Wayside Waves 3.17.24

 1. Wayside PTA Seeking Candidates for 2024-2025 Executive Board
2. Gift Cards Needed for Teacher Appreciation Week
3. Spring Enrichment Registration Open
4. PTA Calendar Updates
5. Corporate Sponsors Wanted for Read-A-Thon
6. It Takes A Village
7. Final Month to Join the PTA
8. Amazon Wish Lists
9. Yearbook Photo Collection

 10. Digital Backpack

1. Wayside PTA Seeking Candidates for 2024-2025 Executive Board
The Wayside PTA Nominating Committee is looking for candidates for the following positions on the 2024-2025 Executive Board:
–VP of Community Enrichment
–VP of Fundraising
–MCCPTA Delegate
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering for one of these positions, please reach out to Jonathan Carr at jonathanecarr@gmail.com,
Mallory Repellin at MalloryBRepellin@gmail.com or
Melissa Raggi at melissa.raggi@gmail.com.
2. Gift Cards Needed for Teacher Appreciation Week
While the snow may still be melting on our lawns, the Teacher Appreciation Committee is hard at work preparing for Teacher Appreciation Week occurring May 6-10th.  As part of the appreciation events, we like to provide each Wayside Staff member with a $25 gift card to Amazon or Target.  Please sign up now to donate gift cards to our incredibly devoted staff who provide our students with knowledge, joy and a healthy learning environment.
All gift cards should be brought to the main office in an envelope clearly labeled by April 26th.  Gift cards will not go directly to your child’s teacher but will go to a staff member at Wayside.
Click here to support our Wayside Teachers and Staff

3. Register for Spring Enrichments Now!
Register now for spring enrichments through Kiddo. Programs start in April.

4. PTA Calendar Updates
STEM Night (4/16/24) has been postponed until the Fall, 2024.  We look forward to collaborating with Wayside teachers to create an incredible evening for our Wayside Dolphins!

Read-A-Thon is coming!  Mark your calendars for April 5-13 to dive into many good books and participate in a variety of reading inspired activities both in school and at home while raising funds for the Wayside PTA!

5. Corporate Sponsors Wanted for Read-A-Thon!
Get READ-y! Wayside’s Read-A-Thon is starting soon!  From Friday, April 5th through Saturday, April 13th, the Wayside Dolphins and community will be reading more minutes than ever before while raising funds for the PTA!  Students will be reading in school and at home, logging their minutes along the way.  There will be competitions, prizes, spirit days and a Potato Book Character Contest to top it off as we simultaneously celebrate National Library Week.  Want to read while enjoying dinner at Shack Shake?  Well on April 9th, you can do just that!

Funds will support Wayside’s Media Center, our teacher’s wish lists, 5th grade end-of-year activities, assemblies and more!  We have a fundraising goal of $8,000 and a goal of 50,000 minutes read!  Do you think we can do it?!  We know we can!

In order to get us started, we are seeking corporate sponsors to kick off the event!  Please see the flyer below and follow the instructions on how to get your company’s name out into the broader community, all while supporting Wayside!

Questions?  Please contact Jax at president@waysidepta.org

6. It Takes A Village
Multicultural Night was an absolute success! We want to express our gratitude to everyone who attended, participated in the fashion show, represented their country with a table and performed. The night was packed with students of all grades, many teachers and school staff. We hope that everyone had a great time learning about different cultures while indulging in a variety of delicious foods.
We would also like to extend our thanks to the following people for their contributions:

  • Mr. Rodriguez for his assistance with the audio and visuals for the performance and fashion show.
  • Mrs. Violeta Alfaro and her amazing building services team, including Marta Ayala, Tilicia Medina, Valerie Martin and Marisol, for all their help.
  • Ms. Hill for her support with the event and helping us kick off the performances.
  • Mrs. Julie Yang, BOE Member, for taking the time to visit our school and attend the event.
  • Hangry Panda, Sate and SnoBlast for serving up delicious food.
  • Our rockstar SSL volunteers who supported the event.

Lastly, we want to acknowledge the team behind the magic–Paola Duarte, Gisselle Gutierrez, Linda Hayanga, Helena Lopez, Paula Reible, Jing Shi and Heeyeon Yeon. Thank you for all of your hard work to bring this event to life.

We are thrilled to announce that Multicultural Night will be back in 2026! Thank you all, once again, for making this event unforgettable.

7. Final Months to Join the PTA
The PTA is still planning Read-A-Thon, Spring Fling 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.

Soar Elementary Spelling Bee Event on April 13, 2024 for grades 1-5
Calling all fifth-grade students who have considered being part of Scouts
DMV Math Tournament on April 20, 2024 for grades 3-5
MSA Spring 2024
MSA Spring Break Camp
MSA Summer Camp
Georgetown Hill Potomac Village

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10011 Glen Rd, Potomac, MD 20854