Wayside Waves 2.4.24

 1. Community Service Night
2. Multicultural Night
3. Reflections Update
4. It Takes a Village
5. GOTR Registration Opening Soon
6. Register for a Free Tree
7. Final Months to Join the PTA
8. Amazon Wish Lists
9. Yearbook Photo Collection

 10. Digital Backpack

1. Community Service Night
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 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!
We are excited to announce that Multicultural Night is back! Please join us on Friday, March 8th, from 6-8 pm in the APR for a night of celebrating and embracing diversity.

We are looking forward to showcasing the beautiful cultures that make up our community and taking a trip around the world in 120 minutes. Come and celebrate with us through delicious food, lively performances, and lots of fun!

Here are the exciting options available for you to participate in:

  1. Table – Each participant will have a 6-foot table to decorate and represent their country’s culture. You can keep it simple or go all-out!

    1. You may create a trifold board showcasing facts and landmarks, and bring any items or art you may have.

    2. You may bring in food or a beverage for our guests to sample.

    3. You may include an interactive offering.  This could be henna, origami, writing children’s names in a foreign language, or teaching a dance.

    4. You may bring coins from your country so the children can place their passports over them and color with a crayon to capture the image of the coin.

    5. The PTA will provide a flag and a stamp to mark the children’s passports.

  2. Performance – Each participant will prepare a short performance of a traditional dance or showcase anything that represents their country.

  3. International Fashion Show – Each child will wear traditional garments of their country and will display them with a walk across the stage.

This is going to be a night to remember, and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Click here to sign up by Friday, February 23rd and join the fun!

3. Reflections Update
The following students competed in the 2024 MCCPTA Reflections program this year:
Max Cai (Film, Grade 3)
Miles Fuchs (Visual Arts, Grade 3)
Sophie Tsui (Visual Arts, Grade 4)
Sylvie Yao (Literature, Grade 4)
Jenna Kirwi (Visual Arts, Grade 5)
Mason Wu (Film, Grade 5)

The PTA wants to congratulate Sylvie from Ms. Katzen’s 4th grade class on winning the Award of Excellence from the MCCPTA Reflections 2024 program. Congratulations on this achievement! Her artwork has been forwarded to Free State PTA for participation and judging in the Free State Reflections competition.  Sylvie will be recognized for her achievement at a ceremony in May.

Good luck, Sylvie!  We are very proud of your accomplishment and how you demonstrated creativity, originality and excellence in your artwork.

4. It Takes a Village
A message from KINDH:
“To all the AMAZING KINDH Volunteers,
Thank you for supporting KINDH in 2023 and helping us continue our mission to spread “holiday cheer and joy” to children and families in our area over the holidays.  We appreciate all the return volunteers and the new ones that joined our community this year!  KINDH was able to help 280 Families with a total of 737 Children this holiday season.   

Thank you to all the volunteers, friends, families, schools and companies who donated to KINDH – every single donation of your time and money makes a difference!  Your generosity helped a lot of kids!     

We also want to thank our fantastic delivery teams, individual volunteers and the amazing Montgomery County Police MCPD and Fire Teams MCFD.  We also delivered several big items – 8 bikes, a bassinet and stroller for a newborn, a fully decorated christmas tree and several BEDS with all the bedding!

We had a TON of fabulous shoppers this year.  Without their support we would never be able to adopt so many families.  We had many wonderful folks that adopted between one (1) to ten (10) families. This year we had so many shoppers, there are too many to list! 

A special thanks to the students and families of Potomac Elementary School, Beverly Farms Elementary School, Wayside Elementary School, Seven Locks Elementary School, Georgetown Hill Early School (both the Potomac Village Campus and the Bells Mill/Potomac Campus) and the Winston Churchill High School Athletic Department for all their donations and support.  Together these schools and their families sponsored over 250 children. 

We also want to thank Xerox Corporation, Shapiro & Duncan Inc, Financial Advantage Associates Inc., The Bender JCC of Greater Washington, The Neighborhood of Washingtonian Woods, Adobe Systems, FTI Consulting, AFCEA International, Salesforce, Financial 360, Baker Tilly, Definitive Logic, OJC Consulting, Dignari, MassMutual of Greater Washington, Pioneer, Marriott International, AECOM, Modern Oral and Facial Surgery, Voltera, Edgeworth Economics, Potomac Management Resources, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Dine Development Corp who “adopted” many families, donated money, toys and food gift cards; and even helped deliver.”


5. 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.

6. 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.

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

Theme: Overlay by Kaira Wayside Elementary School
10011 Glen Rd, Potomac, MD 20854