Wayside Waves 1.28.24

 1. Donations Needed for Community Service Night
2. Multicultural Night
3. GOTR Registration Opening Soon
4. Lunar New Year Lion Dance Assembly
5. Register for a Free Tree
6. It Takes a Village
7. Final Months to Join the PTA
8. Amazon Wish Lists
9. Yearbook Photo Collection

 10. Digital Backpack

1. Community Service Night–Call for donations and participation!
Please join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 8, 2024, as we come together for our annual Community Service Night. Parents and kids will pack boxes filled with fun gifts for children in local hospitals, organized through the Jared Box Project (https://thejaredbox.org/).

The Wayside PTA will provide shoebox-sized storage boxes, and we are calling on our generous Wayside community to help fill the boxes either by donating items or by helping with your kids on February 8th to pack the boxes or by helping in both ways!!

Please click here to see what is needed and sign up to bring in some much needed items from the list.

Examples of types of items needed can be found here.

Donations may be left in the box in the front office starting on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, or you may bring your donation with you to the event on Thursday, February 8th.
Thank you in advance for your participation and donations. Any questions, please feel free to email Rima (rima.adler@gmail.com) or Yishen (yishensun@yahoo.com).

For those of you who have not participated in the past, Community Service Night is a family event where each person will be tasked with packing boxes (provided) with fun toys and items (donated) that will help entertain hospitalized children. The organization services kids of all ages so boxes will be tailored by age/ gender to provide the recipient with a box made with them in mind.  With the help of our Wayside Community, we hope to show our children what can be accomplished when a community comes together to help those in need. Please consider donating items to pack prior to the event, and/or coming to help fill the boxes. The event generally lasts about an hour and this is a family event where you AND your kid(s) can work together! We look forward to packing with you.

Thank you to our Community Service Night Sponsor:
2. Multicultural Night Needs You!

3. Wayside Girls on the Run (GOTR) Spring TeamWHAT: Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program aims to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Completing a 5K on May 19th gives them a tangible opportunity to apply everything they have learned. Each participant receives a program t-shirt, water bottle, entry to the GOTR 5K, and a finisher medal. 

WHO: The program is open to girls in 3rd-5th grade.

WHERE: Wayside Elementary School blacktop (afterschool)                         

WHEN:  Monday and Thursdays, Afterschool 4– 5:15pm (Participants Will Attend Both Practices Each Week). First Practice is Monday March 11th. No practice on MCPS days off or spring break.

COST: $187.50 per registrant

FINANCIAL AID: The online registration process includes the fee reduction approval process. Simply answer the financial aid questions during registration, and the computer will determine your eligibility and adjust the fee accordingly.

HOW:  Register on girlsontherunofmoco.org beginning on February 15thSpace is limited!!!

QUESTIONS?  Visit www.girlsontherunofmoco.org or call 301-881-3801 for more information. All participants will be required to have an adult buddy (parent, guardian, friend 18 or older)  to run with them on May 19th. The race will be at Westfield Montgomery.

4. Lunar New Year Lion Dance Assembly with Chua Martial Arts

On Friday, the PTA Sponsored a Lion Dance Assembly to honor the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday!  Students were excited to see the magnificent lion come to life after hearing the story of the Nian Monster.  Our Dolphins heard the banging of the drums while the lion made its way through the crowd passing out mandarins (for good luck) and red colored candies.  The guest speakers also taught us about the traditions and customs during the holiday, which many students were excited to connect with.  We learned that some Lunar New Year traditions include not washing your hair or sweeping the floors in fear of washing/sweeping away good luck.  We learned that sticky foods are eaten because they symbolize unity, strong bonds and family.  Dolphins heard about the symbolism of red, the meaning of 88 (prosperity) and the one that really struck a chord: China gets an entire month off from school to celebrate!  Thanks to Chua Martial Arts for welcoming such a wonderful holiday with the Wayside students.

5. Free Trees from Neighborhood Forest
It’s FREE tree time! Wayside Elementary School is once again partnering with Neighborhood Forest to provide free trees for kids to plant during Earth Week. Sign your child up for a free tree by March 15th! Trees will be sent home with your child around Earth Day 2024 so you can plant them at your house!
Sign up using this link: https://www.neighborhoodforest.org/parent-registration/?school=26908.

Questions? Contact programs@waysidepta.org.

6. It Takes A Village
The PTA wants to thank Helena Lopez for planning a Wayside Spirit Night at Founding Farmers.  We raised $200 from your participation.  Stay tuned for our spring Spirit Nights!

7. Final Months to Join the PTA
The PTA is still planning Multicultural Night, Community Service Night, STEM Night, Spring Fling, assemblies and several staff appreciation events. Show your support and join the PTA today!

8. Amazon Wish Lists


Weinbaum’s Art Class
Mrs. Freundel’s Counseling
Mrs. Rhoads’ Media Center
Mr. Rod’s Music Class

Mrs. Jendzurski

Mrs. Young’s Class
Ms. Saunder’s Class
Ms. Egan’s Class

1st Grade
Mrs. Rudolph’s Class
Ms. Claus’ Class
Ms. Yanow’s Class

2nd Grade
Ms. Gambrell’s Class
Mrs. Adams’ Class
Ms. Bronfman’s Class

3rd Grade
Ms. Deutsch’s Class
Mrs. Kaperst’s Class

4th Grade
Ms. Katzen’s Class

Mr. Heckhaus’ Class

5th Grade
Ms. Wells’ Class
Ms. Bortnick’s Class
Ms. Levine’s Class
Ms. Drannan’s Class

Ms. Homan’s Class
Ms. Solender’s Class
PEP INC.: Mrs. Gray and Ms. Shafter

9. Yearbook Photo Collection

Questions? Contact the yearbook committee at yearbook@waysidepta.org.

10.  Digital Backpack
The Wayside PTA provides information on enrichment opportunities in our community as a courtesy to parents. The Wayside PTA does not endorse or recommend any enrichment opportunities.

Girls On the Run
Potomac Soccer Lil’ Futures (https://potomacsoccer.org/programs/lil-futures/)
Bethesda Track Club

MSA Spring 2024
MSA Spring Break Camp
MSA Summer Camp
Georgetown Hill Potomac Village

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