PTSA Committee and Activity Descriptions
PTSA Committees 2018-2019
COUNSELING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Counseling Advisory Committee (CAC) is a constructive, working committee comprised of parents, counselors, and SGA representatives who work together to assist the Counseling Department to provide the best possible services for students and their families. Support provided includes but is not limited to: organization of informational meetings, providing encouragement to the counseling staff, and building better communication between the school and families. Over the course of the school year, the CAC will organize the “Meet The Counselors” breakfast; six evening, grade-level parent information meetings; and six afternoon Q&A discussions for parents featuring Counselors, Resource Teachers, or students as panelists. Events announced via Whitnet.
The Directory Committee works with the Membership VPs, the A to Z organization, Whitman administration and representatives of the senior class to compile updates and corrections to the Whitman Telephone Directory published each fall. The directory includes contact information for staff, PTSA, and students. It is used widely throughout the Whitman community. Sale of the directory is a major fund-raiser for the senior class and every PTSA parent membership includes a directory. The committee may follow up with parents to verify their personal information, and assist with the distribution of the directory after publication.
GROCERY STORE RECEIPTS
Coordinates parent sign-ups of local chains: including Giant, Harris Teeter and Target that have programs that payback money to Whitman.
LAPTOPS & TABLETS
The Laptop Donation Program is intended to provide kids who may not be able to afford computers/iPads/chrome books with these items. The Principal and his team identify kids who could use a little help and are able to purchase items with the funds the program provides. The coordinator of the program sends emails to the Whitman Community asking for donations of used laptops, computers, iPhones, iPads etc. Working with a former Whitman parent, the electronics are then refurbished. Some items may be donated to our sister school, Wheaton.
MAIN OFFICE VOLUNTEERS
Recruits, coordinates, and trains parent volunteers to staff Main Office phones and welcome desk during the school day. Coordinates annual updating of resource information so that volunteers and secretaries have current information available (to facilitate effective “first welcome” to Whitman—both to callers and visitors).
Media Center volunteers support the Media Center staff during Whitman lunches, periods five and six, when the center is generally at its busiest. Volunteers can sign up for weekly or twice monthly slots, each slot a two hour duration. It’s a great way to support the school while getting a glimpse into the day to day life of our Whitman students.
NAACP PARENT COMMITTEE
This Committee plans events that facilitate embracing difference as an asset and engaging in open conversation about diversity and inclusion at Whitman. After a kick off meeting in Sept./Oct., a proposed agenda of events is created that brings families together for open discussions and collaboration around ideas for the school year.
“NEW TO WHITMAN” PARENT LIAISON
The Parent Liaison serves as a resource to new families and encourages participation to school coffees, meetings, school clubs and other events through out the year to stay informed, active and connected to the Walt Whitman Community. Names of new families who register during the school year are collected at the registrar’s office.
Plans and raises all monies to support the after prom party held from 1:00 am to 5:00 am at Whitman, immediately following the prom in May each year. The committee consists of two to three co-chairs, 15 committee chairs, and over 150 volunteers the night of the party. “Post-prom” is a part of a coalition of 26 public and 12 private schools working together to provide an entertaining, safe, alcohol and drug free celebration.
PRINCIPAL’S COFFEE FOR RISING 9TH GRADERS
Committee coordinates two coffees, one in June and one in August. Includes ordering food, purchasing paper goods, coordinating with the PTSA President on publicizing the event, and assisting at the events.
Coordinates the ordering and sale of “Whitman” apparel such as t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, as well as school spirit items such as lanyards, magnets, cinch bags and stickers. The committee sells throughout the school year at events such as Back to School Night and Freshman Parent Coffees. The committee’s goal this year is to sell directly to students during lunch periods about once a week to help spread Whitman Pride and Spirit!
This Committee coordinates approximately 9 yearly food events for staff: a welcome back to school staff breakfast at the beginning of the year, buffets for the 6-7 after-school staff meetings throughout the school year, and in December, holiday gift bags for all Whitman staff and administrators. Co-chairs seek and coordinate food contributions from Whitman families throughout the year.
The Stressbusters Committee, whose informal motto/mantra is "doing well while feeling well" seeks to provide the Whitman community (e.g. students, faculty, and parents) with learning opportunities and experiences that facilitate individual and collective well being. The committee champions programs and special activities throughout the year to support this goal and broaden the definition of success and satisfaction during the high school years.
STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING (SSL)
Assists the school SSL Coordinator, and other staff to promote SSL opportunities.
Whitcom is a managed, unmoderated, e-mail discussion group open to parents, faculty, and staff of Whitman. Whitcom is for informal communication about topics related to students at Whitman, such as items lost at school, requests for tutors or carpools, and general questions regarding sports or other after-school activities and events. The manager posts the weekly community announcements, and maintains the comprehensive Whitcom Tutor Listing and Neighborhood Specialist Listing, available to Whitcom members.
The chair maintains the subscription list and approves new members to Whitnet.
WHITMAN CLUBS NIGHT
This committee coordinates an evening in September when clubs and organizations showcase the variety of activities offered at Whitman. In conjunction with this evening, the chairs compile a pamphlet for parents and students which lists descriptions and officers of all clubs.
WHITWORLD / INTERNATIONAL NIGHT
Whitworld is open to all international and American families at Whitman. Monthly cultural and social events are arranged to enjoy the richness of cultural diversity in this area, help them and their students integrate into the Whitman community and provide information and support to new families.
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT - An evening, held in March, of food, dance, entertainment, and cultural events from the many diverse countries represented at Whitman. The committee coordinates with the ESOL Department, additional staff, international families and students to plan the event.