116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Grandparent and Special Friend Information
Community Engagement Series
Parent Volunteer Interest Survey
The start of the school year brings new activities and the potential for new friendships, but how does a parent move beyond just saying "Hi!" to other parents at drop-off? Barring a preternatural ability to bond instantaneously, getting to know parents is expedited by volunteering.
"One of the great things about St. Paul's is the sense of community," says Beth Goldberg. "Volunteering helps create that community."
Fun and Manageable
But how? Pick a volunteer task that sounds both fun and manageable for you and your schedule, whether you're never available during the day or only available during the day. We need volunteers for weekend events and time committments may be small or large.
Email or call Parent Association officers or room parents and say you're looking for opportunities.
Welcome to the Parent Association!
|If you are a parent or guardian of a current St. Paul’s student, you are a member of the Parent Association. Welcome!|
We are staffed and led entirely by member volunteers, and we charge no dues. The Parent Association works in partnership with the School administration, faculty, staff, and its parent members to support the School’s mission and help ensure its continued success as a premier learning institution in the East Bay.
Please volunteer and get involved with us!
Marissa Tirona, PA President
Parent Association Officers 2016-2017
|Room Parent Coordinator
Program and Event Leadership
Parent Association Room Parents
|New Parent Committee
||Teiahsha Bankhead, Lowell Bennett, Tom Malarkey,
Please note that all Room Parents are associated with the whole grade.
||Alicia Arenas, Amy Goldman
Matt Markovich, Maya Markovich, Kate Sadowsky
||Sandy Chan, Andrea Jones
Briana Lewis, Mona Shah
Laura Allen, Petrina de Chalus, Kate Graves, Kate Voyageur
||Felicia Bartow, Nicole Colley, Crystal Velazco, Jessica Wright-Davis
|Catherine Kelly, Kate McFadden, Tiffany Price, Lauran Weinmann
||Molly Brannigan, Lucy Leong Chen, Arin Hailey Reese, Tanya Willacy
||Kristine Carl, Sheila Jenkins, Dana Stern, Sam Wright
||Katie Brackenridge, Karen Murphy, Rachel Quill, Erin Scott
||Judy Abello-DeJesse, David Newman, Andrea Tinnemeyer, Bart Wright
|Click here to go to the Parent Forms page. You'll find a Photo Release form, a Pizza Day form, and more.|
About the Parent Association
|Events and Programs|
The Parent Association supports or runs a wide variety of events and programs including the OakTown auction, the St. Paul's Book Fair, parent education evenings, scrip fundraising, and diversity discussions through the PA diversity subcommittee known as Infusion.
- Our annual OakTown DownTown auction, which supports of the Annual Fund, is the premiere event of the season with live music, great food and fun!
- Scrip programs, particularly eScrip, which raises several thousand dollars simply based on School supporters’ every-day purchases.
- The annual St. Paul’s Book Fair, which benefits the School libraries.
- Parent Education and Diversity seminars to help parents understand how the administration and faculty are fulfilling the School mission and to give parents the tools to support their children’s educational journey at St. Paul’s.
Although every family commits to volunteer 30 hours per school year (15 hours for single-parent households), in fact, many families donate many, many more. Even with its visionary leadership and amazing faculty, the School would not be the path-breaking institution it is without this committed community of parent volunteers.
The Parent Association generally meets in the early evening on the second Tuesday of each month throughout the school year. The business of the Parent Association is usually only a small part of the program. Most of the evening is spent learning about issues that are important to most parents. For example, we have hosted panels on the administration’s homework philosophy, diversity, learning differences, and discipline, among others.
|Supporting the Mission|
The Parent Association actively supports the School’s mission through fundraising, volunteer recruitment and coordination, parent education, and community-building programs. Moreover, the president and vice-president of the Parent Association are voting members of the St. Paul’s Board of Trustees. This ensures that the parent body is informed about important School developments and that the Board is aware of the parent perspective on key issues facing the School.
The Parent Association’s fundraising efforts primarily benefit the School’s renowned Tuition Assistance program, but also provide significant support to both the Lower and Middle School libraries, the eighth grade environmental science trip to Catalina, and other activities.
Aside from raising money in support of the School’s mission, the Parent Association has taken an important leadership role in building the School community. The Parent Association recruits and supports the many parent volunteers involved in fundraising, education, and other School programs.