Who We Are

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The East Silver Spring Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA), like all PTAs across the nation, addresses issues that are important to parents and public school administrators. Membership is open to everyone. The ESS PTA is autonomous but supported by a national structure. Join today!


Why join the ESS Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?

Research proves that kids do better when parents are involved. When you join the ESS PTA, you become more informed about your child’s school experience. You’ll get to know other parents who have the same goal—student achievement and a positive and enriching school environment. You’ll see what challenges ESS faces, as well as the many opportunities we have. You’ll be a positive role model for your children, who will see how much you value their education.

East Silver Spring, with its diversity of cultures and languages, is more than just a school—it’s an important part of the community it serves. Your voice is very important! Joining the PTA gives you the chance to share your opinions and work with parents, staff, and teachers toward common goals. TOGETHER we can help our children be successful!


Who can join?


  • Parents, grandparents, teachers and staff, alumni, friends and family, small businesses and corporations are welcome to join the ESS PTA. Any and all are welcome!

What kind of participation is expected of PTA members? 

  • The ESS PTA welcomes participation of all kinds! You don’t need to commit a lot of time or resources. We welcome all members, whether or not you can commit to volunteering.

  • If you are able to volunteer, there are many opportunities available to support the school outside the classroom. We would love to hear about your skills and interests!


Where do the funds raised by the PTA go?

  • Student enrichment programs – Panda Club, Takoma Park 5K, Run Club, assemblies, International Week, etc.

  • Community social events – International Night, Family Fitness Night, Kids Night Out

  • Mini-grants for ESS teachers

  • Scholastic Book Fair – Revenues from the Book Fair go toward improving the school’s literacy programs enabling our library and Reading Specialist to purchase additional books, providing author visits and additional resources for our students.

  • Field trips

  • Teacher and staff appreciation events

  • Parent education programs

  • Additional fundraising initiatives that benefit the students, teachers, and the school


What can you do today?

  • Join the PTA: renew your membership or become a member.

  • Attend meetings to meet teachers, administration, and other families.


Participate! Stay informed, ask questions, and attend activities throughout the year. We want to hear from you!


Join the PTA today!


2019-2020 ESS PTA Board Members

President – Kathleen Bartels, president@esspta.org

Vice President – Richard Bacon, vp@esspta.org

Treasurer – Dorothea Parker, treasurer@esspta.org

Secretary –  Rebecca Davis, secretary@esspta.org

Fundraising Coordinator – Lisa Meister, fundraising@esspta.org

Volunteer Coordinator – Kristina Jeffers, volunteer@esspta.org

Membership Coordinator – Wendy Siegel-Baker, membership@esspta.org

Communications Chair – Michelle Bowen-Ziechack, communications@esspta.org

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.


- Benjamin Franklin

Our Mission

The ESS PTA exists to collaborate with all ESS families to support the activities and interests of our children. Our PTA sponsors many enrichment programs and community-building events for students, parents, and teachers throughout the year, helping us celebrate our diverse and dynamic community.


Our Vision

To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and community to advocate for all children.

We Need Your Support Today!