Welcome to the Piney Branch Elementary PTA Website

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The deadline to order online is April 12. Cash and check sales will be announced at a later date.

Girls on the Run Team Starts March 11

Piney Branch Elementary will offer a Girls on the Run team starting on March 11. It is an empowerment-based program for girls that encourages emotional and physical development while having fun. The girls will run together in the Takoma Park 5k race, and also in a 5k sponsored by Girls on the Run.

Our practices will be Monday morning before school and Friday after school. Sign-ups begin on February 6 - be sure to register quickly because spaces typically fill up!

We are looking for 1-2 more coaches to accommodate all the girls that may want to take part. The curriculum has already been developed, and Girls on the Run also offers training for coaches. It's really a lot of fun. If you are a coach, your daughter is guaranteed a slot in the program, and she gets a discount. You don't have to be a runner to be a coach, and you wouldn't be needed both days that the team meets, only one of the days.

Any questions? Contact Amy Thomas, lead coach, at graceandjoysmom@gmail.com.

Message from PTA President Fred Azcarate

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Join the PTA for This School Year, Today

Whether you are new to PBES or a veteran panther, please join the PBES PTA for the 2018-2019 school year. The all-volunteer power of the PTA helps our kids, our school and our community in ways large and small.

  • Before and After School Clubs.
  • Supplemental academics, like the Geo-Bowl.
  • Underwrite field trips.
  • Social Events like Bingo Night, International Night, and the Student Talent Show where families come together, have fun and share their diverse backgrounds.

Fill out the online membership form and pay dues online via PayPal.

You can also print out the hard copy membership form and submit cash or a check in your child's Take Home Folder. Checks should be made out to PBES PTA. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information, contact Katie Bocock or Jared Hughes

Donate Gift Cards for PBES Families!

School counselors are always accepting gift cards in modest denominations ($25) to local stores (Giant, Safeway, Aldi) to give to PBES families who need them. Call the guidance department 301-891-8000 for more information.

Ready to Volunteer for the School?

MCPS requires individuals who regularly volunteer for the school (including field trip chaperones) to complete an online training on Child Abuse and Neglect. The training takes about 30 minutes and is offered in several languages. To begin the training follow this link and scroll down to the Online Training for Volunteers/Contractors section.

Once you have completed your training, you will receive an email confirmation. Forward the email to the Administrative Secretary, Ms. Welch at Victoria_M_Welch@mcpsmd.org, or print a copy of the confirmation and send it to the office. The school has a database of all trained volunteers.

Read more on the PBES website.

NOTE: This training must be updated yearly.

Restorative Practices at PBES

Ms. Greenberg presented on the Restorative Practice approaches PBES is embracing. See her presentations slides here!

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2018-2019 PTA Board

Fred Azcarate

Dalia Hochman
Executive VP

Ariel Woods
VP of Fundraising

Jenny Cohan
VP of Communications

Katie Bocock & Jared Hughes
VPs of Membership

Lynn Mandell

Christine Miele

Read the latest PTA Meeting Notes


PBES website
MCPS Volunteer Training
PTA Reimbursement Form (pdf)
PTA Income Submission Form (pdf)

MCPS Website

PBES PTA Calendar