To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
2017 Citizenship Essay Winners!
This year close to 500 students from around the state participated in the Citizenship Essay Program. The theme, "We the people...why vote?" asked our students to think about citizenship, country, and their role therein. We are pleased to announce the winners in each category.
Deer Park ES
Laurel Ridge ES
Butts Road IS
Booker T. Washington MS
Indian River MS
1st place winners will be recognized at our April 30, 2017 Student Award Ceremony. Congratulations to everyone who participated.
Limited Time Offer – More Savings at Great Wolf Lodge!
Book by May 19, 2017 for travel between now and July 6, 2017 – and your Virginia PTA member benefit to any Great Wolf Lodge increases from 30% to 40% discount - and…it includes water park passes!!! Log into the Benefits and Discounts page of Virginia PTA's website for more information and the code to use when making reservations. And...have a great time!!!
2017 Virginia PTA Scholarship Winners!
Virginia PTA is proud to award scholarships totaling $18,000 to 18 graduating Virginia high school students pursuing higher education at a Virginia College or University. Congratulations to the following students:
King George HS
Park View HS
George Wythe HS
Jefferson Forest HS
Western Branch HS
Great Bridge HS
First Colonial HS
First Colonial HS
The number of scholarships awarded depends on proceeds from special Virginia PTA projects and functions. Revenue from Virginia PTA Service Awards goes directly to the Scholarship Fund. Congratulations to all!
Congrats 2017 Power Plates Winners!
Thank you to all students who participated in the 2017 Virginia PTA Power Plates program! The winners have been posted. 1st place winners are invited to the Student Awards Ceremony to be held in Richmond April 30th. Certificates for participants, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be mailed in late April.
Congratulations Kindle Recipients!
Congratulations to Birdneck ES PTA, Park View ES PTA, and Woodstock ES PTA from Tidewater District, James River ES PTA from Peninsula District and Cherry Run ES PTA from Northern Virginia District!
They (and 95 other PTAs nationwide) were awarded Kindle e-readers from National PTA and Amazon to encourage family reading, promote a love of literature and support student success. These schools and PTAs were selected to receive the Kindle e-readers for their leadership and commitment to the importance of family engagement and core literacy skills for children's achievement. The donation of e-readers is part of the PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle program and was made in conjunction with National Reading Month.
Free Teacher Appreciation Week Resources:
“Thank a Teacher” Campaign Recognizing Virginia’s Public School Teachers - One Note at a Time!
Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) is right around the corner, and we’re partnering with the Virginia Lottery for the second year in a row to celebrate. With your support, more than 30,000 thank-you notes were sent to public school teachers across the Commonwealth last year... Thank YOU!
In 2017, we know we can encourage people to send even more thank-you notes. As you organize your Teacher Appreciation Week activities, check out the resources from The Virginia Lottery. You can download the “Thank a Teacher” PTA Toolkit, which includes helpful resources such as email templates and posts you can share on social media.
Now is also the perfect time to order complimentary printed thank-you notes from the Lottery. See the PTA toolkit for more information!
Like last year, teachers who receive a thank-you note will receive the chance to win fun prizes, including a Virginia vacation package courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In addition, local PTAs that participate will receive Lottery Scratchers and be entered into a drawing for one of three Lottery prize baskets for your next auction or membership drive!
Look for more information in the coming weeks!
Great Principal or Superintendent?
Nominate Your Power Partner Now!
Do you have a wonderful principal or superintendent you want to brag about? Has this person been so supportive of your PTA/PTSA? Does this person embrace family involvement? Put the spotlight on your outstanding administrator by sending in your nomination for Virginia PTA's Power Partners Award. The award will be presented at our Annual Conference in July! Submit your entry today! The deadline is May 15th.
Register NOW for Annual Conference
We're a few short weeks away from the Early Bird Registration deadline ~ have you registered yet?
Conference details and registration forms were sent to everyone we have an email address for and in hard copy to all local unit and council presidents to share with their members - as conference is for everyone! Register todayto take advantage of the early bird rate that ends Friday, May 19, 2017.
Quorum ... How to Get it
You have PTA business to take care of and you need folks to come to your General Membership meeting to vote ... you need quorum. How do you accomplish that?