October Updates

Membership Drive: Congrats to Ms. Whelpley's 5th Grade Class - with a participation percentage of 62% they won the pizza party contest for the PTO 'Member in September' Drive.  Thank you to all that joined our Lowes Island PTO!!


Box Tops: The PTO will be collecting Box Tops starting this month. Please count and trim Box Tops and submit them in an envelope or baggie to your classroom teacher by the 15th of each month. Be sure to check expiration dates! The classroom with the most donations each month will be announced on the Morning News. The classroom with the most Box Top Donations by the end of the school year will enjoy a PTO sponsored Pizza Party. For more information or to volunteer please contact the Box Top PTO Chair.  


Spirit Night: The PTO will be holding a spirit day on Wednesday, 10/17 at Jersey Mike's from 10am-9pm. Come on out to Jersey Mike's on Wednesday and help support the PTO!


Halloween Bingo is right around the corner! Register Today! Spots are going fast!




September Updates




Join our PTO online at: https://lowesislandpto.membershiptoolkit.com/

If you were a member from last year, you need to renew your membership and update your information for the 2018-2019 school year. For new members, just set up your membership online!

PTO supported activities – ways we fundraise and ways we spend it: Chromebooks and Other School Technology; STEM Innovation Lab Supplies; Bingo Nights; School Improvements – Playground, Lobby TVs; Monday Folders & Agendas; Field Trips; Assemblies & Cultural Arts Activities; Walking Wednesdays; Variety Show; Staff Appreciation; Teacher Supplies & Resources; Spirit Wear; After School Activity Program (ASAP); Restaurant Nights; DARE Program; Supplemental Classroom Books; Field Day; Original Art; Community Outreach; 5th Grade Farewell; Box Tops; School Supply Kits; Odyssey of the Mind;

And so much more…!



The Lowes Island Elementary PTO welcomes you back to school!

We are really excited about the upcoming school year and look forward to providing students with some exciting events and activities while raising funds for classroom supplies and giving back to the community.  
In order to do that, we need your help to assist in the following:

  1. Fundraising – The PTO strives to bring a variety of fun events and fundraising drives to the school that your entire family can enjoy. This includes joining the PTO as a member and paying a small $10 membership fee to help off-set the $80-$100 dollars we spend on average per-year per-student. Please join us!
  2. Volunteering – Get involved! We are 100% volunteer run. Everything the PTO does is made possible only with the help of our fantastic volunteers. There is a spot for everyone, and any amount of time is greatly appreciated!
  3. Attending Meetings – Stay in the know! Meetings provide the opportunity to share information with other members and learn about upcoming events. Our meetings are held in the school library at 6:30pm. Our meeting dates will be set soon, and updates will be posted on the school sign and sent via Mr. Sparbanie’s Peek at the Week messages.


If you have any questions, ideas to share, or would like to volunteer, please feel free to send an email.

We are looking forward to another fun & productive school year!


Best Regards,

Jessica Sun Mankovsky

President, Lowes Island Elementary PTO


PTO Membership

Please visit the PTO website https://lowesislandpto.membershiptoolkit.com/ to become a member for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you were a Lowes Island PTO member last year, just log in, update your family/child's classroom info and pay the $10 dues for this year's membership. If you are new to LIES PTO, set up your account and become a part of our important organization.  

Dues for PTO membership go toward every one of our efforts to support Lowes Island Elementary for our children, teachers and parents - all of it starts with a strong membership!

PTO Website

The PTO is making a huge effort to go paperless as much as possible. In doing so, we are relying on our website for the majority of our communication.

Please check us out at lowesislandpto.membershiptoolkit.com

This is where you will sign up for membership, access the PTO Member Directory, purchase Lowes Island Spirit Wear, Car Magnets, Lowes Islandopoly Board Games, volunteer to help out at one of our events, read our newsletters and meeting minutes, get updates on our Community Outreach projects, fundraising efforts, and much more! We truly hope you find this transition helpful as we aim to provide parents with a one stop shop for all things PTO.

Like us on Facebook! facebook.com/lowesislandelementarypto


Parent Volunteers

Volunteering is one of the best ways to get involved and be a part of your child’s educational experience. Is there an event you would like to see at Lowes Island? Please let us know! Visit our website for more information on the various opportunities and sign-up there. We look forward to hearing from you!


PTO Volunteer Coordinators:
Amy Albanese and Stacia Collins      


ASAP (After School Activity Program)

Our fall season of ASAP will run for 6 weeks beginning in October and ending in November. Classes and prices will be available early this fall. If you are interested in teaching a class or helping with the program, please contact Katie Plys at lowesasap@gmail.com
All ASAP instructors and daily supervisors are PAID and receive one class for their student at no cost.
ASAP class registration is done strictly via the PTO website. Please be sure to register your family on our website now to ensure a smooth ASAP registration in the fall.


Community Outreach

Our Community Outreach program, Leopards Lending a Hand (LLAH), is still going strong thanks to our amazing coordinators and the huge giving hearts of all of you in our LIES community!  We thank everyone who helped out these last few years and welcome anyone new to join in our efforts!   We'd love to get you and your kids involved!  This year we will continue with some of our existing programs such as our coat drive, shoe drive and our Holiday online giving tree.  We will focus on partnerships with LINK, Sterling Elementary, our cluster schools, Embry Rucker Shelter, Mobile Hope and look for new ways to give back to our wonderful community!

We’ll begin the fall with a tennis shoe drive, followed by a coat drive to benefit our friends in need in our community schools.  More information will follow, but please hang onto those tennis shoes, jackets and sweatshirts that your kids have outgrown.


Food Rescue

Lowes Island Elementary will again be participating in the Food Rescue Program with LINK. This program teaches our students to place food they don’t eat at lunch into the appropriate bins in the cafeteria and then is delivered to the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston. This is food that the students bought for lunch and then never opened. Examples include sealed - milk, juice boxes, cheese sticks, fruit cups, yogurts. 

Volunteers will be scheduled to pick up items from the LINK refrigerator in our cafeteria on a bi-weekly basis and delivered to the shelter.  Please see the sign up genius below to volunteer.  This a very easy, fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity that you can do as an individual,  family, with kids (any age!). Great way for Scouts or for anyone needing service hours to earn them!


Stay tuned to the Peek and the Week for the latest LLAH information - we’ll have links to sign ups, information on upcoming programs and opportunities to get involved.

If you see a need, let us know…if you want to make a difference please join us!


Variety Show

It's never too early to start thinking about the Lowes Island Variety Show! Mark your calendars for March 8th, 2019 at Dominion High School. Our theme is 'Lowes Island has Pop'. Think pop stars, pop idols, pop culture....we are excited for all of the possibilities with this kid pleasing theme! More information on guidelines and how to register will come out this fall.


Copying / Laminating Volunteers

This year, LIES will continue using a centralized system to make copies for all teachers. The system is designed to maximize volunteer efforts while minimizing time wasted waiting in line when the copy machine is busy, broken or jammed. If you’ve never done copies or laminating, don’t worry. We will arrange for a short training session for all new volunteers.  

Halloween Bingo

Save the date for Halloween Bingo! Friday October 26th! Gather the family and join us for an evening of pizza, bingo, costume contests and fun raffles! If you have questions or would like to volunteer for this event, please contact or Kelley Sanchez or Jessica Howard. 



Last year we raised almost $1000 just by clipping BoxTops and Labels for Education. Please be sure to send in trimmed BoxTops to your child’s teacher no later than the 15th of each month. If you have questions regarding BoxTops, please contact Emily Heleniak.


Walking Wednesdays

We are continuing to promote healthy lifestyles with our Walking Wednesday program, encouraging kids within walking distance of school to get in some extra steps and enter to win fun raffle prizes once a week!


Scouts at Lowes Island

Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. There are openings for girls at all levels – Daisies (K-1), Brownies (2-3), and Juniors (4-5). We are also welcoming new adult volunteers.

Girls will participate in Girl Scouts crafts, game and songs while parents learn more about Scouting. Try new things. Make new friends. Go on more adventures than you can count. There’s a whole world of new opportunities waiting for you.


Please contact either Jennifer Rieker at 703-855-6682 jdrieker@comcast.net, or Jonelle Shipley at

703-430-7310 jonellemcraig@hotmail.com


Do you like to learn by doing? Your local Cub Scouting Pack 1152 (the youth program for Boy Scouts) focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service with a fun and exciting value-based program enjoyed by boys since 1910. Boys and girls ages 5 to 10 (kindergarten to fifth grade) are invited to join in the year-long fun -- camping, outings, service projects and much, much more!

We look forward to welcoming you to our Cub Scout family! Contact Fernando Gutierrez at fgutierrezsol@kpmg.comfor more information.


Stay tuned to the Peek at the Week for information on our upcoming “Join Scouts Night” for both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts!


Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program where kids learn to examine and solve complex problems, and strengthen their creative thinking skills in an exciting environment. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in regional, state and national competitions. Parent Coaches needed! LIES will begin establishing Odyssey of the Mind teams after the start of the school year. More detailed information can be found at the official website: www.odysseyofthemind.com, and be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks from our coordinator Carey Husted.