Volunteering

Thanks for your interest in being a volunteer at Beach School. Here’s several ideas for how you can help!

Note: In order to volunteer at Beach School you must have a current Portland Public Schools background check. Please visit the PPS Volunteer Background Check Page and follow the instructions for the free criminal background check. Once completed your check is good for three years.

Please sign in on the computer terminal located in the school office whenever you show up to volunteer.

A good way to stay informed of volunteer opportunities is to join our PTA Google Groups e-mail list (Instructions to join PTA Google Groups: beach pta google group instructions.pdf).

There are an abundance of volunteer opportunities at Beach, and the PTA can connect you with those which best suit your interests! Volunteer areas include: classroom help, fundraising, library organization, chaperoning, traffic control, grounds clean-up, Run for the Arts, Bike Fairy, clothing closet helpers, and so much more. See a need or have a talent for a project you think would benefit Beach? The Beach PTA can help you get that going! Contact PTA President Stephanie Lawrow (president@beachpta.org) and let’s figure out how to make it happen!

Lunch time recess fun

Hello Beach Families and Friends! We have a great need for adult supervision (most specifically during the 11:20-12:00 recess time) at recess! We would very much appreciate any help that could be provided. Duties would include supervising games and free play activities, helping to resolve conflicts as well as general scanning and supporting staff in any way necessary. Please check-in in the office when you arrive and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member on the playground. Thank you so much for your willingness to help out!

 Fundraising to support Beach

We have several fundraising events during the year and would love to have you join us!  The school auction is our most important fundraiser. It’s a huge party and tons of fun, but needs many volunteers to make it great. Lots more information is at our Fundraising Page. Contact either of our Fundraising Co-Chairs for more info: Alisa Hayes  alisahayes1@gmail.com or Tamara McManus tamaramcanus@gmail.com.

Library Help

Our awesome school librarian Mrs. Frazee afrazee@pps.net always needs help in the library. This involves checking in/out books, shelving, helping students,  book repairs, and special projects. She can also use help with book fairs, Battle of the Books, Dr. Seuss’s birthday and other special events that promote literacy. Click here for the Library Volunteer Interest Form.

Volunteering in your child’s classroom

This includes helping with instruction, tidying up after messy projects, chaperoning class field trips, being a “room parent,” and more. Just ask your child’s teacher what you can do to help. See the Beach Staff List for your teacher’s contact information.

School Office Help

Contact Secretary Denise dsanborn@pps.net to help with the ongoing need for help copying material for teachers, laminating, sorting and distributing materials. Our secretaries and teachers will sing your praises every time you show up.

School grounds improvement

There’s lots of opportunities to clean up and improve our school grounds.

  • Beach PTA sponsors several fall and spring school ground clean up days, as well as school ground improvements (e.g., adding bioswales, picnic tables, benches, and playground equipment). Contact Kitty kitty.goodyke@gmail.com if you’d like to help.
  • Wouldn’t it be great to have a covered play structure so our kids could get some fresh air during recess on rainy days? Contact Dawn dawnmyrah@hotmail.com for more info.
  • With your help we can improve our athletic fields by working with Portland Public School and Portland Parks and Recreation. Contact Suzanne suzanneeclarke@gmail.com to help.

Family Events

Your PTA sponsors several free family events during the year and can always use some assistance at each event. These include the Fall Harvest Festival, Pottery Painting Night, Holiday Cookie Decorating, Bingo Night, and the Family Field Day. If you would like assist with these events or have any questions, please contact Rachel Wood Massey rachelwoodmassey@gmail.com

Playworks

This wonderful program helps our kids learn how to have fun with energetic, safe, and inclusive playtime during recess and after school on the playground. Students learn to run their own games and settle disputes quickly because getting along is more fun than fighting. The end result is our kids play hard, cheer loud, and high five with joy. And they create and carry that feeling of peace and belonging with them into their classrooms. Our teachers tell us this program has dramatically reduced recess and classroom discipline problems. Contact Coach Max max.aslett@playworks.org if you’d like to assist with Playwork classes.

Eco-School activities

There are lots of opportunities to bring earth-minded projects to Beach, including the following:

  • Green School certification
  • School yard garden
  • Earth Day activities
  • Durable forks in cafeteria
  • Party packs for each classroom
  • Student nature club or green team
  • Food scrap composting
  • Milk carton recycling
  • No-Idling campaign 
  • Walk and bike to school trains
  • Book or costume exchange

Contact  Kitty kitty.goodyke@gmail.com for more information.

Start Making A Reader Today (SMART)

SMART is a reading program that pairs community volunteers with kindergarten and 1st grade students to read one-on-one for 20 – 25 minutes twice a week (students come twice a week, volunteers come once a week – each student has two volunteers).  SMART goals are to have students gain confidence in their reading abilities and to discover a love of reading.  Each student also receives 2 books a month to take home and keep!

SMART operates at Beach School on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Volunteers commit to one hour a week either on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:15 or 1:30 to 2:30.  Each volunteer is paired with two students and the volunteer reads with these same two students throughout the school year (SMART operates mid-October to mid-May).  All the volunteers and students are in the same room (this year #112) and have many books available to select from for their reading times.

All volunteers must apply with SMART and have a background check run.  Here’s the link for the online application – https://www.getsmartoregon.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/ Please indicate that you want to volunteer at Beach.  Once you are approved the site coordinator will get your name and contact you with your preferred time to volunteer based on openings at that time.

You can get more info about the SMART program by sending a message to beach@getsmartoregon.org or by calling 971.634.1906.