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John Adams PTA Executive Board 2015-2016

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President: Scott Jemison - leaveMyEmail

Scott Jemison was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. This is Scott's 4th year on the PTA Board, spending the first two years as Treasurer before transitioning to the role of President. His son is in the fourth grade Dual Language program. Scott enjoys cooking, swimming, and playing games with friends and family.

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President Elect: Mariam Fikre - wantMyEmail

Mariam Fikre is a proud resident of Alexandria where she lives with her husband and 3 children all of whom attend John Adams, 5th grade, 3rd grade and 1st grade. Mariam was born in Ethiopia where she lived until she was 11 years old before making the big move with her family to Alexandria, VA. She attended Mt. Vernon Elementary and George Washington middle school before moving to Woodbridge, VA where she attended 10 grade and graduated from Woodbridge High School. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a major in International Relations.

Vice President: Steve Royster - FixxMyEmail

Steve Royster is in his first year on the John Adams PTA Board. His daughter Zana is a fifth-grader who is in the Talented and Gifted Program and the Orff Ensemble. Last year Steve helped put on John Adams first Spelling Bee and invites parents to help the school r-e-p-l-i-c-a-t-e the event in 2018! Steve wants to see as many parents participate through the PTA to support the education our students receive at John Adams.

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Secretary: Christina Koprivica - NoEmail

Christina Koprivica is serving as Secretary in her first year on the John Adams PTA Board. She is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. Christina has traveled to many areas within the United States, but enjoys calling Alexandria her home. She is inspired by the rich history of Alexandria and the quick access to our nation’s capital. Her son, Roman, entered the first grade this year and is in the Dual Language program and is a high achieving musician in the Bucket Band. Christina wants to see John Adams continue to flourish in the Dual Language and the Talented and Gifted programs.

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Treasurer: Bryan Powell - Matmail

Bryan Powell is a ten-year resident of Alexandria and serves as Treasurer. This is his first year on the PTA board and second as a PTA member. He is the proud father of a First Grader and future (in five years) Kindergartner.

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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


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • Dual Language

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


  • Scholastic Book Fair

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Fifth Grade Liaison

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


  • 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.


  • Differently-Abled Children

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


  • 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.


  • PTA Newsletter

    Volunteers write articles and edit our school newsletter.


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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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