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.firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 751 – 2550.
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.
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 email@example.com or Diana Willcox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.