Board & Committee Openings

What is the PTA? You are the PTA! The Abernethy Elementary School PTA is for anyone and everyone – parents, teachers, staff, grandparents, neighbors, friends – who has an interest in supporting our school. Be part of the solution! It is our mission to enrich our children’s educational experience through PTA programs, events, and classroom support. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

The Abernethy School PTA is looking for the following volunteers for the 2021-22 school year:

Basketball Administrator

Term: 1 or 2 years

  • Assist the Basketball Chair and Treasurer with implementing a new registration system for Abernethy’s K-5 basketball program
  • Work with Basketball Committee to communicate via Support Abernethy website, Abernethy Announcements, etc. to the larger community regarding important updates throughout the season

THIS IS GOOD FOR...someone who loves basketball but cannot be at school a lot. This role is mainly administrative, working alongside other basketball committee members. Can be done entirely remotely.

Community Meeting Expectations: The Basketball committee is not expected to present at any community meetings.

Finance Team: Deposits

Term: 1 year

  • Responsible for gathering cash and checks from the PTA Inbox and/or Officers and depositing those funds into the PTA account
  • Ensure deposited funds are accounted for and managed appropriately

THIS IS GOOD FOR...someone who is responsible and comfortable working with money. The majority of this job can be done outside of the school day. However, periodic visits to the school office are required to pick up deposits.

Note: The Finance Team shares one vote on the board.

Community Meeting Expectations: The Finance Team is expected to attend all community and board meetings.

Fundraising Chairs

Term: 1 year

The Abernethy PTA runs four major fundraisers during the year. These are usually chaired by two people with one person in training. We are looking for volunteers to chair the following:

Auction

Winter/spring (love planning big events?)

Each fundraiser is unique, but chairs must:

  • Prepare materials to be sent home with each child, update Support Abernethy and PledgeStar websites, and communicate with the community in advance
  • Assemble a volunteer team to execute the event or activity
  • Report to the board on progress and donation amounts

THESE ARE GOOD FOR...people who want to make a significant impact on the financial viability of Abernethy’s programs. While each fundraiser can be time-intensive, it is only for a concentrated period of time. Except for the day of the event, most of these can be managed remotely.

Community Meeting Expectations: Fundraising Chairs are expected to present updates to the community at the kickoff of the event, the month leading to the event, and the month after the event.

Grounds Coordinator

Term: 1 or 2 years

  • Works with community and school administration to ensure our school grounds look great and provide a healthy environment for our kids. This includes the maintenance of the Garden of Wonders, native garden, rain garden, playground, and other planting areas surrounding the school.
  • Coordinates periodic garden/grounds cleanup days for community participation.
  • Coordinates “Adopt-A-Plot” program to assign volunteers to specific areas of the school grounds for ongoing maintenance.
  • May write proposals for grants to procure funds to assist with ground maintenance and/or improvements.

THIS IS GOOD FOR…someone who takes pride in how our little school under the elms looks and can assist with at least two community weekend events each year.

Community Meeting Presentations: The Grounds Coordinator is expected to attend all community meetings and present updates to the community when necessary.

Membership

Term: 2 years

  • Prepares membership materials (hard copies and online) in advance of school starting.
  • Encourages community members to join the PTA.
  • Gathers completed membership forms and dues and submits a membership roster to the Oregon PTA online. Coordinates submission of dues to the Oregon PTA with the Finance Team.
  • Distributes Chinook Books and Apps along with membership cards to new members.

THIS IS GOOD FOR…a person or people who like to meet new people and believes in the PTA! While new members can join the PTA all year, the majority of membership work is concentrated at the beginning of the school year.

New Family Connections

Term: 1 year

  • Chaired by two people, seeking one person to join the team
  • Communicates with incoming families to help orient them to Abernethy
  • Coordinates and plans events throughout the summer to welcome new families to Abernethy, including summer playground meetups for new and incoming kindergarten families and a popsicle social the first week of school
  • Joins school staff at Connect to Kindergarten to help plan and staff the event and to welcome families. (Connect to Kindergarten happens in February)

THIS IS GOOD FOR...A person who can remember what it’s like to be a new parent or student and wants to make people feel connected to our school community.

Community Meeting Expectations: The New Family Connections coordinator is expected to attend most community meetings and present updates to the community when necessary.

Talon Editorial Team

Term: 1 year

  • Two- or three-person team to put together our school newspaper 3 to 5 times each year
  • Works with students to brainstorm and assign writing tasks
  • Designs, proofreads, acquires art, and preps newspaper for press

THIS IS GOOD FOR...people who love writing, editing, and working with students. Commitment is a couple hours per week from October to June, plus more during press time.

Community Meeting Expectations: The Talon Editorial Team is not expected to attend any community meetings.

Talon Graphic Designer

Term: 1 year

  • Compiles articles and art to lay out school newspaper using design software such as InDesign

THIS IS GOOD FOR...someone with graphic design experience (or the desire to learn InDesign).

Community Meeting Expectations: The Talon Graphic Designer is not expected to attend any community meetings.

Tour De Ladd Co-Chair

Term: 2 years

The Tour De Ladd Chairs are looking for a Co-Chair to learn the ropes in the 2021/22 school year and take the lead in the 2022/23 school year. If you love bikes, this is for you!

  • Prepare materials to be sent home with each child, update Support Abernethy and PledgeStar websites, and communicate with the community in advance.
  • Assemble a volunteer team to execute the event or activity.
  • Report to the board on progress and donation amounts.

THIS IS GOOD FOR…A person or people who want to make a significant impact on the financial viability of Abernethy’s programs. While this fundraiser can be time-intensive, it is only for a concentrated period of time. Except for the day of the event, most of these can be managed remotely.


If you and/or someone you know is interested in joining the PTA for the 2021-22 school year, let us know by emailing the Recruitment team at PTARecruitment@supportabernethy.org.

If you have a question or want more information, email PTAPresident@supportabernethy.org.

Thank you,

Abernethy PTA