Take a Second Look: Prince William Academy

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Published: 03/29/2016
Prince William Academy, a private, non-sectarian school in Lake Ridge, VA is making some top-down changes to its NAYEC and VISA accredited programs. The changes start with new Head of School, Dr. Jason Lody whose background in international education and school reform make him uniquely postured to turn PWA into the premier educational option in Prince William County.

Dr. Lody was drawn to the 27,000 square foot facility with an international focus because of the difference in what's offered by the curriculum.  The school offers Spanish language instruction and one additional language (Arabic, French, or Mandarin) at all grade levels, as well as full art, technology and music.   While the class sizes at this International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school never exceed 15 students, that doesn't prevent them from also offering ballet, karate, art, sports, music lessons, and student clubs after school.

While what's great about the school is staying the same, many things will be changing under Dr. Lody's direction, including a focus on offering a full middle-school program as an alternative to public or parochial middle school options that currently exist in PWC.  

Prince William Academy invites you out to take a first, or second, look at their 3 acre campus, with a full size gym and rock climbing wall, 
commercial kitchen with nutritious lunches prepared by a CIA trained chef, and 10% tuition reduction for military, law enforcement, educators, and nurses.  If you've written off private education in Prince William County, Dr. Lody would like to personally invite you in to change your mind.  

To find out more about Prince William Academy, visit them online, or on Facebook to learn more about the exciting things happening and changing at this International School. To schedule a tour, call  703-491-1444, and ask for Dr. Lody directly.  He'd love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have personally. 

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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Published: 08/27/2014
Our friends at Christ Chapel Academy have some tips for all of you getting ready to send off a Kindergartner!

Robin Banford-Geisler and Genia Cole have worked together teaching kindergarten classes at CCA for the past five years.  Last school year, they were chosen co-teachers of the year at the annual teacher recognition luncheon held on June 12th.  Each teacher is an amazing teacher in her own right, sharing her passion for education, and love for learning with her students.  They both understand that the early years of school are foundational to helping students to become confident life-long learners.  Each of them models Christ to their students, supporting self-discipline and positive character development. Working together, however, they have been able to challenge their young students to discover and develop their unique gifts and talents. 

In the video, Robin and Genia share tips that can help you get your new kindergartner off to a great start!

Feel free to share any additional tips that you have learned that can be helpful to other parents reading this blog. 

Robin Banford-Geisler BS/Early Childhood & Elementary Education; Masters/ Reading Literacy, George Mason University
Kindergarten Teacher
Elementary School

Eugenia Cole BS/ Christian Elementary Education, Virginia Baptist College
Kindergarten Teacher
Elementary School

Christ Chapel Academy is dedicated to unleashing the leadership potential within each student.  Academically rigorous programs, a vibrant christ-centered community, and a unique multicultural learning environmentmake CCA a great option for parents who want a smaller school but don’t want to sacrifice big opportunities for their student(s).  \

Christ Chapel Academy was voted as the “Best Private School” in Prince William County in 2014, by Prince William Today readers. 

Learn more about Christ Chapel Academy at christchapelacademy.org

FREE Physicals/Sports Physicals

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Published: 07/21/2014

Hylton High School will host a free Health Fair including physicals, vision and hearing screenings, concussion training, enrollment assistance, giveaways and more.  To schedule an appointment, call 703-967-3772.

Christ Chapel Academy Preschool and K-12

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Published: 01/08/2014
The preschool at Christ Chapel started as Joyful Generation Preschool in September of 1984, under the direction of Debbie Wolf.  Joyful Generation was a part-day preschool that offered a 2 or 3 day program for 3 and 4 year old children.  The first full time childcare program, ranging in ages of 6 weeks through five years of age, in 1990 was contracted by Little Lambs Childcare.  Upon the end of their contact in 1993, Debbie Wolf was tasked to develop a fulltime program, thus Christ Chapel Children’s Center was born, which consisted of Joyful Generation Part-day Preschool and Kingdom Kids Full-time childcare.  Our name changed once again in 2010 as we moved forward to become known as one program, Christ Chapel Academy Preschool.

Christ Chapel Academy’s Preschool Program, Est. September 1984.

At Christ Chapel Academy’s Preschool program, you will find a fun and exciting approach to early child education and care.  We recognize the individuality of each child, and strong emphasis is placed on positively reinforcing the child’s own unique cognitive, physical, social and spiritual development.  We recognize that each child is a gift from God and that they deserve the finest in care and education. Full-time and Part-time options are available for children ages 2-5 years. 

3 Great Reasons to Take a Look at Our Program:

1. Security Patrolled & Monitored Classrooms 
2. Qualified Teachers with Longevity (3-12 years)
3. Accredited Program

Open House Dates:
January 10th, 9:00am-11:00am (Pre-K Only| Enrollment Information and Tour)
January 25th, 1pm-3pm (Pre-K-12th Grade| Enrollment Information and Tour)

Visit our Preschool page here for more information:

Contact Information:

Sheila Nelson
Preschool Director
13909 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, Va 22192 | 703-670-3822

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Christ Chapel Academy Preschool

Fitness Standards in PWCS

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Published: 10/22/2013
Awhile back on Facebook (click on "Facebook" to read the conversation), I shared a news story about the new fitness program that took over for the Presidential Fitness Awards.  Now called "The Presidents Challenge" the program includes some things I considered questionable, including a pinch test to determine BMI. The article itself was about a girl receiving a letter that she was overweight- and looking at her, I'm not sure I see it.  In fact, I know I don't.

Anyway, we finished up the conversation with me promising that I would hound email PWCS and get some firm answers.  Took awhile, but I was put in touch with their head of Physical Education, who provided me with the following documents.  PWCS does not participate in the President's Challenge, but they do have their own similar program.  It DOES include a skin fold BMI.  Now, we had teachers respond that they did not believe PWCS would ever do a BMI on a kid, and that might be true at individual schools, but this is the policy I was provided, so I'm sharing it with you.

Here's the info:

Fundraiser Idea: Chipotle Mexican Grill

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Published: 06/27/2013

This isn't a sponsored post- Chipotle just got in touch with me about their fundraiser nights, and I had flashbacks to PTA and trying really hard to find things that would offer us some serious return on investment for the time we had to spend publicizing, printing, and drumming up interest!  50% of your group's sales is nothing to scoff at! 

From Chipotle:

While most companies offer only about 15% for fundraisers, our fundraiser nights are extremely popular because we donate 50% of any orders placed by customers that come in to support your group! Organizations usually apply on our website to request to host a fundraiser with us. 

Our fundraisers are held on Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesdays from 5-8PM and the process is easy: 

  • Respond with the month you are looking to have a fundraiser night with us
  • Chipotle will send you a few available dates to choose from
  • When a date is set, a flyer file is created and e-mailed to you to promote the event
  • The night of the fundraiser any customer that comes in between 5-8PM and shows the cashier they are there for your group (by showing a hard copy flyer or the file on their phone or just by verbally telling the cashier) will have 50% of their order donated to your organization
  • The next day we will communicate the amount raised and you will receive a check within 6 weeks
Please note: the fundraiser can only be held at 1 location (not multiple stores) and no promotion can be done outside/inside the store on the day of the event. We are also not able to post or pass out any kind of flyers, brochures, etc. in the store at any time. More information can be found on our website!
50% is a great cut for your fundraiser, and don't forget, while I don't typically post individual fundraisers on the Facebook page because there are so many, you can submit these to our calendar! Be sure to include a link for people to download your flier, and invite the community out for burritos!

Summer Food Service Program- Prince William County, 2013

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Published: 06/23/2013

Prince William County Public Schools is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided at eligible schools during their summer school session. Breakfast and lunch will be available to those students enrolled in summer school, as well as any children age 18 and  under from the surrounding community who care to eat. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:
Bel Air Elementary SchoolJuly 29–August 16     
8:30–9:30 a.m.
12-12:30 p.m.
Belmont Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30–9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Dale City Elementary School
(No service 7/3, 7/4, 7/5)
June 24–August 15   
8:45–9:15 a.m.
11:55 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Enterprise Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
10:55–11:40 a.m.
Featherstone Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30 –9 a.m.
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Fitzgerald Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8–9:45 am.
11 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Freedom High School
(No Service 7/4)
June 24–August 2     
7:30–8 a.m.
11–11:30 a.m.
Godwin Middle School
July 8–July 25
7:30–7:45 a.m.
12–12:30 p.m.
Kerrydale Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:45–9 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Kilby Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:20–9 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.
Marumsco Hills Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:45–9:30 a.m.
11:45–12:30 p.m.
Minnieville Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Mullen Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:40–9 a.m.
11–11:30 a.m.
Potomac Middle School
(No service July 4)
June 24–July 18
(Mon.–Thurs.) No lunch on July 2 and July 16
8–8:25 a.m.
11–11:25 a.m.
Rippon Middle School           
July 8–July 26
7:30–8 a.m.
9:45–11 a.m.
Stonewall Middle SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:05–8:20 a.m.
11:30–11:50 a.m.
Sudley Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Triangle Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:45–9:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Vaughan Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
West Gate Elementary School
July 15–Aug. 15
8–8:45 a.m.
11–11:45 a.m.
Woodbridge Middle SchoolJuly 8–July 26
7:30–7:50 a.m.
10:45–11:15 a.m.
Yorkshire Elementary SchoolJuly 8–August 2
8:30–9:15 a.m.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Guest Post: Building Good Teacher/Day Care Provider Relationships

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Published: 08/28/2012

Building good relationships with your daycare provider/teacher
By Nicole Dash, Tiny Steps Mommy
The start of school is a time of new beginning for many families. This year, my three older children start eighth grade, first grade, and kindergarten (insert sad face here). In my daycare, I am welcoming a few new children to replace my rising kindergarteners.
For many parents with children beginning daycare, preschool, or kindergarten for the first-time, the question is always the same. How do we stay connected with our children? When they are infants, we depend on and expect their providers to relay pertinent information about what how many ounces they drink, what they eat, whether they had a BM or not, etc. As they get a little older, our child care providers and teachers may share information about what they are learning, what story they read, and what fun activities occupy their day. But, this is not all we want to know. Are they having fun? Do they have a best friend and play well with others? Are they discovering something new each day? Did someone hurt their feelings? Do they enjoy learning?
So, how do we find out the answers to all these questions? The truth is as our children grow, we have to accept that sometimes we will not know everything that happens each day. Not even a webcam can tell the whole story. As children spend more time away from us, they develop a world beyond our scope. It hurts to think about, but it is a normal part of growing up. 
There are ways, however, to gain glimpses into this world. And this is through the eyes of their teachers and child care providers. As a child care provider, I feel privileged to witness the dynamics between the children who spend so much time together. With each month, their relationships become more intricate. Some days, I feel like I am observing a social experiment. 
If you build a positive and open relationship with your child’s provider/teacher then perhaps you will hear about stories that go beyond the daily report. Here are some tips for building a relationship with your child’s daycare provider/teacher. These tips may not make a difference beyond kindergarten, but are certainly worth a try.
  1. Introduce yourself. This may seem simple, but as your child heads into a larger setting, you want your child’s teacher to know you beyond “mom of one of the students.” You want your child’s teacher to know your name, face, and perhaps something about you.
  2. Ask their preferred form of communication. Don’t bombard your teacher/provider at the end of each day. Instead ask their preferred form of communication. Let them know you want to hear stories and updates. Not just on their “academic” progress, but about their social interactions. Sometimes you just have to ask.
  3. Don’t over communicate. Just because your teacher/provider gives you his/her e-mail or cell phone number does not mean you should call or e-mail every day, on weekends, or just because. Save your phone calls and e-mails for real questions or occasional check-ins. And be patient with a response. Your teacher/provider has a personal life and may not be able to (want to) respond at midnight or on Saturdays.
  4. Volunteer your time. Find out how your provider/teacher feels about volunteers. Even if you work full-time, try to make yourself available at least once or twice a year. I have always worked, so my ability to volunteer regularly is limited. I do, however, make a point to attend special events, like Thanksgiving lunch, Mother’s Day teas, or other special events. Your teacher and children will appreciate the effort.
  5. Offer to help. Teachers and providers often spend their own money on supplies. Ask if there is anything you can provide or bring to the classroom. Even better is to simply donate supplies like tissues, glue sticks, and anti-bacterial wipes throughout the year without waiting to be asked.
  6. Get to know them. Be interested in your teacher/provider as a person. Ask them about their weekend. Get to know if they have a family. Did they grow up locally? Is this their first year teaching? Did they have a profession before teaching? Don’t interrogate, but let this getting to know you process happen organically. The more you and your provider/teacher get to know each other, the more comfortable he/she will be sharing about your child.
  7. Be appreciative. You don’t have to buy expensive gifts or make grand gestures to show your appreciation. My favorite things have been handwritten and personal cards telling me how I have made a difference. Showing your appreciation is important, because it helps teachers/providers get through the hard days.
  8. Be proactive.  If you sense a problem at school, or if your child is suddenly acting out at home, please do not wait to communicate these issues. Your teacher/provider is there to help you and your child. They may not be aware of an issue, but probably have the insight needed to fill in the blanks.
Taking these steps may not guarantee the extra information you desire, but, it can go a long way to making you feel connected. And the next time your provider/teacher witnesses a funny scenario or example of some positive accomplishment, he/she may think to pull you aside or e-mail you to tell you the story simply because of the mutual relationship.
Do you have suggestions for building a positive relationship with your child’s teacher? Do you have a story about a good or bad relationship with your child’s provider? I want to hear from you. Connect with me on the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/TinyStepsMommy) and visit www.TinyStepsMommy.com, a blog about family life and caring for children – yours and mine, to read more.

About Nicole Dash, The Tiny Steps Mommy
Nicole Dash, creator of the blog Tiny Steps Mommy (www.TinyStepsMommy.com), is a mother of four, childcare business owner and writer living in Annandale, Va. Five days a week she welcomes infants, toddlers, preschoolers and all their parents to Tiny Steps Day Care, her home-based daycare and preschool.

Guest Post: Last-Minute Back to School Shopping

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Published: 08/25/2012
Thanks to Laura Harders, AKA Beltway Bargain Mom, for following up with us on her input to PotomacLocal.com about back to school shopping!

Back-to-School shopping can be stressful and expensive, and perhaps you've been putting it off to the last possible moment. Whether you've been dreading *or delighting* in the back-to-school frenzy, I want to encourage you not to panic! Here in Prince William County, the public schools start back up the day after Labor Day, so you still have some time to get in gear for the school year. In case you need to do some shopping still or want to donate supply items on-the-cheap to local charities or organizations like Operation Christmas Child, I'm here to help! Here are my top 7 savings tips to help you with your last-minute back-to-school shopping:
  1. Shop in your house first.If your child has supplies from last year that are still good this year, like scissors, colored pencils, highlighters, ruler, calculator, etc, you don't need to buy new ones. Check your supply closet or craft drawer for items you already have.
  2. Stick to your list.Check your school's website for your supply list by grade, so you know the exact supplies you need. After you "shop" in your house, then make a list of the items you need to buy.
  3. Shop the sales.There are still some great deals to be had! The office supply stores have many 1-cent deals or 50%+ deals on back-to-school supplies. Take advantage of these sales and stock up.
  4. Use Coupons.You'll find many school supply coupons in your Sunday paper as well as printable coupons online. Also, some stores accept competitor coupons as well.
  5. Drug Stores & Office Supply Stores.Check out the drug stores & office supply stores for deals. Look at the weekly circulars for extreme deals such as Staples 1-cent Extreme Deals, and free-after-rebate items. You may not think of the drug store or office supply stores as your center for back-to-school deals, but they have quite a few!
  6. Price match.Take advantage of stores that price match, such as Office Depot, Staples, Target and Walmart. If a hot sale item is out-of-stock at a store and they don't offer a rain check, you can take your store ad/circular to a competitor that price matches to get the same deal. Price-matching can also help you save time, by combining shopping trips into 1 stop at a single store for that week's sale items.
  7. Go plain.If your child is intent on buying name brand or "official" rockstar/sports team/super hero branded gear, encourage them to buy a plain/generic item and decorate. You can buy stickers, patches and other DIY items on the cheap at your local craft store to help give notebooks, binders, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. a personal touch.
Credit: Amber Seat Photography

Laura Harders lives in Prince William County and is a native Northern Virginian who loves to share ways to save. She runs the blog BeltwayBargainMom.com and teaches local Savings Nation coupon workshops. You can find Laura sharing tips & being social on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Reading Freebies for Summer!

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Published: 05/21/2012
Teachers want your kids to keep reading during the summer.  For some of you, that's probably easy, but for others, it might be like pulling teeth.  If only there were some free summer reading incentive programs for your children!

Never fear, there are! Bribery is an awesome tool in the parenting tool kit ;) 

We're not here to judge.

Here's a great list of ways to keep your child reading throughout the summer!  

1. Prince William County Library's Summer Quest Program is always a great option.  TEENS CAN GET VOLUNTEER HOURS, but there are reading programs for both younger, elementary, and middle school children to earn rewards for reading books.  For older children, be careful not to let them get discouraged as this program is by number of books, not time spent reading or that you read in a given day, so if your child picks up War and Peace, they're not going to make it to 20.  In the past, rewards have included swim passes for local water parks like Splashdown in Manassas or Water Works in Woodbridge, Kids in Motion and House of Bounce passes, free slurpees or ice cream, and more. Online registration for this program begins JUNE 1, 2012 and if it's like last year, you cannot sign up in person anymore, so be sure to register before you go.  All Prince William County Libraries, both Regional like Chinn Park Regional Library and Bull Run Regional Library to neighborhood libraries like Dale City and Independent Hill participate.  

2. Books A Million will have a Kickoff for their Summer Reading Program on Saturday, May 19th.  The Prince William County Books A Million is located inside Potomac Mills Mall.  This event includes a free cookie with drink purchase, and a free insulated lunch bag when you participate in the Books A Million Summer Reading Program. 

3. TD Bank (which used to be Commerce Bank.  Sorry, TD, but I miss Commerce desperately).  has several locations in our area including TD Bank Woodbridge near the Kohls, TD Bank Dumfries on Route 1, and TD Bank Manassas on Liberia Avenue.  All branches, however, will be participating in their $10 for 10 Books program.  Children fill out a form with the 10 books that they've read, and TD Bank will deposit $10 into a new or existing youth savings account. Cash Money.  Awesome.  The TD website also includes several ideas for making reading more fun.

4. Barnes and Noble will allow children to earn a free book for every 8 books they read and record in their reading journal.  Their website also includes parent and educator kits to make reading more fun. To pick up your free book, you'll need to head to Fair Lakes or Seven Corners, but there are some great field trips (or malls, mommy needs love, too!) at each stop. 

5. Pizza Hut's Book It Summer Program isn't quite the same as school-year Book-It, but sounds fun anyway.  Students who were in grades K-6 during this school year can go to the Book It Summer Reading Challenge Sweeptstakes and enter to win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Summer Prize Pack when they've completed reading 5 books.  Other parents suggest continuing Book It at home by continuing to provide a personal pan pizza to your child when they've read the requisite number of books.  The prize pack includes books 1-5, 2 DVD movies, a tote, plush, and $20 Visa Gift Card.  50 winners will be selected from among the online entries. 

6. Sylvan Learning Centers Summer Book Adventure Program allows children to track their pages and then take quizzes (very similar to how Accelerated Reader or "AR" works) and collect points.  Then they have the chance to win prize incentives using their points.  Sylvan is also sponsoring a "Page Per Day Sweepstakes" where parents who pledge to read a page per day with their child can enter to win $500 for back to school expenses. 

7. iVillage and PBS have teamed up to give you a Summer Reading Challenge.  Sign up now on their website and you'll get weekly reminders and chances for your reader to win $1,000 or other great prizes all summer long. The 6-week program begins June 18th. 

8.  Need more Word Girl than iVillage is giving you?  Scholastic (yes, the people who bring you those send-home book orders and twice a year Book Fairs where your kid wants to buy wiggle-eye pencils) has a program called the Scholastic Summer Challenge.  Kids read books, log hours, and win prizes.  Being Scholastic, they've also got sections for parents and educators, too! 

9. Chuck-E-Cheese Reading Rewards will give your child 10 tokens for reading for 2 weeks.  Just put a check mark on each day that your child reads (keep it on the fridge or a bulletin board) and bring it with you to the CEC nearest you.  PS- Chuck also offers bribes for things like tooth brushing, keeping your room clean, being a good patient/citizen, using table manners, and just about any other common childhood ailment :) 

10.  Don't forget your child's school!  Many schools require a certain amount of reading and might even ask for a project or journal to be kept.  If your school has a summer reading requirement, make sure you know before September!  Also, some schools (depending on the principal/program) offer a special treat for children who read during the summer like a pencil or certificate, so know your school's programs and prepare accordingly!

Am I missing something? Email me and I'll add it to our list! 

Henderson Husky 5K and Fun Run 2012

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Published: 05/18/2012


Start: Sunday, June 3, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

Additional Date Information

8:00 - 1 Mile
8:30 - 5K


                                                                                 Henderson Elementary School
3799 Waterway Dr Dumfries, VA


Registration Closing Date

Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 9:00 PM PST

Brief Description

The 4th Annual Henderson Husky 5K is proud to announce new course for the 5K and 1 Mile, and will be chip timed using the ChronoTrack Bib Tag Timing System.
Early Packet Pickup & Onsite Registration is available on Friday, June 1 at the Henderson Elementary Library from 3:45 PM to 7:00 PM.

Additional Information

Race Day Packet Pickup and Registration is available 6:30 AM to 7:45 AM in the Henderson Elementary Gymnasium.
T-shirt size is not guaranteed after May 18th. Family Discount is not available after May 18th.
Parking is available throughout the residential community.
Awards will be given to the following Age Groups: 5 and Under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & 60 and Over.

Guest Post/Deal: My School Swap

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Published: 04/22/2012

As you may recall, I was a huge sucker and did time in PTA last year.  As such, I was always looking for new ideas to raise money.  Here's one that contacted PwcMoms and has a deals for current PTA Board members who'd like to try it out.

What goes around, comes around.
We know schools can always use extra money—especially this time of year. We can get overwhelmed with fundraisers, yet we know it’s important to support our children’s schools. 
Here is a way to do your spring cleaning AND support your school.
A Gainesville mom just launched a new Classified Ad web site that brings the community together to benefit schools everywhere. It’s friendly, easy-to-use and secure. It’s just starting to pick up momentum in Prince William County with hopes to expand.
It’s called My School Swap! www.myschoolswap.com
Buy and sell used stuff...
Members can post Ads for all kinds of things: used sports equipment, baby items, books, furniture, handmade items, toys, clothing, cars ... all while supporting their schools.

Promote service or small business...
At any given school there are parents who are also small business owners. My School Swap is a great way to advertise to the families of school age children. Tutors, day care providers, pet sitters, Realtors, music instructors, landscapers, home party consultants...can all benefit from this resources

Free Ads for school and non-profit groups...
Teachers and school volunteers can post Ads that reach beyond their school website to announce events, fundraisers or recruit volunteers. Non-profit groups like Girl Scouts, art guilds and sports leagues can promote events or programs—and it’s always FREE!
Each school has it’s own page...
Each elementary and secondary school in the US has it’s own page which creates smaller, convenient communities—yet Ads also reach a national audience. My School Swap is designed for the school community so it does not include categories like Personal but does include categories like School Events and Community.
How it works...
Go to MySchoolSwap.com and choose a school to support when you join. Buy credits securely for $1 each. Post an Ad in any category for 1 credit. 50% of each dollar spent on credits is sent to the school you support. The credit fee is waived for Ads in the School & Non-Profit Notices category so they are free. 
(The other 50% goes to online transaction fees, school payment distribution, website maintenance and marketing MySchoolSwap.com as a viable school fundraising program.)
My School Swap, LLC is an approved vendor in Prince William County Schools.
Free Credits to PTO/PTA Parent Group Leaders
My School Swap will give 5 free credits to any PTO/PTA Parent Group leader that contacts us by April 31st, 2012. Try MySchoolSwap.com and let your school know about it. This is a $5 value and $2.50 will be donated to your school. Ads for School Notices for PTO/PTA are ALWAYS free, so use your free credits in any other category.
Cathy Shalvey, Co-Founder & President
My School Swap came from an idea I've had for many years that combines various aspects of my volunteer work for schools and the community over the years. For example, with a background in graphic design, I have always been on the 'communications committee' with schools and local organizations. I'm the one that designs the posters, flyers, newsletters, directories and event programs—which has been boatload of paper and ink!
I asked myself: “What if there was an online network where schools could promote events to the community and the community could reach inside the schools? What if there was a way for school families to buy and sell with each other—locally and conveniently? How could something like this benefit our schools?
My School Swap takes the traditional Classified Ad and creates a way to give back to schools with this useful tool. Millions of people use online advertising websites already, why not direct some of the revenue to our schools?
Contact cathy@myschoolswap.com for more information.  
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