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PTA Meeting Info
Wed, 05/28/2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the final FCCPTA General Membership Meeting for the school year. We will meet Wednesday, May 28, at 7PM at the Gatehouse Café, Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church. Per our bylaws, each PTA is allowed two voting representatives. However we invite you to encourage all PTA members to attend as this will be a great opportunity for them to receive important information. Each PTA is allowed two voting representatives.

Our agenda includes a brief FCPS update from Superintendent Karen Garza, and a brief presentation from our partners at Volunteer Fairfax. In addition, DeDe Bailer, Ph.D., Coordinator, School Psychology Serves, FCPS will share information on the Fairfax County Youth Survey. A shared responsibility for schools, families and community members is to ensure our youth have personal strengths and characteristics necessary to meet life's challenges in healthy and productive ways. The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a tool we use to examine behaviors, experiences, and other factors that influence the health and well-being of our youth. Highlights of the survey results will be shared, along with some suggestions for how to strengthen assets and reduce risk.

Elections for the 2014-2016 Fairfax County Council Executive Officers will be held as well as several special acknowledgements of service to PTA will be announced. We hope you will join us.

Gatehouse Administration Center
8115 Gatehouse Road Cafe
22042 Falls Church, VA


The Nominating Committee presents the following slate of nominees for the elected positions for Fairfax County Council of PTAs for 2014-2016. The committee will continue to identify qualified candidates for the two OPEN positions. Please contact the nominating committee at if you are interested in one of the two OPEN positions. The election date is Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:00 PM at the Gatehouse Café, Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church.

  • President-elect--Kathy Dedrick
  • VP for Advocacy--David Edelman
  • VP for Communications--Amelia Robinette
  • VP for Local Engagement--Beth Tudan
  • VP for Programs--OPEN
  • Treasurer--OPEN
  • Secretary--Michelle Leete

Submitted by:

Patricia Franck, Chair

Menne Dodd

Steve Greenburg

Laura Nelson

David Rozsa

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Due to the inclement weather that caused schools to close on March 4 and March 17, the Last Day Of School is now Wednesday, June 25 which will be an Early Release Day.

Upcoming Events
Sat, 05/31/2014 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

If you answer yes to any of these, you are invited and encouraged to attend this training!

  • I want to learn more about PTA.
  • I am new to PTA.
  • I have a new board position.
  • I have the same board position but want to learn more.

Fairfax County Council invites all PTA board members to meet, share ideas, and network with PTA members while gaining knowledge about their own PTA position during our annual training event!


Tentative Schedule (Workshops subject to change)

8:00 am: Attendee Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors (Resources and Fundraisers)

8:45 am: Welcome and Announcements

9:00 am: Workshop Session I

  • Being an Effective PTA Leader
  • Increasing Non-Dues Revenues
  • Engaging & Retaining Volunteers
  • Principal & PTA Partnerships

10:15 am: Beverage Break and Visit Exhibits

10:30 am: Workshop Session II

  • President - 1st Year Term
  • Treasurer/Money Matters
  • Engaging Military Families in
  • PTA Membership Essential Toolkit

12:00: Lunch Presentation and Visit Exhibits (Lunch included in Registration Fee)

1:15 pm: Workshop Session III

  • President - 2nd Year Term
  • Treasurer - Audit, Budget, 990s
  • Using Social Media to Promote Your PTA
  • Effective Advocacy for Better Nutrition in School
Lake Braddock Secondary School
9200 Burke Lake Rd
22015 Burke, VA
Action Alert

. . . If education is a top priority, why are schools only receiving 26% of the additional revenue, while the county is keeping the remaining 74%? We demand a fair allocation of funds. FULLY FUND FCPS!

FCCPTA continues to work with other education stakeholders in our county. We are working with a group that is identified only by having a common interest and a name of Fully Fund Fairfax. FCCPTA and Fully Fund Fairfax encourages our members to contact their Supervisor and ask this question...If education is a top priority, why are schools only receiving 26% of the additional revenue, while the county is keeping the remaining 74%? Let them know we demand a fair allocation of funds. FULLY FUND FCPS! Use this link to identify local Fairfax elected officials.

Our education stakeholder partners share a common goal, to Fully Fund FCPS!

Fully Fund Fairfax is committed to helping Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) obtain the funding it needs to ensure all students receive a world-class education.

FCPS has spent the last five years making cuts to "weather the recession" and now requires relief from the austerity budgets that threaten to dismantle one of the finest public education systems in the country. For example:

  • Teacher pay in Fairfax is not competitive with surrounding districts.
  • The list of unfunded and/or underfunded programs, especially those for disadvantaged students, is long and growing.
  • Current class sizes are already too large in many schools.

Without a significant investment of funds from Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County is in danger of losing the main driver, our economic development and the key to our future.

More information to include a prepared letter to send to Board of Supervisors can be found at:

PTAs Can Advocate!  We do need to be careful to protect our 501(c)(3) categorization. What that means is that a PTA cannot campaign for an individual political candidate or political party. PTAs cannot donate funds for those campaign purposes. However, YOU can advocate for children, schools, and education more generally. The National PTA was created as an "advocacy" organization to be the voice for all children. PTA members can "advocate" for a policy issue. Examples are: Support of school funding! Reduce class size! Support teacher staff compensation! Healthy Lifestyles for students, and Later School Start Times! If you see our national PTA, state PTA, and FCCPTA websites (all accessible from -- you will notice all the approved resolutions, policy statements, and policy positions, all of which we can legally "advocate" for, as can our local PTA units in Fairfax. It is important to note, that If PTAs don't advocate for the issues, who will?

Please take time to continue reading this newsletter for important information including next steps, timelines and contact information. I can not express strongly enough the need for you to share this information with your membership. Additional information is included in this newsletter and also on our website at We also share information on our facebook page at

Please direct your email questions to: David Edelman, Budget Chair,, Pam Kondé. Vice President of Advocacy,, or Ramona Morrow, President,

Continue to share FCCPTA information with your membership, neighbors, family, friends, and co-workers. Encourage them to sign on to receive our updates. By standing and working together we can make a difference and accomplish our goals.


FCCPTA President Ramona Morrow and FCCPTA Reflections Chair David Rozsa are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 FCCPTA Reflections Awardees.  

Reflections awards levels are: Outstanding Interpretation; Award of Excellence; Award of Merit.

Arts categories include:  Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, Visual Arts.

Grade level divisions are: Primary, Intermediate, Middle, High, Special Artist.

The judging process has two goals:

  1. To determine which student entries will advance to the next round of judging for our District and State Reflections Program. Each local unit may send their top winner in each category per grade division to their Council or District for their next level of judging. Send only one top winner!
  2. To award other prizes and recognition.

All PTA Reflections Program entries are judged on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium and interpretation of the theme. Mastery of the medium refers to the level of skill the student demonstrates in the basic principles and techniques of the arts area. However, a well-developed concept is more important than technique. Entries are judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.

Action Alert

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is often regarded as one of the best school districts in the country, but quality comes at a cost. FCPS has struggled with their budget for many years. Dr. Karen Garza, School Superintendent, recently presented a "proposed budget" that is balanced by reductions of $96.5 million and requesting an increase of $98.1 million transfer for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. For budget details, please refer to the FCCPTA paper, Maintaining Quality Schools in Fairfax County.

Here is where we -- FCCPTA, teachers, students -- need your help: Contact your Fairfax County Board of Supervisor and ask that the Board give the schools the 5.7% increase in the transfer requested. Schedule to Speak in front of the Board of Supervisors or School Board Contact your Senator and Delegate at the Virginia General Assembly and ask for more funding of K-12 education. Specifically, ask for Fairfax County to be held "harmless" on the adjustment of the LCI (Local Composite Index). Attend the Virginia PTA's PTA Day on Monday, January 27 to advocate for public education at the Virginia General Assembly. Click HERE For The FCCPTA CALL TO ACTION. It includes details for contacting elected officials.

Questions: Contact FCCPTA President: Ramona Morrow,; VP of Advocacy, Pam Kondé,, or David Edelman, Budget Chair, Check our website for updates or to sign-up for our newsletter at

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