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Wayne Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization

The mission of the Wayne Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization is to create a sense of community between parents, teachers and students, and to support and enhance the educational experiences of our children.

Upcoming Dates and Events


  • April 18 - Earth Day Celebration 6-8pm
  • April 21 - Sunday Funday 4-6pm
  • April 22-May 3 - PSSAs
  • April 23 - NO SCHOOL / Teacher In-service
  • April 26 - Plant Sale Ends
  • May 6-10 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 9 - STEAM Night - Celebrate the Arts & Science Fair
  • May 13 - PTO Meeting 9:30am
  • May 15-17 - Camp Canadensis (5th Grade)
  • May 24 - NO SCHOOL / Assessment Day
  • May 27 - NO SCHOOL / Memorial Day


The next PTO meeting will be on May 14 at 9:30 am. The last PTO meeting was held on  Monday March 11 at 6:30 pm in the Little Theater.

At the PTO meeting was held on Monday January 8, 2024 at 9:30 am in the Little Theater.  In addition to the usual agenda, our principal, Nancy Ferguson, and vice-principal, Jon Smerecky, gave a presentation on Grit, Resilience, and Anxiety. Click here to watch the presentation. And Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation.

The PTO voted to approve funding for the Sound Garden and the WES bee-stro/Outdoor classroom projects which were brought to the Appropriations Committee  at the November PTO meeting (see below for more info). Click here for a video on the presentation of the projects and vote from the January 8, 2024 PTO meeting.

Sound Garden - Sponsors: Mrs. Dahlstrom, Mr. Fry 

The proposed Grant of $15,000 would help fund the purchase and installation of an outdoor sound ensemble on the primary playground for use by all students. The musical sensory garden will provide an additional way for students to create, cooperate and socialize. There is a great example of a sound garden at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Radnor Education Fund (REF) is also providing $10,000 funds for this exciting project. 

WES Bee-stro / Outdoor Classroom - Sponsors: Mrs. Dahlstrom, Mrs. Wieland

The proposed Grant of $5,000 would help fund the installation of four picnic tables in the courtyard space next to the cafeteria as well as landscaping and possible sun shade options. REF is providing funds to purchase the four tables. The space will be available for outdoor teaching and an outdoor lunch space for students as a bee-ticket incentive.  Special Thanks to Schuh family and PS and Daughters for helping with the design specifications.  

 Feel free to send any questions or comments to the Appropriations Committee by emailing


WES Plant Sale

The WES Plant Sale is back. Click here to place an order. Plant pickup is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 12-3 pm and 4-6 pm at WES. 

Giving Fridays Continue! Every Friday, the WES community collects non-perishable goods for local food pantries. Just place your donations in the specially marked collection bins located outside of the school vestibule (under the overhang). Bins are out all week to accept your donations! Most-needed items include canned soups, pasta, boxed milk, PB & J, cereal, toiletries and canned fruit and veggies. Every can counts! We also need volunteers to deliver donations to food pantries on Fridays. Families can sign up here. 

Questions? E-mail



Staff Appreciation Week is May 6-10. Please join the PTO and click here to sign up to donate to items to make this event a success! Let's show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them!

Come out to celebrate Earth Day, Thursday, April 18th, from 6-8pm at WES. Presentations include: Nature Jack, Upper Mainline YMCA Mobile Zoo, Bee Keepers, Wayne Art Center, Longwood Gardens, Amazon, Talk on organic and container gardening and much much more!! Please join us for an evening full of Earth Day Fun!! 

Calling all Scientists! WES Science Fair is coming in May

Let's Get Excited! Be the Energy You Want to Attract!

Click here to register your project

WES Science Fair will take place on Thursday, May 9th from 6-8pm. Projects can be categorized into the following -

  1. Follow the scientific method and demonstrate your hypothesis

  2. Explain a science fact

  3. Create a replica of a particular item

  4. Other - Be creative!

If you want to get a start with your projects, check out this great presentation by WES 2nd grader teacher Mr. Ronald Gray  "There's More to Learn From A Science Fair Than Just Science... A Lot More!" Its a great way to engage your child in the project as a whole and get the ideas flowing! .

Stay tuned and Think Like a Proton…Always Positive ;)


PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE: Sunday, April 21st (4-6pm)

Come out to 118 North in Wayne for some family fun this Spring!  There will be a cash bar and food available to order from the menu. DJ Clyde will return to get and keep the party going with fun games and the latest hits.  A craft table will be set up courtesy of Wayne Art Center.  

No reservations needed, cash donations requested at the door upon entry: $10 per person or $20 per family.  

All are welcome and all proceeds will go directly back to WES PTO!

You won't want to miss this!

WES Celebrate the Arts is back and part of STEAM Night on Thursday, May 9, 6-8pm. Each student will have an original work of art on display and Mr Fry will host an open-mic in the Little Theater. Please use the signup genius here to help make this event a success! We need help hanging and prepping all the art as well as help during the event.

  1. Parent volunteers are needed to help frame and hang student artwork in preparation for the art show.  There are several shifts to help with this the week of April 30th
  2. The night of the event, Thursday, May 9, volunteers are needed in the Little Theater to help facilitate an open mic event for our musical participants.  You'll help Mr. Fry keep the sign-up organized and call students up to take a turn.  
  3. Additionally, we have a refreshment table and need an extra set of hands to monitor the table.  

Mark your calendars, the WES Spring Fair will be held on Friday June 7, 2024 from 4-8 PM at WES. Stay tuned for more information including how you can help your child's classroom assemble a great basket for the annual silent auction!

Book Donations

Got Books? Hopefully many books were given as gifts over the holidays. As you are shelving your new books, please consider donating children's books that are no longer needed to the WES library. Books collected during the year are distributed to students and organizations in our community and beyond. Thank you for your help.

Believe it or not, we are already looking ahead to the 2024/2025 school year and the PTO needs your help! If you are interested in volunteering as a committee chair or just looking for ways to become more involved in the PTO, please contact Tejal Patel with the Nominating Committee. There are plenty of opportunities for working parents, stay at home parents, and everything in between!

RTSD Clearances for Volunteering

RTSD Clearances

All in-person volunteering through the school district requires clearances.  Learn more about volunteering here. 

Two students outside smiling


Executive Board

President: Laura Dethlefsen

Vice President (Administration): Jennifer Walker

Vice President (Communication): Ann St. Leger

Secretary: Juliette Dobson

Treasurer: Tracy Hildebrand

Assistant Treasurer: Maureen Hudson

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