Volunteering

Each year, hundreds of hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers come together to enrich the Redwood Day School community. The Redwood Day Parent Guardian Association is the vehicle that provides these important volunteer opportunities. Whether you have limited availability or are someone who is able to give more time – there are numerous volunteer opportunities from which to choose. We welcome your participation at any level!

Redwood Day uses SignUpGenius (SUG) to manage classroom and all-school volunteering opportunities. Please take a moment and sign up for FREE! Once you are logged in, you can see all of the volunteer opportunities as they become available.

See below for a more detailed description of our volunteer opportunities. Please note that all activities and events are subject to change due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Art

    Throughout the year there are different volunteer opportunities both in and out of the Art classroom, K-5. In-class volunteer opportunities are project based and volunteers are welcomed to assist in any given grade when an opportunity arises.

    Volunteer opportunities outside of the Art classroom include helping set up for the Spring Art Show and assisting in set, prop, and costume design for the 4th grade Musical. The Art committee chairs will communicate to the community when Art volunteers are needed via Sign Up Genius.

    Chairs: Matt Majers and Elizabeth Van Benschoten
  • Auction (Redwood Day At Night Party March 12, 2022 and Online Auction, March 12 - 30, 2022)

    The Redwood Day At Night auction party and the online auction are the PGA’s cornerstone fundraising events. The funds raised help support both the work of the PGA (Fall Festival and other community events) and the School (tuition assistance, teacher development/PGA Summer Grants, assemblies) and most importantly, our children. Redwood Day At Night is a party that provides an opportunity for parents, guardians, and adult friends to come together as a community and simply celebrate. Volunteer opportunities range from leading a team, securing donations, editing item descriptions, organizing a hosted event to planning the party!

    Auction Party Chairs: Lauren Webster and Mark Sopp
  • Book Fair (November 29 - December 3, 2021)

    The annual Redwood Day Book Fair is an opportunity to support the school while you shop for great books. The Book Fair presents an extensive and diverse variety of books from which you will be sure to find perfect gifts for friends and family, for your child(ren)’s classrooms, and likely, quite a few for yourself! Volunteer opportunities include cashiering, staffing, set-up and breakdown, and support at associated events.

    Chairs: Urmilia Raghavan, Kitty Neumark, and Stella Wong
  • Caring

    Caring Committee volunteers mobilize when any member of the Redwood Day community is in transition or crisis. Support can include meals, carpooling, grocery shopping, and childcare. Committee chairs reach out as needed in order to create discreet support networks for families from the traditionally large pool of committee volunteers.

    Chairs: Brooke Abola and Mary Soulis
  • Community Support

    The Community Support Committee was created in response to the great need that our neighboring community and schools have, and our community’s desire to give back. The Committee helps support the larger community through activities like the OUSD back-to-school supply drive as well as organizing volunteer opportunities for our families.

    Chairs: Megan Larson, Nicole Noutsios, Ami Schiess Peay, and Sarah Wachs
  • Faculty & Staff Appreciation

    The Faculty & Staff Appreciation Committee exists to show our faculty and staff just how much they are respected and appreciated. Volunteers bring snacks, organize themed luncheons and dinners, and acknowledge birthdays, holidays, and National Teacher Appreciation Week with special treats.

    Chairs: Betsy Jones, Diana Pasquali, Dan Kiely, and Hilary Keith
  • Fall Festival (October 16, 2021)

    The Fall Festival is a longstanding Redwood Day tradition for the whole family. On a Fall Saturday, we come together on campus to play with and get to know each other. A wide variety of volunteer activities include event planning, set up, clean up, and shifts at various activity stations and games.

    Chairs: Yogi Gamper, Patrice Speed, and Shailika Kotiya
  • Friday Coffee

    Redwood Day invites everyone for coffee, community, and conversation on one Friday morning each month. Every grade will have the opportunity to sign up to help by picking up pastries and assisting the chairs with set up and clean up.

    Chairs: Peter Marietta, Jess Macy, and Monika Poxon
  • Fun Run/Walk (May 14, 2022)

    Grab the kids, the dog, and your comfortable shoes. Run, walk or stroll to create friendly competition among the grades, promote an active and healthy lifestyle, and build community. Volunteers assist in planning and staffing this annual event. 

    Chairs: Jordan Karp and Becky Zegar
  • Generations Day, Virtual (November 19, 2021)

    Generations Day is an event that welcomes grandparents and special friends to learn more about Redwood Day and their student’s experience here. This event will once again be held virtually until it is safe for us to welcome grandfriends back to our campus. When it’s in-person, volunteers help set up, greet guests, serve food and beverages, guide visitors on campus, take pictures, clean up, and offer assistance as needed. (Volunteering is the only way to attend the event as a parent!) 

    Chairs: Brooke Welch and Joanne Shen
  • Library

    Volunteers assist the librarians and students with general tasks in the library such as shelving, book check out, and other tasks as needed. Volunteers can drop in as their schedules allow during the day or can sign up to assist with their child’s library class time (K-5).

    Chairs: Megan Hyatt and Lisa Marietta
  • Lice Busters

    The Lice Busters Committee works to reduce lice exposure at Redwood Day by providing information to families to shorten the duration of outbreaks and by conducting grade-level head inspections at school as needed. Volunteers are scheduled on a case-by-case basis (depending on availability) when lice checks are needed. Training is provided.

    Chairs: Erin Jozwiak and Monika Poxon
  • Prism (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)

    Prism supports the School’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Prism maintains a strategic partnership with the School supporting Heritage celebrations and Adult Affinity Groups for our parent/guardian community. Prism also helps promote and represent the Redwood Day community at DEI events such as the Oakland Pride Parade and Parent Education evenings.

    Prism chairs: Monica and Homero Espinosa
    Prism liaison: Meredith Spencer, Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • Room Parents/Grade Parents

    Room Parents (in the Lower School) and grade level parents (in the Middle School) coordinate directly with their teachers or grade-level advisors as well as their fellow parents to recruit volunteers for in-class/grade needs (field trip drivers, art/library volunteers, snack, etc), planning the class/grade auction project, purchasing teacher gifts, and more.

    Chairs: PGA Lower School Coordinator, Scott Skiljan and PGA Middle School Coordinator, Karine Sully