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September 2021

President's Message
Dear PTA Leaders and Members,

School has begun - some in person, some online and some in a hybrid format. The beginning of the school year is always a little overwhelming and certainly a little stressful, for our students and families alike. Remember, your family should always be your priority as you work on your role within PTA. There are not many PTA emergencies. Use your fellow PTA leaders, parents, teachers and families for support and don’t forget to ask for help. We at Ninth District PTA are certainly here for you!
Your Ninth District leaders are hard at work planning trainings. Attending trainings is pivotal to the success of PTA. As our trainings are announced, consider attending as much training as your calendar will allow but know we'll make the recordings available for your convenience.

We're also working on a calendar of online roundtable meetings to answer questions and collaborate as much as possible. Take advantage of our first event on September 30. You can sign up below.
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, this year is going to present us with new challenges. Every year does. Be flexible and look for the best in every person and every situation. All we can do is try our hardest. I know you will!

Derick Boerner
Ninth District PTA President
PTA News
Get your PTA questions answered at upcoming
Virtual Q&A Session
Join the Ninth District PTA Leadership team, via Zoom, on Thursday. September 30 for a “Drop In” question and answer session. We have two time slots for your convenience, join one or both! Pop in at any time during the 90-minute sessions to meet members of the leadership team and get answers to your PTA related questions.

Register in advance for these sessions:
  • Morning Session 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Evening Session  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We hope to see you on September 30! 
2022 Insurance Premium Rate Announced
One of the advantages of being a PTA is comprehensive group insurance at low rates. Your current PTA insurance coverage will expire on December 31, 2021. The 2022 premium will be $258 for units. Pay your new insurance premium by the due date specified by your Council to avoid late fees. Out of Council units remit insurance directly to Ninth District PTA by November 15.
Running Your PTA
Resources for PTA Leaders!
Beth Bacting, Leadership Director

The California State PTA leader Welcome Packet includes all sorts of materials to help you have a great 2021-2022 PTA year. The flyers, brochures and documents complement the Online Toolkit and are designed to help you in all aspects of running your PTA,
Upcoming Due Dates
To be a PTA in Good Standing means your PTA turns in all required financial documents and membership dues on time. Items due soon include your Annual Financial Report, Adopted Budget and Adopted Year-End Audit. Check with your Council for specific due date. If you are Out of Council, these items are due to Ninth District PTA by October 15. For a complete list of due dates for the year, click Here.

Questions about Leadership?
Contact Leadership Director, Beth Bacting
Treasurers, pay your non-Totem
membership promptly

PTA members who sign up through the Totem application have their dues automatically forwarded "through channels". Treasurers, please remember to remit any other memberships dues you receive through other methods in a timely manner to either the council PTA or Ninth District PTA. 

California State PTA has announced several membership challenges for this year and if the dues amount is being sent via check "through channels", be sure to allow enough time for the dues to be recorded in order to meet any deadlines.  
Ready, Set, Remit 
All PTA units that forward a minimum of 30 members through channels by October 30, 2021 will receive a certificate celebrating their success. No application is required.
The deadline is October 30, 2021.

Click Here to learn about all the Membership Challenges offered by California State PTA.
Parliamentary Pointers
I'm a new Parliamentarian. Now what?

The parliamentarian has two key roles:
  1. Chair the bylaws committee to review unit bylaws each year and revise bylaws every five years
  2. Arrange the nominating committee’s first meeting, providing information on nomination and election process

Getting Started
Prepare– To know more about your position, review files from last term including your unit bylaws and standing rules. It’s also worthwhile to talk to the previous parliamentarian for advice and tips about your new role.

Meet  – Meet with the president to identify ways to work together to make board and association meetings more effective. Distribute copies of the bylaws and review together. This helps everyone learn more about PTA. To make board meetings run smoothly, provide information on parliamentary basics such as how to make a motion.

Next issue How to Make a Motion

Questions? Contact Ninth District PTA Parliamentarian, Sue King
National PTA Reflections Art Program
I will Change the World By ...

That’s the theme for the 2021-22 Reflections Art Program, which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. This amazing program increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.
Click Here and Here for all the resources you will need to run a successful Reflections program at your school.
Questions? Contact Mary Patterson at
Healthy lifestyle key to children's Academic Success
by Diana Godfrey, Health Director

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Compared to inactive children, physically active youth have higher levels of fitness, lower body fat and stronger bones and muscles.

Physical activity also has brain health benefits for school-aged children, including improved cognition (e.g., academic performance, memory) and reduced symptoms of depression. Plus regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence can also promote lifelong health and well-being and prevent risk factors for various health conditions like heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Check out these website to learn more.
Community Information
School Strike for Climate
Students around the county and the world are holding a Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 24 to demand a bold response to the climate crisis. In San Diego, a centralized rally will take place Friday afternoon in downtown San Diego.

Participants will gather at the County Administration Building at 1pm until 1:30pm, when they will march to City Hall to meet students from San Diego High School. There, participants will rally and listen to speakers and enjoy music!

High schools and colleges will also host rallies at their campuses. All rallies will be COVID-safe (outdoors, masks).

Learn more Here.

PTA guidance on student walkouts and marches Here.