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


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


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.

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!


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.


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.

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!


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.

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.

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.

Class of 2020


Class Video

The 5th Grade Memories Committee, in collaboration with OES, would like to celebrate the 5th graders with a video since we won’t be in “school” for the Memories celebration.  We would love for you to be a part of the video.  Don’t miss out!  Be part of the fun!  Please see flyer for instructions.  Submissions due by Friday, May 29th.
Video Flyer

5th Grade Class Gift

The 5th Grade Memories Committee needs your help creating this year’s gift to OES!  We wish to produce a book featuring 5th grade student experiences during social distancing.  The book will be kept in the OES Media Center for all future Dragons to learn about this historic time.  Book submissions due by Friday, May 29th.
Class Gift Flyer




OES Learning Resources

Last updated March 26, 2020

Read Aloud Videos with OES Staff

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown: Chapters 1 & 2 (Mrs. Glawe & Mrs. Williams)

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown: Chapters 3, 4, and 5 (Mrs. Glawe & Mrs. Williams)

*Due to copyright rules, we had to move most of the staff read aloud stories to a private group page. If you are an OES parent, please request to join the group.  We will do our best to approve requests as quickly as possible so our Dragon families have access to these resources.

Recommendations from Mrs. Perper

If you are on Twitter, then search #OperationStorytime to find many children’s book authors doing read-alouds!

The 25 Best Podcaster for Kids from Common Sense Media

Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families & Kids

How about storytime with astronauts? Take a listen!

Cozy read by author, Jan Brett

We Are Water Protectors read by author, Carole Lindstrom

A Book A Day Stories read by author Oliver Jeffers

Inside Mr. Lemoncello’s Library with Chris Grabenstein

Grace Lin, author of “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and other books, is posting videos on YouTube of her reading and drawing.

Children’s author Kate Messner has posted many videos of famous authors!

Each day at noon Peter H. Reynolds will be reading live!

Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author & illustrator

Explore the Museum of Metropolitan Art in New York City.

Free Activities from Jarrett Lerner

Let’s Keep Reading!  Keep Thinking with Interactive Read Aloud from LivBits

Brains On! A Podcast for kids and curious adults

11 Free Math Sites for Kids

Make It! from KID Museum

Other Resources

Montgomery County Public Libraries Virtual Storytime

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! (new episodes posted weekdays at 1pm)

Zoo School LIVE (weekdays at 11am)

Coding for Kids: Free Classes, Websites and Apps

Art Museum Collections recommended by Mrs. Henderson

Kanopy – Montgomery County Public Libraries’ video streaming service

Scholastic Learn at Home

Storyline Online

TIME for Kids Free Digital Library

Skype a Scientist LIVE (times vary)

NASA Science at Home

Teachers Pay Teachers 

Shark Story Hour with Atlantic White Shark Conservatory (Facebook Live, 10am EST)

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Home Safari (Facebook Live, 3pm EDT weekdays)

2020 Marine Endangered Species Art Contest



2020 OES Science Fair

2020 Olney Elementary School Science Fair
Sponsored by OES PTA


The OES Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30–8:30 pm.  ALL AGES are welcome to participate in the noncompetitive Science Fair. Students may work individually, with siblings or in groups.  In order to encourage significant hands-on experience, groups larger than 3 participants are not recommended.  It’s a fun way to learn more about science, to try out a new experiment, and to have fun with friends.

If your child wishes to participate in the Science Fair, please complete and return the registration form to the Media Center no later than Sunday, February 16.  You may also register by emailing the completed form (with signature) to

Questions? Contact Mishra at

Science Fair Resources
Listed below are some popular science websites. These are just suggestions. Many will help you get started on your project, by suggesting topics to study and specific science fair ideas. There are many, many websites devoted to science. Feel free to search the web (with supervision) and have fun! Remember to give credit to the sources you use for your science project.

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Class of 2019


Olney Elementary 5th Grade Party
Sunday, June 9th from 6-8 pm
Oakdale Church
3425 Emory Church Road
Olney, MD 20832
5th Grade Memories Celebration

Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm
Ertzman Theater at Sherwood High School
Students should be dropped off in the school’s bus loop by the doors next to the bell at 5:35 pm.
Parents are welcome to arrive at 5:40 pm to enjoy a picture montage before the ceremony.


Special thanks to the following for sponsoring our 5th Grade Party:

Hirsch & Cosca


Food Donations

We’re celebrating our 5th graders with a red carpet party and we need your help to make it AMAZING! Please sign up to bring food, snacks, etc. and deliver them to school between Monday, June 3 –  Friday, June 7.  There will be a cart in the front foyer for your donations.  Thank you!

5th Grade Photos

The 5th Grade Memories Committee is collecting photos for a video to be played at the promotion ceremony.  If you wish to have your child in the video, please send high quality photographs of your child participating in school sponsored events from Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Please email photos to:  Only photos of OES events should be submitted. The filename should reflect the GRADE (not year) the photo was taken.


2019 OES Kids Heart Challenge

On Monday, March 4, 2019, we will be holding our 11th annual KIDS HEART CHALLENGE (formally Jump Rope for Heart) event to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Last year we raised over $22,000! We were one of the top schools in the state. Over the last 10 years, we have raised over $120,000 for the AHA! Students will participate in this event during their Physical Education, Art, Music, or Media time. Students will be participating in many physical activities to celebrate HEART HEALTH MONTH and to acknowledge our school’s contributions to the American Heart Association!


This event offers many benefits. First, the money our school raises will help fund potentially lifesaving research into heart disease and stroke. It will also fund the development of educational materials that teach the importance of heart health and staying fit. Our school can also earn gift certificates for physical education equipment. Finally, Kids Heart Challenge builds school spirit and helps connect our school with the community.

Please return donations in pledge envelopes or online by Monday, March 4.
You do NOT 
have to return the permission/release form.

Any contribution is greatly accepted! Checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association. Raising money online is a very fast and easy way to submit donations (and it is the best way for your child to earn more thank you gifts). You may raise money online by joining our school team on this website:

We are looking forward to a day of fun and fitness!

Ms. Morse and Mr. Jones
OES Physical Education Teachers

We’re looking for families willing to donate popsicles for the kids to enjoy at the end of the day. If you can help, please sign up today.



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MLK Jr. Day of Service

(Martin Luther King With Kids Circling.eps)


Join families from Sherwood Elementary and Olney Elementary as we honor the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through acts of service.  This event is sponsored jointly by the Sherwood PTA’s Diversity/NAACP Committee and Olney PTA’s NAACP Council.

Families will participate in activities and acts of service at Sherwood Elementary School.

Please bring an empty and clean water bottle for each participant. Also, canned good donations will be accepted.

Monday, January 21st
10am to 11:30am


Sherwood Elementary School
1401 Olney Sandy Spring Rd,
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Meet in the All Purpose Room

Please RSVP by filling out this online form.  Questions?  Email