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 many countries. Event highlights included a percussion group, a Bollywood dance troupe, and Potomac students performing native dances from a variety of countries.
The Scholarship Auction is a festive evening that raises critical funds for student scholarships and faculty professional development. On auction night, the Potomac community joins together to enjoy fun and friendship while supporting a great cause. The auction also serves as a community builder, and working on this event provides an excellent opportunity to meet other parents and become part of a vibrant team. Every member of the Potomac community has a talent or skill to offer. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful, and we need you to get involved. Watch Paw Prints for information on this much-anticipated annual celebration.
A treasured annual event, Book Fair is a huge sale of used children's and adult fiction 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.
Cultural Competence Committee
This committee works to ensure that parents are active partners in fulfilling the school's goals as they relate to diversity and inclusion. The committee helps to foster an inclusive environment for all social and ethnic groups at Potomac by arranging discussions, readings, and dialogues among faculty, students, and families. The committee also supports initiatives associated with welcoming new and prospective families to Potomac.
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee
This PA committee coordinates and oversees opportunities for parents and students to recognize and show their appreciation for Potomac School faculty and staff. Volunteers work with the PA Officers to host the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon in the spring and 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 over 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! Fathers Association of Potomac School - FAPS
FAPS members include all fathers and male guardians of Potomac School students, and FAPS meetings are open to all Potomac parents -- both moms and dads. 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.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
This committee works with the school to coordinate Grandparents and Special Friends Day, held each May. Volunteers serve as welcoming ambassadors, hosts at the opening breakfast, and guides to and from the various assemblies.
Parent volunteers support the library staff, faculty, and students who use our three libraries: Granger Family Library in the LS; Arundel Family Library in the MS and IS; and, the Engelhard Family Library in the US.
Granger Family Library (LS)
Arundel Family Library (MS, IS)
Engelhard Family Library (US)
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.
The Panther Post collects, organizes, and resells gently used uniforms at Potomac. Volunteers are needed once a month to help organize and set up the Panther Post and sell uniforms.
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. This committee organizes the parent forums and trains the 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 networking, 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.
Click here for the Parents Council of Washington webpage.
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 90-acre campus in purposeful and sustainable ways. Parents work on outdoor-related programs such as the yearly Farmer's Market, Spring and Fall Stewardship Days, tours of Potomac's woods, Earth Day environmental initiatives, and our campus vegetable-gardening programs.
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. This committee assists with Potomac’s two-decade long tradition of monthly sandwich making in partnership with Martha’s Table, organizes several family service activities each year, and helps to integrate service learning into such beloved traditions as Book Fair, May Day, and Grandparents Day.
This committee provides much-needed support to families going through a difficult time, as well as celebrates weddings, births and special occasions. Volunteers may be asked to make a meal for a family, provide carpooling or play dates, or just offer support.
This committee works closely with the Admission Office to welcome prospective families to the Potomac community. The members of this committee greet families at the all-school Open House and the Newly Admitted Families reception. It also works with other committees throughout the year in an effort to welcome new families into our community.