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PTA Committees

Calling All Cougar Parents!

Are you looking to get involved with the school? Are you looking to connect with other parents?  Are you looking for ways to continue to provide a great education and community for our students? Volunteer for the PTA! We have many opportunities for you to get to know one another and to support the school. They are listed below. Italicized opportunities are needed for 2019-2020. Contact the PTA president at prescwespta@gmail.com for more information.

Afterschool Activities Coordinator
Coordinates with an afterschool activities company to provide enrichment classes for the students (before or after school). Responsible for making flyers, filling out forms, publicizing the activities, working with the company staff and answering parent questions.

Art Fundraiser
Coordinate with art teachers to collect children’s artwork and submit to Art Company for reproduction on pillowcases, phone cases, magnets, t-shirts. Organize distribution.

Audit Committee
Conducts annual audit of PTA Budget in the spring. 


Box Top for Education
Collect and process Box Tops located on the top of General Mills and other products.

By-Law Review
Review PTA By-Laws (required every 5 years; due in 2016).

Chess Club
Will work with the club’s existing instructors, manage the payment, student roster, and coordinating tournaments/events. Knowledge of chess is not required and the positions can be shared by parents. Time commitment varies depending on the task and is heaviest around tournament time (a tournament at the end of each session). Chess club is typically offered on Fridays after school and will have 1-2 parent volunteers assisting. The Current Chair will stay on until the end of Fall 2019 to train the new Chair.

Cougar Cards
Cards that offer annual discounts to local businesses. Solicit businesses for discounts. Design and order cards. Coordinate sales of cards.

Cougar Crawl (Co-Chair)
Works with the Committee Chair to coordinate the Cougar Crawl event which is a Friday evening held in September.  Most of the coordination occurs in the 3-4 weeks leading up to the event (2-3 hours a week depending on tasks) and then supporting the actual event day activities from after school through the end of the event.  Prior to that, there are some tasks that need to be completed (selecting a t-shirt design, deciding on a DJ, and booking any food trucks/vendors). 

Community Events
Help with events that fosters community – such as Bingo Night, Potlucks, or Movie Nights.

Cultural Arts
Works with the teachers and help plan various assemblies and programs for students throughout the school year. Coordinate teacher and administration requests for author visits; connect with the front office staff to add visits to the school calendar; prepare check requests; provide logistical support and greet authors as needed; work with involved teachers to provide a short blurb on author visits to the front office for inclusion in weekly PTA email; occasionally attend events as a PTA representative. Estimated time commitment: Depending on the number of authors visits, about 10-20 minutes per week (up to 1.5 hours for event weeks).

Fairfax County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (FCCPTA) Representative 
The role of this position is to attend their regular meetings (twice a year) to represent the interest of CWES and to communicate information between FCCPTA and the CWES PTA.

FLEX Program
Coordinate the Foreign Language Experience (FLEX) Program with the teachers and interested students for a 20 week program.

Fun Fair
Food, games, bouncy houses, cake walks, and lots of fun! Usually held on a spring Saturday. Assist with planning, coordination, scheduling, set up/clean up.

Coordinates overall approach to fundraising and organizes special fundraising events throughout the school year. Cougar Cards, Fun Fair, Restaurant Nights and Spirit Wear are examples of fundraising activities.

Grounds Beautification
Assists with upkeep of school grounds. Plant various gardens around the school (sunflower and butterfly garden).

Hospitality/Teacher Appreciation
Provides monthly/semi-monthly special treats and recognition to staff and teachers. Assist in coordination and planning events, parent notification.

Membership Chair
Responsible for promoting membership, collecting the dues and reporting the information to the PTA.

Nominating Committee
Seek volunteers for vacant PTA Board positions in February for general membership vote in May.

Original Arts (Co-Chair)
Works with art teachers to coordinate the program with a printing company to print artwork on various home items. Only a few hours a month (via phone or email) are needed from the beginning of the school year through mid-November to coordinate program deadlines.

Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They work on the problem from Fall until mid-March (the competition).

PTA Web Site
Maintains this web site.

Coordinates the annual event that encourages reading. Time commitment varies depending on the task and is heaviest prior to the event.

Reflections (Co-Chair)
Helps organize the National PTA Arts/Music/Dance/Drama/Photography competition, recruit individuals to judge student entries based on defined rubric; Collect and catalog student entries, and Submit 1st place entries to County-level for judging. You will also help plan school-level Reflections reception. Entries are due in October and submitted to County-level at beginning of November. Reception should generally take place in late Spring. Estimated Time Commitment is about 5-10 hours for the year.

Details on this years contest can be found on the Reflection’s page.

Restaurant Nights
Coordinate with local businesses to donate portion of profits back to CWES one night every other month. Schedule, design flyer, submit Take Home Tuesday notification of events.

Room Parent Coordinator
Point of contact between PTA and room parents. Help orient room parents to their job, facilitate communication among room parents and coordinate room parent involvement in school wide activities.

Special Education Committee
Ensures that all parents have resources and a voice in their children’s education, and to enhancing the parent-school partnership. Maintains a Yahoo! group listserv to share information on conferences, programs, articles of interest, and personal experiences; frequently meet as a parent support and information group; and sponsor programs of interest to both parents and educational team members.

Spirit Wear
Items for children and adults that generate school spirit including t-shirts, hoodies, magnets. Assist ordering, distributing, designing, and selling at school events.

Volunteer Committee
Coordinates volunteers for school sponsored events, like Vision Screening, etc.

Woodson Representative
Shares information with CWES about developments that affect the Woodson Pyramid.

Website Assistant
Will help make updates as needed to the website. Programming or web development knowledge is not required, though basic Word Press skills will be helpful. Time commitment is about 30 minutes a month, higher at the start of the school year.