Westbriar Elementary School PTA


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

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: Christine Hosch

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.

Box Tops:  Rhonda Gleditsch

Chairperson:  Coordinates the collection of Box tops from General Mills cereals and other General Mills products which are redeemed at a profit of 10 cents per box top. Help spread the word to look for the special Box Top Education symbol on the General Mills Food products and send them to school with your child in an envelope marked "BOX TOPS - PTA".

Camp Invention/StemTree (Summer Camp): Suneeta Rana

Chairperson:  Works with the vendor partner, Stemtree/Camp Invention, to organize a 3-week long summer camp sponsored by Westbriar at Spring Hill ES.  This camp helps kids be innovative and discover or invent new things by re-using everyday items in the world around them.  The registration process will be handled through the vendor. The chairperson is responsible for coordinating the contract, communicating the event, soliciting volunteers if needed, and liaise with the vendor.

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.

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: Jennifer Sellers

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: Alexis Gantsoudes

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.

Grace Arts: Jennifer Sellers

Chairperson:  This educational and enrichment program introduces an artist’s or art topic monthly to students. We are participating in the program for 4 months out of the 2016-2017 school year.  The chairperson organizes the volunteers who act as “Art Docents” in the classrooms. With the help of GRACE Arts, these “Art Docents” plan and prepare age appropriate art activities to support the artist or topic. Volunteers are needed to act as Art Docents and assistants: 2 – 4 volunteers are needed per classroom for one hour per month.

Grants:  Deirdre Naughton

Grant applications are submitted by teachers for instructional materials, equipment, training or other items that enhance the overall academic or social experience of Westbriar Elementary School students.

Halloween Bingo: Jenni Bae

Chairperson:  Organizes a fun evening for school families held in late October where kids of all ages play Bingo dressed in their Halloween costumes. Responsible for advertising the program in Falcon Express/Tuesday Folders.  Volunteers are needed to work registration, set-up and clean up.

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.

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.

New Family Liaison:  Vacant

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.

Reflections:  Alina Virnik

Chairperson:  Brings this national PTA recognition and achievement arts program to Westbriar students.  Distributes program rules and regulations and encourages students to create and submit works in literature, music, visual arts and photography.  Collects contest entries and displays artwork in showcase.  Gives an informational workshop in October. 

Rising Kindergarten Liaison:  Julianna Lieu

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:  Jenni Bae

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. 

Safe Routes to School: Deirdre Naughton

Westbriar will be conducting MONTHLY walking/biking to school days. Starting on October 10th (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.

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 SchoolKidz last year and this year.) In January, supply lists for the upcoming year need to be reviewed and revised with the Assistant Principal. 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 Tuesday 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 prior to Open House.

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.

Chairperson: Helps to set up Westbriar Science Olympiad teams in the upper grades with an emphasis on problem solving and hands-on learning practices that promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). See http://www.soinc.org for more information.

Sixth Grade Party: Vacant

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!

Sixth Grade Play:  Vacant

Chairperson: Helps Ms. Alsado with the 6th grade play performed every June. 

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 Basketball Game: Amy Blas & Jenni Bae

Chairperson: Works with the chairperson from Vienna Elementary School to ensure that our annual staff basketball game runs smoothly.  Game will be held at Madison 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!

Stock the Staff Room: Jennifer Sellers and Jenni Bae

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:  Jenni Bae

Chairperson:  Coordinates activities and events during Teacher Appreciation Week (in May).  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. 

Walkers Club:  Ms. Shoop

Website: Suneeta Rana

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

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

Questions?  Please contact  PTA President or Website Administrator

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