Howdy Coffee: At the beginning of the school day on the first day of school, this traditional “Welcome to School” features informational booths, sign-ups for volunteer groups, and a welcome by the Principal and PTA President. Don’t miss the great coffee and company!
Ice Cream Social: After the Kindergarten Open House, families are invited to come to the Cafeteria for a good, old-fashioned ice cream social. Get to know other families, meet the PTA Board, and enjoy yummy ice cream. This takes place on the Friday before the first day of school.
Echoes Newsletter: Each month, VWPTA publishes a school newsletter with calendar dates, upcoming events, summaries of past events with photos, the monthly school lunch menu, a message from the Principal, and any other information pertinent to that month. You can also download the Echoes newsletter in color at www.vwpta.com
Reflections – Reflections is an arts participation and recognition program sponsored each year by the National PTA. All VW students are challenged to create a work of art that supports the 2013-2014 Reflections theme: “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Students may submit one or more entries in any of six categories: Literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography and/or film/video. Applications can be found online. Selected entries will be forwarded to Glendale Council PTA for the next level of competition. Winners at that level will be forwarded to the district, state and national levels of PTA for consideration and recognition.
Family Food Drives: VWPTA participates along with all other PTAs in the Glendale Council in food drives which benefit Salvation Army of Glendale. Students will be asked to bring in canned and dried food items to help families in Glendale who are battling hard times.
Family Fall Festival: This is a fun day for students and families alike, with games and prize booths, craft stations, music, a bake sale, pony rides, and contests.
Holiday Toy and Book Drive: VWPTA organizes a toy and book collection through Glendale Council PTA and Salvation Army of Glendale. Your donation is a way for the parents and students of VW to help make the holiday season brighter for needy children in our community.
Red Ribbon Week: Red Ribbon Week has been an annual event at schools throughout the United States since 1986. Coordinated by the VWPTA, the Red Ribbon activities are intended to present a unified, positive and visible commitment toward a safe and drug free America.
Yellow Ribbon Week: Yellow Ribbon Week focuses on violence prevention and is intended to present a united front against any type of school violence and bullying.
Pancake Breakfast: Enjoy a gourmet feast of pancakes and sausages prepared by the men of Verdugo Woodlands’ Dads’ Club. Volunteers skilled in the fine culinary art of flapjack flipping, grillinating and cleanup are always needed. This is a PTA sponsored event where all proceeds go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the VW Dads’ Club.
Ritz Dinner, Dance, and Auction: This annual benefit is one of VW’s largest fundraisers and is a joint effort between PTA and W.A.V.E. Foundation. The Ritz is an elegant dinner and dance with silent, live, and online auctions held to raise money for the arts programs at Verdugo Woodlands.
Daughters’ Dance: Girls bring their special someone (parent or relative) to this event where they’ll have dinner and dance the night away.
Boys Night Out: Boys get to have their night with food and fun on this special evening out.
Fathers’ Follies: This is the family friendly event of the year! Don’t miss this unique Verdugo Woodlands tradition which evolved from a six-man song-and-dance routine in 1947 to the original musical comedy extravaganza. Featuring more than 50 VW Dads performing as actors, dancers, and singers, Follies’ is created using the talents of the VW parents in writing, set design, choreography, costumes, and much more! Over the years, the LA Times, the Glendale News-Press, and KNBC-TV have profiled the Fathers’ Follies. All VW Dads (and Moms) are urged to be a part of Fathers’ Follies. This event brings the VW community together each Spring for fun and frivolity for one of the year’s biggest VWPTA fundraisers. For more information and videos go to www.FathersFollies.org