Fallsmead loves and appreciates our parent volunteers! Both our school and our PTA rely on the time and energy of dedicated volunteers to make every school year a great one. There are positions and opportunities of all types and we encourage you to find something that fits your talents and schedules. Whether you have time to chair or assist in a committee, create a new one, volunteer for a one-time event, volunteer in a classroom, or just help in any capacity, your help will be very much appreciated!
Fallsmead Elementary Volunteer Opportunities
The PTA is staffed by wonderful parent volunteers who organize, plan, and carry out programs that benefit your children and our school. We are always in need of Committee chairs or people to work on our Committees; people to help out with one-time community events (like the Back to School Bash and Spring Fair); people to help out with school activities and programs (like Staff Appreciation of After School Activities); people to help with fundraising; and more! Check out our list of Committees or our events Calendar to see what looks interesting for you!
If you would like to volunteer for the PTA, contact the chairperson HERE for the committee you wish to work on and let him/her know your availability and what you’d like to do. You can also contact any PTA board member. Additionally, throughout the year you’ll hear of various opportunities to help out. Some happen at school during the day, but there are many options for working parents, too. Do you have a talent or resource you can share? We’d love to hear from you! Parent involvement is at the heart of the success of our school. If you have time to Chair a committee, assist in a Committee, or just help in any capacity, our PTA needs you.
Being a room parent is a wonderful way to stay connected to your child’s classroom activities, to get to know other parents, and to be involved in the school. Room Parents coordinate classroom parties at Halloween, Valentine's Day, and the End of the Year; create and maintain class contact lists; collect class funds; and distribute important reminders and messages to parents, acting as the communication link between classroom parents, your teacher, and the PTA.
Parents can sign up to be Room Parents at the beginning of each school year. Either at the Open House or on your child's Back to School night, teachers will have sign-up lists out in their classrooms for parents to sign up as Room Parents. Or, just contact your teacher directly to volunteer! Once Room parents are in place, the PTA has a Room Parent Coordinator who organizes Room Parents and acts as a liaison between the school, the PTA, and the parents.
Recess is a very busy time for children, and the school welcomes additional eyes and ears during recess time. The PTA circulates a SignUp Genius sign-up during the school year to help recruit and coordinate Recess Volunteers.
Teachers (especially in the younger classrooms) and Fallsmead staff always appreciate assistance from volunteer parents for every-day classroom tasks, to help students with classroom activities, and to help out with school activities.
The school also solicits volunteers for school activities throughout the year. This includes Field Days (a spring event when volunteers work with the PE teacher to help organize and assist with games) and Career Day (when parents come and speak to students about their career, education, and work).
Contact your teacher or the school office directly to volunteer in the classroom or for other school activities. JUST REMEMBER: Please arrange volunteer times with your child's teacher before you come in to volunteer. When you arrive, remember to stop by the front office to check in and pick up a visitor/volunteer badge. When your assignment is completed, please sign out in the front office to record your volunteer hours. Every visitor must present a valid ID in order to sign in.
Parent Volunteer Training
All parents who want to volunteer with children in classrooms (including class parties and classroom volunteering) need to participate in parent volunteer training offered by the PTA. All parents must read the PTA volunteer guidelines and regulations and then sign and submit the agreement form before volunteering in the classroom with students. These training sessions are valid for two academic years (i.e., they need to be repeated every other year).
Multiple classroom training sessions will be held by the PTA at the beginning of each school year. Training session dates will be included in PTA communications and here on the website.
If you have not completed your classroom training session and signed a volunteer sheet, stop by the school's front office to pick up the paperwork. The secretaries will provide a quick training.
All classroom volunteers must also complete an MCPS online Child Abuse and Neglect training course. This training needs to be repeated once every three years. The online training can be accessed by clicking here. Once you take the online training, you will receive an email. Please bring this email with you to the front office on your first volunteer day.
Click here for more information about being a Fallsmead Elementary volunteer.
To learn more or to ask questions, please contact the front office or email the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.