Virginia PTA Capitol 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)

 

‘PTA Leadership Training to Fit Any Schedule’

In response to COVID-19, Summer Leadership Training (SLT) has been revamped and expanded into Virtual SLT featuring more than 25 PTA workshops geared towards helping PTA leaders prepare, ready and steady their PTAs for the 2020-21 school year. 

There are many advantages to virtual training including:

  • Easy to access and convenient
  • No cost for attendance
  • Less time away from family

We hope you take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from the comfort of your home. Afterwards, please tell us if you’d like to see more virtual training opportunities.

Registration for the final weeks of leadership development workshops is now open. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to participate in no cost, easy-to-access PTA leadership training. 

REGISTER NOW

For information on SLT workshop schedule and descriptions

Can’t attend a workshop? Check out the
SLT presentations and handouts

Tell us how we are doing. Training Survey

PTA Day at the General Assembly 2019

pta day at ga 2019

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

2020-2021 Reflections Deadlines

Deadlines for the 2020-21 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 
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  • Bedford County
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  • Botetourt County 
  • Chesapeake
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  • Salem City
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  • York County
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Districts:

  • Big Walker - ***
  • Blue Ridge - ***
  • Dan River - ***
  • Eastern Shore - 
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  • Fredericksburg - 
  • Holston - ***
  • Hunt -
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  • Natural Bridge- ***
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  • Northern Virginia -     
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  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • Shenandoah - ***
  • Southeastern
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***Please send 1st place entries and student participation form for each piece with a Local Unit Registration Form by To be Determined 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 .

 

 

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.  Sponsor of the 2019-2020 Power Plates Program.

   

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. For more information go to  www.apexleadershipco.com

AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to eligible Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Accessible instructional materials are alternate print materials, (e.g., braille, electronic files) used by students who are not able to use traditional print formats. Research says that the use of accessible instructional materials can positively impact a student’s performance in the following ways: 

Improve grades
Improve test scores
Increase independence
Increase motivation

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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 Cunningham Recreation has been providing commercial playground equipment and park products since 1966.  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.
iE provides a personalized, relationship-focused platform in which international students, their host families, and their host communities connect, relate, and explore both the differences that define us as well as the similarities that unite us.  We provide opportunities for meaningful cultural exchange, helping to create a world where cultural diversity is valued and celebrated.

Provide education, support and guidance that enables cultural experiences built upon real relationships while promoting understanding, cooperation, and growth between students, their host families, and their host communities. 

 

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 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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