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Committee Descriptions 2020-2021

PTA Committees


 

PTA COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Our PTA has many opportunities throughout the year for you to assist our teachers and students. All committees are very flexible and can accommodate as much or as little time as you are willing to volunteer.  We are also always open to new ideas and suggestions on how to improve our organization.  Please browse our committee descriptions to see where you can make a contribution. You CAN make a difference!

 

*****IMPORTANT*****

The state of Pennsylvania now requires ALL school volunteers to obtain the following clearances:  Act 34, Act 151, and Act141Fingerprint Clearances, Mandated Online Reporting, and sign a 6004 Arrest Conviction and Certification Report prior to volunteering for any PTA events, activities, school parties, fieldtrips, etc.  Please refer to the PTA portion of Edline or the school website for more information and for an explanation of how to obtain these clearances.  Once these clearances are obtained and submitted to the school office, you will receive an ID badge that MUST be worn at all times while volunteering.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM  Nora Silvey, Rasha Alramahi and Meghan Thompson

We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate after school programs.  This would include creating sign-ups for the registration, collecting payments, creating class lists, and making sure on the day of classes students are at the correct location of the class.  Classes are one hour once a week for 4 to 6 weeks.  Time commitment can vary and will be in the fall and winter.

 

BINGO – Kristy Alberts and Natalie McMurtrie

Throughout the year, we conduct a fun-filled night of bingo, food, and fun for the whole family. This has become a very popular Friday night out for many families. Bingo nights are held in the cafeteria on Friday nights with doors opening at 6:00pm and games beginning at 6:30pm.  Bingo nights are held 3 times over the school year.  We always need help with selling bingo cards and refreshments, set-up and clean-up, and donations of baked goods.  The time commitment is 3 times per year either through donations or helping at the event for 2-3 hours. 

 

FUNDRAISING – Angela Klaum and Bethany Ford 

Avonworth students are provided many wonderful opportunities that are funded by the money raised from the PTA fundraisers. It helps pay for field trips, assemblies, and special events and provides learning tools for the classroom, just to name a few. Your support of our fundraisers is vital to the success of the PTA’s programs.  Fundraisers are typically held in the fall and in the spring.  We need help with things such as copying forms, tallying orders, and sorting and distributing the items once they are delivered.  The time commitment varies depending on the type of fundraiser…any help is appreciated.  The Chair and Co-Chair will contact you with specifics of what they will need, and you can volunteer according to what your schedule allows!  

 

FIELD DAY – Chair OPEN

The field day chairperson(s) will be involved in the coordination of planning for field day, ordering and distributing field day t-shirts for every student K-6.  

 

KINDNESS COMMITTEE – Rhodora Huffmyer

The kindness committee invests in our elementary community by coordinating support for students and families in need of specific non-monetary assistance. Assistance is provided by volunteers who sign up as committee members. Those members should be willing to receive periodic requests for donations. Examples of need might be assistance in the case of a family illness or death, or specific needs in basic care and comfort such as providing meals or babysitting to families in need. Each donation request will have an estimated value of $30.00 or less Since this committee is donation based, there is little time commitment.  

 

LIBRARY/BOOK FAIR – Diann Brown and Lindsay Stover  

The library\book fair committee is a fantastic way to be involved in your child’s school.  Whether you’re performing routine library duties, or helping with the book fairs, your efforts will be rewarded with the friendly smiles you encounter and the unique glimpse you get into the academic world of the students. 

 

As a member of the committee, you will be scheduled at the library and book fairs as your interest dictates and your time allows.  There are no meetings or money to worry about; it requires only as much time as you are willing and able to give, but your assistance to the library is invaluable. 

 

Library-Volunteers are needed to help the librarians return books to the shelves every morning. Other duties may include cataloging new books, repairing damaged volumes, locating books for students, checking books in\out and assisting with special projects as needed.  Volunteer hours are typically in the morning at the elementary school and for the Primary Center.

Time Commitment: weekly, monthly, or occasionally as your schedule allows

 

Book Fairs-The school sponsors several Scholastic book fairs during the school year. For one week in the fall and spring, students have the opportunity to shop and purchase books and other miscellaneous items. We also offer smaller “pop-up” book fairs at the Scare Space Bingo in October and during Grandparents day in the spring.  Profits are used to buy new books and fund other improvements to the library. Each book fair runs for one week during school hours, with each classroom being assigned a specific time to shop. Several volunteers are needed each day to help the children with their selections and to collect money.    Volunteers are invited to sign up for any of several 2-hour shifts that are scheduled during the book fair.  

Time Commitment: at least one 2-hour shift during the week of the book fair

 

PARTY PLANNER AND HELPERS FOR CLASSROOM PARTIES – Angela Klaum and Erica Puck 

This committee is involved throughout the year to organize the classroom parties (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Field day).  You MUST be a member of the PTA member to volunteer at holiday parties, Field Day and Field Trips for your child’s classroom.  We work with the teachers to choose a main party planner as well as volunteers for each event.  We answer questions throughout the year about the parties, help parents who are new to party planning to come up with plans and ideas for their party, and help with sign in on the day of the party to help keep the volunteers organized before heading to individual classrooms. 

 

HOLIDAY SHOP – Stepfanie Hightower and Courtney Carpenter

A holiday sale will be set up in the school in December. This event lasts for one week during school hours, with each class being scheduled a specific time to shop.  Students may purchase holiday gifts for parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and pets. All items are priced at only $1.00. Volunteers are needed to help set up, help the children shop for the people on their list, collect money,  wrap each gift (in a paper bag with a tag), and clean and pack supplies at the end of the week.  Volunteers typically work in “shifts” either during the morning or afternoon sessions.  You can volunteer as much or as little as you want.  The schedule will be provided so you know when your child’s class will shop.  The time commitment can vary.  

 

SANTA SPECTACULAR  Linda Sullivan 

In December the Avonworth Elementary PTA will sponsor a Holiday Carnival in the gym. This is combined with a holiday Bingo in the cafeteria, run by the Bingo committee.  Activities include face painting, crafts, games, and refreshments. We will need help decorating, setting up and cleaning up, selling tickets for the games, serving refreshments, recruiting fifth graders to serve as elves, and helping the elves with games in the gym. Please consider volunteering your time to make this magical time of the year even more special.  Time commitment is once per year helping set up and run the carnival – usually 3-4 hours.  

 

SPECIAL EVENTS  Leah Abbott 

This committee will be for events and activities that are planned at the last minute throughout the school year.  Committee members must have a flexible schedule and able to help plan, decorate, volunteer time & talents as needed.  Activites may include Fall Fitness Frenzy, Makeshop Madness and AES Grandparents Day

 

TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION – Diann Brown and Lindsay Stover

This committee is responsible for showing gratitude to the teachers and support staff at AES/APC.  We have a few events throughout the school year to celebrate our teachers and staff and conclude the year with a week-long celebration during National Teacher Appreciation Week in May.  Members of this committee can volunteer at their own individual levels from providing home-cooked meals/treats and donations to being a key member of the Teacher Appreciation Week Planning sub-committee.    There are opportunities to volunteer both before, during and after school hours.   Time commitment for committee volunteers is usually 1-2 hours 2-3 times a year and then 4-5 hours during Teacher Appreciation week.  

 

5th GRADE PARENT GROUP – Stefanie Machan and Nora Silvey

               This committee will help with the coordination of the Poinsetta fundraiser and Camp Kon O Kwee trip.  

 

6TH GRADE PARENT GROUP – Tracey Smallwood

Activities may include: Fundraisers for the annual Washington D.C. trip, charitable projects, and planning for the sixth grade end of year picnic.  Committee member time commitment will vary as projects and events are planned and executed.  

 

WELCOME COMMITTEE – Erica Puck and Courtney Kuzma

This committee organizes and plans our Kindergarten Welcome Nights as well as PTA Welcome Night.  Kindergarten Welcome Nights are held at the Primary Center on the 3rd Wednesday of June and July.  There is also an evening in August before school starts and is meant to be a meet and greet for the Kindergarten students to get to know each other a little bit prior to starting their first day of school.  PTA Welcome Night is our first PTA Meeting of the year and this year falls on September 12 at 7pm.  It is held in an open house setting with all of our Committee Chairs on hand to provide information and answer questions.  Members of this committee will help plan these nights and/or volunteer for set-up and decorating, handing out name tags, serving food, clean-up, etc.  We will also need experienced parents on hand each night to help answer questions.  Time commitment is 3 to 4 hours 3-4 times a year.  

 

OTHER WAYS TO HELP THE PTA

We understand that you may not have the time to volunteer on a committee so here are some ways that you can easily help the PTA and the community.   

 

APPLES FOR STUDENTS 

Each scan of your Giant Eagle card can provide a bushel of help for our school!!  Educational material can be purchased with the points that are accumulated just by shopping at Giant Eagle. It takes three easy steps:

1.      Register your card at www.gianteagle.com or call 1-800-474-4777

2.      Enter our school id #0042

3.      Shop with your Giant Eagle Advantage Card

Tell your friends and family to join too!  

 

GENERAL MILLS BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION – Krysten Birt

Through the collection of General Mills Box Tops, the PTA receives money from General Mills.  You can send your Box Tops in any time, but we also hold contests in the fall and spring.  You can save up your Box Tops for your children to bring in during the contest…the classroom that collects the most Box Tops wins and gets to choose a “Theme Day” for the whole school to participate in!   Last year we held two contests and made $2,000!  Collect and save these box tops from specially marked General Mills food products.   

 

AMAZON SMILE

Shop using the Avonworth PTA Amazon Smile link.  Every time you shop via the link a portion of your purchase price will be donated directly to the PTA. smile.amazon.com/ch/25-1768226

 

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