Programs

About PTA Programs

PTA programs are created to organize and support parent involvement in children’s education. Our programs are created with leading expert organizations on topics of importance to our members, at members’ requests.

The PTA offers a means to develop strong family-school partnerships and involve the community. The process can be tailored to each school. PTA’s process for building successful partnerships and programs consists of three steps:

  • Raising awareness about the power of family and community involvement.
  • Taking action to cultivate involvement through specific programs and practices.
  • Celebrating success as your school sees increased involvement and its impact.

Please note the dates of the programs listed below.  Programs for the 2016-2017 academic year will be posted as committee chairs are identified and planning begins.


Computer & Coding Club: Minecraft Modding — Spring 2017

Wednesdays, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, starting 4/5 and ending on 5/31 (no class on April 12)m1
Location: TBD
Tuition: $160 (8 meetings, 1 hour per meeting)
Grades: 1-4

Registration is NOW OPEN at stemexcel.org/poplartree

Class size: 14-20 students. This course is sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA. No refunds or exchanges offered.
Emergency contact info must be filled out during registration for each student who attends this course.
If you have any questions, please contact PTA coordinator, Drew Hunt, hunt.drew@gmail.com

This Minecraft Modding course teaches students how to solve problems in a multiplayer game while building and collaborating. Programming fundamentals are reinforced through creating mods in Minecraft. Students will learn to advance their programming skills writing and implementing large scale Minecraft modifications.

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Computer & Coding Club: 3D Game Design — Spring 2017

Fridays, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, starting 3/31 and ending on 6/9 (no class on Apr 7, 14, May 26)

Location: TBD
Tuition: $140 (8 meetings, 1 hour per meeting)
Grades: 3-6

3D Game Design is a program designed to build upon the fundamentals and concepts of game design and
into the practical applications of these concepts. Students learn to design and build their own game, while
simultaneously learning programming logic and animation. The final product is their own game that can be
played on any computer.

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Poplar Tree Chess Club Winter 2017
Winter session starts Friday, 2/10 — register online today!

– All grades and skill levels welcome.
– All equipment provided.
– Dates: Club meets every Friday that school is in session starting 2/10 and ending on 6/2.
(A make-up class, if needed, will be held on 6/9.)
– Club does not meet on 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, and 5/26.
– Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
– Tuition: $168 for 12 weeks
– Club meets in the cafeteria.

Chess club is taught by experienced Silver Knights instructors using a curriculum developed by National Masters. Each weekly session is a mix of learning and play. Playing chess is a great way to develop a child’s critical thinking skills, sportsmanship, and patience — all while having fun!

To register or for more information, go to: www.skenrichment.com
To request financial aid, please visit our website.

Questions? Email: info@skenrichment.com or call: 703-574-2070


Spring Session of Girls on the Run NOW OPEN!

The Spring session of Girls on the Run, the poplar 10 week program that empowers girls with positive thinking, positive body images and healthy relationships is now open for registration at gotrnova.org .  Buddy runners for the 5K in May will register separately at a later date.

The flyer that went home in the 1/19 Friday folders is attached: Poplar_Tree_GOTR_Flyer_Spring_2017


Friday Morning Yoga Club – Winter 2016

Dates: December 2, 9, 16 & January 6, 13, 27
*No School Jan 20
Club Fee $72

Bring your yoga mat and join Yoga Teacher, Karen Jaynes of All Ways Yoga every Friday morning from 7:45am to 8:30am for yoga posing, breathing and relaxation. We have a good time learning poses and using them in games, partner work, as well as in our practices. We learn how to relax before tests and other events that may create worries and stresses. We learn to be aware of our emotions and energy and how to communicate with each other, being mindful of our surroundings and their affects on our being.

Registration is Open to Grades 3rd–6th.*
To register, email Karen at karenjaynes@allwaysyoga.com and find out more about Karen at www.allwaysyoga.com.
Club fee due first day of Session
Class Size is limited so register soon!
No Experience Necessary.
Enrollment is on a first come basis.
* 2nd Grade ok if older sibling is registered.

Some of our mindful practices include:

  • Understanding Stillness
  • Finding our Pulse
  • Belly Breathing

Odyssey of the Mind – 2016-2017

Teams of 5-7 students (facilitated by teacher or parent coaches) decide upon a challenge problem to develop a long-term solution. Some problems are theatrical, some are technical and some are both! Teams write their own plays, create their own scenery and props, and address the challenge as creatively as possible given a limited budget! On competition day, teams present their solution and also solve a spontaneous challenge. To check out amazing past-year performances, go to YouTube and search for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals! Check out this year’s problems below.

Teams will be formed and finalized by the 10/28. Each team consists of 5-7 students, a coach and/or co-coach (parent or any other adult), an adult volunteer and a judge (for tournament day).  We cannot have teams without coaches!  Please note that there is a Coaches training on Saturday, October 29th at Liberty Middle school from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Teams will meet at a time, day, and location that work for the team members. Generally, teams meet weekly or even twice weekly as the regional competition approaches on March 18, 2016. Teams winning at regional competitions advance to the Virginia State tournament in April and possibly to the Odyssey World Finals tournament in May.

Cost:

  • There is a $135 membership fee that will be shared by all of the teams ($25-$35 per team). Payment is required to finalize the teams.
  • Tournament registration fee is $75 per team paid while registering the teams.
  • Coaches Training $25
  • Cost for the materials – $50 -$145 per team, depending on the problem

Please turn in forms by 10/25/2016. No payment necessary at this time.
Please visit www.novasouth.org or contact your school coordinator Merlyn Mathias for more info: poplartreeootm@gmail.com

Download flyer & registration form
Download 2016-17 Long-Term Problem Synopses


Chess Club — Fall 2016

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Chess club is taught by experienced Silver Knights instructors using a curriculum developed by National Masters. Each weekly session is a mix of learning and play. Playing chess is a great way to develop a child’s critical thinking skills, sportsmanship, and patience — all while having fun!  All grades and skill levels welcome. All equipment provided.

Fridays, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, starting 9/30 and ending on 1/13/17. A make-up class, if needed, will be on 1/27/17. Club does not meet on 10/7, 11/4, 11/25, 12/23, and 12/30.
Location: Poplar Tree Cafe
Tuition: $154 for 11 sessions.
Grades: K-6

Registration is NOW OPEN and more information is available at Silver Knights Enrichment.

For questions or to request financial aid, please contact info@skenrichment.com or call 703-574-2070 for assistance.

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Computer & Coding Club: Minecraft Modding — Fall 2016

Fridays, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, starting 9/30 and ending on 12/9 (no class on Oct 7, Nov 4, 25)m1
Location: TBD
Tuition: $160 (8 meetings, 1 hour per meeting)
Grades: 3-6

Registration is NOW OPEN at stemexcel.org/poplartree

Class size: 14-20 students. This course is sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA. No refunds or exchanges offered.
Emergency contact info must be filled out during registration for each student who attends this course.
If you have any questions, please contact PTA coordinator, Drew Hunt, hunt.drew@gmail.com

This Minecraft Modding course teaches students how to solve problems in a multiplayer game while building and collaborating. Programming fundamentals are reinforced through creating mods in Minecraft. Students will learn to advance their programming skills writing and implementing large scale Minecraft modifications.

Download flyer