Events, Programs & Positions

Activism (Legislation) 

This person follows local, state, and national PTA sources and reports on events or legislation to the board at monthly meetings. 

 

Communications Team

(Social Media, Webmaster, Campus Relations)

We are looking for individuals who have a strong understanding of social media and are comfortable using it in a level-headed and positive manner. We are also looking for individuals who know how to maintain a website. Training will be provided but being tech savvy is a must!

 

Council Association Delegate*

This person attends the Simi PTA/PTSA Council Association Meetings three (3) times a year as a voting delegate. 

 

Grants/Sponsorships

This person actively seeks and applies for grants, sponsorships, and donations that will benefit our school. Many opportunities are available through companies, state, and national PTA. 

 

Health & Safety

This person coordinates with the school regarding school safety, so that the PTA can support Katherine Elementary in providing a safe environment for learning. 

 

Hospitality

Our Hospitality Chair maintains and organizes the PTA supplies including, but not limited to, office supplies, non-perishable food related items, decorations, etc. 

 

Photographer

The photographer will photograph school and PTA events as requested. All photos will be transferred to PTA possession to be used for yearbook, historical records, social media, etc. Availability during the school day and at evening events is needed, but the responsibility can be split among more than one volunteer.

Book Fair

Twice a year we sponsor a book fair for our Croc families (October and April). The Book Fair Chair evaluates vendors to present to board for approval, coordinates dates including drop off and pick up of materials, schedules volunteers, oversees day-to-day operations during event. Planning starts two months prior to each event.

 

Carnival Team (Event, Food, Prizes) 

We are currently seeking lead coordinators for one of our most important fundraisers. These team players will report back to the board with updates and motions for event plans to be approved. Planning for Carnival starts in January, with the event being held in May.

 

Croc’s Night Out*

This person will reach out to local restaurants and coordinate these monthly events in advance. After presenting the scheduled events to the board for approval, the CNO chair will then assist in promoting the events with flyers, social media posts, etc. This position is easily done from home or by a person working full time.

 

Silent Auction

We are seeking a lead Chair for overseeing our annual Silent Auction. Duties will include procuring donations, organizing, and promoting the event, etc. Ample documentation is available providing guidance. This event often coincides with our annual Carnival in May. Planning can be yearlong or start in January.

 

Spirit Wear**

This person is responsible for researching company options for the year’s spirit wear and presenting them to the board with recommendation. A background in printing or running a clothing-based fundraiser is extremely helpful, but not required. Sourcing vendors needs to happen over the summer, with board vote in July. Artwork designs must be presented to the President and Principal before sales/production can begin. **A fall spirit wear vendor was selected by committee, but we are still seeking a chair to train and help with a potential mid-year sale.

 

Yearbook*

The annual Katherine Elementary Yearbook is produced by PTA volunteers. The primary Yearbook Chair is responsible for sourcing vendors, obtaining quotes, and overseeing the production of the yearbook. Co-chairs, if available, can assist with design/production, gathering and taking pictures, helping with sales (if applicable) and more. This job runs smoothest if the team can spread the workload out over the entire course of the school year. We prefer vendor selection to occur in August.

 

Family Pancake Breakfast

This event comes with step by step instructions to follow! The event chair will work with a committee of volunteers to: send out invites to local resources, promote the event, purchase supplies, prep food, coordinate set-up and cleanup, etc. Traditionally the event falls on the first Friday of February. Planning starts in January.

 

Winter Social

This evening event in December allows Croc families to participate in winter/holiday themed activities and treats. The chair can coordinate it all or work with a committee. You will select a theme (approval required), get quotes, promote the event, organize volunteers, etc. Planning starts in October/November.

 

Talent Show

Our annual student Talent Show is coordinated by Katherine Elementary teaching staff. The PTA assists by helping to promote the event, arranging for concessions during the event, decorating, etc. We are looking for a lead chair to work with the teachers, as well as committee members who can assist. The Talent Show is traditionally held in April, with planning starting in late February.

 

Spring Fling Social

This evening event (typically in March) allows Croc families to come dance the night away and enjoy some treats. The chair can coordinate it all or work with a committee. You will select a theme (Principal and board approval required), get quotes for a DJ, promote the event, organize volunteers, etc. Planning starts in late January  with the event being held in March.

Teacher Reveal & Ice Cream Social*

The annual Teacher Reveal is when parents and students come to school to find out who their teacher will be. The PTA organizes signage for the event and traditionally provides a treat, like ice cream, to the families that attend. A chair for the event will coordinate with the school, present options for treats, oversee set up and clean up, etc. This event is planned in July.

 

Trunk or Treat*

This annual event traditionally allows families to trick-or-treat from decorated vehicle trunks in the parking lot. We often offer additional activities such as crafts, games, food options, and more as allowed. The TOT Chair will work with a committee, choose a theme if desired, arrange for decorations, additional activities, oversee set up and clean up, etc. Planning starts in late August.

Walk/Bike to School Day

Katherine Crocs participate in this annual event by gathering at nearby Arroyo Stow Park before school starts and walking to school as a group. The Event Chair will organize the event. This typically includes reaching out for news coverage, local school board members, politicians, police and fire units for participation. We walk from Arroyo Stow park up to the school before school starts. Planning for Walk to School Day starts in late August with the event in early October.

 

Collection Drive Chairs

(For The Troops*, Community Food Drive, etc.)

Twice a year the PTA organizes collection drives to encourage giving back to our local community. The For The Troops collection drive gathers letters from students and if feasible, specific item donations. Our local FTT branch then will send the items to active military troops all over the world. We also do a food and or item/gift collection drive near the holidays to gather needed items for either a local organization (Angel Giving Tree, Action VC, etc.) or for helping families within our own school community. We are looking for individuals who would like to help with the organization and running of one or both drives. 

 

Honorary Service Awards (H.S.A.)*

Honorary Service Awards recognize the service and dedication of both individuals and organizations for their work benefiting our school. The H.S.A. Committee will call for nominations, evaluate those received, and recommend recipients to the Board. Planning typically starts in January, with awards presented in February.

 

Junior Olympics & Field Day

Junior Olympics is an annual event for students in 4th-6th grades, put on by the Simi Valley PTA/PTSA council. Students traditionally participate in Field Day, where they can try their hand at the various events. A team of students is then selected to represent our school at the Junior Olympics event. The Junior Olympics chair and co-chair oversee the running of Field Day, selection of the Student Team with school staff assistance, arrange practices for all events, and coordinate all aspects of the team attending the Junior Olympics on a Saturday, typically in April. The event alternates between Simi High and Royal High campuses. A committee can be established to assist with many of the aspects, with a chair to oversee them. This is a fabulous volunteer opportunity for dads or family members who love to coach kids! Planning for Field Day and Junior Olympics typically starts in early January.

 

Healthy Living Week*

Introduced as an alternative to traditional Red Ribbon Week, this week promotes general well-being and health, in all its many aspects—mental health, physical health, eating well, dental health, etc. The HLW chair will suggest themes for the week and work with the Principal to create a schedule of corresponding days, request donation requests or professional visitations from local resources, etc. The week is currently scheduled in September and planning starts in August.

Reflections

This National PTA program promotes art in schools by encouraging students to submit projects in the categories of visual arts, film production, photography, dance choreography, literature, and music composition in coordination with the annual theme. Winning entries can move up the levels for recognition. The 2022-23 theme is Show Your Voice! The Reflections Chair will promote the program via flyers or art night events, collect entries, organize voting, etc. Training is provided.

 

Reading Is Fundamental (R.I.F.)*

The Reading Is Fundamental coordinator organizes the annual free book give away at our school. Every student is able to shop from hundreds of age-appropriate books and select at least one to take home. These books are provided free of charge by the PTA thanks to funds generated by our fundraisers. The RIF chair will look for cost effective options to purchase new, current books for our students to select from. This event typically happens in late February/early March, with planning starting as early as January.

 

6th Grade Activities* (includes Culmination)

Do you have a 6th Grade student? The 6th Grade Activities chair(s) help our 6th grade teacher(s) with many of the traditional events such as Greek Festival, end of the year activities, and Culmination. This job requires the most time in the later months of the school year (typically April-June) to coincide with end of year activities and Culmination planning. 

 

5th Grade Farewell to Friends

If your 5th grade student is planning to move on to middle school at the end of this year, please let us know if you would be interested in helping with the small Farewell to Friends reception. (Our 6th Grade Activities Chair will aid and oversee the 5th grade FTF co-chair.)

 

Teacher & Staff Appreciation

The Teacher & Staff Appreciation Chair organizes and oversees the Teacher & Staff events we host during the year. Typically, the “We think you’re Souper” luncheon in November and the Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week in May. The Chair will select themes, set up volunteer schedules, garner donations from local resources, etc.

 

*These positions currently have a lead chair, but a co-chair is often needed and welcome! Co-chairing can allow you to get a feel for things without the responsibility of being “in charge.” Please let us know if you’d like to help with these events or jobs!