COMMITTEES

The amazing Ashburton PTA committees are the reason why we are one of the strongest PTA groups in Montgomery County. Committee work is rewarding and impactful. Most of all, it is fun. On this page you'll find information on the active Ashburton PTA committees.

If you would like to serve on a committee, or suggest the formation of a new committee, fill out our volunteer form.

Events Committee

Board Sponsor: Sarah Kogod, VP Administration

Chairperson:

Contact: events@ashburtonpta.org


Our events committee is responsible for planning and executing the many different social events sponsored by the Ashburton PTA, from our marquis events Fall Festival and Spring Fling, to more casual programs such as Bingo Night. The wide variety of events offers volunteer opportunities to members that range from 1 to 10 hours per month. This committee welcomes members with a wide range of skillsets. Like to plan events? Yes! Good at organizing? Yes! Love manual labor? Yes! Can design an amazing poster? Yes! Welcome aboard.

Advocacy Committee

Board Sponsor: Marilyn Santiago, President

Chairperson: Marselha Goncalves Margerin

Contact: advocacy@ashburtonpta.org


Our Advocacy Committee is one of the most active committees in Ashburton PTA. This committee is tasked with advocating for Ashburton families on initiatives and policies that affect them both now, as well as throughout their entire MCPS experience. This committee works closely with the other schools within our cluster and this work requires forward thinking and tenacity. Current issues on the advocacy docket are MCPS Covid testing and quarantining protocols, as well as the planning and advocacy around the construction of the new Woodward High School. As the MCPS process changes rapidly, this committee is ready and open to take up new advocacy initiatives as they arise. Volunteer opportunities range from 3-10 hours per month.

Hospitality Committee

Board Sponsor: Sarah Kogod, VP Administration

Chairperson:

Contact: hospitality@ashburtonpta.org


The Hospitality Committee organizes our events focused building a welcoming and supportive community for Ashburton Families and Staff. This committee also guides some of the after school programming. Longstanding calendar staples include Staff Appreciation Week, Teacher Luncheon, and Back to School Meet & Greet for incoming kindergarten families. New to the calendar this year is Adult Appreciation week, where students can share parts of their Ashburton experience with their favorite grown-ups. Volunteer opportunities range from 1-5 hours per month.

Fundraising Committee

Board Sponsor: Mia DeMezza, VP Fundraising

Chairperson:

Contact: fundraising@ashburtonpta.org


The Fundraising Committee oversees all Ashburton PTA Fundraising initiatives, including our dine outs and Scholastic Book Fair. This committee also works closely with the Events Committee for events that are designated fundraising events, such as Bingo Night. Members of this committee can also work with non-event initiatives such as our Spirit Wear store. Volunteer opportunities range from 1-3 hours per month.

Wellness Committee

Board Sponsor: Sarah Kogod, VP Administration

Chairpersons: Andrea Shore & Allison Schnitzer

Contact: wellness@ashburtonpta.org


The Wellness Committee advocates for a healthy environment for Ashburton families and staff. The work of this committee covers mental health initiatives, physical well being of students and staff, environmental impact and green initiatives. Volunteer opportunities range from 1-3 hours per month.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Board Sponsor: Sarah Kogod, VP Administration

Chairperson:

Contact: dei@ashburtonpta.org


The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee works to build a school experience that is equitable for all families, as well as foster an environment that supports and embraces the diversity of Ashburton. This committee is tasked with surfacing barriers to equity and working with both the Ashburton PTA and school leadership to build productive and impactful solutions and programs. Volunteer opportunities range from 1-3 hours per month.

Technology & Communications Committee

Board Sponsor: Rebecca Mellema, Secretary

Chairperson:

Contact: technology@ashburtonpta.org


The Technology Committee is tasked with keeping Ashburton PTA running behind the scenes (and sometimes in front). Efforts of this committee will include building our new website, maintaining social media, designing newsletters, graphic design help, and advising on the various platforms we use to run our organization. This committee needs a wide range of expertise, such as IT, graphic design, social media, photography, and strong content creators. Volunteer opportunities range from 1-3 hours per month.