Programs/Committee/Events

This page contains an alphabetical list of the many programs that PTA volunteers operate or participate in. Some programs require a team of volunteers and other programs are led by one or two dedicated volunteers.  Please review this list to better understand the breadth of our organization and consider how you can apply your interests or talents to the team!  We hope you'll join in.  It's a great way to get to know other families in our learning community.

 

To contact a current committee chair from the list below, please visit the Our PTA page and open the Current Committee Chair link at the bottom of the page.

 

Notes:

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  • Asterisks denote programs/events that are also PTA fundraisers.

Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI)

The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) is made up of representatives from each school and certain community organizations to assist in reviewing the system-wide curriculum and instructional program and in developing recommendations for improvement. ACI is made up of 40 to 50 individuals appointed by the School Board who are familiar with or interested in instructional issues. Fourteen curriculum-based / focused advisory committees report to the council annually. Over the years, ACI has spearheaded some important changes in the Arlington Public Schools curriculum. One representative and one alternate are needed to represent Nottingham on ACI. ACI meets one to two times per month throughout the school year, and either the representative or the alternate can attend. For more information, please see: https://www.apsva.us/aci/ Parent volunteers are needed to serve on each ACI sub-committee.

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After-School Enrichment Program

The after-school enrichment program brings qualified instructors and experts from the local community to teach after-school classes in the areas of academics, arts, drama, and sports. Volunteers are needed to collaborate on new offerings and improvements, coordinate student supervision and safety between school dismissal and the start of enrichment classes, and facilitate communication between providers, NES staff, and parents.

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Arlington County Council of PTAs (CCPTA)

Nottingham’s representative serves as a liaison between the County Council of PTAs and the Nottingham PTA, informing Nottingham parents of issues being considered on the county level and providing feedback to the CCPTA. In recent years, this has included budget issues, alternative schools’ admission policies, school starting times, wellness/recess policies and much more. All parents are welcome to attend CCPTA meetings, which are usually held on the third Monday of the month.

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Art ACE Program

The Art ACE program provides every child at Nottingham a unique and exciting experience in art appreciation through sharing ideas and related art projects. The program utilizes a large variety of great masters in the collection of the National Gallery of Art and an array of multicultural art from countries around the world, and organizes field trips to our great area museums. The Art Ace coordinators maintain and direct the program resources, provide training and match parent volunteers to appropriate classrooms. Volunteers are needed to make a classroom presentation about once a month (or less often if there are several volunteers for the same classroom) to talk about great artists using program resources as well as drawing from their own interests and experiences.

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Book Drive

This committee coordinates a book drive during the school year. Committee members work with the Library staff to determine what donations will be included in the Nottingham Library. Donations are then made available to teachers for the classroom libraries. Remaining books are donated to a local charity. Volunteers on this committee work to promote the book drive, sort books and coordinate donation to a local charity.

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Book Fair*

A fun and educational fundraiser that brings a wide selection of award-winning and educational children’s book titles directly to Nottingham. Bookworm Central will bring an impressive selection of books that will appeal to all interests and entice all readers while complementing each class/grade curriculum. Books are sold at very reasonable prices and each sale contributes significantly to the PTA and the school library. Stock up your home library, plan ahead for gift giving, or make a contribution to your child’s class and to expand the school library’s collection. The Book Fair takes place over five days, typically in the late fall.   Volunteers are needed throughout this multi-day event to help with book set up, orders/sales, check out and clean up.

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Book Swap/Ice Cream Social

This fun end-of-year event, is an opportunity for children and adults to exchange their gently used books for other books to enjoy during the summer and beyond. Participants swap books and eat ice cream! Leftover books are donated to community service groups. Volunteers are needed to organize books before the swap, serve ice cream, clean up, etc.

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Bulletin Boards/Display Cases Decoration

With input from teachers and staff, committee volunteers will decorate the bulletin boards and display cases in the school’s entrance. Your imagination is the only limit on the themes that can be developed for these prime display areas. Past efforts have included holidays, Reflections Program entries, seasonal items and tie-ins to Nottingham events and curriculum.

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Courtyard Brick Sales

The Exploration Courtyard is a space dedicated to outdoor learning. The courtyard entrances have engraved bricks donated by Nottingham families and community members. Bricks are still available for engraving. This committee helps promote this opportunity to new and returning families, collects orders, and manages the delivery and installation of bricks.

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Downtown Lunch Group

The Nottingham Downtown Lunch Group meets once a month at noon at a downtown D.C. restaurant. It’s a great way to connect with other Nottingham parents and guardians and trade school information and strategies to balance work and family life.  Please email the chair of the Downtown Lunch Group to be added to the email list.

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Extended Day Representative

The representative serves as a liaison between the Extended Day program and the PTA and acts as the parent representative to the Arlington Citizens Advisory Committee on Extended Day. Volunteers provide support to the representative.

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Fall Social - Event

The Fall Social Committee organizes an enjoyable evening that is casual, fun-filled, and rewarding for the Nottingham parent/guardians, their guests and school faculty. This event features the PTA's only Silent/Live Auction of the year, delicious food and beverages, and music. Volunteers are needed to help plan and advertise the event, sell tickets and sponsorships, and coordinate decorations, set up, registration and other duties during the evening.

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Fall Social - Auctions*

The committee focuses on solicitations, promotions and collections for the Fall Social event. Auction items in the past have included travel opportunities, dinner parties, gift certificates, merchandise, portraits, sports tickets, special events with Nottingham teachers, and more. Volunteers are needed to assist with contacting past donors, identifying and soliciting donations from new donors, promoting the event to parents and staff, setting up the display of auction items, managing the online auction and distributing items to auction winners.

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Family Network

The Family Network committee is part of a countywide PTA initiative to bring programming that exists at the middle- and high-school level to the elementary schools. The committee works with the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families and the APS Department of Student Services to bring experts on selected topics to Arlington schools. Last year's topics included Internet safety and lice prevention/education. Volunteers are needed to determine topics, speakers and planning programs.

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Family Nights/Socials

This committee promotes a strong community spirit by putting together informal family events for parents and students to get to know each other outside of structured school activities. Events may include: family bingo nights, Nottingham spirit day with a local sports team, family movie nights, and the “Knights Unite” potluck dinner. The goal is to provide a variety of casual social opportunities that appeal to a broad spectrum of interests. Volunteers are needed to assist with logistics and promotions – we also value your ideas and suggestions for these types of events.

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Fifth Grade Promotion

This committee of 5th grade parents works on a number of projects for the graduating class – such as the class gift, ceremony logistics and other initiatives. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with the coordination of these efforts.

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Food Allergy/Sensitivity Committee (NESFAC)

NESFAC is a collaborative effort between the PTA and Nottingham Elementary School, and its goals are to promote the safety and welfare of students with food allergies and sensitivities while at school, educate the Nottingham community at large in an effort to raise awareness, and to provide support to NESFAC parents/families as they navigate their child’s educational career.

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Fun Run/5-K*

Have tennis shoes and like running or need to work off a few post-holiday pounds? This is the perfect activity for you and your family. Even if you can’t run, several of us will be walking! This fundraising event is typically held in the spring, and fosters social networking, family time together, and physical fitness. Best of all, it helps your PTA!

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Grounds Committee

The Grounds Committee is committed to ongoing maintenance and improvement of the outdoor space around Nottingham for school and community use. Basically, we spread mulch, spread dirt, pull weeds, drag baseball fields, repair fences, fill in holes, try to grow grass and address any other parent/school requested grounds enhancements. No commitments necessary... if you see an issue, feel free to fix it.

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Halloween Parade and Celebration

Nottingham’s Halloween Parade is a highlight of the fall season. This event is typically held the weekend before or after Halloween. Our costumed students join their friends, teachers, and parents in a parade. The parade coordinator handles the arrangements for music from an area marching band, decorations and refreshments for the festivities. Volunteers are needed to help with planning as well as with a variety of tasks on the day of the parade.

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Health and Wellness Committee

This committee works with the school administration, staff, teachers, parents and students to evaluate current programs and policies affecting nutrition, physical activity, and disease prevention and wellness promotion in the Nottingham community with the goal of designing education campaigns and advocating for changes as needed. Do you have an interest in outdoor recess activities and using physical activity in a positive context? Are you concerned about the nutritional value of classroom treats and lunches? Do you want to promote safe behavior? This committee is for you!

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Kindergarten Summer Playgroups

This committee arranges summer playgroups at area playgrounds for rising Kindergartners. Parents and children meet and discuss questions/concerns about Nottingham before the school year starts. Volunteers are needed for planning and promoting next year’s playgroup events. Parent volunteers should have a rising kindergartner.

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Knights In Motion

This rewarding committee promotes fitness fun and a love of running during Friday recess. Children earn tokens for every mile run and recognition/prizes for achieving major mileage goals. This is a great way to have face time with your child while volunteering. Help cheer and celebrate your child and friends' fitness accomplishments!

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Loyalty Programs / Box tops*

This committee arranges the participation of all Nottingham families (and friends and relatives) in several store and retail based programs through which the school is eligible to receive educational funding.  The committee arranges participation in local store programs, as well as, organizing the collection of Box Tops.  Volunteers are needed to help promote the program to all students and families and assist with collections and redemption of items. 

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Music Masters

This program is designed to bring the beauty and power of music into the classroom. Children interact by listening to, moving to, and/or watching the music. Parent volunteers go into the classroom several times a year to share and present a musical selection (opera, ballet, symphonies, or musical theatre). Parents are provided with the materials needed (CD of music, activity and discussion suggestions, and sample lesson plans) for a short lesson. The program integrates music appreciation with literature, history, and art. Musical terms and genres, biographical information about the composers, and an introduction to various instruments are also peppered throughout each lesson. “Knights Take Note” is a special, week-long event focusing on music typically scheduled during late winter / early spring. Knights Take Note includes a number of fun, interactive activities including “Nottingham Jams” featuring parents and teachers showcasing their musical talents and programs with visiting/guest musicians. Volunteers are needed to teach in-class lessons and to assist with logistics/planning for Knights Take Note Week.

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Odyssey of the Mind

The Odyssey of the Mind School Program fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills among participating students from kindergarten through fifth grade. It features an annual competition component at local through international levels. Volunteers are needed to serve as parent coaches for each team.

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Original Art Program*

In this special fundraiser, students work with the art teacher in developing their own piece of art for reproduction onto a variety of materials such as t-shirts, computer mouse pads, note cards, tiles, refrigerator magnets, etc. These personalized items make perfect gifts for family members and are offered at reasonable prices. Volunteers are needed to help tabulate orders and distribute the original art to the classrooms.

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Outdoor Education

Environmental stewardship and outdoor education continues to be of strong interest to the Nottingham community. The PTA has full financial and management responsibility for the Exploration Courtyard. Along with maintaining the existing landscaping in the courtyard, other initiatives such as the Monet Garden and Kindergarten Planters have been created. This committee works to develop a holistic approach to outdoor educational programs and determines how to best promote these resources in the classroom. Volunteers are needed to assist in the development of an outdoor education curriculum and continued maintenance of outdoor initiatives and the courtyard.

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Planet Partners (Grades 3 - 5)

This committee ensures that positive environmental stewardship is part of our children’s everyday life whether at home or at school. The committee works on recycling awareness efforts, Earth Day programs and plans “green” activities throughout the school year. Nottingham’s Adopt-A-Park quarterly cleanup program (where families clean up Rock Spring Park located at the intersection of Yorktown and George Mason Drive) is also part of this committee. This committee has also adopted a street— Nottingham Street adjacent to our very own school. Parent volunteers of Planet Partners club students are needed to assist with the planning of programs.

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PTA Directory

The Directory coordinators compile all the necessary family contact information and publish the annual Nottingham Student Directory, which also includes staff members, PTA officers and committee chairpersons, class lists, student addresses, phone numbers,and parent names. Volunteers are needed to assist with compiling and verifying information and proofreading the final version of this valuable Nottingham resource.

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PTA Website

The Nottingham PTA website contains valuable information on events, programs, school policies, committees, budget and other helpful links.

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Public Affairs

This committee focuses on school-wide issues affecting the entire Nottingham community that require strategic communication with APS staff, the superintendent and his staff and APS board members. This committee will also work to be proactive and strategic about public policy concerns on the horizon. Examples of recent issues that have been handled and monitored by this committee include school capacity issues and transportation concerns. Volunteers are needed to assist with attending School Board open office hours; attending and speaking at School Board meetings; putting together communications to the Nottingham community as well as to external constituents, including APS; developing ways to mobilize the community and determining the best approaches for getting our needs met and heard.

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Reflections Contest

This arts-based program encourages children to participate in a national PTA-sponsored contest that promotes creative expression. Each year a theme is selected by the National PTA.  Categories include visual art, film/video, literature, music, dance choreography, and photography and there is also a special education category. Information about the contest is typically sent home in mid-September and entries are due in late October. Nottingham winners go on to compete at the county level! Volunteers are needed to help promote the program, collect submissions, set up displays, coordinate the judges, announce the winners and manage a reception/awards ceremony.

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Safe Routes to School

The Nottingham Safe Routes to School (SRTS) committee was formed during the 2015- 2016 school year as part of the larger APS SRTS initiative. Nottingham's committee contains representatives from APS, as well as Nottingham staff and parents, and works closely with Nottingham administrators, Arlington County, ACPD and civic associations. Our overall aim is to improve safety conditions for students on their way to/from school. Volunteers will work on projects in the following areas: infrastructure and other improvements, parent and student education, incentives to walk/bike/bus/carpool, or collecting and analyzing feedback.

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Scholastic Book Orders

This activity helps the school earn free books for the classroom and helps the teachers by managing the ordering, payment collection and distribution of Scholastic books. Volunteers are needed to help distribute and collect forms, input orders and distribute the books to the classrooms.

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School Office Support

The school office occasionally needs help due to special events or illness. Volunteers are needed to answer phones, greet visitors, make copies, laminate, etc.

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School Spirit Wear*

A special school t-shirt, a sweatshirt...these are small ways to show your Nottingham school spirit!! This committee determines what items to promote and manages all aspects of ordering, payment collection and distribution of the various school spirit items. Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute the orders.

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School Supply Kits / BULk Supplies*

This committee ensures students and teachers have the supplies they need throughout the year. Co-chairs work with staff to determine which supplies can be purchased in bulk for use in classrooms (Ziploc bags, tissues, pencils, etc.), saving parents money and teachers much-needed classroom space, and which supplies belong on individual supply lists. They set and collect the annual classroom supply fees paid by parents in September and re-stock the supply closet as needed. This committee also works with Staples to create kits that contain all individual supply list items. By pre-ordering a kit, your child will show up to class in the fall with the required school supplies waiting for him/her. This is a stress-free way to get your child ready for the coming year, and a percentage of all orders supports the PTA. Volunteers are needed to work with teachers to update supply lists in the fall/winter, collect kit orders in the spring, and distribute the orders to classrooms during the last week of summer.

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Shakespeare Program

This committee familiarizes fifth graders with Shakespeare. Three lectures are given to each 5th grade class in the winter by theater professionals. In January, interested students can apply to participate in an after school program limited to 30 students. Rehearsals are held weekday afternoons for two hours focusing on one of the Bard of Avon’s plays. At the end of the school year, participants perform the play in front a variety of audiences. Volunteers are needed to assist with logistics, promotions, rehearsals and costumes.

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Sock Hop Dance*

Truly the student social event of the year! Whether you’re remembering poodle skirts or jiving to the latest music, the Sock Hop is a great event. Volunteers are needed to assist with promotions/ticket sales, refreshments, entertainment, decorations, set-up and cleanup, etc. The Sock Hop is typically held in January or February.

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Special Education

The Special Education representative and committee volunteers serve as liaisons between parents of special education students and the Parent Resource Center of Arlington County, attends monthly county-wide meetings, prepares reports for the Nottingham PTA, and writes resource articles for the Nottingham Newsletter as requested.

 

SPRING FUNDRAISER / FESTIVAL*

The Spring Festival, is a PTA fundraiser that provides a fun and activity-filled day for the entire family. The Spring Festival is typically held on a Saturday in May. Activities include games, crafts, the ever- popular cakewalk, raffles, and much more. The Spring Festival co-chairs share the responsibilities of setting the overall theme of the festival, organizing the chairpersons for each sub-committee, making arrangements with outside vendors, and coordinating the many volunteers that make it all work. Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the festival before and during the event.

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Spring Madness Event for the Marjorie Hughes Fund

Our Spring Madness Event is a very special school-wide event where the teachers take on the Fifth Graders in a spirited basketball game, with an entertaining halftime shootout between the Fourth and Fifth Grade. All ticket proceeds from this event are donated to the Marjorie Hughes Fund, a local organization helping Arlington youth with health care-related expenses. Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning of this special event, and the tickets, t-shirts and concessions sales.

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Student Pictures

The chair works with the front office staff to coordinate student picture day. Volunteers are needed to supervise students and organize paperwork for classroom and individual pictures on picture day.

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Teacher Appreciation

This committee works to express on-going appreciation to the teachers and staff of Nottingham. Luncheons are provided for teachers and staff when the staff returns to school in September and on parent-teacher conference days (October and March). The committee also plans and coordinates the activities associated with Teacher Appreciation Week, celebrated in mid-May. Volunteers are needed to coordinate food for the various events and assist with set-up and cleanup.

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TV Studio/Knights@9

Nottingham has its very own TV Studio (located in the library) that airs weekly programs to all students within their respective classrooms. Fifth grade students participate in the telecasts by creating the program content, managing the technical aspects, and speaking on camera as newscasters. Volunteers are needed to assist with programmatic needs.

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Volunteer Coordination

The volunteer coordinator works with the PTA president to prepare and update the Nottingham PTA Volunteer Handbook and volunteer forms, and compiles lists of volunteers by activity for distribution to the committee chairs, teachers, and staff members. The Volunteer Coordinator also helps recruit and provide guidance to Room Parent Volunteers. Room parents are needed for each class to organize parties, communicate important news about field trips and other activities, and help teachers as needed. Volunteer to be a room parent on the Volunteer Survey today!

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Welcome New Families/Nottingham Ambassadors

This committee works to match up existing Nottingham families with new children entering the school. Current families, our school “ambassadors,” reach out to new families over the summer and into the new school year and answer their questions, meet up at a park or get together at Nottingham. The committee chair manages the collection of new family information and matching them with current families. Volunteers are needed to serve as ambassadors.

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Yearbook

The Nottingham PTA publishes a student yearbook at the end of each school year. Volunteers are needed to develop the design and theme of this much-loved publication as well as to do layout, incorporate class photos, and handle publication details. Camera bugs and Photo Shop experts are also encouraged to assist with taking photos at Nottingham events. Tap into your “inner-Peter Parker” and have a hand in making the annual publication something special!

 

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Upcoming Events 

Thursday, July 6th

Library Open Hours 5 - 6:30pm

 

Saturday, July 8th

Kindergarten Playdate Front Playground 9:30-11am

Quick Links

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