September in Focus

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"This year is different than any other year we've ever experienced."

We've heard that sentence again and again (are you tired of hearing it yet? We know it's different - we're living it.). As PTA leaders, this isn't easy, and the questions that are hovering are really heavy - can we reach children and families this year? If so, how? Can we raise funds this year? If so, how? Can we gain members this year? If so, how?

There are so many questions - and unfortunately, as much as we wish we did have all the answers - just like it often happens in parenting - we don't. We have to do the best we can. Our mission - "to positively impact the lives of children and families" - stays the same. That mission encompasses all children, whether they are on campus or off. It means all families, whether we agree in every school of thought or not.


As we move closer to November 3, all the issues currently impacting our country, our students, and their education will rise into sharp relief, and it is incredibly vital to keep our focus. It is important to remember that kindness is one of the most valuable gifts we can give. Most importantly, we must remember that we don't always have to agree to do good together.


You are receiving this newsletter because as a PTA leader in Riverside County (Council or Unit), you are a part of the 23rd District PTA family. Each month, by the Monday following our Executive Board meeting (on the first Thursday), we'll be sending this newsletter to help support you! There is a whole chain of PTA support to help you - unit to council to district. Families support each other - and we are here to support you. You matter, and we are very glad that you are here.

Reach out to us for help: Help@23rdDistrict.org
Find support on our website: www.23rdDistrict.org
Join us on Facebook: 23rd District PTA or our 23rd District PTA Unit and Council Leaders Group

Insurance Premiums (or Waiver Requests) Are Due to 23rd District PTA by DECEMBER 3, 2020!

Insurance Premiums and/or waiver requests MUST BE RECEIVED BY 23rd District PTA by December 3, 2020. Premiums received after December 3, 2020 will be subject to a $25 late fee.


Unit insurance premiums should be forwarded through Council to District; out-of-council units remit directly to 23rd District PTA. Out-of-Council units, please send insurance premiums directly to 23rd District PTA - please see mailing address below.

Unit Premium: $258

Council Premium: $178

If remitting the insurance premium will cause undue hardship to the unit, an Insurance Waiver Request may be submitted (and is attached in two versions - standard and fillable). If your unit is submitting a waiver, DO NOT remit the premium payment to 23rd District PTA - remit the waiver request only, and DO NOT submit the insurance waiver directly to CAPTA. Waivers must be returned through channels. Council Presidents and out-of-council unit presidents can submit waiver requests to 23rd District directly by email to President@23rdDistrict.org.

Every Member Matters - Including You!

In August we had:
  • Over 6,300 members on TOTEM!
  • 23 units go LIVE on TOTEM!
  • 6 units join the 100 Club!


Every member matters in PTA - and that includes you! Contact and collaborate with site principals and teachers to remind everyone about the importance of PTA!

Have questions about making PTA membership magic at your site? Need help getting started on TOTEM? Contact 23rd District Vice President of Membership Bea Garcia at Membership@23rdDistrict.org

Check out the California State PTA and National PTA resources to help promote your membership - let's make sure every unit has at least 15 members by November 1!

Reflections Goes Virtual!

We want to help ensure that every unit has the opportunity to participate in Reflections. The arts are essential, and every student deserves a chance to shine. With this in mind, we are offering one more Reflections workshop for units interested in participating in Reflections.

Is your unit new to Reflections? Great! We'll be glad to see you!
Have you participated in Reflections before, but aren't sure how to make it happen virtually? We can help with that!

Join us on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. via Zoom and together we'll make sure every student has an opportunity to shine.

23rd District - Reflections Goes Virtual!

Time: Sep 11, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83968506809?pwd=a2lqcTIrUEF2TWVMOTAvWlEyUHdIdz09


Meeting ID: 839 6850 6809

Passcode: 23rdPTA


Check out Reflections resources on the 23rd District website, or find out more by checking out Reflections on CAPTA.

Advocacy and YOU!

Advocacy Grant for Units/Councils


Does your unit have an amazing advocacy program? If so, 23rd District would like to help you expand your options! Check out the attached form for our NEW! advocacy grant program! Grant applications are due on November 30, 2020 to LegOutreach@23rdDistrict.org - and selected submissions will earn $200 for additional advocacy activities!


Legislative Conference Scholarships for Students


The California State PTA Legislative Conference is an opportunity no one should miss, and we want to help ensure one lucky student gets an opportunity to attend (we are hopeful that 2021 LegCon will not be cancelled) - and so we are offering a scholarship opportunity! Check out the attached application for more details!


Participate in the Censes - Everyone Counts!


2020 Census activity is winding down, and with it goes your opportunity to be counted. Every person matters with the census, so make sure you and others in your community are counted! You matter, and making sure you are counted is easier than ever! Click the link to find more information.


Register to Vote


2020 is an election year, and PTA Votes! Are you registered to vote? Verify your voter registration here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PTA AND PTSA UNITS CHARTERED IN SEPTEMBER!

  • 5 - Amelia Earhart Middle PTSA
  • 8 - Rancho Elementary PTA
  • 8 - William Collier Elementary School PTA
  • 9 - Norco High PTSA
  • 11 - Red Hawk Elementary PTA
  • 11 - Ridge Crest Elementary PTA
  • 12 - Tomas Rivera Elementary PTA
  • 14 - Tuscany Hills Elementary PTA
  • 16 - Avaxat Elementary PTA
  • 18 - Ramona Rams PTSA
  • 19 - Corona High PTSA
  • 19 - Valley View Elementary PTA
  • 20 - Hamilton High School PTSA
  • 21 - Temecula Elementary PTA
  • 21 - West Riverside Elementary PTA
  • 22 - Elsinore Elementary PTA
  • 23 - Pachappa Elementary PTA
  • 25 - Peralta Elementary School PTA
  • 26 - Lincoln Alternative School PTA
  • 27 - Wildomar Elementary PTA
  • 28 - Jefferson Elementary PTA
  • 30 - Bella Vista Elementary PTA
  • 30 - Norco Intermediate School PTSA
  • 30 - Vicentia Elementary PTA

23rd District PTA

Mailing Address

c/o TVC PTA

PO Box 891116
Temecula, CA 92589