One and Done
The name says it all—one donation, and you are DONE with fundraising for the year. Save time and hassle in your family’s busy life. No selling, delivering, or collecting money. With your support, this is the One & Only PTA fundraiser for the year. Our goal is 100% family participation. A donation of $150/family is encouraged, but any contribution amount helps. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to the PTA and enriches your child’s education. Make your donation online today, or contribute at Open House and/or Back to School Night.

Chair: Jennifer Alton


After School Academies
Whether its karate, art, sports or Minecraft programming, Kent Gardens PTA has an after school academy for your child! Our After School Academies are offered three times a year (Fall, Winter, and Spring), and each runs for 7 weeks.


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Chair: Courtney Manzel

Chess Club
Why play chess? Chess is a great mental exercise for children, helping them improve problem-solving skills, hone their critical thinking, and practice concentration and self-discipline. Most importantly, chess is FUN! Kent Gardens Chess Club is offered year-round, with registration in the fall and spring. Chess Club meets on Wednesdays from 3:45 until 5:15 pm and is open to any KG student—new or experienced—in grade 2 through 6. An instructor from the U.S. Chess Center instructs the group.


Want more information? Click here to register online now until the first session. The cost is $130 per student plus processing fees.

Chair: Cara Cline-Thomas

Girls on the Run

girls-on-the-run-125x119This fall Kent Gardens will have a team for Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

A recent study on Girls on the Run participants shows girls who began with lower pre-season scores on confidence in physical activity, self-worth, connection, character, caring, contribution and physical activity frequency, and higher scores on sedentary behaviors showed statistically significant improvements from pre-season to post-season? We hope to continue this trend! Join Girls on the Run this season! Register here:

Click here to check out the KGES Girls on the Run quick fact sheet!

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Chair: Kim Marinus

Kent Gardens Musical Club
Kent Gardens PTA Summer Camps
Odyssey of the Mind
The Odyssey of the Mind is a program that promotes creative thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program is open to students in first through sixth grades


Chair: Sif Lazizi

Spring Break Camp
Stem Saturdays

STEM Saturdays are fun enrichment programs that explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through hands-on activities.

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Chair: Cara Cline-Thomas

Shop #KGPride

Amazon Shopping

Simply use the links below when you shop at Amazon, Shutterfly, or Target and Kent Gardens PTA will receive a percentage of your purchase!)

Chairs: Veronica Hughes, Amber Syed

Boxtops for Education

Boxtops for Education is an easy way to help earn money for Kent Gardens PTA.  Look for Box Tops on hundreds of products at your grocery store.  They come in all shapes and sizes and each one is worth .10 cents for Kent Gardens.  Believe it or not, they add up!  Please use the attached boxtops collection sheets or simply put your boxtops in a ziplock bag and have your child bring to school to turn in to their teacher.

Download: Standard collection sheet and Halloween collection sheet

Chairs: Pam Higgins and Anne Warrell

Giant Rewards

Please register your Giant grocery store card and help support KG PTA. It is a very simple process. Our school’s code is 01994. Please note that you must enter the number on your card and not the phone number associated with it. You only need to enter this information once and then every time you shop at Giant between October and March, Giant donates a percentage of the amount you spend to our school. Please register today so that we can immediately start earning money. If you do not have a card, please go to each grocery store’s Customer Service desk, and ask for a card.

Chairs: Veronica Hughes, Amber Syed

#KGPride Spirit Wear

At Kent Gardens, every Friday is #KGPride Friday! Stock your child’s closet now–we have a variety of Kent Gardens Elementary School items that you may purchase, including car magnets, t-shirts, sweat shirts, and wrist bands.



Simply use the links below when you shop at Amazon, Shutterfly, or Target and Kent Gardens PTA will receive a percentage of your purchase!

Chairs: Veronica Hughes, Amber Syed


Simply use the links below when you shop at Amazon, Shutterfly, or Target and Kent Gardens PTA will receive a percentage of your purchase!)

Chairs: Veronica Hughes, Amber Syed

Community Relations

Community Service Committee
Chairs: Alexis Pearce, Isabel Stephant
Food Bus – Food Recovery from Cafeteria
Our food recovery program allows children to donate uneaten/unopened food from the school lunch they purchase to the SHARE of McLean food pantry.  Last year we collected 1,187 pounds of food. This fall we are excited to kick off another great year of reducing waste and giving back to our local community in need.

Chair: Rachel Simon

Grade-Specific Committees

Kinder Kickoff
Join us on the playground for our Kinder Kickoff Playdates! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and help your kids get excited about the upcoming school year. Come and let your kids play while you visit with other parents before school starts. There will also be PTA members and Principal McGuigan in attendance to answer any questions you may have about Kent Gardens.

Chair: JaLyn Tiffany

6th Grade Farewell
Chair: Amber Syed


Art Studio
Cultural Arts
Chair: Victoria Hsueh
The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It offers students the opportunity to earn local, state and even national recognition for original artwork they create in response to a specific theme.

Chair: Kristine Thomas

Square 1 Art
Square One Art is a creative and exciting fundraising opportunity that helps KG PTA raise money by turning your child’s art into useful keepsakes. Square 1 Art offers the ability to have students’ artwork easily transformed into a diverse selection of high quality custom products at reasonable prices.

Chair: Miya Shimomoto


French Video Club
The French Video Club is open to all students at Kent Gardens. Featuring a lending library of more than 1000 videos from Harry Potter to Disney favorites, all in French, the club offers something for everyone! Join online.

Chair: Mami Gebereegiabher, Sif Lazizi, Alice Rousie

French Week
Kent Gardens looks forward to celebrating National French Week each year, in collaboration with the Bureau of Government of Quebec. School-sponsored French Week celebrations include presentations and other festivities


Chair: Valerie Howell

International Night
International Night celebrates our diverse community, teaches our kids about the world around them, and brings Kent Gardens E.S. families together as we share our global experiences and delicious food with each other.


Chair: Jo Moak

Family Fun Opportunities

Family Dinners
Take a night off of cooking and join your fellow KG community for a night out! Our Family Dinner Nights are help every other month at a variety of local eateries, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the KG PTA. Dig in!

Chair: Marie Lee

March Madness
Kent Garden’s popular basketball game fundraiser is held in March at McLean High School. It’s a fun, family friendly outing to support the school. Parents and teachers play basketball, various student groups perform, and everyone enjoys cheering and visiting. T-shirt signing has become a popular tradition and concessions are always a popular treat.

Chair: Kirsten Apple

Book Fair
Kent Gardens offers two yearly book fairs—one in the fall and one in the spring. The Spring Book Fair is sponsored and run by the Kent Gardens PTA.

Chairs: Kara Horgan, Lisa Fraser

French Book Fair
Chairs:  Paige Himes, Isabel Stephant


The Roar Newsletter
The Kent Gardens PTA newsletter, The Roar, is distributed electronically each Friday. If you have news or updates you’d like to share with the KG community, we’d love to help you spread the word! Contact our newsletter editor for more information.

Editor: Kara Horgan

The Kent Gardens PTA Website
Webmasters: Paul and Beth Melby

Other Committees

Author Visits
Chair: Bethany Nguyen

Building & Grounds
Chair: Stacey Brooks

Care & Concern
Chair: Rachel Simon

Clinic Support
Chair: Leanne Bjornsen

FCPS Legislative Committee
Chair: Jeff Heilbraun

FCPS Parent Resource Center Liaison
Chair: Connie Howell

Chair: Ann-Marie Morgan

Lost and Found
Chair: Yamina Boukarabilia

School Supplies
Chair: Bethany Nguyen

Teacher Appreciation
Chair: Amber Syed

Chair: Scott Stafford

Walk/Bike to School
Chair: Gayle Carter