SVES PTA Officers 2019-20

Co-Presidents - Allison Glennon & Antonia Blackwood (
President-Elect -
Co-VPs, Events - Stacey Graf & Kim Ellis (
VP, Fundraising 
MaryBeth Robinson (
VP, Membership - 
Julie Hanssen Harris (
VP, Programs (Enrichment) - Laura Schweitzer (
Corresponding Secretary (Communications) - Jessica Bigger (
Co-Recording Secretaries -
Katy Reed & Shauna Bond (
Co-Treasurers - Cameron Bond & Becky Soto (

SVES PTA Officer Nominees 2020-21

President - Katy Reed (NOMINEE)
Vice-President OPEN
VP, Events - OPEN
VP, Fundraising Jennifer von Kaenel & Aram Thomasian (NOMINEES)
VP, Membership - Megan Bailey
VP, Programs (Enrichment) - OPEN
Corresponding Secretary (Communications) - Jessica Bigger
Co-Recording Secretaries - Shauna Bond & 
Co-Treasurers - Cameron Bond & Becky Soto
Web Admin - OPEN

Committees & Chairs

Amazing Earth - Elaine Turner & Louise Gordon-Radics (
Basketball Challenge - Kai & Amber Chung
Bike/Walk to School Days - Carey White
Box Tops for Education - Holly Laird
Bulletin Board - OPEN

Destination Dining - Kim Ellis & Stacey Graf (
Facebook Group Admin - Julie Hanssen Harris ( & Janet Hope
Fall Festival - Stacey Graf & Kim Ellis (
Family Game Night - Kim Ellis & Stacey Graf (
GREAT Art - Phoebe Avery, Julie Hanssen Harris & Maggie Booth (
Homecoming Parade - OPEN
Kindergarten Playgroup 2020 - OPEN
Kindergarten Playgroup 2019 - Meghan Ayubi & Melissa Scheibe
Newsletter (Weekly Email) - Jessica Bigger (
Retail Rewards - MaryBeth Robinson (
Reflections - Kara Manton (
Show What You Know - Allison Glennon (
Skate Night - OPEN
Spelling Bee - OPEN
Spirit Wear - Mihyon Haas (
Sponsorship Campaign - Antonia Blackwood (
Student Directory - 
Talent Show - Heather Wiemer
Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts & Lunches - 
Melissa Hartnett
Teacher Liaison - Lauren Trombley & Whitney Nordmoe
Veteran's Day Breakfast - OPEN
Website Admin - Kara Manton (
WordMasters Challenge - OPEN

Find Us on Facebook

Contact the Facebook Group Admin at to join the SVES PTA Group.

SVES PTA's Website

Questions or comments? Contact the Web Admin at

Officer Role Descriptions

Recording Secretary will serve the PTA by keeping an accurate record of meetings, which become part of the permanent history of the PTA.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the President to create a meeting agenda

  • Sending out meeting announcements, agendas and supporting documents

  • Taking attendance and checking for quorum (minimum number of members who must be present to conduct business at a meeting) during voting

  • Presenting the draft minutes of the previous meeting, making any corrections and ensuring approved minutes are included in your PTA's permanent record

  • Taking minutes, including counting and recording any votes

Great secretaries often have prior volunteer and/or meeting experience and are enthusiastic about PTA.

Treasurer responsibilities include:

  • Processing payments and expense reimbursement requests
  • Collecting receipts and making bank deposits
  • Tracking PTA revenues and expenses against budget
  • Reporting activity to the Board and general membership monthly
  • Handling money at PTA events
  • Overseeing the annual budget process
  • Providing general financial support to the PTA Board throughout the year

The Treasurer role is a great introduction to the PTA and a way to learn the processes and procedures.

President-Elect may be called upon at any time to assume the role of president, temporarily or until the position is filled in accordance with our bylaws. Responsibilities include:

  • Implementing duties delegated by the president​​
  • Representing the president in his or her absence​
  • Performing specific duties as provided for in the bylaws​
  • Familiarizing yourself with all PTA programs and resources​
  • Preparing for leadership by attending additional training opportunities and events that may be offered by your council, region, state or National PTA

Great presidents-elect often learn or possess leadership, planning and public speaking skills.

PTA members look to the PTA President for leadership in creating partnerships within your community and fostering an environment where family engagement is encouraged and respected. Responsibilities include:

  • Chairing board and general meetings​
  • Overseeing fiscal compliance​
  • Serving as a liaison with school administration or community partners​
  • Checking in regularly with officers and committees to ensure the overall plan is on target​
  • Identifying challenges and inviting solutions​
  • Familiarizing yourself with all PTA programs and resources​
  • Representing PTA to the community​
  • Recruiting and mentoring volunteers and future leaders​
  • Volunteering at events, when available

Great presidents often have leadership, planning and public speaking skills and experience.

SVES PTA Mission

SVES PTA works to enrich the learning experience of our children, energize our community, and support the families, teachers, and administrators that make Sunrise Valley great.





Community Events

  • Popsicles on the Playground: Sunrise Valley hosts an open house for new and returning students every August during the week before the new school year begins. The PTA joins in on the excitement by hosting Popsicle on the Playground after students and parents have visited their new classrooms.
  • Homecoming Parade: Students get a big kick out of joining the South Lakes HS Homecoming Parade.
  • Science Night: Students and their families learn about science through hands-on experiments and projects.
  • Show What You Know Expo: Students are invited to show off their knowledge of a favorite subject or hobby every spring.
  • Talent Show: Students show off their talents—from comedy and magic to singing and dancing.
  • Dinner and a Movie Night: Students come for the movie, parents come for the food. Everyone's happy!


Fundraising Events

  • Destination Dining: We partner with local restaurants a few times a year to earn a portion of the night’s profits.
  • Fall Festival: One of our most popular events, the entire school community flocks to this fun-filled night of games, arts and crafts, face painting, dancing to a live DJ, and dessert buffet.
  • Skate Night: Strap on your ice skates for an evening of ice skating at SkateQuest in Reston.
  • Basketball Challenge: Head to South Lakes High School to cheer on teachers and fellow students as they take on teams from a nearby elementary school. Don’t forget your Sunrise Valley Spirit Wear!
  • Family Game Night


Questions? Contact the SVES PTA Events Team at

Why should I support SVES PTA?

Because YOU care about your child and WE want to provide the best educational experience for ALL students. Fairfax County Public Schools is only able to provide so much after salaries, building maintenance, books, technology, and staff needs, so we encourage EVERYONE to contribute because EVERY dollar benefits our students. Your support—in the form of a $25, $50 or $100 membership—will pay for academic and enrichment programs and events that are not funded by the school’s budget. SVES PTA programs and events will only occur with adequate funding and membership is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

  • For early registration access to and reduced fees for enrichment programs
  • To connect with a community of parents for resources and ideas
  • To help shape your child(ren)’s academic experience
What events are made possible by SVES PTA?

The following events are organized, hosted, and fully funded by SVES PTA:

Rising Kindergarten Play Dates (August)

Appreciation events for Teachers and School Staff (August, December, May)

Popsicles on the Playground (August)

Boo Hoo / Woo Hoo Breakfast (August)

Destination Dining (all year)

Bike/Walk to School (October, May)

Fall Festival (October/November)

Homecoming Parade (October)

Veterans Day Celebration (November)

Skate Night (December)

Game Night (February)

Basketball Challenge (March)

Show What You Know Expo (April)

Talent Show (May)

Movie Night (May)

Sixth Grade Party (June)

What programs are made possible by SVES PTA?

The following programs are organized, hosted, and fully funded by SVES PTA:

Amazing Earth

Enrichment classes

Field trip buses


Playground equipment


Teacher mini grants ($400/grade for items not covered by FCPS)

Technology (laptops, iPads, etc)


What can I do to support SVES PTA?

You can support SVES PTA with a family membership of $25, $50, or $100 or a teacher membership ($5). You can also donate any amount you’d like and/or volunteer your time.


Is my SVES PTA donation tax-deductible?

Yes. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.


Do I need to volunteer my time if I have an SVES PTA membership?

No. You are not required to volunteer if you support SVES PTA.


Do I need to attend PTA meetings if I have an SVES PTA membership?

No. You are not required to attend PTA meetings if you support SVES PTA.


Do I need to sell anything (wrapping paper, cookies, etc) for SVES PTA?

No. SVES PTA does not ask students to sell products to raise money.

How does SVES PTA raise money?

Our primary fundraising comes from PTA membership—parents/supporters who support SVES PTA for $25, $50 or $100, as well as those who donate any amount of money. We host two main fundraising events—the Fall Festival in the fall and the Basketball Challenge in the spring—along with several smaller events throughout the year. SVES PTA sells Original Works at least once/year, incorporating student’s artwork into keepsake items. We also partner with local restaurants to host destination dining events so SVES PTA receives a portion of the proceeds from the sales that day.


Who should I contact if I would like to volunteer?
  • You can attend PTA meetings (second Wednesday of the month).
  • You can visit for upcoming events and add your name to the volunteer signup list.
  • You can volunteer in your child’s classroom for Amazing Earth and/or GREAT Art—both programs require one hour/month.
  • You can join the SVES PTA Facebook Group to stay informed about what’s happening with timely reminders. It’s also a great place to ask questions or connect with other parents related to specific events or topics.
What are programs NOT sponsored by SVES PTA?


Odyssey of the Mind

School Supply Kits


Who can I contact if I have other questions about SVES PTA?

Contact SVES PTA Membership at If they don’t know the answer to your question, they will find someone who does!



PTA Funding

PTA Revenue

Questions? Contact the Treasurers at


2019-2020 Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Date Agenda Minutes
September 11, 2019 Agenda Minutes (DRAFT)
October 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes 
November 13, 2019 Agenda Minutes
December 11, 2019 Agenda Minutes 
January 15, 2020 Agenda MInutes
February 12, 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2020   Minutes
April 22, 2020 Agenda DRAFT Minutes
May 20, 2020 Agenda  
June 11, 2020    


Questions? Contact Katy Reed & Shauna Bond, Recording Secretaries, at

2018-2019 Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Date Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 10, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 14, 2018 Agenda Minutes
December 12, 2018 Agenda Minutes
January 9, 2019 Agenda Minutes
February 13, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 13, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 8, 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes

2017-2018 Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Date Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2017 Agenda Minutes
October 4, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 1, 2017 Agenda Minutes
December 6, 2017 Agenda  
January 3, 2018 Agenda Minutes
February 7, 2018 Canceled Canceled
March 7, 2018 Agenda Minutes
April 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 2, 2018 Agenda Minutes
June 6, 2018    

2016-2017 Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Date Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2016 Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2016 Agenda Meeting Minutes
November 15, 2016 Agenda Meeting Minutes
December 13, 2016   Minutes
January 10, 2017   Minutes
February 14, 2017   Minutes
March 21, 2017   Minutes
April 4, 2017   Minutes
May 9, 2017   Minutes
June 13, 2017    

Mini Grants

The following criteria are taken into consideration when funding mini grants:

  1. The grant will benefit many students.
  2. The grant is outside FCPS normal funding opportunities and/or will uniquely enrich the student’s educational experience.
  3. The grant application is complete with all documentation—including relevant websites, pictures, graphics, etc—provided.
  4. The grant funding does not obligate the PTA in a repetitive contract or program for future benefits.


Past approved grants have included cooking class, guest speaker, musical drums, basketballs and much more.


Have you ever wanted to:

  • Use your talents and special skills to help Sunrise Valley?
  • Connect with the Sunrise Valley community of families and teachers?
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment?

Then consider using your time, talents, skills and energy to help in the areas listed below. All of the amazing programs and events at Sunrise Valley are only possible because of the dedication of our volunteers!


We have many recurring programs that require ongoing opportunities to volunteer. Most of these roles only require an hour or two of your time. You can help once or several times throughout the year.

  • Amazing Earth Volunteer – present a science concept to your child’s class (or assist the presenter) and then facilitate a related science experiment during a monthly one-hour classroom session. No science experience is required! Contact the Amazing Earth coordinators at

  • Cafeteria Monitor Volunteer – help students open food, give reminders about lunch ending, prompt students to clean up and generally make sure lunch runs smoothly (once/month or less). Contact SVES PTA Communications at

  • GREAT Art Volunteer – present an artist to your child’s class (or assist the presenter) and then facilitate a related art project during a monthly one-hour classroom session. No art knowledge is required! Contact the GREAT Art coordinators at


We plan many one-time family events throughout the year and need everyone’s help for them to be successful. The events present a variety of volunteer opportunities including pre-planning, idea sharing, and event day execution. We welcome your thoughts, talents and time to enrich these events… and the lives of our SVES kids!

  • Homecoming Parade Coordinator (October) 
  • Skate Night Coordinator (December) 
  • Family Game Night Coordinator (February) 


Questions? Contact the SVES PTA Events Team at