Volunteering

Get Involved - Volunteer!

It's already that time of year again, where the PTA looks ahead to fill any known open positions for the next school year. The PTA can't run without your support!

2017-2018 Current Committees/Events needing help:

  • Advocacy
  • After School Programs
  • Communications
  • Nominating Committee
  • Talent Show
  • Webmaster
  • Yearbook

There are many opportunities for parents and community parents to get involved! Your help is needed!  Email volunteer@wolftrappta.org to express your interest.

Committees/Events

Advocacy - Chair position available, advocacy@wolftrappta.org.  Act as liaison for the school and parent community advocating for issues deemed important, such as budget cuts, class sizes, etc.

After School Programs and Clubs - Current Chair: Rosa Bertomeu, afterschool@wolftrappta.orgHelp determine which after school programs will be offered. Wolftrap clubs include: GEMS, Chess, Running, WordMasters, and MathCounts, to name a few. 

Audit Committee - Current Chair: Melissa Hauber, audit@wolftrappta.orgVolunteers needed to review the accounting and business records and financial statements of the Wolftrap Elementary PTA. Volunteers should have experience with accounting or auditing.  Timeline: Fall

Bingo Night - Current Co-Chairs: Jenny Wintermute and Robin Magalik, bingo@wolftrappta.org. Organize volunteers and set up logistics for bingo night. Collect small items for bingo winners. If desired, find raffle prizes to raise additional money. Timeline: October

Book Fair - Current Co-Chairs: Cindy Goss and Kristen Lewis, bookfair@wolftrappta.org. Volunteers needed to set-up and pack-up the Fair, help students with purchases, and help ring up sales. Timeline: November

Camp Invention Parent - Current Chair: Michelle Ramos. The Camp Parent is the link between the PTA, the school, the county and Camp Invention.  This person is responsible for securing building use as well as marketing and promoting the camp to full registration.  Additionally, she will assist the camp directors during the week of camp.  Timeline:  Ongoing from January, as well as a week in the summer. Keeps track of students enrolling in Camp Invention. Acts as liaison between Wolftrap ES and the Camp Invention organization.

Chinese New Year Celebration. Bi-Annual. Chair position available.

Communications - Current Co-Chairs: Clare Plaisted and Rachel Kraft, communications@wolftrappta.org. Help put together the joint school and PTA newsletter that gets distributed to parents.

Cultural Arts (Assemblies) - Current Co-Chairs: Diane Lowenthal and Therese Garstka, culturalarts@wolftrappta.org. The Cultural Arts Committee brings the arts and sciences into Wolftrap, giving all students an opportunity to experience various mediums covering music, dance, art and science. The committee sponsors assemblies, programs, & evening cultural events. Timeline: ongoing

Dining for Dollars - Current Co-Chairs: Kate McGinty and Joyce Arnone. Help coordinate fundraising events at local restaurants.

Directory - Current Chair: Monica Hugie, directory@wolftrappta.orgThe directory committee compiles the directory from a database system, edits the data, sells advertising, and distributes the directory. Responsible for the print and online versions.  The goal is to have the directory completed before November.

Edison Expo - Current Co-Chairs: Keely Lauretti, Amy Herr, and Christine Harney, edisonexpo@wolftrappta.org. The Edison Exposition is a PTA-sponsored non-competitive science fair that showcases science concepts, science experiments, and original inventions for students in grades K-6.  Volunteers are needed to help plan and run the Expo, do in-class science demonstrations, and provide student registrations and awards. Volunteers needed night of the event. Timeline: ongoing and March

Education Rebates Programs - Current Chair: Amy Britton, rebates@wolftrappta.orgBox Tops for Education/Grocery Store Rebates- Easy "anytime" volunteer opportunity. Help cut and count the Box Tops that are-submitted throughout the year to earn money for Wolftrap from the various corporate sponsors. Collect Grocery Bonus Card numbers from our families and input them into the systems of Giant and Harris Teeter. Timeline: Ongoing and Oct and Feb (Box Tops).

Faculty Volleyball GameCurrent Chair: Beau Dure. Help coordinate with Louise Archer Elementary to plan a volleyball game. Timeline: March

Family Science Night - Current Chair: Kelly Eldridge.  This is a lottery event that Wolftrap applies for each year.

5K & Family Fun Run - Current Chair: Michelle Boback, funrun@wolftrappta.orgThe Chairperson will recruit and lead a committee of volunteers in securing sponsorship, timing services, race shirts, and awards. Responsible for race logistics, county authorization, registration, and working with school administration. Set up other race day activities, such as the Cake Walk and the Basket Raffle.  On race day, volunteers are needed for registration, race monitors, aid stations, refreshment distribution, and a host of other race logistics. 5K work generally begins about five or six months from race day and requires a considerable number of hours in the month(s) leading up to the race. The race promotes Wolftrap Elementary to the wider Vienna community.  Timeline: ongoing and April

Front Sign - Current Chair: Ximena McCasky. Change out the lettering on the sign in front of the school to keep parents informed of important dates.

GRACE Art - Current Co-Chairs: Dana Burger, Kristin Gray, and Jen Green, grace@wolftrappta.org. The GRACE Art-in-the-Schools program provides monthly art appreciation portfolios that focus on a specific artist, style or theme. Volunteers are needed to present information on the particular artist or subject and help children complete a 'hands-on related art project. Lesson materials, visuals and art project ideas are provided. Volunteers are needed every month and usually work in teams. No art background is necessary. TImeline: ongoing and April

Green Team - Current Chair: Melanie Meren, gogreen@wolftrappta.orgOrganizes volunteers in the school lunches to help students learn what to recycle, donate, or throw away.  Organizes volunteers to deliver donated food to a local food bank.  Work with school faculty to promote a green lifestyle.

Library - Current Chair: Robin Ergener, library@wolftrappta.org. Volunteers are needed in the library to assist in the operation of the computerized circulation system, help students and staff check material in and out of the library, data entry for new materials (training available), shelve materials and assist students in finding materials they desire. Volunteers will be trained to use the circulation system. Timeline: ongoing

Membership - Current Chair: Jenny Wintermute, membership@wolftrappta.org. Help promote parent and teacher membership for the PTA. Timeline: Fall and Spring

Nominating Committee - Current Co-Chairs: Kate McGinty and Cindy Goss, nominating@wolftrappta.org. Help find candidates for open board positions.

Odyssey of the Mind - Current Co-Chairs: Rachelle Stefanik and Jenny Lee, odyssey@wolftrappta.org. This after school enrichment program provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from Kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from creating an Original theatrical performance to building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Volunteers are needed to coach and co-coach the children, provide snacks, transportation, etc. Timeline: Sept - Mar.

Original Works - Current Chair: Allison Gagnon, originalworks@wolftrappta.org. Help coordinate student artwork sale.

Reflections - Current Co-Chairs: Stephanie Zeitlin and Andrea Dahl, reflections@wolftrappta.org. The Reflections Program is a national PTA-sponsored arts recognition and achievement program. It provides a venue for students to create and be recognized for original works of art. Volunteer(s) needed to help promote, organize, and track the program. Timeline: Local Deadline of October and ongoing Sep-May

Room Parent - Current Coordinator: Michelle Ramos, roomparentcoord@wolfttrappta.org. Assist your child's teacher with class parties, and organizing volunteers for field trips, special events, special class projects and activities. The Room Parent is the primary contact with the teacher, calling the room parent team to help with parties and activities, and ensuring that all parents are given an opportunity to participate during the year. The coordinator communicates to each Room Parent about school issues.  Timeline: ongoing

Safe Routes to School - Current Chair: Peter Wintermute, saferoutes@wolftrappta.org. Be the school champion for walking and bicycling to school at Wolftrap.  Organize and register Wolftrap for International Walk to School Day in the Fall and National Bike to School Day in the Spring.  In the Fall, work with Wolftrap administration to collect school transportation data for Tally Week.   Represent Wolftrap in meetings with other Vienna schools and manage participation in the Vienna Bike/Walk Challenge in the Spring.   Manage Walking Wednesday's, a weekly event.   Recruit volunteers as part of Walking Wednesdays and the Bike/Walk Challenge.   Organize walking school buses and bike trains as appropriate during the year.   Work with community at large where appropriate to encourage walking and bicycling to school as part of a healthy way to start the day and reduce traffic congestion at arrival and dismissal.

School Supplies - Current Chair: Ryan Marren, schoolsupplies@wolftrappta.org. Volunteer promotes school supply info to families and tracks orders in the spring. Also facilitates distribution in August. Minimum time commitment. Timeline: April/May, August

Skate Night - Current Chair: Eizabeth Margiotta, skatenight@wolftrappta.org. Organize Wolftrap's Annual Skate Night. Involves coordination with the ice rink, tracking registrations, managing volunteers, marketing and logistics.  Volunteers are needed on the night of the event to help with check-in, manage music and serve food. Timeline: February

Spirit Wear - Current Chair: Lori Bowlin, spiritwear@wolftrappta.org. Help find vendors, create flyers, decide on items to sell, and promote spirit wear drives.  Facilitate distribution of purchased items.

Talent Show - Current Chair: Pascale Centola, talentshow@wolftrappta.org. Organize and coordinate annual talent show.  Timeline: Dec/Jan

Teacher Appreciation (Birthdays) - Current Chair: Tina Bell, teacherbirthdays@wolftrappta.orgResponsible for overseeing the calendar of staff birthdays and special "appreciation dates" throughout the year. Coordinate with committee members to purchase small gifts for these events. Also in charge of purchasing, assembling and distributing the gifts to all staff, for "Teacher Appreciation" week in May. Timeline: ongoing

Teacher Appreciation (Luncheons) - Current Chair: Catherine Baker, teacherluncheons@wolftrappta.orgCoordinate monthly theme luncheons for teachers and staff.  Work with office staff to set dates and assign grade levels. Prepare monthly menu, plan decorations, and oversee set-up/clean-up for each luncheon.  The committee caters a lunch the day of Open House in the fall and the last lunch in June also. Timeline: on-going one Friday per month.

Technology Committee - Current Chair: Andrew Willis, technology@wolftrappta.org. Help drive the status of current technology in the school.

Veteran's Day Celebration - Current Co-Chairs: Emma Lynch and Andrea Dahl, veteransday@wolftrappta.org. Help coordinate Veteran's Day events for the school.

Volunteer Coordinator - Current Chair: Jean Lee, volunteer@wolftrappta.org. Starting in the spring, coordinates all volunteers for PTA Chairs and Committees for the new school year in the fall. Implements an outreach campaign with room moms and former PTA Chairs to get as many positions filled as possible before the school year begins. Works with the PTA President/President-Elect on new Committee needs. Shares a spreadsheet with the PTA President/President-Elect/Webmaster listing filled/vacant volunteer positions. Keeps an up-to-date Committee and Chair list to reflect positions and needs.

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) - Current Chair: Lori Bowlin, watchdogs@wolftrappta.org. Help inform dads and other father-figures of this volunteer opportunity at the school.  Dads sign up to volunteer one whole school day to promote a safe environment, discourage bullying, and gain insight into their child's school day.  Hold Pizza Night in the Fall and Donuts for Dads in the Spring.  Timeline: Ongoing

Webmaster - Current Chair: Kelly DeSenti, webmaster@wolftrappta.org. Maintains the wolftrappta.org website by adding and deleting content when prompted by the committee chairs in the PTA.

Welcoming Committee - Current Co-Chairs: Nicole Gilman, Kadie Blaney, and Allison Kreps, welcome@wolftrappta.orgThe Welcome Committee chair is in charge of welcoming any new families to Wolftrap Elementary. He/she will organize a committee to create playdates throughout the summer for rising kindergarteners and 1st graders, and plan and implement the Welcome Coffee for new parents of Wolftrap Timeline: as needed

Wolftrap Gives Back - Current Chair: Sarah Helou. Liaison between Ms. May and the PTA regarding the school’s philanthropic activities.  Reports to PTA what the school is planning and forwards information from parents offering suggestions that fall under philanthropy.  Timeline:  ongoing.  

Wolftrap Under the Stars - PTA Board. Organize the annual back-to-school event.

World Heritage Night. Bi-Annual - Current Chair: Anna Demovidova, worldheritagenight@wolftrappta.org. This is an opportunity to celebrate Wolftrap's ethnically diverse community. Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the event, which includes displays representing different countries, music performance(s), dance or story-teIIing, food sampling, and craft demonstrations/ workshops to experience international songs, games and dances. Timeline: ongoing and May of every other year.

Yearbook - Current Chair: Andrea Olson, yearbook@wolftrappta.org. Helps in the promotion, planning, and execution of the yearbook. May require taking photos at school events or in classrooms. Timeline: ongoing