January 2017

Happy New Year!

January PTA Meeting, with special presentation on Internet Safety

The next PTA meeting takes place this Thursday, January 12. From 6:30-7 pm, we will discuss budget, upcoming events and seek volunteers for upcoming activities. The brief meeting will be followed by a presentation by FCPS on Internet Safety.

We also will vote to approve the past meeting’s minutes. Please review them here (copies will be available at the meeting) here: pta-meeting-minutes-11-10-2016-proposed-for-review

Internet Safety presentation: 7-8pm 

From 7:00-8:00, we will have a presentation by FCPS on Internet Safety.

Alicia Clarke, Student Safety and Wellness Department of FCPS, will explain how you can talk to your children about being safe on the internet, how to set rules with your child regarding websites and apps, and understand parental controls.

A Spanish translator will be available for both the 6:30 pm meeting and the presentation beginning at 7:00 pm.

January “No School” dates

Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Friday, Jan. 20: Inauguration Day

Save the Dates: February
Friday, Feb. 24 – Movie Night: 
Visit our Facebook page to let us know if you have movie suggestions, would like to coordinate the event or volunteer. We can always use the help!

Saturday, Feb. 11: FSO Concert (free for Woodburn students/families, with pre-registration): Corigliano’s Elegy for Orchestra; Beethoven’s Triple Concerto featuring violinist Nurit Bar-Josef, cellist Amit Peled, and pianist Alon Goldstein; Vaughan-Williams’ Symphony No. 5

To request tickets, e-mail Jonathan Kerr, Executive Director of the FSO at jkerr@fairfaxsymphony.org, and Jonathan Kettler, Woodburn Art Teacher, at jfkettler1@fcps.edu.

Enrichment reminder

If you’re planning to sign your child up for Enrichment classes please visit our Enrichment page for flyers and sign-up information.

Raising Donations to Provide Document Cameras to All Classroom Teachers

At the last PTA meeting, members voted to provide document cameras to allow teachers to project anything on to the classroom screen, for all of Woodburn’s classroom teachers. Woodburn teachers asked for document cameras to improve classroom technology. We will be able to buy about half the cameras with existing PTA funds, and we need your support to provide the rest! We are so excited to give back to Woodburn teachers in this way! You may send payment to school (make checks to Woodburn PTA) or through the Paypal link on our site.

It’s Back to School time

Hello Woodburn families,

Hope summer holidays are going great!

In anticipation of the start of school, please save the following dates:

Wednesday, Aug. 31:

Kindergarten/1st Grade Play Date
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Woodburn’s playground

Thursday, Sept. 1:

Teacher Welcome  Walk  
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Back-to-School Night Open House and Dinner
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Woodburn Elementary School

Tuesday, Sept. 6:

First Day of School!!
9:20 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Be sure to check the calendar for PTA and school event dates.

Literacy Night and October PTA

Two great events at Woodburn this Thursday, October 16.

6:00 – 6:30pm PTA Meeting
Join us before checking out Literacy Night for a brainstorming speed-round:

  • What topics/guest speakers would you like the PTA to invite to our meetings (i.e.Kindergarten, Transition to Secondary, Internet safety, Advanced Academics, etc.)
  • What initiatives, events, or programs would you like to see at Woodburn (something you’ve seen at the Library or other schools, etc.)?
  • What physical improvements would you like to see implemented by the PTA (i.e., playground structure, musical instruments, outdoor garden, etc.)

6:30-8pm Literacy Night
Learn more about what your child is learning in class to become a super reader and writer! Teachers will share some fun games to play at home together to reinforce those reading skills, and you can take home free books and activities. Everyone wins!

Parents and kids can play and practice reading skills together with games at PBSKIDS.org. Play Letter GamesReading Games, and read stories.

October Events

Muffins with Mom

Come and enjoy breakfast with your child, their friends,
and other Moms.
Friday, October 17
8-9am in the Cafeteria

If your child’s mom cannot attend, he or she can bring a grandparent, or other family member.

Dads, we need your help with set-up, serving, and clean-up! If you can help, please contact Maureen Small mosara893@gmail.com.