Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!
The last year and a half has certainly been like no other time in recent memory. Transitioning from online learning to hybrid instruction, balancing remote work with child care, experiencing isolation from stay-at-home orders that was gradually relieved as we slowly expanded “the bubble” – we have all overcome significant challenges, but we have collectively become stronger.
To that end, the North Springfield Elementary School PTA’s theme for the 2021-22 school year is Building Resilient Individuals Through Engaging Collaboration. Rooted in FCPS’s Portrait of a Graduate framework and the core values of the National PTA, this theme will guide all of the work and activities of the NSES PTA as we seek to provide meaningful ways to assist our students academically and socially while providing strong financial support to the school itself.
I invite you to join the PTA this year and to actively help us accomplish our ambitious goals detailed in our strategic plan. Dues are an extremely affordable $10 per person and $16 per couple for parents, guardians, and members of the community and $5 for NSES teachers. Meetings are held four (4) times during the school year, generally on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. This year’s meetings will be conducted in-person but also livestreamed via Zoom, and we have a full calendar of social activities and fundraisers planned out. We hope you will not only pay your dues (which support our school as well as the Fairfax County Council PTA, Northern Virginia District PTA, Virginia PTA, and National PTA) but also attend our programs and become a volunteer.
Scholarly research has found a strong correlation between parent involvement and academic success. By joining the PTA, parents are able to invest in their child’s education by helping to support educational programs and initiatives such as afterschool enrichment programs, teacher grants, informative talks designed to help parents support student learning from home. By joining the PTA, teachers are able to advocate for support such as grant funding that supplements often restricted operating funds, develop closer relationships with parents so they can be resources to reinforce learning objectives at home, and provide input on non-curricular social activities to deepen the a sense of community found at the school. Bottom line, joining the PTA bridges the roles of parents and teachers to benefit our children.
Thank you for your anticipated support, and we look forward to Building Resilient Individuals Through Engaging Collaboration this school year and beyond!
NSES PTA President