Tips for PTA Committees

Most programs at TES wouldn’t be possible without your time and talent.  Whether you are supporting the teachers or helping with a PTA event, all of your efforts help to enrich the student’s education.

Read on to find a brief description of the many places where volunteers are needed.  If any areas peak your interest, please email the Volunteer Coordinator.  Or if you feel you would like to head up a committee, please contact the PTA President Elect or President.  All can be found on the current PTA Roster here.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to volunteer at Tuckahoe Elementary School.  We are glad you will be involved!

*(All volunteers in any capacity must complete the Henrico County Application for Volunteer Service and observe the HCPS Volunteer Guidelines.)

Volunteer Descriptions

After School Enrichment – (ASE) Classes offered on Wednesday afternoons for 6 weeks in the fall and 6 weeks in the spring. Class content depends on the talents and availability of instructors. Volunteers are needed to take roll and walk the kids to their class, assist the lead instructors during the class and sign each student out after class.

Book Fair – A PTA committee that organizes and runs a book fair to be held on Tuesday, February 17 through Friday, February 20.

Buildings and Grounds – Help with general landscaping: planting and maintenance of school grounds, assisting with maintenance of the outdoor classroom, “Pow-wow Patch”, participating in the fall and spring clean up days. This is a great opportunity for dads to get involved at TES.

Community Service – As community service projects are identified, volunteers will assist as needed in collecting items, packaging and delivering them.

Duathlon– A family biking and running event held in the fall. We need volunteers for course set-up, course marshals, water stations, and clean up.

Field Day – A fun day emphasizing teamwork and fitness organized by the P.E. teacher and committee chair. Volunteers facilitate games and activities.  This occurs in the late spring.

Fifth Grade Celebration – Help plan and facilitate 5th grade celebration week at the end of the year, including luncheon, party, and team building activities.

Fifth Grade Musical – Work with the music teacher, fifth grade teachers and PTA committee to create sets, help with stage set-up/clean up, print programs, etc. at the end of the school year.

First Grade Musical – Work with the music teacher and PTA Committee to create sets, print programs, help with stage set-up/clean up, and assist with costumes and props during the performances.  This occurs in December.

Family Night – Family Night is an opportunity for the TES community to come together for a meal. The Family Night committee helps with set-up and clean up, serving and decorating. This is a great opportunity for working parents to volunteer who cannot volunteer during school hours.  Occurs in September.

Fundraising (Ways and Means) – Volunteers help as called upon to assist with Square One Art and other TES fundraisers.

Holiday Kids Corner – A fun bazaar in December where students can do all of their holiday shopping.  Volunteers are needed prior to the event to create hand-crafted items to be sold at the bazaar.  Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event to set-up, sell and wrap gifts, and clean up after the event.

Hospitality –Hospitality Committee will contact volunteers as needed to help with teacher luncheons and other PTA functions.

Ice Cream Social – Help set-up, serve toppings and clean up.  Event occurs in May.

National Walk To School Day – Volunteers needed on the TES campus to greet students the morning of the walk in October. Help encourage physical fitness as well as energy conservation.

Newcomers – This committee welcomes new families in both Kindergarten and other grades to Tuckahoe. They host a play date over the summer on the TES playground, as well as the Kleenex & Coffee Reception the first day of school. Volunteers will be conducted in the spring for the following years work.

Reflections – Collect and organize artwork for judging in October.  Assist in hanging artwork in January.

SEATS (Scholastic Enhancement and Teacher Support)– Committee members assist teachers as requested, by researching and securing outside resources that enhance teaching objectives. Volunteers are needed to help with various enrichment activities throughout the year and during the last week of school to support teachers while they close out the year.

Spirit Wear – Selling spirit wear (TES logo merchandise) at various school functions throughout the year.

Spring Fling – A family fun day for the TES community with inflatables, games, food, raffles and a silent auction. Several hundred hourly volunteers are needed the day of the event for set-up, cleanup, and to work the event (request will go out through Room Parents closer to event). Committee volunteers are needed to help with planning prior to the event, and to supervise the day of the event. Event takes place on a Saturday in late April.

Teacher Appreciation – Assist the committee in securing donations for teacher gifts, organize treats and meals, and make gifts baskets for Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring.

Veterans’ Day Assembly – Help organize the Veterans’ Day assembly guests held in November.

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) – Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school guidance counselor.


  • Need to be available for an on-going weekly commitment throughout the year.
  • If you are interested in being a parent aide, please let us know which type of aide interests you. You may check more than 1. Your actual responsibilities will be assigned by the staff member. These are all year-long weekly commitments that the staff depends upon and a great opportunity to be involved with the school. The general practice is that volunteers are not assigned to their child’s current grade level.

Art Aide – Assist the art teacher by displaying artwork and helping with special art projects.

Classroom Aide – Assist a specific teacher weekly with classroom preparation and instructional help.

Copy Volunteers – Make copies as requested by the teachers for a grade level.

Library Aide – Help weekly to shelve books, file, copy and other odd jobs.

Lunch Room Aide –Assists the lunchroom workers in helping kids with opening food items and general oversight. Needed for Thursdays during lunch periods. Minimum 1 day per month.

Peer Tutoring – Assist the School Counselor one morning per week from 7:00am – 7:35 am.

School Counselor Aide –Assists the school counselor as needed, copying, sorting, etc.

For more information please contact the Parent Volunteer Coordinators.

Marcy Green 908-0583

Kelly Bitsko 868-0365