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UPCOMING EVENTS

  

May 9-12

California State PTA Convention

Anaheim, CA

  

 

SAVE THE DATES  


June 2

Summer Leadership Conference

7 am - 3 pm

University of San Diego 

 

June 21-24

National PTA Convention

San Jose, CA 

 

   

FINANCIAL DUE DATES  


March 

Turn in your 2011-12 Mid-Year Audits to your Council

 

 

 

 
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From Executive Vice President Carol Green  

March 16, 2012

Greetings!   Carol Green

 

As we hold elections for our new PTA officers remember this is a wonderful opportunity to build new leaders. Keep in mind, you can fill open positions with board elections and presidential appointments so keep looking around for great additions to your boards.  

 

If you're lucky enough to have a full board, welcome new volunteers to committees and events--you never know where your next leaders will come from.  

 

Ninth District PTA president Karen Fleck started her PTA volunteer days as the snow cone lady. I got involved after a casual conversation at McDonald's with another mom. I said something like "let me know if you ever need any help." That night the PTA president called and invited me to a meeting.

 

Asking someone to be an officer right off the bat can be a little daunting. Try to keep smaller volunteer jobs on your board. If a future leader can serve on a committee, have fun, help out and successfully finish the task, they are likely to come back for the next fun volunteer adventure.

 

Having lots of volunteers each doing a little, helps your PTA stay strong and gives you a pool of future leaders. Enjoy your spring and remember to share your PTA fun with other parents, neighbors and friends.

 

Carol   

 

 

WE SPEAK UP AGAINST CUTS
PTA joins Superintendents at Press Conference  

Jay Steiger, Ninth District PTA vice president, stood side by side with superintendents from around San Diego County, to alert the community to the devastating affects of the budget cuts on kids. In his prepared remarks, Jay called on the governor and legislature "to stand up for our children, stand up for our future, and stop the cuts to education." He also spoke about the "Our Children, Our Future" initiative and why PTA supports this as a long-term solution.    

 

 

OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE INITIATIVE
What will your school receive? 

The Our Children, Our Future Initiative will raise $10 billion to $11 billion annually in new revenue if it passes. Want to know how much your school or school district will receive under OCOF? Use the OCOF benefit calculator to find out.

 

 

 

 

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
California State PTA awards $500 scholarships to six local students     

Congratulations to the six San Diego County students who earned a $500 California State PTA Graduating Senior Scholarship. These are outstanding individuals, quite worthy of this scholarship and we are proud to have them in our District:

  • Caitlin Choy, Ramona High School PTSA, Sun Valley Council
  • Sophie Conover, Vista High School PTSA, Del Norte Council
  • Joaquin Gonzalez, Bonita Vista High School PTSA, Sweetwater Council
  • Holly Hirschi, Madison High School PTSA, San Diego Unified Council
  • Shannon Smith, University City High School PTSA, San Diego Unified Council 
  • Catherine Terry, Monte Vista High School PTSA, Foothills Council

 

 

STATE REFLECTION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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Courtney Reiter's winning photograph
Five local students honored 
Congratulations to our California State PTA Reflections winners from Ninth District PTA for their artistic interpretation of Diversity Means:
  • Photography Award of Excellence to Courtney Reiter, Grade 6, Tierra Del Sol Middle School, Lakeside Council PTA (Courtney's photograph will be advancing to the National PTA Reflections level)  
  • Photography Award of Merit to Miles Mashouf, Grade 3, Chaparral Elementary School, Palomar Council PTA 
  • Photography Convention Display to Stephanie Tutunjian, Grade 11, Del Norte High School, Palomar Council PTA 
  • Film Production Award of Merit to Ian Lizano, Grade 3, Creekside Elementary, Palomar Council PTA    
  • Literature Award of Merit to Benjamin Slater, Grade 7, Spring Valley Middle School, Mt. Helix Council PTA    
EARLY-BIRD CONVENTION DISCOUNT
Save $40 if you register by March 31  
WOW CONVENTION
Registration is open for the California State PTA Convention, and the fee is $199 through March 31. The registration fee goes to $239 if you register in April 1-30. After that, you must register on-site for $259. Register early to save your PTA units the increase. Hilton Promotion: When two full-time PTA registrants from the same PTA stay three nights at the Hilton Resort & Spa, the third registrant will be entitled to a free registration. This is a potential savings of $199 or more for your association! Register for Convention now.

 

SPECIAL EVENT: EDSOURCE AT PTA CONVENTION
May 9, 2012  8:30 am to 12:30 pm  
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This year EdSource is pleased to host their annual educational symposium in partnership with the California State PTA. This year's topic is Striving for Success in a Time of Crisis: Strategies for Schools, Families and Communities. Get the latest analysis of the impact of the state's fiscal crisis on schools from leading policy experts. Explore strategies to prevent a whole generation of children from slipping through the cracks. Tickets are $55 per person - but if you're registered for convention, you can attend for just $20 and it includes breakfast! Another good reason to go to Convention! Learn more.

 

SPREADING THE NEWS
Enter the Ninth District PTA Newsletter, Program Book and Website Awards 
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PTAs are doing incredible things and communicating to members, parents and the wider community is one of them. We want to honor those PTAs - units and councils - who are publishing outstanding newsletters, websites and program books. Deadline to enter is March 31. Learn more.

 

TURN IN YOUR MID-YEAR AUDIT
Michael Opfer, Auditor 
Michael - Auditor

Now is the time to turn in your mid-year audit to your Council or District (if you don't have a Council). The mid-year audit covers the first six months of this fiscal year - July 1 through December 30 for most units. I look at every audit forwarded to Ninth District PTA - it's one more way we keep our PTAs in good financial shape! 

 

DOES YOUR UNIT HAVE A CHARITABLE TRUST NUMBER?
All PTAs must apply this year to avoid penalties 
Every PTA needs to apply for a Charitable Trust (CT) number by December 2012 and file an RRF-1. If you're not sure if your PTA has applied, call your Council. To apply, you need to fill out a short application and submit with current bylaws (within three years), a $25 check and a letter of determination. The California State PTA website has easy-to-follow instructions. If you need help, contact your Council. Learn how to apply.

 

SCHOOL WELLNESS RECOGNITION PROGRAM
Just for PTAs -- Apply by March 30   
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The American Cancer Society, California State PTA and California Action for Healthy Kids recognize schools for improving their school environments in three areas - healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles. Top schools will be recognized at the California State PTA Convention. Last year our District had a winner! Myron Green Elementary PTA in San Diego Unified Council was recognized for their pledge not to use food as a reward in the classroom or at PTA events. If your PTA has made wellness a focus, be sure and apply. Learn more.

 

CASH REWARD FOR IMPROVING AIR QUALITY
School nominations due March 30
California breathing
Classrooms need desks, chairs, textbooks -- and good clean air. Especially for the 1 in 6 California students with asthma. How is the indoor air quality in your school or school district? What products does your school use to clean classrooms? California Breathing, an asthma program in the California Department of Public Health, invites PTAs to nominate schools in your area for the AIR (Achievements in Respiratory) Health Award. Winning schools can receive up to $2,000. Learn more.

 

PTA QUOTE FOR THE DAY
 Lucy
"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do."

-- Lucille Ball, actress

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Sincerely,

 

Laura Schumacher
The Observer Editor