Ten Tips for Tax Free Weekend Back to School Shopping in Virginia

The Virginia Sales Tax Holiday or Tax Free Weekend is coming up this Friday, August 4th through Sunday, August 6th. During this time period, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense items without paying sales tax. This is a …

Spotsylvania County Public Schools Business Partner of the Year


spotsylvania county public schools, business partner of the yearParrish Learning Zone is excited to announce that we were chosen by Spotsylvania County Public Schools as a Business Partner of the Year for our dedication to the school division. We were also a recipient of the Virginia School Boards Association Honor Roll for 2017. We have partnered with Spotsylvania for the last five years on the Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive that collects school supplies and donations to benefit needy and homeless students in the county.  We are honored to be recognized by the county and we will continue to do our best to support Spotsylvania County and their students.

Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll


vsba, vsba honor roll, virginia school boards associationParrish Learning Zone is excited to announce that we were chosen by Spotsylvania County Public Schools as a recipient of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Business Honor Roll for 2017. Click here to see the official VSBA newsletter. Summary of the Business Honor Roll from the VSBA website:

Local businesses have the power to shape community attitudes about public schools. Every spring, the VSBA Business Honor Roll provides a way for local school divisions to recognize local businesses for their support, especially as schools face increasing budget uncertainty. The Business Honor Roll helps divisions say “thank you” for their vital contributions.


Businesses large and small, corporate-owned or family-run, play a key role in supporting our communities and local schools. They contribute to our school divisions in many ways, including helping schools with in-kind or financial contributions, donating to scholarship programs, supporting extracurricular activities, offering internship opportunities, volunteering in the schools, and sponsoring field trips. This type of support is invaluable.

Discussing our Stuff the Bus drive on Ted Schubel’s Town Talk Radio Show

Nina Parrish, Amanda Blalock, Rene Daniels and Michelle Swisher discuss the upcoming Stuff the Bus school supply drive with Ted Schubel on his Town Talk Radio Show on WFVA 1230. They discuss topics about homelessness, needy students and the strong need for school supplies for Spotsylvania County students.

Click here to listen to the whole show.

What to Do About a Bad Report Card

In most local school districts, students are receiving first nine weeks grades about now. Did your student bring home a report card that was less than exciting or not quite what you were expecting? Here are some suggestions on what to do now: 1. Meet with your Student’s Teacher/s Most …

What to Ask at Your Child’s Parent Teacher Conference

Fall is the time for Back to School Nights and parent-teacher conferences. You may be wondering what to expect at these events. At most schools, you will get a chance to walk your child’s schedule and meet with each teacher for 10-15 minutes, usually as a group. This is a …

Is this what your kid’s backpack looks like?

I see a lot of kids whose good-intentioned parents buy them a whole pile of school supplies, only to find that by week two, their book bag is a mess, and they are using none of them. Seriously, these kids have 20 folders, binders, pens, highlighters, dividers, and composition notebooks …

UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools!

UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools to Stuff the Bus with school supplies this Friday Aug. 1 at the Southpoint Wal-Mart from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  All donations will go to the Spotsylvania County Treasure House which supports needy and homeless children in Spotsylvania.  Read more here…. http://umweagles.com/athletic_dept/plzstuffthebus Share …

Ten Tips for Tax Free Weekend: Back to School Shopping

1. Take an Inventory, Reuse, and Recycle Look to see what’s left over from last year. It is likely that there are many binders, pencils, pens, calculators, and other supplies that can be reused. Let kids use stickers or paper to decorate and add a personal touch to reused binders …