Budget Vote

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PRESIDENT’S TWO CENTS

Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. We are are sending out this newsletter in between our scheduled bi-weekly issues in order to vote on our annual budget. Thank you to those who attended our first monthly meeting last week. If you have not already seen it, we went live on Facebook (link here)! We will try go live again for our next meeting, October 6th, but will try be a little more savvy with it next time, LOL – thank you for your patience (I hope to a meeting manager in place by then to assist me)!

The main topic of our monthly meeting was the budget (and programming) review. Based on feedback from members during the meeting and further discussion among the Executive Board, we revised the original draft and, as discussed in the meeting, are now putting forward a version for a digital membership vote. It is important to know two things: (1) the PTSA is prevented from moving forward with any business until the annual budget is approved; and (2) any budget amendment can be proposed during any future monthly meeting.

One addition to the budget since the original draft is the provision of free t-shirts for the entire staff and student-body. “Uniforms” and school “swag” have long since provided the sociological phenomenon of belonging and camaraderie among people everywhere – it is a simple gesture that can sometimes carry profound meaning, especially if an expenditure like this is a challenge for a family or one is new to this country. Additionally, our staff has been through so much during “Covid” and in preparing for and being in our building with our students day in and day out – this is a token of appreciation.

Some line items, such as those in the operating budget, we were able to derive a bit more easily using actual previous costs. Other line items, such as those under Instructional Support, School-Morale, Community Support, and Fundraising, are more challenging to determine because some of this programming will be new. We are hopeful that we will be able to bring in more income than we indicated, but we wanted to be conservative for budgeting. It is also important to note that this budget still has us ending this school year with a very large surplusWe ultimately want to spend most of what we bring in, while effectively planning cash flow from year to year, because we are not a fundraising organization, but an educational advocacy organization that raises money to support its school-community programs – we need to use the money, not sit on it. So, we will plan to recommend amendments to the budget if needed during the year, but we need to start somewhere now.

You will find the budget here and in the Google voting form (link below). Only PTSA members are eligible to vote, please register here. If you were a member last school year, that is active until October 31.

It is a simple “yes” or “no” vote. CLICK HERE TO VOTE. The deadline to vote is tonight, Monday, September 13 at midnight.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me here.

Peace,

Kim Lanoue

President’s Two Cents

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PRESIDENT’S TWO CENTS

I hope everyone enjoyed their four-day week-end! And I hope that your first 10 days of school have gone as smoothly as can be! I am definitely grateful to have our students back in the building and I am hopeful about what the year could bring. Yet, I have to be honest, the frenzy of the beginning of a school year has me dragging a bit. It is hard not to become both excited and overwhelmed – wanting to take leaps and bounds forward – but steady does win races (notice, I left out the “slow” part of that:). Our efforts to help the Justice High School PTSA be more relevant and engaging in our community are a work-in-progress. Those are the buzz words, the goals, of the year: relevance and engagement. In order to achieve our goals we really do need your help – we need your input and your time. Admittedly, this whole “President of the PTSA” thing is also a work-in-progress for me and I really need to elevate my delegation game, but in order to do that we need more volunteers, please read our “wish list” below.

I would like to again THANK all of the folks who have volunteered their time thus far: handling school supply deliveries; at the Wolfpack Welcome table; feeding kids for Senior Sunrise; and those who have been in the background providing a sounding-board! I would also like to especially THANK those persons who have so far stepped-up to take on a role:

James Wilkins (Parent) – Communications Co-Coordinator
Ann-Marie Ward (Parent) – Communications Co-Coordinator
Jenna White (Parent) – Advocacy Coordinator
Laura Coates (Parent) –  Membership (Volunteer) Coordinator
Paola Vasquez-Brown (Parent) – Senior Caravan and Carnival
Wint Ngon (Student) – VP Events
Justin Tetelman (Student) – VP Student Involvement
Omar Mohamed (Parent) – Treasurer
Kathleen Brown (Parent) – Secretary

Believe me, I know time and energy are in short supply, but I am hopeful that you will find a way to support these volunteers in some capacity at some point this year. I welcome (aka beg:) you to join us: one-time/one-off volunteers, single-project managers, or position-holders are ALL welcome!

We have been working on our communication – which includes these new bi-weekly newsletters being distributed via News You Choose (we said good-bye to members-only news), a new Instagram account, an in-mid-update revised website, and a developing WhatsApp organization account. We’re trying to stay connected to you – so please share our FB/Instagram/Twitter posts (see links below) and newsletters as widely as possible. (Note: we will be attempting to go “live” on FaceBook and/or Instagram for events when possible (for viewing only), including for our first member meeting.

Please join us for our re-scheduled Monthly Member Meeting TONIGHT in the Little Theater or online (link here)!

Peace,

Kim Lanoue



It Takes A Village

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE

We need volunteers for the following, please email us if you are even a little bit curious (questions encouraged, no blood-oaths required):

1. Member of the fundraising committee. First meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 3pm (virtual).
2. VP of Communications.
3. Committee Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
4. Coordinator of the virtual portion of the monthly meetings.
5. Coordinator of grant requests from staff and students.
6. Coordinator the filing of grant applications for various funding opportunities.
7. Coordinator of Reflections Program.
8. Coordinator of translation/interpretation. (If you speak ANY foreign language and willing to interpret/translate, please click here).
9. Special-Education Liaison.
10. Post-Graduate Planning Liaison.


Construction Zone

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CONTRUCTION ZONE

We are working on a few things, please email us if you’d like to be a part of any of it or to make a suggestion:

PTSA President’s Roundtable: Food Pantry and Swap Shop. We will be hosting a roundtable discussion including school staff, student organization representatives, and local community organizations to dialogue and plan for community services such as a school-families food pantry and in-school store (free, trade, or donation-cost items) for formal-wear, athletic equipment, coats, shoes, school/tech/arts supplies, etc.

PTSA President’s Roundtable: Support for Activities. We would like to host a roundtable discussion, including school staff, booster organization representatives, and team and club representatives, on supporting students with such things as after-school food on special days (games, performances, etc.); free/reduced passes for games/performances; athletic or artistic supplies (i.e. shoes, instruments, etc.); middle-school enrichment programs; guest-trainers/directors/consultants; and any other ideas to help support students to be involved in extra-curricular activities.

Global Calendar. We are working on a one-stop Google calendar having dates for PTSA events, Justice academics and activities, and important pyramid-school events.

Fundraising Committee. Come help us brainstorm and plan new fundraising activities, including, but not limited to a: trivia night; casino night; talent showcase; spring field day; and Senior caravan and carnival.

Member Meetings. We have 8 monthly member meetings left this year and we have a list of presentations/Q&As that are our goals for each meeting (not necessarily appearing in the order below), please email us if you have a suggestion:

  1. FCPD SRO and Community Outreach Representatives
  2. School Construction Update: FCPS Facilities Dept. and Fairfax County Park Authority
  3. School Board, County Board of Supervisors, and State Congressional Representatives
  4. Mental Health Wellness (First-Aid)
  5. A panel on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Racial Justice
  6. What is a PTA?

PTSA Listening Tour. We heard you and we will be continuing our efforts to come into neighborhoods and have dialogues. In order to streamline our time (let’s face it, no one wants to go to more meetings than they have to) and make it more convenient for people to attend, we are combining this with our monthly membership meetings. The sessions will begin at 6pm prior to the start of the 7pm member meetings (the videos will also be posted online) and our meeting will alternate locations (including, but not limited to: Glasgow; each of the pyramid elementary schools; apartment complex meeting rooms; the public library; parks, etc.). Please email us if you would like to suggest a location or host/plan one of the meetings.



Calendar

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CALENDAR

EVENTDATE/TIMELOCATIONVIRTUAL LINK
PTSA Monthly MeetingSep. 8, 7pmLittle TheaterGoogle Meet
PTSA Fundraising Committee MeetingSep. 14, 3pmn/aGoogle Meet
PTSA Listening TourOct. 6, 6pm TBD Google Meet
PTSA Member MeetingOct. 6, 7pmTBDGoogle Meet

NOTE: PTSA Monthly Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm. They are hybrid: in-person and via Google Meet. Videos will either go live on FaceBook/Instagram and/or will be posted on our website/YouTube.

Click here see our online calendar.



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JOIN

BECOME A MEMBER

Please click here to join us!

ALL are welcome to participate in our programs and events, receive our news and information, volunteer time or resources, and attend and contribute during general membership meetings! However, there is one members-only privilege: voting – having a voice in decisions about our programming, events, and spending. The National and Virginia PTA provide supportive resources (see below for examples) and your membership fees support those efforts as well as our local efforts (we need a basic level of financial support to have such things as virtual meetings, digital workspaces, online bookkeeping, etc. and additional funds for any other programming we elect to have).

Soon, at the link above, you will also see options to sponsor memberships so fellow wolves can join the PTSA-pack and to register for a free membership if you need one.



FEEDBACK

We welcome your input. Please click above to provide us comments, questions, and suggestions.



RESOURCES

FCPS Community Health



ADVOCACY & EDUCATION

HELPFUL LINKS

National PTA Advocacy Resources

Virginia PTA  Advocacy: Positions and Resolutions

Virginia PTA  Advocacy: Coalitions and Commissions

Virginia PTA Advocacy: Legislative Priorities

Virginia PTA Advocacy: Webinars

Virginia PTA Advocacy: Take Action

FCCPTA Advocacy: Positons



DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

HELPFUL LINKS

National PTA DEI: Resources

Virginia PTA DEI: Resources

Virginia PTA DEI: Webinar

Virginia PTA DEI: Position Papers



KEEP IN TOUCH

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2021-2022

President: Kim Lanoue (president@justicehsptsa.org)

Treasurer: Omar Mohamed (treasurer@justicehsptsa.org)

Secretary: Kathleen Brown (secretary@justicehsptsa.org)

VP of Events: Wint Ngon (events@justicehsptsa.org)

VP of Student Representation: Justin Tetelman (student@justicehsptsa.org


Website: https://justicehsptsa.org

Facebook: @justicehsptsa

Twitter: @JusticeHSPTSA

Instagram: @justicehsptsa

You Tube: Justice HS PTSA

WhatsApp:


Fairfax County Council of PTAS

Northern Virginia District PTA

Virginia PTA

National PTA

Resources

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RESOURCES

FCPS Community Health



ADVOCACY & EDUCATION

HELPFUL LINKS

National PTA Advocacy Resources

Virginia PTA  Advocacy: Positions and Resolutions

Virginia PTA  Advocacy: Coalitions and Commissions

Virginia PTA Advocacy: Legislative Priorities

Virginia PTA Advocacy: Webinars

Virginia PTA Advocacy: Take Action

FCCPTA Advocacy: Positons



DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

HELPFUL LINKS

National PTA DEI: Resources

Virginia PTA DEI: Resources

Virginia PTA DEI: Webinar

Virginia PTA DEI: Position Papers



KEEP IN TOUCH

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2021-2022

President: Kim Lanoue (president@justicehsptsa.org)

Treasurer: Omar Mohamed (treasurer@justicehsptsa.org)

Secretary: Kathleen Brown (secretary@justicehsptsa.org)

VP of Events: Wint Ngon (events@justicehsptsa.org)

VP of Student Representation: Justin Tetelman (student@justicehsptsa.org


Website: https://justicehsptsa.org

Facebook: @justicehsptsa

Twitter: @JusticeHSPTSA

Instagram: @justicehsptsa

You Tube: Justice HS PTSA

WhatsApp: TBD


Fairfax County Council of PTAS

Northern Virginia District PTA

Virginia PTA

National PTA

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