FAQ’s

The following is a collection of the more frequently asked questions and misconceptions concerning the Poplar Tree PTA.  If you have a question not answered here, please contact us at poplartreepta@gmail.com and we’ll be glad to get back to you.

 

When does the PTA meet?

PTA Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, excluding December.  Meetings will alternate between morning and evening meetings.  All PTA meetings are open to all members.  General Membership meetings are held three times a year, once at the beginning of the school year, once in the winter to discuss a special topic, and in the spring to elect next year’s officers.  For a complete list of meeting dates and times, please see the calendar.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes will be posted on the Meetings page.

Is the Poplar Tree PTA some part of PTES or the Fairfax County Public School system?
This is a common misconception due to the highly successful partnership PTA has with the PTES and Fairfax County Public Schools.   However, the short answer is that PTA is not at all controlled by, or a part of Poplar Tree ES.  The Poplar Tree PTA is a separate organization on behalf of the children.  It functions as a separate non-profit entity and chartered from the Virginia State and National PTAs.  The PTA must abide by the rules and by-laws of those organizations as well as Federal rules regarding non-profit organizations.

I already pay taxes for public education, doesn’t that cover PTA too?
Because the PTA is an independent non-profit organization.   It receives no financial support from the public school system.

I already pay taxes, so the school should have everything it needs.
Yes, but no. Taxes fund only what taxpayer are willing to pay. A school can always use more monies. What is nice about contribution to PTA activities is that they are all elective. This allows you to participate in only those activities that you like (unlike taxes…).

If I join PTA, will you call me or bother me always wanting something?
Nothing could be further from the truth.  PTA needs volunteers who want to be involved with their child’s education.  We only call and ask for volunteers from those individuals who have specifically completed a volunteer registration form or contacted our volunteer coordinator.  When you join PTA you are helping us financially as well as help our PTA obtain positive recognition and keeping its volunteers motivated.   Imagine how much less enjoyable Poplar Tree would be without movie nights, spirit wear, the spelling and geography bees, the fall festival or any of our many after school activities.  Imagine how stressed the staff would be without the thousands of annual volunteer hours provided to assist them. Join PTA.  Have Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and everyone else you can find join PTA. We won’t call. We promise but we do need your support.

I want to be a volunteer, but I only have a couple hours a week/month I can donate.
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator ______.  There are many little events or projects throughout the school year that can make use of even the smallest amount of time available.