About the WCE PTA
What is the WCE PTA?
The PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) is a formal organization composed of WCE parents, teachers and staff working to engage WCE parents in school participation.
Elected each school year, the PTA board and committee chairs are a group of parents that volunteer their time to help the administration make WCE the best school it can be. It takes a village - we need you!
Benefits of the PTA
It benefits your child. By joining the PTA you help the school be better because the PTA funds many of the necessary programs at WCE, including:
· Paraprofessionals in each K-5 classroom
· Interventionists in the school
· Updated technology in the classrooms
· FT library tech | PT recess coach | PT lunchroom monitors
· Additional Gifted & Talented programs and services
Why join the PTA?
· Make a difference! You will have the opportunity to vote on school related issues (1 vote for an individual membership and 2 votes for a family membership)
Become better informed on the operations and opportunities within our school community.
· Provide financial and altruistic support for our school.
“I wanted to show my children that I care about their school and how it is important to do these types of things to build a strong community to live in,” says Matthew.
Matthew is this year’s Westerly Creek PTA board president. Matthew decided to participate in the PTA for a number of reasons. He says he wanted to meet other parents in the school system. It was also important to him to better understand our school’s pain points, especially with providing materials to the students and staff, to ensure our children are getting the most from their education.
As a full time working mom, who travels often, Liz wanted her kids to see her taking an active role in their community, education and lives. She says she wanted them to know even though she's busy, they are still her top priority. Her role with the WCE PTA makes that possible.
Liz says she also appreciates the network of teachers and parents the PTA creates. She says its a time investment that pays off.
"Through my work on the Westerly Creek PTA, I’ve built relationships with teachers at all grade levels and work hard to build those relationships years before my kids will even be in their classrooms. Those teachers see the investment I make in the school and they are incredibly grateful. I know that pays off in patience and a little something extra with my kids. And that’s worth every minute of my time," Liz says.
Justin Ross has had kids enrolled at Westerly Creek for 11 years! He's back again as this year's PTA Treasurer.
"Entering our 11th and final year at WCE it has been a pleasure to volunteer with the PTA. I always wanted to give my time but realized the classroom setting was going to be difficult with me for any consistency so I chose PTA as my way of giving back. It’s a small commitment and the impact you can have through outreach and fundraising is unmeasurable," Justin says.
Here he is with his son Justin Michael (Fifth Grade).
Ray wanted to get involved with the PTA for a number of reasons. His daughter is new to Westerly Creek and Ray felt that participating in the PTA would help with the family's adjustment to a new school community. Ray is excited about meeting other parents and working together with them to help the school.
"I'm happy that my daughter is able to attend a great Stapleton school like Westerly Creek. I want to do my part to maintain the quality education that WCE is known for, and to show my daughter that her daddy cares and is invested in her school."
Christen Woodburn is a mom and full-time professional. She says she really wanted to volunteer and get involved in the community.
"I decided if I was going to invest my time anywhere I would want it to be for the benefit of my kids and Westerly Creek, which we have come to cherish. The PTA gives me an opportunity to be an advocate for my children, their classmates, and also the teachers and values of the school. I look forward to working to bring the community and school closer together through fundraising and outreach,” Christen says
She joined the PTA this year as the fundraising chair.
"I’ve already had the opportunity to connect with other amazing parents and teachers and I’m a learning a lot! I’m grateful that my children have such a great school home and happy to give of my time to help where I can,” she says.
Lisa Stites is this year's PTA communications chair. She says the PTA offers her the chance to be involved with her kid's lives and give back to the community.
"Now that we have two kids at WCE, it was important to me to be able to give back to a place that's so important in our lives! I'm excited to be able to use my skillset to help our school and WCE kids!"
Karlyn Taylor is co-chair for the membership position on the WCE PTA Board. She decided to take a more active role in the PTA when she learned how much it helps Westerly Creek students.
"At my first PTA meeting, I remember hearing a very surprising fact that the PTA gifts $150,000 per year to the school. This money helps bridge the funding gap between actual costs and the allotted DPS funding. I realized that a big part of why WCE is great comes from the parents, teachers and community working to raise that money and run so many of the programs we love at the school. I know I want my kids to be able to benefit from the same paras in the classrooms, new technology, not to mention all the fun extracurriculars," she says.
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Staff Support Chair
Megan Freyman is this year's PTA Staff Support Chair.
She says she decided to get involved because of the impression it made on her as a child, "My mom was always really involved in my school and the PTA when I was growing up. I felt like her presence and involvement made a difference in my school experience, so I have always wanted to do the same for my kids. I'm also enjoying working with the staff and other parents and feeling more and more like a part of the Westerly Creek family!"
Ellen Weaver is this year's PTA Auction Chair.
Ellen is already hard at work putting together this year's auction to raise money to support important programming at Westerly Creek.
She says, "I joined the PTA because as a mom who works outside the home, it's a great way to be involved at my kids' school, and to meet other parents."