Advocacy and Enrichment Committees
Celebration Of Learning organizes the Celebration of Learning day, a start-of-the-school year celebration where students and teachers meet; parents receive APS paperwork, join the PTO and learn about upcoming events.
Field Trips: With the Grade Level Chairs, this committee coordinate all aspects of grade level field trips both on campus (e.g., High Touch/Hi Tech) and off campus. Duties include reserving locations, collecting field trip money and securing all permission slips. This is a year-round commitment with a time concentration at the beginning of the year.
International Travelers (IT)- With a vision to provide exposure to foreign cultures and countries, IT is a week-long, school-wide immersion in another country and culture. The IT Chairs are responsible for creating the curriculum (e.g., food, geography, language, pop culture, science); related activities; school decoration, and more. A collaboration of the parents, teachers and administration, the IT Chair positions are the most time-intensive and rewarding volunteer experiences available. Time commitment is a full year.
Legislative Affairs committee keeps the executive board apprised of all APS, state and national legislative issues that impact our children, school and community. Members attend any relevant meetings and advocate on our PTO’s behalf
NAPPS (North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools) Serve as the Sarah Smith Elementary representative on the board of NAPPS, which comprises representatives from each of the North Atlanta Cluster APS schools, including Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School. NAPPS holds monthly board meetings and monthly community meetings, usually hosted at a member school. A great way to keep your finger on the pulse of our neighboring schools and learn more about school after Smith. Time commitment is a full year.
Multicultural Affairs committee promotes and celebrates the various cultures represented in the Sarah Smith student body through activities and initiatives that are aligned with the International Baccalaureate program. The committee supports events and curriculum as dictated by school leaders and can include Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and A Taste of Sarah Smith.
SRS Special Needs Liaison provides information to the school community about issues and resources related to students with disabilities. By increasing knowledge, communication and collaboration, s/he will improve the quality of life for all students, particularly those with disabilities. The liaison will assist and support families with students with identified disabilities as well as families who may be beginning the process of identifying their children's special needs. The liaison will also represent Sarah Smith at various community events such as APS and NAPPS meetings and share the information learned with the Sarah Smith community.
Staff Appreciation committee provides luncheons and/or breakfasts throughout the year for faculty and staff; coordinates Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. The time commitment is periodic, with the greatest concentration in the spring for Appreciation Week.
Sutton Middle School (SMS) Liaison bridges communication between Sarah Smith and Sutton Middle School to raise awareness of educational opportunities at SMS. This position is appointed by the Sutton Middle School PTA.
Wellness committee raise awareness various “wellness” activities going on at Sarah Smith including SNAP (Scheduling, Nutrition and Activities Programs), healthy snack guidelines and manages the School Garden.
Fundraising & Outreach Committees
Fall Festival committee coordinates an outdoor carnival in October with activities, including games, a marketplace, crafts, food trucks, and the infamous Haunted Hallway. This fundraiser requires a significant time commitment from August to October.
Membership chair coordinates PTO Membership drive and attends school-wide events at the beginning of the year to encourage parent and teacher participation in the PTO. Requires more time during the summer and the start of the school year, including COL and Grade Level Orientations.
Read-A-Thon committee coordinates the Sarah Smith PTO's primary fundraiser. Students read books during a defined time frame and raise funds according to their sponsorships. The time commitment is from late Fall through conclusion of the Read-a-Thon in early Spring.
Superstar Supporter Liaison Chair serves as liaison between Sarah Smith Education Foundation and PTA to ensure SSEF partnership commitments are fulfilled.
Smith on Stage committee organizes, directs and coreographs full musical productions each Spring for 3rd through 5th graders with the help of the Sarah Smith Music teachers and other staff with a passion for theatre. Past performances includes The Lion King Jr, and Beauty and the Beast Jr. Needs are widespread, and include costume design, makeup, backstage, set design, choreography, sound and lights.
VIP Dance committee is a partnership between the DLI committee and the PTO. Help plan and execute an evening of fun, music and dancing for Sarah Smith girls and their special VIP chaperone. The dance is open to all girls who attend Sarah Smith K-5, but space is limited. Planning starts in the fall and the dance is around Valentine’s Day.
Social & Community
5th Grade Promotion and Events committee organizes the commemorative items (t-shirts & yard signs) and special social events to celebrate the 5th grade.
Arts Afternoon committee brings together all of Sarah Smith’s talents combining an Art Show where each child will showcase their work, a performance by the Sarah Smith Chorus and a sneak-peek live scene from Smith on Stage’s upcoming show.
Bingo Night committee organizes an exciting and action-packed family night of Bingo at the Intermediate Campus Gym in early spring. Planning for this event starts in early Fall.
Grade Level Event Night Coordinator coordinates Friday night events, by grade level (K-5), at The Gym at Peachtree Presbyterian Church during the fall semester.
Kindergarten Round-Up committee plans and coordinates this welcoming tour and informational session for rising Kindergarteners and their parents held in the Spring. They also host Popsicles on the Playground before school starts in the fall. Both fun events where the excitement for school is contagious.
Mardi Gras committee, with the French teachers, organizes a Mardi Gras celebration, which includes a t-shirt design competition and sale as a fundraiser to support our sister school in Haiti.
New Families/Tours committee schedules and conducts tours for parents of prospective students, as well as Prospective Parent Meet and Greets with the Principal. At the beginning of the year, this committee organizes a Kleenex & Coffee social at the Primary Campus after drop-off on the first day of school for new Kindergarten parents to mingle and ask questions. The time commitment is periodic throughout the year.
Science Night committee helps plan the evening, book vendors as well as organize food vendors or food trucks. They work with each grade to schedule grade-level experiments with hands-on help by the grade level teachers. This well-attended event is held in the Winter. Planning will begin in early Fall to secure vendors.
Spirit Wear committee manages the design, procurement and sale of Sarah Smith t-shirts, sweatshirts, field trip shirts and other Sarah Smith gear at school events throughout the school year, with the greatest concentration of volunteer time in the Summer-Fall.
Trunk or Treat committee organizes a trunk-or-treat event the morning of Halloween at each campus. Responsibilities include collecting donations of ‘treats’ and recruiting Parents, Grades, PTO Committees and other Sarah Smith entities to decorate their trunks, dress-up and hand out treats to the students.
Walk To School Day committee coordinates International Walk to School Day in October. Responsibilities include planning with PATH 400, communication, and securing and scheduling volunteers.
Yearbook committee leads the creation, sale and distribution of the yearbook; and coordinates classroom photographers. Commitment is concentrated in early spring.
Lost & Found committee collects and organizes lost items in a central location at the school. The time commitment is periodic and is a great way for the Sarah Smith scout groups to get involved.
Media Center committee coordinates volunteers to assist in the Primary Campus Media Center, checking books in and out and shelving returned books; assists the media specialist in coordinating the Book Fairs and Birthday Book Club (monthly). The time commitment is periodic throughout the year.
NYO Liaison acts as a point of contact between Sarah Smith, the PTO and the Northside Youth Organization ensuring that communication is open between all parties in regards to the baseball field at the Primary Campus and joint initiatives between the school and NYO.
Room Parent Coordinator oversees all room parents, communicates the monthly school calendar, assists with SignUp Genius templates for the classes, and provides ongoing communication to room parents. Year long time commitment.
Safety & Security serves as a liaison to City of Atlanta, APD, APS and the school principals. Coordinates the traffic cops for all of the school events (Fall Festival, Bingo Night, Celebration of Learning, etc). Serves as advocate to have City of Atlanta maintain pedestrian crosswalks and crosswalk signs.
Transportation committee assists the administration by serving as a liaison between APS and parents; supporting the carpool process as needed. Duties are throughout the year, with concentration in August and September.
School Grounds & Work Day committee coordinates with the Principal, PTO and APS to help maintain and undertake projects that enhance the building and grounds, including maintenance of all playground equipment. They also organize a fall and spring SRS Work Day at both campuses. This committee will work at both the Primary & Intermediate Campuses throughout the school year.
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