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Parent Teacher Organization

The Woods Academy Parent Teacher Organization (WAPTO)

Welcome to The Woods Academy Parent Teacher Organization (WAPTO)!

Welcome to The Woods Academy Parent Teacher Organization (WAPTO)! There are so many ways for you to participate in life at The Woods. We are truly a community and we encourage you to get involved in any way you can. It’s a great way to meet other Woods families, teachers and staff.

WAPTO has events planned throughout the school year. Take a look at some of this year's events below!

“Friends are relatives you make for yourself.”– Eustache Deschamps

All parents and guardians are members of WAPTO. Your participation enriches our community. With the variety of events we sponsor, there is something for everyone!

2022-2023 WAPTO Board

Contact any members of the WAPTO Board to learn more about our organization or if you would like to get involved.

Amanda Candy


Carrie Dresser

Vice President

Becky Kennedy (Oleszkiewicz)

Volunteer Coordinator

Mariana Mujica-Parodi McCormick Parent Ambassador

Deb Notini


WAPTO Events At-A-Glance

WAPTO Events

Food Truck Fridays – Fridays, September 23 and September 30 (cancelled due to weather) | Meet other Woods families for dinner and outdoor fun! Each night will feature two food trucks for adults. WAPTO will provide pizza and fruit for the children, as well as an ice cream truck.

Dads' BBQ – Sunday, October 16 | Calling all dads for a BBQ and beer tasting. The first annual Dads' BBQ will surely be a hit! And of course, we'll have the NFL game on.

Dec(orate) the Halls of Woods – Friday, December 2 | Time to deck the halls for the Christmas season.

Family BINGO – Saturday, January 28 | Free! Snacks! Prizes! Fun for the whole family.

Outdoor Family Movie Night – Spring 2023 (Date TBD) | Bring a blanket or chairs and settle in to enjoy a movie with your family and friends. WAPTO will provide dinner for the children and popcorn for the adults.

Woods Events & Traditions

Faculty & Staff Appreciation – ongoing | Help us show The Woods faculty and staff how much we appreciate all they do for our children and families.

Santa’s Workshop –Monday, December 12 | Help Santa’s elves transform the library into a holiday bazaar where 1st-8th graders can buy gifts for their families (and pets).

Scholastic Book Fair – February 13 - 17 | The Scholastic Book Fair provides an opportunity for students of all ages to find books they love. Purchases benefit The Woods library. 

Annual Night Owl Auction – Friday, March 17 | Parents and teachers gather to celebrate The Woods in an evening that is fun and festive. There will be a Silent Auction this year.

Grandparents & Special Friends Visiting Day – April 6 | Grandparents and special friends join us for a joyful morning at The Woods where you will see your special student(s).

Arts Celebration Week – May 15-19 | An entire week devoted to the visual and performing arts at The Woods – concerts, art exhibits, “the” musical.

Heritage Night – Spring 2023 | Join us for an international potluck dinner celebrating our community’s multicultural backgrounds.  

Service Opportunities

WAPTO is expanding its community outreach this year to include several new family community service projects. WAPTO will also provide assistance with various on-campus student-led service initiatives throughout the year.

Wreaths Across America - December 17 | Wreaths Across America is committed to remembering our fallen U.S. Veterans and honoring those who serve. Woods families can participate in the time-honored tradition of laying a wreath on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. WAPTO will provide a meet-up location after the event.

Comfort Cases – spring (date TBD) | The Woods will once again partner with Comfort Cases, a non-profit organization that inspires communities to bring dignity and hope to children in foster care. Woods students will have the opportunity to donate various comfort and personal items for children entering the foster care system (e.g., pajamas, blankets, stuffed animals, toiletries), and then students and parents together will gather on campus to fill backpacks with all of the donated items.

National Park Service – Saturday, April 22 | On Earth Day Woods families will clean up a local or National park, helping to protect our local environment, wildlife, watersheds, and the oceans from litter pollution and enhance America’s parks for present and future generations.

Upcoming & Ongoing Events