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John Adams PTA Executive Board 2015-2016


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President: Aimee Dalton - gotoMyEmail

Aimee Dalton has two children in the Dual Language program at John Adams in 2nd grade and kindergarten. She lives in the neighborhood behind John Adams with her family. She served as President Elect last year. She is an avid runner with several marathons under her belt.


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President-Elect: Scott Jemison - leaveMyEmail

Scott Jemison was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Scott served as PTA treasurer for two years, and has transitioned to President Elect this year. His son is in the third grade Dual Language program. Scott enjoys cooking, swimming, and playing games with friends and family.


Vice President: Helen Ashagre - NoesMyEmail

Helen Ashagre has lived in Alexandria Virginia for over 10 years with her husband and two children. Her daughter is in the 4th grade Dual Language program and her other daughter is a 1st grade dual language student. Helen was born and raised in Ethiopia. She studied nursing from Global Health College. She speaks and writes Amharic. When she isn’t at work she love to cook, dance and hang out with her family!


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Secretary: Sally Hunnicutt - NoEmail

Sally Hunnicutt's twins are in the 2nd grade Dual Language program at John Adams. She has lived in the Dowden Terrace neighborhood behind John Adams with her husband Patrick for over 10 years. She speaks Spanish and studied and lived abroad in South America. In her free time she likes to cook and hang out with her neighbors. This is her second year as PTA Secretary.


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Treasurer: Mat Jaze - Matmail

Mat Jaze and his family have been part of John Adams for the past six years. Mat was born in Cameroon, he speaks French, and two of his children are in the 1st and 3rd grade Dual Language program. Mat and his family lives in the John Adams neighborhood. Mat likes to spend time with his family, coach recreation soccer with the Alexandria Soccer Association, and play soccer with friends.

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What is the PTA


The Mission & Values Of The National PTA

PTA Mission

  • The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTA Values

Collaboration:

  • We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.

Commitment:

  • We are dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

Accountability:

  • We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.

Respect:

  • We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others.

Inclusivity:

  • We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible.

Integrity:

  • We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.


The Virginia PTA Vision, Mission And Values

PTA Vision:

  • Every child's potential is a reality.

PTA Mission:

  • To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTA Values:

Collaboration:

  • We will work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve and advocate for all children and families.

Commitment:

  • We are dedicated to children's educational success, health, and well-being through strong family and community engagement, while remaining accountable to the principles upon which our association was founded.

Diversity:

  • We acknowledge the potential of everyone without regard, including but not limited to: age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Respect:

  • We value the individual contributions of members, employees, volunteers, and partners as we work collaboratively to achieve our association's goals.

Accountability:

  • All members, employees, volunteers, and partners have a shared responsibility to align their efforts toward the achievement of our association's strategic initiatives.


The John Adams PTA

  • The JAES Parent Teacher Association is made up of the parents and teachers of the John Adams Elementary School who work to make the Vision, Mission and Values of the National PTA and the Virginia PTA a reality for the John Adams community.

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PTA Committees


Click on Committee to view a description of that committee and to see its Chairperson.

  • After-School Student Enrichment/Clubs

    Volunteers coordinate and monitor after school enrichment classes, such as Karate, Mad Science, Dance, Running and Lego.

    TBD

  • Dual Language

    Work with administrators to support Dual Language program within school and advocate for needs of the program.

    TBD

  • Scholastic Book Fair

    Volunteers help set up for the Book Fair, sell books and pack up books.

    TBD

  • Family and Community Outreach

    Volunteers seek out family and community support in order to engage families and bring involvement into the school.

    The chairs of this committee communicates and organizes community support for school functions and works with schools efforts to engage families. In addition this committee handles the PTA membership drives and volunteers plan, conduct and promote membership enrollment and advocates for the school.

    TBD

  • Fundraising

    Volunteers seek out financial community support. The chair of this committee communicates and organizes community support for school functions, sponsors for event and printed material and organizes the Safeway, Giant and Harris Teeter registrations. This committee also runs the Boxtop
    and labels for education effort.

    TBD

  • Fifth Grade Liaison

    Volunteers help with several 5th grade events and end of the year activities.

    TBD

  • Hospitality

    • Kindergarten Social
    • Back to school breakfast for new and returning teachers
    • Teacher appreciation
    • Spirit-wear
    • Volunteer appreciation and awards
    Committee members organize food, refreshments and other
    hospitable efforts for a variety of functions that support
    staff and administrators.

    TBD

  • Differently-Abled Children

    Advocate and build awareness within PTA and the school for students with special needs.

    TBD

  • Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

    Organize and carry out two Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) events a year. Volunteers would assist students in choosing free books, keeping tables neatly stocked with books.

    TBD

  • PTA Newsletter

    Volunteers write articles and edit our school newsletter.

    TBD

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PTA Bylaws

PTA Bylaws ( Proposed April, 2015)
PTA Bylaws ( proposed - adopted by members at October 25, 2011 meeting.

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Joining the PTA


To join the PTA, please print and fill out the PTA membership form and attach either a check for $10 made out to "John Adams PTA" or $10 in cash, per member joining.

Please send this in with your child in an enveloped labeled "PTA."
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John Adams PTA Executive Board 2015-2016


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President: Zion Bezu - ObscureMyEmail

Zion Bezu has lived and worked in Alexandria for over eight years with her family. She has twins in third grade at John Adams Elementary School. Mrs. Bezu is currently the PTA president and the founder of Bright Choice for Children. Her key focus has been devoted to the enrichment program and encouraging students. In addition she is empowers parents to speak up and to stand up for their right to be involved in their kids’ lives so that their kids become children whith a voice. Mrs. Bezu holds a Master of Science in management information systems and, healthcare and graduate from the Parent Leadership Training Institute. She loves to swim and play volleyball and soccer.


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President Elect: Aimee Dalton - gotoMyEmail

Aimee Dalton has lived in the JAES neighborhood for over five years with her husband and two children.  Her son is a rising 1st grader at JAES and she has a daughter in pre-school.   Aimee comes to the PTA board with a background in budget and finance and is currently employed as a Program Manager for Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.  She is an avid runner and book enthusiast.


Vice President: Helen Ashagre - NoesMyEmail

Helen Ashagre has lived in Alexandria Virginia for over 9 years with her husband and two children. Her daughter is in the 3rd grade Dual Language program and her other daughter is a rising kindergartener. Helen was born and raised in Ethiopia. She studied nursing from Global Health College. She speaks and writes Amharic. When she isn’t at work she love to dance and hang out with her family.


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Secretary: Sally Hunnicutt - NoEmail

Sally Hunnicutt's twins are in the 1st grade Dual Language program at John Adams.  She has lived in the Dowden Terrace neighborhood behind John Adams with her husband Patrick for 10 years.  She speaks Spanish and studied and lived abroad in South America. In her free time she likes to cook and hang out with her neighbors.


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Treasurer: Scott Jemison - leaveMyEmail

Scott Jemison was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.  This is his second year as PTA treasurer, and his son is in the second grade Dual Language program.  Scott enjoys cooking, swimming, and playing games with friends and family.

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What is the PTA


The Mission & Values Of The National PTA

PTA Mission

  • The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTA Values

Collaboration:

  • We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.

Commitment:

  • We are dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

Accountability:

  • We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.

Respect:

  • We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others.

Inclusivity:

  • We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible.

Integrity:

  • We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.


The Virginia PTA Vision, Mission And Values

PTA Vision:

  • Every child's potential is a reality.

PTA Mission:

  • To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTA Values:

Collaboration:

  • We will work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve and advocate for all children and families.

Commitment:

  • We are dedicated to children's educational success, health, and well-being through strong family and community engagement, while remaining accountable to the principles upon which our association was founded.

Diversity:

  • We acknowledge the potential of everyone without regard, including but not limited to: age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Respect:

  • We value the individual contributions of members, employees, volunteers, and partners as we work collaboratively to achieve our association's goals.

Accountability:

  • All members, employees, volunteers, and partners have a shared responsibility to align their efforts toward the achievement of our association's strategic initiatives.


The John Adams PTA

  • The JAES Parent Teacher Association is made up of the parents and teachers of the John Adams Elementary School who work to make the Vision, Mission and Values of the National PTA and the Virginia PTA a reality for the John Adams community.

Tab 3

PTA Committees


Click on Committee to view a description of that committee and to see its Chairperson.

  • After-School Student Enrichment/Clubs

    Volunteers coordinate and monitor after school enrichment classes, such as Karate, Mad Science, Dance, Running and Lego.

    TBD

  • Dual Language

    Work with administrators to support Dual Language program within school and advocate for needs of the program.

    TBD

  • Scholastic Book Fair

    Volunteers help set up for the Book Fair, sell books and pack up books.

    TBD

  • Family and Community Outreach

    Volunteers seek out family and community support in order to engage families and bring involvement into the school.

    The chairs of this committee communicates and organizes community support for school functions and works with schools efforts to engage families. In addition this committee handles the PTA membership drives and volunteers plan, conduct and promote membership enrollment and advocates for the school.

    TBD

  • Fundraising

    Volunteers seek out financial community support. The chair of this committee communicates and organizes community support for school functions, sponsors for event and printed material and organizes the Safeway, Giant and Harris Teeter registrations. This committee also runs the Boxtop
    and labels for education effort.

    TBD

  • Fifth Grade Liaison

    Volunteers help with several 5th grade events and end of the year activities.

    TBD

  • Hospitality

    • Kindergarten Social
    • Back to school breakfast for new and returning teachers
    • Teacher appreciation
    • Spirit-wear
    • Volunteer appreciation and awards
    Committee members organize food, refreshments and other
    hospitable efforts for a variety of functions that support
    staff and administrators.

    TBD

  • Differently-Abled Children

    Advocate and build awareness within PTA and the school for students with special needs.

    TBD

  • Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

    Organize and carry out two Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) events a year. Volunteers would assist students in choosing free books, keeping tables neatly stocked with books.

    TBD

  • PTA Newsletter

    Volunteers write articles and edit our school newsletter.

    TBD