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. Help us raise $50k in 50 days. 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, Katie Budnyk



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. Register for After School Academies on the Flex website. 

Questions? Ask the experts: | Download the Flex Contact Card
Chair: JaLyn Tiffany




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.

Chair: Cara Cline-Thomas, Leslie Aga

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!


For more information, visit






Chair: Paige Farrington-Himes

Kent Gardens Musical Club
Kent Gardens PTA Summer Camps
Math Competition Club (MC2)
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. More information:












Spring Break Camp
Stem Saturdays


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

Download Flier

Chair: Cara Cline-Thomas

Wee Deliver

The Wee Deliver Program is an all volunteer intra-school postal system that introduces letter writing skills, promotes reading, and builds awareness of the US Postal System, which began introducing the program to schools in 1990.  The program has since grown to include more than 25,000 schools across the country.  Kent Gardens has hosted the program for many years and we look forward to the 2017-18 season!  Only third and fourth graders participate in the mail collection and delivery.

Children of all grades are encouraged to participate by writing letters through our in-school post office.  The program supplements their regular reading and writing instruction while building community awareness.  There is a blue US Postal Mailbox near the cafeteria entrance to collect mail and third and fourth graders retrieve, sort, and deliver the mail weekly.  Specific roles include Postmaster, Cancellers, Nixie Clerks, Sorters, and Carriers.

On Tuesday and/or Friday mornings between 8:15am and 8:45am students gather in the e-pod to process and deliver the mail. Parents volunteer to serve as consultants and introduce the jobs.  Student scheduling varies depending on participation rates, and generally students are assigned to one day per month for the delivery season (October through May).  We may adjust the delivery days or frequency depending on participation.  Last year, over 45 students participated!

Parent volunteers are essential to this program. We cannot process and deliver mail without a parent consultant each week. Coming even once during the next eight months would be a huge help.

Please contact Program Chairwoman Anne Warrell at with any questions or concerns.

Science Olympiad

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, socks and more. SHOP OUR ONLINE STORE NOW!

Chair: Natalie Faucher






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, Cam Donelson

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: Julie Brown, Amy Carey



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: Julie Rice, Bethany Nguyen


6th Grade Farewell


Art Studio
Cultural Arts

Chair: Beth Coyne

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: Sarah Nearing



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: Atresha Whitmore, Abby Allen


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. For more information, visit our International Night page.


Chair: Nadya Abhyankar


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! Visit our Family Dining Night page for dates and more information:


Chair: Veronica Hughes

Book Fair

Kent Gardens offers two yearly book fairs—one in the fall and one in the spring.


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: Carrie Schymanski


The Kent Gardens PTA Website

Webmasters: Bethany Nguyen

Other Committees


Author Visits
Chair: Leslie Aga


Building & Grounds

Clinic Support
Chair: Sheila Seth

FCPS Parent Resource Center Liaison
Chair: Connie Howell

Lost and Found
Chair: Yamina Boukarabilia

School Supplies
Chair: Marie Lee

Teacher Appreciation
Chair: Kristen Danner

Chair: Scott Stafford

Walk/Bike to School
Chair: Sarah Salerno