Committees and Chairs

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Committee Description 2018-19 Chair
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 OPEN
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
Bingo Night
Coordinate bingo night for student community and teachers (approximately 100 people attend) by managing the following: obtain bingo license, reserve and rent bingo equipment, advertise in Bear Post /flyers / posters, coordinate pizza / cookies / water, solicit and/or purchase prizes, etc.
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 Jackie Iseman, Kerry Iseman, Michelle Martin, Jill Martin, Julie Cerveny
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, OPEN
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, OPEN
Churchill Cluster Coordinator Mandy Lemar
Club Bells Mill Coordinates Saturday evening student social event three times during the year OPEN
Copy committee Chair assists the Committee/PTA by making copies of PTA documents/flyers. This task typically requires 0-2 hours per week, depending on copy volume. Copies are normally made on a weekly basis for distribution in students’ folders. Tonya Hughes
Cultural Arts Assemblies
Coordinate at least 2 school-wide / grade-specific cultural assemblies per school year. Attend the Cultural Arts Showcase (a 4-day event held in the fall to showcase the talents of a variety of performers for MCPS assemblies) to make better informed decisions about assemblies to sponsor at BMES. If possible, you are encouraged to bring along your best critics to this event – your children!
Stuti Khanna
Directory Compiles and distributes Student Directory Amy Matush
Donuts with Dad A morning school-wide event for dads and their kids Jennifer Levenberg
Be the liaison to FLEX Academies (or any other after school program providers that we have a contract with ) Give insight on what programs have worked in the past and what has not to help create each session. Help coordinate fall, winter and spring sessions with FLEX. Advertise classes being offered and deadlines for registration. Advertise on Facebook, The Spotlight, The Bear Post, and the PTA website.
Flex Academies, Tina Ehtiati
FaceBook Maintain the Bells Mill PTA FaceBook page Debra Fleischer
Financial Committee
Assist PTA Board with developing the next fiscal year budget (4-8 hours) as well as assist with conducting audit of PTA books (6-16 hours depending on the number of volunteers.) Committee meets March – April for budget (final budget will be voted on at May PTA meeting). Audit will take place in summer (July-Aug) or early fall if no CPA volunteers (Sep).
PTA Treasurer
Fundraising Coordinates Direct Donation Campaign OPEN
Geography Bowl Coordinate end of year geography competition for students in grades 3, 4, 5 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. 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 Erik Wang, Jennifer Dugan
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!
Kindergarten Meet-n-Greet Coordinates Kindergarten Playground Social for students entering Kindergarten and their families in late summer before the school year starts Elaine Kaviani
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. OPEN
Membership Expansion Develop membership marketing, expand PTA awareness, grow PTA meeting numbers OPEN
Movie Night Coordinates movie night & parent social Julie Peller
Muffins with Mom
Coordinate annual breakfast for students & mothers by managing the following: schedule and coordinate date, create flyer, estimate attendance, purchase food and utensils, coordinate volunteers, set up and clean up of event.
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 OPEN
Playground Social Coordinate Playground and Popsicle Social immediately following the Teacher Meet-n-Greet Open House the Friday before school starts. Kelly Groft
Principal’s Teas Arranges tea and cookies at evening meetings with grade level parents
PTA Bulletin Boards Displays PTA information and photos on bulletin boards in front of school 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 OPEN
Recess and Lunch Coordinator Coordinates recess and lunch volunteers OPEN
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, Jennifer Dugan
Special Needs Provides information on county programs to parents of special needs students Iran Naqvi
Spirit Wear
Choose vendor as well as items to be sold to the BMES community. Promote sales online, via Bear Posts and through flyers sent home with students. Make sure that spirit wear is delivered to all who ordered.
Bess Siegal, Esther Lee
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 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 OPEN
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
Update website on a regular basis. These responsibilities are heaviest in the summer with updating to the new board and committee chairs as soon as they are known, which should be right as the old school year ends. The calendar is also set over the summer so events are added to the calendar when they are known.  Depending on how the board operates, this may end up happening in the fall, but ideally it happens before the school year starts.
Bess Siegal, SSL Volunteer, SSL Volunteer
Winter Dance Coordinates schoolwide dance LaTisha Gasaway
Yearbook Compiles the school yearbook Lina deChiara, OPEN

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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