Volunteers Needed for 2018 - 2019 School Year

The PTA needs volunteer teams to manage our major initiatives for the 2018-19 school year. Your help is needed to run family social events, school support programs, and communication and advocacy efforts, and to support PTA functions and administration.

Whether you are a veteran volunteer, or brand new to the school, whether you have many hours through out the year to give or you can volunteer one time, your help is welcome and needed.

Training and support will be provided for all positions. 

The goal is to have all PTA programs run by teams so that the workload is more manageable and fun for everyone.

For questions please email any board member

Erin Rehman, President, [email protected] com

Rebecca Miller, Executive VP, [email protected] 

Amber Coleman-Mortley, VP of Communications, [email protected]  

MJ Sivulich, Treasurer, [email protected]

Mary Lazzeri, Membership VP, [email protected]

Leigh Bacon, Recording Secretary, [email protected]

Emi Sato, VP of Fundraising, [email protected]

Sangeeta Kaul, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, [email protected]



Created by:   Garrett Park ES PTA
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NAACP Parents' Council Representative (2)

Celebrating over 20 years of service in MCPS the Parents’ Council empowers parents of color to take a pro-active role in the education of their children. This role serves as a connection between the county NAACP committee and GPES.


Health Room Helper (3)

Have a few hours each week to spare? We always need help in our health room.

2 of 3 slots filled
Michelle Choe
Kristin Altar

Building Services Appreciation Week (3)

October 2nd-5th - Create a theme and daily activities to celebrate our wonderful custodial staff.


Fall Book Fair (3)

Oct. 5th-12th. Book fairs are a major source of literacy support for GP. Proceeds fund the Weekly Reader for all students and books for classrooms and the media center. Lead volunteers work with the Scholastic Rep to manage all logistics. Commitment: High

All slots filled
Bridget Manifold
Cecilia Ma
Kristin Altar

Read Aloud Night (2)

Family Event: Wednesday, October 10th. Volunteer coordinates staff volunteers who read their favorite books one night during the fall book fair. Commitment level: low.

1 of 2 slots filled
Betty Fout

Salad Social (5)

October 13th- Help Nutrition committee plan this NEW event.


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF (2)

Promote the campaign by sending home boxes with a flyer. Collect boxes after Halloween and turn in monies to coinstar.


Indoor Movie or Craft Night (4)

Family Event November 1st- Families enjoy a movie or craft activity event.


Kids Coding Night (4)

Family Event: Friday, December 6th. Families participate in coding and STEM activities as part of National Coding Week and Hour of Code. Volunteers help plan activities, work with vendor, and promote event. Commitment level: Medium


Indoor Movie Night/Craft Night (2)

Family Event: January 11th- Families enjoy a movie or craft event. Fun Activity and pizza with GPES friends. Volunteers choose and show movie or activities, purchase food for sale, manage food sales at the event, and promote event. Commitment level: Low


Fundraising: Silent Auction (10)

Sat., February 23rd -The PTA budget depends on this! Volunteers help solicit donations for auction items from businesses, manage auction item intake, run event, and thank donors. Most can be done at-home!


Winter BINGO and Game Night (2)

Family Event: Saturday, February 23rd. Families enjoy free BINGO, board games, and recess games. (Coincides with silent auction). Responsibilities include logistics, organizing SSL volunteers, marketing, etc. Commitment level: Low

1 of 2 slots filled
Abby Smith

Black History Month Program (3)

Join the Parents' Council planning committee for the Black History Month Program (February 2019).


International Night (6)

Family Event: Saturday, March 9th. Our biggest event of the year. Volunteers manage volunteers and logistics for cultural displays, coordinate SSL volunteers, manage event layout and set-up, MC performances, and promote event. Commitment level: Medium

2 of 6 slots filled
Sylvia Escobar
Gail Silberglied

Spring STEM Night (4)

Family Event: April 10th- Families engage in coding and STEM activities. Volunteers plan and assist with activities, work with vendor, and promote event. Commitment Level: Medium


Kindergarten Orientation (2)

Coordinate PTA support of the kindergarten orientation program. Spring: Commitment level: Low

All slots filled
Chrissie Herman
Christina Bowen

Staff Appreciation - Organize Staff Appreciation Week Events (4)

May 6th-10th - Coordinate donations from GP families and local merchants, and purchase (with PTA funds) a variety of treats, breakfast, and lunch items during staff appreciation week in May. Commitment Level: Medium


Spring Book Fair (3)

May- Book fairs are a major source of literacy support for GP. Proceeds fund the Weekly Reader for all students and books for classrooms and the media center. Lead volunteers work with the Scholastic Rep to manage all logistics. Commitment: High

1 of 3 slots filled
Bridget Manifold

ALLIES Dance (4)

Family Event: Friday, May 25th. Families enjoy a multicultural celebration party with a DJ featuring popular and world music, and games. Commitment Level: Medium

1 of 4 slots filled
Sylvia Escobar

Spring Fair (6)

Family Event: Sunday, June 2nd- Families enjoy games, moon bounces, obstacle courses and great food. Responsibilities include logistics, organizing volunteers, working with vendors, marketing, etc. Commitment level: Medium

1 of 6 slots filled
Heather Down

ALLIES Playdates (8)

Family Event: (Sept, Nov, Jan, March) ALLIES Playdates are intended to be a fun-filled learning experience to introduce topics related to diversity and inclusion. Volunteers needed to help choose topics and facilitate activities. Commitment Level: Medium.


MCCPTA Delegate (2)

Serve as a link between the Montgomery County Council of PTAs and our local PTA. Meetings are held on the 4thTuesday at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. You would then report at our PTA meetings. Commitment level: medium

1 of 2 slots filled
Gail Silberglied

STEM Club (10)

Family Event: Monthly informal gathering for kids to develop coding skills and engage in STEM activities. Volunteers needed to lead activities and assist kids. Commitment Level: Low.


GPES Corps and Community Service (2)

Coordinate community service activities for students and families. Could coordinate a group for the MLK Day of Service and/or an Earth Day service project. Commitment Level: Low


Raccoon Record Student Literary Journal

Spring: Commitment level: Medium


Student Directory (2)

Manages signups and data entry for the student directory in coordination with the vendor AtoZ directories.


Box Tops for Education (2)

A volunteer is needed to compile all of the Box Tops delivered to the school and mail them for redemption during the fall and spring collection times. Commitment level: Low

All slots filled
Andrea Brush (2)
Andrea and Gus Brush

Before/After School Programs

year round: Commitment level: Medium


Social Media

year round: Commitment level: Medium

Amber Coleman-Mortley


year round: Commitment level: Medium

Mary Lazzeri

Volunteer Coordinator

Assists the school (principal, school staff, and PTA) with recruitment of volunteers, maintains the volunteer records, submits a monthly School Volunteer Report to MCPS, and supports volunteer recognition. year round: Commitment level: Medium


Room Parent Coordinator

year round: Commitment level: Medium

Kathy Pascover

Nutrition Committee (10)

Promote Healthy Foods/Eating in our school


Spirit Wear Coordinator

During summer a volunteer will identify online spirit wear vendors and then set up a GPES store to launch at back to school. We will also sell a limited amount of tshirts at PTA events. Commitment level: Medium

Andrea Brush

Restaurant Night Coordinator (2)

Set up fundraising nights at restaurants, including Silver Diner night. Commitment level: low

1 of 2 slots filled
Gail Silberglied

Store/Merchant Redemption (2)

year round, mostly fall. Input parent names and reward card numbers into system for Giant and Harris Teeters reward programs. Commitment level Low

1 of 2 slots filled
Crystal Pierson

Budget Committee (5)

May 2019 Commitment level: Low. Members help draft a proposed budget for the next school year to be voted on in June. This is a great way to shape PTA priorities.


Nominating Committee for Next Year's Board (3)

March and April: Commitment level: Low


PTA Financial Review of Books (5)

Late June/Early July 2019: Commitment level: Low. Audit the financial records of the PTA for the past fiscal year.


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