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In This Issue
Northmont Elementary PTA wins $10,000
New Officer Training
Membership Cards available
Ready, set, remit award
Money Matters - never pay in cash
Auditor's Notebook
Cyberbullying Toolkit
National PTA Arts Grant
Were you prepared for the blackout?
Walk and Bike to School Day
MADD PSA Contest

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 September 22

Officer Training

 

  

FINANCIAL DUE DATES


October 2011
  • Year-end audits 
  • Copy of your 2011-12 budget 
  • 30 memberships for Ready Set Remit awards

November 2011
  • Copy of your IRS and state tax filings

Check with your Council for specific due dates. If out of council, check with Ninth District PTA.

 

 
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Ninth District PTA Mission Statement

Our mission is to advocate for all the children and youth of San Diego and Imperial
Counties.

 Ninth District PTA will provide service, support, training, leadership and guidance to councils and out-of-council units.

 We will assist units through communication, counsel, consultation and mediation, projects and providing PTA resources.

 We will serve our community through education, collaboration and resource services.

 

From District Executive VP

Carol Green 

September 20, 2011

ANCHORGreetings!   

 carol green facebook  

   I have always loved the back-to-school season. It signals a new beginning when anything is possible.  

 

   This year students can improve their grades, make new friends and learn something new. This year parents can be more involved, forge great relationships with teachers and other parents and make the school better for the whole community.

 

   This year we face some great challenges, but this year we can make a difference.

 

   Decades of research show when parents are involved, students have higher grades, test scores and graduation rates. Their attendance, motivation and self-esteem go up while
their drug, alcohol use and acts of violence go down.

 

   School administrators, teachers and community members who want to increase student success can find the key very close to home - parent involvement.  

 

   We have known since the first PTA meeting in 1897 that when parents and teachers join together, great things happen.

 

   Thank you for all you do for all of our students.

   

Carol   

 

   P.S. By now, most unit presidents should have received their new California State PTA Toolkit. If you haven't, please contact Ninth District PTA.

   

NORTHMONT ELEMENTARY PTA NAMED PARENT ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR

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La Mesa PTA wins $10,000 from Governor's Physical Fitness Council
Northmont PTA is in better fiscal shape after being honored by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.The PTA was awarded $10,000 (and a gold medal) at a ceremony attended by Brown. Northmont PTA President Matt Wood and his son Scott were present for the honor along with California State PTA president-elect Colleen You. Northmont PTA keeps fitness front and center with their daily parent-sponsored run-for-fun, family fitness fair, annual fit camp and ballroom dancing classes. Learn More

 

NEW OFFICER TRAINING THURSDAY, SEP. 22
Darlene Harris

Darlene Harris, VP of Leadership

As your Leadership Services Director, my focus will be on training, training, training. Through trainings, we'll develop new leaders and stronger units all over San Diego and Imperial Counties. Our next training is at the San Diego County Office of Education on Thursday, September 22nd from 6 to 8 pm. I hope every unit takes advantage of this free training. We have workshops for new secretaries, financial officers (basic treasurer, auditor or financial secretary), leadership and programs. Please RSVP and let us know you are coming as space is limited. I look forward to meeting everyone throughout the year!! RSVP for training workshop here.   

 

MEMBERSHIP CARDS NOW AVAILABLE
Every member gets a card.
Let's make every PTA member a PROUD card-carrying member! Your PTA is allotted cards based on last year's membership. As you send in more members, you'll receive more cards. Membership cards are free. Pick up your cards from your Council. If you're out-of-council, get your membership cards from Ninth District PTA. We have some helpful tips on filling out the cards. Learn more.
  
READY, SET ... REMIT AWARD
30 Members to State in October
Here's an award every unit can win! Just send in 30 members through channels so they are received by State PTA by October 30. Check with your Council for your specific Ready, Set ... Remit deadline. Help us grow PTA and be a stronger voice for kids in San Diego, Sacramento and Washington DC. And don't stop at 30 - try to increase your membership from last year by at least 5%. Learn more.

 

MONEY MATTERS - NEVER PAY IN CASH 

Shawna Straw, Treasurer  

Keeping your PTA funds safe and secure means following PTA best practices. Never pay in cash, never withdraw cash at the bank or with an ATM card. Pay everyone with checks signed by TWO officers -- the bylaws spell out who can sign. Checks leave a paper trail for every transaction. Tell your bank not to send you an ATM card unless it's "For Deposit Only." It may be tempting to pull out cash during a fundraiser to pay a vendor, but it's not good financial practice. For more financial guidelines, read the PTA Bylaws and the California State PTA Toolkit and you will keep your hard-earned PTA funds safe and secure.   

 

AUDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
Michael - Auditor
Michael Opfer, Auditor

Audits must be completed typically on a semi-annual basis. Audits are not optional. An audit is a formal examination of the financial books and records of the financial officers of the PTA and serves to certify that receipts and expenditures, as authorized in the minutes, are in conformity with Bylaws for local PTA/PTSA Units, Standing Rules, and budget limitations. If you're a new auditor or don't have an auditor, we have some great tips for you. Learn more. 

 

FREE CYBERBULLYING TOOLKIT FOR PTA LEADERS
Heather Bush
Heather Bush, VP Parent Involvement
Every day, cyberbullying hurts kids. This issue spans homes and schools, parents and educators struggle with how to tackle it together. California State PTA has partnered with Common Sense Media to help your PTA take a stand against cyberbullying. Called "Stand Up, Don't Stand By", the campaign has launched a new online Cyberbullying Toolkit for elementary, middle and high school PTAs. Use these resources to organize a PTA Parent Education Night to help guide kids through this 24/7 connected culture. Learn more.
 
NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS ART GRANT
Apply by Friday, October 14
Apply for the National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Art Enhancement Grant. National PTA will award up to three matching grants at $1,000 each. National PTA places a priority on funding sustained programs (rather than one-time events) and programs that reach large numbers of at-risk students.

Apply here.  

 

WERE YOU PREPARED FOR THE BLACKOUT?
blackout
PTAs can help families prepare
The September blackout was a wake-up call for all of us to be prepared. Easy to say but harder to do especially for young working parents who lead busy lives. Your PTA can help by promoting disaster preparedness awareness to your families. Disasters won't wait.  Here's a checklist of essential items to have in your home or car. 

 

WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY 2011
Walk/Bike to school day
SANDAG proclaims first County-wide Day for October 5
Participate in Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. Kids all over the County will be hopping on bikes or using their own two legs to get to school. Pick a theme like "Buzz on up to School" or "Hop on up to School". Draw encouraging notes on the sidewalks for children as they enter school. Give toe tokens or a healthy snack to those who walk or bike. Help others by collecting "slightly used" tennis shoes to give to charity. Join the effort to keep kids healthy, clean the air and promote walkable communities. Learn more.

 

MADD HIGH SCHOOL PSA CONTEST 
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Empowering youth to prevent  underage drinking

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is seeking student-created television or radio public service announcements promoting the importance of minors being alcohol free until age 21. Entry deadline is September 22. Winner will receive a Sony car system makeover plus the opportunity to have their PSA showcased on radio and TV. Learn more.


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Laura Schumacher
The Observer Editor