Welcome to the West Friendship Elementary School PTA

We are proud to be part of the oldest elementary school in Howard County. Please join us for our monthly meetings.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11/20 at 9:30am in the conference room or cafeteria.

Meetings will alternate monthly between morning and evening to hopefully accommodate more schedules.

News / Announcements

PTA Gift of Thanks Online for Holiday Gift Giving

As the holiday season approaches, the PTA is continuing with our traditional Gift of Thanks program online for staff gift giving.  This program provides a convenient way for you to express your gratitude to the dedicated staff that teaches our children.  Your contributions are pooled and converted into gift cards selected by the staff. Participation is not mandatory, and families are welcome to give individual gifts if they prefer.  The intent is to simplify holiday gift giving for families and allow the staff some flexibility.

Here is how the program works:

  • Choose how much you would like to give the staff members.  Any amount in $1 increments is appropriate.
  • Follow the payment instructions.  You can pay by credit card or check.
  • If you choose to pay by check, make payable to WFES PTA and deliver the printed copy of your confirmation form with your check to your child’s teacher in an envelope marked “Gift of Thanks”.
  • Staff members will receive a certificate with the total amount of gift card dollars they can redeem from an extensive list of retailers.  Each contributing family is recognized on the certificate by name only, not amount given.  The Gift of Thanks coordinator will be the only person who sees the individual contribution amounts and will ensure that each staff member who receives donations will not receive less than $10.
  • New this year….we have included our bus drivers in this program!  You will find your bus drivers’ name and bus number on the order form so that you can include them in your holiday gift giving.

If you would like to contribute to the staff gift card program, please use this link:  


Or you can go to the PTA website at www.wfespta.com and find the link on the home page.

The deadline is Monday, November 25th at 6:00 p.m. (all checks due by noon on Monday)!  If you are choosing to pay by check instead of credit card, please make payable to WFES PTA and deliver the printed copy of your confirmation form with your check to your child’s teacher in an envelope marked “Gift of Thanks” by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25.  If we do not receive your check by this time your order will be deleted.

The staff loves this program!  If you have any questions please contact the committee at giftofthanks@wfespta.com 

Join the PTA

Please join the WFES PTA!  Membership supports all the amazing programs at WFES such as cultural arts, the school dance, skate night, movie night, Spring Festival, and in-school field trips.  The cost is $15 per family for the year. For that price you get access to the PTA directory, and satisfaction of knowing you are supporting all of the great events your kids love. Online membership registration is now open.


You may submit testimony via email (redistricting@hcpss.org) or USPS mail.

The BOE is now in the process of reviewing multiple plans during their working sessions.  You can watch in person or on Xfinity channel 42.

  • Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 7, 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 18, 6:30 p.m. Preliminary decision

Here is a link to the  proposed plan by the Superintendent: https://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/hcpssmd/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BF8VQD81CC84

Find your polygon here: https://hcpss-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=06528401636a4a48b1ef681c66a61a07

Box Tops for Education

No more clipping! Box Tops are now mobile. Download the app today. Click here for more information.

Harris Teeter – Together in Education

Link your VIC card to earn funds for WFES PTA. Your VIC Card needs to be re-linked to WFES each year. Please complete the form here.

WFES Spirit Wear

The WFES on-line spirit store is open! There’s something for everyone in your family, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, and more. Please visit www.wfesgear.com.  A portion of each sale goes directly back to WFES.

Amazon Smile

Help support West Friendship Elementary Schools PTA by shopping on Amazon through Amazon Smile. You get the same great deals and benefits offered by Amazon while supporting our school! Just go to smile.amazon.com, and login to Amazon using your regular username and password. Search for and select West Friendship Elementary School PTA under charitable organizations, and you are ready to shop!


Thank you again to our sponsors. Please see our Sponsors page for more details