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a bimonthly e-newsletter for PTA leaders from Ninth District PTA   

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
January 21
Office closed for Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 21 - Feb. 2
Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom from Hunger Food Drive
 
January 24
Coffee with
Jacque Chevalier
National PTA
10 am to 12 noon

February 2
Nominating Nuts and Bolts Training
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
State Budget Update
3:30 to 5:00 pm

February 7
Sacramento Safari Training
morning and evening session
(details to come)

February 13
Founders Day Breakfast and Annual Meeting
8:30 am - 11 am

February 25-26
Legislation Conference & Sacramento Safari

 

 

SAVE THE DATES
 
May 2-5
California State PTA Convention
San Jose, CA
 
June 8
Summer Leadership Conference
San Diego

June 20-23
National PTA Convention
Cincinnati, Ohio

 

 

WHAT'S DUE

February 1

California State PTA Graduating Senior High Scholarship applications due

 

March

Mid-Year Audits 

 

 Check with your Council for specific due dates. 


Past Due 

Tax Returns and RRF-1

due 15th day of the fifth month after the fiscal year end

 

2012 Insurance and Workers Comp Forms

 

 
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From President

Karen Fleck   

January 17, 2013

Greetings!

      

   My 2013 PTA New Year's wish: that each of us attends more PTA job training than we did in 2012.   

   For PTA Councils, one of the great perks is our monthly meetings and mentoring. Attend and bring another council board member if you are allowed. Get new ideas from other local PTAs; implement their successful family night at your school.   

   For PTA units, we offer officer trainings at Ninth District. They are well attended, but I know some PTAs don't take advantage of them. Change that for 2013. Your PTA finances stay safe when every board member knows how to count and safeguard money properly.   

    Use the perks of being a PTA, with access to council officers, Ninth District officers and fellow PTA boards to improve the success of your own school and your own PTA. For example, if you don't have an auditor, ask a neighboring PTA board with no auditor to do your audit, and you do theirs.     

   Our strength lies in the regular addition of new PTA board members paired with the assistance of those who have experience and want to give back. Let 2013 be the year of utilizing all that is PTA to the max! 


Karen 

 

 

JOIN US FOR BRUNCH
THE MAGIC OF PTA .... YOU
You are cordially invited to the

Ninth District PTA 2013 Annual Meeting and

Founders Day Celebration Brunch

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

8:30 am to 11 am

Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley 

 

Keynote Speaker: Colleen You

California State PTA President-Elect

 

Election of Officers for 2013-2015 Term 

 

Tickets are $25 if you send in your

reservation form by February 6.

 

 
COFFEE WITH JACQUE CHEVALIER, NATIONAL PTA
Join us for a conversation about education at the local, state and national level
Jacque Chevalier
Jacque Chevalier
Jacque Chevalier, Senior Policy Strategist for National PTA and Carol Kocivar, California State PTA president, and other local education leaders, will lead the discussion. Invite your PTA members, school board members and superintendents. Coffee will be Thursday, January 24, 10 am to 12 pm at the San Diego County Office of Education. Free event. Learn more.
CALIFORNIA STATE PTA OFFICERS TO OFFER SPECIAL SAN DIEGO TRAINING
Nominating and legislative classes offered 

On Saturday, February 2, you'll have the chance to attend

a special training event put on by the California State PTA. 

  • 2:30 to 3:15  Nominating Nuts and Bolts with Shirley Gold, California State PTA Parliamentarian
  • 3:30 to 5:00 pm State Budget Update and overview of key issues in the legislative term with Patty Scripter, California State PTA VP of Legislation

These classes are ideal for presidents, parliamentarians and legislative chairs. Both classes will be held at the Town & Country Resort. Training is free and open to all PTA board members. RSVP.    

 

AVALANCHE OF SNOWFLAKES FOR SANDY HOOK STUDENTS
   What happens when Connecticut PTA puts out a request for snowflakes to decorate schools in honor of snowflake Sandy Hook victims? Newtown gets "snowed in." See for yourself.

 

PTA POSITIONS ON FIREARMS AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Jay Steiger, VP Community Concerns  
Jay Steiger

As we collectively mourned last month's tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, discussions of firearms laws and mental health issues quickly followed. The National PTA understands that while the opinions of individuals may differ on this issue, there is a need to clarify certain positions that directly impact children and their schools and assist concerned parents with locating additional helpful resources. They have issued a concise Frequently Asked Questions document. Additionally, the California State PTA's position on Firearms and Mental Health can be located in the PTA Toolkit in Section 4.5.35. Learn more.   

 

HISTORIAN CORNER
Steve Tutunjian, Historian

 I hope your winter break was filled with many blessings and a renewed spirit of volunteerism. While the passage of Prop 30 will definitely put a dent into California's education funding shortfall, we still need every volunteer hour possible to keep our school programs, i.e., art, music, library, mentorship, etc., alive. Please keep that thought in mind as you quantify, document, and report your volunteer hours. Ninth District would like to showcase your PTA's special and unique achievements at Founders' Day, February 13. Learn more

MID-YEAR AUDITS
Michael Opfer, Auditor
Michael - Auditor

   Audits for the 2012-2013 mid-year period should be completed soon. Please have the president/secretary include the adoption of the Audit Report as part of the next association meeting agenda. The secretary should record that date on the Audit Report once it is adopted by the membership.

    Each audit should include three (3) items: the Audit Report, the Audit Checklist and the recommendations, if any.  Each unit must forward two copies of all three (3) items to your council; the council will forward one copy to Ninth District PTA. Out of Council units should forward one copy of the above documents directly to Ninth District PTA.

 

WHAT TO POST ON PTA WEBSITES
Laura Schumacher, VP of Communications
  Over 250 PTAs in Ninth District PTA now have websites - and more go online every year. Remember - when you post content to your PTA website, it is public information. It can be read by anyone in your school, your city -- or across the globe. Some PTA information is not considered public but rather a privilege of membership. Official minutes, bylaws, treasurer reports are for PTA members only - not for the general public. We recommend you not post these documents to your website unless they are password protected. Here are some more tips for managing your website. Learn more.

NEWS FROM MEMBER SERVICES
Beth Bacting, VP of Member Services
Beth Bacting
  Membership growth is a sign your PTA is a vital and relevant organization making a difference in your community. If your PTA is an effective, respected and fun association, people will be eager to join. Please read these tips on how your PTA can grow your membership. Learn more.

FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS
Heather Bush, VP of Education and Parent Involvement 
Heather Bush

PTA has identified six standards that identify what parents, schools, and communities can do together to support student success. This issue let's look at Standard 3 - Supporting student success. At schools that embrace this standard, families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students' learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively. How do we help our families and schools achieve this standard? Learn more. 

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND SACRAMENTO SAFARI
Kym Szalkiewicz, Sacramento Safari Chairman 
State capitol

   Now, perhaps more than ever, our presence is needed in Sacramento to send a strong message to our elected officials. We want to make sure the funds the Governor promised to public education will make their way there!!

    I warmly invite you to be part of the 2013 Ninth District delegation. Go to the California State PTA website and register TODAY for the Legislation Conference. This is a legitimate PTA expense and dollars well-spent for your units and councils.  Learn more. 

 

TEACHERS MATTER...MEMBERS MATTER
Win a free State Convention registration!
TEACHER MATTER
PTA's have until January 31 to enter the Teachers Matter...Members Matter challenge. You'll receive one free registration to California State PTA Convention in San Jose on May 2-5 if:
  • 100 percent of your full-time, credentialed teachers join your PTA
  • Your PTA increases membership above last year
  • A completed application form is received in the California State PTA office no later than midnight, January 31, 2013.

Learn more.  

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR FAMILY SPORT FUN!
Free Aztec basketball game tickets for K-8 Students
high school scholarship
Girls and women in Sports Day is Saturday, February 2 at San Diego State University Viejas Arena. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. SDSU Women Student-Athletes and coaches will lead fun sports activities including autograph-signing, playing and training tips and hear powerful messages of academic achievement.  followed by the Aztec women's basketball when the team takes on Air Force, with tip-off at 2:00 p.m.  Learn more.

TAKE 3 ACTIONS TO FIGHT THE FLU
CDC says "Take 3" actions to fight the flu
wash hands
1. Take time to get a flu vaccine. Check with your medical provider.
2. Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs.
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. 
 Learn more.

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST
Open to all California students K-12
Coastal poetry contest

By encouraging youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California's beaches and ocean, the California Coastal Commission hopes to inspire a greater sense of stewardship for these natural places. Winners will receive a $100 gift certificate. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2013. Learn more.

SCIENCE ALLIANCE HIGH TECH FAIR
Student/Parent Night on Tuesday, February 12
microscope
Here's something fun and free parents and students in grades 6-12 can do together - explore the San Diego County High Tech Fair on Student/Parent night. Student Parent night kicks off the 15th annual event to engage middle and high school students in high level interactive science and engineering demonstrations.This special event will be held on February 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wyland Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds. Admission and parking is free, but registration is required. Learn more
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Sincerely,

 

Laura Schumacher
The Observer Editor