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DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6! VOTE FOR EDUCATION!

It is important for PTA members to vote and ensure our nation’s students and teachers remain a priority at the local, state, and national levels. According to the Virginia Department of Education, there were over 1,000 teacher vacancies at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Moreover, according to the The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, state support will be down 9.1 percent per student for the 2018-2019 school year in real dollars compared to 2008-2009. The lower levels of funding have forced many schools to cut back on instructors and school staff and the numbers are still down from where they used to be. Since 2009, staffing in Virginia schools has declined by 1,242 positions while enrollment has grown by more than 50,000 students. This means larger class sizes and fewer supports for students. At the same time, the needs of students have also been changing. The number of economically disadvantaged students has increased by almost 90,000 students since 2009 and English learners in Virginia schools have increased by over 54,000. VIRGINIA CURRENTLY RANKS 41ST IN THE NATION IN STATE FUNDING OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. VIRGINIA TEACHERS ARE EARNING MORE THAN $6700 LESS THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SALARY FOR TEACHERS!

The time is NOW to tell your elected officials that investment in Virginia students and teachers are the key to Virginia’s future – https://www.vapta.org/advocacy/take-action-virginia.

The time is NOW to vote on Tuesday, November 6 for candidates who are supportive of Virginia’s students and teachers, high-quality education with wraparound supports, and safe and health learning environments.

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PTA REMINDERS & UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Until November 11, 2018:  The following Grants are being offered by National PTA and their sponsors with upcoming due date of November 11!  Check out Grants here! 

  • APPLY TODAY!
    • PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Grant from Google will provide 200 local PTAs in all 54 state congresses with $1000 and a fully loaded Be Internet Awesome Google Pixelbook toolkit to power a Be Internet Awesome family workshop from January 1 – May 1, 2019.  The program for this event is designed to provide parents with the resources they need to answer their questions on digital safety and citizenship. Attendees will leave the event with tools to help them continue this conversation with their family on an ongoing basis.
    • PTA Connected with Facebook Grant will provide 200 local PTAs in all 54 state congresses with $1000 to support their PTA in hosting a Digital Families Community Event from January 1 – May 1, 2019.  The program for this event will empower families to have honest conversations about digital literacy, safety, and citizenship.

  • NOVA District PTA Receives STEM + Families Science Festival Grant of $500 as a previous Bayer Grant recipient! Look for more information on our STEM + Families Science Festival focused on students with disabilities, in partnership with the Fairfax County SEPTA and Arlington County SEPTA! We’re looking for sponsors to support our district wide event, so if you have contacts or want to help, please contact us at: stemnovadistrictpta@gmail.com or novadd@vapta.org.

STUDENT PROGRAMS – 2018-19 school year:

  • December 1:  2020-2021 Reflections Theme submission due to VA PTA. Download Theme Search packet here.  Each local PTA/PTSA may submit up to 5 suggested themes to Virginia PTA by December 1, 2018. VA PTA will vote on top 5 to submit to National PTA who will then choose one for the 2020-2021 Reflections theme.  The winning student receives $100 from National PTA.
  • February 1:  Student Citizenship Essay “What Do I Stand For?” application due to NOVA District PTA Director via USPS or email (NOVA District PTA application attached)
  • February 4: VA PTA Power Plates Submission Due to Health & Safety Committee (application attached)
  • March 1:  VA PTA Senior Scholarship Award Application due to VA PTA via USPS with December 1 PTSA membership verfication (application attached)
  • April 8:  NOVA District PTA Student Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m., TJHSST Auditorium, RSVP will open February/March 2019 (District Student Awards will include Reflections, Citizenship Essay, Power Plates, and Scholarships)

 

In early November, we will distribute NOVA District PTA and VA PTA Family Engagement nomination packets to submit back to the NOVA District PTA by March 1, 2019!

 

National PTA provides grants and awards throughout the school year. Check them out and apply to win!

 

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Your partners in PTA,

Director – Debbie Kilpatrick
Assistant Director – Tony Shivers
Secretary/Treasurer – Denise Bolton
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