PTA Committees

PTA Committees

Committees meet monthly and perform various tasks and projects throughout the year. Join a committee(s) or simply offer to help – there are plenty of one-time, short-term tasks for each!

Please see the Calendar to learn when each committee meets.

AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS (2 sessions per year)

Afterschool clubs are a great way for children to have fun exploring new hobbies or perfecting old favorites. Typical offerings include dance, drumming, knitting, clay, art, chess, Italian conversation and Spanish—whatever parent volunteers would like to teach. To volunteer, contact

ARTS (workshops and activities)

The Arts Committee supports visual art, theater, and music programs at Alvarado. We work together with the artist-in-residence to extend classroom curriculum through 16 weeks of art class. Help keep the arts a vital part of Alvarado through workshops, events, and other initiatives. To volunteer, contact

COMMUNICATIONS (translation, newsletters, outreach, website)

The Communications Committee produces the weekly school newsletter, manages the website, manages tours, coordinates Alvarado’s presence at school fairs, and manages publicity for schoolwide events. To get involved, email

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING (annual fund, Live & Silent Auction, events, merchant fundraisers, and grant writing)

The Fundraising Committee oversees all fundraising efforts at Alvarado including our Live & Silent Auction in March, the Fall and Spring Pledge Drives, special fundraisers at popular local restaurant other merchant stores, as well as grant writing. We also oversee our community fundraising events including Fall Harvest Festival and Tech Beerfest, and the Alvarado gear sales. We work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to spearhead volunteer recruitment for all our school events. Would you like to host a house party fundraiser? Talk to us at:


Go Green is a very active committee focused on sustainability and reducing waste. Thanks to their efforts, Alvarado has made enormous strides in recycling and composting. To volunteer, contact


Healthy Kids oversees three coaches who facilitate games, free play and conflict resolution during recess and coordinate Motor Skills activities for grades K-2 — implementing the Playworks model on the playground since 2010. Healthy Kids also coordinates health and nutrition events, oversees anti-bullying awareness and policies, and coordinates donations to the Alvarado PTA through members’ purchases from the Capay Valley Farm Shop. $1 of every order goes to the Alvarado PTA who donates money to families in need over the holidays and other times. To volunteer, contact

LITERACY (includes book fairs, Read-a-thon, and Reading Partners)

Work with teachers, literacy specialists, and other parents to create and support literacy programs that will help Alvarado students be great readers. To volunteer, contact


Help find ways to make math more fun and interesting while supporting students in this crucial subject. We also organize the very popular Math Festival in the fall where math experts bring math games and activities to Alvarado for a day of learning and fun! To volunteer, contact


Collaborate with the non-profit organization Education Outside to provide garden-based learning to all students under the leadership of of a trained instructor. The committee also builds and maintains our many green areas at the school. To volunteer, contact


A new committee for all of our community activities – this committee will not meet monthly but gather to coordinate special events and opportunities for our kids and families. To volunteer, contact

SCIENCE (science curriculum and coordination)

Keep science exciting in the classrooms, playground, and in the home. The committee supports our science teacher to extend classroom curriculum through 8-10 weeks of science class. We also organize four to five Science Nights per year, featuring experts from various museums (the Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences, for example). To volunteer, contact

TECHNOLOGY (computer room, classroom computer support)

Help install and repair computers and other technology needed by students in the classrooms and computer lab, or help organize the annual Tech Beerfest fundraiser. Volunteers are also needed to help students in the computer lab. To volunteer, contact