Open slot on the Somerset Foundation Board

Do you have a passion for Somerset? Do you want to make a difference by contributing your skills, experience or perspective to making our community a better place? Join us! The SES Foundation has an open slot for a new board member during the 2020-2021 year and invites interested candidates to apply.

The Somerset Elementary School Foundation is a 501c3 organization, consisting of nominated parents and community leaders, along with the principal, PTA co-presidents, and a teacher representative. The Board raises funds from parents and the community for a variety of projects including ones that focus on academic achievement, capital improvements and classroom technology, and helping those in our community most in need. In the last 6 months alone, the Foundation has provided over $20,000 in groceries and supplies to Somerset families in need of extra support during the pandemic.

The SES Foundation has one slot for a board member during the 2020-2021 year and invites interested candidates to apply. To learn more about the role and responsibilities, check out the position description here. Please submit via email a short paragraph or statement of interest to: somersetmdfoundation@gmail.com. Applicants are welcome to request a phone call with a member of the nominations committee to answer any questions about the role or the Foundation.

Accepting Applications: Until Sept 4, 2020 Extended to Sept 7, 2020!
Candidate Notified: Sept 11, 2020
First Meeting: Sept 15, 2020

2019-2020 Grants Approved

5/1/20: $500 for emergency relief for a Somerset Elementary family
5/1/20: $1550 for Gift Cards for Teacher Appreciation Week (for all staff at Somerset Elementary)
4/6/20: $2000 for Gift Cards for Somerset Elementary Families
3/24/20: $3000 for Gift Cards for Somerset Elementary Families
3/12/20: $4000 for Gift Cards for Somerset Elementary Families
3/10/20: $1600 for books and furniture at Cannon Road Elementary
3/10/20: $3000 for virus cleaning supplies at Somerset Elementary
3/10/20: $658 for RAZ ESL Software (2 years) at Somerset Elementary
1/14/20: $921 for library books at Clopper Mill Elementary
1/14/20: $325 for lanyards for Teachers and Staff at Somerset Elementary
1/14/20: $500 for Philadelphia Scouting for 5th grade fifth grade trip at Somerset Elementary
11/1/19: $4,500 for Digital Oral Reading Records at Somerset Elementary
10/15/19: $55 for Montgomery County Fingerprinting (required for certain chaperone duties) at Somerset Elementary
10/12/19: $500 for New and Multicultural Parent Committee at Somerset Elementary
10/12/19: $6,568.30 for Spring After School Clubs at Somerset Elementary
9/20/19: $796 for PESI Workshop
9/18/19: $2,550 for BrainPop educational technology at Somerset Elementary.
9/18/19: $200 for spelling reference books at Somerset Elementary.

Support the Spring Party — Stay at home Soiree — May 16, 2020

This year, the Somerset Foundation party, which raises money that forms the base of the grants that the Foundation supports — as well as is raising funds to help families in need during the Covid-19 crisis, is being held as a “Stay at Home Soiree.”  Please support our efforts here: https://cbo.io/tickets/somersetfdn/2020

There is a very real need within the SES community, and the support of the Foundation is important now more than ever. We have given $9,000 in the last three weeks to our Somerset families in need of food and supplies. This is an ever-expanding list as families lose their jobs and other revenue streams. We will keep doing everything we can to support the online learning and provide materials such as books and gift cards for food and other necessary home products.

In order to do so, though, we must continue to raise funds and rely upon the your generosity. We normally host a Spring Party, but hosting a large community event in May 2020 is unrealistic. As such we are still going to host a “Virtual Stay at Home Soiree” on Saturday, May 16th, and we hope you will “attend”.

For every ticket that you purchase, you will receive a child size Somerset Spirit wear t-shirt, access to the online auction, and the price of the ticket is now fully tax deductible.

Special thanks for our generous sponsors:


2018-2019 Grants Approved By The Foundation

  • 11/1/19: $4,500 for Digital Oral Reading Records at Somerset Elementary
  • 10/15/19: $55 for Montgomery County Fingerprinting (required for certain chaperone duties) at Somerset Elementary
  • 10/12/19: $500 for New and Multicultural Parent Committee at Somerset Elementary
  • 10/12/19: $6,568.30 for Spring After School Clubs at Somerset Elementary
  • 9/20/19: $796 for PESI Workshop
  • 9/18/19: $2,550 for BrainPop educational technology at Somerset Elementary.
  • 9/18/19: $200 for spelling reference books at Somerset Elementary.
  • 5/28/19: $10,000 for food, clothes, and other essentials for children in need at Somerset Elementary.
  • 3/26/19: $1072 for Ms Flores and Ms Reed to attend Common Ground Conference in Maryland.
  • 3/26/19: $5648 for 8 New Computers to replace current, out of date Dell laptops
  • 2/15/19: $665 for a one-year subscription to Raz Plus, a computer platform that helps teachers work with English language learners.  Over 17% of SES students are ESOL.
  • 2/15/19: $1,061 for coding computers and software to be used at the February 20 STEM night and beyond.
  • 1/22/19: Request for $933 from SES 5th grade teachers for Junior Scholastic subscriptions for all 5th grade students. Requester: Melissa Hopkins.
  • 1/22/19: $3,750 to fund six SES staff members to lead after-school Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with other SES staff in the areas of STEM, reading, and student/community engagement.  The PLCs also coordinate and organize the STEM Night and Family Reading Night at SES.  Requester: Maureen Turner.=
  • 11/27/18: $2,000 to fund a Wings Mentorship for four elementary school students with learning disabilities — two from SES and two from other MCPS elementary schools.  The program pays mentors (former teachers) $500 each to work closely with the students and help them design and research a project, culminating in a presentation that showcases their skills and strengths.
  • 11/27/18: $2,218 to fund a program at Whetstone Elementary School (not Title I but 60% FARMS and 42% ESOL) to purchase various items (earbuds, bracelets, t-shirts, etc.) as incentives to students who read 25 books (outside of those assigned for class) during the school year.
  • 9/27/18: $12,370 to fund the After School Clubs that provide remedial assistance to Somerset students in need of math, reading, and writing assistance.
  • 9/27/18: $2,395 to fund a subscription to BrainPOP, an interactive educational website focusing on STEM education and used by all grades at Somerset Elementary School.
  • 9/27/18: $198 to fund spelling reference books for all 3rd grade students at SES to enhance writing skills.
  • 9/27/18: $2,016 to fund purchase of 8 new chromebooks for 3rd grade SES team.
  • 9/27/18: $2,114 to fund the purchase of six 2-way radios to enhance school safety and security for Sequoyah Elementary School, a Montgomery County school that, while not a Title I designee, has a 61% FARMS eligibility rate (for free and reduced priced meals).
  • 8/28/18: $1,075 to fund SES kindergarten structured writing curriculum.