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Emerson PTA Committees: 2016-2017

There’s so many ways for Emerson moms and dads to get involved throughout the school year. With more 25 committees, there’s one that’s right for you. Some require only a small commitment of time. Others are active throughout the year.

Assemblies - Chairperson: Robyn Tsacoumangos

Work with the principal to plan and organize school assemblies. There are generally 4 or 5 assemblies held each year for the entire school.

Audit - Chairperson: Lynn Taub

In late July/August a review of the PTA books occurs. Income and expense transactions for the year are reviewed together with supporting documentation consisting of invoices, expense vouchers, deposit slips and supporting income documentation.  A verification occurs of balances, bank statements,  the checkbook and approvals.

Book Fair - Co-Chairs: Kate Melzer, Dana Steinecker

Committee members will be asked to help promote the event, organize the Book Fair Preview for students, set up the Book Fair, work during the Fair as a cashier OR help pack up.  This is a great fundraiser for the Emerson and gets kids excited about reading!

Charitable Outreach - Co-Chairs: Lisa Poczatek & Laura Pishkur

Committee members will be asked to help promote and/or organize activities and projects throughout the year to teach Emerson students the value of charitable outreach locally, nationally and globally.

Chess Club - Chairperson: Chris Buxton 

NO CHESS KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED!  Committee members will be asked to help supervise kids while they play chess during their lunch period.  Volunteers will also be asked to help with the chess tournament in the Spring.

Directory - Chairperson: Vanith Lanoue

Populate online directory with student/parent information and work with VP of Communications to publicize the directory to all parents. 

Fall Fest - Chairperson: Vanitha Lanoue

Committee members will be asked to help plan, set up Fall Fest, clean up after the event OR help staff a game for a 1/2 hour period. 

Field Day: Sharlyne Rivera

Committee members will help run a series of outside games during this all-school event held one morning during the last week of school.

Fifth Grade Farewell - Co-Chairs: Michelle Kamienski, Heidi Maier

This committee plans the annual end of the year pool party for the outgoing fifth grade class and helps to coordinate the DARE graduation.  The Fifth Grade Farewell is the larger of the two events and is held in May at the York Aquatic Center.  The DARE graduation is scheduled for the end of school.

Fine Arts - Chairperson: Angela Hedworth

Volunteer to lead art appreciation sessions in your child’s classroom.  No experience is necessary nor is special knowledge required. All materials are provided.  Multiple volunteers welcome for each classroom.

Go Green! - Chairperson: Leslie Robbins

Committee members will help plan and coordinate programs and events to build environmental awareness and promote conservation among Emerson students and their families.

Head Room Parent/Room Parent - Chairperson: Michelle McDermott

Help in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) coordinating parties and other events. Head room parent works with the teacher and coordinates with other room parents.

Ice Cream Social - Co-Chairs: Annette Kastner & Angel Allen

Committee members will help plan, set up and serve ice cream for students one afternoon in August before the start of school.

Jump Rope for Heart - Chairperson: Apoor Gami

Jump Rope for Heart is a 2-day event for Emerson School that teaches kids about heart health and raises money and awareness for the American Heart Association.  Committee members will be asked to volunteer to run various stations throughout the event.

Junior Book Club - Chairperson: Zahra Suratwala

Committee members will lead small groups of 2nd and 3rd grade students through discussions about classic stories in the Jr. Book Club Series once a week for 8 weeks during their lunch hour. All lead facilitators receive training and materials from the Great Books Foundation. 

LRC Helper - Chairperson: Sarah Rychley

Volunteer in the library to shelve books, help children check out and other small duties. Volunteers sign up at their convenience, in the library, as often as they like.

New Family Welcome - Co-Chairs: Cindy Choi & Erin Bruno

Committee members are asked to be available to give tours to incoming kindergarten parents, answer questions and help with registration paperwork at a Kindergarten Orientation.  They will also help organize playdates for incoming Kindergarteners and distribute signs to new students in August 2015.

Nominating Committee - Co-Chairs: Laura Wise, Kate Melzer

This position is crucial in helping find qualified and willing PTA board members and committee chairs for the following school year.

Opening Day Coffee - Co-Chairs: Trish Pucek

Committee members will be asked to help plan, set up and serve coffee and snacks during this reception for parents on the first day of school. 

Outdoor Beautification - Chairperson: Deb Schaefer

Share your appreciation for the outdoors and join our effort to improve the Emerson school campus by creating and maintaining planting areas and seasonal containers for the enjoyment of Emerson’s staff, students and families.  Our efforts will include collaboration with Earth Ambassadors on development and maintenance of the Outdoor Classroom in addition to other areas around the school.

PTA Council Scholarship Fundraising - Chairperson: Megan Winton

Oversee fundraising for the PTA's scholarship.

Publicity - Chairperson: Open

Help spread the word around our community about goings on at Emerson School. Publicize monthly PTA meetings by putting up signage, manage Emerson social media and liase with local news outlets.

Read to Succeed - Chairperson: Kim Daly

Volunteers will coordinate this program which features the Six Flag Six Hour Reading Club.  This club encourages kids to complete 6 hours of recreational reading and rewards them with a free admission ticket for participating.

Rec Nights - Co-Chairs: Angel Allen & Diane Maxeiner

Committee members will help with an evening of games.  Each grade level gathers during one evening to play partner games with a parent/older sibling. Volunteers will run the games.  You will not be asked to help on a night when your child will be participating in the games.

Reflections - Chairperson: Marisa Costa 

Oversee the Reflections program in which students select an art category and submit an entry to a school, district and national competition

Room Parent Coordinator - Michelle McDermott

Coordinate and serve as point of contact for all room parents

Running Club - Chairperson: Bernice DeCristofaro

Volunteers will help supervise running club members and keep track of running logs during lunch hour sessions.

Safe Routes to School - Chairperson: Open

The committee works to encourage kids to safely walk or bike to Emerson by handing out incentives on Walk-To-School Fridays.  They also organize a walking school bus for International Walk to School Day in the fall and promote International Bike to School Day in the spring.

School Board Representative - Chairperson: Dana Steinecker

Represent Emerson to the Distict 205 school board.

School Supply Boxes - Chairperson: Julie Williams

Committee members will be contacted in August 2015 (usually the week before school starts) to help unpack and distribute the tool boxes for the 2015-2016 school year.  This is a one-time commitment of 1-3 hours during the day at Emerson.  Some manual lifting is involved (up to 30 lbs.)

Science Olympiad - Chairperson: Matt Lanoue

Committee members will coordinate, set up and run Emerson’s annual Science Olympiad Fun Night, which offers exciting science experiments for each grade level.

Shopping Incentives - Chairperson: Kim Daly

Help promote several programs that benefits Emerson!  Committee members will be asked to help promote, track and organize incentives such as Box Tops, Target and Tysons!  Also responsible for organizing Dine Out events at local restaurants.

Spirit Wear - Chairperson: Kate Melzer/Laura Wise

Help promote ordering of Emerson Wear to show school spirit, process orders and deliver gear to students.

Spring Event / Talent Show - Chairperson: Marisa Costa

Committee Members will be asked to help organize and run the Emerson Talent Show or a Spring Event (rotate every other year).  For the talent show, they will work with the committee chair to sign up acts, secure permission slips, set up sound and arrange the line-up at the show. For the spring event, they will plan and organize a school event.

Teacher Appreciation - Co-Chairs: Andrea Tahlier / Michelle Pinedo

Committee members are asked to supply food and set up luncheon/dinner for Parent/Teacher Conferences in November.  This committee also helps to assemble and distribute crafts or gifts and host a luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2016).

Yearbook - Co-Chairs/Photographer:  Lisa Moran, Diane Maxeiner

Yearbook is a club that invites 5th grade students to participate in the design and production of our school yearbook.  Parent volunteers will be needed to provide supervision and direction during lunchtime meetings.  No experience necessary nor do you need to have a 5th grader to help! Informational meetings with interested 5th graders will be offered 2 or 3 times before winter break. Formal meetings will be held every Tuesday from 1105-1135am January-April.  Distribution will be during the final week of school.

President's message

A special thank you to The Vitogiannis Family for providing lunch for our Emerson staff and teachers last week for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Everyone raved about it!  If you’d like to try it for yourself here is their address in... Continue »

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