Westbriar Elementary School PTA

november 2019 News Letter 


Your PTA is hard at work putting together events and volunteering in school.  If you aren't already a member, please JOIN your Westbriar PTA today and help us do more great things at Westbriar!

Hard copies of the Westbriar Directory went out last week.  All PTA members should have received one as a benefit of membership.  If you are a PTA member and you don't have your hard copy directory, please contact Trish Vanstory at wesptaprez@gmail.com.  

Call for Volunteers -- Book Fair and Thanksgiving Luncheons

We schedule our Book Fair the same week as our Thanksgiving Luncheons on purpose, so that parents and kids can come and enjoy shopping after they eat their lunches together.  That means lots of time together, but it also means LOTS of volunteers needed!!  Please volunteer for the Book Fair by clicking here and/or for Thanksgiving Luncheons but clicking here

Call for Donations -- Books needed!

If you have gently used books that your children no longer read, please send them in to the front office for our Book Donation Program -- they go straight to our teachers to use.  The more variety we have in our classrooms, the more interest for our students.  So clean off your shelves and send in your used books today!

Call for Donations -- Games, puzzles, Legos needed!

Fairfax Friends Forever is a Westbriar tradition.  On Friday mornings, our older Westbriar students spend time with younger students, and they build friendship and rapport by spending time together.  As our FFF program is expanding, we need more board games, card games, Legos, puzzles -- anything for our students to play together.  If you have new or gently used items, please send these in to FFF today.

PTA dates at-a-glance

11/11-11/14 -- Book Fair

11/12 -- 529 Presentation

11/13 -- Foster's Grille and Ben & Jerry's Dining for Dollar$

11/13-11/14 -- Thanksgiving Lunches

12/4 -- Walk to School Wednesday

12/5 -- December PTA meeting -- Voting on proposed changes to bylaws and contributions to Westbriar!

12/12 -- Panera Bread Dining for Dollar$

12/13 -- Skate Night

As the holidays near, please use Amazon Smile for Westbriar whenever you're ordering from Amazon!

11/11-14 -- Westbriar Book Fair daytime (evening hours 11/12) 

Come out and get your kiddos some old-fashioned, no-tech books!  Teacher Wish Lists are there so you can pick out a book for your child's classroom.  Proceeds go to our wonderful Westbriar library!  Click here to volunteer for the Book Fair -- we can't pull off this epic week-long event without our great Westbriar volunteers!

11/12 -- 529 Presentation, 7PM Westbriar cafeteria

Come to our cafeteria to learn more about college savings and how things work with a 529 plan.  Get started early -- college comes a lot quicker than you might think!

11/13-14 -- Thanksgiving Luncheons -- Join your student for this annual tradition!  Click HERE to see the schedule and click HERE to volunteer to serve lunches to others.

11/13 -- Foster's Grille and Ben & Jerry's -- Dining for Dollar$

Join us for dinner at Foster's Grille and bring or show this flyer so 20% of your proceeds will come back to Westbriar PTA!  Then head to Ben & Jerry's, just down the way, for dessert -- another 20% of the proceeds will come back to your PTA!!  Just don't forget to show the flyers and tell the folks at the cash registers that YOU'RE THERE FOR WESTBRIAR PTA!!!

12/4 -- Walk to School Wednesday

Instead of waiting in the carpool line, get out there, breathe some fresh hour, and get some movement!  Students will receive a special token for walking to school, rain or shine!

12/5 -- December PTA meeting, 9:30 AM, Westbriar Cafeteria

Join us to get to know other parents and stay informed about all the happenings in our school.  Special presentation by Tina Eid, Westbriar's Speech Therapist.  Plus, we will be voting on bylaws changes and capital expenditures for Westbriar!

12/12 -- Panera Bread Dining for Dollar$

12/13 -- Skate Night @ SkateQuest, Reston, VA

Come out for this annual night of fun on the ice!  Tickets include skate rental and skating for the evening ...


                               Thank You Notes

Thank you to Amanda Aragon, who put together an amazing new event for our school, Pumpkin Fest!  We had a great crowd of students and parents come out to enjoy dinner, buy pumpkins, take family portraits, enjoy an art maze, go trunk or treating in the gym, and especially -- unmistakably -- they enjoyed the raffles donated by our amazing Westbriar staff!!  This event, with all of its ambitious undertakings, was Amanda's creation, and we so enjoyed ourselves!  Thank you for your amazing organizational skills and hard work, Amanda!!


Thank you to Gulcin Ross, a member of our Copy Crew upon whom we've relied for several weeks to make copies for the Wednesday Folder of every Westbriar student.


Thank you to Julianna Lieu, for putting together tables, umbrellas, storage for our new outdoor classroom in the school courtyard.


Thank you to our intrepid Jennifer Sellers for putting together our Westbriar Book Donation Program.  Clean off your shelves and send in your gently used children's books for our teachers to use in our classrooms!  This program was Jennifer's brainchild, with the goal of providing additional materials for new classroom teachers at no cost to those teachers.


Thank you to Gulcin Ross for verifying, editing, and submitting our Westbriar Directory for printing.  Thank you to Suneeta Rana, Trish Vanstory, and Crystal Petersen distributing the printed directories.  Didn't get one?  Join the PTA and we'll send one home with your student!


Thank you to Jenny White for organizing Stock the Staff Room for the 6th grade in October and the 5th grade in November.


Thank you to Jesse Holtslander and Nisha Thakker for taking over on our Dining for Dollar$ bookings.  Each time we dine out together, we improve our Westbriar camaraderie and help out the PTA at the same time!





Thank You Notes

image.gifThank you to Jennifer Sellers, who managed our spirit wear orders this year.  She designed the options, managed and promoted the ordering process, collected all payments, and sorted and handed out all of the different orders.  Now we're all decked out as Falcons!  Thank you, Jennifer!

Thank you to Elisa Clifton, our Walk to School chair.  Elisa organized and promoted a very successful Walk to School event on October 2nd.  We will have several more Walk to School Wednesdays this fall and spring, during which students who walk to school can pick out tokens for their W2S necklaces.  Keep on walking -- it's so much better for our environment than driving in your car! 

Thank you to Anahita Kamjou, who has set us up for our first Falcon Arts program this year (the replacement for GRACE Arts.)  Anahita recruited volunteers from every classroom, edited artist info and projects for presentation, and ordered all the art supplies for the year for the entire school to enjoy the program.  Special thanks as well to Stenwood PTA, for sharing their Creative Bee program with us, so we didn't have to reinvent the wheel.  Thank you, Anahita!  And thank you, Deanna Heier(Stenwood PTA President) and Lisa Mak(Stenwood PTA VP of Social Affairs.)

Thank you to Angie Gutenson, Hina Jumani, Gulcin Ross, Trish Vanstory, and Valerie McFalls, our bylaws committee, for putting together a new set of proposed bylaws for our PTA to adopt this year, nicely in time for our bylaws revision due date!

Thank you to Natalie Lueders, Brooke Edwards, Olga Feschenko, and Hina Jumani, our Display Case committee.  They are doing an excellent job of creatively decorating our PTA display case in the front hallway.  Their work informs, sparks interest, and lightens up the hallway for all to see!

Thank you to Jenni Bae, who organizes Westbriar's #iCare inclusion program, for her work in putting together a school-wide curriculum teaching inclusion for all.

Thank you to Crystal Petersen, Valerie McFalls, and Jessica Chen, who are our parent volunteers for Science Olympiad this year.  They have recruited students for teams and are organizing and prepping them to compete in the regional Science Olympiad this fall.  Good luck, Westbriar!

Thank you to Roopa Chowbey, our Odyssey of the Mind chair.  Roopa has recruited teams and coaches who will prep throughout the year and then compete in the spring.  The student teams gather regularly with their coaches.  They learn how to solve complex problems in a group setting, and they get to know one another, too. 

Thank you to Nandita Kalyan, our Spelling Bee chair.  Nandita has registered Westbriar in the Scripps Spelling Bee competition.  Soon you'll hear more about registration for our Westbriar Spelling Bee, which is set for February 20th. 


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