve System and the San Diego Audubon Society for this once-a-year opportunity to explore the normally off-limits reserve in Mission Bay. Learn about the importance of coastal wetlands, threats they are facing, and how local communities are working to restore and protect them. Family-friendly activities include guided walking tours, live animal presentations, booths from environmental organizations, habitat restoration and more.