Welcome to the Piney Branch Elementary PTA Website

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

Instrumental Music

All 4th and 5th grade PBES students are eligible to participate in band or orchestra. Instrumental Music classes are offered at no charge during the school day on a rotating schedule. The following instruments are taught: violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet/cornet, trombone, baritone, and percussion. Read more about the program here in this Invitation to Join Band or Orchestra.

Enrollment forms must be received by Ms. Cutler by Wednesday, September 26th. Students should have brought home information packets and enrollment forms the first week of school. You can also complete this Online Enrollment Form.

For more information, contact Ms. Stacia Cutler at Stacia_Cutler@mcpsmd.org.

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