The WHS PTA supports a broad range of programs and services for Hammerschmidt students. Many of school programs would not be possible without the time and support provided by their committees.
Opportunities to get involved include the following committees:
Event and Program Committees
Room Parent: Organize and plan two room parties for winter (December) and end of year (June). Communicate with parents and teacher.
Family Fun Walk: Families walk or run together and participate in games at stations around the school playground area. Volunteers advertise the event, help families sign in and organize games or activities. (September - Now being held at Hammerschmidt!)
Movie Nights: Evening drop-off event at WHS for students. Volunteers supervise children as they watch a family-friendly film. Held 4 times per school year on Friday nights ~6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Volunteers check students in and out, supervise children and purchase concessions snacks to sell during event. (4xs/year)
Family Halloween Party: Volunteers provide and assist with decorations, crafts, games and activities for WHS students and families. (October, evening event)
Bakers for Halloween Party: Love to bake sweet treats? Lend your hand to the Family Halloween Party’s cake walk!
Yearbook: Supervise children taking photographs and designing the layout of the yearbook. Coordinate with Yearbook company to advertise and order books for students who purchase them. Club is open to Fifth Graders only and runs during school day and after school for several weeks in winter.
Hammer’ween: Adult-only, offsite, Halloween fundraiser. Volunteers help with planning, decorating and advertising event. (October)
Reflections: PTA national art contest that allows students to submit art in various categories including visual arts, music, dance choreography, film and written works. Volunteers advertise the program and coordinate with the high school arts program to coordinate workshops. Assist students to submit projects and coordinate with council, state and national PTA. (Fall)
Scholastic Book Fairs: Set up, organize, work and tear down book fair. Assist children in creating “wish lists”. Work with teachers to create recommendations and requests for donations to class and library. (November and May)
Helping Hands: Coordinate fall and spring food drives. Provide meals to local families in need.
Chess Club: Club runs in the winter/spring. Club includes grades 2 – 5 and runs after school one day per week for 6 – 8 weeks (usually 3:15-5:00 p.m.). Students are paired up and rotate through other students to learn to play and compete in tournament. Parents give instruction and guidance. Chess experience not required for Chair.
Star Grazers: Three days throughout school year during lunchtime where volunteers have food for children to sample. Volunteers secure food donations and purchase food as necessary, prepare samples and serve children.
Trivia Night: Adult-only, offsite fundraiser. Volunteers decorate, advertise and secure supply donations for event, in addition to planning entertainment and trivia games/questions.
Science Fair: PTA district-wide science contest which allows students to submit both experimental and non-experimental science projects. Volunteers advertise the program and coordinate with the district science fair committee to plan, advertise and work event. (Registration night and Science fair day are a Friday/Saturday in February or March)
Garden Club: Volunteers work with children to plant in and care for WHS gardens. Volunteers assist with watering over summer.
Theatre Workshop: Club allows students to learn about and perform in a play or musical. Club meets after school, one day per week, for ~6 weeks. (Winter/Early spring, grades 2-5)
Talent Showcase: PTA-sponsored student-led event. Volunteers advertise event, secure judges for auditions, assist children to prepare for show, assist in training student stage crew and help decorate the gym and school. (Auditions and one rehearsal in April; dress rehearsal and show in May)
Fifth Grade Farewell: Runs on the last day of school in place of fifth grade classroom parties. Plan, organize and run activities and food for full fifth grade class; plan and provide food and supplies. (June)
Teacher Appreciation: Supply or deliver meals for teachers during Conferences (November) and during Teacher Appreciation week in the spring (April).
Executive Board and Committee Chairs
See the full list of Board members and Committee Chairs here.