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FCCPTA is a Powerful Voice

A powerful voice for all children; A relevant resource for families and communities; and a strong advocate for the education, health, and well-being of every child.

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FCCPTA General Membership and Superintendent Meeting, Gatehouse Cafe – is thwarted again! We are in the process of rescheduling, but we are considering Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 6:30 pm

Our April Membership meeting will feature the following:

Panel: Safety at Home and Safety at School: What Parents Can Do To Curb Gun Violence

Note:  we are in the process of reconfirming the panelists.  There will likely be changes!


Lori Haas, Virginia State Director for The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Mary Ann Panarelli, the FCPS Director of Intervention and Prevention Services

Tom Vaccarello, FCPS Director of Safety and Security

Karen Corbett-Sanders, FCPS School Board

Ruth Hoffman, Be SMART Lead, Moms Demand Action (Virginia Chapter)

Ella Wogaman, Students Demand Action and senior at West Springfield High School

Since it our membership meeting, we do have a few details to address first, including adoption new bylaws and a nomination from the floor of a new president-elect. For details, go to

Please review the minutes and other reports so that we can go through the business portion of the meeting quickly so we can get to panel.


Contact Beth Tudan, FCCPTA President, at


Gatehouse Cafe, 1st Floor

Gatehouse Administration Center

8115 Gatehouse Road

(Free parking in underground garage — take the elevator in the garage up to the first floor)

Falls Church, VA 22042

Directions from Gallows Road:

As you turn from Gallows, FCPS Headquarters is a tall building on the right up a slight hill. Don’t go to the front entrance because the main entrance closes in the evening.

Instead, pass the building and take a right at the next (narrow) driveway on the back side of the building. Take a right into the parking garage.

Park and walk to the elevator and take it to the first floor.  You’ll find the Gatehouse Cafe on the first floor.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorizes proposed FY2019 real estate property tax rate – March 6

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors – Public Hearings on FY2019 county advertised budgetApril 10-12 – Sign up to testify to support adequate investment in the county’s world-class education system

What is the FCCPTA?

The Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA) is an active partner with its local school units and the Fairfax County community at large as we work together to provide our children with the highest quality educational environment and opportunities available.

PTAs/PTSAs are a network that provides much more value-added services than PTOs as PTOs are stand-alone units.  PTAs/PTSAs do not exist for fundraising alone or staying within a single school.  PTAs/PTSAs are a network across the community — teaming up together for training and advocacy.

FCCPTA does the following:

  • We hold annual training for presidents, ​treasurers, secretaries, communication chairs, volunteer coordinators, and more.
  • We sponsor programs, including the Fairfax County Spelling Bee and Reflections.
  • We have a Facebook group where we bounce ideas off each other and ask questions.
  • Where does one find the license to show a movie at school?  who has recommendations for vendors for cultural arts programs? sports, etc? how do you do an an audit? There are many!
  • We advocate.

In December of 2017, we held our first Advocacy Event at FCPS Headquarters with members of the FCPS School Board and the Board of Supervisors. We held three panels and breakout sessions with our individual district representatives. It was scheduled to last until 9 pm, but many stayed until almost 10 pm to keep talking with their representatives.

We serve on committees across FCPS, including the FCPS Calendar Committee and the Superintendent Search Committee.

FCCPTA is part of the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation – the PTA! Because of our efforts, our children have opportunities to excel and take advantage of so many wonderful programs.

We exist to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing our members and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership, and communication.

We exist to:

  • Foster communication between and among units to share best practices and common concerns.
  • Provide a unified, effective voice in relationships with the School District(s) and community partners which include our local city, county and state offices and officials, our local business community, parents and the community at large.
  • Link the Fairfax County area PTAs with the resources, support and advocacy from the Northern Virginia District, Virginia, & National PTA organizations.
  • Be the leading voice advocating for quality public education and a nurturing environment for all of our children.

FCCPTA – Together We Touch the Future!




FCCPTA sponsors and coordinates the following programs: Awards Diversity Conference Reflections Spelling Bee Scholarships Virginia Power Plates

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