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e-newsletter for PTA leaders from Ninth District PTA   


 March 25-29
Office closed for Spring Break

April 16
Convention Orientation
7:00 pm
San Diego County Office of Ed


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





Mid-Year Audits   


March 29

Deadline to apply for communications awards 


 Check with your Council for specific due dates. 

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From President 

Karen Fleck     

March 21, 2013



Every PTA board should be holding their 2013-2014 Karen Fleck officer election in March or April 2013. Has yours been scheduled?  


When you elect your new officers, please send an officer list to so we can begin sending the new board the information they'll need to plan for the coming year, including an invitation to our Saturday, June 8th officer training at University of San Diego. Use our roster form or one of your own.  


If you don't have an election planned, let your council or district help you get it in the works now. The sooner you have an election, even if every position is not filled, the better their odds of being prepared for the new year.


Remember - all terms are for one year only, meaning every position is open and available each year. Officers may be elected for a second year to the same position, but not a third.  


Got a great election/association meeting idea?  We'd love to hear it!



Membership Challenge is a success! 

Two elementary school administrators believe in PTA so strongly they were willing to sacrifice their hair!purple principals Lindbergh-Schweitzer Principal Mrs. Rohde and Vice Principal Mrs. Bartolini challenged their PTA that if they got over 250 members by February, they would die their hair purple. Lindbergh-Schweitzer PTA did it! They increased from 198 to 250 members and the administrators held up their side of the bargain. Way to go, Lindbergh-Schweitzer PTA! 


Heather Bush, VP Parent Education 
reflections S Ramos

Congratulations to Sydnie Ramos, a 7th grader at Twin Peaks Middle School. Her animated film Homecoming has received an Award of Excellence by California State PTA. Her film shows the magical moment when a child reunites with her dad back from war. Sydnie will be invited to show her film at the California State PTA Convention in San Jose where she will receive an Award of Excellence medal and $100 Savings Bond. Learn more.  


Darlene Harris, VP Leadership 
Willow Elementary
Willow School, San Ysidro School District

We welcome back to PTA the families of Willow School in the San Ysidro School District. The school was closed several years for reconstruction and during that time their PTA had to disband. Now that the school has re-opened, the parents have revived their PTA! The school has approximately 600 students from pre-school through 8th grade. 


Westview High Senior Awarded $500 

  Congratulations to Anna Fox of Westview High School in Poway Unified. She will receive a $500 California State PTA Graduating Senior Scholarship. The applicant pool was impressive and to be awarded this scholarship is truly an honor. Anna will use her scholarship to help achieve her career goal of a masters in physical therapy.    


Every PTA must now file this annual form 
Now that your PTA has a Charitable Trust number, you must file the Annual Registration Renewal Fee Report (Form RRF-1). This short form assists the Attorney General's office in their role to make sure charities are managing their funds lawfully. The form is due the same date as your tax return. Failure to submit an RRF-1 may result in loss of your PTA's tax exemption and an $800 fine. The RRF-1 form is just one page and takes only a few minutes to fill out. If your total revenues were more than $25,000 you will also need to pay a fee. Download a fillable RRF-1 form.  RRF Instruction Guide Need help?  Contact your Council treasurer or


Michael Opfer, Auditor

Auditors, now is the time to forward your mid-year aMichael - Auditorudits to your council or to Ninth District PTA if out-of-council. An audit verifies the accuracy of the treasurer's books. Your members will have confidence in your PTA when they know your finances are in order. When you forward your audit, make sure you include: 

Laura Schumacher, VP of Communications
I love YouTube "how to" videos. I use them to figure out how to fix a leaking washing machine or to learn a new recipe. Now you can use YouTube to learn how to be a PTA officer! We are creating a video library of "PTA how to" videos to be posted on our website in English and Spanish. Click on Training Videos on our home page. These videos are meant to supplement our other PTA training and reference materials. Please let us know if these videos are helpful or if you have suggestions for new videos. We'll continue to add new videos in the coming months. Learn more.
Enter the Ninth District PTA Newsletter, Program Book and Website Awards

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 29. Learn more.


Darlene Harris, VP of Leadership and SLC Chair

The Ninth District Summer Leadership Conference Committee has been working diligently on bringing its local leaders new Darlene Harris new and improved content for the June 8th 2013 SLC Conference. In April registration materials will be sent to all local leaders so please make sure we have your correct mailing address on file in the Ninth District PTA office. The content this year will not only provide training for the entire board but also workshops are included for many of the Unit's chair positions. Continue to look for more information as we get closer to this event!!


Beth Bacting, VP of Member Services
Beth Bacting
I want to congratulate all the Ninth District units that increased their PTA membership this year. We have had116 PTAs qualify so far! These units will be entered into a contest and two lucky PTAs may win $1,313! Of those, 64 units have increased membership by 25% and will be entered into a drawing for our Summer Leadership Conference scholarships. Most important,  increased membership means your PTA is a stronger voice for children. The Lucky 13 winning units will be announced at the 2013 California State PTA Annual Convention in May. Are you on the list?

Kym Szalkiewicz, Sacramento Safari Chair
Ninth District PTA was well-represented at the February 25-26, 2013 California PTA Legislation Conference in Sacramento. Members spoke with 14 San Diego legislators about current education issues including school funding, campus safety and Common Core State Standards.
2013 leg conference
Pictured here are eight PTA leaders from our contingent: back row, Bey-Ling Sha, Elana Levins-Craig, Kym Szalkiewicz, Claudine Jones, Michelle Ginn, Jennifer Fornal, front row, Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki, California State PTA president Carol Kocivar, Derby Pattengill.  
Save $50 if you register by March 31 convention
Registration is open for the California State PTA Convention, and the fee is $199 through March 31 for a full-time voting delegate. The registration fee goes to $249 on April 1. Register early to save your PTA units the increase. Discounted PTA rates are available at the Fairmont San Jose, San Jose Mariott and Hilton San Jose. Register for Convention now.

If you're signed up for convention, be sure and attend our Convention Orientation on April 16, 7 pm, at the San Diego County Office of Education. We'll give you tips on how to get the most out of convention plus you'll meet your fellow Ninth District PTA delegates.

Deliver five-minutes of beautiful music
to students daily  
sd wINDS

Bring great classical music to your students while making them better learners! San Diego Winds is now administering the highly effective Take 5 for Music listening program.  This popular and successful program requires only 5 minutes daily and delivers beautiful music and music literacy to students while improving listening habits and skills. A one-time cost of $300 provides all materials required for years of usage, either school-wide or in individual classrooms.  No music knowledge or special training is required.  For more info contact Ross Moore at or 858-736-1538, or go to


USD Baseball Team distributes tickets to honor local elementary students 

The Torero Achievement Club honors deserving students in grades 3-8, selected by their school, for outstanding or improved attendance, achievement or behavior. Each student may receive two or more free tickets, one for themselves and additional tickets for adult chaperones and non-high-school-age siblings, to a selected Toreros game. In addition to game tickets, all students in the Torero Achievement Club will take part in a special USD campus tour on the day of the game they attend. They will also receive a free meal voucher for the USD concessions. Learn more.  


Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm
Tell a story with a "story cube" 
story cube
Make a family story cube!

The next Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection, a partnership between The Salvation Army Kroc Center and Young Audiences is Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. The evening features visual artists Stacie Birky Greene, Sylvia Mejia, Thia Nevius and Christina Thurston who will work with your family to create a story on a "story cube".  Each family will receive a free book. The event will be in The Salvation Army Kroc Center's multipurpose room at 6605 University Avenue. For more information, please contact Sherrie Brown at 619-282-7599 x114. Learn more. 


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Laura Schumacher
The Observer Editor