PTA Vacancies for 2020-21

The Olney Elementary School PTA counts on parent volunteers to help make our programs and events a success. If you are interested in filling any of the vacant PTA positions listed below or want to learn about other ways to get involved, please contact PTA President Paul Carlson at olneyespresident@gmail.com.


OES PTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NAACP Parents’ Council Representative
Board Position
Interested in representing and advocating for Olney Elementary and its kids? The Montgomery County NAACP Parents’ Council is one of the vehicles created to empower African American and other minority parents to take a more pro-active role in the education of their children. The Parents’ Council provides a forum through which interested citizens may offer assistance, guidance and support to African American parents and students of Montgomery County Public Schools to pursue the highest quality education possible through encouragement, information sharing, positive motivation, critical evaluation and advocacy.

Olney Elementary’s Parent Council Representative will be asked to:

  • Attend the monthly meetings. (If you are unable to attend, please send someone else so your school is represented.)
  • Share important information from the Parents’ Council with your school community through email lists, phone calls, etc.
  • Plan/support outreach events/activities at your school
  • Be a member of the NAACP

For more information, please visit the Parents’ Council website at https://naacppc-md.org/.


COMMUNITY BUILDING

Chess Club Mentor
This OES club needs a sociable co-leader with good kid skills to help organize players into groups and help set up the season-ending tournament.  The Chess Club meets one day a week after school usually Fridays in December through March.  Minimal knowledge of the game is fine.  A club leader is already in place and this is an auxiliary role to come Friday afternoons 3:30-5:15pm through the season, but every session is not mandatory.

Community Athletic Game
Coordinate our annual kickball game for staff and parents, scheduled to take place after school one day in Spring 2020.

Dance Committee
Help our coordinator with planning, decorations, staff raffle and more for one of the events OES students look forward to most each year!

Diversity Committee
Our families and students have many different talents, backgrounds, opportunities and challenges. Write monthly newsletter submissions and/or create bulletin board displays to recognize the diversity of our community.  Help coordinate Cultural Heritage Night or similar event.  Additionally, help ensure that all families feel welcome to participate in PTA meetings and events.  (Looking for co-chair or committee members to assist committee chair already in place.)

End of Year Social
Coordinate a fun social event for OES families and staff to celebrate the end of another successful school year!


COMMUNICATIONS

Dragon Tales
Design the weekly newsletter to keep families and staff informed about what’s going on at OES.  Articles are submitted by various PTA volunteers.

Dragon Tales, Jr.
This monthly newsletter features student artwork and writing.  Coordinators are responsible for collecting submissions, creating newsletter and distributing copies.

Website/Social Media*
Maintain OES PTA website using WordPress. Keep homepage, calendar and other pages current as well as create new ones as needed.  Manage Facebook page, posting on a regular basis to keep families informed about relevant news and events.
Can be split between two volunteers.


SCHOOL SUPPORT

5th Grade Memories Committee
Fifth grade parents are needed to coordinate the end of year activities for the OES Class of 2020.  The signup for 5th Grade Memories committee will be available at Back to School Night (September).

Grant Writing
Research opportunities for grants to help support our school.  Submit proposals as needed.

Kids Heart Challenge/Field Day
Assist Ms. Morse with Kids Heart Challenge and Field Day events.

Media Center Volunteer Coordinator
Recruit, train and schedule volunteers for the media center.  Typically, 2-3 volunteers are needed each school morning.  We also occasionally need a volunteer for class activities in the media center during the school day.

Staff Appreciation Committee
The Staff Appreciation Committee is in charge of finding ways to celebrate the staff at OES. This involves planning and organizing donations and activities each month which has included the Wish Wall, Back to School Breakfast, Book Fair preview breakfast, Pie Drive, Holiday Treats, mailbox treats, snack cart, organizing staff lounge sponsors, and Staff Appreciation Week.  Creative alternatives or additional activities are always welcome!


FUNDRAISING

Fundraiser Committee
Help plan and carry out the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  Numerous positions available including sponsorships, student incentives, marketing and more.  This event has been a fun run in recent years.

Grocery Programs
Manage OES PTA account for Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program.  Assist parents in registering at beginning of each school year and inform community of bonus opportunities.

Membership
The Membership Co-Chairs work to grow our PTA Membership and encourage engagement by all OES families and staff.  This includes:

  • Distributing PTA Membership letter and forms
  • Collecting and accounting for physical and online PTA membership dues
  • Giving weekly deposit to Treasurer (beginning of school year)
  • Creating and maintaining a membership roster throughout the year
  • Providing updates at PTA meetings
  • Setting up booths at school functions such as Back to School Night and Ice Cream Social to encourage membership and collect forms

Spirit Wear
Work begins over the summer in order to have spirit wear available at the beginning of the school year.  Work with vendor to create/design and order Olney ES Spirit Wear items such as t-shirts, magnets, etc.  Decide marketing strategy for upcoming year (order in bulk, etc.).  Manage ordering, distribution and sales at school events.

Restaurant Nights
The coordinator works with local restaurants to set up monthly fundraisers.  Help spread the word to staff and parents as well as larger Olney community through flyers, Fletcher’s BP sign, online forums, etc.

Yearbook
Work with yearbook company to create the school yearbook, help take photographs, collect photographs from parents and classroom teachers, coordinate yearbook sales as well as other tasks.  Distribute yearbooks to teachers for distribution at end of school year.  Most of the work may be done at home on a personal computer.

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