Wood Acres PTA Volunteer Committees
The Wood Acres PTA needs volunteers every school day, all year. We have over fifteen board member positions. There are more than FORTY FIVE committees. Because our mission is so vast, there’s a bound to be a volunteer position that’s just the right fit for you. Some jobs need to done every week – others require only a few hours once a year. Whether it’s overseeing a major event or just “being there” for the kids at recess, WE NEED YOU. Please email or contact any PTA Board member listed in the Wood Acres Elementary School Directory to find out more. Volunteering may be the most important time you spend all year!
This committee organizes the publication of Our Compositions, a literary magazine showcasing the literary and artistic talents of our 4th and 5th graders. Volunteers work in different capacities - we need editors, typists, fundraisers, and graphic designers working on the committee.
This committee is responsible for the organization of the annual Spring Art Festival. Volunteers are needed to collect and display art, and to set up and clean up on the evening of the event.
This committee works closely with the Art Teacher in the spring to have students create artwork to transfer to a mug, apron, shirt, etc. Two volunteers from each grade are needed.
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.
This committee organizes the annual book fair held at Barnes and Noble in Bethesda. This event is a major fund-raising activity for the PTA and a fun book-buying opportunity for all. Volunteers are needed to advertise, to obtain teacher wish-lists, schedule teachers, staff and/or authors to read at the event, and to be present to assist during the book fair.
This committee organizes this extracurricular activity and charges a fee for student participation.
The editor of the Community Announcements receives (at firstname.lastname@example.org) classified ads or other material of interest to the Wood Acres community, but outside the scope of Woodnet. Approximately weekly during the school year, the editor generates and sends, via Woodnet, 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 provides volunteer support for the computer lab program and Kindergarten classroom computer centers. Tasks include recruiting and training volunteer parents to learn selected software programs.
This committee monitors issues related to curriculum and testing at the county (MCPS) and state (MSDE) levels, as well as the implementation of the new MCPS grading and reprorting policy. Volunteers monitor the work of teh MCCPTA Curriculum Advisory committee and the MCCPTA Grading and Reporting Implementation Team (GRIT), through list-servs and meetings, as needed. This committee reports activites and recommended actions 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. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
This committee registers and manages students interested in the French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese FLES programs. These are extracurricular, tuition-based classes that meet once a week before or after school.
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) list-serves and meetings, as needed. The volunteers report activity and recommend actions to the Educational Issues group and entire PTA, as appropriate.
This committee promotes environmental awareness within the Wood Acres community by encouraging recycling and energy/fossil fuel conservation, supporting the student Green Team and reducing waste. One long-term goal of this initiative is for Wood Acres to join other Bethesda schools as a Maryland Green School. Onging activites include a cartridge recycling program.
This committee coordinates the supermarket and product fundraising programs sponsored by Giant, Safeway, Campbell's Soup and General Mill's Box Tops for Education.
This committee of one 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.
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.
Lost and Found
This committee periodically sorts through and displays the items collected in the Lost & Found bins and alerts the school community via Woodnet to search for lost items. The committee also coordinates the donation of any items not claimed.
This committee is responsible for scheduling volunteers to assist in the lunchroom and at recess. This committee needs many volunteers throughout the year. This committee is also responsible for addressing questions and issues relating to lunch and recess that arise during the school year.
This committee consists of volunteers who are scheduled (generally for two hours every other week) to staff the checkout desk, re-shelve books, assist students with finding books and perform other responsibilities in the Media Center as requested by the Media Specialist.
This committee conducts a PTA membership drive at the Open House in August. Volunteers are needed to collect membership forms and dues, and to distribute directories through the fall.
This group oversees the Planetarium program by recruiting parent volunteers and scheduling classes throughout the year. Planetarium volunteers are required to be trained on the planetarium equipment and in various topics of astronomy. The training program for new volunteers is offered in the evening over a period of six weeks in October and November. In addition, DVDs and video tapes are available for home viewing. Most new volunteers attend several sessions to learn the equipment and absorb the experience of our very capable trainers.
This committee coordinates the PTA's largest fundraiser of the year. The money raised accounts for over 55% of the PTA budget, and 100% of the donations are used to fund technology, visiting artists, assemblies and supplies that support and enrich teaching and learning at Wood Acres.
This volunteer is responsible for recruiting coordinators to organize the room parents for each grade level (three or four room parents are needed per class). This committee is responsible for organizing phone trees and email lists for each class, and for designating a separate coordinator for each grade level, who also compiles a grade-specific email list. This committee is also responsible for working closely with the PE teacher to coordinate Field Day activities (a year-end event) and recruits volunteers to help at this outdoor event.
This committee organizes our annual science fair which encourages students from K-5 to create and display an age-appropriate science fair project. The committee needs volunteers to setup and judge the science fair scheduled this year for 4-February.
A volunteer(s) periodically updates the sign outside of the school at the request of the VP of Communications.
Every two years this committee organizes a fun-filled evening of games, contests, experiments, and activities celebrating space, astronomy, and our very own Planetarium. Many volunteers are needed to make this evening a success.
The committee provides targeted information and support to families of special education students. It hosts Special Needs Parent Network meetings and serves as advocate and liaison on issues regarding programs for special education students.
This committee acknowledges holidays, staff changes, birthdays and other special events for the teachers and school staff. It also organizes an end-of-year luncheon for faculty and staff.
The STEM committee creates fun and educational opportunities for learning about science, technology, math, and engineering through age-appropriate programs for K-5 students. Our after-school STEM classes include computer programming, robotics, engineering, science, and electronics. Please join us as we're constantly searching for new ideas and volunteers to offer more STEM opportunities for our students.
This committee selects, schedules, and coordinates the arrangements for cultural arts presentations (poets, authors, opera singers, visual artists, etc.) to students, and, separately coordinates programs for established artists to come into the classroom to teach workshops related to their field of expertise.
This volunteer (or team of volunteers) is responsible for updating and maintaining the Wood Acres PTA website. This volunteer posts content received from the PTA committees and school staff about upcoming events, activities, and other news. The website administrator works closely with Communications VP.
Each week through the school year, this volunteer produces the Wildcat Week Ahead -- the PTA's weekly news brief -- and sends it to the Wood Acres ES community via Woodnet. The Wildcat Week Ahead contains information relating to the PTA and school-related activities, such as family fun events, fundraising events, charity efforts, volunteering opportunities, important dates and other announcements. The Wildcat Week Ahead is typically circulated on Mondays and is also posted on the homepage of the PTA website.
This group organizes and hosts newcomer evenings for families new to the school. Throughout the year, they continue to welcome new families by providing an information packet, informing others families of their arrival and being available to answer questions about the school and its policies and practices. The committee also supports the administration in hosting an hour long open house the Friday before school opens for the new school year. A few days before the Open House is held, this committee provides volunteers to cover the “public” bulletin boards w/ paper and to help teachers set up their bulletin boards, and to a lesser extent, set up their classrooms.
This group oversees an extracurricular, fee-based event for 4th grade students in the spring.
Woodnet is the PTA's email network. It's 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 Woodnet coordinator verifies membership, manages the list, monitors the site for proper usage of the Woodnet policy and intervenes when necessary. Click here to sign up for woodnet.