Volunteer with the PES PTA

We Would Love Your Help!

IMPORTANT: Please note MCPS’ new policy requires that all in-person volunteers complete a volunteer course. This includes taking the online Volunteer Training on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect and also filling out a COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation.

How To Cheat Sheet: 1) Login to ParentVue 2) On left menu bar, choose “Parent Resources” 3) Choose “myMCPS Classroom” 4) Choose “Volunteer Training” 5) Complete “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” Module and then complete “COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety.”

The PTA and PTA Board is staffed with amazing volunteers who organize and execute events and programs that benefit our children and our school. We are always in need of an extra hand to help with the big and little things. We will always publicize volunteer needs in our weekly emails, but if you have the desire to help with any of the following roles, please reach out! You can also join our volunteer email list at the bottom of this page. We would love to have you!

Lunch and Recess Volunteers: Help with outdoor lunch and/or with keeping children social distanced at recess. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/xCLJXMw

Book Fair Volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48aba728a1f58-spring

In-Class Helpers: Please reach out to your child’s teachers to inquire about volunteering in the classroom.


Open Positions for the 2022-2023:

Any Questions? Please contact Maryellen Grant, Kimberly King or Fred Olowin.

2022-2023 Board Positions:

Membership Chair: The membership chair keeps track of the number of memberships sold and the dues paid to National and Local PTAs. They also act as a de facto merchandising chair, tracking inventory, ordering items, and ensuring people get their freebies. Membership chair also assists in keeping the online directory updated by working with admin and MemberHub tech support to upload information. The ability to use Excel is very helpful/necessary in this position. We are hoping to find a good team member to assist with Board responsibilities throughout the year. The Board meets monthly.  

Programs Director: The programs director acts as a coordinator between the school, county facilities and the PTA. They work with current vendors and investigate new vendors if necessary to provide before and after school programming for families. He/She will aid vendors in creating a schedule, navigating the MCPS room rental system, and marketing these programs to families. The Programs Director may also be responsible for ongoing school programs that are managed through the PES PTA (such as the pre-covid Hanging with the Mustangs half day activities if reinstated). The busiest times of year for this position are August, December and early spring. We are hoping to find a good team member to assist with Board responsibilities throughout the year. The Board meets monthly.

Events Director: The events director oversees all events not managed by committee chairs and/or works with the board to find chairs for events. Event chairs may include current board members, and some events already have chairs. Back-to-school picnic, spring fair, ice skating social, dames/dudes and donuts, grandparents’ day, kindergarten orientation, teacher appreciation week, etc. all fall under the umbrella of events. We are hoping to find a good team member to assist with Board responsibilities throughout the year. The Board meets monthly.

2022-2023 Open Chair Positions:

Sunshine Committee Chairs (1-2 People Needed): The Sunshine Committee Co-Chairs are responsible for executing Appreciation events and activities throughout the year. This includes 4-5 teacher catered or potluck lunches/dinners, parent appreciation events such as Dames/Dudes and Donuts, and Teacher Appreciation Week festivities (small gifts and food usually the first week of May). The chairs may also be a contact person for Ms. Borra to help with families in need (think meal trains, card showers, etc). The Sunshine Committee Chairs report to the Events Director, and while welcome at all PTA Board meetings, attendance is completely optional.  

2023 Read-A-Thon Co-Chair (1 Person Needed): The Read-A-Thon is our biggest annual fundraiser. It takes place in February, and consists of tracking student donations and minutes read using an online program and/or Excel. Weekly class and individual parties or prizes are planned and distributed. A large final party is planned at the end. The busiest time of year for Read-A-Thon is the end of January until the beginning of March with little else going on the rest of the year. This is a great position for someone who wants to do one big, impactful thing at the school without a year-round commitment. (A seasoned chair is already in the co-chair position, so you wouldn’t go about this alone!) The Read-A-Thon Co-Chair is an honorary member of the PTA Board, but monthly PTA Board meetings are not required.

Yearbook Co-Chair (1 Person Needed): This is a position which can be done almost entirely remotely. The busiest time of year for yearbook is April and May. Pictures are collected, sorted and organized in the book. 5th Grade photos and special quotes are also collected, input and edited. The yearbook is completed using an online software platform that is just a little bit more complicated than Canva and Shutterfly, but not as difficult as PhotoShop and InDesign. If you have a little time and just a marginal amount of graphic design savvy, you may be our person! (A seasoned chair is already in the co-chair position, so you wouldn’t go about this alone!)


NAACP Representative (Position has been filled!): Potomac Elementary is looking for an NAACP parent representative. You will attend monthly county meetings and work with the PTA and administration to support our students and families of color. Please contact Dr. Allie at Catherine_R_Allie@mcpsmd.org if you are interested. The NAACP Representative is an honorary member of the PTA Board, but monthly PTA Board meetings are not required.

Room Parents (Positions have been filled!): We like to have the help of volunteers to plan and lead activities for the annual Halloween and Valentine’s Day Parties. Responsibilities of the room parent also include collecting for the year-end teacher gift and providing communications from the PTA to families. The role may also include putting together a gift basket for a silent auction (date TBD) and aiding in collecting holiday gifts for our sister school. For 5th grade room parents, this role will also include assisting our yearbook staff in collecting photos and blurbs from 5th graders for the yearbook. 5th grade room parents may also be asked to help with graduation and end-of-year festivities. We ask that you only volunteer to be room parent for one classroom, even if you have multiple children.

Book Fair Chair (Positions have been filled!): The Scholastic Book Fair is an event children look forward to twice a year. A mini book store is set up at school for a week in the fall and a week in the spring, and students are given the opportunity to shop for themselves and their families. The coordinator for this event will work with Scholastic reps and organize volunteers to set-up and run the book fair. Currently, the book fairs are scheduled to take place December 3rd-10th and April 22nd-29th.

Find Something That Fits Your Time and Talents!

~ One-Time Volunteer

~ Goody bag maker

~ Committee Chair

~ Room Parent

~ Classroom Helper

~ Digital/Web Designer

~ Organizer

~ Yearbook Photographer

~ Pinterest Parent

~ Anything!!