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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
February 25-26
Legislation Conference & Sacramento Safari

March 1
Reflections Gala
and Open House
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 

 

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

June 20-23
National PTA Convention
Cincinnati, Ohio

 

 

WHAT'S DUE

March

Mid-Year Audits  

 

Lucky 13 in 2013

membership challenge 

 

 Check with your Council for specific due dates. 



 
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From Executive Vice President Carol Green    

February 21, 2013

Greetings!

      

   What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your term in PTA? This is a greaCarol Greent insight you can share with your successor or ask your predecessor. Transitions are what make our organization strong.   

 

   When a new board can build on the great ideas, activities and successes of the previous board, the organization can grow stronger, new leaders can develop and volunteers can be reinvigorated.   

 

   Believe it our not - it's transition time.  As we elect new PTA officers in March or early April, the board-elect can set goals, make plans and prepare for the coming term while the current board finishes the programs and activities of the current year. 


    PTAs with successful transitions share information and insight; officers mentor each other.  At one of my PTAs we used to have a transition potluck. Everyone brought a dish to share, their procedure books and their best advice. Some times there were gag gifts, but always support and good wishes.      

 

    As you get ready for your spring of transitions, embrace the change as an opportunity to share your experiences, offer advice and take a well-deserved break or change things up with a new position.   

 

   Remember, you are doing your job well if you are building new leaders and stepping back to let them take the reins. Try to think of ways you can share the joy of PTA with more volunteers.    

   

Carol  

 
CELEBRATE THE ARTS

REFLECTIONS GALA


  Please join us as we celebrate
our Ninth District PTA Reflections artists!
 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Open House:  6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.  

San Diego County Office of Education

6401 Linda Vista Road

San Diego

 

Photography, visual arts,
literature and dance choreography  

will be displayed in rooms 401/402.

 

Outdoors we will have refreshments,  

film production on a big screen and live performances of our musical compositions.  

 

For a list of award recipients, click here.  

 

$25 MILLION DOLLAR "CHECK" TO SUPERINTENDENT
PTA volunteer hours translate to huge contribution to schools 

Dr. Randy Ward, San Diego County Office of Education volunteer check 2013 Superintendent, received a $25 million "check" from Karen Fleck, Ninth District PTA president, at the Annual Founders Day Breakfast. The check represents more than one million volunteer hours by PTA volunteers in San Diego County. As a PTA leader, you deserve credit for making us the number one volunteer child advocacy group in San Diego.  

 

ELECTION RESULTS
Ninth District PTA officers elected for the 2013-2015 term at Founders Day Annual Meeting 

2013 board  

  • President Carol Green
  • Executive Vice President Darlene Harris
  • VP/Director Leadership Services Beth Bacting
  • VP/Director Communications Javier Montijo 
  • VP/Director Community Concerns Christine Howell
  • VP/Director Education/Parent Involvement Brenda Davis 
  • VP/Director Health Rebecca Hernandez
  • VP/Director Legislation Bey-Ling Sha
  • VP/Director Member Services Erin Benhouhou
  • Secretary Laura Schumacher
  • Treasurer A-Quan Watso
  • Auditor Mary Ann Tang
  • Historian Danielle Montijo 
CONGRATULATIONS HSA AWARD WINNERS!
Honorees serve children in San Diego community 

Every year, Ninth District PTA presents Honorary Service Awards to individuals and organizations making a difference for children in our community. We honored three outstanding individuals at our Founders Day Annual Meeting:

 

Debbie Vincent

Continuing Service Award 

 

Brian Bonner

Continuing Service Award 

 

Rebecca Hernandez

Honorary Service Award  

 

GO TO CONVENTION ON AN EMERGING

LEADER GRANT 

Imagine the possibilities! 

  Ninth District PTA wants to assist emerging PTA leaders in attending the 2013 California State PTA emerging leaderConvention in San Jose, May 2-5. We'll award four $300 grants for first-time convention attendees. We're looking for applicants who will learn from the training, participate in the decision-making and contribute to PTA in the future. Deadline to apply is March 1. Apply here. 

 

LAKESIDE SCHOOLS USE SCHOOL SMARTS TO ENGAGE PARENTS
Families attend Lindo Park Elementary parent engagement night 

The School Smarts Program is coming to Lakeside. School Smarts Parent Academy is a seven-session course to create parent leaders to promote quality education including the

Lindo Lake steering comm
Lindo Park PTA Steering Committee 

arts. Lindo Park Elementary held their first parent engagement night with over 100 people in attendance. Kudos to Lindo Park PTA for providing the dinner, plenty of volunteers including a DJ and getting the art project ready to go. Lakeside Farms and Lemon Crest Elementary will be holding their School Smarts parent engagement nights next. Learn more.

 

NINTH DISTRICT PTA GRANT WINNERS
Ninth District has winners at district, state and national levels!

  

National PTA Take your Family to School Week Grant Recipients 

  • Eastlake High School PTSA, Sweetwater Secondary Council
  • Cadman Elementary PTA, San Diego Unified Council
  • Oak Hill Elementary PTA, Escondido Council

 

California State PTA Grant Recipients 

  • San Diego Unified Council PTA - Outreach and translation grant
  • Leslie Van Dehaar, Monterey Ridge Elementary, Palomar Council - $500 teacher continuing education scholarship

 

 Ninth District PTA Program Grant Recipients

  • Arroya Vista Charter PTA, Chula Vista Council - "Be Kind" Program
  • Casa de Oro Elementary PTA, Mt. Helix Council - Author visits
  • Kelly Elementary PTA, Carlsbad Unified Council -  Science Night
  • La Paloma Elementary PTA - Accelerated Reading Program
  • Language Academy PTA, San Diego Council - "Learning Garden"
  • Poway High School PTSA, Palomar Council -"Eye on Art"
  • Valley Middle School PTA , Carlsbad Unified Council -"Cyber education"
FIRST BUDGET, THEN RELEASE FUNDS
Shawna Straw, Treasurer

At this point in the year, your association should have approved your budget. But a budget doesn't give your board authority to spend funds. Funds must be released by the association. Usually this is done as you move through the year, at your association meetings. Plan ahead to see what activities are going to be held and make motions to release funds up to the budgeted amount. It's not recommended to release all the funds at one time. This additional step ensures your association has the funds needed BEFORE you spend it!

   If you have an expense (budgeted or unbudgeted) come up for payment that has not previously been released, the board can vote to pay this expense. However, the expense must be presented to the association for ratification. If the association doesn't ratify the expense, then board members would have to repay those funds. By releasing the funds first, you don't take this risk. The easiest way to think of this is your PTA members (the association) have final say on how PTA funds are spent.

 

PATCH SITES SPROUTING UP IN SAN DIEGO
Laura Schumacher, VP of Communications
Getting the word out to your friends and neighbors has never been easier than it is with Patch. Patch.com is a local online community newspaper and a communications tool for PTAs. Patch sites are sprouting up in cities around San Diego County - from Oceanside to La Mesa. Here are some ideas on using Patch at your PTA:
  • Put a PTA or school event on the Patch calendar  
  • Profile an outstanding teacher or volunteer
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Find participants for Career Day
  Learn more.
 
IS "13" YOUR LUCKY NUMBER?
Beth Bacting, VP of Member Services
Beth Bacting
It is if you have at least 13 more members than last year. For every 13 members over last year's membership, you are entered into the Lucky 13 in 2013 contest. You might even win $1,313 in cash! There's still time to turn in memberships. Membership payments must reach the Ninth District PTA office by 2:30 pm on March 15, 2013.  Check with your Council to find out their deadline and forward those memberships.  And keep your fingers crossed! Learn more.

NEW COMMON CORE PARENT TOOLKIT
Heather Bush, VP Parent Education 
Heather Bush

California is one of 43 states that has adopted the Common Core State Standards. As PTA leaders, you can help parents learn more about the Common Core and how they, as parents, can support these new standards at home. To help, National PTA has created 11 parent guides for grades K-8 and 2 high school guides -  in English and Spanish. Each PTA president will receive one set in the next month. Learn more.  

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS FOR PTAS
Take advantage of these grants and awards exclusively for PTAs  

 

Common Sense Media Parent Education Award

Applications due March 1.

Recognizes PTA units and councils who engage and inform parents and families on digital literacy and citizenship such as privacy or cyberbullying. The award winner will receive $500. Learn More.   

 

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award

Applications due March 15 

National PTA award to one local, council, district or state PTA that best demonstrates outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Learn more. 

 

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants 

Applications due March 15

National PTA matching grants up to $1,000 for student-centered arts education program, with special consideration given to programs that reach large numbers of at-risk students. Learn more.  

 

School Wellness Recognition Program

Applications due March 31 

Recognizes schools that are making significant improvements in their school environments related to healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles. Learn more. 

 

FEBRUARY IS HEART-HEALTHY MONTH
Judi Strang, MATOD Abuse Prevention Chairmanheart month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable. The five major symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, faint, shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, pressure or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
  • Sweating

If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Minutes are everything! Learn more. 

 

$25,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM MCDONALD'S
HACER Scholarship for students of Hispanic Descent 
Hacer logo

The Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic Commitment to Education Resources (HACER) scholarship is now accepting applications from San Diego County students who have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage. Students with strong academic performance, and a personal drive to excel in college and give back to the community are invited to apply for the $2,500 scholarship. Applications due by March 31, 2013. Learn more. 

 

WIN A LAPTOP FOR TRANSIT ESSAY
MTS
2012 Metropolitan Transit System Coca-Cola Laptop Scholarship
Forty high school seniors from San Diego region will be awarded a laptop computer for writing a 1,000 word essay on creative tools MTS can use to encourage the community to ride public transportation. Students should apply by March 15, 2013.  Learn more.

If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, please email office@ninthdistrictpta.org   
Sincerely,

 

Laura Schumacher
The Observer Editor