Welcome to the Parent-Teacher Association!

The invaluable gifts of your time and energy are some of the most important ways you can give to King! With a parent population of over 1,500, we are proud that almost a third of our parents sign up to volunteer in some capacity during the year.


Minimum $10

Become a PTA member with voting rights

Friends of King

Help the PTA provide essential elements of your child’s education! Contribute to the Friends of King Campaign.

King PTA has three goals:

  1. Build and strengthen community ties among King families and between families, teachers and staff
  2. Increase parent connections to King
  3. Raise funds to support and provide programs and initiatives for student success, and to support the PTA’s work in building connections and community

With many projects underway, we also have a large number of parents serving in leadership. Our budget is over $165,000 and we raise most of this through our Friends of King fundraising campaign, as well as events such as the spring Run-a-Thon. We also raise an additional $20,000+/- in small grants, which vary from year to year.

Some of the things PTA has and will fund include

  • The WriterCoach Connection program for all 8th- and some 7th-grade students
  • Cooking and gardening teachers for the Edible Schoolyard
  • Student Activities Director
  • Technology support for all school computers
  • Lifeguards for the swimming program
  • New curtains for the auditorium
  • 6th Grade Welcome Dinners
  • 6th Grade Directory
  • 8th grade graduation dance
  • Everything related to the Welcome Fair
  • P.E. equipment (such as basketballs and basketball hoops)
  • Classroom supplies
  • Special science classroom supplies
  • Field trips
  • Art supplies

We are very conscientious in using the funds entrusted to us, adhering to budgeting and accounting practices that ensure PTA monies are secure and accounted for and spent in accordance with the priorities of the school and the parent community.

We welcome your participation as a leader or volunteer and your donations to the Friends of King Campaign. Thank you in advance for your participation at King!

PTA Leadership and PTA Contacts


2018-2019 King PTA Contacts
PTA Presidents Sue    Danne Joel      Chala
VP of Communication Kristin Stangl
VP of Outreach and Parent Education  Yael Galinson
Secretaries Radha Seshagiri Robin Candler
Treasurer  Bridgett Bernhard
Financial Secretary  Jasika Kataria  
Auditor Tanyung Barnes
Other PTA Contacts
Webmaster Curtis Draves  
 Web Content Editor Christy Quinto  
Friends of King Vacant
Hospitality Patricia Mok
Patrick Hamill
6th Grade Welcome Dinners Melissa Bottrell
Sandra Loving
Welcome Fair Maria Alvarez
Kristin Stangl
Summer Mailing  Sue    Danne
Fall Festival Jenny Fosket
Angela Byrne


Carolyn Bookhart

Uniforms Valerie Kratzer
Tours Laura Walker  
Emergency Preparedness Gradiva Couzin
Run-a-Thon Anna Fogelman
Hanna Pazdirkova
Jennifer Grasso
Kitty Keenan
Yael Galinson
Logo Wear Elizabeth Barry  


Meetings and Parent Programs

PTA meetings are at 6:00 pm in the Teachers Lounge off the main courtyard, otherwise announced. Check E-Tree postings for the most up-to-date information. If a Parent Education program follows a PTA meeting, it usually begins at 7:00 pm in the same location.

Calendar of Meetings

You can view upcoming meetings on the king calendar at:  or by looking at the embedded calendar at the end of this page.


Current Projects and Activities

Find an opportunity that fits your interests, skill, and availability.

6th Grade Room Parents

Sixth Grade Homeroom classes have Room Parents who support teachers with field trips, in-class parent participation, communications, and community building among 6th grade families.  It is vital that each homeroom have at least one dedicated room parent (co-room parents are fine!) to help make the kids’ first year at King a happy and memorable one.

E-Tree (email list)

E-Tree is the single most important communications tool at King. PTA is careful to ensure that only school-related messages are posted. At the beginning and end of the year, messages arrive daily with information critical to student success and parent participation. During the year, messages are less frequent but equally important. E-Tree is moderated by PTA VP of Communications.

Stay in touch with email from King by signing up for the King E-Tree newsletter!



Fundraising is an absolutely critical component of our school’s success, and can only flourish with the help of our parents. If you would like to help with the Friends of King Campaign, the Run-a-Thon, eScrip, or any other fundraising campaign, please contact the Fundraising PTA members listed above.


Gardens and Grounds

King’s beautiful Courtyard Garden is maintained by parent volunteers.  Work parties usually take place on Saturday mornings and include refreshments. Green thumbs and landscapers can contact the PTA VP Communications, at for more info.

Please contact the Kitchen Garden PTA member to assist with the maintenance of our magnificent Kitchen Garden.


Parent volunteer Ronnie Cohen has been writing grants for several years, with great success. This year, she has assembled a larger team to help. If you have grant-writing experience, please contact the Fundraising PTA members listed above. 


Food is at the heart of King’s efforts to build community and show thanks to our teachers and staff. The Hospitality Team coordinates food for school events and staff appreciation meals. Parent volunteers and the Hospitality PTA members can always use help at events to set-up, decorate, serve, and cleanup. For staff appreciation meals, the PTA usually purchases main dishes, with sides dishes and desserts donated by parents.

King Reads Program

For more information contact PTA VP Communications at for more info.

King Tours

King organizes tours and information sessions for families looking at King from outside of the district, as well as for families continuing to King from BUSD elementary schools.  Tours are offered each year by the PTA.  If you are an organized parent who enjoys outreach to potential new students and families, please contact the PTA VP Communications, at  or for more info.



Parent volunteers gather in the Teachers’ Lounge, usually on a Friday morning, to mail report cards and other correspondence from the school and PTA. Mailings are a wonderful time to sit and get to know other parents while helping the school, and delicious treats are always provided to sweeten the time.

Office and Administration Volunteers

Make sure to follow calls for volunteers on the E-tree, or coordinate with a PTA volunteer to jump in when you get a spare hour or two.  What may seem like modest assistance to you could be a huge help to a teacher or staffer. Email if this is a job for you!

P.E. Clothing

See the P.E. Uniforms page for info.

Walk & Roll/Safe Routes

This group encourages safety in biking, walking, bussing, skating, and using other modes of alternative transportation to get to and from school.  Contact the Walk & Roll PTA member listed above for more info.


A volunteer works with the PTA to maintain the King website. The school year is multi-faceted and flows by quickly, so updates are constantly required.  If you would like to see particular updates or post new information, please contact PTA VP Communications at  or contact to coordinate changes.

Welcome Fair

PTA in partnership with King hosts a “Welcome Fair” immediately before school begins. Families can learn about and/or sign up for after-school programs, sports, library, school lunch, PTA, PE Uniforms, etc. With 900+ students and their families, this is a Big Event requiring significant organization and staffing.

WriterCoach Connection

Parent volunteers work one-on-one with every 8th grade student. This is a wonderful way to get on campus and contribute in a very personal way to the success of students at King. The program has a  facilitator who intakes, trains, and schedules all volunteers. If you are interested, please contact the PTA VP Communications at for more information.

King Calendar