The chair for each committee corresponds to their role on the Executive Board.  If you are interested in volunteering for a task, please contact the respective committee chair.

Committees: Communications – Comunicaciones | Educational & Green Initiatives | Fundraising – Recaudación de Fondos | Membership & Outreach | Social


COMMUNICATIONS – COMUNICACIONESMelania Saraniero 
Bulletin Board – Tablón de noticiasMelania Saraniero
Claremont Guide – Guía de ClaremontIsa Anderson
City Council of PTAs (CCPTA) Representative – Representante CCPTA
A volunteer serves as liaison between the County Council of PTAs (CCPTA) and the Claremont PTA throughout the school year.  The volunteer informs Claremont parents of issues being considered on the county level and gives feedback reflecting the views of Claremont’s PTA to the CCPTA.  CCPTA meets monthly; one or two volunteers are needed to attend those meetings and report to the Claremont PTA.
Lyzbeth Monard | Melissa Schwaber
Directory – Directorio
The directory coordinator publishes the annual Claremont Directory, which includes staff members, PTA officers, student and parent names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.  Information is collected electronically and on paper at the beginning of the school year with the goal to publish and distribute the directory as quickly as possible.  Volunteers may help the coordinator compile and verify information and proofread the final product.
Ali Goldwater | Betty Young
FacebookStacy Kreppel | Melania Saraniero | Melissa Schwaber
Listserv - Lista Electronica
Volunteers monitor and approve new PTA member wanting to join the PTA listserv.  This group is meant to share PTA business and school information.  To join, please email us at claremont-pta-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

A second listserv is also available for general community discussion.  To join, please email us at claremont-pta-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  (NOTE: Same email.)

Melania Saraniero
Parrot Talk Newsletter
Parrot Talk, the monthly school newsletter, features a column from the PTA.  A volunteer coordinates with the PTA’s VP for Communications to write the monthly article.
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Peach Jar (E-Flyer)
Melissa Schwaber 
This Week at Claremont – Esta Semana en ClaremontMelania Saraniero | Melissa Schwaber
Translations – Traducciones
Volunteers translate PTA fliers and communications into Spanish.
Lyzbeth Monard | Melania Saraniero
TwitterMelania Saraniero | Melissa Schwaber 
Website – Pagina de Internet
Volunteers develop, maintain, and update the PTA website to communicate pertinent information to the Claremont community.
Melania Saraniero | Jason Schlosberg 

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EDUCATIONAL & GREEN INITIATIVESAmy Oldham 
Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) Representative – Representante ACI
The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) is the umbrella committee to which all of the curriculum-based/focused committees report.  ACI assists in the review of the system-wide curriculum and instructional program and in the development of recommendations for improvement in both.  Over the years, it has spearheaded some important changes in the Arlington Public Schools curriculum.  ACI is composed of representatives from each school and certain community organizations.  The representative serves as liaison between the ACI and the Claremont PTA.  ACI meets once or twice a month.  All meetings are held at the Syphax Academic Center, 1439 N. Quincy Street, and begin at 7:30 p.m.
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After School Enrichment – Las Clases de Enriquecimiento Después de la Escuela
The After-School Enrichment administrator(s) seek qualified instructors and experts from the local community to provide an interesting variety of after-school classes in the areas of science, academics, arts, drama, and sports.  In addition, the administrator(s) are responsible for coordinating class schedules with the instructors and Claremont staff, communicating information to the school community, managing enrollment of students, and collecting fees.
Amy Oldham
Claremont Book ShelfMelissa Schwaber
ESOL/HILT Representative – Representante ESOL/HILT
The English for Speakers of Other Languages/High Intensity Language Training Advisory (ESOL/HILT) Advisory Committee works to promote greater understanding of and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in Arlington public schools.  The committee focuses on a variety of issues in an effort to support ESOL/HILT students and their families.  The committee meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Syphax Academic Center, 1439 N. Quincy Street.
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Foreign Language Advisory Committee (FLAC) Representative
The Foreign Language Advisory Committee (FLAC) assists in the continuous study of foreign language programming in Arlington public schools and reports to the Advisory Council on Instruction. The committee reviews proposed changes and offers recommendations for program improvement, including the addition of new programs.  The representative serves as a liaison between the FLAC and the Claremont PTA.  Meeting dates and times are determined at the first meeting in September.
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Giving TreeOPEN
Host Families for Teaching Assistants from Spain
Host families provide room and board and a sense of community for a participant in the Spanish embassy program that places teaching assistants from Spain in U.S. schools.  The host family not only makes possible the addition of a valuable resource to Claremont’s teaching staff but also has the chance to learn about a different culture and improve their Spanish language skills.  The program generally runs from October through the school year.
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Junior Great BooksDan Brady
Odyssey of the Mind – Odisea de la Mente
The Odyssey of the Mind educational program fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills among participating students from kindergarten through college.  It features an annual competition component at local through international levels.  The Claremont PTA will sponsor up to 10 teams of students.  Parent coaches are needed for each team.
Lyzbeth Monard 
Outdoor Education Committee
Volunteer leads the planning and implementation of PTA-funded opportunities for outdoor learning.  Volunteer also represents the interests of Claremont to the Arlington County School Board regarding major improvements to the school facilities and grounds that are funded through Arlington public schools and county capital improvement programs.  Other volunteers are needed for input in the planning process and outdoor “work days.”
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Outdoor Lab Representative
A volunteer serves as Claremont PTA’s representative to the Outdoor Lab.  The Outdoor Lab is a 210-acre site located near Haymarket, VA that gives Arlington school children an opportunity to learn science, outdoor skills, arts, and humanities in a natural setting.
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Printer Cartridges
A volunteer coordinates and publicizes the collection of printer cartridges for recycling to benefit the PTA and the environment.  The PTA receives money for each cartridge collected.
OPEN
Read Across America
A volunteer helps the librarian plan for Claremont’s annual Read Across America Day.  Volunteers from the Claremont community and beyond read to classes in English and Spanish.  The PTA provides breakfast and helps with lunch for volunteer readers.
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Reflections – Reflexiones
Reflections is an annual contest sponsored by the national PTA.  Students use the creative arts (literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography, and film production) to interpret a theme.  Claremont students are encouraged to participate.  Volunteers organize and publicize the program and secure an independent panel of judges to select winning entries to be forwarded to the county-wide level of competition.


Tammar Stein
Science Fair
Students use the scientific process to conduct experiments and create displays to be shown at Claremont’s annual Museum Night.  PTA volunteer(s) publicize and coordinate the science fair and provide display boards to participating students.
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Screen Free Week and Health Fair
A volunteer coordinates the week in which students pledge to go “screen free” and helps coordinate a health fair with the physical education teachers for one night during Screen Free Week.  This event may also include Earth Day activities, sponsored by VivaVerde.  A book fair coordinated by Claremont’s librarian is also held during the health fair.
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Screen Free Week – Semana sin PantallasKendra Breichle
Teacher Grants
Volunteer(s) manage the distribution of PTA-funded grants to teachers who submit grant applications for projects related to enhancing their classroom instruction.  Grant applications may be submitted throughout the year and are individually approved through a committee vote within the total budgeted amount approved by the PTA.
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Teaching Assistant Support - Apoyo para Maestro AyudanteMaggie Colstron | Susie Wallin
World Languages Representative – Representante Idiomas del mundoOPEN
Viva Verde
This committee helps create a healthier school, community, and world with ideas and activities to reduce waste, conserve resources, and promote healthy living, including exercise and good nutrition.  VivaVerde supports Claremont’s Green Kids club.
Susie Wallin
4-H Cloverbuds
The 4-H Cloverbud program exists as a distinctive component within the total 4-H youth development program.  It is designed as an informal approach to developing the confidence, social skills, decision-making abilities, subject-matter knowledge, and physical skills of kindergarten through third-grade youth.  As youth begin their 4-H Cloverbud experience, they take part in a unique blend of activities and opportunities especially designed for their age level.  A parent volunteer and teacher are needed to run the program.
OPEN

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FUNDRAISING – RECAUDACIÓN DE FONDOSMaria Alexia Godinho 
African-International Parent Network
The AIPN works collaboratively with parents, school administration, and the community in an effort to develop academic success and personal empowerment of African-American students at Claremont.
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Arlington Food Assistance Center Representative (AFAC)
A volunteer serves as Claremont PTA’s representative to AFAC’s School Outreach Committee.
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Armchair Fundraiser
A volunteer prepares a letter and other publicity as needed to encourage parents to make a direct financial donation to Claremont via the PTA.
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ArtWare
Through the fundraising company ArtWare, students prepare artwork in school and then parents may order their child’s artwork on keepsakes such as t-shirts, pillow cases, ornaments, mugs, key chains, and more.  A volunteer works with the art teachers to coordinate this program and has a committee of additional volunteers to help with implementation.  Volunteers are needed to stuff order forms in envelopes, review each order form once completed, and help with delivery of items to classrooms.  The PTA receives a portion of all orders.
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Assistant VP FundraisingOPEN
Amazon Smile – Sonrisa de AmazonOPEN
Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
Volunteers work with Barnes & Noble to hold a book fair at a local B&N over the course of two to three days, with proceeds from books purchased under a Claremont “code” going to Claremont.  The book fair also features entertainment, such as storytelling, the Spanish Chorus, and art displays.  Volunteers are needed to serve as a liaison with B&N, advertise, organize entertainment, and assist at the store during the fair.  (This event is optional and depends on fundraising needs and availability of volunteers.)
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Book Fair at School – Feria de libros
The Claremont Book Fair is an opportunity for families to add to their home library, plan ahead for gift giving, or make a contribution to teachers’ book wish lists. The PTA receives a percentage of the total sales, which allows it to supplement the library’s budget for new materials.  A volunteer coordinator is needed, as are volunteers throughout the multi-day event to help with set-up, book orders, and check-out.
Kyra Wohlford | Jeanne Worster
Box Tops and Store Rebates
The Box Tops/Labels for Education coordinator spearheads the collection of donated box tops and labels from participating corporations and submits them for cash for Claremont PTA-supported programs.  In addition, the coordinator arranges and solicits the participation of all Claremont families (and friends and relatives) in several area grocery store programs through which the PTA is eligible to receive funding.  Safeway, Giant, and Harris Teeter donate funds to schools based on purchases using savings cards that are electronically linked to a school account.  Sign-up forms and details are sent home in early September.
Claire Eclarinal
Grocery Store Program – Programa de SupermercadosOPEN
Major GiftsOPEN
Outside Grants
A volunteer seeks and applies for grants from outside organizations to fund special projects at Claremont.
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Read-a-ThonDonna Lombardo
Restaurant NightsMaria Godinho
Sally Foster Gift Wrap and Entertainment Coupon Book Sale
A volunteer publicizes and coordinates the coupon book and Sally Foster gift wrap/gift item sale in the fall.  The PTA receives 50% of the sales price.  This combined fundraiser is one of the PTA’s two major fundraisers.
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School Pictures/Fotos escolaresKristen Donaghy
School Supplies - Útiles escolares
Volunteer(s) work with a vendor to create custom school supply kits to make purchasing required school supplies more convenient and economical for Claremont families.  Volunteers publicize, receive orders for, and deliver the kits to classrooms before the start of the school year.  A percentage of the purchase price of the kits is returned to Claremont.
Stacy Kreppel
Silent Auction – Subasta silenciosa
The silent auction is Claremont’s biggest fundraiser.  Numerous volunteers plan the event, coordinating the donation of items to be auctioned, food and beverages, ticket sales, entertainment, decorations, child care, check-out, set-up, and clean-up.
Lisa Chesnel | Maria Vogel
Spirit Wear – Ropa de Espíritu EscolarMaria Godinho

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MEMBERSHIP & OUTREACHAna Patricia Mogollón 
Food Pantry and Backpack Buddy CoordinatorAnne Spiggle
Membership – AfiliaciónLyzbeth Monard
Mentor Program – Programa de MentoresEmily Brady | Lyzbeth Monard
PTA Spanish Language Liaison – Representante de idioma Español PTAMabel Martinez
Vamos Adelante
The Vamos Adelante Committee is composed of Claremont parents and staff.  Vamos Adelante is dedicated to helping children in the discovery of the Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries around the world.  The group strives to increase the visibility of the Spanish language and culture throughout the school, raise students’ enthusiasm for Spanish, and involve parents in bilingual and bicultural aspects of their child’s education.  Vamos Adelante means “let’s move forward” as well as “to come in.”
Isa Anderson

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SOCIAL Gina Mendoza 
A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life is an evening event where Claremont students show their parents what a day is like at school.  The students show off their artwork, writing, notebooks, and classrooms.  A volunteer provides publicity and coordinates with teachers and administration to ensure that artwork and classwork is on display for the event.  The volunteer also welcomes and checks in parents and students and may provide snacks.
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Back-to-School Social – Evento social de regreso a la Escuela
The Back-to-School Social kicks off the school year and is a great opportunity to greet teachers and friends and meet families new to Claremont.  The PTA provides ice cream or popsicles.  A volunteer is needed to coordinate publicity, the purchase and serving of treats, and the “tables” for t-shirt sales and PTA information sharing.
Susie Wallin
Fall Fun Fest
The Fall Fun Fest brings the Claremont community together on one October evening for food, games, and fun.  The chair(s) of the Fall Fun Fest committee coordinate with vendors to provide food, games, and rides; coordinate decorations, set-up, and clean-up; and recruit volunteers.  Volunteers are needed at the event for ticket sales, serving food, set-up, clean-up, and other duties.
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Family Movie Night
Volunteers coordinate three movie nights a year, at which Claremont families are invited to enjoy a movie in the multipurpose room.  Volunteers coordinate publicity, snacks, set-up, and clean-up.
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Homeroom Parent Hospitality Coordinator – Padres Voluntarios en los Salones de Clases
The Homeroom Parent Coordinator gathers a list of homeroom parents and communicates with them and teachers about school-wide class parties (Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter holidays, Valentine’s Day, and end-of-the-year activities).  The volunteer coordinates with homeroom parents on class donations to the silent auction and recruits volunteers for hospitality events, including teacher work days, staff and teacher appreciation events, and field day.
Adora Williams | Emily Brady
International Dinner
The Claremont community celebrates the diverse heritage of its students with a pot-luck dinner and entertainment.  A volunteer coordinates decorations, paper products, publicity, and performances for the International Dinner.  Families bring the food.
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MCM Fun RunGina Mendoza
Parent-Teacher Social
A volunteer coordinates a social event for parents and teachers to become acquainted outside of normal school hours.
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Parent’s Night Out – Noche de los padres fuera OPEN
School Dance – Baile EscolarGina Mendoza
School Pictures
The School Pictures chair schedules the photographer for student and class photos in the fall and coordinates ordering and delivery.  Volunteers assist in organizing students on picture day.  The PTA receives a portion of sales to support its activities.
OPEN
Teacher Appreciation Week – Semana de maestrosOPEN
Worldwide Helpers
Worldwide Helpers is Claremont’s service club for 2nd-5th graders.  Under the direction of a teacher and parent, students learn about and support needs in Arlington and around the world.
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Welcome Teaching Assistants from Spain
A volunteer plans a social event for Claremont staff, parents, and students to welcome the Spanish teachers assisting at Claremont for the year.
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