Volunteer Opportunities

Family involvement is critical to student achievement!

Because we’re a large school, it can be difficult to figure out all the opportunities for becoming active in the community. Below is a list of some possibilities:

Become a Room Parent

Talk with your child’s teacher about becoming a room parent. The job of room parent varies by classroom; most often you’re organizing parents to assist the teachers with class events, field trips, clean up days, etc. You also serve as a crucial communication link between the larger school and families in your child’s class. Email Washington’s Room Parent Coordinator, Nikki Pin Mazza at roomparents@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Help with a community event

Winter Party
December 13th. Help is needed organizing the event, managing volunteers, setting up and decorating, serving food, helping with the photo booth, and cleaning up. Contact events@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Multicultural Night
April 23rd. This popular night of food and sharing is organized by Washington’s ELAC group. Contact Emily Hawkins at emilyhawkins@berkeley.net.

Pride Parade
June 5th. This Washington tradition has kids parading around the block dressed in their rainbow finest! Help is needed to paint faces, carry the bubble machine, or any other idea you can think of! Contact Ashleigh Talbott at ashleightalbott@berkeley.net.

Help out with translations

We always need someone to help with Spanish translation on PTA information. Arabic would be great, too! Contact Liz Schultz at president@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Audit the PTA

Good with numbers? The PTA needs to be audited twice every year, in January and July. Contact Lydia Bryans at treasurer@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Join an Advocacy or Affinity group

African American Unity Group (AAUG)
The African American Unity Group (AAUG) is an association of parents who come together to advocate and work towards improving the academic achievement of Black students at Washington. Contact Loyrisha Aucoin at loakalove1@gmail.com.

Arts Advocacy Committee
Are you interested in seeing more fine arts at Washington? Want to restart Washington’s Arts Advocacy committee? We don’t have a lead for this group. For more information contact Liz Schultz at president@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Communications Committee
Parents are working to streamline ways we share information at Washington and how best to use technology to improve communication between parents, teachers and administration. Contact communications@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Community Resources (NEW!)
Help Washington’s most vulnerable families. This team works with the Office of Family Engagement and Equity to stock our food pantry and maintain a supply of extra clothing, run a coat drive and gift card drive at the holidays and much more! Contact Laura Albertson at LauraAlbertson@gmail.com.

Equity Group (NEW!)
This new group hopes to work with teachers and parents to ensure an equitable school experience for all of Washington’s students. Contact TseSung Wu at tsesungwu@gmail.com.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
The English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) are parents of students classified as English Language Learners (ELL). This group meets monthly to learn about and discuss support for ELL students and advises school staff on services for their children. Contact Emily Hawkins at emilyhawkins@berkeley.net.

Green Team (NEW!)
This group of teachers and parents works toward creating a zero-waste environment at Berkeley. Contact Oscar Zarate at oscarzarate@berkeley.net.

LGBTQ Family Group
The Washington School LGBTQ community works with our LGBTQ families, students, teachers, and staff to make all our families feel supported and welcome. To help with the Welcoming Schools curriculum, contact Ashleigh Talbott at ashleightalbott@berkeley.net.

XSpecial Families
XSpecial Families is a place to share experiences, identify resources, and provide peer support related to the challenges (and joys) of raising a child with a "diffability". Contact Emily Fox at efoxfoolery@gmail.com.

Traffic and Safety Committee
Parents have come together to make Washington as safe as it can be for our children, addressing the morning drop-off routine, earthquake readiness, and site security. Contact Anne Peattie at anniemack@gmail.com.

Walk and Roll to School
In conjunction with Safe Routes to School, plan events to encourage Washington students to walk or bike to school, host a yearly bike repair and skills event, and improve safety in our drop-off zone on McKinley. We currently do not have a lead for this team. If you are interested, contact Liz Schultz at president@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Help out with Friday morning coffee hour

Meet other parents every Friday morning after drop-off at the picnic tables (weather permitting) or in front of the office to ask questions, meet new people and discuss projects. Help is needed buying coffee and cream, setting the percolator up on a timer on Thursday afternoons, and setting up in the morning. Contact Liz Schultz at president@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Directly support Washington’s staff and learning environment

Library Support
Our librarians Suzy Mead and Amanda Sabin always welcomes library volunteers to shelve books. Shelving is therapeutic and interacting with Ms. Mead and Ms. Sabin is marvelous. Be the first one to know about the next great book and earn points with all your readers at home. Contact Suzy Mead at suzy_mead@berkeley.net.

Quick Reads and Tutoring
Get paired to read with students in need of reading support. You’ll be fully trained and will love this relationship. Contact Liz Scarboro at elizabethscarboro@berkeley.net.

Classroom and Campus Cleanup Days
Did you know that our amazing school janitors Albert and Vanessa only have about 10 minutes per day to clean each classroom? Join other Washington families to spruce up your child’s classroom as well as help with school-wide beautification projects.

School Site Council (SSC)
Work with elected parents, teachers and the principal to review school priorities and write the school’s overall site plan. This is a great way to learn about all of the efforts taking place to serve children and families at Washington and in our district. Elections for new officers will be held at the beginning of the school year. Contact Katia Hazen at katiahazen@berkeley.net.

Help with a fundraiser

To pay for important programs not covered by public school funding, the PTA raises money throughout the year with four large fundraisers. We need to raise $178,730 in 2019-2020 to support programs we love and cherish at Washington. Come help us!

The Washington Fund
The Washington Fund is our annual campaign to support PTA-funded programs. This begins on the first day of school and runs through Sept. 30. Help is needed with publicity, creating posters, generating excitement and handing out ice-cream when we meet our goals! Contact Heather Flett at heatherflett@gmail.com.

Students collect sponsors and then walk, skip or run around the blacktop during the Walk-a-thon event on Oct. 18th. Help is needed organizing and distributing pledge materials; collecting money and materials; organizing the event (music, water stations); helping on the day of the event (stamping lap cards, first aid, photos). Contact Deidre Patterson-Manansala at damp411@gmail.com.

Spring Party and Fun(d)raiser
This is a yearly adults-only event. The PTA provides offsite childcare while adults enjoy great food and drinks and bid on auction items. The silent auction is a perfect volunteer opportunity for people available after-hours. Tasks include general planning; procuring items for the auction; publicity; organizing food and music; working the night of the event to manage the auction items. Contact auction@washington.berkeleypta.org.

Much like the Walkathon, kids collect sponsors and then read, read, read! This year’s Readathon takes place April 21-29. Help is needed organizing and distributing pledge materials; publicity; collecting money and materials. Contact Laura Albertson at lauraalbertson@gmail.com.

See a need not being met? Fill it! 

Almost all of Washington’s great projects and events were begun by parents who saw a need and jumped in. Start by talking to other parents, PTA officers, or Principal Hazen

Have questions about services for your family? 

All Berkeley Public Schools have a family engagement coordinator on staff to support families. Washington’s Family Engagement Coordinator is Carol Perez, and she can be reached at carolynperez@berkeley.net

Have other questions about getting involved? 

Contact PTA President, Liz Schultz, at President@Washington.BerkeleyPTA.org.