We are showing Coco! This year we are taking movie night outdoors and making it a family event. Mark October 22nd on your calendar. Pizza and popcorn will be for sale starting at 6:00 and the movie starts at 6:45. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on and wear a costume. All children must be accompanied by a parent during the entire event. The movie will be shown with subtitles in Spanish. You can buy your family ticket here.
Join us Tuesday, October 19 for Clean Kitchen Night with Lebanese Taverna.
Families will need to pre-order meals by 12 p.m. (noon) on October 18 and pick them up at Woodburn between 3:45 – 5 p.m on October 19. You can choose to walk up and obtain your order from the Taverna truck, which will be parked at the Food Service entrance, on the right side of the main entrance of Woodburn. Families who typically use the Kiss n Ride lane for child pick up may receive their orders at pick up. After 4:30, any family may use the Kiss n Ride lane for contactless delivery into your trunk. Please use this link to pre-order now!
Stay tuned for more information on the Blue City Food Truck arriving at Woodburn’s parking lot for lunch service! Lunch will be served Wednesday, October 20 from 11-2 pm. A link will go out a week before to place pre-ordered lunch items, but you are welcome to pick up food on the day of the 20th!
To help raise money for the PTA, we will be offering a limited number of family photo sessions. Get your holiday cards ready early this year! Mary Cunningham, PTA Prez and hobbyist photographer (with a professional camera), will be at Luria Park October 16 and 17. The photo sessions will last 25 minutes and you will receive 10 to 20 lightly edited digital photographs. The session costs $100 and all proceeds will go to support the PTA. Please sign up for sessions here. Payment can be made online here.
Don’t feel like cooking? Save the dates for Clean Kitchen Club where a percentage of proceeds at participating restaurants will go to Woodburn PTA. All of the restaurants participating in our Clean Kitchen Nights offer take out!
Silver Diner Merrifield Thursday, September 15th from 5-8pm!
Silver Diner is offering pick-up as well as in-person dining. Help support us by dining at the Silver Diner, located at 8150 Porter Road and Gallows Road.
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am honored to serve as your PTA President alongside a dedicated PTA Board, parent volunteers, wonderful teachers, and school leadership, Ms. Richman and Ms. Louder.
As we begin the year, we ask for your support so that we can continue creating opportunities for students and staff. Your time and money help provide support to teachers and staff (e.g., classroom grants, teacher appreciation, CETA continuing education, and a plan for an updated teacher’s lounge); student enrichment (e.g., field trips, outdoor classroom, after school activities, and clubs); and social and community events (e.g., outdoor movie night, fun run, spring dance, gingerbread houses).
The PTA has already been active—welcoming teachers and staff back with breakfast and thanking (orchid delivery!), our school leadership, the front office staff, custodians, and clinic staff for working to make lunchtime safe by creating more space outdoors to eat.
For our PTA to be effective, everyone’s participation is essential. There are numerous ways you can help—first, become a member! Second, watch our website for volunteer activities or reach out to a member of our board to see how you can get involved. Volunteering will enable you to get to know our students, become friends with other parents, and accomplish things that make a difference. If you don’t have time to volunteer, WE understand. You can support the PTA by making a contribution to our direct donation campaign.
Have a wonderful school year, and know that we are happy that you are part of the Woodburn Community.
It’s teacher appreciation week! Thanks to Ashley and Nate Maines the PTA has lots of things planned for our teachers this week. Up first—a group of wildcats gathered over the weekend to create beautiful chalk art. Special thanks to Kelly Mulligan for capturing their amazing art on this video.
This month’s clean kitchen night is hosted by Chipotle. On April 21, from 4-8 p.m. you can dine in or take out from the Mosaic Chipotle location, while raising funds for Woodburn! Make sure to show this flyer or use the code. Use code H2JK7PE before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on Chipotle.com or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser. https://www.woodburnpta.com/336262-flyer/
Pick up a healthy and delicious meal (or meals to freeze) for your whole family at the end of the school day at Woodburn on March 24 (4-6 PM) from SeoulSpice while raising money for our beloved Woodburn Wildcats. It’s like a Chipotle of Korean flavors: pick your protein then load up on vegetables on a bed of rice, gluten-free noodles or salad of kale and lettuce. Individual and family meals are available.
The Woodburn Elementary Fundraiser SEOULSPICE drop is scheduled for 4:00PM on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
To guarantee a seamless and successful delivery to the school where you can pick up your order, we will accept all orders submitted prior to 11:00AM on March 24, 2021.
1. At-Home Korean BBQ Experience Kits ($99 feeds 4)We include your very own portable cook-top and grill (yours to keep), 3 pounds of our pre-marinated uncooked protein, sushi-grade white rice, and an assortment of veggie sides and sauces to treat your taste buds.
2. Korean Family FeastsIf you’d rather let us do the cooking, reserve your Korean Family Feast now! You’ll receive a ready-to-serve dinner that is sure to please your group of 2, 4, or more.
3. SEOULSPICE Fast-Casual ExperienceIf you’re a SEOULSPICE die-hard, you may have that trusty go-to combination that you just can’t live without! In that case, you have the option to build-your-own entree exactly to your liking, just like you would experience in-store.
Whichever spread you choose, it is sure to soothe your #HEARTANDSEOUL. We will see you next week!!
The PTA is seeking nominations for the Woodburn PTA Executive Board for the 2020-2021 school year! The Executive Board includes the PTA President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
These positions are critical to the PTA’s mission of enriching students’ education through cultural programs, events for families, teacher support, and curriculum enhancements.
Here are the details of the duties and time commitments for each position. There’s also other positions listed if you are volunteering for the PTA in another role. If you have questions or are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please reach out directly to individuals on the nominating committee, Eric Sorensen (email@example.com) and Jenny Boeder (firstname.lastname@example.org). Not sure what would be the best fit for your schedule and interests? Let Eric and Jenny know, and they’ll help you find a good fit.
Show your Woodburn Elementary School spirit by dining at Ted’s BulletinMerrifield on Wednesday, February 24th from 7:30A.M. until 9P.M. Students, parents, teachers, friends,family, and neighbors are all invited to attend. Donations will be made for dine in and carry out orders placed at the restaurant or through ChowNow. Reservations available on Resy.com
We hope you join us for the next PTA meeting on January 21 from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m. The topic will be social and emotional learning. Spanish translation will be provided. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89834138730
Gingerbread house making is one of the PTA’s most popular events! We are not giving up on it this year. Instead, we will send supplies and instructions and assemble on zoom. Please join us on December 15th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm to make gingerbread houses and sing some favorite winter songs like Frosty the Snowman and Let it Snow. Students will submit photos of their decorated houses and we will pick a few winners to be announced on the morning news show.
This month’s “clean kitchen night” features naturally fast food – think yummy chicken sandwiches and baked fries. Join us Tuesday, November 17 at LEON in the Mosaic District (formerly the Taylor Gourmet location)! LEON will donate 15% of the proceeds ALL DAY to our wonderful school. To place an order for pick up, click here. Help support us by supporting Leon. The code is ‘WOODBURN’.
The PTA funds an important array of enriching programs and events that benefit our children, school, and community. Due to the circumstances related to COVID-19, the Woodburn PTA decreased our budget this year and decided to forego multiple fundraisers in favor of a Direct Donation Fundraising Campaign.
Our fundraisers support teacher classroom grants and appreciation, enrichment programming, and social activities. This campaign is the PTA’s primary fundraiser and requests a one-time monetary donation rather than asking our community to sell items.
The only other fundraisers planned for the year are spirit wear, limited restaurant take out nights, and passive fundraising (e.g. Amazon Smile or Box Tops). Direct donations allow 100% of contributions to go directly to the PTA, and are tax-deductible.
Our goal is to raise $12,000 to support PTA programming.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center is partnering with the PTA and school and hosting free field trips to Woodburn families twice a week, Mondays at 2:00 pm and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. The events will take place at the nature center’s amphitheater and will be planned around each grade level’s SOL’s.
There are limited slots available.
Thursday, October 29th 5:30PM
Animals in your neighborhood
Monday, October 5th 2PM
Plant and Animal Life Needs
Thursday October 8th 5:30PM
Thursday October 15th 5:30PM
Monday October 19th 2PM
Thursday October 22th 5:30PM
Monday October 25th 2PM
Distances of Planets from the Sun
Each registration can have up to 3 people or 4 if a child is sitting on their parent’s lap. Each group must be able to sit close together.
Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Please cancel if anyone in the family shows any signs of illness.
Remember to dress for the weather because the event will be outside.
Apoyen a Woodburn uniéndose a la PTA. Para ser miembro, hagan clic aquí.
Mañana! Reunión de la PTA septiembre 22 Nuestra primera reunión de miembros de la PTA se llevará a cabo el 22 de septiembre de 7 a 8 p.m. Todos son bienvenidos a asistir a la reunión. Para votar sobre el presupuesto, debe ser miembro de la PTA. Registrense aquí.
Escuchen a nuestros lideres escolares y aprendan sobre nuestro programa Título I, Ms. Richman y Ms. Louder
In August, the Woodburn PTA applied for and won a $5,000 grant from the National PTA, sponsored by Tik Tok. The PTA board made the decision to focus on the social and emotional health of Woodburn students. Activities paid for by the grant will help them engage in mindfulness activities and get outside as much as possible. The grant will help support the following:
A shade sail in the outdoor classroom
A new collaboration with Love and Carrots to install drip irrigation and a fall and spring vegetable garden
Grow at Home kits
A Little Library at Woodburn
A virtual enrichment series featuring artists, writers, farmers, and scientists.
Trips to Hidden Oaks Nature Centers for nature seminars
The board will move ahead with spending on this grant this in September. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any question or would like to help!
By becoming a member, you will be helping the PTA continue to bring fun, educational programs, and activities to our students. You will also become a part of and help support an amazing group of people who devote countless time and energy to supporting our school’s kids, teachers, staff, fellow parents, and community.
This year, the PTA will support virtual enrichment programming, Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) membership, classroom grants for teachers, a book drive and Little Library installation, and expansion of our outdoor classroom with social distancing adjustments for COVID-19. The PTA will also organize virtual social activities, like costume Bingo! a Talent Show, Gingerbread House making and sing along, and much more.
Please help us to continue to bring these programs, events, and activities to our school by becoming a member of the PTA. In addition to becoming a member, please consider donating to our Wildcat Direct Donations Campaign, which comes with some cool perks.
Choose your Membership Type
Family Membership $20 Recommended for families with more than 1 child at Woodburn
Individual Membership$10 Recommended for families with 1 child at Woodburn
Teacher/Staff Membership$10 Includes benefit of access to Teacher Classroom Fund
How do I become a member?
Sign up and pay online! Click on the button below. REGISTER NOW
If you prefer to use the paper form, download the form and submit payment via check or cash to the school office or through the Thursday Folder.
The PTA funds an important array of enriching programs and events that benefit our children, school, and community. Due to the circumstances related to COVID-19, the Woodburn PTA is decreasing our budget and decided to forego multiple fundraisers in favor of a Direct Donation Fundraising Campaign.
This campaign is the PTA’s primary fundraiser and requests a one-time monetary donation rather than asking our community to sell items. The only other fundraisers planned for the year are spirit wear, limited restaurant take-out nights, and passive fundraising (e.g. Amazon Smile or Box Tops). Direct donations allow 100% of contributions to go directly to the PTA and are tax-deductible. If you make a donation, we will add your name to the PTA Wall of Fame on our website. Different level pledges come with some perks. You will also receive a letter for tax purposes.
Our goal is to raise $12,000 to support PTA programming.
Wooburn PTA Treasurer Rebecca Leach and the family will be away from Woodburn for 2020-21. As a community member, Rebecca has generously offered to stay on as Treasurer, but if a parent with children at Woodburn for this school year would like to nominate themselves for the role, we are accepting nominations until September 30th.
This position requires a commitment of about 2 to 5hours per week. Duties are described below.
Prepares annual budget for adoption by the board
Maintains permanent records to track funds and financial transactions
Prepares financial reports for every board and association meeting and an annual financial report
Manages financial accounts and pays all PTA bills and reimbursements as authorized by board
Submits dues to Virginia PTA office in accordance with the schedule
Ensures taxes and reports required by PTA bylaws, insurance or federal and state governments are completed and submitted by the due dates
Fulfills duties as outlined in bylaws
This position requires a commitment of about 6 hours per month.
Creates a plan to meet PTA fundraising goals
Plans and implements major fundraising activities, including Fun Run and restaurant nights
Works with communication chair to develop promotional materials for fundraising events
Identifies volunteers, as necessary, to support fundraising events
Solicits local businesses for donations to support PTA activities
Restaurant Night Coordinator – Schedule Take Out night fundraisers. About two hours per month.
Website Manager – Help maintain the PTA website. About four hours per month.
Raise a Reader Program – Lead the Raise a Reader event in February, help launch the Little Library, and support reading at Woodburn. About 4 hours per month with increased intensity leading up to the event in February.
Slate of officers for 2020-2021: Mary Cunningham – President Matt Levi – Vice President Rebecca Leach – Treasurer April Rosenthal – Secretary
Save the Date: May 21 The next PTA Member Meeting will take place online on May 21 from 7-8 pm. (Meeting link coming soon) Join us to celebrate all our volunteers and supporters. Meet the new Woodburn PTA officers for the coming school year.
Voting in of the new board will take place via SurveyMonkey, and administered by email. Woodburn PTA will send an email with the voting link to all current PTA members on May 21, and voting will be open until a specified time during the meeting.
All board candidates have been vetted by the nominating committee. Should anyone decide to run from the floor or self-nominate for any board position for the May 21 election, please contact the current PTA President by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intent to run and your qualifications.
We look forward to seeing all PTA member at the virtual meeting in May!
Parents and students, get ready to show some love to our Woodburn teachers and staff!
On Sunday, May 3, be on the lookout for our Facebook page updates to get ready for the week ahead. Each morning and afternoon, from Monday through Thursday, we’ll recognize a different group of teachers and staff.
We invite the entire extended Woodburn community to join the fun by posting sharing your stories, photos and more about our superb school staff!
There is no limit to how many you can send, and teachers and staff who receive a note can enter to win a prize. Don’t forget our specialist teachers – you can find everyone’s email addresses at the end of this page.
With each note card, teachers can enter for a chance to win a fantastic Virginia-themed vacation!
Quick Tip: you don’t have to wait until May 4 to start sending notes – get an early start on sending notes!
Friday is Game Day!
We’ll round out the week by hosting a virtual game of Pictionary at lunchtime on Friday, May 8.
The Governor of Virginia ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close through the end of this academic year on March 23, 2020. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will issue guidance to help local school divisions execute plans to continue instruction, while ensuring students are served equitably, regardless of income level, access to technology, English learner status or special needs. This includes options for additional instruction through summer programming, affording flexibility in course requirements and integrating instruction into coursework next year. The VDOE is also in contact with the federal government and is preparing a waiver for testing requirements. The VDOE has also been working closely with the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies to ensure our public schools and communities have the most up-to-date information and resources to be proactive and to respond to concerns about COVID-19. The health and safety of our children and staff are our top priorities. We continue to hear from parents and our school leaders about their concerns and understand the fears any parent may have. The VDOE has created the attached parent’s guide to serve as a resource for parents, families and caregivers on a variety of topics related to COVID-19 and their students.