Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We know in many ways it will look different from past years, however, the wonderful community we have at Wyngate remains the same. We have a wonderful staff so excited to welcome our students to school each day. Yes, this is a long message, however, it’s one stop shopping and the PTA is hoping to provide you with some helpful back to school information.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 

Back to School Picnic, Thursday, September 9, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm

  • Gather with friends old and new at this casual event, which features a PTA-sponsored DJ.
  • Bring your own picnic or order food from Potomac Pizza. Orders must be placed online by Monday, September 6 by logging into AtoZ Connect and going to the Back to School Picnic category menu on the left.
  • Questions? Contact Christy McGinty ([email protected]).

Back to School Night, Tuesday, September 14, 6:30-8:15

  • This will be a virtual event. Your teachers will provide additional information closer to the date of the event.

Download the school calendar

  • Never miss another event! Your PTA has created a handy Google calendar with all the key dates for MCPS, school, and PTA events. Here’s the link to the calendar and instructions on how to add it to your personal Google calendar.
  • If you prefer having a hard copy, you can find the MCPS calendar HERE and the PTA’s calendar will be online soon.

 

CREATE OR UPDATE YOUR AtoZ ACCOUNT (PTA DIRECTORY & PURCHASES) 

The Wyngate PTA uses AtoZ Connect for a student and teacher directory, Spirit Wear store, PTA membership and donations, as well as events throughout the year like the Back to School Picnic

AtoZ Connect moved platforms this year, therefore if you are logging in for the first time this school year, you will need to select New User/Create Account. Using the same email that was associated with your previous AtoZ account will bring all your previous information over to the new platform.

  1. Click “Register/Login”, then “Create Account”
  2. Create your family’s account and click “verify my email.” Remember: if you had a previous AtoZ account, use the same email address and your account information will automatically port over.
  3. Check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  4. Finish your registration by filling out the “Parent/Family” and “Student Info,” as well as your “Directory Publish Preferences”
  5. Visit the stores: Using the menu on the left you can join the PTA, make a donation, and order pizza for the back to school picnic. Check back often as additional stores are added throughout the year!

 

JOIN THE PTA

  • By joining, you’ll sleep better knowing that you’ve supported our students, teachers, and community. Plus, you’ll get a handy directory (print AND online versions) so that you can easily send birthday party invitations and quickly find the address when you have to pick up your child from an after-school play date.
  • Wondering what the heck the PTA actually does anyway? Take a look HERE.
  • To join, go to AtoZ Connect (don’t forget to create your account if you are new and haven’t logged in yet this year – see above!) and select “Membership” from the Menu. From there, select family membership and proceed to checkout on the bottom left.

 

MAKE A DONATION TO THE PTA

  • Your membership contribution (see above) is vital, but unfortunately, it doesn’t cover all the costs of our year-round events. Instead of asking you to do a painful fundraiser (ask veteran parents about the days when they had to sell wrapping paper), we are respectfully asking for a tax-deductible donation of $50 PER STUDENT. Just think of the feeling of relief you’ll get by knowing that you’re done making contributions even before school starts!
  • To donate, logon to your AtoZ Connect account ((don’t forget to create your account if you are new or haven’t logged in yet this year – see above!). From there, select “Donations” from the menu, enter your amount and proceed to checkout on the bottom left.

 

HELP THE SCHOOL EARN EASY MONEY

  • Sign up for the free Amazon Smile program and the Wyngate PTA or Wyngate Foundation will earn 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products.
  • Participate in the Boxtops for Education program. There’s no more clipping! Just download the app, scan your grocery store receipt and each participating item earns us $0.10, which adds up quickly.
  • Join the Harris Teeter Together in Education program. You must register EVERY YEAR. Please do so HERE and enter Wyngate Elementary School’s number, which is 8170.
  • Sadly, Giant has discontinued its program, which means that the school will lose nearly $8,000 in funding.

 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

  • We know that you’re busy, but by sharing just a bit of your time and talents, you will make Wyngate Elementary a more vibrant and welcoming community. Without your involvement, the PTA simply cannot continue to provide the resources and events that make Wyngate so wonderful.
  • Just fill out this quick survey to let us know how you would like to be involved. There are lots of options–daytime or evening; one-time or ongoing committees; leadership roles or helpers.

 

AND ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICE

  • If there’s a change to your child’s dismissal plan, please send a legible, hard copy note that includes your child’s full name, the date, and detailed instructions. If he/she is going home with another student, BOTH children need to send in notes with both kids’ full names.  During the school day, teachers and office staff are busy taking care of our kids, so sending emails with changes in dismissal aren’t the best means of communication. If there’s a last-minute change, please call the office. 

 

MCPS COVID-19 TESTING

  • This year, MCPS will be offering free weekly COVID testing for a random sampling of PreK-6th grade students who would like to opt-in. If you would like to participate, parents/guardians must provide consent by e-signing the form linked HERE.

 

STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE PTA