Parent Teacher Organization (WAPTO)

The Woods Academy Parent Teacher Organization (WAPTO)

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

Welcome to 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!

2023 - 2024 WAPTO Board

Contact any members of the WAPTO Board to learn more about our organization or if you would like to get involved. In addition to the WAPTO Board, each grade level has a Parent Ambassador who helps increase outreach to all Woods parents and provides opportunities for families to feel part of The Woods community.

Amanda Candy


Aly Leydig

Vice President

Chaitali Patel

Volunteer Coordinator

Deb Notini


WAPTO Events At-A-Glance

Below is a snapshot of some of the events and initiatives The Woods Academy Parent Teacher Organization oversees and helps with. For exact dates and more details, current parents are encouraged to visit WoodsNet, our parent portal.

WAPTO Events

Friday Night Lights – A great way to kick off the school year! Parents have the opportunity to mingle with old and new friends and order dinner from a food truck, while kids are busy with Flag Star Football and activities led by Headfirst (e.g., relay races, games, craft table). All students and families are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Dads' Sunday Funday – Calling all dads for a BBQ and beer tasting. The Dads' BBQ is a big hit at The Woods Academy! Our fathers come together to watch football, eat delicious food, and have an afternoon of hanging out with other dads. 

Dec(orate) the Halls of Woods – Time to deck the halls of The Woods Academy for the Christmas season! Parents meet at the school, enjoy breakfast, and use their decorating skills to bring the joyful season alive in the hallways. 

Father/Daughter Dance –  The Woods Academy girls and their fathers or special friends gather together at The Woods Academy for a night of dancing, games, and enjoying time together! 

Mother/Son Game Night – Moms (or special friends!) and their sons are encouraged to attend for an evening of fun games and friendly competition! 

Woods Events & Traditions

Faculty & Staff Appreciation – Help us show The Woods faculty and staff how much we appreciate all they do for our children and families. Appreciation initiatives include back to school gifts, surprise lunches, Thanksgiving pie bars, and more. 

Halloween Parade – Join WAPTO for hot cider and treats before the annual Halloween Parade. You'll get the chance to mingle with parents and watch your cute child parade around The Woods Academy.

Santa’s Workshop – 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 – The Scholastic Book Fair provides an opportunity for students of all ages to find books they love. Purchases benefit The Woods library. WAPTO also hosts a Cozy Reading Night to encourage love of reading and community boding.

Annual Night Owl Auction – Parents and teachers gather to celebrate The Woods in an evening that is fun and festive! A wonderful opportunity for the parents to come together to support the school in a fun way.

Grandparents & Special Friends Visiting Day – Grandparents and special friends join us for a joyful morning at The Woods where you will see your special student(s), hear beautiful music by our students, and see what students are learning in the classroom.

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

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

Service Opportunities

Wreaths Across America - 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 organizes a Woods bus to head downtown to participate in this extremely meaningful day.

MLK Day of Service: Comfort Cases - The Woods partners 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.

Earth Day: Beautification of The Woods – Join The Woods community in cleaning up The Woods Academy! Picking up trash, planting flowers, and more.