PTA Committees

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Volunteers are always welcome! Reach out to a committee below, email the PTA, or complete the PTA Volunteer Sign Up Form.

Committee NameDescription
5K & Fun Run CommitteeThis committee plans and implements one of Janney's biggest fundraisers, our beloved 5K & Fun Run, including organizing the many volunteers who help with the route and refreshments.
5th Grade Graduation CommitteeThis committee purchases t-shirts and plans the graduation party (food, entertainment, chaperones, etc.) for all 5th graders.
Affiliate Program CommitteeThis committee is dedicated to raising money for Janney through various Affiliate Programs, including Amazon, Giant A+ rewards, eScrip, and Shutterfly. Click here to link your Giant cards, raise money when you shop on Amazon, or learn about our other affiliate programs.
AtoZ Connect CommitteeThis committee oversees the maintenance and development of AtoZ Connect, a platform to publish the school directory, maintain emergency contact information for parents, and send out important information to families.
Auction CommitteeA committee of Janney’s most dedicated parents plans this spring fundraiser. The group solicits auction items from neighborhood companies, school sponsors and the extended Janney community and puts together a fabulous evening of fun, music, food and bidding!
Awards CommitteeThis committee plans for a special awards ceremony for families who are leaving Janney and have contributed significant efforts to the school. The ceremony takes place at the last Community Meeting of each year.
Bingo Night CommitteeThis committee organizes a fun family night of bingo at Janney to raise funds for the PTA.
Blood Drive CommitteeThis committee organizes a Red Cross blood drive hosted at Janney.
Book Sale CommitteeDuring one weekend each fall, local bookstore Politics & Prose donates a percentage of its sales to Janney. This committee organizes the annual fundraiser by publicizing the event within Janney and the local community, as well as coordinating “wish lists” from teachers, resource specialists, and the school library.
Box Tops CommitteeIf you buy General Mills foods such as cereals, granola bars, and other grocery items, clip the coupons labeled “Box Tops for Education” and put them in the box just inside the front door of Janney. Our school gets 10 cents for every coupon.
Bracket Challenge CommitteeThis committee organizes a March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Community Service CommitteeThis committee coordinates volunteers and contributions for various Community Service projects through the year including the Thrive DC volunteer program. Janney provides and helps serve monthly dinners to the Dinner Program for Homeless Women. Janney classrooms and individual families contribute items on a set dinner menu, and the committee organizes volunteers to transport and serve the food.
Holiday Greens CommitteeThis committee manages the sale of holiday greens during the week of the WinterFest.
Hospitality CommitteeThis committee coordinates refreshments for grade-level and principal's coffees.
International Night CommitteeThis wonderful Janney tradition entails an evening of food, music, and crafts sponsored by the PTA for students, parents, and staff members to showcase club activities and enjoy the diverse cultures within our community.
Library Volunteers CommitteeA team of volunteers supports the school librarian during classroom visits by reading stories and assisting students with research and word processing. Volunteers also assist with shelving, data entry, book repair, and book circulation.
Lice Check CommitteeAs a preventative measure after every long break from school, Janney’s nurse and a team of parent volunteers check every Janney student’s head for lice.
Lost & Found CommitteeParent volunteers and students work to reunite Janney families with their lost items by organizing and displaying the contents of the lost and found. The committee also handles donation of unclaimed items to charity.
Matching Grant CommitteeThis committee is responsible for encouraging parents to pursue The Matching Grant opportunities offered by their employers. Committee members raise awareness of matching grants, help to facilitate the donation process, and track any grants that come in throughout the year.
Merchandise CommitteeThis committee manages the Janney merchandise program including selecting, ordering, and selling branded items for the Janney Spirit Store.
Monthly Dinner CommitteeThis committee will organize monthly dinners at local restaurants for the Janney community.
Movie Night Committee
This committee organizes a movie and popcorn at Janney one night in winter.
Newsletter CommitteeEditors compile, edit, and work with the Principal to publish a weekly newsletter distributed electronically to all Janney families.

To contact all communication committees (newsletter, social media, & website), email
Open House CommitteeThis committee coordinates open houses to showcase Janney for prospective families by recruiting tour guides, ordering coffee, placing ads in Northwest Current, etc.
Outdoors & Garden CommitteeThis committee helps with improving, maintaining, and beautifying the Janney school grounds, including coordinating two “spruce up” days (fun for the whole family), one in the fall and one in the spring. Its volunteers also support the Janney Garden Project throughout the school year.
Raffle CommitteeThe annual winter raffle is one of the PTA’s most important fundraisers. Tickets are sold by a team of parent volunteers, and then winning tickets are drawn during the Winterfest for fabulous cash and/or prizes.
Room Parent CommitteeA fun and rewarding way to get directly involved in your child’s class! Room Parents coordinate parent support to the classroom, organize class events and parties, and facilitate communication from teachers and the PTA to parents.
Safety CommitteeThis committee coordinates with school administration on school safety issues and coordinates safety trainings for teachers, staff, along with Janney+ instructors. It conducts research, provides recommendations, and reviews the school polices and procedures to ensure the safety of the school.
School Photos & Yearbook CommitteeThis committee plans and executes the annual fall picture day and subsequent distribution of photos to families, as well as the production of the yearbook with the help of yearbook volunteers.
School Tour CommitteeThis committee coordinates monthly school tours for prospective Janney families.
Social Media CommitteeThis committee helps the school update and inform Janney Community via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To contact communication committees (newsletter, social media, & website), email to
Spring Mulch Sale CommitteeThis committee organizes the sale of mulch each spring to benefit your garden and your child’s school!
Spring Picnic CommitteeThis event takes place on a Friday evening in late spring and includes food trucks and a DJ!
Staff Appreciation CommitteeThis committee coordinates events that thank the teachers and staff for their dedication to our children. Thank you activities include holiday appreciation gifts, an end of year staff luncheon, and small tokens of thank you to recognize teachers and staff for their hard work and commitment to Janney throughout the year.
Talent Show CommitteeThis committee organizes an annual Talent Show.
Used Book Sale CommitteeThe ultimate in scholastic recycling! This committee organizes the Janney Used Book Sale. Volunteers organize the book donation drive prior to the sale and organize the many boxes of donated books. On the day of the sale they set up a “book store” at Janney and act as cashiers and baggers. This committee also finds suitable locations for donating books at the end of the sale.
Website CommitteeThis committee updates and maintains the Janney website with important news and information at

To contact communication committees (newsletter, social media, & website), email
Welcome CommitteeThe purpose of this group is to provide a go-to resource for families with questions about Janney and to assure their transition to Janney is as easy and comfortable as possible.
Winter Market/WinterFest CommitteeStudents, teachers and parents all come together to sell their treasures ahead of the holidays, along with many more activities to celebrate winter at an annual WinterFest & Winter Market.