Raise your hand to be a parent volunteer.
If every parent volunteers 10 hours per year, just imagine all that we can accomplish together! There are volunteer jobs to fit any talent and any hours you can spare! Parent participation is vital to our great community, so please raise your hand and get involved today!
Below is a listing of all of the PTA events throughout the school year. If you know the event(s) you would like to work on just click on the event and you will be able to sign up directly via the individual event page. If you're not sure scroll through the event descriptions at the bottom of this page and complete the Volunteer Form and we'll reach out to you!
ANNUAL FUND (Fall Semester)
Each year the PTA supports a range of programs that are not covered by our budget from the school district. Needs range from the arts and PE to garden and office supplies. The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of CL Fundraising - without it, many of our beloved programs just wouldn't happen. The success of the Annual Fund is not only measured in funds raised, but more so in the fact that we strive for 100% participation - regardless of dollar amount donated. Every dollar counts and when we all pitch in, we are all committed to giving our kids the best opportunities to succeed.
Typical Volunteers Needs: Event Chair(s), Promotion/Advertising, Accounting, Room Level Support
HOWLIN' MOON FUN RUN (Fall Semester)
Howlin’ Moon started seven years ago as the perfect event for families to get outside, exercise and have tons of fun with the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop! Over the years this super fun event has evolved into a great way for our kids to kids fundraise themselves through peer-to-peer online fundraising! Each Spring, the Howlin’ Moon art contest is held and students can submit entries to create the next HM logo. The winner’s artwork is then used for t-shirts and signage for the event. We have a wide variety of sponsors ranging from CL family run businesses to brand names like Athleta Girl. The course is set up for both 1K & 5K distances. Run, walk, push strollers we want everyone to join in!
Typical Volunteer Needs: Loading a truck with supplies from Scott Campus Dungeon Friday before race, Race day set up & break down, Race day registration/sign in, Sponsorship solicitation, Management of Peer To Peer Fundraiser
HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS (Boo - Near or on Halloween)
CL loves Halloween. Both the Madison & Scott Campus host costume parades and activities to bring everyone together to celebrate this classic Fall holiday. The specific festivities differ and are age/grade appropriate for each campus.
Typical Volunteer Needs: Day-of volunteers for set-up and staffing the booths (possible day before set up needs), Help picking up some supplies for booths/decorations (PTA will reimburse any expenses for purchases)
STARLIGHT GALA + AUCTION (Spring Semester
The Starlight Auction + Gala started as a potluck dinner twenty six years ago and has blossomed into a major CL fundraiser. Dinner, dancing, and lots of bidding has made Starlight one of the biggest nights of the year! From the online auction to the live auction, families can bid on spectacular finds from camps to vacation homes to Trader Joe’s Gift Cards - there is something for everyone! Our fabulous teachers offer unique Teacher Treasures, our kids create amazing Class Projects, and parents come up with the most fun Count Me Ins for a truly ‘all hands on deck’ event!
Typical Volunteer Needs: Event Chairs, Count Me In & Teacher Treasure Lead(s), Online Auction Lead(s), Decoration Lead(s), Food & Bar Lead(s), Class Project Lead(s), Day before set up, Volunteer Coordinator, Numerous day of, night of and ‘morning after’ needs including Check In/Check Out, Auction Set Up. Please see Starlight Volunteering on School Pages for details
SCOTT PARKING LOT FUNDRAISER (Fall and Spring Semesters)
Location, location, location! When events like Fleet Week and The Nike Marathon flood the Marina and Crissy Field, the Scott playground transforms into a moneymaking parking lot for CL. Pretty smart and we must say ‘easy money’ for our kids!
Typical Volunteer Needs: 4-5 parents/per event to monitor ‘lot’ and accept payments (lot is self park, no valet drivers needed…)
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR (Fall and Spring Semesters)
The Madison Campus Scholastic Book Fairs are a great opportunity to help our K - 2 kids create an important relationship with books and a love of reading. The book fairs also provide teachers with needed complimentary books of their choice based on % of sales from each fair. The Fall fair is a great time to do a little holiday gift shopping too!
Typical Volunteer Needs: Event Lead(s) to coordinate with Scholastic Team, Set up & break down, Cashiers for shifts during & after school
SCIENCE NIGHTS (Spring Semester)
Each campus holds their own science night with a range of activities from frog dissection and the ‘abc’s of DNA, to sound harmonics and engineering. There are many legacy booths for families to learn and play - and the opportunity to create new booths that tackle today’s new frontiers of science. This is an old-school event that requires a lot of parent participation to keep it going and is well worth your time!
Typical Volunteers Needs: Team Lead(s) for each campus, Multiple day/night of volunteers for booths
MAYFAIR CARNIVAL (Spring Semester)
Every May, the Scott Campus playground is transformed into a stupendous carnival for families! Enjoy lots of games, the legendary cake walk & a chance to soak teachers in the dunk tank! Plus raffles, arts & crafts, a jumpy house & food and music. All booths are staffed by our wonderful CL parent volunteers. Although this event does help raise money for CL, it's mostly a FUN-raiser - a day for our families to relax and have fun together while celebrating our CL community. Mayfair is open to the public.
Typical Volunteers Needs: Coordinating committee comprised 2-3 parents. Especially people interested in building new carnival games and managing volunteers, Plenty day-of volunteers to staff booths, set up and clean up.
MAYDANCE (Spring Semester)
Just before school ends for the summer our kids hit the dance floor (aka the Scott Campus blacktop) with group ‘performances’ by each grade. Maydance is a fun way to help celebrate the school year coming to an end, see CL families before summer break begins, and see your kids shake their booty!
Typical Volunteer Needs: Smile, no volunteers needed! Our teaching staff got this one covered!
CAR DOOR HELPERS - MADISON CAMPUS (Year-Round)
For those families who want to drop off without parking, Madison Campus has a drop off line along Clay St. The line is a big bonus and runs smoothly with the help of parent volunteers who greet/open doors every school day (rain or shine) from 7:30 am - 7:50 am. (In case you are wondering, our Madison teachers staff the pick up line along Clay St after daily dismissal.)
Typical Volunteer Needs: Any help is appreciated, even if you can volunteer once in awhile or can just "fill-in" for someone else. Full time shifts (20 min ) or part-time shifts (10 min), whatever you can spare will help.
CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS (Year-Round)
Each classroom needs parents to help on a number of fronts including room parents, field trip chaperones and in-class volunteers. Each teacher has their own set of needs and will communicate with parents via email and/or Back To School nights.
Typical Volunteer Needs: Differs based on grade and teacher. Look for teacher communications during ‘back to school’ time frame and throughout the school year
Our great CL library program - headed by Ms Sylvia @ Madison and Ms Kristi @ Scott are important foundations for our kids’ literary skill development. From learning how to find a book to their first book reports, our library program’s importance is not to be underestimated. Our libraries do rock - but they also can really use some parent support in the library during the school week.
Typical Volunteer Needs: One parent volunteer for each class during their scheduled library time to help with regular maintenance of shelves and re-shelving returned books.
GREEN SCHOOLYARD (Year-Round)
Our ‘green schoolyard’ design process began with a 2010 bond funding and the goal of enriching school grounds with additional recreational, educational & ecological features. The greening of both campus’ has created both a place for environmental learning and to show our kids how to be socially responsible citizens. CL families work regularly to maintain the outdoor spaces and execute improvements as needed.
Typical Volunteer Needs: One parent for each class during their Outdoor Classroom time, Three to four parents to help with regular watering & courtyard maintenance, As needed ‘group’ of volunteers for garden work days for larger construction and maintenance projects
CLAIRE WEAR (Year-Round)
Our version of spirit wear, Claire Wear, has a lots of branded items for kids and parents to show their school spirit! Items sold at most school events, pop-up stores and online certain times of the year.
Typical Volunteer Needs: Two/three parents to help sell at school events and pop-up stores throughout the year.
LOST & FOUND (Year-Round)
Our kids are pretty awesome - including the awesome amount of things they leave around school. Lost & Found is rounded up the last day of each month. Lunch bags, food containers etc must be thrown out. Clothing and shoes if in good condition are donated to charity. Technology items, books and eyeglasses are turned into the office. It’s not the most glamorous job, but it’s importance cannot be overshadowed.
Typical Volunteer Needs: One parent for a three month shift to sort Lost & Found and transport as needed to charity
Click here to volunteer for Lost & Found >
Our CLPTA has plenty of roles for parents! First, everyone attending monthly meetings is vital to our school: held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM (be sure to check the calendar for which campus). Then, if your talents include leadership, coordination, finance, communication, web skills, data entry, ideation, taking notes or ...anything you think would help our PTA -- no matter how much time you have -- you are definitely encouraged to raise a hand!
For more information on the role-based or short-term volunteer positions, or if you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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