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Our Traditions

Our Traditions

There are so many ways to get involved at WPA!  You can volunteer in your student's classroom here.  Or join our amazing parent organization in in one of these fun events.

Fall FiestA

Fall Fiesta is our big fundraiser. This is the one designed to raise money to fund all PTO sponsored activities, as well as, for different improvements around the school. As a PTO, we have helped fund swing sets, sound boards, and new technology, just to name a few. Fall Fiesta is a fun filled night designed for the whole family with carnival games, a bounce house and concessions. It is a carnival run completely by the parents. We supply the games, the food and a silent auction. Usually held mid-September.

Fall School Pictures

Volunteers are needed to help shuttle the students, make sure they are picture ready and assist the photographers in making sure each child matches their name.

Fall Book Fair

Usually held during fall parent teacher conferences. Volunteers are needed for set up, running the cash registers, monitoring the children and taking down when the book fair is over.

Ribbon Week

Ribbon Week is a week set aside to educate children on healthy habits, saying no, safety, self-confidence and choosing to be an “Up stander”. Volunteers help by coordinating activities during lunch that help to promote these values. Usually held in October.

Literacy Night

Literacy Night is a night where the teachers work to educate parents and children on further implementing literacy in the home. It is usually so fun and full of wonderful ideas. We have the best teachers here at WPA. Volunteers help in facilitating many of the games, working closely with the teachers to bring their ideas to life. Usually held in October.

Halloween Class Parties

Class Parties are always so fun to participate in. They are usually coordinated by the Class Captain. Volunteers help by providing games, crafts and refreshments.

Veterans' K5

This is a 5K that WPA sponsors in honor of our Veterans. Each year the 5th grade works hard to raise money to donate to an organization that supports our Veterans. Last year we donated more than $5,000 to “Continue Mission”, an organization that serves veterans with mental, emotional or physical injuries. The 5th grade hosts the event but it is a school wide project. It usually takes place on a Saturday, around Veteran’s Day.

Mom's and Muffins 

Mom’s and Muffins is a fun little tradition where we invite our Mom’s or someone special to bring books and a blanket to come read with us on the lunchroom floor before school begins. The PTO provides the muffins and drinks. So, come snuggle up with your blanket and enjoy a good book with our Patriots. Volunteers (usually the dad’s, so moms can read) help pass out drinks and the muffins. This event usually takes place in November.

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee encourages children to learn their spelling words. This is a competition held within our school for grades 3-6. There are big prizes for the winners. Volunteers help coordinate the event, act as judges and present the awards. Usually held in January.

6th Grade Valentine's Dance

This tradition usually takes place on Valentine’s, and takes the place of the traditional class party. A couple months prior, the sixth graders begin learning line dances and even a few ballroom dances. The sixth graders are also encouraged to wear best dress for the occasion. Although many of our sixth graders seem to dread it, they also really look forward to it and it is great preparation and practice for the years ahead. They have dance cards and are encouraged to ask each other to dance. Volunteers assist in the planning, preparations, teaching dance steps, decorations and refreshments.

Post Office Week

Post Office Week (usually the week of Valentine’s) is a week where our Patriots are encouraged to write letters to their peers and send them in the “mail”. Parents, grandparents and siblings not attending WPA can also send Patriots letters through the “mail”. The PTO provides the mailboxes. Volunteers help sort mail, track letters, write letters to students who may have not received much mail and deliver the mail. Our Patriots really love this tradition and look forward to it each year.

Valentine's class parties

Class Parties are always so fun to participate in. They are usually coordinated by the Class Captain. Volunteers help by providing games, crafts and refreshments.

Night of the Arts

This has turned into a showcase for all our Patriots!!! For the past two years, we have displayed a self-portrait of each one of our Patriots. Along with displaying special art pieces, such as photos, paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc.  that have been submitted by those wishing to participate even more. This is a night to showcase any and all art talents. It also includes a special program for those who would like to perform. We have heard wonderful piano, and violin pieces, seen fun little skits and dance numbers. This usually takes place on a night in February. Volunteers are needed to help plan, prepare and set up the event. As well as, judge, coordinate the awards, and provide refreshments.

Dad's and donuts

Very similar to Mom’s and Muffins. It’s just the dad version. So, bring your blanket and your books, and snuggle up and read in our lunchroom, before school starts. The PTO provides donuts and drinks. Volunteers (usually the moms, so dads can read) help pass out drinks and the muffins. This event usually takes place in March.

Spring Pictures

Volunteers are needed to help shuttle the students, make sure they are picture ready and assist the photographers in making sure each child matches their name.

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week was created to celebrate our teachers. Doors are decorated celebrating each one. Each day they are given a special little reminder to thank them for all that they have done throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to help decorate teacher’s doors, create special little treats and celebrate our teachers in many creative ways. Usually takes place in March.

School Play

This occurs every other year. And is an amazing tradition. The children really work hard and do such an awesome job. Volunteers are needed for many different things, from helping with costumes and stage set up, to running concessions and everything in between. This is a huge production which is why it only occurs every other year. Usually happens in March.

BOGO Book fair

Usually held during Someone Special Lunch. Volunteers are needed for set up, running the cash registers, monitoring the children and taking down when the book fair is over.

Someone Special Lunch

This event is a well-attended school lunch. Children are encouraged to invite “someone special” to come and eat lunch with them. Volunteers are needed to plan, prepare, decorate, set up and assist the lunch ladies in serving lunch.

Cultural Celebration

This is a wonderful tradition put on by our wonderful Spanish department. On opposite years, there is a cultural night and then on the other years there is a cultural week. During the cultural night, volunteers help provide booths showcasing the different countries around the world. During the week-long celebration students are encouraged to dress from a different country each day of the week. This event usually takes place around Cinco de Mayo.

Field Day All Grades

This is our end of the year celebration. This event takes place the final week of school, during school. Volunteers are needed to plan, prepare and provide the booths/activities. They are also needed to help chaperone the classes while out on the field and host the games or activities.

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Patriot Parents have a tradition of volunteering! Here are the last few years’ worth of volunteer hours. We hope you will help carry on this tradition and add your hours to the volunteer website! Thank you for “Joining the Building”!

  •  2012-13: 7455 Hours (Play Year)
  • 2013-14: 6442 hours
  • 2014-15: 8029 Hours (Play Year)
  • 2015-16: 5945 Hours
  • 2016-17: 6531 Hours (Play Year)
  • 2017-18: 3531 Hours (and counting… so log your hours!)

 

Because of parent volunteers we are able to draw the attention of some of the best teachers and keep them at our school, not to mention Principals. We also free up time for our teachers to devote to researching and implementing better teaching strategies and lesson plans. We are able to give more attention to the “one”. Our children feel and know our dedication to their education and therefore try harder. Thus, raising our children’s abilities to succeed! Way to go Patriot PTO!!


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