2017-2018 Committees and Chairs

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Committee Description Chairperson
Artist in Residence 4th and 5th grade students work with these visiting artists during the year OPEN
Artwork Assistant Volunteers to help capture our students’ works of art for art teacher Sophia Zhao
Back to School Picnic Coordinates Back to School Picnic Stacy Ganz Kahn, Jia Li
Bake Sales Coordinates bake sale fundraisers Open
Barnes & Noble Community Night Fundraiser held with guest readers during Read Across America Week Danielle Camner Lindholm
Bear Posts Coordinates all announcements posted on the PTA website resulting in outgoing emails to community Jen Hsin
Bells Mill Bash Coordinates year end Carnival OPEN
Black History Day and Evening Program Coordinates program during and after school LaTisha Gasaway
Book Drive and Exchange Coordinate the donation of and exchange of books, some to go to BMES students, some to be donated to programs in need Aruni Liyannage
Book Fair Coordinates book sale Joy Gerber, Stella Sandler, Greer Bautz, Rebecca Pace
Box Tops / Giant A+ Promotes and collects “Box Tops for Education” and manages Giant Bonus Bucks program, Food Lion, and Harris Teeter Kellie Zuba, Jen Hsin
Bylaw committee Update the PTA bylaws (done every 3 yrs, last updated in Apr 2017) Stella Kostolampros
Celebrity Scoop Night Coordinates Scoop Nights, with regular and/or Celebrity scoopers Amy Rogstad
Club Bells Mill Coordinates Saturday evening student social event three times during the year Julie Peller
Copy committee Makes copies in office for PTA needs Christy Padilla
Cultural Arts Assemblies Review, select and implement cultural arts assemblies for students Stuti Khanna
Directory Compiles and distributes Student Directory Jialu Zhang, Jen Hsin
Donuts with Dad A morning school-wide event for dads and their kids Jennifer Levenberg, Joey Brookhart
Enrichment Coordinates PTA sponsored before- and after- school activities Flex Academies, Kellie Zuba
FaceBook Maintain the Bells Mill PTA FaceBook page Jen Hsin
Family Bingo Night Coordinates Family Fun/Bingo Night Lisa Mathews
Financial Committee Learning the ropes on the Treasury of Bells Mill PTA Shelley Hyland
Fundraising Coordinates Direct Donation Campaign OPEN
Geography Bowl Coordinates competitive event Jialu Zhang, Bharathi Bala
Gifted and Talented Liason The PTA Gifted and Talent Liaison provides information and about GT services and resources in the county including HGC testing dates, processes, information and more. Lei He, Zahir Albadawi
Gingerbread with Grams and Gramps Coordinates a morning school-wide event for grandparents and their grandkids! OPEN
Ice Skating Night Coordinates ice skating night at Cabin John Ice Rink Jennifer Dugan, Erik Wang
In-School Volunteer Coordinating Committee Coordinates parent volunteers to assist teachers and staff in the classrooms and the media center Cecily Uhlfelder, Heather Klein
International Festival Coordinates annual event that celebrates the cultural diversity of our school community by presenting ethnic food tastings, cultural performances, a global fashion show, crafts, an info table for each country, a photo booth, passports and other giveaways to help students and their families share and explore different countries without having to hop on a plane! Fatma Sabri, Urvashi
, Taruna Khurana
Kindergarten Meet-n-Greet Coordinates Kindergarten Playground Social for students entering Kindergarten and their families in late summer before the school year starts Esther Lee
Kindergarten Orientation Coordinates incoming K Orientation in the spring Bridget Flaherty, Amy Rogstad
Membership Committee Collects forms and checks for PTA membership. Engages members of the BMES community. Jialu Zhang
Membership Expansion Develop membership marketing, expand PTA awareness, grow PTA meeting numbers
Movie Night Coordinates movie night & parent social Mallory Bulman, Christine Lorenz
Muffins with Mom A morning school-wide event for moms and their kids Genna Drazen
NAACP Parent’s Council Representative Represents our school via monthly meetings to share information useful in enhancing children’s chances of academic success OPEN
Newcomers’ Welcome Committee Coordinates welcome for new families; arranges and runs Buddy Family Program OPEN, OPEN
Photography Committee Captures PTA events in photos Kseniya Golovnina
Playground Social Coordinates back-to-school playground & popsicles event Kelly Groft
Principal’s Teas Arranges tea and cookies at evening meetings with grade level parents Cheryl Katz, Amy Stolker
PTA Bulletin Boards Displays PTA information and photos on bulletin boards in front of school Stacy Ganz Kahn, Geena Goodhand,
Kellie Zuba
Recess and Play This committee will set up organized center-based play stations during recess once a week and monitor them Stella Sandler
Recess and Lunch Coordinator Coordinates recess and lunch volunteers Stella Sandler
Reflections Coordinates MCCPTA arts contest Jennifer Barlow
Restaurant Nights Coordinates community building events at local restaurants Amy Rogstad
Room Parent Coordinator Acts as liaison between the PTA and the classroom Room Parents Amy Rogstad
School Calendar Coordinates putting together school calendar for distribution the first week of school and updates the school calendar monthly Jen Hsin
Science Fair Coordinates the non-competitive science fair Jia Li, Sharon Sheng, Jennifer Dugan
Special Needs Provides information on county programs to parents of special needs students Diana Gallagher
Spirit Wear Coordinates sales of Bells Mill T-shirts and other clothing and items. Stacy Ganz Kahn
Staff Appreciation Holiday Lunch Coordinates a holiday lunch for staff Haylie Iseman, Robin Binstock
Staff Appreciation Week Coordinates recognition and appreciation efforts for staff Haylie Iseman, Robin Binstock
Sunshine Committee Provide support (meals and other) to families and staff during times of need Greer Bautz, Alissa Gould
Talent Show Coordinates school wide talent show LaTisha Gasaway
Teacher Breakfasts Coordinates Welcome Back breakfasts for teachers during August Kemi Macaulay-Newman, Ratna Oetama
Volunteer Coordinator Collects and reports volunteer hours Stella Sandler
Walk to School Day Assists school wide event celebrating a global Walk to School Day recognizing a movement for year-round safe routes to school OPEN
Webmaster Maintains the PTA website Bess Siegal
Winter Dance Coordinates schoolwide dance LaTisha Gasaway
Yearbook Compiles the school yearbook Lina deChiara

How to get on a committee or become a chairperson

If you are interested in leading or participating on a committee, please contact the current chair or complete this paper form and send it to the Bells Mill main office. All help is appreciated.

Tips & Tricks for Committee Chairs

1. Supplies – Please check the PTA supply closet before purchasing any supplies. This closet contains materials intended for PTA use (including utensils, paper goods, tables, tickets and party supplies).

2. PTA Board Member – Committee chairs and members should not hesitate to reach out to Board Members at the beginning of the year to get acquainted or at any time for guidance or assistance.

3. Volunteers – Committee chairs should feel free to ask for extra volunteers to help with their committees.

4. Vendor Policies – The Bells Mill PTA is a not-for-profit organization that has an obligation to closely monitor the income and expenses that flow through it.  Please make sure that your vendors are aware of our vendor policies.

5. Receipts and Reimbursement – See PTA Documents and Forms to print receipt and/or reimbursement forms.

6. Announcements – Send an email to the communications team (Bear Post, Facebook, Copy, Website) with a clear and specific subject line, your name and contact information. Explain the event in detail (remember there are new families to school that need full details in order to understand what the event is all about) in the body copy. Email us by 7:00pm on Wednesday for delivery of Bear Post by the next morning (Thursday). If you are attaching a flyer with your post, please send PDF or Microsoft Word document by 12:00pm on Tuesday. NOTE: The Copy Committee Chair may have a different weekly copy day, so please give plenty of advanced notice.

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