Serving San Diego and Imperial Counties since 1917
President's Message
Ninth District PTA President Derick Boerner is one of the first visitors to the Washington DC office of Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten, former Superintendent of San Diego Unified.
Dear PTA Leaders and Members,

“Back to School” is once again different from what we, and our children, are used to. That’s OK, we'll continue to adapt and do the work PTA started over 123 years ago. It's going to be hard at times. We're going to be presented with new challenges. But one great aspect of PTA is the team. PTA officers, volunteers, parents, teachers, administrators, students, grandparents and community members as a team can be more powerful than we realize. Remember to work as a team to keep to our mission, “To positively impact the lives of all children and families.”

My name is Derick Boerner and I'm proud to be your Ninth District PTA President. I'm a father of two wonderful daughters, both students in San Diego Unified. My wife of 17 years is a special education teacher – I guess you can say education runs our household! I'm a tax accountant which is what brought me to PTA 11 years ago.

I hope you found time to celebrate summer and relax after a challenging school year. I was fortunate to take a twice-delayed road trip to Washington DC to visit family and share some of the amazing historical sites our country has to offer with my wife and daughters. I was able to visit the Deputy Secretary of Education, Cindy Marten, at the US Department of Education headquarters. Ms. Marten was the Superintendent of San Diego Unified when I was San Diego Unified PTA council president. It was great to see a good friend and of course talk PTA.

Our goals this year are to focus on membership and training. If you haven’t already done so, join your PTA. Other people aren’t going to join if they are not asked so ask everyone, ask often and ask in different formats. If your PTA is not yet using our online membership platform, TOTEM, now is the time to enroll.

Our leadership team is planning training opportunities for you - be on the lookout. If you need help with a specific topic, please reach out.

I hope to meet many of you in person this term, but we will continue to put safety first. Until then, we're only a Zoom away!

Wishing everyone a wonderful year of PTA,

Derick Boerner
Ninth District PTA President
PTA News
We've Moved!
Ninth District PTA has moved from our old dilapidated bungalow to a much nicer one. We're still off the San Diego County Office of Education parking lot and it's still Bungalow A. Stop by if you need anything. JoAnn Butler, our office manager, will be there to help.

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 3 pm

Parliamentary Pointers
Virtual Meetings extended through 2021

Most PTA bylaws require in-person meetings. When the pandemic hit, we had to adapt. California State PTA lifted that rule temporarily for ALL PTAs. Now the California State PTA has extended the dispensation to December 31, 2021

To ensure your Unit or Council PTA may continue to hold virtual meetings - including Association Meetings - beyond the December 31, 2021 date, check your bylaws. If an update is needed, contact your Council or District Parliamentarian for assistance.

For more information on holding virtual PTA meetings, click Here.

More tips for PTA leaders Here.

Questions about Parliamentary Procedure or Bylaws?
Contact: Ninth District PTA Parliamentarian, Sue King
Third Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium
The Hero in Each of Us
A Virtual Event

Saturday, September 18
8:45 to 2:45 pm

Registration is now open for the Third Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium brought to you by Rady Children's Hospital and Ninth District PTA. This free event brings parents, care-givers, educators and health care professionals together to learn about suicidal ideation in teens and share strategies to prevent youth suicide.

Click Here to register online.

Click Here to get more information.
Congratulations to our NEW Schools of Excellence!
With a new school year about to begin, earning National PTA’s School of Excellence designation can help your PTA attract new, action-oriented members who want to focus on the issues that affect our children the most. Congratulations to these 2020-2022 School of Excellence Honorees from Ninth District:
Avocado Elementary PTA La Mesa
Franklin Elementary PTA San Diego
Palmer Way Elementary PTA National City
Tierra Bonita Elementary School PTA Poway

To enroll in the National PTA School of Excellence Program, click Here.
Enrollment is open until October 1, 2021.

Sign up for TOTEM to build membership in your PTA
If your PTA is not yet using our online membership platform, TOTEM, enroll today. Everything is moving online - and so should your membership system.

Totem is free to units and will make collecting membership fees and distributing membership cards a cinch! At the end of the year, Totem will automatically remind your members to renew.

We encourage every PTA in Ninth District PTA to sign up for TOTEM.

If you need to join your PTA, check to find the PTA(s) you would like to support.

Let us know if you need help getting setup. To learn more about TOTEM, contact Danielle Montijo, Membership Services Director.
Our team is working hard to schedule live training for new officers.

For now, watch one of our training videos. We have videos for president, treasurer, secretary, auditor, membership, tax filing and more in both English and Spanish.

Questions about Leadership?
Contact Leadership Director, Beth Bacting
Last year's Auditors and Treasurers, here's your final task

As you make plans for the new school year, don't forget to properly close out last year! Last year's auditor should complete the year end audit and last year's treasurer should complete the annual financial report and start working on the tax filings, so it doesn't get missed in the busy new school year.

Questions about treasurer duties?
Contact your Council Treasurer or Ninth District PTA Treasurer Shawna Straw at
National PTA Reflections Art Program
The Ninth District PTA Reflections Committee is working behind the scenes to provide procedures to submit entries! Details will be coming soon. In the meantime, students should begin working on entry pieces for the theme  "I Will Change The World By..."

Questions about the Reflections art program? Contact Reflections Chairman,

Join the Ninth District PTA Health Committee
by Diana Godfrey

My goal as Ninth District PTA Health Director is to share information and provide support for our Councils and Units, regarding improving the health of all children and their families in San Diego and Imperial Counties. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in joining the Health Committee, please email me at, to let us know. 

For ideas for promoting good sleep habits at your school and a list of September wellness themes, click Here.
Invite a Pediatrician to your
Next PTA Meeting

Invite a local pediatrician to speak about the COVID vaccine and kids at an upcoming PTA meeting via the American Academy of Pediatrics. Contact AAP directly at with the details of what you’re looking for and they can find a pediatrician to participate.
Wanted: Ninth District PTA Webmaster
Ninth District PTA is seeking a volunteer Webmaster to keep our WordPress website up to date and easy to read and navigate. This job can be performed remotely from home. If you enjoy creating dynamic websites and are interested in being part of our communications team, email Laura Schumacher at

National PTA
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to Speak at Virtual Town Hall!
Exciting news! First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will be joining our Back to Class Virtual Town Hall to bring special greetings to kick off the new school year. Join us LIVE on Facebook Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. EDT. The event will also feature the director of the CDC, U.S. Secretary of Education and experts from American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, National PTA, Learning Heroes and more who will share important information and resources. Don’t miss out! Watch this special event at Use #PTABacktoSchool on social media to join the conversation!
National PTA Awards and Grant Opportunities
Throughout the year, National PTA offers awards or grants to honor or support PTAs as they engage families, support student success, improve the health and safety of students and families, increase access to arts education or celebrate advocacy and diversity.
Community Information
Walk, Ride and Roll to School Classes
Encourage your students to take active transportation to school with a free class!

The SANDAG iCommute Walk, Ride and Roll to School program offers free classes and events for K-12 schools and youth organizations in the San Diego region. If you are a parent interested in bringing Walk, Ride, and Roll to School to your child's school or youth organization, please download a flier.

Register your school or youth organization for a class or event: