Westbriar Elementary School PTA

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Leadership and Committee Member Positions 

To get involved or to find out more information about a committee, contact the PTA President.

5K Run: Melissa Burgum

Coordinate all aspects of the 5K Charity Race (sponsorships, t-shirts, etc.)

Audit Committee: Vacant

Chairperson:  Leads a committee to certify the accuracy of the books and records of the organization and to assure the membership that the association's funds are being managed properly within the regulations set forth by the PTA By-Laws.  Submit an audit report to the PTA Board. Committee Members needed: meet once or twice during the summer to help review the audit checklist and work together to recommend best practices.

Back to School Fun Night: Jennifer Sellers

This person or persons form a team to help with registration, volunteer recruitment, concessions, food trucks, etc.  Committee Members:  parent volunteers are welcome to join the planning committee to help organize this event.  Volunteers:  teens and adults are needed on event day to operate mid-way games, concessions, ticket sales and more.

Chess Club: Katie Chernyak

Chairperson:  Organizes the after-school Chess Program for grades 2-6 on Tuesdays. The Chess Club is coached by a Chess Master from the U. S. Chess Center. This is a popular program that serves 50-60 students per session. There is a waiting list of schools who want chess teachers, so it is important that Westbriar can continue to keep this program year after year. Volunteers help run the club which include registration processing, weekly setup, dismissal, and snack coordination.

Community Garden:  Amanda Aragon

Copy Crew: Kintu Vyas and Gulcin Ross Work on Mondays/Tuesdays to make PTA copies ofr Wednesday Folders.  

Cultural Arts:  Jennifer Sellers

Chairperson:  The PTA sponsors several presentations (i.e. school assemblies) of music, theater, science and history to supplement the education of Westbriar students.  The Chairperson coordinates the school assemblies by working with the school administration to identify the types of programs, identify artists, make necessary arrangements, and coordinate activities the day of the presentation. 

Dining for Dollars:

Jesse Holtslander

Nisha Thakkar

Chairperson:  This person would organize two to three "family dinner nights" in the community during which a portion of the merchant's sales are donated to Westbriar PTA. Prior locations have been Let's Dish, Dominos Pizza and Foster's Grill.

Directory: Gulcin Ross

Chairperson:  Coordinates and implements the printing of the Westbriar A to Z School Directory containing Westbriar Family contact information and local merchant advertising. This is an ideal job to do from home.

Display Case:  Brook Edwards, Hina Jumani, Olga Feschenko, Natalie Lueders

Works with the PTA to decorate the school's display case in lobby based on PTA events, etc.

Falcon Arts:  Anahita Kamjou

Chairperson:  Shops for art supplies and communicates with parent volunteers from all classrooms about art history lesson and student projects from one artist each month (6 in a year.)

Field Day: Jennifer Sellers

Coordinates Sale and distribution of Field Day t-shirts.

International Night:  Jennifer Sellers

This is a program to showcase the diversity of our students! The chairperson will work closely with the principal to organize an evening that includes anything from food, fashion, artwork, student exhibits, etc.

Marquee Sign: Aja Chaker

Puts up important upcoming information on outside Marquee sign.

New Family Liaison:  Cheryl Sember

Chairperson:  The purpose of this role is to provide a liaison between the parents and the school for new students. Responsibilities include providing resources to parents of new students.

Odyssey of the Mind: Roopa Chowbey

Chairperson: Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. See http://www.odysseyofthemind.com for more details. Per the competition rules, teams will be grouped according to Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5 for the elementary levels.

Pumpkin Fest:  Amanda Aragon

Chairperson:  Organizes a fun evening for school families held in late October.  Responsible for advertising and promoting the program.  Volunteers are needed to work the event as well as set-up and clean up.

Do you like to make kids smile?  Want a $25 gift certificate to apply to your child's school pictures?  Sign up here to volunteer for School Picture Day on October 22nd! 

 Rising Kindergarten Liaison:  Aja Chaker

Chairperson: Acts as point of contact for parents of incoming kindergarteners. Organizes playdates during the summer so kindergarteners and their parents can meet one another before school starts. 

Room Parents Coordinator:  Trish Vanstory

Coordinator:  Helps to assure that parent volunteers are available to assist classroom teachers on special occasions such as parties and special classroom projects.    Volunteers:  Each classroom needs volunteers to act as Room Parents.  In addition, there are opportunities for classroom help – parents of individual classrooms will receive these opportunities via email.

School Supplies Program: Dara Dirth 

Chairperson:  Lines up a school supply company for supplies needed during the school year, signs the contract and communicates any changes to the company as necessary. (We've used Sprout last year and this year.) In January, supply lists for the upcoming year need to be reviewed and revised with the Assistant Principal and grade-level teams. K-2 supply forms must be given to the office staff for distribution in the kindergarten orientation folders. Order forms for existing students are distributed through Wednesday folders. Collect and fill out an order form spread sheet for the supply company. Volunteers are needed in August to sort boxes and deliver them to the classrooms.


Science Fair: Roopa Chowbey

Chairperson: Assembles a team to manage all the aspects of the two-day event. Chairperson works closely with Science lead, Assistant Principal and committee to ensure effective communication with staff and parents. Committee members: manage specific aspects of the Fair such as the student application process, local and online student resource listings, science coach coordination, etc. Volunteers: are needed for the event. There are many rewarding opportunities to help make this a great experience for our children, and we welcome your ideas.

Science Olympiad (Div. A, Grades 3-5): Valerie Harold McFalls & Jessica Chen

Chairperson: Helps to set up and run Westbriar's Science Olympiad Division A team for students in Grades 3-5.  Science Olympiad is a competition consisting of study and building events covering various science and engineering topics.  Students work with a partner or in a group and parents help mentor their child’s group in their assigned event(s).  Program runs from September to December.

Science Olympiad (Div. B, Grade 6):  Crystal Petersen  

Chairperson: Helps to set up and run Westbriar's Science Olympiad Division B program for students in Grade 6.  Science Olympiad is a competition consisting of study and building events covering various science and engineering topics.  Students work with a partner or in a group and parents help mentor their child’s group in their assigned event(s).  Program runs from September to March.

Sixth Grade Party:  Christine Hosch, Jenny Kim, Alana Kugler, Melissa Paine

Chairperson: Organizes the end of the year party for the 6th grade. Helps 6th graders raise money to pay for their party. The day before graduation is set aside as a party day with sidewalk art, yearbook signing and various field day type activities or other fun activities you can think of!

Skate Night: Eunice Joshi

Chairperson:  secures a date and contract with a venue (usually SkateQuest in Reston).  This is a family fun ice skating extravaganza - Volunteers are needed to sell tickets at the door.

Social Media: Angela Gutenson

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Special Ed Liaison: Dorene Ryder

Chairperson:  The purpose of this role is to provide a liaison between the parents and the school for students with special education needs. Responsibilities include providing resources to parents of special education students.

Spiritwear: Jennifer Sellers

Chairperson: Orders, compiles and distributes Westbriar logo items for sale at school.

Staff Hospitality:   Jennifer Sellers

Chairperson:  Organizes a team to provide refreshments for monthly teacher meetings, the welcome back-to-school teacher lunch, back-to-school coffee, kindergarten orientation and other events on an as-needed basis. Volunteers:  Like to cook and share recipes?  This committee is for you!  As food and beverages are needed, we email a request for volunteers for a specific event. You sign up as desired and then drop off your contribution during school hours or by a specified time. This is a great opportunity for working parents or parents with small children to contribute. We need your food, cookies, scones, sandwiches, etc., not your presence! If you can't cook, we still want you. We welcome contributions of soda, paper goods and prepared foods.

Staff Sports Competition: Amy Blas

Works with the chairperson from a local Elementary School to ensure that our annual staff sports competition runs smoothly.  Game will be held at a local High School on a weeknight in early spring.  Chairperson is responsible for recruiting staff, working with Spirit Wear chairs to organize Spirit Wear sales before and during the event, and procuring prizes for the 6th grade hoops contest to be held at halftime.  This will be a fun new event for Westbriar!

StemTree (Summer Camp): Suneeta Rana

Works with the vendor partner, Stemtree, to organize a 3-week long summer camp sponsored at Westbriar. The registration process will be handled through the vendor.

Stock the Staff Room: Kiran Shah, Jenny White, Evgeniya Komarova

Chairperson:  On a monthly basis, the chairperson reaches out to room parents for one grade at a time to stock the staff room with treats (e.g. breakfast items, snacks, coffee and tea.)

Teacher Appreciation Week:  Katie Bayer

Chairperson:  Coordinates activities and events during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8).  Responsibilities include coordinating with room parents to provide flowers for each teacher and staff member and organizing the annual teacher appreciation luncheon.  Volunteers are needed to help arrange flowers, to help at the luncheon, and to provide donations of drinks and desserts for the luncheon. 

Walk to School:  Elisa Clifton

Westbriar will be conducting MONTHLY walking/biking to school days. Starting on October 2nd (International Walk/Bike to School Day), we will designate one Wednesday of the month (generally the second Wednesday of the month) as a Walking/Biking to School Day. Kids who bike, walk, skate or scooter to school that day will receive a different prize! Each month will be a surprise for the kids.

Walkers Club:  Ms. Shoop

Website: Siritha Bathula

Responsibilities also include updating the content of the website & event registration.

Virginia 529 Plan:  Suneeta Rana

Responsibilities include contacting the local Virginia 529 College Savings Plan coordinator to set up an annual presentation at Westbriar.

Westbriar Elementary School PTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Questions?  Please contact  PTA President or Website Administrator

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