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Welcome from the PTA!

 

Lorraine Hightower, President

Mountain View Elementary Parent Teacher Association

 

Family-School Partnership:   Happy New Year!  As we move into 2015, the PTA will continue to focus our efforts to strengthen the family-school partnership at Mountain View.  Research shows that "no matter what their family income or background may be ~ students with involved parents or caregivers are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, graduate and go on to postsecondary education.* In this new year, the PTA will offer special programs and initiatives that enhance the relationship between our families and school.  So, whether it is a Spirit Night, PTA Meeting, Parent Workshop, Muffins with Moms gathering, Donuts with Dads event, Bingo Basket Night, Watch D.O.G.S. shift or the Spring Carnival, we hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to get involved to support your children and their school.  Financial assistance to participate in any PTA event is always available confidentially through Heidi Renner, Parent Liaison, at Heidi.renner@lcps.org or (540) 751 – 2550.

Advocacy Efforts: Please join our LCPS 2015-16 budget advocacy EFFORTS!

The Mountain View Parent & Teacher Association (PTA) is proud to partner with Loudoun Education Association (LEA) for the "LEA Rally" at the School Budget Public Input Session on January 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Administration Building (21000 Education Ct, 1st Floor Meeting Room, Ashburn, VA).  Whether you sign up to speak individually, or stand in support with our Mountain View Community, please help us communicate the impact that under-funding continues to have on our children, school & staff.   I will again speak on behalf of our Parent Teacher Association.  Sign up to join us  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eacad29a4f49-loudoun   Let this be the year that Loudoun County "Puts Kids First!"

 

Watch D.O.G.S:   Another important family-school initiative that the PTA will continue this school year is the Watch D.O.G.S. ("Dads of Great Students") program.   WATCH D.O.G.S. is a program of the National Center for Fathering focusing on prevention of violence in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide an unobtrusive presence in the schools, and provide a positive role-model for students.


 

Through WATCH D.O.G.S. participation:

 

  • Schools get an enhanced sense of security in their buildings, creating an environment conducive to learning.
  • Students gain positive male role models, including students without such role models.
  • Fathers learn about the complex challenges facing today’s youth.
  • Fathers gain awareness of the positive impact they can have on a student’s academic performance, self esteem, and social behavior.
  • WATCH D.O.G.S. is for fathers and father-figures who volunteer at least one day (or more!) each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, WATCH D.O.G.S may read with students, eat lunch with them, watch school entrances and hallways, mentor students, and other assigned activities.

We gratefully thank all of our past WATCH D.O.G.S. but still have shifts to fill!  If you haven’t signed up yet to join your student at school as the “Top D.O.G.” or simply want more information (or to do it again!), please contact Derrick Jaastad at mtvwatchdogs@gmail.com or Diana Willcox at watchdogsmtv@gmail.com.   

*Henderson, A., & Mapp, K(2002). A new wave of evidence:  The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement.  Austin, TX:  Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.  

 

 

 

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Last Modified on January 17, 2015