December 2016 President's Update

Hello Westbrook!


Happy holidays from the Friends of Westbrook School Foundation (FOWS)! I wanted to take a moment to reach out to our school community to introduce FOWS to those that may be new and provide an update on what we have been up to already this year.



FOWS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds to support Westbrook Elementary School's facilities and educational programs.  FOWS typically focuses its efforts on supporting capital expenditures that are beyond the scope of the Westbrook PTA that meet specific needs as they arise at Westbrook, such as improvements to technology, playground equipment, courtyard maintenance, etc.  In 2013, FOWS led a significant campaign to underwrite the costs of an outdoor classroom and to make necessary repairs to Westbrook’s All-Purpose Room.  Traditionally, FOWS also offers support to its sister school, Viers Mill Elementary School.  We work closely with Westbrook leadership and the FOWS board to determine how our efforts can best serve not only our immediate school, but the entire Westbrook community.



Simply put, we have fun! Beyond community donations, FOWS, with the support of many hosts, organize several events we call "COUNT ME IN" Parties, in addition to THE WINTER SOCIAL.  The majority of these events take place in the winter/spring season and offer something for everyone.  Not only do we have fun, these events support an excellent cause while continuing to bring our community together. See below for more information on The Winter Social and  line up of 2017 "Count Me In" parties.  Additionally, you can always make a donation to FOWS by visiting our website at



In 2016, our fundraising efforts secured enough funds to purchase and install 3 permanent shade structures and an extra tether ball set for our lower playground. Currently, this order is awaiting approval by MCPS and we are hopeful for an early spring installation. Additionally, FOWS supported the school by adding more tables in the lunchroom, paying for courtyard landscaping maintenance and provided our sister school, Viers Mill Elementary, with a check  to support their PTA budget.  Thank you to everyone who contributed in many ways to make all of this happen last year.

2017 Campaign Goal: Media Center

As mentioned above, the FOWS leadership team works closely with the Westbrook leadership team to determine needs for the school.   After receiving information from Ms. Lane and Ms. Curry, the FOWS board voted to focus our fundraising efforts this year on upgrading the Westbrook Media Center.  We are still working to assess the full scope of the upgrade, but initially we are looking to provide a "refresh" of this space to make more inviting for our students. Fresh carpet, paint, new furniture and reorganization of the space would do wonders to inspire our students.


Social &  Count Me In Parties for 2017

You may ask, “How can I help make the media center project happen”?  The easiest way is to save the dates below and join us for our many 2017 Social & Count Me in Parties. Additionally, if you are interested in sponsoring, hosting or co-hosting any of these events, please reach out to Kathleen McDermott. We love new ideas, so please never hesitate to ask to get involved. 


Mark Your Calendar for these Awesome 2017 FOWS Events!


The Winter Social-Saturday, February 11th-Chinese Disco (Georgetown)

The event that kicks it all off! We are headed back to the Chinese Disco in Georgetown for round 2 of music, dancing and our Lip Sync Battle! It was a blast last year and we can't wait to do it bigger and better this year.  Stay tuned for more information and event registration is coming soon but reserve your sitters now!


2017 Count Me In Parties

1. Kids Movie Night @ Westbrook-Friday, February 3rd- The kids work hard so they need a night too.  Drop off your students for a fun night of pizza, popcorn and a movie shown in the APR.

2. Sisters Party- Saturday, March 4th – A great night for a great cause! Westbrook neighborhood ladies join together to support Viers Mill Elementary. All proceeds benefit Viers Mill.

3. March Madness Pool- Stay tuned for details on how to register for this online fun during the NCAA March Madness Basketball tournament.

4. Dad's Pub Crawl-Friday, May 12th- The Dad's hit the streets and mingle at various houses around the neighborhood while enjoying great beer and eats at each stop.

5. Mom's UnWined-Saturday, May 20th- Mom's need a night out too so this one is back again! It's the ladies turn to mingle from house to house around the neighborhood.

6. FOWS Online Spring Auction- Lots of fun items to bid on all while sitting at your computer from home! More to come on the timing of this amazing online auction.


If you would like to learn more about FOWS or get involved in one of our many events , please do not hesitate to reach out to Kathleen McDermott at or any of our Board members.   More information (hosts, times, locations) on the events above will be sent out after the holidays, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars, especially for THE WINTER SOCIAL in February!


Thank you for your ongoing support and we wish you a happy holiday season!


Best regards,


Kathleen McDermott, President of FOWS


FOWS Board Members:

Cathy Stocker, Maureen Kramer, Erin Harcourt, Susan Higgins, Melissa Green, Carin Levine, Jacquie Moen , Martin Conway, Kerry Lawrence, Claire Slabaugh, Dana Rice, Karen Thornton