Fall 2018 Somerset PTA Events

August 26

10:30-11:30AM – New Family Picnic
11:00AM-12:30PM – Kindergarten Picnic

August 31

9:00-9:30AM – New Family Orientation
9:30-10:00AM – Kindergarten Orientation
10:30-11:30AM – Sneak Peek for Students and Parents

September 4

9:00-10:00AM – Parent Welcome Coffee for First Day

September 11

6:30-8:30PM – K-2 Back to School Night

September 17 or 18

6:30-8:00PM – 3-5 Back to School Night

September 22

6:00PM – Dad’s Baseball Game

September 23

5:00-7:00PM – Back to School Picnic

October 14

Back to School Classic Road Race

October 16

6:30-8:00PM – PTA General Membership Meeting / State of the School

Recent Grants Approved by the Somerset Elementary School Foundation

Updated: August 27, 2018

  • July 2018: $375 for attendance incentives for summer reading/math/science program at Title 1 Bel-Pre elementary school where Ms. Turner taught over the summer
  • May 2018: $11,000 to provide groceries for families within the Somerset school community needing support over the summer ($9,000 of this is newly approved funding; $2,000 is redirected from surplus funds remaining from a Somerset Pantry grant approved at our March 2018 meeting)
  • May 2018: $1,400 for Title I school, Watkins Mill Elementary, to fund two cultural arts assemblies during the 2018-19 school year
  • May 2018: Disbursement of up to $3,324 for Title I elementary school, Georgian Forest, to conduct a literacy intervention program for 40 students reading at least one year below MCPS benchmarks. Somerset Foundation paid $1649 and Bradley Hills Foundation paid $1675.
  • May 2018: $1,829 for new Somerset Elementary classroom tables in the fourth grade to promote collaborative learning in mathematics.
  • May 2018 — $1,020 for SES kindergarten teachers to run a summer reading intervention group for rising 1st graders who ended school year below recommended reading level.
  • May 2018 — $923 for Rolling Terrace Elementary School, a Takoma Park 72% FARMS and 59% Hispanic school, to help pay for a Spanish-English language summer immersion curriculum.
  • April 2018 – $1,113 to pay for Tracy Jeffcott and Brooke Flores to attend Common Ground conference focused on digital learning.
  • March 2018 – Up to $2,000 for the Somerset Elementary School pantry, which provides food and essentials to Somerset families in need.
  • March 2018 – Up to $4,000 in grants to Title I elementary schools within Montgomery County.
  • January 2018 – $1,000 to help fund educational field trips for students at Daly Elementary School, a Title I school in Montgomery County, and to help replenish the school’s “Neediest Kids Fund” which enables students from low-income families to attend field trips with the rest of their class.
  • January 2018 – $3,750 to pay Somerset Elementary School staff members who lead after-school professional training groups at the school, including funds to help support Somerset’s popular STEM Night and Reading Night. This proposal has been funded in previous years as well.


  • September 2017 — $11,240 to fund the After School Clubs that provide remedial assistance to Somerset students in need of math, reading, and writing assistance. This proposal has been funded in previous years as well.
  • September 2017 — $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. This proposal has been funded in previous years as well.
  • September 2017 — $933 to fund a subscription to Junior Scholastic magazine for the fifth grade students at Somerset. This proposal has been funded in previous years as well.
  • May 2017 — $2,089 for Rolling Terrace Elementary School, a Title I school in Montgomery County, to purchase Chromebook computers, software, and a laptop cart.
  • January 2017 — $856 to fund travel for Kelly Morris and Maureen Turner to attend the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development national conference in California, which included topics such as the whole child, transformational leadership, global engagement, and poverty and equity issues.


  • November 2016 — $590 to fund the purchase of headphones 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).
  • May 2016 — $1,000 to help fund the cost of an educational field trip taken by fourth grade students at Viers Mill Elementary School, another Montgomery County school that, while not a Title I designee, is a high-FARMS school. This proposal has been funded in previous years as well.
  • April 2016 — $2,165 to fund a Social Thinking training conference for Somerset’s two full-time special education teachers and the school counselor to attend.


  • November 2015 – $2,200 to approve the purchase of an Apple MacBook Pro computer and software for the Somerset instrumental music teacher to train students and staff on creating and sharing interactive music videos.

You Can Make the New Field a Reality–Help Us Get to the End Zone!

  • FIELD DONATIONS NOW TOTAL 80%. Thanks to the generosity of current and past Somerset Elementary families, neighborhood associations, local realtors and businesses, 80% of the target $550k has now been pledged or donated! But in order to break ground this summer, YOUR DONATION is needed by December 31.
  • SPECIAL PTA FUNDRAISING MATCH: To help us get us to the end zone, the Somerset PTA is pledging an additional $25,000 — for a December donor match.  Every new dollar that is given, up to $25,000, will be matched by PTA funds. Every donor and every dollar matters. Give any amount and get matched.
  • DECEMBER 1, 2015 – #givingTuesday – is the BEST day to donate to the Play It Forward field campaign! On this day ONLY, all online donations to the campaign will be topped up by our online processing company, Network for Good. All you need to do to take advantage of this special bonus is to click on the DONATE NOW button on your right and donate on December 1st!
    – Personal Finance Session for Kids and Adults on Saturday, December 5th from 4-6:30pm. Buy your tickets now.
    – Plan to have dinner at Chipotle on Monday, December 7th and present this flyer.

THANK YOU to all families who have contributed, hosted events, attended events or shown your support in any and every way!    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!