Slate of Candidates for 2014-2015 GVES PTA Board

The following individuals have been nominated to serve as members of the GVES PTA Executive Board for the 2014-2015 school year.

President – Joni Kanazawa

VP Ways and Means – Josette Smith

VP Events – Amber Robertson

VP Hospitality –

Treasurer – Rebecca Thomas-Albert

Secretary – Jennifer Bourne

The election will be held prior to the Family Bingo night scheduled for June 6, 2014. Remember that nominations for office may be made from the floor on the night of the election. Please contact Dane Kanazawa (, Angie Poteet (, or Menisa Ream ( if you are interested in serving on the Board.


2014-2015 PTA Executive Board Nominations

Hello Grizzlies!

I hope everyone had a great time Duct Taping Mr. Sidebotham to the wall at the last GVES Curriculum night held on March 26th. There were some great photographs of the event posted on the GVES Facebook page. Three PTA members volunteered to be a part of the 2014-2015 Nomination Committee at the PTA meeting portion of curriculum night. The members of the Nomination Committee for the 2014-2015 PTA Offices are Menisa Ream, Angie Poteet and Josette Smith.

If you would like to be on the 2014-2015 GVES PTA Executive Board, please email me at and I will forward your request to the nominating committee. Nominations will close on May9, 2014 to allow 30 days notification to the membership. Anyone may submit their name for consideration by the membership on the day of the election. The election will be held on June 6th, 2014 at the GVES PTA meeting at SMS. The PTA meeting will precede a fun night of Family Bingo.


Edited May 12, 2014


Boosterthon Pledges

Boosterthon Image

Hello GVES Families! Wednesday, March 26 is a BIG day for Grafton Village!
~Boosterthon Pledges are due THIS WEDNESDAY at 9am. Please log in to and use your child’s access code to find out which pledges are still outstanding. (You can click on “Dashboard” to get an overall idea of what is due. Click on “My Pledges” to see if your supporter has paid online. Remember that if you sent in a check or cash for pledges, it will be deducted from your total on your Dashboard.)
~Please join us at 6pm Wednesday for the PTA Meeting and Curriculum Night. We will have programs for all grade levels and also be duct taping Mr. Sidebotham… one of the incentives for hitting the 50 State Challenge during Boosterthon! (Please drop off your extra duct tape rolls in the PTA mailbox Tuesday and Wednesday.) See you Wednesday!


Tax Status

Hello Grafton Grizzlies,

The letter below, from the Virginia State PTA, is our 2014 501(c)(3) Determination Letter. This letter certifies our compliance with the Virginia PTA bylaws and exempts the Grafton Village Elementary School PTA from federal income tax as a subordinate organization to the state. This does not free us from the liability of Virginia State income tax. I am currently working towards obtaining a Virginia Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption Letter. I also spoke with the federal Internal Revenue Service recently regarding the status of our organization’s application for reinstatement of 501(c)(3) status. Unfortunately “operator 0195894” advised me that as of March 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm our application remained “unassigned.” I will continue to monitor our application status and update the membership. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Dane Kanazawa


2014 PTA 501 (c)(3) Determination Letter

2014 PTA 501 (c)(3) Determination Letter

VA PTA Tax Determination Notice

VA PTA Tax Determination Notice


WinterFest Photographs

Winterfest 2013 Santa images are now available at

Thank you to Sandie Waters for taking amazing images of the families as they posed with Fredericksburg Santa!


They will be posted here until Dec 31, 2013.


Brax Cups Orders

Hello Grizzlies! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Brax Cups Fundraiser. Please contact Andy Turlington, VP of Ways and Means, if your order was incomplete or not accurate. Andy’s email address is



WinterFest 2013 is Quickly Approaching!!

WinterFest at Grafton Village Elementary School will be held Saturday, December 14th at Stafford Middle School. The event begins at 9:00 am and runs until 12:00 pm. Come and see Santa and have your portrait taken by Sandie Waters Photography. A pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa is available for $4 /person at the door or $3.50/person (presale). There will also be numerous vendors to help you finish your holiday shopping in style including several student vendors selling crafts. The event will help get your holiday spirit flowing with cookie and ornament decorating, greeting card crafts for injured troops and that always present Grizzly community spirit.

If you would like to volunteer to help host the event, please contact us at



WinterFest 2013 at Grafton Village Elementary School

Join us on Saturday, December 14, 9:00 am – 12 noon for the 2013 GVES WinterFest. Activities include photos with Santa, raffles, vendors, cookie and ornament decorating, and greeting cards crafts for deployed troops. Pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa for $3.50/person (presale) or for $4.00/person at the door (maximum cost of $20/family). RSVP at or return the attached presale form with check payable to “Grafton PTA” to school with your child.

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Welcome to the Grafton Village Elementary School PTA website

Welcome to the Grafton Village Elementary School PTA website. It is the hope of the 2013-2014 GVES Executive Committee that this website will become your ”go to” resource for all things Grizzly in the years to come.