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 email@example.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.
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.
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 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).
Help with events that fosters community – such as Bingo Night, Potlucks, or Movie Nights.
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.
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.
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).
Helps organize the National PTA Arts/Music/Dance/Drama/
Details on this years contest can be found on the Reflection’s page.
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.
Shares information with CWES about developments that affect the Woodson Pyramid.
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.