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

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


Open Positions:

Secretary (2021-2022 Board Position): The secretary takes minutes at the monthly board meetings and the quarterly general membership meetings and keeps records. Every 3 years, the secretary is responsible for submitting updated bylaws to the state PTA. We are due for this to take place in Spring 2022, however due to reorganizing happening at the state level, this will most likely be pushed back. We are hoping to find a good team member to assist with Board responsibilities throughout the year. The Board meets the second Friday of every month at 5pm via Zoom.

Membership Chair (2021-2022 Board Position): The membership chair keeps track of the the number of memberships sold and the dues paid to National and Local PTAs. They also act as a de facto spirit wear chair, tracking inventory and ensuring people get their freebies. Membership chair also assists in keeping the online directory updated. The ability to use Excel is very helpful in this position. The heavy lifting for membership has mostly been completed this year, but we are hoping to find a good team member to assist with Board responsibilities throughout the year. The Board meets the second Friday of every month at 5pm via Zoom.

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!)

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!)

Sister School Liaison (1 Person Needed): For years, PES has helped to support families at Highland Elementary. The job of the sister school liaison is to act as a contact person for the counselor and social worker at HES. Responsibilities will include periodically reaching out to our sister school, determining their needs, and reaching out to the PES community/PTA Board to fulfil those needs. This may be done through promoting wish lists, coordinating donation drives, etc. You would also work with the KINDH.org director to help promote holiday gift collecting. You may be required to drive to HES to make drop-offs at some point. Four times per year, when this commitment may be busiest (require a few hours of work) are during back-to-school, before Thanksgiving and Christmas, and at the start of summer. Looking for someone proactive and kind-hearted! Please contact us if you are interested.


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.

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!!