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February 2022

Upcoming Events
Ninth District PTA
Annual Meeting & Founders Day
Wednesday, March 2 at 3 PM


You are Invited!

This event brings together PTA members, educators and community leaders
to celebrate 125 years of PTA advocacy as well as conduct our annual business.

Keynote Speaker
Anna King, National PTA President

This is a free event and Spanish interpretation provided.

Family Art Night
Abstract Art Inspired by Kandinsky
Tuesday, April 19 at 6 PM

Ninth District PTA is holding its Second Family Art night on Tuesday, April 19th at 6 PM. We are doing an abstract lesson inspired by Wassily Kandinsky and geometric shapes. This lesson is fun and appropriate for any age or ability, and you can use materials you already have! Materials will be bilingual, and Spanish interpretation provided.  
PTA News
2021-22 Reflections Art Program
CONGRATULATIONS to the student winners who advanced to State PTA Reflections!

Click here for complete list of winners.

Ninth District PTA awards grants to three units for their innovative programs
Morning Creek Elementary PTA, Palomar Council
Multicultural Night engages parents and staff volunteers who host tables or booths for attendees to view arts, crafts and sample foods from a variety of cultures.
 
Avocado Elementary PTA, Cajon Valley Council
The Art Expo is an annual event including a PTA talent show, student art projects, Reflections Program entry exhibits and partnership with businesses in the arts community as vendors and resource tables.

El Capitan High School PTSA, Foothills Secondary Council
The El Capitan Boutique is an on-campus formal wear store offering free clothes and accessories for school dances and other school activities requiring a student to wear formal attire.

Running Your PTA
Upcoming Due Dates
Following Items are coming due
  • Mid-Year Audit

These items are past due
  • Worker's Comp Survey
  • Unit insurance premium
  • Tax filings for FY 2020-2021
  • Year-end audit for FY 2020-2021

For a complete list of due dates for the year, click Here.
Membership
Ninth District PTA Membership up 38%
Ninth District PTA membership is up 38% from last year. A huge thanks to all those units who grew their membership. Let's keep it going and make our 125th anniversary year truly groundbreaking! The #1 way to get new members is to just ASK!

Click here for mid-year membership tips.
Leadership
It’s almost PTA election time!

Unit and council PTA elections may begin in March. Check your unit or council bylaws, Article V, for your specific election month. Officer contact information for all PTA officers is due to Ninth District PTA no later than May 15, 2022.

Need help? Contact Beth Bacting, Leadership Services Director for help scheduling elections.
 
PTA Elections Script PDF (The script on the CAPTA website has the incorrect bylaws sections)
Finance
Submit your Online Workers Comp Report
 
All units need to submit your Workers Comp Annual Payroll Report if you haven't done so already. It was due January 31st. This online survey is quick and easy and helps keep our insurance rates low! Click here to access the survey as well as "how to" information including an instructional video.

Questions? Contact your Council treasurer or Ninth District PTA treasurer Shawna Straw.
Auditor Tips
Wrap up your Mid-Year Audit

If you haven’t started your audit yet, now is a good time to begin. If your unit or council does not have a designated auditor, the president can appoint a member to the position along with at least one other person for audit review, or find a CPA to do the audit. Click here to watch the Fast & Furious Audits webinar.


Questions? Email your council president or auditor, or the Ninth District PTA auditor Michael King
Parliamentary Pointers
Term Limits in PTA?
 
Yes, folks, it’s true. PTA has term limits! You’ll find them clearly stated in your unit, council, or district bylaws. The term limit can be one-year or two-year.

Click Here to learn more about term limits.

Questions? Contact Ninth District PTA Parliamentarian, Sue King

Legislation
PTA Supports Ban on Flavored Tobacco

Thanks to the efforts of California State PTA and a broad coalition of health organizations, California outlawed the sale of flavored tobacco products in 2020 with Senate Bill 793. However, the tobacco industry gathered enough signatures to postpone the ban until California voters can weigh in at the polls on November 8. San Diego is looking to pass their own ban. If your PTA would like to advocate on this issue, use this California State PTA Statement as authority.


Questions? Contact Mahogany Taylor, Director of Legislation
Family Engagement
Boost Literacy in San Diego

Almost a quarter of the entire population in San Diego struggles with literacy skills. Getting books into the home for children at an early age is one way to boost literacy skills for this at-risk population.

To learn how you can help, Click Here.
Health
Local Mental Health Resources for Teens and Youth
If you know a young person in distress, here are resources to help.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in San Diego is the community’s voice on mental illness. NAMI has created a smart phone app designed to get help fast to those who need it.

Call (888) 724-7240 for support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The easiest way to remember the number is to think of getting help 7/24. 

The Kickstart clinical team provides confidential assessment and early assistance for young people at risk for a serious mental health challenge. Their team is available for educational training and presentations.
Volunteer to Host a PTA Day of Service

Help us grow our mission! PTA has been making a difference for 125 years and there’s still so much work to do to make every child’s potential a reality! All PTAs are invited to host a Day of Service event anytime between February 17 and June 30. The first 125 PTAs who register will receive a $300 stipend!

Community Resources
Share with your PTA members!
Black History Month
Celebrating Black Excellence
February 24, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

For Black History Month 2022, join San Diego County Office of Education and the NAACP San Diego Branch for a conversation with young people from local community colleges and high schools. The event is free to attend.

2022 Law Week Poster and Video Contest
Open to all K-12 students!

The San Diego County Bar Association is sponsoring a poster/video contest for all San Diego County K-12 students. Please invite the local students you know to enter! There are cash awards for first, second, and third-place entries.
Contest entries are due April 15.