committees - updates pending for 2019-20

There are many opportunities to participate at Westbrook PTA events.  We'd love to have your help!  Take a look at the committees and events listed below and reach out to the committee/event chairperson to see how you can get involved.

 

Aqua Eagles

The Aqua Eagles Liaison works with the Aqua Eagles Teacher (a member of Westbrook's staff) to coordinate this beloved environmental science program for fifth grade students, which helps protect the Chesapeake Bay through initiatives such as raising trout and chad and hosting a native-seed collection program. Kelly Fraser

 

Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program provides all students, at every grade level, with meaningful exposure to the arts in a way that supplements MCPS curriculum. Each grade works collaboratively with an artist to learn an art form. The focus of the residency is aligned with a topic from that grade’s curriculum. The program also provides or advises on arts integrated professional development opportunities for teachers.  Chris Barone 

 

Art Teacher Liaison

The Art Teacher Liaison supports the art teacher with as-needed help throughout the year. The liaison also helps with the end-of-year art exhibition, which showcases student work and themes covered throughout the year. Kerry Moore

Back to School Picnic

Maren Matal and Tanya Hatton

Bingo Night

This committee organizes the yearly Family Bingo Night, which is a PTA spirit event. Deborah Eichhorn and Debra Ladner

 

Birthday Board

Each month, the Birthday Board Chair updates the birthday bulletin board outside the APR to include each student in the school who has a birthday that month. The kids love seeing their name in lights or written on a cupcake, as the case may be. Melanie Fleeger

 

Book Fair 

Book Fair, held annually, raises funds for the PTA and promotes reading. The event sells a wide selection of children’s fiction and nonfiction books, small gift items, and books for adults. Iva Joseph and Tim Brennan

 

Box Tops for Education

The Box Tops for Education program helps raise money for our school through the collection of box tops from products many of us buy every day. Look for the pink "Box Tops for Education" logo on your household products (like cereal, Ziploc bags, and many paper products), clip them, and send them into your child's classroom teacher to help raise money for Westbrook.  Kerry Moore

 

Buildings and Grounds

The Building and Grounds Committee oversees landscape design and implements improvements on the Westbrook school facilities. The committee generally sponsors “grounds cleanup day” each fall and spring. Jessica Deighton

 

Carnival

Carnival, held the first Friday in May, is a long-standing, annual community tradition and Westbrook’s biggest fundraiser. A wide array of activities, including games, rides, concessions, a used book sale, a bake sale, a cake walk, a teacher raffle, and an obstacle course provide fun for the whole family. Carnival is a major undertaking that requires the assistance of every Westbrook family to ensure the success of this important event. VACANT 

Cluster Representatives

The Cluster Representative acts as a liaison between Westbrook and the eight other schools in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase School Cluster. The Cluster is the forum by which schools share information about the operating and capital budget processes and other local and state government issues that affect Cluster schools. Amanda Miller

 

Communications

The Communication Committee chairs solicit, collect, edit and publish information, calendars and articles of interest to the Westbrook community. The information is posted on the PTA page on the website, in the PTA newsletter (The PTA Patter), and weekly on the listserv. The communications group works to ensure that all members of the school community get important information about school and PTA events. Amanda Miller (Weekly/Monthly Calendar), Christine Ryan (Website), and Jessica Myrow (Facebook) 

Community of Caring

The Community of Caring Program is a whole-school, research-based character education program that teaches values everywhere: in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, and on the playing field. The Parent Liaison works with staff and parents to help develop student forums, integrate the Program’s five core values (caring, respect, responsibility, trust and family) in and across the curriculum, and expand family and community involvement in the Program. Amanda Miller

 

Directory/Educational Partnerships

This invaluable booklet, published each fall and distributed to all PTA member families and teachers, serves as a general guide to school activities, regulations and operations, and facilitates contacts within the school community. The Educational Partnerships Committee coordinates partnership programs with various corporate sponsors (Giant and Safeway grocery card programs) that provide cash awards, equipment, and instructional materials directly to Westbrook. Katie Funk

 

Enrollment and Welcoming

The Enrollment Committee works with staff to introduce and welcome new families to Westbrook. The committee conducts school tours monthly, and as needed, during the school year. In addition, the committee co-hosts, with the school, the August Open House,  an introductory coffee in September, a Kindergarten informational meeting in December, and Kindergarten Orientation in April.  Karen Thornton

 

Fifth Grade Transition

The Fifth Grade Transition Committee helps fifth grade students transition to middle school, coordinates year-end activities, and publishes the class yearbook and end of year slideshow. Susan Higgins and Meredith Hammond

 

GT Liaison

The Gifted and Talented (GT) parent liaison disseminates information regarding the Montgomery County GT program to the Westbrook Community and is available to field parent questions regarding the GT program. Caroline Smith and Carin Levine

 

Health Room Liaison

The health room liaison supports the school nurse and health tech with various health screenings throughout the year. The liaison also consults on health and safety issues, as needed. Denise Robinson 

 

International and Multicultural Night

This committee coordinates music, cultural exhibits, food service and decorations for International and Multicultural Night, generally held in the spring, featuring the dozens of cultures represented in the Westbrook community. Lynn Forsyth and Mariella Schattiger

Local Retail Promotions

This committee organizes fundraisers through local retail and restaurant partnerships. Helene Krasnoff

 

Lost and Found 

The Lost and Found Committee helps students “connect” with dearly lost items (e.g., lunch boxes, coats). Items not claimed are donated to charity. Caryn Solomon

 

MCCPTA Delegates

The MCCPTA Delegates represent Westbrook at monthly Montgomery County Council of PTAs meetings, and serves as liaison between the PTA and the county organization. Tina Conroy

 

Media Center Liaison

The Media Center Liaison coordinates volunteer support (e.g., book checkout and reshelving) for the media staff. Kerry Lawrence

 

NAACP Representative

Westbrook’s representative to the NAACP Parents’ Council, the county-wide council which helps train parents to be advocates for their children, sharing information, and resolving problems that impact the education of their children. Janelle Wong

Nurse Liasion 

Denise Robinson

PE Teacher Liaison/Walking Program

The PE Teacher Liaison provides assistance and support to the Physical Education teacher on the implementation of the "Westbrook Walks" program.  The Liaison assists with communication, tracking data, and program implementation. Alison Goradia

 

Room Parent Coordinator

The Room Parent Coordinator recruits parents to assist teachers with class parties, field trips and other special activities. Room parents coordinate staff appreciation activities and fall parent get-togethers for each grade. Leslie Moylan

 

Room Parents

Room parents are responsible for coordinating the Halloween, Valentines and end of year student parties.  They also coordinate a grade level parent social in the Fall and a grade level pot luck lunch (with assistance from the staff appreciation committee) for teachers and staff.

 

Science Commitee

The Science Committee, comprised of parents, the principal, and teachers, develops and implements science enrichment activities, such as supplemental assemblies, classroom supplies, field trips, and books. Erin Harcourt and Maureen Kramer

 

Sister School Program

An initiative between Westbrook and Viers Mill Elementary School in which families of students at both schools share resources in order to enhance the educational opportunities for all of our children. Kari Swenson

Skate Night

Allison Zabransky

Special Needs Liaison

The Special Needs Liaison acts as an interface between families of special education students and the PTA and distributes information about special education programs, policies, and resources to parents.  Many of these documents are posted on this website under Special Education. Patricia Guroff

Spirit Wear

The Spirit Wear Committee organizes the creation and sale of Westbrook spirit clothing.  Kathleen McDermott and Nan Hartman

 

Staff Appreciation

The Staff Appreciation Committee organizes various activities throughout the year to celebrate the wonderful teachers and staff at Westbrook. Caroline Smith and Jessica Deighton

 

Talent Show

The Talent Show Committee organizes the annual Westbrook Talent Show, which allows students to perform and showcase their various talents! Meredith Wade and Meghan O'Connell

 

Technology

The Technology Committee helps Westbrook acquire and utilize appropriate technology tools and manages the Westbrook listserv. John Crupi

 

Trash Free Lunch

Trash Free Lunch is a program designed to educate and encourage the Westbrook community to reduce waste at home and at school. Students or classes get small rewards for using reusable and recyclable containers, utensils and napkins for their lunches.  Check out the Trash Free Guidelines. Chris Barone and Sacha De Lange

 

Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator Committee works with staff to recruit, train and schedule parent volunteers, as well as track volunteer hours. Jessica Myrow

 

Wellness Commitee/Recess Rangers

This committee will be promoting healthy choices at school-wide events as well as providing education in the importance of daily physical activity and mindfulness. The Recess Rangers are volunteers who assist on the playground during recess and in the APR during lunchtime. They help with games and activities on the playground or inside during inclement weather. Lindsey Rieling

 

Westbrook Aftercare Liaison

The Aftercare Liaison is the liaison between the Westbrook PTA and Westbrook's aftercare, which provides on-site before and after-school child care. Kimberly Palmer

 

Yearbook

The Yearbook Committee compiles the yearbook, which is available for purchase at the end of the school year. It is always a favorite among students! Autumn English