Stoddert Elementary

School Traditions

Throughout the school year, Stoddert staff and parents organize numerous school and community events. Some of these events are educational, some are fun, some are social, and some events raise funds for the PTA. Many projects combine these objectives. The more popular events are listed below:

Awards Assembly

At the end of the school year, awards are given to recognize students for extraordinary service, performance, and achievement during the school year.

Back to School Night

In early fall, there is a Back to School Night at which parents meet their child’s teachers, and learn about the year’s programs and curriculum.

Big Chili / Auction

Open to Stoddert parents and friends, the auction is a big night out for all adult participants. Items to be auctioned are donated by parents, friends, and businesses.

Fall Book Fair

Paperback and hardback books, for pre-school through junior high reading levels, along with selected adult books are available at the Book Fair. Students have the opportunity to preview the books and then return later to make purchases. Parents are invited to attend and many parent volunteers assist in the Fair. The library media specialist and classroom teachers select a wish list of books, which families may purchase and donate to the library or classrooms. In addition to its educational value, profits from the Book Fair are contributed to the Library Fund.

Fall Picnic

The fall picnic is a time for Stoddert families to socialize informally and get to know each other at the beginning of the school year. The picnic is an evening of good food and fun. The PTA provides hotdogs and soft drinks for everyone. Stoddert families are asked to bring potluck dishes.

Fifth Grade Promotion

In June, a special ceremony is held for students being promoted from the fifth grade.

Fun Fair Fundraiser

A springtime event with pony rides, classroom booths, a Moon Bounce, snow cones, face painting, food, etc. Parents give financial donations in order to help support the fair activities.

Halloween Parade and Classroom Parties

Fall festival activities planned by room parents with the guidance of classroom teachers.

International Day

To celebrate our global population and diverse cultural heritage, we dedicate one day of the school year to our multicultural student body. International Day features Stoddert students, parents, and members from DC’s international community who volunteer their time and talents. Classes are transformed into countries with students and parents talking about their native cultures, sharing folklore, sampling native cuisine, and giving voice, dance and musical performances from native lands.

International Dinner

Enjoy foods from all over the world, from appetizers to desserts. This is another PTA fundraiser.

Morning Announcers Club

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who are interested in practicing public speaking skills use the intercom system to broadcast daily events occurring in our school.

Open Houses

During the school year, two open houses are held for the community and parents interested in observing classes and learning more about Stoddert. Open houses are held during American Education Week in November and during the Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten registration time in March.

PTA Meetings

Guest speakers and Stoddert faculty are often invited to address parenting issues or other timely concerns.