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November/December 2022

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Upcoming Events

Apply for a Ninth District PTA

program grant of up to $800

Grant applications due by noon on January 11, 2023.

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. Individal 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 11, 2023.

Click Here for grant rules and application.

Questions? Contact Ninth District PTA Grants Committee Chair, Betsy Mueller

April 21-23, 2023  California State PTA Convention

Join thousands of other PTA members in Sacramento for State Convention. Consider adding funds for convention to your PTA budget now.

June 3, 2023  Summer Leadership Conference

Our premier training event of the year is back and will be in person. Stay tuned for more details.

PTA News

National PTA Grant Recipients Announced

Twelve Ninth District PTA units are winners!

We applaud these units for their efforts to bring outstanding programs to their students, families and community!

$2,500 Grants

  • Westview PTSA, Palomar Council - PTA Healthy Minds Grant
  • Field Elementary PTA, San Diego Unified - PTA Healthy Minds Grant
  • Mission Vista High PTSA, Vista Unified Council - PTA Healthy Minds Grant

$1,000 Grants

  • Chula Vista Hills Elementary PTA, Chula Vista Elementary Council - The Smart Talk Grant
  • Morning Creek Elementary PTA, Palomar Council - The Smart Talk Grant
  • Hedenkamp PTA, Chula Vista Elementary Council - Be Internet Awesome Grant
  • Rock Springs Elementary PTA, Escondido Council - Be Internet Awesome Grant
  • Deer Canyon Elementary PTA, Palomar Council - Family Reading Grant
  • Franklin Elementary PTA, San Diego Unified Council - Family Reading
  • Mission Meadows Elementary PTA, Vista Unified Council - Family Reading Grant
  • Monte Vista Elementary PTA, Vista Unified Council - The Smart Talk Grant
  • Carmel Valley Middle PTSA, North Coastal Council - Tobacco Prevention Grant

Ninth District PTA is over 80% to our Membership Goal!

As of November 30 , we have 37,566 PTA members in Ninth District - 83% to our goal of 45,000 PTA members in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This is thanks to you - our amazing PTA unit leaders! We need 7,434 more members to reach our goal. That's just about 22 members per unit!

Treasurers, remember to forward all non-Totem memberships through channels monthly.

Here's some tips on how to recruit new members in January.

Running Your PTA


2022-23 Financial Information and Resources For Your PTA

In late October PTA Presidents received the 2022-23 Financial Mailing and all PTA officers can view and download the packet on the California State PTA website. The Financial Mailing helps you successfully run the financial side of your PTA.

Questions? Contact your council treasurer or Shawna Straw, Ninth District PTA treasurer

Workers Comp Forms Due January 31

Presidents, look for an email from AIM, our insurance company, with the 2023 Workers Compensation form in the next few weeks. Please fill out the form and return to AIM by January 31.

Questions? Contact AIM, insurance broker

[email protected]

(800) 876-4044 or (214) 360-0801


The Reflections Committee is hard at work reviewing the student art work submitted to Ninth District PTA this year with the theme "Show Your Voice!" Look for the Reflections winners to be announced in January and celebrated at the California State PTA Convention in April.

Parliamentary Pointers

"Shall" vs. "May" in PTA Bylaws

Occasionally there is a question about whether or not the association and the executive board have choices in the Bylaws. Often it comes down to one little word in the sentence.

  • Article V – Officers and Their Election, Section 1 reads, “Each officer or board member of this Association shall be a member of the Association.”
  • Article VIII – Association Meetings, Section 8 reads in part, “Members of the association may participate in and act at any meeting of this Association via teleconferencing using equipment with which all association members participating in the meeting can communicate with each other at the same time.”

In both sections I have added the emphasis to point out the difference in the two sections. If a person shall be a member, there is no question about that person joining the PTA in order to serve as an officer or board member. On the other hand, in the teleconference section, the association has the option of meeting via teleconference equipment. If we have to go back to lock down to comply with state or county health regulation, the association may meet via teleconference equipment and continue the good work of the PTA.

There is no wiggle room in shall or must. There is wiggle room in may.


Questions? Contact Sue King at [email protected]

Auditor Additions

New Choice on Audit Forms

There is more big news about Audit Report forms this month. Last month I highlighted the release of a new fillable pdf version of the report. Now I’m happy to say the recommendations section of the form has been updated with a second “correct” choice: “correct with the attached recommendations.”

Previously without a ‘clean sheet’ on the Audit Checklist, the next choice was “substantially correct,” and while that is not wrong in cases where the problems are minor, that may not clearly describe the unit’s overall condition. The new choice, “correct with the attached recommendations,” is more appropriate if the unit’s funds have been properly handled but there are minor problems in procedures not affecting account balances.

Questions? Contact your Council Auditor or Michael King, Ninth District PTA auditor


Big Win for PTA-supported Propositions

California's kids win with the November 8, 2022 passage of Prop 28 (Funding for Art in School) and Prop 31 (No sale of flavored tobacco products)!

Learn more.


Free Lead Poisoning Awareness Presentation

The County of San Diego is offering free presentations to teach families how to avoid or minimize lead exposure of young children. The presentation is about 30 minutes long in English or Spanish. They also have materials available in other languages for families.

Contact: Erika Hernandez, CLEAR Health Educator, Family Health Centers of San Diego to schedule a presentation

Community Events

Free Parent Webinars from San Diego

County Office of Education

Taking Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health while Parenting

December 15, 2022  6:00-7:00 pm

Being mindful of caring for ourselves as parents helps us cope with stress, be flexible and better respond to stress and adversity. Take advantage of this free webinar for parents.

2023 Equity Conference Equity is Love in Action

Jan. 19 and 20, 2023

Town & Country Resort

The San Diego County Office of Education's annual conference is designed for educators, community leaders, parents, students, advocates, and policymakers to grow education equity for every young person in our schools. Space is limited: register your team early for discounted rates.

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