NEEDED: Raffle/Silent Auction items, face painter, flyer distribution

Our big Dogfish Head Alehouse restaurant fundraiser is almost here, but we still need your help to make this BIG!

  • We are still seeking items that could be donated to the raffle/silent auction – sports or entertainment tickets, autographs, gift certificates, etc. Do you own a business or know someone who might be willing to make a donation?
  • Do you have artistic talent? We need a parent/student to paint faces at Dogfish between 6-7 pm the night of the event.
  • Finally, we need a few parents to distribute flyers publicizing the event to local businesses.

If you can help in any of these areas, please contact Sonya Engle or Suzanne Palmer.

National Book Festival Field Trip

Beech Tree is organizing a field trip to the National Book Festival on Saturday, September 22 (rain or shine!). We are offering transportation from Beech Tree to the National Mall to all Beech Tree families. The festival is free of charge to attend and transportation has been paid for by the PTA.

The bus will depart from Beech Tree promptly at 10:00am and will leave the festival at 1:00pm. Please fill out the field trip form and return it to school by Friday, September 14, if you plan on attending. For more information on the festival visit their website or contact Nadya Abu-Rish.

* Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Changes to Beech Tree PTA Communications

Bienvenidos al año 2012/13 Escuela

Estimadas Familias de Beech Tree,

Nuevamente le damos la bienvenida a todas las familias que regresan y también una gran bienvenida a todas las familias nuevas! En nombre de los oficiales electos del PTA de Beech Tree, estamos muy emocionados por el comienzo del año escolar 2012-13 y es un honor servir al PTA junto con la directora Terry Phillips.

Este año más que nunca, el PTA de Beech Tree necesita su ayuda. Con el reciente cambio de los linderos para Beech Tree en Fairfax County, nuestra escuela perdió aproximadamente 50 familias quienes año trás año, estaban profundamente dedicadas a la práctica del voluntariado. También algunos de los hijos de nuestras familias que participaban en el voluntariado en Beech Tree, se graduaron de elementary school y pasaron a la escuela media. Lamentamos la pérdida de estos líderes activos del PTA de Beech Tree, estas vacantes son la oportunidad para invitar a nuevas familias a unirsen al grupo de voluntarios y líderes del PTA. El PTA de Beech Tree está buscando cubrir las posiciones de Funcionario Electo, Presidente del Comité, y las posiciones de voluntariado – posiciones que van desde unas pocas horas hasta las horas que usted puede manejar a la semana – y con mucho gusto le ayudaremos a marchar la actividad para que coincida con sus intereses y pueda participar en la escuela de su hijo.

Usted puede estar pensando, ¿qué hace el PTA de Beech Tree para la escuela? Los fondos recaudados a través de los miembros del PTA de Beech Tree durante todo el año escolar, le permiten proporcionar una amplia gama de programas de enriquecimiento educativo y físico a los estudiantes, así como mejoras en el aula y las oportunidades de desarrollo profesional para los maestros, también patrocinamos la participación de los estudiantes en excursiones y asambleas y proporcionamos becas a los niños que quieran participar en programas después de la escuela y que no pueden darse el lujo de hacerlo, El PTA de Beech Tree también organiza y coordina programas, tales como el Directorio de la escuela, Feria del Libro, Bingo pijama, feria, Show de Talentos, Noches de Restaurante, Semanas de aprecio a los Maestros y Personal de Apoyo y Spring Fling. Muchas gracias a nuestros muchos voluntarios maravillosos y generosos en los últimos años, el PTA de Beech Tree ha sido capaz de proporcionar actividades sociales, académicas, y de enriquecimiento que de otro modo hubieran sido inaccesibles para nuestros hijos. Nuevamente le pedimos su apoyo para continuar esta larga tradición de hacer que los recursos y las oportunidades de aprendizaje estén disponibles para los estudiantes en Beech Tree.

El impacto de hacer voluntariado aúnque sea un poquito en la escuela beneficiará a nuestros estudiantes ya que la profesora podrá gastar más tiempo con los estudiantes en el salón de clase y es una oportunidad de demostrar a sus hijos la importancia de colaborar en nuestra sociedad, para que el PTA de Beech Tree sea verdaderamente efectivo y representativo de la comunidad, todos los padres debemos participar en las actividades de la escuela. Extendemos una invitación especial a nuestras familias hispanas y asiáticas para convertirsen en líderes del PTA y defensores de sus comunidades. La definición de “miembro del PTA de Beech Tree” no se limita a las familias que pueden asistir a todas las reuniones del PTA, sino también voluntarios en la escuela durante el día escolar, o servir como oficial electo o Presidente del Comité. Queremos que todas las familias sientan que pueden ser una parte valiosa de la comunidad de Beech Tree, si usted tiene 30 minutos o un par de horas – sus ideas, su tiempo y sus talentos serán verdaderamente apreciados.

El PTA de Beech Tree lo invita a asistir a nuestras reuniones para plantear sus preocupaciones y contribuir con sus ideas sobre cómo mejorar nuestra escuela y nuestros programas de educación. Las reuniones se llevan a cabo típicamente en el primer miércoles de cada mes a las 6:30 pm en la biblioteca de la escuela. Se ofrecerá cuidado de niños y comida. Todas las actividades y eventos en Beech Tree serán publicadas con regularidad en los siguientes páginas.

Esperámos verlos en los siguientes eventos:

  • September 4: “Boo Hoo” Breakfast, 9:00am
  • September 5: First PTA meeting, 6:30pm
  • September 10: Back to School Night, 6:30pm
  • September 18: Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser, 11:00am-11:00pm

Nosotros agradecemos anticipadamente su colaboración. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en comunicarse con nosotros.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Palmer, President

David Lesko, Vice-President

Mike Burris, Treasurer

Welcome to the 2012/13 School Year!

Dear Beech Tree Families,

Welcome back to all returning families and a big WELCOME to all new Beech Tree families! We are very excited for the 2012-13 school year to begin and honored to serve with the school’s Principal, Terry Phillips.

This year, more than ever, the Beech Tree PTA needs YOUR help. With the recent Fairfax County School Board boundary changes, Beech Tree lost approximately 50 families who, year-after-year, were deeply committed to the spirit and practice of volunteerism. Many equally involved families also graduated from Beech Tree last year to begin their next chapter in middle school. While the loss of these active Beech Tree PTA leaders is unfortunate, we see their vacancies as an opportunity to invite new families to join the PTA as volunteers and leaders. The Beech Tree PTA is looking to fill Elected Officer, Committee Chair, and Volunteer positions – positions that range from a few hours to as many hours as you can handle a week – and we would be happy to match your interest in being an active participant in your child’s school with the role that works for you!

You may be thinking, what does the Beech Tree PTA do for the school? Funds raised through Beech Tree PTA Memberships and fundraisers throughout the school-year allow the Beech Tree PTA to provide a wide range of educational and physical enrichment programs for students, as well as classroom enhancements and professional development opportunities for teachers. We help to maintain classroom supplies, sponsor students’ participation in field trips and assemblies, provide scholarships to children who want to participate in PTA-sponsored after-school programs, but cannot afford to do so, support these programs with time or resources, and much, much more. The Beech Tree PTA also organizes and coordinates school programs and resources, such as the School Directory, Book Fair, Pajama Bingo, Fun Fair, Talent Show, Restaurant Nights, Teacher and Support Staff Appreciation Weeks, and Spring Fling. Thanks to our many wonderful, generous volunteers in years past, the Beech Tree PTA has been able to provide socially, academically, or physically enriching opportunities that may have otherwise been unavailable to our children. As the new school year begins, we ask for your support in continuing this long tradition of making resource and learning opportunities available to Beech Tree’s students.

The impact of volunteering even just a little bit of your time, as part of the PTA, is invaluable. Think about it like this: for every minute you volunteer, you give a teacher one more minute to help a struggling student; for every time you volunteer at a Beech Tree event sponsored by the PTA, it is one more opportunity to show your own children the importance of giving back and the value you place on their school; and for the time you make the choice to help lead the PTA, it is an opportunity to make changes to benefit all children and better the environment in which they all learn and grow. For the Beech Tree PTA to be truly effective and truly representative of the school community, everyone must participate. We extend a special invitation to our Spanish- and Asian-speaking families to become PTA leaders and advocates for their communities. The definition of “Beech Tree PTA member” is not limited to families who are able to attend every PTA meeting, volunteer at the school during the school day, or serve as an elected officer or Committee Chair. We want all families to feel that they can be an invaluable part of the Beech Tree PTA community – whether you have 30 minutes or a couple of hours – your ideas, your time, and your talents are truly needed.

The Beech Tree PTA welcomes you to attend our meetings to raise your concerns and contribute your thoughts on how to improve our school and our parent education programs featuring student performances and topical speakers. Meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm in the school library. Child care and food will be provided. All Beech Tree PTA meetings, events, and activities will be posted regularly on the following:

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming school events:

  • September 4: “Boo Hoo” Breakfast, 9:00am
  • September 5: First PTA meeting, 6:30pm
  • September 10: Back to School Night, 6:30pm
  • September 18: Dogfish Head Restaurant Fundraiser, 11:00am-11:00pm

We would like to thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Palmer, President

David Lesko, Vice-President

Mike Burris, Treasurer

Proposed Beech Tree PTA ByLaws

Advertise in the 2012/13 Student Directory

Each year, the PTA produces and distributes a student directory to every Beech Tree family, free of charge. We are able to do this through the generous support of our advertisers. Do you have a business you would like to advertise? Or do you frequent a business in the Beech Tree area that might be willing to take out an ad in our directory? Please complete and return the advertising order form as soon as possible, no later than Sept. 21. Contact Ashley Martinage with any questions. Thank you for your generous support, and look for your family’s copy of the directory in mid-October.