This committee coordinates the afterschool programs provided by FLEX (including chess, dance, art, music), FLES (foreign language instruction) and STEM vendors which offer extracurricular, tuition-based classes that meet once a week before or after school.
One or two volunteers are needed to coordinate the publication of a magazine showcasing the literary talents of our 4th graders.
This committee is responsible for the organization of the annual Spring Art Festival. Volunteers are needed to collect and display art, and to setup and cleanup on the evening of the event.
AtoZ Connect is the PTA's email network. Its purpose is to facilitate the exchange information relating to PTA business, school affairs and educational topics of interest to the Wood Acres ES population. The AtoZ Connect coordinator verifies membership, manages the list, monitors the site for proper usage of the AtoZ Connect policy and intervenes when necessary. Click here to learn more about AtoZ Connect.
Big Train Night
This committee arranges for Wood Acres representation at a Bethesda Big Train baseball game. This involves arranging for a faculty member to throw out a first pitch and for discounted tickets. Volunteers are needed to advertise and promote the event.
This group organizes and runs a night of bingo fun for the whole family for the lower grades. Volunteers are needed to help with food booths, call bingo numbers, obtain prizes, and general set up and clean up.
The editor of the Community Announcements receives classified ads or other material of interest to the Wood Acres community, but outside the scope of AtoZ Connect. Approximately weekly during the school year, the editor generates and sends, via AtoZ Connect, a single email containing the Community Announcements accumulated since the last posting.
This committee works with Montgomery County to identify and implement projects for participation by Wood Acres students and the PTA. In the past, students and families have made sandwiches for Martha's Table and provided clothing, food, book and toy donations to our sister elementary schools and other sites. Volunteers are needed to organize and deliver donations and to help students participate in these activities.
This committee monitors issues related to curriculum and testing at the county and state levels, as well as the implementation of the new MCPS grading and reporting policy. Volunteers monitor the work of the MCCPTA Curriculum Advisory committee and the MCCPTA Grading and Reporting Implementation Team, and reports to the Educational Issues group and entire PTA as appropriate.
This committee plans and organizes the Dance Party for grades 3-5. Volunteers are needed to communicate with the deejay, advertise and sell tickets, and to chaperone and help with food sales on the night of the event.
Dine Out to Donate
This committee organizes two Pizza Nights each school year, usually at Ledo's Pizza, to benefit our MCPS sister schools, Oak View and New Hampshire Estates.
This committee produces the school directory each fall. Volunteers are needed to collect and input information, work with the printing company, and help with the distribution of directories.
This group works with the PTA Executive Board and MCCPTA representatives to monitor educational issues affecting Wood Acres at the county, state, and federal levels. It reports activity and recommends actions to the Board and entire PTA. Volunteers coordinate parent communication.
This committee provides information and support to families of children in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program. It hosts social events as well as informational meetings particular to the interests of those families.
This committee provides for the faculty a copying, laminating and bookbinding service. Volunteers can sign up to help with any of the above services of their choice for as few as two hours per month. Training is provided for all these services for interested parents. We can use numerous volunteers for this committee.
Fifth Grade Farewell
This committee is comprised of primarily fifth grade parents who plan and execute the 5th grade farewell activities (the pool party, memory book, slide show, etc.) and support the school staff who plan the evening promotion ceremony. A group of fourth grade parents traditionally plan and host the reception after the evening event.
Gifted and Talented
As part of the Educational Issues branch, this group monitors issues related to gifted education at the MCPS and MSDE levels. It monitors GT issues through MCCPTA and Gifted and Talented Association (GTA) listservs and meetings, as needed. The volunteers report activity and recommend actions to the Educational Issues group and entire PTA, as appropriate.
This group promotes environmental awareness within the Wood Acres community by encouraging recycling and energy/fossil fuel conservation, supporting the student Green Team and reducing waste.
Grocery Stores and Box Tops
This committee coordinates the supermarket and product fundraising programs sponsored by Giant, Safeway, Campbell's Soup and General Mills Box Tops for Education.
This person works closely with the school secretary and the MCPS rep of the ICB (Interagency Coordinating Agency) to coordinate and submit requests for building space usage for PTA events. This person must go to a one-time training session.
This group arranges for a winter family evening of ice-skating fun at Cabin John Ice Rink. Volunteers are needed to advertise and sell tickets for the event.
International Night is a celebration of Wood Acres’ multi-cultural diversity. This very popular event takes place once every two years and features food, performances and exhibits from many countries of the world.
This committee organizes a community Spring JogFest, which offers a 5-K run, and fun runs and walks for all ages. Many volunteers are needed to obtain sponsors, order t-shirts and medals, secure food donations, distribute race packets and to marshal the course on the morning of the event.
This committee assists with two events – a winter coffee for parents of incoming kindergarteners and a spring orientation for students and parents. Volunteers help by greeting parents and children, providing refreshments, and publicizing the events.
Our beautiful flowers and plants in front of the school are just one example of this committee's efforts. This group monitors the condition and appearance of the school's exterior and organizes volunteers to work at two major landscaping events – before school opens and mid-spring clean-up.