Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the PTA?

PTA is the largest child advocacy organization with over 7 million members in the National PTA and with nearly 239,000 members in the Maryland PTA, whose sole purpose is the education and welfare of all children at home and in the schools and communities nationwide. PTA speaks for ALL children in ALL parts of the state and nation. We are not a special interest group, except to say that all children are "special" and that PTA will speak out so that children may secure the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education. 

What is the purpose of the PTA?

PTA provides parents and teachers with a way to share their experience and knowledge about children. PTA members support public education and work to improve children's health and safety. PTAs speak on behalf of children--who can't effect change for themselves--at local, state and national government levels. Greencastle PTA specifically works independently to promote the welfare of children in Greencastle ES and the Briggs Chaney/SIlver Spring communities. We work together with the principal, superintendent, school boards and other community leaders to make sure your concerns are heard and needs are met. State PTAs coordinate programs throughout the state on behalf of children. They organize volunteers to represent PTA views in you legislature and Washington, DC.

How does Greencastle PTA fit within Montgomery County?

The Montgomery County Council of PTA's (MCCPTA) has made a couple of great documents to map out how we fit within Montgomery County and the Northeast Consortium.
  1. The Basic PTA Structure Chart shows where Greencastle ES falls within the NEC as well as how the rest of MCPS schools relate to us. 
  2. The PTA Primer document addresses the structure and hierarchy of Clusters, MCCPTA, and the Northeast Consortium in colorful, easy-to-read charts.

What can I benefit from joining?

PTA provides opportunities to meet and to talk with other parents who have the same worries as you. By sharing common concerns, you will feel more empowered to do the tough job of parenting. Being part of PTA results in parental support and makes school involvement easier. You will no longer feel all alone in raising your child. PTA also provides educational opportunities. From local-level parent meetings to the Maryland PTA Annual Convention, PTA encourages learning and the sharing of accomplishments. Ultimately, PTA provides the opportunity to serve, to volunteer, and to contribute to the welfare of all children, because children represent our future. PTA will introduce you to a great variety of new activities and opportunities to share your special talents. PTA will give you the opportunity to not only impact your local community, but to have input in major legislative and policy issues affecting children throughout the state.

Who can join PTA?

Parents, teachers, grandparents, high school students, school officials, business people, retirees, couples with infants, single people, couples without children -- everyone who cares about children can belong to the PTA.

How can I join?

Fill out our membership form located on our Membership page.  Return your completed form along with $10 per person.  You can either mail it to the school address, hand it in at the main office or send it in your child's backpack. 

Commonly heard acronyms

Confused about references to a program or group by some alphabet soup of capital letters? Learn the meaning of some commonly used acronyms: 
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
BOE Board of Education
FARMS Free and Reduced Meals
FLES Foreign Language in the Elementary School
GT Gifted and Talented
MCCPTA Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations
MCPS  Montomgery County Public Schools
MSA Maryland State Assement
NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NEC Northeast Consortium
PTA Parent Teacher Association

How can I volunteer?

Volunteers are welcome to our school!  Help is always needed throughout the school on any given day especially during lunch, recess, classroom visits, making copies, chaperoning field trips, assisting the main office and many other opportunities.  We always ask that volunteers check in with the main office upon arrival to the school and present a valid ID.  Please contact the main office at 301.595.2940 or contact your teacher to learn more on how you can assist.  If you would like to volunteer with the PTA please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you and building our school community.  Welcome.
Pta Greencastle,
Oct 12, 2016, 4:17 PM