There are a number of before and after-school enrichment opportunities for our students:
- Classes such as chess, yoga, art, theater, music, film-making and entrepreneurship from Flex Academies
- STEM learning from Great Adventure Lab and Girls for Good
- Foreign language classes from Big Learning, Inc.’s FLES program
- Annual PTA-sponsored 4th grade musical theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, in partnership with Adventure Theatre MTC. Registrations are accepted in October, with the program running from November to March.
Registration information and specifics about upcoming classes will go out on Woodnet and Wildcat Week Ahead as those details become available. Please see Spring 2018 Classes for a calendar of current offerings.
Note that none of the PTA’s enrichment programs are fundraisers for the PTA – this ensures that the classes are offered to our students at the lowest prices possible. If you have any questions pertaining to the PTA-sponsored programs, please contact the PTA’s after-school enrichment coordinator, Alicia Jennings.
Wood Acres PTA hosts events across the year to instill an ethic of community service in our children and to harness the generosity and resources within our community for those less fortunate.
- Dine Out to Donate (Fall and Spring)
- Martha’s Table Food Collection (Monthly)
- Warm Clothing Drive (October)
- Halloween Candy Drive (November)
- Thanksgiving Food Drive (November)
- Holiday Gift Drive (December)
- Book Drive (April)
- Shoe Collection (Spring)
- Mobile Planetarium
Several of these events benefit the families of our sister schools, New Hampshire Estates ES and Oak View ES in Silver Spring. With one service area and a unified PTA, NHE offers Kindergarten through 2nd grade and Oak View offers grades 3-5. Most families at NHE/OV are in need; well over 85% have qualified for free or reduced-price lunches.
Along with our community service programs, the PTA also works to build affiliations within Wood Acres itself. Examples include the work of our ESOL (English Speakers for Other Languages) and Special Education representatives.
Keep your eye on Wildcat Week Ahead for announcements about dates and details about how to help with each outreach effort. If you would like to join our Community Support team, please contact Community Service Committee Chair, Julie Lane.
Throughout the year, Wood Acres holds a variety of fun events to bring our students and their families together after the school day is done. There is something for everyone - whether you like to dance, play bingo, shop for books, jog or ice skate, come and join the fun!
These activities are not fundraisers. Any fee charged to you is just to cover the costs incurred by the PTA. Thanks to the many families who contribute to the Pride Fund every year, the PTA is able to provide inexpensive and fun events for your family to enjoy. Thank you, Pride Fund!
Some events happen in pop-up fashion or extend throughout most of the year. For example:
- Visiting Artists and Assemblies - committee volunteers are always on the lookout for artists of all stripes to share their expertise and perspective with our students!
- Fifth Grade Farewell - a year full of activities including: A Wider Circle community service project, creating memory books, a pool party and the ceremony at year’s end.
Most of our other activities are one-time events that occur at roughly the same time each year:
ESOL Coffee Meeting
Bingo Night - For PEP students, Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd Graders and their families
Dance Party - For 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders and their families
Walk to School Day
Ice Skating Night
Big Train Baseball Night
International Night/Space Night - each one runs every other year. Spring 2018: it’s Space Night!
There are many reasons to love Wood Acres Elementary School, but there is one reason it's on everyone’s list: our very own Planetarium! Our Osceola Sexton Planetarium was created in 1975 by the parent community at the school and has been going strong ever since — always entirely PTA-run and funded!
We currently have over one hundred parent and grandparent volunteers who teach the program to their children's class. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary — just a willingness to reach for the stars!
Be sure to read about our planetarium history if you want to learn more about how we came to have this amazing addition to our school.
Are you a current volunteer? Check for lesson plans, training dates and classroom coordinator information on Google Drive. For more information about the Planetarium itself or about volunteering, please contact one of our committee co-chairs: Amy Warfield or David Wiseman.