GENERAL ASSEMBLY DAY = Taking Action for Kids! 

PTA Day at GA

Join us for a morning in Richmond to advocate for the education, health, and well-being of students! 

We know showing up in school colors at a School Board meeting is impactful. The same applies for showing up in Virginia PTA (royal) blue on Capitol Day to share stories about our students and schools while legislators are considering their votes on funding and legislation.

Virginia PTA is setting up meetings with legislators, preparing talking points and identifying bills that align with our approved resolutions and priorities. All you need to do is show-up and join your district for an enjoyable day at the Capitol to #TakeAction4Kids. Just like advocacy at a School Board meeting, your school-aged students are welcome to join you.

COST: 

Free! Includes two workshops on Sunday afternoon and a grab and go breakfast bag.

Advocacy is at the core of our association and supported by your membership dues. 

Schedule

SUNDAY, January 26, 2020

(These 2 Annual Meeting Workshops are free for REGISTERED Capitol Day participants)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Building Coalitions and Crafting an Advocacy Plan
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM The Ask: Preparing to Take Action at the General Assembly

MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2020

6:45am -7:15 am

  • Rally at Virginia Crossings Hotel to pick-up free breakfast and meet-up with anyone that is carpooling

9:00am - 11:30am

  • District Meetings with Legislators, as scheduled (Pocahontas Building)
  • Watch House Education Committee Meeting (Pocahontas Building)
  • Take a Tour of the Capitol (9:30AM, Capitol Building)

12:00pm

  • Watch House or Senate Session (Capitol)

EXTEND YOUR VISIT: 

4:00 pm: Watch Education Sub-Committee (Pocahontas Building)

Register

Please REGISTER HERE so that your District Director can schedule meetings with delegates and senators in your area. If you live in an area without a District Director a member of the Advocacy Committee will assist in scheduling your appointments and be your guide for the day.

REGISTER HERE

Prepare

Social Media
Please use these tag Virginia PTA and use hashtags when you share pictures so we can build excitement and momentum across the state. #VAPTAAdvocacy,  #VAPTACapitolDay,  #TakeAction4Kids

Legislative Priorities & Watchlist
pdf 2020 Legislative Priorities (281 KB)
pdf Proposed 2020 Resolutions (1.94 MB)

Recap from Last Year: 
2019 Watchlist Recap

Helpful Links: 
Map of Capitol District
Map of Capitol Building
Who is My Legislator?
General Assembly Information
Virginia Public Access Project
Virginia Red Book, Capitol Connections

Dress for Impact & Success:
Please wear business professional clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking. Although it looks like a short distance on the map, you will do a lot of walking. Keep in mind, you will pass through metal detectors as you enter the Pocahontas Building and Capitol. We like to make an impact and let our legislators know we are there taking action for kids, please consider wearing Virginia PTA royal blue or purchasing a blue scarf from our PTA store to layer on your outfit for the day.  

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Registration is OPEN!

Please register at the link below to participate and be part of the Annual Meeting/Conference 2020.  By attending in January, you will be part of valuable conversations, training, networking and will be part of the business of Virginia PTA by participating in our Bylaws Amendment Process.  Please see the full set of proposed amendments to the Virginia PTA Bylaws below. 

2020 Annual Meeting

pdf Virginia PTA Bylaws (3.19 MB)

Resolutions 20202020 Proposed Resolutions
(Download the full package)

  1. pdf Electric School Buses (221 KB)
  2. pdf Solar Energy for Schools (228 KB)
  3. pdf Agriculture Education & School Gardens (244 KB)
  4. pdf Equal Taxing Authority for Counties & Education Funding (226 KB)
  5. pdf Early Childhood Education (228 KB)
  6. pdf Discontinue Sale of Competitive Foods During School Hours (235 KB)
  7. pdf Limit Frequency of Lock Down Drills (221 KB)

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OUR FAMOUS, SUMMER LEADERSHIP TRAINING...COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

Virginia PTA leaders are coming to you for a day of LEADERSHIP TRAINING, TABLE TALKS, and NETWORKING - designed to help you better understand the business of PTA and to grow your leadership skills.

We are offering these training in four areas of the state - Central, Hampton Roads, Northern, and Roanoke - we want to make sure ALL our PTAs get a chance to attend these incredible trainings.

You can register for one or ALL of the training!  Each training will offer the same basic offerings. Check out each date to see which is best suited for you!

Take a minute to review the workshops, schedule and register today!

Dates:
July 13 - Southwest Virginia (Roanoke) - Northside High School
July 20 - Central Virginia (Richmond/Chesterfield) - Atlee High School
July 27 - Northern Virginia (Woodbridge/Prince William County) - Westridge Elementary School
August 3 - Hampton Roads/Tidewater (Peninsula/Southside) - Gildersleeve Middle School

Join the conversation by ‘Telling Your Story:  Advocate the PTA Way’

As a parent or caregiver, as soon as you speak to a teacher or administrator about a concern, you have become an advocate for your student. Join this workshop to learn about concerns parents have across the Commonwealth and ways that we can make positive changes for our students.

Key to asking for change is knowing where to get the data and how to use it. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires your school district and state to release a school report card every year. The report cards include important information about school environment, student demographics and academic performance on the state, local and school level. Although the reports need to be accessible to every parent, the information doesn’t always speak for itself.

That’s where YOU come in. Getting familiar with this information can help you turn these reports into results for your child’s school. Furthermore, Virginia PTA is committed to helping parents understand, interpret and advocate for meaningful, understandable and transparent education information.

This summer, our Advocacy training workshop will include a special focus on using reports to advocate for the change you want to see in your schools. Join the conversation by attending our Telling Your Story:  Advocate the PTA Way workshop.

For the course description:
RT 204: TELLING YOUR STORY:  ADVOCATE THE PTA WAY
This advocacy workshop focuses on using personal stories coupled with school report card data to advocate for meaningful change in your schools and across the Commonwealth, creating a larger grassroots network and working with elected officials to work to achieve PTA’s mission.

 

Vendor/Sponsor Information

Summer Leadership Training (known as SLT) is an annual event designed to provide training and programs to all local PTA members, helping them to establish grassroots advocacy in their schools and preparing them to be key leaders in their education community. Held on a school campus, Summer Leadership is casual and fun.

Attending summer training is a fantastic way to learn the essentials for any officer or committee chair position in your local PTA!

If you are prospective or returning vendor or sponsor, please click here to download the pdf 2019 Sponsorship Agreement & Vendor Application. (486 KB)

 

PTA Day at the General Assembly 2019

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There were great investments made in K-12 education this session. Teacher salaries were increased and bills were passed that support school safety, dyslexia testing, military family registration, the e-cigarette epidemic and control of the local school calendar. While there was a modest increase in school counselor funding, there is still work to be done to modernize the Standards of Quality funding formulas and fund full unified mental health teams. Funding also fails to fully address the deterioration of aging school buildings across the state and renovations needed to provide safe environments equipped to support 21st century learning.

pdf Download the Re-Cap Here (302 KB)

VAPTA State Conference

2014 Virginia PTA Annual Conference
Workshop Materials

We continue to keep registration costs down and reduce our carbon footprint with the 2014 Annual Conference. Available workshop materials are linked below. Please download any materials desired.

Boot Camps, Thursday 6:00-9:00 PM

Session 1 Friday, 10:15-11:30 AM

Session 2 Friday, 1:00-2:15 PM

Session 3 Friday, 2:30-4:00 PM

Session 4 Friday, 4:15-5:30 PM

Session 5 Saturday, (Roundtable Sessions) 8:00-9:15 AM

Dialogue not Presentations

Session 6 Saturday, 1:45-3:00 PM

2015 Virginia PTA Annual Conference
Workshop Materials

We continue to keep registration costs down and reduce our carbon footprint with the 2015 Annual Conference. Available workshop materials are linked below. Please download any materials desired.

Boot Camps, Thursday 6:00-9:00 PM

Session 1 Friday, 10:15-11:30 AM

Session 2 Friday, 3:15-4:30 PM

Session 3 Friday, 4:45-6:00 PM

Session 4 Saturday, 8:00-9:15 AM

Session 5 Saturday, (Roundtable Sessions) 12:15-1:15 PM

Session 6 Saturday, 1:45-3:00 PM

2018 PTA Day at the General Assembly

January 29, 2018

 

Prior to visiting with your elected officials, please plan on stopping by Meriwether’s Market, located on the 3rd Floor of the SunTrust Center, 919 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Doors open at 7 a.m.   We will have Virginia PTA Day materials from 8 a.m. to Noon, a coffee and Danish at our greeting area conveniently located across from the General Assembly.

Questions: advocacy@vapta.org

2019-2020 Reflections Deadlines

Deadlines for the 2019-20 school year will be posted as soon as available (usually in the fall). Units served by a Council submit to the Council. PTAs not served by Councils, submit to the District. If your Council or District does not appear on the list, please contact your District Director.

Councils:

  • Alexandria 
      Drop Off Date / Time: November 6, 2019 (time TBD) 
      Drop Off Location:TBD
      Contact Person: Cathy Petrini, alexandriaptareflections@gmail.com 
  • Arlington 
      Drop Off Date / Time: November 6, 2019, Any time of the Day
      Location: Bin on front porch of 4810 26th St, N., Arlington
      Contact Person: April Maddox, ccptareflections@gmail.com
  • Bedford County - November 13 
      Location: Forest MS, 100 Ashwood Dr, Forest
      Contact: Stella Osborne, sosborne@bedford.k12.va.us 
  • Botetourt County 
  • Chesapeake
      Drop Off Date(s)/Time(s): November 8
      Location: A Place for Girls, 912 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake 23322
  • Chesterfield County -
      Drop Off Date(s) / Time(s): November 11, 5PM - 7:30PM
      Location: CTC @ Hull Street
  • Fairfax County 
      Drop Off Date(s)/Time(s): October 31 and November 1, times TBD
      Drop Off Location: Room 1180, FCPS Gatehouse Ctr, Falls Church
      Contact Person: Denise Bolton, reflections@fccpta.org
  • Goochland County 
  • Hampton -
      Drop Off Date(s) / Time(s): November 7, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Location: SAC Conference Room
  • Hanover County -
      Drop Off Date(s)/ Times(s): November 15, by 3PM
      Location: Stonewall MS
  • Henrico County - 
      Drop Off Date(s)/Times(s)/Location(s): November 19, 6:30PM - 8:30PM - Varina Library & Tuckahoe Library
                                                                    November 21, 6:30PM - 8:30PM - Twin Hickory Library
  • Newport News
      Drop Off Date / Drop Off Time: November 14, Deer Park ES
  • Norfolk 
      Drop Off Date/ Time/ Location 1: Dec 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Broad Creek branch library, 1425 Norchester Ave
      Drop Off date/ Time/ Location 2: Dec. 3 from Noon – 3 p.m. at Lafayette branch library, 1610 Cromwell Drive
  • Portsmouth  - November 22, 2019
  • Roanoke Central - November 15 
      Location: Fallon Park ES, 502 19th St SE, Roanoke
      Contact: Nikki Mitchem, nmitchem@rcps.info 
  • Roanoke County - November 15
      Location: Roanoke County Schools Public Administration Bldg
      Contact: Chuck Lionberger, clionberger@rcps.us 
  • Salem City - November 15 
      Location: South Salem ES, 1600 Carolyn Rd, Salem
      Contact: Teresa Sizemore, tes129@gmail.com 
  • Virginia Beach - November 14, 2019
  • Williamsburg/James City  -Friday, November 15th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.,
    Barnes & Noble Cafe, New Town
    Contact:  Karen Peterson, kedpeterson@gmail.com
  • York County - November 1, 2019
      Location: School Board Office, 302 Dare Road, Yorktown 23692
      Contact: Pam Abercrombie, abercrombieph@gmail.com 

Districts:

  • Big Walker - ***
  • Blue Ridge - ***
  • Dan River - ***
  • Eastern Shore - December 13, 2019 (No specific time or location)
      Contact: Joy Phillips, eastern_shoredd@vapta.org 
  • Fredericksburg - December 13 6:00 pm at Wegmans
  • Holston - ***
  • Hunt - December 2 2019 - 11 AM
               Wegmans (101 Crosstrail Blvd, Leesburg, VA 20175
               Contact: Marlene Chiasson - Reflections@huntdistrictpta.org
  • James River - TBD
  • Lynchburg - ***
  • Natural Bridge- ***
  • Natural Tunnell - ***
  • Northern Virginia - Council Submission to District
        Drop Off Date(s)/Time(s): December 6, 2019 11am - 5pm (by appointment)
        Drop Off Location: Room 3050-51, FCPS Gatehouse Center, Falls Church
        District Contact Person: Cathy Petrini, reflections@novadistrictpta.org     
  • Parkway - ***
  • Patriot - November 15
  • Peninsula - Friday, December 13,  Location TBD
  • Rappahannock Valley - ***
  • Richmond - January 3
  • Roanoke - December 13
    Roanoke County Schools Administration Bldg
    5937 Cove Road, Roanoke 24019
  • Shenandoah - ***
  • Southeastern - December 14, 2019 at Russell Memorial Library, 10AM - 12PM
  • Tidewater - December 13, 2019

***Please send 1st place entries and student participation form for each piece with a Local Unit Registration Form by Wednesday, December 11, 2019 to the Virginia PTA Reflections Chair, 1027 Wilmer Ave, Richmond, VA 23227.

Postage/shipping will be reimbursed with provision of receipt. Mail receipt to same address with note indicating name/address of individual to reimburse or you can scan/email receipt to Extension Chair.

 

 

2020 Virtual Exhibit Hall

These Sponsors and Exhibitors are supporters of Virginia PTA's 2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Conference. They support Virginia PTAs year round, so click the logos to find out more about each one.

 

SPONSORS

 

Founded in 1989, Association Insurance Management (AIM) is a national marketing organization specializing in assisting associations to provide benefits and services to their members.  Our focus is in creating quality insurance programs for educationally based non-profit associations.  The program provides coverage for activities such as concession stands, car washes, t-shirt sales, fun runs, carnivals, and other parent group sponsored activities.

  Reckitt Benckiser (RB) is the global leading consumer health and hygiene company with world leading household name brands such as Lysol. Driven by a purpose of providing innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes, RB has operations in over 60 countries. From the foundations of wellness to the fundamentals of a hygienic home, its global brands help people live healthier, happier lives. ​For more information visit https://www.lysol.com/healthy-classroom/.

Successful Innovations provides interactive resources to help parents support their child’s education right from the comfort of their home. These interactive resources empower parents and help them become confident advocates for their children.

“WHEN A TRUE COLLABORATION EXISTS BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND HOME, THE RESULTS ARE TREMENDOUS.”

The Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. They generate more than $1.7 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated a record $650 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2019. An additional $6.5 million in unclaimed prizes was deposited in the Virginia Literary Fund in FY19, which provides low-interest loans to localities for public school construction, renovations and technology upgrades. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

 

It’s never too late or too soon for families to start saving for higher education.  Virginia529℠ offers affordable, flexible, tax-advantaged savings options for qualified higher education expenses through its programs –Invest529℠ and CollegeAmerica®. These programs help families pursue higher education dreams at any stage in life. Learn more at Virginia529.com.

   

 

WATCH D.O.G.S. is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety.

   

EXHIBITORS

  We build leaders today - while raising more money for your school.  We combine fitness, fundraising, and leadership into a powerful united event that builds your funds and student's character education.
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For the past 17 years, schools have trusted Boosterthon's fitness and character program to increase funds and inspire students through a remarkable fitness and character program.

 CunninghamRec 3C opt Playground solutions from design to installation since 1966. Playground, sports and fitness equipment, safety surfacing, bleachers, scoreboards, shade and shelters and site furnishings.
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EPI is the leader in pre-packaged and bulk school supply programs, as well as custom apparel.  We offer quality products and a low-price guarantee.

Fun Services opt Fun Services Programs include the Holiday Gift Shop and School Carnivals.  We are a Virginia based company that has been serving Virginia for over 45 years.
 

Mad Science partners with local PTAs to bring exciting, interactive, and educational STEM programs to schools. From spectacular assemblies to in-class workshops to after-school enrichment programs, kids, parents, teachers, and principals love Mad Science!

Mad Science of Washington DC - serves Northern Virginia - dc.MadScience.org 
Mad Science of Central Virginia - serves Richmond and Central Virginia - centralva.MadScience.org
Mad Science of Hampton Roads - serves Southeastern Virginia - hamptonroads.MadScience.org 

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No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010.

As a child hunger organization, ending childhood hunger is our primary focus, though Share Our Strength continues to invest in and develop other campaigns.

  Sock Concepts Sock Concepts provides socks designed to showcase school spirit and offers a unique fundraising opportunity for School Principals/PTAs/PTSAs
 

Step It Up is an energy filled experience, fitness focused, and smile driven event that has consistently proven to CRUSH fundraising goals nation-wide. Largely inspired by the hit TV shows, American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout, we are bringing the Day of Awesomeness to your school! The best part is our process is completely turnkey, we inspire kids while offloading all the work! So you can relax, enjoy record participation, and celebrate in your students Awesomeness! Together we can make 2020 and beyond EASY and AMAZING.

  TeacherPartners.com - Help out a local teacher by fulfilling a Wish List Item.

Contact us for more information.

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