Westbriar Elementary School PTA
There has been so much work behind the scenes to get this PTA year started, we want to express our sincere appreciation to the following volunteers:
January 2020 Thank You Notes
Thank you to Eunice Joshi for organizing a super fun Skate Night in December! Our Westbriar community always loves this event. Eunice and the volunteers who sold tickets that night made it a fun and memorable night for all involved!
Thank you to administration, front office staff, and other staff members for staying late after your workday had ended in order to ensure the safety of our students enrolled in our PTA basketball class when their instructor was unexpectedly absent. We know it is above and beyond your scope of work to take care of 25 students, notifying parents, and monitoring kids while their parents come to get them, and we so appreciate your being there for us. Thank you for being part of our Westbriar family!
December 2019 Thank You Notes
Thank you to Julianna Lieu and her crew of volunteers for putting together a very fun, very successful Book Fair. Not only did the Book Fair net nearly $7500 in proceeds, but it also served as a great event for students, teachers, and parents. What a luxury to go shopping together in the Westbriar library and come away with the gift of a good book. Thank you, Julianna, for your hard work organizing, locating, relocating, dealing with errant technology, and counting the pennies of the students who brought in their full piggy banks -- what a gift to our school!
Thank you to Rhonda Gleditsch, who patiently counted almost $700 worth of BoxTops for Education. While we no longer run classroom competitions, we are still collecting BoxTops that you clip off of your purchases from the grocery store. Rhonda volunteers to painstakingly read, organize, and send in our box tops. It's not an easy job (have you seen the tiny print on those things!?!) and we really appreciate her doing it!! If you have questions about the transition to electronic submission of BoxTops for Education, please contact Rhonda.
Thank you to Katie Chernyak for her amazing work on the Winter enrichment schedule -- 21 extra-curricular classes that Katie has booked for your students to enjoy over the course of the winter. Katie does a great job of finding new and exciting classes, finding friendly and agreeable vendors, and reserving all of the different building space needed for all of the classes.
Thank you to Jenni Bae of #iCare and Debbie Alsado, Ewa Meoni, Carly Guinn, Alissa Roth, and Meg Caudill of Fairfax Friends Forever for leading Westbriar through National Inclusive Schools Week. The daily lessons were fun and informative, and we were proud to see our students and staff on the early morning news on December 4th.
A long overdue thank you to Dr. Bell and StemTree for the $1000 donation to our PTA. Dr. Bell, we so appreciate your generosity and support of our community. We look forward to continued collaboration in the future to bring additional STEM opportunities to Westbriar students.
November 2019 Thank You Notes
October 2019 Thank You Notes:
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 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 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.
September 2019 Thank You Notes:
Thank you to Jennifer Sellers, who chaired our Field Day shirt order process! And to Suneeta Rana, Natalie Lueders, and Principal Tam for pitching in with sorting, folding, and handing out to our students. Nice work!
And Thank You to: