Holiday Gift Drive
Dec
13
to Dec 16

Holiday Gift Drive

Holiday Gift Drive

Fulfill the holiday wishes of a child from the broader Wood Acres Community, including New Hampshire Estates/Oakview ES in Silver Spring and Rolling Terrace ES in Takoma Park. Visit this link to sign up to participate; carefully read the guidelines on the signup page and remember that we add wishes through mid-December.  

Gifts should be dropped off unwrapped at these times: 

Thursday and Friday 12/13-14 - Morning arrival at Wood Acres ES
Now through Sunday 12/16 at 5pm- 5400 Mohican Road (Cucinella/Roush home) 

Questions may be directed to Amy Cucinella Roush.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who will receive these gifts?
Families at Wood Acres ES who submit wishes to Counselor Andrea Solazzo, as well as families identified by school counselors or Linkages to Learning at New Hampshire Estates ES (NHE), Oakview ES (OV) and Rolling Terrace ES. In addition, this year we are fulfilling a wish from the NHE/OV PTA for classroom board games for indoor recess. 

Linkages to Learning is an MCPS community-school partnership with an integrated focus on health, social services, community development and engagement to support student learning, strong families and healthy communities. Linkages to Learning has an office and comprehensive health center on site at New Hampshire Estates ES and at Rolling Terrace ES. 

How are we connected to these other schools?
Wood Acres has long considered NHE/OV our “sister schools.” Both serve the same Silver Spring community; NHE offers Kindergarten through 2nd grade, then children move to Oak View for grades 3-5. Many of the families at NHE/OV are in need; more than 85% qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Families from these sister schools benefit from our annual Warm Clothing Drive, Book Drive, and Dine Out to Donate. For our holiday gift drive, we also include Rolling Terrace ES located in Takoma Park, a community with similar needs. 

How do I participate?
Click on this link to sign up. Please carefully read the guidelines at the top of the signup page. 

The signup is full. Can I still participate?
Yes. We continue to add wishes as they come in, so please check back, if all slots are taken.

How much should I spend?
Linkages suggests a spending guideline of $35-$40 per child.

May I spend more than the guideline?
Yes, and your excess contribution will go to a needy child, but it may not go to the needy child you’ve “adopted” through the signup. The caseworkers and counselors who distribute the gifts ensure the children are treated equitably. If you buy multiple items and spend significantly more than the guideline, the counselors may re-distribute some of your largesse to other children to ensure equally generous treatment. 

The child wished only for clothes, but won’t s/he be sad to not receive a toy?
Some of the families benefiting from our gift drive will also be eligible for Toys for Tots, but have no resources for new clothing for their growing child. With your participation, they can receive a gift of clothing and also a toy through Toys for Tots.

Where should I buy clothes and gift cards?
For clothing, families have expressed preference for Target, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall's, and Macy's, which are most convenient should exchanges be necessary. Please include a gift receipt to allow for exchange. For gift cards, we recommend these preferred stores or Westfield Mall; the suggested amount is $40.

If I’m uncertain about what style of clothing or shoes to buy, is a gift card acceptable?
Yes, a gift card is welcome, especially for older children, so they may pick out the style they prefer. The suggested amount is $40.

When, where and how should I deliver gifts?
Gifts should not be wrapped. Please label your gift with the Child ID# from the signup and include a gift receipt, if possible. Recipient names are concealed for privacy. Deliver gifts upon morning arrival at school on Thursday 12/13 or Friday 12/14, or bring them to the covered front porch of the Cucinella/Roush home at 5400 Mohican Road any time through Sunday 12/16 at 5pm. 

Questions? Contact Amy Cucinella Roush.  

Warm thanks for your support for this effort!

 

 

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Martha’s Table Collection
Jan
7
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Follow the guidelines below for preparing your donation, then send it with your kid to school on the designated day. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha's Table depending on their current needs.

Trail mix:

Create your own recipe using nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruits and pretzels, or use one they provide at this link. Package individual servings (about 1 cup each) in snack size bags.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Donations will either be distributed directly to hungry people, or will be used by Martha’s Table for muffin-making and meals. Oranges are especially welcome hand fruits (as they are softer for folks with dental problems). Apples, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots are also used/distributed by Martha’s Table in high volume. Any quantity is welcome, from a single yam to a crate of oranges.

Muffins:

Make or buy muffins of any type. Package them individually in baggies.

Sandwiches:

They accept two types of sandwiches: Meat & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

Process:

Start with a clean work surface and washed hands.

Use healthier types of ingredients, such as whole wheat bread or lean meats, whenever possible. Less is better if the healthier ingredients are more expensive. Please avoid bologna and white bread when possible.

Do NOT apply any condiments to sandwiches (to extend shelf life), but feel free to include a packet in the bag with the sandwich.

Individually wrap the sandwiches in foil, plastic wrap, or sandwich bags. Label each to indicate sandwich contents (ex. TC = Turkey and Cheese; HC = ham and cheese; H = ham, etc.). Once they are individually wrapped, place the sandwiches back in the loaf bag for donation. Label the loaf bag “Peanut Butter & Jelly” or “Meat & Cheese” so they can quickly determine what must be refrigerated.

Non-Perishable Items:

Almost any kind of sealed, unopened, unexpired healthy food is welcomed by Martha’s Table, so feel free to send in any of these items. Easy-open lids are especially appreciated.

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Martha’s Table Collection
Feb
4
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Follow the guidelines below for preparing your donation, then send it with your kid to school on the designated day. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha's Table depending on their current needs.

Trail mix:

Create your own recipe using nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruits and pretzels, or use one they provide at this link. Package individual servings (about 1 cup each) in snack size bags.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Donations will either be distributed directly to hungry people, or will be used by Martha’s Table for muffin-making and meals. Oranges are especially welcome hand fruits (as they are softer for folks with dental problems). Apples, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots are also used/distributed by Martha’s Table in high volume. Any quantity is welcome, from a single yam to a crate of oranges.

Muffins:

Make or buy muffins of any type. Package them individually in baggies.

Sandwiches:

They accept two types of sandwiches: Meat & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

Process:

Start with a clean work surface and washed hands.

Use healthier types of ingredients, such as whole wheat bread or lean meats, whenever possible. Less is better if the healthier ingredients are more expensive. Please avoid bologna and white bread when possible.

Do NOT apply any condiments to sandwiches (to extend shelf life), but feel free to include a packet in the bag with the sandwich.

Individually wrap the sandwiches in foil, plastic wrap, or sandwich bags. Label each to indicate sandwich contents (ex. TC = Turkey and Cheese; HC = ham and cheese; H = ham, etc.). Once they are individually wrapped, place the sandwiches back in the loaf bag for donation. Label the loaf bag “Peanut Butter & Jelly” or “Meat & Cheese” so they can quickly determine what must be refrigerated.

Non-Perishable Items:

Almost any kind of sealed, unopened, unexpired healthy food is welcomed by Martha’s Table, so feel free to send in any of these items. Easy-open lids are especially appreciated.

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Martha’s Table Collection
Mar
4
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Follow the guidelines below for preparing your donation, then send it with your kid to school on the designated day. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha's Table depending on their current needs.

Trail mix:

Create your own recipe using nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruits and pretzels, or use one they provide at this link. Package individual servings (about 1 cup each) in snack size bags.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Donations will either be distributed directly to hungry people, or will be used by Martha’s Table for muffin-making and meals. Oranges are especially welcome hand fruits (as they are softer for folks with dental problems). Apples, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots are also used/distributed by Martha’s Table in high volume. Any quantity is welcome, from a single yam to a crate of oranges.

Muffins:

Make or buy muffins of any type. Package them individually in baggies.

Sandwiches:

They accept two types of sandwiches: Meat & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

Process:

Start with a clean work surface and washed hands.

Use healthier types of ingredients, such as whole wheat bread or lean meats, whenever possible. Less is better if the healthier ingredients are more expensive. Please avoid bologna and white bread when possible.

Do NOT apply any condiments to sandwiches (to extend shelf life), but feel free to include a packet in the bag with the sandwich.

Individually wrap the sandwiches in foil, plastic wrap, or sandwich bags. Label each to indicate sandwich contents (ex. TC = Turkey and Cheese; HC = ham and cheese; H = ham, etc.). Once they are individually wrapped, place the sandwiches back in the loaf bag for donation. Label the loaf bag “Peanut Butter & Jelly” or “Meat & Cheese” so they can quickly determine what must be refrigerated.

Non-Perishable Items:

Almost any kind of sealed, unopened, unexpired healthy food is welcomed by Martha’s Table, so feel free to send in any of these items. Easy-open lids are especially appreciated.

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Martha’s Table Collection
Apr
1
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Follow the guidelines below for preparing your donation, then send it with your kid to school on the designated day. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha's Table depending on their current needs.

Trail mix:

Create your own recipe using nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruits and pretzels, or use one they provide at this link. Package individual servings (about 1 cup each) in snack size bags.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Donations will either be distributed directly to hungry people, or will be used by Martha’s Table for muffin-making and meals. Oranges are especially welcome hand fruits (as they are softer for folks with dental problems). Apples, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots are also used/distributed by Martha’s Table in high volume. Any quantity is welcome, from a single yam to a crate of oranges.

Muffins:

Make or buy muffins of any type. Package them individually in baggies.

Sandwiches:

They accept two types of sandwiches: Meat & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

Process:

Start with a clean work surface and washed hands.

Use healthier types of ingredients, such as whole wheat bread or lean meats, whenever possible. Less is better if the healthier ingredients are more expensive. Please avoid bologna and white bread when possible.

Do NOT apply any condiments to sandwiches (to extend shelf life), but feel free to include a packet in the bag with the sandwich.

Individually wrap the sandwiches in foil, plastic wrap, or sandwich bags. Label each to indicate sandwich contents (ex. TC = Turkey and Cheese; HC = ham and cheese; H = ham, etc.). Once they are individually wrapped, place the sandwiches back in the loaf bag for donation. Label the loaf bag “Peanut Butter & Jelly” or “Meat & Cheese” so they can quickly determine what must be refrigerated.

Non-Perishable Items:

Almost any kind of sealed, unopened, unexpired healthy food is welcomed by Martha’s Table, so feel free to send in any of these items. Easy-open lids are especially appreciated.

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Martha’s Table Collection
May
6
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Follow the guidelines below for preparing your donation, then send it with your kid to school on the designated day. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha's Table depending on their current needs.

Trail mix:

Create your own recipe using nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruits and pretzels, or use one they provide at this link. Package individual servings (about 1 cup each) in snack size bags.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Donations will either be distributed directly to hungry people, or will be used by Martha’s Table for muffin-making and meals. Oranges are especially welcome hand fruits (as they are softer for folks with dental problems). Apples, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots are also used/distributed by Martha’s Table in high volume. Any quantity is welcome, from a single yam to a crate of oranges.

Muffins:

Make or buy muffins of any type. Package them individually in baggies.

Sandwiches:

They accept two types of sandwiches: Meat & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

Process:

Start with a clean work surface and washed hands.

Use healthier types of ingredients, such as whole wheat bread or lean meats, whenever possible. Less is better if the healthier ingredients are more expensive. Please avoid bologna and white bread when possible.

Do NOT apply any condiments to sandwiches (to extend shelf life), but feel free to include a packet in the bag with the sandwich.

Individually wrap the sandwiches in foil, plastic wrap, or sandwich bags. Label each to indicate sandwich contents (ex. TC = Turkey and Cheese; HC = ham and cheese; H = ham, etc.). Once they are individually wrapped, place the sandwiches back in the loaf bag for donation. Label the loaf bag “Peanut Butter & Jelly” or “Meat & Cheese” so they can quickly determine what must be refrigerated.

Non-Perishable Items:

Almost any kind of sealed, unopened, unexpired healthy food is welcomed by Martha’s Table, so feel free to send in any of these items. Easy-open lids are especially appreciated.

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Deadline to Register for Geography Bee
Dec
7
8:30 AM08:30

Deadline to Register for Geography Bee

Fourth and fifth graders who wish to compete in the First Annual Wood Acres Geography Bee must register by this Friday, December 7. We will only accept children who register by this date as space as limited and study groups will begin next week. The Geography Bee (Geo Bee) is a National Geographic competition held at thousands of schools across the country. Children in grades 4 - 8 are eligible to compete. The winner of the Wood Acres Geo Bee to be held Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7pm in the Media Center will qualify to possibly compete at the state and even the national levels. Could a Wildcat go all the way? The national competition will be held at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C in May. There is a chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarships. Students will be quizzed on geography facts and statistics, social studies, earth and space science, the environment, and culture before an audience of parents and students.

To take part in the Geo Bee, register here.
For information on the Geo Bee go to National Geographic's website or watch here:
National Geographic Bee Highlights
The Geo Bee: A 30 Year History | National Geographic
Studying for the Geography Bee

Questions?  Contact Meghan Mullan.

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Martha’s Table Collection
Dec
3
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Follow the guidelines below for preparing your donation, then send it with your kid to school on the designated day. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha's Table depending on their current needs.

Trail mix:

Create your own recipe using nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruits and pretzels, or use one they provide at this link. Package individual servings (about 1 cup each) in snack size bags.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Donations will either be distributed directly to hungry people, or will be used by Martha’s Table for muffin-making and meals. Oranges are especially welcome hand fruits (as they are softer for folks with dental problems). Apples, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots are also used/distributed by Martha’s Table in high volume. Any quantity is welcome, from a single yam to a crate of oranges.

Muffins:

Make or buy muffins of any type. Package them individually in baggies.

Sandwiches:

They accept two types of sandwiches: Meat & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

Process:

Start with a clean work surface and washed hands.

Use healthier types of ingredients, such as whole wheat bread or lean meats, whenever possible. Less is better if the healthier ingredients are more expensive. Please avoid bologna and white bread when possible.

Do NOT apply any condiments to sandwiches (to extend shelf life), but feel free to include a packet in the bag with the sandwich.

Individually wrap the sandwiches in foil, plastic wrap, or sandwich bags. Label each to indicate sandwich contents (ex. TC = Turkey and Cheese; HC = ham and cheese; H = ham, etc.). Once they are individually wrapped, place the sandwiches back in the loaf bag for donation. Label the loaf bag “Peanut Butter & Jelly” or “Meat & Cheese” so they can quickly determine what must be refrigerated.

Non-Perishable Items:

Almost any kind of sealed, unopened, unexpired healthy food is welcomed by Martha’s Table, so feel free to send in any of these items. Easy-open lids are especially appreciated.

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Nov
8
to Nov 16

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please have your child bring a few non-perishable items to school to drop off in one of the marked bins placed in the front atrium. from Thursday, 11/8 until Friday 11/16

Here is a list of suggested non-perishable items which can be donated:

“The best non-perishable foods to donate”

canned beans
dry beans
peanut butter, or other nut butters
rolled oats
canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup
canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium
low-sodium soups
canned tuna in water
canned chicken
brown rice
quinoa
nuts, unsalted
seeds, unsalted
shelf stable milk and milk substitutes
whole grain pasta
low-sodium pasta sauce
popcorn kernels (not microwave popcorn)
canned stews
unsweetened apple sauce
whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals
olive or canola oil
canned tomatoes
dried fruits, no sugar added
honey
chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock.

Thanks for your help!  Please feel free to shoot me an email with any questions:  pcornoni@reganfirm.com    

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Martha’s Table Collection
Nov
5
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Follow the guidelines below for preparing your donation, then send it with your kid to school on the designated day. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha's Table depending on their current needs.

Trail mix:

Create your own recipe using nuts, whole-grain cereal, dried fruits and pretzels, or use one they provide at this link. Package individual servings (about 1 cup each) in snack size bags.

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

Donations will either be distributed directly to hungry people, or will be used by Martha’s Table for muffin-making and meals. Oranges are especially welcome hand fruits (as they are softer for folks with dental problems). Apples, sweet potatoes, onions, celery and carrots are also used/distributed by Martha’s Table in high volume. Any quantity is welcome, from a single yam to a crate of oranges.

Muffins:

Make or buy muffins of any type. Package them individually in baggies.

Sandwiches:

They accept two types of sandwiches: Meat & Cheese and Peanut Butter & Jelly.   

Process:

Start with a clean work surface and washed hands.

Use healthier types of ingredients, such as whole wheat bread or lean meats, whenever possible. Less is better if the healthier ingredients are more expensive. Please avoid bologna and white bread when possible.

Do NOT apply any condiments to sandwiches (to extend shelf life), but feel free to include a packet in the bag with the sandwich.

Individually wrap the sandwiches in foil, plastic wrap, or sandwich bags. Label each to indicate sandwich contents (ex. TC = Turkey and Cheese; HC = ham and cheese; H = ham, etc.). Once they are individually wrapped, place the sandwiches back in the loaf bag for donation. Label the loaf bag “Peanut Butter & Jelly” or “Meat & Cheese” so they can quickly determine what must be refrigerated.

Non-Perishable Items:

Almost any kind of sealed, unopened, unexpired healthy food is welcomed by Martha’s Table, so feel free to send in any of these items. Easy-open lids are especially appreciated.

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Bingo Night - Grades PreK-2
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Bingo Night - Grades PreK-2

REGISTRATION FOR BINGO NIGHT IS NOW OPEN!  Our annual Bingo Night for K-2 and PEP families is Saturday, November 3rd in the Wood Acres Gym.  Support your school and have a fun night out with your family! 

Potomac Pizza for Sale 5:30-6 p.m.
Bingo from 6-7 p.m.

Sign up today to reserve your spot! 

https://form.jotform.com/woodacrespta/bingo-night-registration-2018

We need your help!  Interested in volunteering?  Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4DABAE2FAA8-wood

Do your older children need SSL hours?  Please email me, Elizabeth Peyster ,to let me know that they are coming!  

This event usually sells out so sign up today!

We hope to see you there! 

Thank you!
Alyson Scott & Elizabeth Peyster
Bingo Night Co-Chairs

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Martha’s Table Collection
Oct
1
8:40 AM08:40

Martha’s Table Collection

Martha’s Table Food Collection for D.C.’s Hungry
Involve your children in fighting hunger locally

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? 
Each month, Wood Acres families contribute food to Martha’s Table for distribution directly to hungry people in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Martha’s Table believes that everyone has a right to healthy food and works 365 days a year to increase food security and ensure healthy options for our neighbors. Last year, Martha’s Table’s food programs distributed over 1.6 million healthy meals in our community. This reach would be impossible without the generous support of people like you!

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Send your donations to school with your children on collection dates. Information about Food Donations can be found at http://marthastable.org/donate/food-donations/. For a fun way to involve your children, get creative and make your own Trail Mix, or have a Sandwich Making Party. Please follow the Food Donation Guidelines for preparing your donation, then send it with your child to school on the designated days. Volunteers will collect donations during school arrival. Please watch for emails about specific donation requests from Martha’s Table depending on their current needs.

WHEN? 
The first Monday of each month from October-June.

  • Monday, Oct 1

  • Monday, Nov 5

  • Monday, Dec 3

  • Monday, Jan 7

  • Monday, Feb 4

  • Monday, March 4

  • Monday, April 1

  • Monday, May 6

  • Monday, June 3

ANYTHING ELSE?
Visit http://marthastable.org/programs/ for more information on the full scope of services provided by Martha’s Table and to read about more ways to help, and share this WTOP story with your children about the impact of food collections like ours.

Feel free to contact our PTA’s Martha’s Table Coordinator Alison McDowell with any questions.

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