Garfield PTSA needs YOU!

Help us increase our emphasis in 2022-23 on building community, addressing equity issues and supporting students and staff. Many Board and other volunteer roles are flexible commitments or can focus on one event. Contact us at garfieldhsptsa@gmail.com for more information. Please contact PTSA President Kayla Epting at president@garfieldptsa.org if you are willing to serve in one of the positions below:

Co-Presidents (2)—Lead a new phase of Garfield PTSA! Co-presidents share responsibilities to lead monthly meetings; organize and direct committees; be primary contact to Principal, Administration, Teachers and Student Leadership for the group. Current President and Vice President will stay on until second semester to ensure a smooth transition.

Secretary (1)—Take notes and publish minutes following PTSA meetings; transition PTSA document folders to Google Drive; update the PTSA calendar and the Member Planet website; and lead annual review of bylaws.

Race and Equity Chair (2)—Ensure that our practice and policies align with equitable practices; facilitate group discussions during meetings around race and equity; join Garfield’s Racial Equity Team (meets once per month); meet with the communications team once per month to develop and highlight meaningful content; strategize how to be more inclusive of and welcoming to families not currently engaging with PTSA; and recommend facilitators for PTSA leadership retreats at least once per year.

Parent Reps—Liaisons between families and the PTSA leadership team. Plan a small social activity for families in their grade in the fall and support either the Spring Fundraiser Committee in May or Grad Night in June.

  • Parent Reps 9th Grade (2) 
  • Parent Reps 10th Grade (1)

 Advocacy chair (1)—Organize group communications to district, legislators, and administration to provide strong advocacy; spearhead community meetings on issues when necessary.

Annual Fund Chair (1)—Organize Annual Fund drive through letters and other communications; track donations and provide thank yous and documentation to donors. Work closely with the outgoing chair to learn the ropes. This is a critical position, and one that can work into your personal daily schedule (e.g., not a million meetings)!

Gala co-chairs (2)—Calling all party planners, event coordinators, planners and those who love the little details! We’d love to have your expertise and help co-chairing one of our signature events. The annual Spring Fundraiser is our largest fundraising event of the year. The Spring Fundraiser Co-Chairs are given broad scope in planning an event to engage our school families, community and area businesses in supporting our school, with assistance from the wider PTSA Leadership Team. Details include communications, procurement, donation tracking with our software, and recruiting volunteers to lighten the load. This work ramps up a few weeks before the celebration (spring date TBA) and has some follow-up for a week or two afterward.

Family Support Co-Chair (1)—Build a working relationship with GHS support staff; communicate with GHS support staff and PTSA treasurer around gift card and other support needs; discuss any special needs/request/emergency situations and present them to the group for a vote; create and maintain a list of local resources for families (housing, rent/utilities assistance, shelters, food distribution etc.); lead the holiday giving campaign for gift cards and supplemental family support funding.

Grad Night Co-Chair (1)—Grad Night event enables our seniors to celebrate the end of their high school experience in a safe and sober way. The bulk of party planning is carried out by a retained professional event planner while the Grad Night co-chairs coordinate student sign-ups, scheduling and chaperone recruitment. We have one co-chair on deck and are looking for another partner. We particularly recommend this position for the parent of a junior. The bulk of the work is in May and June.

Teacher appreciation (1)—Collaborate with our returning co-chair to create joyful moments of indulgence and appreciation for our building staff and faculty throughout the year, including orchestrating Teacher Appreciation week in May.

Communications Lead (1)—Support communications chair and newsletter editor with editing, copywriting and web support. Moderate online meetings.

Teacher PTSA Rep (1-2)—We need a faculty voice to help make sure our PTSA is responsive to the needs of our teaching staff.

 Student PTSA Rep (1-2)—We need a student voice to help make sure our PTSA understands the needs of our student population.