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  1. 2013-2014 Committees and Chairs
  2. How to get on a committee or become a chairperson
  3. Tips & Tricks for Committee Chairs
  4. Learn more About the PTA

2013-2014 Committees and Chairs

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Committee Description Chairperson Tentative Date(s)

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Allergy Awareness Provides educational information regarding food allergies within the school community Open Ongoing
After School Activities Coordinates PTA sponsored before- and after- school activities Kakki Lewis, Elizabeth Whitman Ongoing
Back to School Picnic Coordinates Back to School Picnic Draga Dubick, Ali Weitzman August 28, 2013
Bake Sales Coordinates bake sale fundraisers Open Ongoing
Bear Posts Coordinates all announcements posted on the PTA website resulting in outgoing emails to community Greer Bautz Ongoing
Bells Mill Bash Coordinates year end Carnival Mary Touci June 6, 2014
Black History Program Coordinates program during and after school LaTisha Gasaway February 21, 2014
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 Lisa Klein Week of Feb 3rd with exchange on Feb 7th
Book Fairs Coordinates book sale fundraiser Jeanine Resnick, Joy Gerber to wrap around Oct 14th (Parent Visit day)
Box Tops / Giant A+ Promotes and collects “Box Tops for Education” and manages Giant Bonus Bucks program Kellie Zuba Ongoing
Bylaw committee Update the PTA bylaws (done every 3 yrs, last updated in 2010 – 2011) Elizabeth Whitman By April 2014
Copy committee Makes copies in office for PTA needs Nin Timbers By April 2014
School Calendar Coordinates putting together school calendar for distribution the first week of school Eris Norman Summer
Celebrity Scoop Night Coordinates Scoop Nights, with regular and/or Celebrity scoopers Open September and May
Club Bells Mill Coordinates Saturday evening student social event four times during the year Cathy Cardno, Kysha Pierre-Louise October 6, 2012 December 1, 2012 January 26, 2013 March 2, 2013
Cultural Arts Assemblies Review, select and implement cultural arts assemblies for students Nina Price Ongoing
Directory Compiles and distributes Student Directory Amy Stolker July – September
Family Bingo Night Coordinates Family Fun/Bingo Night Debbie Oblon November 15, 2013
5th Grade Promotion Help coordinate the end-of-year activities for our fabulous 5th graders Open Jun 11, 2014
FLES Coordinates before- and after-school language programs Nina Price, Christina Pearson Ongoing
Fundraising Coordinates Spirit Wear, Restaurant Fundraisers, Discount Books, oversees all fundraising committees Cristin Caine Ongoing
Geography Bowl Coordinates competitive event Lisa Matthews May 19, 2014
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. Lang Lin Ongoing
Hands on Science Coordinates after-school science program Elizabeth Whitman Ongoing
Ice Skating Night Coordinates ice skating night at Cabin John Ice Rink Sean & Stacey Twombley 1/1, 2/8 or 2/11
In-School Volunteer Coordinating Committee Coordinates parent volunteers to assist teachers and staff in the classrooms and the media center Cecily Uhlfelder, Heather Klein Ongoing
International Night Coordinates event celebrating our diversity with food and cultural programs Stefie Heideman, Audre Park May 2, 2014
Kindergarten Activities Coordinates Kindergarten Social and Kindergarten Registration Emily Dastrup Ongoing
Kindergarten Orientation Coordinates K Orientation in the spring Emily Dastrup TBD
Membership Committee Collects forms and checks for PTA membership Kurt Shanfield Ongoing
Movie Night Coordinates movie night & parent social Shari Freiman TBD
Newcomers’ Welcome Committee Coordinates welcome for new families; arranges and runs Buddy Family Program Katie Sonnabend Ongoing
Newsletter Coordinates publication of PTA Newsletter five times per year Open Ongoing
Photographer Captures PTA events in photos Sam Coleman Ongoing
Playground Social Coordinates back-to-school playground & popsicles event Kelly Groft August 23, 2013
Principal’s Teas Arranges tea and cookies at evening meetings with grade level parents Jana Abel K/1-October 23, 2013
2/3-November 6, 2013
4/5-November 13, 2013
PTA Bulletin Boards Displays PTA information and photos on bulletin boards in front of school Stefie Heideman Ongoing
Recess Coordinator Coordinates recess volunteers Kristin Bouquet Ongoing
Reflections Coordinates MCCPTA arts contest Stefie Heideman Ongoing
Room Parent Coordinator Acts as liaison between the PTA and the classroom Room Parents Robin Binstock Ongoing
School Kits Arranges and take orders on back to school supplies Debi Denney Order by May 31, 2013
Science Fair Coordinates an evening science fair Adriana Marques, Brian Lewis April 4, 2014
Special Needs Provides information on county programs to parents of special needs students Diana Gallagher Ongoing
Spirit Wear Coordinates sales of Bells Mill T-shirts and other clothing and items. Lynne Moriarty Sales at back-to-school events
Staff Appreciation Holiday Lunch Coordinates a holiday lunch for staff Haylie Iseman December 19, 2013
Staff Appreciation Week Coordinates recognition and appreciation efforts for staff Haylie Iseman May 5-9 2014
Staff Appreciation Week Lunch Coordinates staff lunch during staff appreciation week Haylie Iseman May 5-9, 2014
Sunshine Provide support (meals and other) to families and staff during times of need Kara Lampasone Ongoing
Talent Show Coordinates school wide talent show LaTisha Gasaway March TBD
Teacher Breakfasts Coordinates three Welcome Back breakfasts for teachers during August Anne Shimabukuro Week of August 19, 2013
Volunteer Coordinator Collects and reports all voluteer hours Winnie Gao Ongoing
Walk for the Homeless Coordinates fundraiser for the Stepping Stones Homeless Shelter Open October 17, 2013
Walking Club Coordinates a Recess Walking Club in an effort to keep recess safe and fun Andrea Sklar Ongoing
Webmaster Maintains the PTA website Bess Siegal Ongoing
Winter Dance Coordinates schoolwide dance LaTisha Gasaway October 25, 2013
Yearbook Compiles the school yearbook Min Liu Ongoing

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 chairperson or Contact Us, or complete this online form or this paper form and send it to the Bells Mill main office. All help is appreciated.

For committees for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, we first offered positions to the PTA members who acted as chairpersons during the previous school year.

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 and Announcements – Committee chairs should feel free to ask for extra volunteers to help with their committees. See Contact Us for assistance with spreading the word.

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.

Learn more About the PTA