Lorraine Hightower, President
Mountain View Elementary PTA
Teacher Grant Program: The PTA is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Educational Grant Program: First grade teachers, Mrs. Lyle and Mrs. Chandler, received money for 'marvelous math manipulatives' to reinforce math skills and hands on learning; Mrs. O'Meara received money for five listening centers for the first grade classrooms; Mrs. Teeter received grant money to maintain the 'Green Thumb Outdoor Garden Classroom' which is used as an ongoing science resource by all grade levels; Mrs. Gernerd and the Fourth Grade Team received money for eight additional sets of "Our Virginia" books to be used as an up to date resource for teaching Virginia history and Mrs. Holdredge received funds for Speech and Language Therapy materials used by over 75 students who receive speech and language therapy as part of their individual education plan. Of special note is that this PTA grant money is awarded to our dedicated staff in addition to the supplemental classroom supply money the PTA provides our teachers each year. We thank these teachers and staff for taking the initiative to apply for these grants in order to ensure the best possible education for our children.
Family Magic Night! On March 13th at 7:00 pm, Mountain View's 5th Grade presents the return of Jay Mattioli, magician extraordinaire! Jay is a 'two time champion' of stage magic who has performed all over the world. More recently, he electrified the nation and stumped the judges as a finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent." With feats of levitation, hilarious audience participation, live animals and more, this is an evening you won't want to miss! Doors open at 6:15 pm for concessions and seat selection before the show. All proceeds from this event go towards the 5th Grade Promotion Fund. For those of you who joined us last year, Jay promises a whole different experience so you will definitely want to attend this year as well! Look for detailed information on how to purchase tickets in your student(s) folder.
Put Kids First! The Virginia PTA and the Virginia Education Association (VEA) have joined forces to lead "Put Kids First!" a movement to change the future of education in the Commonwealth: how it is funded, how it is prioritized and the mandates surrounding testing. We are requesting that interested parents, teachers and students who are passionate about public education join us for the rally on the capitol in Richmond on April 18, 2015. If you aren't able to attend in person, please consider sharing a personal story about the effect continued reductions in funding have had on you or your children and their education. You can share your story at GoodforVirginia.org/PutKidsFirst. Statements from parents and teachers will make our message strong as we plan to carry it forward to our elected officials. Buses will leave from the Loudoun Education Association (LEA) in Leesburg. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help the Mountain View PTA advocate in this important way.
Family Engagement Events: This month our PTA will host two traditional family engagement activities~ "Muffins with Moms" on March 10th and 11th and "Donuts with Dads" on March 24th and 25th. While these events take place in the early morning before school, they are much more than just sharing a muffin or donut with your student. It is also an opportunity to let your children know that you value and appreciate their school and how hard they work every day. We encourage you to attend these events and enjoy this special time with your student(s). Special thanks to Diana Willcox, PTA Vice President of Family Engagement, Donna McKeon and Mary Beth Robinson, Chairpersons for these events plus all of our PTA Volunteers for their time and effort in creating these important opportunities!