Valentine’s Day BoxTop Contest

Now through Feb. 7, 2020


Turn in your BoxTops before February 7th and win a Valentine Goody Bag!

Use the BoxTop collection sheet or place BoxTop clips into a plastic bag and include the student’s name and teacher name.

Turn into school by Friday, Feb. 7.

Remember, you can also download the BoxTops app, scan your receipts in support of Woodburn.

Hasta el 7 de febrero


Envíelos BoxTops a la escuela por viernes, el 7 de febrero para ganar bolsa de regalos de san valentín.

Use una hoja de recolección provistas, o colocarlos en una bolsa de plástico con los nombres del maestro y del estudiante.

5 Guys on Jan. 29 | Woodburn Restaurant Night!

Visit 5 Guys on Wednesday, Jan. 29 between 4 pm – 9 pm for Woodburn Restaurant Night!

Merrifield FIVE GUYS
8130 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA
Wednesday, Jan. 29 | 4-9pm

Dine-in or take-out — be sure to show this post or mention “Woodburn” when placing your order so that our PTA will get full credit. Five Guys will donate 20% of your purchase to Woodburn PTA.

Get the word out to friends, families, and colleagues! We’ll see you Wednesday, Jan. 29, between 4pm-9pm at Merrifield Five Guys (in Yorktowne Shopping Center)!

Merrifield FIVE GUYS
in Yorktowne Shopping Center
8130 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA
Wednesday, Jan. 29 | 4-9pm

The Woodburn PTA thanks you for all your support throughout the year!

Student contests from VA PTA

There are few great student contests that run throughout January 2020. Read on and click the links below for full details.


The Third Annual Thank a Teacher Art Contest takes place from January 2 – January 31. Public school students can enter their original artwork online for a chance to win a $150 gift card and money for their school’s art department. Learn more here:


Theme: “What does it take to be a good citizen?”  
Due Date: February 1, 2020 

Click below for the application, rules, and other details:


Calling all chefs!  The VA PTA Health & Safety Committee is seeking young chefs (grades pre-K to 12) to enter the VA PTA Power Plates competition
Deadline: February 3, 2020
Learn more about the program and how to enter at this link:

Good luck students!

Raise a Reader! | Feb. 21, 2020

In celebration of National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week in February, the Woodburn PTA and school leadership are hosting Raise a Reader!, an event focused on sharing the joy of reading.

On Friday, February 21st   families are invited to attend a reading hour in their child’s classroom. A special guest reader in each classroom will read a story aloud to students, and family visitors will have a chance to read one-on-one with their children. Tips on encouraging reading at home and reading resources will be available. The event will take place between 10 am to 12 pm (see specific times by grade):

Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 from 10 am – 10:45 am
Grades K and 2 from 11 am – 11:45 am

The PTA and Woodburn School encourage families to read together at home and share photos on social media using the hashtags #woodburnreads and #raiseareader. 

Spanish translation will be available on the day of the event and transportation between Woodburn and Fairmont Gardens will be provided.

The PTA is honored to have a received a $1,000 2020 Take Your Family to School Week Grant, sponsored by Office Depot OfficeMax and the National PTA.

Parent Information Relating to Special Education – March 2020

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at:

Prepare Ahead — DMV Connect Comes to The Arc of Northern VirginiaFri. Mar. 13, 9 am-2 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200 Falls ChurchPlan now to get your documents in order to use DMV Connect to apply for drivers’ licenses; ID cards and other documents for adults, children, and veterans.Information:  Allie Shelby at 703-208-1119 ext. 101

I Can Bike After-School ProgramVarious weeks in March-May at some middle schools in Fairfax CountyThis program uses adapted bicycles, a special instructional program, and trained staff for weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.Info. & registration:    

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)Mar. 4 & 5, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, McLean Govt. Ctr. 1437 Balls Hill Rd. McLean ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and how to help them create a plan to support their immediate safety. Register: or 703-538-3215

Mental Health 101:  Navigating Mental Health Services for Your Child or AdolescentThu. Mar. 5, 7-9 pm, Ross Center 1595 Spring Hill Rd. ViennaLearn about assessment and treatment options for therapy, how to choose a therapist or psychiatrist, and when to consider medication or testing.Register:

Special Education: Understanding the Process Fri. Mar. 6, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. # 1, Dunn LoringFind out about special education, how children qualify for it, and the roles of various individuals in developing special education plans.Register:  or 703-204-3941

Achieving Independence Through Technology — With Webinar OptionFri. Mar. 6, 10 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200 Falls ChurchLearn about applications that allow people with disabilities to work and travel more independently, including TravelMate and EmployMate.Register:

Become a Public Speaking Pro! — For Parents and StudentsSat. Mar. 7, 1:30-2:30 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLeanLearn what it takes to become an effective public speaker in an academic or work environment and also in daily life. Fun tips and practice included.Register:

Language, Routines, Rewards, and Consequences to Support Your Child with ADHD at HomeTue. Mar. 10, 7:00-8:30 pm, Flint Hill Sch. 3320 Jermantown Rd. OaktonLearn language and strategies you can use at home to create positive structures that support your school-age children even during homework time.Register:

Managing Stress in ChildrenWed. Mar. 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, ChantillyLearn about the signs and symptoms of stress in children and how to avoid stressful conditions for your child. Register:

Playing with Math: Brain-Based Strategies to Improve Math SkillsWed. Mar. 11, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DCLearn how to decrease math anxiety and build math skills by using a brain based perspective to keep math fun, interactive and meaningful.Register:

The Good News About Bad BehaviorThu. Mar. 12, 12:45-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLeanLearn why kids are having difficulty with self-control, and both why and how to give up control so that they can learn to control themselves.Register:

Supported Decision Making in Education and Vocational Rehabilitation — with Webinar and Recorded Options Thu. Mar. 12, noon–1 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200 Falls ChurchLearn how to put supported decision making into action at all levels of schooling, as well as in pursuing employment supports. Register:

DMV Connect Comes to The Arc of Northern VirginiaFri. Mar. 13, 9 am-2 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls ChurchPlan now to get your documents in order to use DMV Connect to apply for drivers’ licenses; ID cards and other documents for adults, children, and veterans.Information:  Allie Shelby at 703-208-1119 ext. 101

The ADA:  A Recap in Plain Language — with Webinar & Recorded OptionsMon. Mar. 16, noon–1 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200 Falls ChurchLearn how the Americans with Disabilities Act offers protections for people with developmental disabilities.  Clear, simple language and pictures will be used.Register:

Planning Ahead for Transitions:  PreK – ES – MS – HS – Beyond!Mon. Mar. 16. 7-9 pm, Robinson SS Recital Hall, FairfaxFollowing a short Special Ed PTA meeting, learn from fellow parents on how to prepare now for your child’s transition to a new grade or school next year.Register:

Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping, What Every Parent Needs to KnowFri. Mar. 20, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. # 1, Dunn LoringLearn about trends in substance use, how students are impacted, paraphernalia to watch for, and how to talk with your kids.Register:  or 703-204-3941

SibshopsSat. Mar. 21, 9 am-noon, Providence CC 2001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax  OR Sat. Mar. 21, 1:30-4:30 pm, Gum Springs CC 8100 Fordson Rd, AlexandriaThis workshop is for children in grades 2-5 who have siblings with special needs. Your child will meet other siblings, share experiences, and receive peer support.Register:  or 703-204-3941

Growth Mindset to Push Through Frustration — For 4th & 5th Graders Sat. Mar. 21, 1:30-3:00 pm, StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200 McLeanLearn what a Growth Mindset is, why it matters, and what we can do when we get frustrated.  Learn how to avoid, get around, or push through that frustration!Register:

Fitness Activities:  A Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child MovingTue. Mar. 31, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. #1, Dunn LoringLearn fun activities for the whole family to get your child moving while reinforcing a wide range of skills needed to participate in physical education.Register:  or 703-204-3941

Save the Date —FCPS Special Education ConferenceSat. Apr. 18,   Hayfield SS 7630 Telegraph Rd. AlexandriaThis large conference for parents and teachers will also include exhibits.Register:

Support Groups for Parents
All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is respected.

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  or call 703-472-4678.
  • Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin:
  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.
  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George or call 703- 545-6089.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.

Kinship Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead: or 703-246-4653

Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Naomi 703-862-9588

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:

OCD Family Support Group 1st Monday of each month 7:30 pm. Contact: or call 202-215-5859

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: