Roadrunner Giving Campaign: This is our primary fundraiser of the year! Families' direct donations at the start of the school year reduce the need for additional fundraising activities. The suggested donation of $250 per family would enable us to reach our annual goal, but all donations -- big or small -- are appreciated! Contributions are tax deductible and go directly to improving our children's education.
School Spirit Days: Participate in GFES School Spirit Day the first Wednesday of every month by wearing our school colors - blue and yellow - or GFES spirit wear!
Staff Holiday Breakfast: The Hospitality Committee funds, organizes and hosts a warm, breakfast buffet. The staff is greeted with music, coffee, fresh baked goods, and a variety of breakfast fare to get the holiday season started! Finally, thanks to the generous donations from our parents, a gift card is given to every teacher thanking them for their continued dedication to our children.
S.T.E.M. Night: An evening of S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) activities geared toward elementary aged children. Children’s Science Center brings its Family Science Night to our school for a neuro-enriching, family-fun event! A PTA sponsored event - free admission. http://childsci.org
Spelling Bee: An annual event, for students in grades
4 - 6. The first round takes place during Language Arts classes and participation is completely voluntary. Students who place 1st or 2nd move on to the School-wide Spelling Bee. Study word lists are distributed to interested participants prior to the competition. For more information visit Scripps National Spelling Bee www.spellingbee.com
Night of the Arts: A magical evening of art and culture as GFES PTA and art teachers partner to display the artistic talents of our students. Each child selects a piece of artwork for the art show. Volunteers and staff mount the art in dramatic fashion throughout the school. A mid-evening performance will also be given by our talented students studying string instruments. Parents are invited to enjoy light refreshments during the evening.
Back to School Events: The GFES PTA collaborates with GFES to prepare for the start of each school year by hosting welcome back teacher and staff events, helping to assemble student welcome packets, organizing new family events, and attending the GFES Open House to provide information on GFES PTA’s vision and goals.
Fall Festival: A time for students to enjoy an evening of spirit, fun and excitement Split into two events children in grades K-2 enjoy a costume parade and arts and crafts. Students in grades 3-6 participate in a costume inspired evening of age appropriate activity.
Skate Night: Typically held in winter, this community event is a great opportunity for families to come and enjoy friends and neighbors at the local ice rink: Reston SkateQuest. Families are asked to pay a small fee, and GFES PTA provides hot chocolate for all registered attendees.
Talent and Variety Show: A dazzling two-night affair, divided by lower and upper grades, that celebrates our students' passion for the visual and performing arts. Acts range from singing to standup comedy, dancing to karate, painting presentations to monologues as well as any performance that showcases a child's interest. A night for our kids to shine on stage!
Teacher Appreciation Week: Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. Here at GFES, TAW is a collaboration between PTA, administration, room parents, and students to celebrate our invaluable teachers.
Courtney Schilling Fun Run: The Courtney Schilling Fun Run was established to honor the memory of Courtney Schilling, daughter of Joanne & John Schilling. The Fun Run has come to represent more than a celebration of Courtney’s life, it provides scholarships for students and monetary support to fund special education initiatives.