Thurgood Marshall Elementary School PTA

Committee Descriptions




  • Art Cards (Fall Event) Before the holiday season, students will create pictures during art class. Those “masterpieces” can be turned into cherished items to share with family and friends.
  • Audit (Summer) At least once a year, the PTA accounting records need to be reviewed. Members of this committee work together to conduct the review.
  • Babysitters (PTA Meetings when Bar-T is unavailable) The committee is responsible for organizing SSL students from local middle and high schools to baby-sit the children of parents attending the PTA meeting. Toys, games, one-on-one homework help, movies, and a snack are provided.
  • Bingo or Trivia Night (Winter Event) This evening event is an opportunity for the whole family to come out for some entertainment and excitement. Volunteers are needed to help set-up and run the event.
  • Book Fair (Fall and Spring) Every year TMES runs two book fairs provided by Scholastic Books. This is a huge event for TMES. The first one is usually held in the Fall. The Fall Book Fair will run for a week and is open during the school day with one late evening. The Spring Book Fair will run for about 3 days and will be open during the school day and one late evening. Volunteers are needed to help set-up and run the fair.
  • Book Orders (Assignment Books and Summer Review Books) Assignment Books: Serve as a liaison between the assignment book company and the 4th and 5th grade teachers. With input from the teachers, select preferences for the assignment books and place order with company. Summer Review: Work with TMES staff member to create and collect summer reading and math review order forms and distribute material to students at the end of the year.
  • Bulletin Board The Bulletin Board Committee is responsible for updating the Bulletin Board at the Giant Food Grocery Store in the Kentlands and the PTA board located at TMES (next to the all purpose room). The committee ensures that pertinent news, communication, or current events are posted in a timely manner. Typical postings include holidays, up-coming events and PTA meetings.
  • Business Promotions The Business Promotions Committee handles programs designed by big companies to raise money for our school. For instance, we run the “BoxTops” campaign. We also handle the Safeway Escrip, Giant BonusBucks A+ enrollment, Harris Teeter Together in Education, the Campbell Soup Labels UPC program, Target: Take Charge of Education, Office Depot: 5% Back to Schools, and the printer cartridges recycling program. Volunteers help sort, tally and submit the boxtops and labels to the companies.
  • Bylaws Every three years, the PTA requires a review of the PTA bylaws. A committee is formed to bring any updates to the PTA membership for approval and submit an updated copy of the bylaws to MD PTA. Next scheduled update must be approved by December 2017.
  • Cluster Coordinator Attends meetings that include representatives from the Quince Orchard Cluster and then reports the information to the TMES PTA.
  • Community Nights The Community Nights committee holds dinners or other functions at area restaurants and stores. These businesses donate a percentage of sales to the TMES PTA! The Community Nights committee is working to find new venues. Our target is to find and utilize restaurants or stores in the area that give generous percentages to participating schools (15-20%).
  • Courtyard (Help needed throughout the year) The Courtyard Committee is responsible for organizing the numerous flower/mulch donations, and for general maintenance of the courtyard and area immediately in front of the school. We keep the courtyard full of blossoms and life so the courtyard can be a place of beauty and fun.
  • Cultural Arts (Help needed throughout the year) With the aid of the school staff, this committee selects and contracts performers for the student assemblies throughout the school year.
  • Fundraising Committee This committee leads our primary fundraising efforts.
  • Family Dance (Winter Event) The Family Dance is an opportunity for parents and children to let loose and show their dance moves. It will be held in the school auditorium one night in the February timeframe. Volunteers will organize and coordinate a DJ and food.
  • Field Day (Spring Event) Field Day is an annual event held toward the end of the school year. The day consists of outdoor-physical activities for all grade levels. Volunteers are needed to help set-up and assist Mr. Fields with stations with activities.
  • Fifth Grade Liaison Assists in planning 5th grade events, fund raising activities and end of year parties.
  • Fifth Grade Promotion Traditionally, parents from the 4th grade serve as host for the 5th grade graduation ceremony held in June. However, all parents can volunteer.
  • Information/Press The Information/Press officer is responsible for identifying items of interest for the media, especially the School News section of the weekly Gazette newspaper. TMES highlights are written up into brief press releases and press invitations for submission to the Gazette and other media on a regular basis. Items of interest include fundraisers, student awards, special projects, honors, and school events.
  • Kindergarten Orientation (Spring Event) Come welcome our newest students and parents at this end of year event. During two days in April or May, Kindergarten registration takes place at TMES. Volunteers are needed to help with taking pictures and giving snacks to the children.
  • Membership The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an important group that helps enhance your involvement in your child’s education. Membership entitles you to a copy of the student directory. Volunteers help in organizing and creating the directory.
  • MCCPTA Delegate Regular MCCPTA meetings (Delegates’ Assemblies) are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month during the school year beginning at 7:30 pm. The Assemblies are held at the Carver Educational Services Center located on 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville and are open to all PTA members. The privileges of introducing motions and voting, however, are limited to the voting body which consists of the MCCPTA officers, area vice presidents and cluster coordinators, committee chairs, the president or alternate and two accredited delegates or their alternates from member PTAs/PTSAs. The monthly meetings provide an opportunity for delegates to present ideas, debate issues, become better informed, make personal contacts with other PTA leaders, and vote on MCCPTA actions.
  • Multi-Cultural (Spring Event) The Multi-Cultural Event is a chance for the TMES community to experience a sampling of other cultures. Exhibits are set up highlighting the cultures, music, and foods of a variety of countries. TMES families are encouraged to take part in the festival and contribute a song, something to display (maps, jewelry, china, everyday items) or prepare a finger food to share.
  • NAACP Representative Provides information, guidance and support to students and families for this specific program. NAACP representative works with the NAACP staff to distribute information via Regal Eagle articles and student handouts. Represents TMES at countywide meetings.
  • QO High School Liaison The TMES representative acts as a liaison between Quince Orchard High School and the TMES PTA. The representative relays information that might be relevant to TMES students, parents or families. In addition, the representative brings TMES issues to Quince Orchard PTA.
  • Reading Liaison Work directly with TMES Reading Specialists to organize reading events throughout the year. To include the Summer Reading Pizza Party, Read to the Dogs Program, and Reading Night.
  • Ridgeview Middle School Liaison The TMES representative acts as a liaison between Ridgeview Middle School and the TMES PTA. The representative relays information that might be relevant to TMES students, parents or families. In addition, the representative brings TMES issues to Ridgeview Middle School PTA.
  • Back to School Social This event is a great time for the whole family. It takes many people to make this event a success. Volunteers are needed to help with stations and games.
  • Holiday Shop (November/December Event) Holiday Shop is when children have the opportunity to buy holiday presents for their parents, siblings, grandparents, and/or friends. They are taken around the room (without parents) with an older child or volunteer. This is a great way for kids to surprise their parents and family members with gifts for the holiday season. After the child chooses their special gift we will provide free gift- wrapping. Volunteers are needed to help the children choose their gifts and wrap presents.
  • Spirit Wear This volunteer organizes the sale of TMES clothing and other swag throughout the school year.
  • Staff Appreciation/Baking The Staff Appreciation Committee organizes several events for the TMES staff throughout the year, including several Holiday Treats (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays, Valentines Day), Staff Breakfasts (once a month) and Teacher Appreciation Week (May). In general, we provide food through organized breakfast/luncheons as well as special treats and prizes to the deserving staff members of TMES. Volunteers are needed to help make food for these events and provide help with set-up and clean up. This committee also coordinates the Teacher’s Wish List – a list of items that are needed by the staff and donated by parent volunteers.
  • Technology/Web The TMES website is a source of information for TMES families. Committee members regularly update the website and have the option of redesigning the site.
  • Variety Show Coordinator The variety show is a much loved tradition at TMES where students audition to preform in a fun evening event.  Traditionally, this event has been used as a 5th grade fundraiser to help pay for the end of year 5th grade party, and therefore run by fifth grade parents. If no fifth grade parent volunteers, the event can be organized by any TMES parents.  This event takes multiple volunteers to pull together.
  • Volunteer Coordinator The volunteer coordinator works with all of the PTA committees, teachers, and TMES staff to find volunteers for their events and tallies all volunteer hours for submission to MCPS. The Volunteer coordinator is also responsible for updating all volunteer forms.
  • WATCH D.O.G.S. The Watch DOGS chair coordinates the participation of TMES dads who would like to volunteer in the school through the WatchDOGS program providing positive male role models in and around the school.
  • Writers Anthology The Writers Anthology coordinator organizes poems or short stories and artwork submissions from our TMES students and creates a book for students and families to read and enjoy.
  • Yahoo The Thurgood Marshall Elementary School Yahoo! Group allows parents to be notified via email of events, activities, and messages relevant to TMES.
  • Year Book The TMES yearbook gets published each year through the hard work of the yearbook committee and Classic Photography. Volunteers are needed to take pictures throughout the year at special events and then coordinate with the Classic representative to create the TMES Yearbook.