Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunities

We Love Our Volunteers!!!!!

We would like to give a big “Thank You” for all the help we got from parents with sorting supplies this past Friday.  But once again, we need YOUR help with the final phase of supply delivery to our awesome teachers.

Please join us at MCES Monday night 8/29 at 5:30pm as we haul the boxes of supplies right to each classroom’s front doors!  We have dollies, just need the man power.  The more people that show up, the faster we’ll be able to get this done. So please join us!

Staff Appreciation Week at Mason Crest — May 4 – 8

Staff_AppreciationOur theme this year: “Our Staff is the BEST in the World!”

ANNANDALE, Va. — National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 5. Please help us celebrate the incredible staff and teachers of Mason Crest Elementary School during the week of May 4-8 as we take our wonderful staff on a little trip around the world to thank them for their hard work. Please help us show our appreciation by getting involved. How? Be sure to check for details in next week’s Tuesday folder, but here’s a preview on the schedule and daily suggested activities for students to participate in so you can plan ahead:

Monday, May 4:  Heading to France! Children are asked to dress in stripes on top and black on bottom, or any combo to get in the spirit!
Donations/Volunteers needed:  We will serve coffee and breakfast for the staff in the teacher’s “cafe” lounge. We will need volunteers to donate breakfast items like muffins, pastries, croissants, and fruit. Visit our signup page to volunteer items.

Tuesday, May 5: Headed to Mexico!  This is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Children are asked to dress in BRIGHT cheerful colors and denim. Extra credit: Wear sunglasses to school to celebrate that their “Futures are SO Bright, They Gotta Wear Shades”.

Wednesday, May 6: Headed to Italy! This is National School Nurse Appreciation Day. Children are asked to wear their red Mason Crest Elementary spirit wear to show how much they “heart” our staff. The children can also write and bring in “That’s Amore” notes to their teachers and staff to thank them for their hard work.
Donations/Volunteers needed:  We will serve the staff lunch on Wednesday. Donations of pasta and lunch items are needed. Visit our signup page to volunteer to donate items.

Thursday, May 7: Headed to Asia! Children are asked to wear their teacher’s favorite color (that info will be included in next Tuesday’s folder).
Donations/Volunteers needed:  A variety of $5 – $10 gift cards are needed for random prize drawings. Visit our signup page to donate gift cards.

Friday, May 8: Headed to a tropical island! Children are asked to wear Hawaiian-styled shirts, sundresses or other tropical attire to celebrate how our staff makes Mason Crest such a fun place to visit.
Donations/Volunteers needed:  We are asking for fruit donations for fruit baskets.  Visit our signup page to volunteer items.

Thank you in advance for your participation and efforts. All donations can be dropped off in the Mason Crest Elementary School front office or sent in an envelope with “PTO/Staff Appreciation” on the front.  If you have questions about the Mason Crest PTO Staff Appreciation Week, please contact Sandra Miracle at

Spring Scholastic Book Fair set for March 9-12

The Mason Crest Elementary Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held during the week of March 9-12 in the Mason Crest Elementary School Library from 4 – 5 pm daily and online from March 4 – 24. The book fair is an opportunity to buy carefully selected, quality books and products at affordable prices and it gets our students and our community excited about reading.

“When you support our book fair you are helping raise money so the PTO can support Mason Crest’s classrooms and teachers needs,” said Christy Fase, the 2015 Spring Book Fair coordinator. “This year we are excited to be able to offer an on-line Book Fair as well as our in-house Book Fair. You can tell your out-of-town family and friends about this opportunity to provide books for your children while raising money to buy books and classroom equipment for our school.”

The online book fair will be available from March 4 until March 24 at

Families are also invited to attend the Ice Cream Social and Bedtime Stories Read By Mrs. Kerr and Mr. Butler on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 – 8 pm at the school.

To volunteer for the book fair or the ice cream social, please visit the Mason Crest PTO Volunteer page.

Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation Support

TeacherAppreciationANNANDALE, Va. — Each year the Mason Crest PTO does something special for the teachers and staff of Mason Crest Elementary School to show appreciation. This year, before the Winter Break, the PTO will present each team with a basket of baked goods and a gift card to spend collectively.

We are looking for volunteers to donate healthy and yummy snacks for this effort.  Specifically, we are looking for granola bars and other healthy snacks that can keep through the holiday break, whole fruit, and yummy sweet treats. If you can assist, please add your name to the volunteer sign up sheet.

All donations can be dropped off to the front office beginning on Tues., Dec. 16, and all donations should be made no later than 9 am on Wed. Dec. 17. The baskets will be assembled Wed. Dec. 17. If you are available to help assemble the baskets between 9 am and 11 am, please consider signing up!

For additional information, please contact Sandra Miracle at

Mason Crest Elementary Fun Run Logo

Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Mason Crest Elementary Fun Run

ANNANDALE, Va. — On Nov. 14, the Mason Crest Elementary Parent / Teacher Organization  and the Mason Crest Elementary School faculty and staff will host a fun run for the students of Mason Crest Elementary. The theme of the fun run is “Many Countries, One Community,” and each Mason Crest Elementary School class has selected a country to “run across” as part of emphasizing the diverse backgrounds and heritage that Mason Crest Elementary brings together.

This event will serve as the Mason Crest PTO’s  major fundraiser for the year. In order to make it a success, the PTO is asking for volunteers to help us with various tasks before and during the event.  If you can and are willing to help, please visit our volunteer signup page at For additional information about the fun run contact Kim Grutzik at or Tim Sample at

The 2014-15 Box Tops For Education Program is underway

ANNANDALE, Va. — Did you know that Mason Crest Elementary School can earn 10 cents for every box top under the Box Tops For Education program? If every Mason Crest student sent in just 50 box tops this school year, Mason Crest would earn more than $2,800.

Box Tops for Education
Be sure to clip the official Box Tops for Education from your favorite products to help support Mason Crest Elementary.

Simply clip the special pink Box Tops For Education from your favorite products and turn them in to your child’s teacher on the collection sheet provided in the Tuesday folder or in plastic baggies.

Let’s work together to make those box tops add up.

Volunteer today for the Mason Crest Green Committee

The Mason Crest PTO Green Committee is ready to kick off the new year with a project that will expand Mason Crest Gardening efforts.

New members are welcome to join the committee now and provide assistance as we define the next project, estimate the costs, raise the needed funds, and implement the plan. Many hands make work light, so your time or talent (or both) are needed. Please consider becoming a member of the PTO Green Committee.

For additional information on the Mason Crest PTO Green Committee please email Adriana Niño at

Volunteers are needed for the Kindergarten Environmental Print Photo Project

ANNANDALE, Va. — The kindergarten classes of Mason Crest Elementary School will soon begin a study unit on environmental print. In this unit, the students will learn to notice print in the world around them. Examples would include learning to recognize print on items like on stop signs, cereal boxes or  as they drive by stores and restaurants. In order to supplement the photos provided in the environmental print alphabet book provided by the school system the kindergarten education team is asking the entire Mason Crest Community to provide pictures showing things the students may recognize in their local neighborhood. Examples may include a photo of a local Safeway sign to illustrate the letter S, or Kmart to illustrate the letter K. Photos can also be taken of items around the home. Examples like a photo of an Xbox for the letter X, or a photo of a jar of Jiff peanut butter to represent the letter J.

Photos can be submitted by email to

For additional information on the Kindergarten Photo Project contact Jacqueline Heller at