For almost two decades, the Parent Association (PA) has been an integral part of The Potomac School. As outlined in our mission statement, the PA works not only with, but also on behalf of all parents in an effort to build and support the Potomac community. All parents are members.
Through the 17 committees that make up the Parent Association, we provide many opportunities to become involved in the life of the School. Fall Frolics, the Scholarship Auction, Class Representatives, and the Parent Diversity Committee are just a few of the key events and programs that rely on the creativity and energy of parent volunteers.
Visit the Parent Association pages on CampusNET for in-depth information on committees, activities, and volunteer opportunities.
Questions? Please contact the Development Office at (703) 749-6329. We will be glad to assist you.
1. Foster a sense of community throughout the School.
2. Encourage and promote volunteerism.
3. Welcome new families to our community.
4. Facilitate communication between the School and parents.
5. Raise funds through activities such as the Annual Fund, Fall Frolics, Book Fair and Panther Pride.
6. Support the School’s educational programs through the Distinguished Speakers Series and the Diversity Committee.
1. Governing Documents. By-Laws of The Parent Association are posted on CampusNET.
2. Governance. Officers and at-large members of the Parent Association Executive Committee are chosen by a Nominating Committee and serve a one or two-year term.
3. The Parent Association Executive Committee.
a. Purpose. The Parent Association Executive Committee is responsible for implementing the strategic goals of the Parent Association.
b. Membership. The Parent Association Executive Committee consists of nine members: Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, plus eight “at-large” members appointed by the Nominating Committee.
c. Meetings. The Parent Association Executive Committee shall meet monthly throughout the school year (September-June) to discuss financial and organizational matters.
1. Purpose. The Nominating Committee is responsible for making recommendations to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee and Committee Chairs.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of the current Vice Chair of the Parents Association, one representative from the School’s administration, and two members of the School’s community that have been chosen by the Nominating Committee. Any member of The Potomac School community that desires to serve on the Nominating Committee may nominate himself or herself by completing a Parent Association volunteer form.
3. Procedures Relating to Nominations.
a. Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee is responsible for making recommendations to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee for the following year. Recommendations will be submitted to the Head of School for final approval.
Around the World
Around the World is the Potomac community's annual celebration of the diverse ethnic interests and heritages of the school's students, families, faculty, and staff. Last spring, members of the community put together exhibits showcasing the food, arts, languages, and history of 36 countries. Event highlights included student performances in EPAC such as a percussion group, a Bollywood dance troupe, and native dances from a variety of countries. This year, Around the World is scheduled for April 13.
A treasured annual event, Book Fair is a huge sale of used books collected from the Potomac community. Funds raised through the sale support Potomac’s libraries. During two weeks in November, we host a book collection drive, sort the books, and set up and run the sale. Book Fair succeeds because of our dedicated volunteers! We welcome all families to play a part in this Potomac tradition, which fosters our shared love of reading. This year, the book drive will be November 6 -10 and Book Fair will be November 13-16.
The Cultural Competence Committee (formerly Diversity and Inclusion Committee) works with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to arrange discussions, readings, and presentations with guest speakers to promote awareness in the areas of diversity and inclusion and to support Potomac's initiatives associated with welcoming new and prospective families to the school.
Faculty and Staff Appreciation
This new PA Committee will coordinate and oversee opportunities for parents and students to recognize and show their appreciation for Potomac School faculty and staff. Volunteers will work with the PA Officers to host the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon in the spring and will also help to coordinate and streamline existing celebrations and gifts so that our faculty and staff know how much families appreciate their hard work!
Fall Frolics has been a beloved Potomac tradition for more than 40 years. Fall Frolics events include a family carnival, student raffle, and the Nearly New clothing boutique. This great event supports student scholarships and faculty professional development. Hundreds of volunteers are needed each October to make this week of festivities a success! This year, the carnival will be held on Saturday, October 14.
FATHERS ASSOCIATION (FAPS)
FAPS consists of all fathers and male guardians of Potomac School students. The organization’s mission is to sponsor educational, cultural, and recreational activities for students and their families, to further enrich the Potomac experience for everyone and promote the sense of community for which our school is known. Past activities have included the Welcome Back Cookout; the fall campout for Lower and Middle School students and their families; the winter skating party; the Upper School homecoming bonfire; team tailgate parties; hikes; outings to local sporting events and theater performances; and volunteer efforts for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Stewardship Day, and Earth Day. FAPS members also man the grills for the Panther Pit and various school cookouts throughout the year.
This committee works with the school to coordinate Grandparents Day held on Friday, May11. Volunteers serve as welcoming ambassadors, hosts at the opening breakfast, and guides to and from the various assemblies.
NEW PARENT MENTORING
Volunteers for this committee serve as mentors to families new to the Potomac School. Current families are paired with new families in the spring and stay in touch over the summer and during the following school year and works with Admissions to attend events such as the ice cream social.
Potomac's athletic booster club runs the concession stand known as the Panther Pit. The Pit is open daily during the school year from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, as well as for many home games. The committee also helps to organize and host several events throughout the year, including the Welcome Back Cookout, Homecoming and the accompanying bonfire, Winter Sports Weekend, and Spring Sports Day.
Parent Forums are a great way for parents to engage in conversations with other parents in their child's grade about important non-academic issues and for parents to hear from counselors on topics of developmental interest to the grade level. This committee organizes the parent forums, coordinates with the school counselors, and trains the forum facilitators.
PARENTS COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON
The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) is a consortium of approximately 60 independent schools in the Washington metro area that provides networks, resources, and information for parents, school administrators, and students to help navigate the challenges and opportunities of education and childhood/young adult development while building a strong community. Potomac is a PCW member and has two parent representatives that communicate to our community.
PARENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION
The Parents for Environmental Action (PEA) Committee works with student and faculty environmental groups to help students experience the natural resources of our 92-acre campus in purposeful and sustainable ways. Parents work on outdoor-related programs such as the twice yearly Farmer's Market, Spring and Fall Stewardship Days, tours of Potomac's woods, Earth Day environmental initiatives, and our campus vegetable-gardening programs.
The Scholarship Auction is a festive evening that raises critical funds for student scholarships and faculty professional development and builds community. On Auction night, the Potomac community joins together in a celebration of delicious food, wonderful friendships, and a great cause. Working on this event provides an excellent opportunity to meet other parents and become part of a vibrant team. This year’s Auction will take place on Saturday, March 3, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.
Service learning at The Potomac School brings academics to life by creating meaningful and transformative experiences that empower students to think critically, use their creativity, and integrate their learning with action. As part of our school’s continued transition from community service to service learning, this committee assists with Potomac’s two-decade tradition of monthly sandwich making in partnership with Martha’s Table and helps to integrate service learning into such beloved traditions as Book Fair, May Day, and Grandparents Day, and supports several new service learning initiatives.
This committee provides much-needed support to families going through a difficult time. Volunteers may be asked to make a meal for a family, provide carpooling or play dates, or just offer support.
The Trading Post collects, organizes, and resells gently used uniforms at Potomac. Volunteers are needed once a month to help organize and set up the Trading Post and sell uniforms.
This committee participates in the Welcome Back Coffee and the New Parent Dinner. It also works with the Admissions Office and other committees throughout the year in an effort to welcome new families into the Potomac community.
Our annual auction raises funds to support faculty professional development and student scholarships. Learn more.
Food, games and fun on the quad. This annual October event brings out the entire community. Learn more.
Thousands of books - a beloved community event. Learn more.
The Parent Association strives to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of the entire Potomac community. We are an association that understands and embraces the School’s mission statement, and we work collectively to support all aspects of the School’s educational, athletic, artistic and fundraising endeavors.
We facilitate open communication and serve as liaisons between the parents and the School’s administration. As a group, we are committed to maintaining a strong community and do so by uniting and supporting the many volunteer organizations at the School.
The Parent Association is comprised wholly of parent volunteers; it is this strong tradition of parent involvement that reflects the core values of the Potomac community.