In this Issue

  • Message from the President
  • Virtual Summer Leadership Training
  • Fairfax County School Board Meeting Updates
  • FCCPTA is Seeking a Social Media Chair
  • Update Your PTA Officer List
  • National PTA Convention 2020
  • Resources for Parents
President's Message
Dear PTA Leaders,

Keep Those Villages Together
I shared last month that I believe it takes a village to raise a child. This past March, we saw our villages change. They continue to change. As we look to our immediate future this fall, our villages will change even more. They will split into various camps: in-person hybrid learning, all-virtual learning, and possibly even temporary private schooling or homeschooling.
My amazing PTA volunteers, I humbly ask that you work hard to keep your villages together. Right now, our villages are starting to crack. Families are agonizing over the choices made for their children. Staff wonder if the choice they made will be honored. We all are simply worried about what school will look like and we worry about the health, physical and mental, of our greater community and all its members. As this cloud of doubt, uncertainty, and worry settles over us, it threatens to permanently fracture our communities. Our villages are hurting, our people are hurting, and our children are hurting.
But PTA can be our lifeline. PTA can and will keep our villages intact. Our village includes virtual and in-person staff. It includes virtual and in-person learners. It includes families who have made a temporary change, just for a year, and they plan on returning. Our village welcomes all.
It is time for us to recognize and shout from the rooftops that PTA goes far beyond fundraisers and bake sales! We are the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in our county. PTA links families to important school and community information. We track local, state, and national policies every day so we can advocate for what is best for our students, families, and schools. Not only do we tirelessly advocate for our children and our schools, but PTA creates, waters, and nurtures the village needed to raise our children and help them reach their potential.  We bring school communities to life.
Encourage your community to join PTA. Ask them to be part of the village. Educate and empower them to make your shared pocket of the world a better place. Provide them the space to connect with other parents and staff members at your school. Make your village strong by adding as many voices as possible. Ask them to join us, support our work, and amplify our voice as collaborators and advocates. PTA believes we CAN make every child’s potential a reality…
Take care, stay safe, & be well.
Kara Jenkins
PTA Leadership Training
Enjoying Summer Leadership Training? We have a few more weeks of great PTA leadership development offerings.

Also, if you have attended a workshop or two or four, please take the  SURVEY  and help us improve.

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July 22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

July 22, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

July 25, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

July 25, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

July 25, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

August 1, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

August 1, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

August 1, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

August 3, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Join us August 8th at 1 pm for PTA Q and A .

You've got questions,
we've got answers!
FCPS School Board Updates

Social Media Chair
 FCCPTA seeks a Social Media Chair to help develop, manage and execute our social media and communications strategy. This is a perfect role for a high school or college student looking to hone their public relations skills. For more information, please see position description .

Interested? Contact Michelle Leete at
Update Your PTA Officer Contact Information

 Update your PTA's officer list with VAPTA even if there were no changes this year. The update is required each year to ensure you continue to receive PTA communications. More information can be found   HERE .
Attending National PTA's first virtual convention? Join the Virginia convention delegates as we live chat on all things related to #PTACon2020.

Unable to attend? Important convention updates will be posted to and on our social media platforms throughout the convention.

Contact us at to join the Facebook live chat.
Need anything? We’re here to help!

Kara Jenkins,
Shawna Garrett,
La Guardia Myers,
Larry Mills,
Hamid Munir,
Michelle Leete ,
Brett Fox,
Jaime Yarussi,