Below is a list of committees along with a brief description for the school year.  If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please send the President an email by simply clicking on their name on the left menu.  

Assemblies / Special Events

Planning and implementing special events in order to enhance the learning curriculum at Picotte such as author visits and other special assemblies.  Will be structured with co-chairs and subcommittees.

Accelerated Reader

Assist with the maintenance of the Accelerated Reader program.  Develop special programs throughout the year. 

Adopt-A-Family (Winter)

Organize donation drives for Jackson Elementary.

After-School Programs

Research, develop and coordinate after-school enrichment programs (such as Mad Science).  

All School Picnic /Track and Field Day (Spring)

Organize and sign up volunteers to help serve lunch for students and families/Line up volunteers to help with the games.

Blood Drive / Locks of Love

Work with the American Red Cross to help organize a blood drive

Book Fair

Work with Scholastic to organize book fairs.  Set up volunteers to help with set up, selling books and clean up.

Book Exchange 

Develop a regular book exchange for the school as well as the annual book exchange.

Budget Committee

Assist theTreasurer in supervising the money management of our large events and if interested, assist with the internal auditing of our records.

Butterfly Garden

Support the growth and upkeep of the Butterfly Garden. 

Classroom Coordinators

Work with teachers to determine volunteer requirements.  Organize and work with volunteers to insure all classrooms have the needed volunteers.

Classroom Parties

Organize classroom parties by grade level.

Directory / Directory Sponsors (Fall)

Assemble student information, type directory and coordinate printing of directory from local printer at cost.

Family Dinner Nights

Organize family dinner nights such as "The Pancake Man" and "Carrabba's Night".

Family Fun Night (School Carnival) / Basket Raffle / Silent Auction (Spring)

Organize event for students, families and teachers to attend.  Arrange for food, games and decorations.  Great co-chair project.

Foreign Language 

After-school program teaching foreign languages.  Line up teachers, send out flyers to inform parents and students, set up in classrooms and collect tuition.

4th – 6th Grade Event (Winter) 

Organize fun day for the 4th through 6th graders to attend away from school.  Gather volunteers to help during the event.


Evaluate and propose fund-raising activities.

Grant Writing

Research and develop grants for various projects.


Coordinate and plan meals for Teacher Conferences, Teacher Appreciation Week (spring) and the Support Staff luncheon (spring).  

Work with Mrs. McCown to coordinate and plan meals for Picotte families and teachers in need due to illness or family tragedy.

Hummel Day Camp (Spring)

Send out flyers to inform interested students and sign them up to this summer camp.

Kindergarten Round Up (Spring) 

Help prepare packets to distribute to parents, order refreshments, decorate and assist during Round up.

Label Redemption Programs

Coordinate and collect receipts and labels for programs such as the annual "Hy-Vee Receipt" program, Tyson A+ Program.  This is a great volunteer opportunity that can be completed at home or with small children.

Library Assistance

Organizing volunteers to help in the School Library.

McGruff House

Organize parents to volunteer to be a McGruff House (a liaison between the Sheriff’s Dept. and Picotte).

Membership Recruitment (Fall)

Recruit members and coordinate the collection of dues and delivery of member cards. 

Picotte Nights

Work with area restaurants to partner with our school & sponsor nights out to their establishment.

Picture Day (Fall) 

Help the photographers with keeping children in line and making sure hair is combed.

Pinto Gear (Fall)

Responsible for finding a supplier, taking orders and distributing the Pinto Gear items such as t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Planning Committee

Develop short / long term goals for the PTA and insure actions coincide with Mission Statement.

Poinsettia Sale (Winter) 

Send home order forms, work with the nursery and organize pick up.


Coordinate event that promotes fine arts with Picotte students.

Safety Patrol

Periodically observe the safety patrol corners.  Order hot cocoa and supplies when needed.  In the spring, organize the Safety Patrol Picnic.

Scholarship (Spring)

Send applications to high school counselors, review applications and award scholarship.

Science and Math Night 

Develop family nights at the school to enhance the school curriculum such as guest speakers, family science experiment nights, math games, etc.

Sixth Grade Celebration (Spring)

Organize a reception for the 6th graders and their families including invitations, programs and refreshments.

State Life Award Nominations (Spring) 

Solicit recommendations for people deserving of PTA award recognition.

Tea & Tissues (Fall)

Organize a "Tea" for the parents of kindergartners.  Provide support for these new parents (as well as tissues!).  

Teacher Grant 

Take applications from teachers twice yearly; award grants as PTA budget allows.

Volunteer Coordination

Excellent "work-from-home" opportunity.  Collect volunteer forms and distribute to committees.  Assist with the coordination of volunteers for activities and duties throughout the year.


Develop the Picotte website by adding pages and enhancing features.  Coordinate with staff to make student work available on the website.

Welcome Back / Meet Your Teacher Night (Fall 2009)

Prepare welcome back gifts for teachers and staff.  Purchase treats (like popsicles) for families at Meet Your Teacher Night

Wish List

Determine the day to day and long-term needs of the staff, the principal and the school in general.  Develop a procedure to publicize the wish list and to collect and distribute donations.  Also, develop a fund-raising event to assist with the supply of larger items.


Responsible for collecting pictures of events, laying out the yearbook and having it printed with Scholastic.  Also involves sending out order forms, collecting yearbook money and distributing yearbooks.