Takoma Park Elementary School PTA Meeting Minutes, September 7, 2017

September 7, 2017
6:30-7pm, APR

Secretary: Allyson Piazza

Attendance: 34 members, 26 non-members

Welcome: PTA President Lia Goldstein

All future PTA meetings will be on the first Tuesday of the month 7-8pm in the APR (cafeteria)

Budget: PTA Treasurer Erin Kelley

Brief overview, few questions.  Budget approved unanimously by members present.

Volunteer opportunities: Lia Goldstein

There are many events and committees that need volunteers, please contact Lia Goldstein if you are interested.

Anyone volunteering at the school needs to complete the volunteer training certification online.  There is a link on the PTA website (www.tpespta.net) and on the school website.

Justine Lassman, Room Parent Coordinator: teachers need at least one Room Parent so please consider volunteering.  Let Justine know if you are a Room Parent so you can join the yahoo group and connect with other Room Parents.

PTA Before/After School Enrichment Programs: Virginia Davis

Online registration started today, please visit the PTA website and yahoo group for more information.

Meeting adjourned, 7pm

Before and After School Enrichment Program – Schedule Details

We are pleased to announce schedule details of the PTA’s Before and After School Enrichment program.

Classes will begin the week of Sept. 25 and end the week of Nov. 17.

Registration for fall begins 9/7/17.  We will email a registration link to this list serve and publish it on the PTA’s website.  Spanish translators will be available at Back to School Night to assist with registration.

Final pricing will be included in the registration system, but classes range from $110-$175 for the session. Scholarships are available on a limited basis to students who qualify for the free / reduced price meal program.   Please let us know if you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship student!

See the Schedule

Fall Semester Enrichment Classes and Clubs – Registration Begins 9/7

We are excited to announce that enrichment classes and clubs for the fall semester will be offered September 25th through November 17th on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and Tuesday and Thursday morning.  Specific enrichment program offerings and the full schedule will be announced in early September, but a few of the confirmed programs include Storybook Theatre, Karate, Running, Nature Science Lab, Basketball, and Yoga.

Limited scholarships will be available to those who need them as they have been in the past.

Online Registration for Fall Semester Enrichment Classes and Clubs begins 9/7/17.

Visit the TPES PTA Clubs page for more information.

Blair Cluster & MCCPTA Info

Blair Cluster + MCCPTA Info

Montgomery County Public Schools represent one of the largest, most influential school districts in the nation.  It is important for each school’s PTA to work with their counterparts throughout the county and as part of the larger Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA).  In our area, we have the Blair Cluster, a group of 13 PTAs associated with Montgomery Blair High School and the elementary and middle schools that feed into the high school.  Below is a brief explanation of the various roles associated with the Blair Cluster and MCCPTA. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see Blair Cluster newsletters, records of testimony, and other key documents.

Which Schools Are Part of the Blair Cluster?
The Blair Cluster of PTAs includes Montgomery Blair High School, three middle school feeders, Takoma Park, Eastern, and Silver Spring International; and nine elementary schools, Piney Branch, Takoma Park, Oak View. New Hampshire, Pine Crest, Montgomery Knolls, Sligo Creek, East Silver Spring, and Rolling Terrace.
What is the Role of a Cluster Coordinator and who are our Blair Cluster Coordinators?
Each cluster may have up to three coordinators.  For more information on the specific responsibilities of a cluster coordinator please see the pdf file posted at the bottom of this page. You may email Blair Cluster’s three representatives at: Shruti BhatnagarBladimir Duenas, and Kathy Larin
What is the Role of a Cluster Representative?
Every local PTA has a cluster representative. You can find the name and contact information of your PTA Cluster Rep on your school’s PTA web site. For more information on the specific responsibilities of a cluster representative please see the pdf file posted at the bottom of this page.
What is the Role of a MCCPTA Delegate?
information coming

Election Day Bake Sale

An election day bake sale is a classic PTA fundraiser, and gets our kids engaged with our election system.

2017-2018 PTA Executive Committee

President Lia Goldstein lia.salza@gmail.com
Vice President Rachel Sturke rsturke@gmail.com
Treasurer Erin Kelley erin.kelley77@gmail.com


Meg McDonald megholland@gmail.com
Executive Secretary Emily Merolli emerolli@gmail.com
Secretary Ally Piazza allypiazza@yahoo.com
Fundraising Ingrid Carter ilcarter@gmail.com
Communications Mark Murray mark.murray@nbcuni.com


Sasha Johnson johnson.sasha@gmail.com
Membership Kawsar Talaat


MCCPTA Delegate Jaime Koppel


2016-2017 PTA Letter

Dear TPES Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the Takoma Park Elementary School Parent Teachers Association (TPES PTA), we’d like to welcome new and returning students and their families as we gear up for the 2016-2017 school year.  As you may know, your PTA supports and enriches your children’s education with critical extracurricular activities. The PTA also provides opportunities for our vibrant, diverse community to come together and make lasting connections through social and fundraising events.

Last year, through financial and volunteer support, the PTA was able to provide:

After school clubs and classes, such as foreign language (Chinese, French and Spanish), Nature Lab, Audubon Science, Storybook Theatre, Yoga, Art, and Lego

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Cultural arts assemblies
  • Field trips supplementary funding
  • Back to school picnic 
  • Parents & Staff Basketball Night
  • Teacher appreciation events and gifts
  • Winter Social
  • TPES School Directory
  • Monthly ESOL Books and Breakfast assistance
  • Room Parents, recruiting and support
  • Lunch and Recess volunteer support
  • School supply kits for parent convenience
  • Classroom supplies for every teacher
  • School and sports equipment and supplies
  • Art show
  • Science Inquiry Night
  • Hundreds of non-fiction titles in the library
  • Building and furnishing the outdoor classroom
  • Move More Sit Less! Campaign bringing physical activity into the classroom (and getting kids out of the classroom more often)

Together, we make a difference!

    • Join the PTA: Please join or renew your PTA membership for the 2016-2017 school year.
    • Donate your time:  There are many opportunities to volunteer your talents and energy— during school hours or at night—for large, ongoing jobs or one-time activities. If you are interested in volunteering, contact one of the PTA Executive Committee members listed below.
    • Join the listserv and follow Facebook: Click here to join our listserv (managed yahoo group; address is: TPES-subscribe@yahoogroups.com). Make connections, get informed, and stay informed.

We hope to see many of you at one of the many events on tap for the year (check the PTA calendar for details) and at the first PTA meeting, Tuesday, September 6, at 6:45pm. As always, free pizza and childcare!


TPES PTA Executive Committee, 2016-2017