ABOUT THE PTA
The MCHL Parent Teacher Association (PTA) strengthens our family units, our school, and our community through parent/family involvement. We welcome and encourage all parents to take an active role in the MCHL community. Please consider being a part of the MCHL PTA. You can contact a board member (below) to see how you can help. Also, please join us for our PTA meetings which are usually on the third Thursday of every month during the school year.
- Co-President: Cat Chang
- Co-President: Jennifer Connell
- Treasurer: Heather Macdonald
- Secretary: Marina Klusas
- Social Co-Chair: Neha Bansel
- Social Co-Chair: Laura Moy
- Social Media Chair: Isabel Uribe
- Teacher Representative: Luz Gomez
- Teacher Representative: Kathy Darsch
You can email the PTA board members at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA CALENDAR 2017-2018
PTA meetings and other PTA events will be announced on the MCHL PTA Google Group.
PTA GOOGLE GROUP
We’ve made it easier to get the latest news from the MCHL PTA! Join the PTA Google Group so you can receive email notifications of events. Please include your child’s name in the additional information box so we can verify your enrollment.
Please know that we are concerned for the safety of your children. The PTA Google Group is not listed in the Google Groups listing and is a private group—all memberships must be verified by a PTA board member who ensures your family is enrolled at MCHL.
We also appreciate that you may already be inundated with email, so messages from the group will be kept to a minimum as only moderators will be allowed to post. We will not sell or share your email address with anyone.
We appreciate your membership and commitment to making the PTA a successful part of the MCHL community!
You can help fund activities for the MCHL children such as the Pumpkin Patch, parties, Kindergarten field trips, and the end-of-year picnic. In addition to fundraising events held throughout the year, MCHL is enrolled in programs which earn money for our school when you purchase groceries and other products. Each time you shop, a portion of your total purchase will be donated to our school.
For Small Hands
For Small Hands offers many great hard-to-find Montessori materials for the home and classroom.
When you order, mention MCHL’s customer number 101928 and address 880 West Church Road, Sterling, VA 20164. MCHL will receive 10% credit toward Montessori materials for the children.
Amazon School Rewards
Use this special Amazon link whenever you shop at Amazon. MCHL receives 4% of your entire Amazon purchase! No registration is required. You can bookmark this link and use it for all of your future Amazon purchases.
Register your Giant Card for A+ School Rewards and through March 28, 2013, MCHL will earn cash every time you shop. All you have to do is visit the Giant A+ website or call 1-877-275-2758 and enter your Giant Card number. Our school code is 03933.
When you shop at Giant, present your Giant Card and you will automatically earn points for MCHL. Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Giant website. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program.
Harris Teeter Together in Education (TIE)
Link your VIC card to MCHL every school year and when you purchase certain Harris Teeter brand products, MCHL earns a percentage of your purchase. Our school code is 1398. There are several ways to link your VIC card:
- The Harris Teeter website
- At the register or Customer Service desk in store
- Call the customer service number on the back of your VIC card
You can also earn even more through TIE bonus programs!
Campbell's Labels For Education
General Mills Box Tops for Education
Clip box tops from hundreds of participating General Mills products, put them in a baggie with the number of box tops written on the outside of the bag, and deposit the bags into the collection box located at the entrance of the upper level. MCHL receives 10 cents for each coupon we submit to the program!
You can also shop your favorite online stores such as Barnes & Noble, JCPenny, Target, and Land’s End at the Box Tops for Education Marketplace. Up to 8% of each qualifying purchase is donated to our school.
PAST PTA ACTIVITIES
The MCHL PTA sponsors many activities throughout the year. Here are some things we have done in the past:
- Parties (International Fair and Mardi Gras Party)
- A celebration with music, dancing, games, and food.
- Pumpkin Patch on the playground
- Your child chooses their very own pumpkin to take home.
- Breakfast for Dinner at IHOP
- Teacher Appreciation Week
- End-of-Year Picnic
Parent Education Night
- Child Safety
Learn how to discuss stranger safety with your children.
- Beyond MCHL Panel Discussion
Discuss with MCHL teachers and parents how to transition from a Montessori environment and choose the right elementary school for your child.
- Healthy Eating
Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids offers tips and suggestions on how to introduce fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods to picky eaters.
Charity & Safety
Every level of PTA has by-laws—the local units, councils, districts, state, and even the National PTA operate within the guidelines of a by-law document.
By-laws represent the most important legal document of an association, establishing and protecting the rights of the membership. A unit’s by-laws link the association to the Virginia PTA/PTSA and National PTA by which they are chartered. It represents the written contract between the general membership and their elected officials, specifying what duties and responsibilities are assigned to each respective group. For these reasons, it is extremely important that all by-laws be current, clear in content, and accurately represent the way a local unit conducts the business of the association.
The MCHL PTA must amend its by-laws to conform with the Virginia State PTA’s current by-laws every five years.
In order to make our by-laws official, all MCHL PTA members should review our amended by-laws. These by-laws are the requirements and roles that govern our PTA’s activities. We all have a voice! Please contact the PTA board to obtain the by-laws.
The MCHL PTA general membership has reviewed the proposed amendments and voted for approval. Members were present to vote, and at least two-thirds vote of the members present approved the by-laws.
JOIN THE PTA
Our vision is to make each MCHL school year the most enriching, educational, and exciting experience for our children. We promote quality education and a true partnership between home and school.
As a local member, you are automatically a member of the state PTA and the National PTA. For just $20 per family, you will be paying the annual dues for MCHL, state, and the National PTA. Your dues allow the PTA to fund the kindergarten field trips as well as the in-house events like the Pumpkin Patch, the Kay Dee Puppet show, and the One-Man Band show. The MCHL PTA is a wonderful group of parents working side by side with a shared vision in mind to provide the absolute best for our children!
If you are interested in becoming a member, complete this membership form and drop it with your check in the PTA box by the front office. Please make checks payable to MCHL PTA.
Please join us today. The MCHL PTA is you!
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