Bingo Night

Join us for a PTA meeting at 5pm in the library on January 18th before Bingo Night! All are welcome.


We are looking for volunteers to sit on the Nominating Committee this spring to help choose next years PTA leaders. This is not a very time consuming process but you will need to schedule time to work with the other two committee members.

The Bylaws read as follows with my notes in parenthesis:

A. Each member of the nominating committee must be a member of this local PTA/PTSA.

B. The nominating committee shall consist of three (3) members who shall be elected by the members of this local PTA/PTSA at their regular general membership meeting at least two (2) months prior to the election of officers. The committee shall elect its own chairman.

C. The nominating committee shall nominate an eligible person for each office to be filled and report its nominees to the members at a regular general meeting. At the general membership election meeting, additional nominations may be made from the floor.

D. Only those persons who have signified their consent to serve, if elected, shall be nominated for or elected to such office.

If you are interested in serving on the committee or filling an open PTA position please contact Leala Cochran via e-mail at


2018 Citizenship Essay Contest!

Each essay maybe sent to ( or snail mail address
Peninsula District PTA
124 Sleepy Hollow Ln
Yorktown, VA 23692
c/o Art Wayne - Director.

Mailed essays must be received no later than January 31; emailed Essays must be received by February 1st, 12 noon.

Please visit this website for more information and the essay application.

When: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 8:30 am
Where: GBE Cafeteria

Flyers will be coming home with students soon. Please send the RSVP back to the school so we can have an accurate head count. We hope to see you there!

Grab your sweetheart('s) and come dance!
When: Thursday, February 15, 6:00-8:00pm

Information about the dance and how to purchase tickets will be coming home soon! Parents and students welcome!

Helping Hands meets every Wednesday at 9am in the school cafeteria!

If you are looking for a way to lend a hand to a teacher this is it! We laminate, cut, and glue items for teachers and we would love to have you join us. You do not have to stay the whole time. Any time you have to spare is much appreciated by our teachers.


Save the date: Our next fundraiser night will be February 7th 5-9pm at Chipotle! Flyers will be coming home soon.


Kroger Rewards: Logon to your Kroger Rewards account (or create one) and under "account summary," scroll to the bottom. You should see "community rewards" and then the organization name and number should be visible. If you can see that, then you are good to go. If you can't see that, then you are not enrolled.
For quarter 4, 2016/2017, 68 households raised $645!! Thank you for all of your support!

Box Tops: Another great and easy way to help our school is to bring in those Box Tops! There is a mailbox in the front hallway by the display case for box tops or have your student bring them and give them to their teacher. Thank you!

Important Dates:

PTA Meeting- Library- January 18th, 5:00pm
BINGO NIGHT- Cafeteria- January 18th, 6:30-8pm
Muffins With Mom- Cafeteria- February 1st, 8:30am
Sweetheart Dance- Thursday, February 15, 6-8pm 

Advocacy Minute:
Statewide Family Engagement Centers
 Join advocates across the country in supporting statewide family engagement centers by calling your representative. After 7 years of inaction, Congress is currently considering an amendment to fund Statewide Family Engagement Centers. This bipartisan amendment would provide $10 million in critical resources for states and school districts to engage parents and families in their children's education. The best way to make your voice heard is to call your Representative TODAY- it takes just a minute and will make a big impact.


Why join the PTA?
Your membership helps our school have a voice! The more memberships the bigger impact and higher chance our voices can be heard not just in the school but in the state of Virginia and the National PTA. Also, when you join you are helping support students, teachers, school functions, and school grounds. It takes a village to give the best to our kids. It keeps you informed with what is going on in and around the school and honestly we couldn't do the things we do without you. You will also receive great discounts.
It DOESN'T mean you HAVE to volunteer or you have to show up to our meetings. Yes, we would love to have you and get to know you, but we understand how busy life is. Come when and if you can. You are always welcome to join us. We love new ideas and are always looking for ways to improve.

How long do memberships last? When you pay the $6 per member it is valid until the beginning of the next school year. You have to renew your memberships every year. We are hoping to make the process easier by next year.

Who can join?
We have parents, grandparents, other family members, friends, students, and business owners join. Basically, anyone who wants to support GBES and student.

Thank you to everyone who has already joined or renewed your memberships!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Back to School night Membership Raffle winners!
Rachel Welch, Tiffany Beatley, and Casey Quinley


Remember to check YCSD and GBE social media for important announcements. 

Thank you for all your support,

Grafton Bethel Elementary PTA