2023-2024 PTA Programs & Events

August Kindergarten Playdate
August Teacher/ Staff Welcome Back Lunch
Aug-Sep Grade level T-shirts Order
September Ice Cream Social
Sep-May Monthly PTA meetings on Tuesdays, 7pm
October Teacher/ Staff Lunch
November Fall Event - Multicultural Night
December Teacher/Staff Dinner
December Square1 Art Fundraiser for Art Department
February Winter Event – Sweethearts Dance
February Valentine’s Day Class Parties
February Teacher/Staff Lunch
March Family Fun Night / Bingo
April Stenwood Bee Kind 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run 
May Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
May End-of-School-Year Celebration / Flip Flop Hop
June Teacher Snack Table
June Student Variety Show 
June End of Year Class Parties K-5 
June 6th Grade Promotion Celebration


See Stenwood PTA Calendar for more details and other events.


Afterschool Enrichment  

The Stenwood PTA is pleased to offer an after school Enrichment Program for our students. The PTA liaises between the school and a third-party provider to secure the class schedule and space. 

Baroody Camps will continue to partner with the Stenwood PTA to bring our school a variety of quality after school enrichment programming for the 2023-24 school year. They handle the administrative duties, including registration, materials and staffing.

The after school enrichment programming is open to all Stenwood students. All programs are at the school and run from 3:25 - 4:25 pm on days school is in session. At the end of the school day, enrolled students will go straight to their enrichment program. At 4:25 pm, students will be dismissed for pickup or to walk, and SACC students will be escorted to their program. Please note that transportation is not provided by the school.

If you would like additional information or have questions about registration, a class, or a provider, please contact info@enrichmentmatters.com. Once a class begins, your main point of contact will be your Class provider/Instructor.

This information is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.

Registration announcements are sent on the PTA Wednesday Mail.

Stinger Run Club Training Plan

  • Run the prescribed intervals 2-3x per week on whatever days work best for your schedule. Do a warm up walk for 5 minutes at the beginning of your runs and a 5 minute cool down walk at the end.  
  • Don’t stress out about running the entire 5K; if you find an interval you like, use it for the entire 3.1 miles! If you decide to stick with shorter run/walk intervals, keep adding sets until you are running for approximately 35-40 minutes. Real runners DO take walk breaks!  
  • You can program intervals onto your phone using an interval timer app, there are lots of free options.  

Week of February 25th – 12 sets; RUN 1 minute; WALK 1 minute
Week of March 3rd – 12 sets; RUN 1 minute; WALK 1 minute
Week of March 10th – 8 sets; RUN 2 minutes; WALK 1 minute
Week of March 17th – 8 sets; RUN 3 minutes; WALK 1 minute
Week of March 24th – 6 sets; RUN 4 minutes; WALK 1 minute
Week of March 31st – 5 sets; RUN 5 minutes; WALK 1 minute
Week of April 7th – 5 sets; RUN 6 minutes; WALK 1 minute
Week of April 14th – 5 sets; RUN 7 minutes; WALK 1 minute
Week of April 21st – 5 sets; RUN 8 minutes; WALK 1 minute
April 28th – RUN 3.1 miles! Stenwood 5K!

Stinger Run Club

The Stinger Run Club trains students in K thru 6th grades in preparation for our non-competitive Stenwood 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run.

When: 1x/Week, Thursday’s from 3:25 to 4:25pm
Where: Stenwood ES

Season Schedule:

  • Thursday, February 15 – Thursday, April 25 (10 practices)
    Run Club will not meet on Thursday, March 28 for Spring Break.
  • Sunday, April 28: 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
  • Thursday, May 2: End-of-Season Pizza Party

Registration Fee:

  • $55 for 1st student
  • $35 for each additional student
    *For those who qualify for financial assistance, please contact Pamela Ahn (enrichment@stenwoodpta.org) or Mrs. Berick (tsberick@fcps.edu).

New this Year!

  • Registration for the Run Club will NOT include registration for the 5K Fun Run. Participation in the 5K Fun Run will require separate registration and race fees. 
  • Each child registered in the Run Club will receive a t-shirt!
  • On Thursday, May 2nd, the Run Club will meet one last time to celebrate with a PTA-sponsored pizza party. *Only open to Run Club registrants.

National Reflections Program 

National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The 2023-2024 Reflections theme was I am Hopeful Because…”

Congratulations to all of Stenwood’s award recipients and participants:

  • Amelia Koch (Virginia State Level: 2nd Place Fairfax County Level: 1st Place Middle School, Literature)
  • Aira Kayastha (Fairfax County Level: 1st Place Middle School, Dance Choreography)
  • Laila Kolonda (Fairfax County Level: 2nd Place Middle School, Visual Arts)
  • Nathan Cannon (Stenwood Entry: Advanced to County Level Intermediate, Literature)
  • Sahana Bhutani (Stenwood Entry: Advanced to County Level Intermediate, Visual Arts)
  • Amelia Smith (Stenwood Entry: Advanced to County Level Intermediate, Photography)
  • Elise Esquivel (Stenwood Participant: Intermediate, Photography)
  • Alice Lee (Stenwood Participant: Middle School, Literature)

Click to view all of their creative art submissions! 

More details: www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections

Stenwood Spelling Bee

This year, 44 students participated in the Stenwood Spelling Bee. Last Thursday, 12 students competed in a final round using the same format as the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After 8 rounds of words from the study list, 5 students remained and were tested on words not studied ahead of time. 

  • Congratulations to our winner, Meghana Neelisetty, who spelled “bureaucrat” and “dendrochronology” on her way to victory. 
  • Congratulations to runner up, second-grader Ellie Zhao, who made it into the rounds of unstudied words, spelling both “lavish” and “decentralize”.
  • 3rd place went to Vivaan Neelisetty, who midway through the bee succeeded in spelling “senescent”.
  • Athena Malhabour and Advik Barnwal tied for 4th place. 

Congratulations to all of the competitors in the final and to all 44 of our participants! Meghana Neelisetty will represent Stenwood in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee on March 17 at 2:00pm at Lake Braddock Secondary School. All are welcome to come watch and support her!

Join Us for a Nostalgic Journey in Honor of Stenwood’s 60th Anniversary

All Stinger students, families, and friends are invited to join the greater Stenwood community for a Special Celebration in Honor of Stenwood’s 60th Anniversary! Bring your lawn chairs, your picnic blankets, and grab a spot on the grass field. We’ll have food trucks, music from the Coozies, yard games, celebration cake, special 60th giveaways, moon bounces, balloon artists, glitter tattoos, tshirts for sale, and MORE!

  • When: Friday, May 17, 2024
  • Time: 5:00-8:00pm
  • Where: Stenwood ES

Highlights of Stenwood’s 60th Anniversary:

  • “Museum Tour”: Browse through old yearbooks, peruse through old photos, and stroll through the hallways of Stenwood to revisit how the school has transformed over the past six decades.
  • Meet other Alumni: Enjoy the company of past and current students to reconnect, reminisce, and revel in 60 years of memories.
  • Music: Dance to the music from Stenwood’s own, The Coozies!
  • Celebration Cake: Celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our Stinger students with some celebration cake and drinks.
  • Commemorative 60th Shirts: Share in this milestone occasion by purchasing a Commemorative 60th Anniversary Spirit Wear Shirt.
  • Special 60th Giveaways: Take home a piece of Stenwood history – stickers, buttons, magnets, bracelets, and cups – Oh my! 
  • Even More Entertainment! Enjoy the fun of our moon bounces, balloon artists, face painting, glitter tattoos, yard games, and photobooth. What more could you ask for?

Bring the whole family! There’s something for everyone!!

Food Trucks:  
Options to purchase dinner and/or dessert will be available from the following food trucks:

  • Kush (Middle Eastern Cuisine) | Menu
  • California Taco
  • Mixx Delight (Asian Fusion) | Menu
  • K&M (Jamaican BBQ) | Menu
  • Brando’s Ice Cream
  • Kona Ice

Calling All Alumni!

Remember to Help Spread the Word! Any and all Alumni of the past six decades are welcomed to join in on the fun! If you have any neighbors, friends, and/or those in the community with a special connection to Stenwood (former students, teachers, staff, etc.), please invite them to come and be part of the festivities as we celebrate 60 years of memories and milestones together!

RSVP to join the celebration!

Go to bit.ly/Stenwood60th and document your connection with Stenwood.
Questions? Email social@stenwoodpta.org.