Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison Community,

Please join the Madison PTSA!  Your support is much needed!  Membership in the James Madison Parent-Teacher-Student Association is an invaluable way to contribute to your child’s education.  Your support allows the PTSA to promote the academic excellence and well-being of our students as well as support our teachers and staff here at Madison.  To eliminate the burden of fundraisers throughout the year, we are continuing our “No Fuss Fundraiser” effort. In addition to your PTSA membership, we suggest a donation of $50 per family. Your one-time, tax-deductible donation allows the PTSA to promote the academic excellence and well-being of our students as well as support our staff.  This is the only time that we will ask for money and your memberships dues and donations fund ALL PTSA activities and support efforts for the entire year.

Join us for our next PTSA meeting on Monday, October 14th at 7pm in the library.  Our meetings are a great way to keep in touch with what is happening around Madison. Our Principal Greg Hood, Director of Student Services Tim Buckley, administrators, teachers, parents and students all attend to share information and ideas.  All are welcome!

In October, we will be hosting two parent programs.  On October 8th, please join us for the free webinar Road Map to College presented by Ann Dolin, founder of Educational Connections, from 12:15 to 1 p.m.  And on Tuesday, October 15th, we will host an evening program for parents: Learn How to Send Your Kids to College Without Going Broke.  And, then, in November, the PTSA will be screening LIKE, a documentary discussing the impact of social media on our lives. Thank you to PTSA Vice President Sonya Marsden for coordinating these programs.

Another wonderful PTSA and community initiative is our Madison Food Pantry and Outreach efforts.  We are proud to work with Madison High School to help students and families in need. But it is an ongoing endeavor to keep it fully stocked. We welcome your donations and, for ease, we have created an Amazon wish list of much needed items which ship directly to the school. We will also be kicking off a Winter Clothing Drive in October!  More information to follow.  I want to also thank the Church of the Good Shepherd on Hunter Mill Road for their very generous donation and support of the Madison Food Pantry.

Staff Appreciation Events.  We have great staff at Madison and the PTSA hosts teacher appreciation events throughout the year.  Please sign up if you can or contact our wonderful chair Kebra Krol to learn more and get involved.  Our next event is Fall Treats on Tuesday, October 22nd.  If you are able to help, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49aeaf22a31-fall5

The PTSA provides faculty and staff enrichment opportunities throughout the school year.  Over the last few years, the PTSA has provided over $30,000 in funding for continuing education and professional opportunities for our Madison teachers and staff through the PTSA Academic Boosters.  Please consider joining Academic Boosters which will be chaired this year by VP Ellen MacGregor!

We have volunteer opportunities for everyone who wants to be involved so please contact me at president@jmhsptsa.org for more information or check out our website at jmhsptsa.org!  And please don’t forget to mark your calendars for our October PTSA meeting on Monday, October 14th at 7pm in the library!

Looking forward to a fabulous school year!
Beth Eachus
JMHS PTSA President