Committee Chairs 2019 – 2020


  • Book Fair (second person needed)
  • Bulletin Board / Display Case
  • Cultural Arts
  • Health and Wellness Staff Fitness Challenge
  • Kindergarten Welcome / Boo Hoo Breakfast
  • Multicultural Night
  • PALS
  • Reading Programs
  • Walking Wednesday

5th Grade Programs

Pam SchicklerEmail
Andrea MuirheadEmail

  • Dates: Throughout the year
  • Time Commitment: Minimal/Medium
  • Help plan and organize fifth grade events such as 5th grade t-shirts
  • Bed head contest
  • Special 5th grade day
  • Post-Simulated Congressional Hearings party
  • 5th grade picnic
  • NSJ pool party (private – not PTA)

Book Fair

Bettina WachterEmail

  • Dates: One week in Feb or March
  • Nov/Dec: Confirm dates with Scholastic Rep, checkout online toolkit, request volunteers, coordinate with SJLES Media Center
  • Mid/Late Dec: order free promotional kit, set up display case, design/order flyers
  • Early/Mid Jan: Deliver Scholastic catalogs and flyers, get startup money from PTA treasurer
  • During Fair: Help with setup, coordinate volunteers, secure cash drawers at night, help count money, run financials on registers
  • Training: available online from Scholastic, also notes/cheat sheet/binder available (can run this with no previous experience!)

Bulletin Board / Display Case


Helps keep the bulleting board and display case in SJLES up to date.

Campus Enhancements

Caroline BodziakEmail

Help with planting, weeding and mulching our entryway.

Cultural Arts


Work with school staff to schedule in-house field trips and musical presentations.

Exterior Marquee

Erin LanthierEmail

This person keeps the marquee in front of the school updated with current event information.

Health & Wellness

Kristen Piggott (Turkey Trot) – Email
Vacant (Staff Fitness Challenge) – Email
Lindsey Martone (Screen-Free Week)
Sayli Moskowitz (Walk to School)

  • Dates: Throughout the year
  • Plan and coordinate events throughout the year, including requesting volunteers.
  • Turkey Trot (November)
  • Walk To School days (Oct and April)
  • Screen Free Week (April or May)
  • 10 days of Fitness
  • Mind and Muscles Program (each month)

Interior Campus Enhancements

Caroline Bodziak

Works with the school to identify areas of potential improvement within the school.

Kindergarten Welcoming / Boo Hoo Breakfast


Kindergarten parents, whether tears of joy or sadness, please join us for the Boo Hoo Breakfast in the SJLES Cafeteria from about 9-10am on the first day of school. Younger siblings welcome!

Parents of older children, can you volunteer to help with food setup and greeting Kindergarten parents? Thanks!

May Day

Diana ChoiEmail

  • Biggest fundraiser of the year for SJLES PTA; part of the SJLES community since the 1970s
  • Manage and coordinate the planning and execution of subcommittees (food, entertainment, games, prizes, tickets, volunteers)
  • Handle all aspects of correspondence with: subcommittees, parents, teachers and staff
  • Schedule and run meetings from January through May

May Day – Silent Auction

Elizabeth Taylor
Stephanie Shane

  • Draft letter for vendors and contact vendors to solicit tax deductible donations (gift certificates, products, tickets, money)
  • Coordinate all the donations/gift baskets items for auction
  • Deliver baskets to winners not present at end of auction


Kristen PiggottEmail

  • Help register members for the PTA each school year and deliver membership cards
  • Design flyers/membership forms for distribution to parents via para-educator mailboxes
  • Advertise the PTA at some events (Kindergarten play-dates, Back to School night)

Memory Book

Erin ClowEmail
Sabrina Knickelbein

This team helps coordinate collection of photos and the creation of the school Memory Book.

Multicultural Night


Coordinate Multicultural Night, a family event where students can share and celebrate their heritage and experience cultural and linguistic diversity.

Original Works

April Baer
Andrea Miurhead

Coordinate Original Works fundraiser with Art teachers.


Vacant – Email

  • Dates: year round
  • Time Commitment: Medium. Flexible hours but requires weekly commitment
  • Coordinate volunteers to assist children with reading.
  • Works with Reading Specialist to select students who might benefit from this reading help.

Reading Program (Keys to Reading)


  • Dates: One time in March-May
  • Time Commitment: Minimal
  • Serve as a point of contact for the Frederick Keys Reading Program
  • Collect book forms and distribute tickets to homerooms

Restaurant Nights

Allyson JacksonEmail

  • Choose restaurants and dates for fundraiser nights
  • Develop and distribute flyers to para-educators for delivery to students
  • Advertise in PTA newsletter, marquee in front of school
  • Arrange for money raised to be given to PTA treasurer

Retail Receipts (Box Tops for Education)

Sayli Moskowitz

  • Send monthly forms to Howard County Print Shop for copying
  • Distribute forms to all students monthly through para-educator mailboxes
  • Check collection box at least once per month
  • Bundle and submit Box Tops to Box Tops for Education for reimbursement

Room Parent Coordination

Diana Choi – Email

Help with room parents for all grades.

Science Fair

Diana Oram – Email

  • Dates: February or March- one time
  • Time Commitment: Minimal
  • Plan and organize participants and judges.
  • Help set up, clean up, organize participants and judges for the event

Spirit Wear

Diana Choi – Email

  • Decide when to hold spirit wear sale (Fall or Spring or both)
  • Choose spirit wear vendor and designs/items to sell
  • Make flyer (usually vendor will do it for you)
  • Distribute flyers to para-educators to give to students
  • Collect order forms and money
  • Provide numbers to vendor
  • Count money, give to PTA treasurer
  • Distribute spirit wear items to school when delivered by vendor. Separate by grades to make it easy to distribute.

Staff Appreciation

Kristen Piggott – Email
Megan Fichter

There will be various events throughout the year. Help make or buy food for lunches/dinners for our wonderful staff. You can also help with set up/clean up.

Student Directory

Jeff KendrickEmail

  • Collects contact information of students’ parents for database
  • Uses the database to produce hardcopy school directory book
  • Coordinates production of the book by the Howard County Board of Education Print Shop
  • Distributes book to students/staff
  • Work is from August to October

Teacher Support

Diana ChoiEmail
Kristen PiggottEmail

  • Dates: Throughout the year
  • Time Commitment: Can be time consuming
  • Requires a lot of coordination
  • Has its own person/budget. 
  • Contacts teachers/team leaders throughout the year find out their needs (glue sticks, EXPO markers, etc.)
  • Purchases and delivers these products.

Volunteer Coordinator/Recruiting

Carolyn Adams – Email

  • Dates: Throughout the year
  • Compiles completed volunteer forms at the beginning of the year and record contact info in a spreadsheet
  • Distributes volunteer lists to committees (based on responses on Membership forms) for use throughout the year
  • Assists school with gathering volunteers for first week of school arrivals (bus/walker/car rider tagging)
  • Vision & Hearing testing

Walking Wednesday

Vacant – Email

  • Dates: October-November and April -June
  • Time Commitment- Medium. Each Wednesday-during part or all of recess.
  • Help plan and organize so our kids can walk for exercise and earn charms during recess.
  • Help hand out and mark cards and charms.


Paul Halvorsen

Maintains and updates the SJLES PTA website.