The Nottingham PTA is an organization led by parent volunteers in collaboration with Nottingham teachers and staff. There are lots of ways to get involved in the work of the PTA – on a number of levels!
You can serve as a room parent, a volunteer in your child’s class, present art and music lessons from existing lesson plans, put together community events, assist with fundraisers, plant items around the school or help maintain the Exploration Courtyard, advocate on behalf of Nottingham in regards to Arlington Public Schools (APS) policies, help educate students about recycling and the environment, assist with school plays or writing projects or in the TV studio, and work behind the scenes with several administrative tasks like finances, membership and the student directory.
Take a moment to read the PTA’s Volunteer Handbook (www.nespta.org
) and you’ll see there are many, many ways to get involved!
Be sure to sign up for several county listservs like APS School Talk (which is an email update service with timely information from APS), and the PTA listserv that ensures you receive weekly updates from the PTA president.
Through the efforts of parent volunteers the Nottingham PTA provides opportunities for growth and community networking, for instance:
- NEWS: Disseminates school information via the PTA website, weekly update emails, a newsletter, the student directory, and various parent education forums through the year.
- FUNDING: provides direct contributions to the staff for the purchase of extra materials for classrooms and other areas of the school.
- ENHANCED LEARNING: Supports children’s arts education through Art Ace and Music Masters, environmental education through the Environment Committee, Adopt the Park, and support for the Outdoor Lab.
- ENGAGEMENT: Coordinates the popular after-school Enrichment Program, and supports the Reflections art program and Odyssey of the Mind.
- BUILDING COMMUNITY: Encourages a strong sense of community through a variety of social activities including: Family Nights, the Sock Hop, the Halloween parade, the adults-only Fall Social and Silent Auction, the March Madness basketball game, the Washington Nationals School Spirit Day, and the Book Swap/Ice Cream Social/Writer’s Night.