Committee Chair Resources

Briargrove Elementary PTO 2018-19 Board

Executive Committee
President:  Deanna Harrington | deannaharrington@mac.com
President-Elect:  Jennifer Gerry | jennifer.hough@gmail.com
Treasurer:  Maribel Farish | maribel.farish@gmail.com
Treasurer-Elect:  Kari Vanek | karivanek@gmail.com
Secretary:  Crystal Wade | crystal.wade@hotmail.com
Immediate Past President:  Julie Economides | juleconomides@gmail.com
Dad’s Club President:  David Dollinger | david.dollinger@riveronconsulting.com
Dad’s Club Immediate Past President:  David Rissmiller | drissmiller@yahoo.com

Auction
This committee serves to plan, coordinate and promote the school’s annual spring auction. The 2019 date for auction is March 29.   The auction is an evening fundraiser where parents and teachers come together to celebrate Briargrove and raise money for the school.   Majority of the work is done before the auction by planning, coordinating and looking for donations to use for the auction.  Set up for the party the day of and take down the night of will also be required.
Casey  Charles | casey@katiewellsrealty.com

Book Fair
The Book Fair Committee is committed to fostering the love of reading and empowering all children with the ability to read by building home libraries. Reading increases awareness of the world around you and can take you anywhere you want to go. The Briargrove Book Fair will take you to the World’s Fair as we partner with the International Festival to host a dual event on December 7th. Volunteers for the Book Fair will be needed the last week of November and first week of December preparing and hosting this one of a kind experience. If you want to be part of the excitement of a child choosing and owning their own books while supporting your kids’ teachers and school then this is the committee for you!
Audrey Hollis | audreyehollis@gmail.com

Campout
This committee is in charge of coordinating the Briargrove Campout scheduled for the evening of March 2, 2019.  Committee members will help coordinate and facilitate evening activities, dinner, snacks and breakfast, as well as cleaning up after the event, the morning of March 3rd.
Elizabeth Clampitt | Elizabeth.Clampitt@am.jll.com
Ryan Clampitt | Rjclampitt@yahoo.com

Carnival
This committee serves to help plan and coordinate the 2019 “Freaky Friday” Fall Carnival, happening October 26th after school. We will be meeting a few times during the month of October, and we will need our committee to work during the event, including set up and tear down. This committee is a lot of fun and a great way to meet other parents while giving back to Briargrove!
Greer Dexter | greerross@hotmail.com
Julie Economides | juleconomides@gmail.com
Ashley Steward | absteward@yahoo.com
Stephanie Wise | wise.stephanie@gmail.com

Corporate Underwriting/Spirit Nights/PR
The Corporate Underwriting Committee secures annual cash sponsorships from businesses and companies through out the Greater Houston area. This committee also coordinates monthly Spirit Events at local restaurants and manages the relationship with The Buzz Magazines.
Amanda Fisher | kepfisher@gmail.com

Dads’ Club
The Dad’s Club exists to foster a spirit of camaraderie, support and service amongst the dads of Briargrove Elementary.  Our primary activities include:
Monthly meetings and other social outings
Back to School Cookout
Selling raffle tickets, making burgers and building and manning the haunted house at the                     Carnival
Various days of service at the school
David Dollinger | david.dollinger@riveronconsulting.com

Field Day
This committee is responsible for coordinating the activities, games and class participation for Field Day on February 28.  This day long activity is occurring with the Fun Run this year. Committee members will also help set up and clean up.
Natalie Buck | nataliedreessen@yahoo.com
Kristen McMackin | kmcmackin@velaw.com
Joanna Rissmiller | joannamrissmiller@yahoo.com

Fifth Grade
The Fifth Grade Committee oversees the extracurricular activities that are inclusive only to our fifth grade students.   There are annual events each year that are BG traditions for the children to enjoy as well as new events which will be taking place in 2018-2019.    The fifth grade students are the leaders of our school and will be enjoying their “senior” status in many exciting ways this school year.
November  8th:    An Enchanting Evening of stepping back in time and celebrating our American Heritage.  6:00 – 8:00 pm
November 9th:  Patriot’s Day – A celebration of early American history – 8:00 am -noon.
February 7th:     Sock Hop – 5:30-7:30 pm
March 1st:          Leadership Conference-  8:00 am – noon
May 31st:           Fifth Grade Graduation and celebration – Time TBA
Mariana Cypher | marianacypher@yahoo.com
Dabney Junell | dabneyjunell@hotmail.com
Melody Saueressig | melodysaueressig@icloud.com

Fun Run
The fun run is planned with the help of Boosterthon. Committee members act as a liaison between Boosterthon and Briargrove.  This year, the the Fun Run and Field Day will occur on the same day, February 28th.
Shannon Going | shannon_going@hotmail.com
Laura Louis | laura.louis@gmail.com

International Committee
The International Committee plans an annual week long International Festival for students, parents, teachers, and faculty to celebrate our outstanding diversity at Briargrove Elementary.  Our goal is to promote CommUNITY involvement and to cultivate awareness & appreciation of our diverse cultures through art, music, dance, culinary, and curriculum.
We seek committee members, volunteers, future sponsors, Family underwriters, and corporate donors who will participate in the planning, promotion, and execution of the International Festival held December 3rd-December 7th.
Natalie Dawley | nataliedawley@me.com

Helping Hands
Helping Hands Committee supports teachers on an as-needed basis in the classrooms at Briargrove Elementary. Volunteers will be expected to work in classrooms across all grade levels. We suggest that volunteers have prior classroom experience and/or an education background. Flexibility is key, as there are no set hours for this commitment because our roles will depend on when the teachers need us and what they need us to do.
Sami Grefe | sagrefe@gmail.com

Heros Ball
This is a new committee and event for the school. The heroes ball is our version of a father/daughter, mother/son dance, with the idea that kids can invite any important adult in their life for a night of fun and dancing at the school. The committee will plan the event, scheduled for Friday, January 25 at 6pm.
Bailey Falk |
bailey.falk@hotmail.com
Natalie Dawley | nataliedawley@me.com

Hospitality
The goal of this committee is to make parents (new and old) feel welcome in the Briargrove Elementary community! Grade level reps will plan one fall and one spring social opportunity for their grade (play date at a park, happy hour for moms, etc). Other activities include the Kindergarten Welcome Program and a variety of functions throughout the year to foster a sense of community and fun.
Jennifer Dollinger |
Jennifer.s.dollinger@pwc.com
Bailey Falk | bailey.falk@hotmail.com

House & Grounds
This committee focuses on the school grounds and facility, making sure our school looks its best at all times.  It is hands on and requires manual labor
Gus Economides |
geconomides@sbcglobal.net

Road Runner of the Month
Roadrunner of the Month is an appreciation program whereby we ask our faculty to vote for an outstanding faculty member who then receives special recognition from the PTO for a job well done!
Kristen Kelly | Kristen_Werner@icloud.com

Room Parents
We work with the teachers, faculty and PTO to enhance the partnership and communication between the families and teachers in our classrooms. Our primary goal is to provide resourcing and support within the class through the school year — such as promoting school wide activities, coordinating classroom events, raising funds and mobilizing volunteers.
Lisa Arterbury |
lisa.arterbury@gmail.com
Tricia   Smith | tooshsmith@gmail.com

School Store
This committee facilitates the selling of the school’s  merchandise throughout the year, such as clothing, birthday marquee, tickets, etc.  Committee Members will be responsible for sales at specific events and through the online school store.
Kristin  Reynolds | kreynolds3777@gmail.com
Mary Lee Wilkens | mlhwilkens@gmail.com

Security
Rob Wade |
robwade@comcast.net

Spaghetti Dinner
Gus Economides | geconomides@sbcglobal.net
Julie Economides | juleconomides@gmail.com

Tanglewood Liaison/Historian
Christa O’Hara |
christaeohara@gmail.com

Teacher Appreciation
Teacher Appreciation committee is in charge of making our teachers feel appreciated by thanking our teachers throughout the year for all their hard work! We coordinate the following events through out the school year:
Back to School Lunch
Winter Lunch
End of Year Lunch
Pie Day
Teacher Appreciation Week
When extra donations are received, we are able to coordinate treats for the teachers in October, February and May.
Neli Davalos | nelidavalos@outlook.com
Victoria Ffrench | maviffrench@yahoo.com
Karla Gomez | karlamgomez@sbcglobal.net

Valentunes
Valentunes is a live Valentine to the children. Parents sign up to perform in front of a live audience, the kiddos. We dance to the beat of 4 songs that are popular, yet are fine tuned to Briargrove-specific.  Even if you can’t sing or dance, it’s still a great way to show your kiddo(s) how much you adore them!
Crystal Wade | crystal.wade@hotmail.com

Webmaster
Webmaster is in charge of updating the PTO website throughout the year.  This includes updating school store inventory, creating sign ups on line and coordinating information with the HISD website.
Elizabeth Clampitt | elizabeth.clampitt@am.jll.com