March 2021 Issue
Welcome to FCCPTA's newsletter, Top 10 on the 10th, where we bring you no more than 10 PTA-related news items on the 10th day of every month.
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In this Issue

  1. Introducing our Ambassadors
  2. FCPS Calendar 2021-22
  3. Financial Fitness
  4. FCPS Community Use Update
  5. FCCPTA is Looking for YOU
  6. Health and Safety for Return to School
  7. May General Membership Meeting
  8. VAPTA 100th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting
  9. VAPTA Deeper D.I.V.E. Webinar Series
  10. Have a safe and wonderful Spring Break!
Ambassadors Program
We want to introduce you to our FCCPTA Ambassadors, who work purposefully and productively with PTAs within a pyramid!

The FCCPTA Ambassadors serve their pyramid PTAs by providing support (and guidance if needed), exchanging information, communicating Virginia and National PTA opportunities and news, and keeping local PTAs up-to-date on issues affecting FCPS. They also help to share information about local school challenges and opportunities.

**This is a new program so we have yet to fill ambassadors for all pyramids. We hope to recruit an ambassador for every pyramid for the next school year! If you are interested in serving, please contact Ambassadors Chair, Caren Lee at ambassadorschair@fccpta.org

Introducing our Ambassadors:


FCPS Calendar Update
ICYMI, there are important discussions occurring between our school board and FCPS leadership as they plan the 2021-2022 school calendar. Prior to COVID-19 disruptions, FCCPTA participated in the FCPS calendar planning working group which produced different calendar options with a focus on inclusivity for our students, families, and staff. Without that committee input, an additional calendar option was recently presented that focuses instead on a consistent Monday – Friday schedule. Last week, our school board requested that FCPS provide another option that addresses inclusivity as well as student wellness.
 
Please take a moment to review the current calendar options. How do you feel? Which calendar option works best for your family or your community? 

Share your thoughts with your school board member, as they will ultimately decide what happens next.


Act quickly, as the school board is scheduled to vote on March 18, 2021

Financial Fitness
Financial Fitness from the Treasurer
The next dues deadline is June 1. You can pay them online through MemberHub.
You can also download our Dues Remittance Form and mail it to FCCPTA (our mailing address is on the form). Additional information on dues submission is located on our FCCPTA Website.
Please remember, Treasurers, we want to hear from you. If you have questions or need assistance on financial matters, contact Jaime Yarussi, FCCPTA Treasurer at treasurer@fccpta.org
Community Use
Update: Governor Northam updated EO-72 on February 24, 2021. In the amendment, the number of participants has increased from 10 to 25!  

Beginning February 8, 2021, FCPS Leadership will open scheduling for Community Use Phase 2-Group 4. Group 4 represents Support Organizations (PTA, PTO, PTSA, Boosters) management of after-school programs that are offered by Program Operators (volunteers, FCPS off-contract employees, and/or 3rd party Independent Contractors). Regardless of what type of after-school Support Organization program, FCPS’s process remains the same for Group 4.

Click HERE for the FCPS Community Use Phase 2-Group 4 Support Organization After-School Programming Process.

Check out the February General Membership Meeting recording (below) to learn more about the Community Use process.

Questions? Contact, Vicki Garner at vjgarner@fcps.edu
FCCPTA is Looking for YOU
FCCPTA is looking for a few great people to take on the following roles/positions:

  • CAAB (Community Advisory Action Board) Representative
  • Diversity Chair
  • Membership Chair

Click HERE to learn more and complete a brief interest form.

Questions? Contact Kara at president@fccpta.org
Health and Safety for Return to School
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is providing the following guidance to staff regarding school health practices for students. The guidance is consistent with Governor Northam’s phased reopening plan for Virginia schools and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Schools should follow all CDC, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and the local health department guidance for reopening schools during all phases.

This document is updated frequently and contains the most recent information on health and safety topics.
May General Membership Meeting
We had a great February General Membership Meeting. Thanks to all who were able to attend. We heard great updates regarding FCPS Return to School, Community Use and News and Information.

Missed the meeting? Not to worry! Check out the recording HERE.

Our next and last meeting of the school year is May 5 @ 6:30 PM. We will elect our Nominating Committee for the 2021-22 school year. Please REGISTER in advance.

We hope to see you there!
VAPTA 100th Anniversary
THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR ANNUAL MEETING & 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

We have a 'seat' with your name written on it, all you have to do is claim it! Elect the next Executive Committee to take the organization into the next 100 years, celebrate our students and adults who make Virginia PTA the brand it is today!

Registration must be completed before Wednesday, March 10 at midnight. No late registrations will be available due to our credentialing process for electronic voting.

Registration is FREE
A Deeper D.I.V.E. Webinar Series
Join us as we continue to learn, share and implement solutions to diversity, equity and inclusion challenges in our PTAs and schools.

For more information and to check out previous webinar recordings, visit us at vapta.org/diversity or contact us at vp@vapta.org
Need anything? We’re here to help!


Kara Jenkins, president@fccpta.org
Shawna Garrett, vp.outreach@fccpta.org
La Guardia Myers, vp.advocacy@fccpta.org
Larry Mills, vp.programs@fccpta.org
Hamid Munir, vp.training@fccpta.org
Brett Fox, secretary@fccpta.org
Jaime Yarussi, treasurer@fccpta.org

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