To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Don't Miss - March 1 Membership Dues Deadline!
Membership is a year round initiative for your PTA. Let your members know how important they are and always accept members throughout the year. Submit your newest membership dues to Virginia PTA, 1027 Wilmer Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227 and email list to email@example.com. Your PTA may qualify for one of our membership awards. Remember, we calculate memberships based on the March 1st totals! So, get those dues in now! Need ideas for another membership drive to complete the year or if you are planning next year, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Award Recipient
Congratulations to the Reston Montessori School PTA, Northern Virginia District, winner of Virginia PTA's 2016/17 Advanced Dues Award. The award is given to a PTA/PTSA in good standing which submitted dues before November 2nd. All were entered into a raffle and Reston Montessori was chosen from 162 PTA/PTSAs. Donna Colombo, VP Membership and Debbie Kilpatrick, Northern Virginia District Director presented a $50.00 Visa Gift Card and they will receive their certificate at the Virginia PTA Annual Conference in Richmond, July 13-15, 2017. For more membership awards your PTA/PTSA might have an interest in.
Apply for Virginia PTA Scholarships NOW!
Each year Virginia PTA offers scholarships to graduating seniors from Virginia schools with a PTSA in good standing. Scholarships are based on a demonstrated commitment to and engagement in, community service, academic achievement and financial need. Let your graduating seniors know the deadline to submit their scholarship applications to Virginia PTA is Monday, March 1, 2017.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 3 high school students experience some form of dating violence in their relationships. Parents and teens are encouraged to visit breakthecycle for details on empowering youth to prevent domestic violence. The website also includes many resources for parents and teens.
Plan an Unforgettable Family Reading Experience!
March is National Reading Month - is your school prepared? When families read together, they spark their imaginations, learn important lessons, start difficult conversations and make memories that last forever. National PTA and Kindle believe family involvement is key to developing students who enjoy reading. That is why both groups are working together to engage families in reading through the PTA Family Reading Experience, a fun family literacy event hosted in schools nationwide.
Watch this slideshow and use this checklist to help you plan your own event!
Choose a date and time that allows the largest number of families to participate. Reserve an open space or a few classrooms for hosting reading stations. Coordinate with your school administrator to avoid conflicts with other activities.
Pick a theme, prepare reading station activities and print out take-home tips for parents. You can find options for these ready-made for you at PTA.org/Reading.
Recruit six reading leaders to facilitate station activities. Prepare each leader by sharing station instructions and reviewing your event schedule ahead of time. Be sure each station leader understands the importance of families participating in the activities with their children!
Invite your whole school community to attend! Send home an invitation using our templates at PTA.org/Reading.
We Want You at the 2017 Annual Conference
Virginia PTA plans an event filled with networking, training, election of new officers, award presentations, and exhibits intended to provide your PTA with the necessary tools to soar to new heights.
Annual Conference is a tradition! It provides the opportunity to gather with delegates from throughout the state, to exchange ideas, to get reacquainted with familiar faces and establish new relationships, to enhance skills already learned, and explore many new ideas. It is a chance to Grow personally and to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
Early registration opens in April. Stay updated by visiting our website.