Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I join the PTA?

Here are our Top 5 Reasons to join the PTA:

1. Benefit your child! 

Research shows that children perform better when parents are involved both at home and school.

2. Get connected!

There is no better way to know what's happening at school.

3. Tap into a network! 

The PTA connects you to other parents and teachers through meetings, events, and communications, helping to build a sense of community.

4. Be a role model! 

By becoming a PTA member, you'll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

5. Witness improvement!

By getting involved in the PTA you can raise concerns, suggest changes, and have input on how funds are spent.  You'll be part of the solution - helping to make positive changes at our school.


Will joining the PTA require me to attend meetings and volunteer lots of hours?

No! We are all busy parents with jobs and responsibilities.  We encourage you to attend PTA meetings and volunteer at events, but neither of those is required.  You can help just by becoming a PTA member.


What should I expect at PTA meetings?

Meetings typically begin with our principal and assistant principal, Mr. Burns and Ms. Carr, communicating the latest news from RCV  and MCPS.  Parents always find these updates extremely valuable!  Past updates have included up-to-the-minute information on projected class sizes, teacher assignments, test scores, school funding, etc.  PTA meetings give parents an opportunity to ask questions, communicate concerns, and raise suggestions directly with our school administrators.  Agendas for upcoming PTA meetings will be posted online in advance of each meeting!

Remember, everyone is welcome to attend our PTA meetings!    Membership is not required unless you want to vote on issues.  We want to hear your voice!!


Can I bring my kids to PTA meetings?

Absolutely!!  During PTA meetings, BAR-T offers free babysitting to children aged 3 (potty trained) to 12 years old.  Younger kids are welcome to attend meetings too, but would need to be monitored by you in the meeting area.  Don't worry, we're all parents, so we all understand the struggles that come with trying to keep a toddler quiet! 🙂