Welcome

Welcome from the Greenbelt Elementary Parent Teacher Association (GES-PTA)!  We hope you will join us at a meeting (first Tuesday of most months during the school year.)

Mission Statement
The purpose of the Greenbelt Elementary School PTA is to:

  1. Promote activities that enhance the joy and well-being of GES students and staff in a way that complements and enriches the learning environment;
  2. Advocate on behalf of students, staff and the school;
  3. Build community within the school, and enhance the relationship among the school, parents, and the wider community;
  4. Encourage the community’s investment of time, energy and money into Greenbelt’s public schools.

Meetings

PTA meetings are held on the first Tuesday of most months, 7-8:30pm in the Media Center. Free child care is available in the gym.

2017-2018 Meeting Dates
October 3, 2017
November 7, 2017
February 6, 2018
March 6, 2018
May 1, 2018

Volunteers

GES families are encouraged to become involved with the PTA, and there are many opportunities available:

  • Running and helping with the special events during the year, including the Labor Day Book Sale, our biggest fundraiser; Rafael’s Race; Scholastic Book Fairs; Spring Fair; and Multicultural Night
  • Helping with hospitality for staff and teacher appreciation throughout the year and during Staff and Teacher Appreciation week.
  • Maintaining and updating school bulletin boards, the sign outside the school, and this web page
  • Organizing collection of Box Tops for Education… and more!

Fingerprinting and CPS Background Check Opportunity!

Are you interested in volunteering in your child’s classroom or participating as a chaperone on a field trip?  Please check out PGCPS’s Child Safety Workshops & Background Checks for School Volunteers!

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Family Institute, in collaboration with the Division of Human Resources, will host the “Keeping Our Children Safe” workshop for parents and guardians. The workshop includes Fingerprint Background Check and Child Protective Services (CPS) Clearance sessions for those interested in volunteering in their neighborhood schools more than once a year.

Fingerprint Background Check and CPS Clearance Sessions* 4-6 p.m.

The fee is $56.57. There is no fee for families whose children receive free and reduced-price
meals (FARMS). Please bring a copy of your FARMS certification letter.

“Keeping Our Children Safe” Family Institute Workshop

5-6 p.m. & 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Learn how to recognize the often subtle signs of abuse and neglect in children.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Visit www.pgcpsfamily.org

FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE
Prekindergarten through fifth-grade students

2017-2018 WORKSHOP DATES & LOCATIONS

October 26 Bond Mill Elementary

November 9 Gwynn Park High School

November 16 William Beanes Elementary

December 7 Langley Park-McCormick Elementary

January 25 G. James Gholson Middle School

February 8 Benjamin Tasker Middle School

March 1 Greenbelt Elementary

March 15 Dodge Park Elementary

April 12 Potomac High School

April 26 Columbia Park Elementary

*Please bring a valid, unexpired government-issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license; state, school or military ID; U.S. passport; permanent resident card or employment authorization card.

Contact the Department of Family and Community Engagement for more info: 301-618-7356.

Rafael’s Race Is This Saturday!

 

Rafael’s Race 1K & 5K is This Saturday – Run & Drawing Prizes Support Greenbelt Elementary School!!

This Saturday, October 7th, we invite you to run or walk with us as we remember the life of Rafael Martins, a 4th grade student at Greenbelt Elementary School (GES) who passed away in 2009 from a rare disorder called VATER syndrome. On one of Rafael’s last days at school he enjoyed a field trip so the money we raise helps all GES students attend educational field trips.

The weather for Saturday looks perfect for the race so please register to join us. You can also register on the day of the race, but please arrive by 8:30AM.
http://bit.ly/RafaelsRace

We are also selling drawing tickets for prizes like a weekend getaway, Washington Nationals tickets, Newseum tickets, Bee Yoga Fusion classes and more.

Calling all Volunteers!
This great event also needs volunteer help! Please sign up to volunteer so this race can be a success. We still need several more course marshals (stand on the course to direct and cheer on runners) as well as a few more people to help with post-race refreshments. Students can also earn service hours for volunteering. Sign up here – http://bit.ly/RafaelsRaceVolunteer

Rafael’s Race is Coming Up on October 7th! Please Sign Up or Volunteer!

Please join your GES PTA in the 2017 Rafael’s Race in order to raise money for student field trips.

Rafael Martins was a student at Greenbelt Nursery School and Greenbelt Elementary School. He was born with a rare disease called VATER syndrome and passed away on October 20, 2009 while he was in the 4th grade. In 2011, teachers, parents, and friends of Greenbelt Elementary School started a race in his honor.

The 1K fun run/walk and 5K race raise funds to support student field trips at Greenbelt Elementary School and provides a donation to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for kids with life- threatening illnesses and their families. Drawing tickets are also sold ($2 each or 6 for $10) at the school and Co-op Grocery store for prizes like tickets to the Newseum, baseball games and more. T-shirts are also available for sale. Students (current & former), parents, friends and community members are all invited to participate or volunteer.

Register at: http://bit.ly/RafaelsRace

5K — $20 ($25 day of registration)

1K — $10 ($12 day of registration)

Volunteer at:  http://bit.ly/RafaelsRaceVolunteer

Walk/Bike To School Day is October 4th!

Don’t miss 2017 Walk-Bike to School Day!

Join fellow members of our Greenbelt Elementary School community as we celebrate the benefits of walking and cycling!

GES PTA members will lead groups of students from the following locations:

Greenbelt Community Center lawn (Mr. Marcavitch), departing at 8:30AM

Corner of Lastner Lane and Hedgewood Drive (Mr. Kelly), departing at 8:30AM

Corner of Plateau Place and Ridge Road (Ms. Fishbeck), departing at 8:45AM