Christina Svolopoulos Robbins
I am tremendously proud of the fundraising efforts we have accomplished in the past academic year. As PTSA President, I’ve helped to increase our budget from $3,000 to over $30,000. We’ve achieved this by implementing new and creative fundraising initiatives like bake sales at the Bloomingdale Farmers’ market, the Fall Festival, the Make Some Noisefundraiser and the Scholastic Book Fair, to name a few. By working with local business developers, our ANC representative, and local civic associations we’ve built strong bonds with the Bloomingdale community while also creating fun activities for students and their families. Our successful fundraising, of course, would not have been possible without the generosity of our PTSA members.The safety and well-being of our students has been and will continue to be my top priority. Last year, I worked tirelessly with DCPS and DGS to repair our school’s faulty PA system and fire alarms. I testified before the DCPS Budget committee requesting the installment of a bathroom next to the cafeteria, an elevator, and help with the overall modernization of our facility. I also organized tours of our school for members of the DC Board of Education, DCPS Facilities, and representatives from Mayor Bowser’s office to not only highlight the great work happening at Langley but to show them first-hand where additional resources are needed.
Thanks to the amazing support of the PTSA and community volunteers, we’ve helped refresh the inside of our school by painting the hallways and cafeteria more cheerful colors. Last year, the PTSA secretary and I created the Amazon Smile Charity “Wish List” which gives parents an easy way to quickly get supplies to teachers and classrooms. This proved to be especially vital when DCPS approved the opening of a PK3 classroom less than a week before the first day of school.
I would be honored to serve you another year and ensure we continue all of this great work. Thank you for your continuing support, and I look forward to working together with all of you in the future.
Last year, I was a member of the LSAT committee that assists in the management of the school budget. I am also a member of the grants committee, having written two grants last year. Recognizing the challenges that the numerous DCPS administrative holidays pose to working parents, I advocated to Springboard (Langley’s previous aftercareprovider) and persuaded them to extend aftercare coverage to full day care on school holidays; assisted in selecting, negotiating with, and onboarding Flex Academies as Langley’s new after-school provider; and helped organize Langley’s first-ever and highly successful summer camp. I am now supporting Flex Academies to extend care to more kids, continue coverage during school holidays, and build upon last year’s success to organize a second summer camp for Langley students and neighborhood kids. Lastly, I also wrote a number of blog posts to advertise school events and answer frequently-asked questions, and helped with the Farmers’ market stand, new family playdates, clean up days and other school events.
Professionally, I co-run a non-profit organization so I am well-versed in building functioning teams, forming strong partnerships, handling finances and, perhaps most importantly, juggling a job, two kids and a dog. I look forward to serving the Langley community!