Category Archives: Volunteerism

May 9: PTSA General Meeting

Monday, May 9 (6:30-8:00p in the Library) is the final general PTSA membership meeting of the year, and it’s an important one. PTSA members who attend will vote on the proposed budget and new board officers for next year, as well as a revision to the PTSA Standing Rules. Please attend if you can.

You’ll find the proposed budget here. This budget was drafted and discussed by the PTSA board, and incorporates input from Principal Jaskot and the teaching staff, as well as the data submitted by the membership in the survey sent out earlier this year. Items of note for your review:

  • We propose income (fundraising) of about the same amount as this year (nearly $80,000).
  • Proposed increase for an expanded music/performing arts program (more of what we did this year)
  • Expansion of the Writers in the Schools program to include all grades
  • Increase in funding for family support
  • Support for an all-school field trip to see Mr. D’s play next Spring!
    Professional development funds for teacher training

Take a look! Only PTSA members can vote, but input from all parents is welcome.

Board Officers & Other Roles for Next Year

At the meeting, we’ll formally vote on the current slate of board officers. As is often the case at the May meeting, we don’t have every role filled yet, but will between now and the Fall. If you are interested in any of the open roles, please contact Steve Albertson.

  • President: Daniella Kim has graciously agreed to serve!
  • Vice President: Open. Assists President and performs President’s duties in President’s absence. Attends all board meetings, and participates in PTSA decision-making.
  • Treasurer: Rosie Donovan (2nd term!  Yay!)
  • Secretary: Open. Takes minutes and records all business transacted at each PTSA meeting (board and general membership) . Participate in board decision-making and other duties as assigned.

Other PTSA Roles: We are a community of “doers”, and there are lots of ways you can get involved in short-term roles or longer-term responsibilities. I guarantee you there is something you can do that is valuable and will work within your time constraints and interests. Here is a full list of roles you can choose from, and below are some that are either filled or for which we need more volunteers:

  • Fundraising: Steve Albertson (seeking help with Direct Drive in the Fall, Easy Everyday Fundraising and grant-writing)
  • Communications: Becky Smith (seeking tech-savvy help for web site, email newsletter and other systems)
  • Enrichment/After School Programs: Adrienne James (seeking other to help)
  • Advocacy/Legislative Chair:  Help organize parents to advocate for (or against) policy and District issues that affect us. This year, the PTSA has worked to prevent reductions in our enrollment boundaries, and fought against teacher reductions.
  • Membership Chair: Open. Collect PTSA membership forms (data entry), mostly during September/October.

Take a look at all the positions, and when you see one you’re interested, either contact the people already working in these roles or email Steve Albertson (PTSA board president). And come to the May 9 meeting to learn more! See you then.


Book Fair in Our Library! Your Help is Needed!

SignSizedMr. Hammer and Secret Garden Books will be hosting a Book Fair in the Library! Parent volunteers (that’s you!) are needed! Most of this work will be cashiering, but also helping kids find books, as well as general “keeping an eye on things.” Sales from this book fair will help purchase new titles for our library.

Where: BF Day School Library
When: TuesdayThursday, Jan. 20-22
Tues: 11:40-12:50
Wed: 8-8:30; 11:45-12:45 & 2:55-4:00
Thurs: 8-8:30; 6:00-7:30pm

How to volunteer:
Go to and select a time you can come.  We’re counting on you!


General Meeting – Wednesday May 21

ptsa logo 2PTSA General Meeting
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30pm, school library
Come Meet Stan Jaskot (our New Principal for 2014-15) and learn how you can get more involved in the B.F. Day PTSAptsa logo

6:30-7:10pm Stan Jaskot Introduction
7:10-7:40 2014-15 PTSA Position Nominations
7:40-8:00pm Presentation of PTSA Draft Budget for 2014-15

Stan Jaskot
Principal Jaskot will introduce himself and would then like to conduct a short activity to learn more about what the PTSA views as strengths and next steps for B.F. Day.

The B.F. Day PTSA needs your participation for school year 2014/15
• We are accepting nominations for all PTSA positions through May 21, 2014.
• Some positions necessitate regular Board meeting attendance. Other positions can be done almost entirely on your own time.
• Some of the positions we NEED to fill are Vice President and Secretary, as well as After School Programs Coordinator, Communications Assistant and Committee Leads for our various fundraising efforts.
• Not sure how you can best contribute? Let us help you find a good fit. Check out the list of position descriptions.
• If you cannot come to the meeting on May 21, you can make a nomination or declare your interest in a position via email to
• Positions will be voted on at the Board Meeting on June 12, 2014

Walk N Roll For Fitness FAQ

walk n rollHere are some frequently asked questions and answers about Walk N Roll For Fitness.

What is the Walk N Roll For Fitness?  It is a walk-a-thon that raises money for your PTSA.  It is the largest single source of income to the PTSA’s budget.   Each student should have received an envelope in his or her backpack  for recording and collecting pledges.

When is it?  Friday October 4th, rain or shine.  Different grades will be walking at different times during the day.

Tell me more about pledges.  Sure!  Ask around everyone you know to make a pledge.  Family, neighbors, friends, everyone.  Your student’s sponsor can pledge an amount of money per lap completed by your student, or choose to give a flat rate donation.  Both are appreciated.

How do I know how many laps my student is going to complete?  Well, of course it is going to vary student by student, and the course is unique each year as well.  But a good starting point, is that many kindergartners will probably complete 10 laps or so, and older graders can expect 12-15ish.

Are there any prizes?  There are three incentives to keep in mind.

  1. The class that raises the most money will get a class party.
  2. The class that has the most participation (kids returning pledges of any amount) will have its name engraved on a plaque, which will be on display all year.
  3. If your student raises $250 or more, he or she will be the principal’s guest for lunch!

Do you need any help?  Yes!  If you can be here, please come, for we do indeed need your help!  Contact if you can be a part of this day.  Thank you!

If you have any more questions, please ask!  You can comment here or email

Playground Structure Update

Multi-use goalsHave you seen the cool new playground structure yet?  It’s worth your time if you haven’t walked to the west side of the building.  Thanks to a lot of parents and some great partners, your kids will soon have an amazing new thing to climb on. You can read the newly-updated site plan if you want to see how the playground will be transformed.  In the meantime, here’s a quick update about our progress:

Sept. 14 & 15 – A very successful community install. We had over 60 volunteers who stayed for a total of 205 hours to help build the structure. Thank you! Thanks again to PCC Fremont, Eltana Bagels, Trader Joe’s in Ballard and Starbucks Fremont for donating food, snacks and coffee for our volunteers.

Next steps:

  • Coming weeks:  Multi-sport hoops (see photo above) will be installed in the next 2 weeks. These will go in the basketball court just south of the new play area.  The contractor will continue working on the site, finishing work in areas around the edge of the play area and sport court.
  • Monday 9/30 – prep work and installation of the embankment slide and associated safety surfacing to begin (this goes on the north slope of the play area, between the big boulders)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 – placement of filter fabric over the drain rock in the play area. This needs to be done right before the wood chips are blown in. We need 6-8 people to help with this effort, starting at 9am on October 2. Should take about 2 hours. Please contact Kristin Anderson ( if you can help.
  • Friday, Oct. 4 & Monday, Oct. 7:  Woodchips will be blown in by a big blower truck (should be fun to watch)
  • Mid- to late-October:  Playground open for use!  Tell your kids!

Landscaping and planting will happen later this Fall. We don’t have a date chosen yet, but we will be looking for volunteer help for this effort.


Building the New Playground Structure

Great turnout today by B.F. Day parents, friends and community supporters as we assembled the new playground structure. It’s big! It’s beautiful! It’s built like a tank! And the kids are going to love it. Here’s a terrific time-lapse video of the entire day (thanks to Layne McIntosh for making this happen):

Thanks to everyone who turned out today to help, and to Eltana Bagels, PCC Fremont, Ballard Trader Joe’s and Starbucks in Fremont for the delicious food and drink that kept us all going. (And thanks especially to whomever baked the cookies!) More pictures below:

Before we started building...

Before we started building…

Instructions from the experts

Instructions from the experts

Attaching the platforms

Attaching the platforms

Takes a attach heavy metal things to posts.

Takes a village…to attach heavy metal things to posts.

Get Ready to Play at B.F. Day!

playground equipThe new playground equipment is really cool, and it’s being installed at B.F. Day during the weekend of September 14 & 15.  You can help, and be a part of history (“Yeah, I remember way back in ’13 building that thing…”).  Mark your calendars, and please lend a hand.

We need volunteers on both weekend days, to place parts, tighten screws, pour concrete and other fun things.  Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 14, 9am – 5pm (end time depends on # of volunteers)
Please be there at 9:00 am for an orientation to include a safety talk, overview of the layout, and parts identification. We will then break into groups to build the thing. Afternoon activities will include concrete mixing, finish work and clean up. Work will be supervised by PlayCreations. If you cannot be there all day on Saturday, consider signing up for one of two shifts: 9am – 1pm or 1 – 4pm

Sunday, Sept. 15, 10am – ?? (end time depends on number of volunteers)
Less exciting, but equally important is the placement of drain rock. This will involves lot of muscles, shovels and a handful of wheelbarrows. This work will be so much faster and easier if we can get a lot of people to help.

Lunch, snacks and water will be provided both days. (Thank you Fremont PCC, Ballard Trader Joe’s, & Eltana Bagel). Please bring a refillable water bottle, and work gloves – we will have some gloves, but consider bringing a pair if you have them. All other tools will be provided.

Please contact Kristin Anderson at if you can help. Please specify the day and time you will be there. Ideally, we will have 25-30 volunteers on each day. You must be 16 years or older to participate.

Springtime Volunteer Opportunities

volunteersJoe Olegario, Parent Volunteer Coordinator, would like to share the following events and volunteering opportunities for this Spring:

1. Carol Magallanes is looking for 4 volunteers for the upcoming Little Wednesday, May 15th, 1:00-3:00. She is looking for 2 volunteers for the Pokémon workshop, and another 2 volunteers for the Paper Airplane Derby.

2. Mr. D is looking for some volunteers to help out with a Bicycling Unit he is doing with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, May 1-3 and May 6-10. You can contact him directly at to let him know you are interested and to find out specific times that volunteers are needed during the day.

3. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th-10th, and we are hoping to leave some fresh baked goods, snacks, and drinks every morning that week in the teacher’s lounge. If you are interested in dropping off some sort of treat for the staff at B.F. Day that week, please let me know. Drop-off would be around 8:30, before the school day begins. If you have already expressed interest, I have your contact information, and I will be sending out an email with the specifics next week.

Please let me know which of the above you would like to help with. Many thanks in advance, and have a great weekend!

Joe Olegario

A great thanks to Joe and you, the parent volunteers!

Spring Fling and Silent Auction FAQ

fling postcard frontSpring Fling and Silent Auction FAQ

What on Earth is a Spring Fling?
A Party with a Purpose!  It’s a cocktail party and mini-auction that supports teachers, arts education, literacy enrichment and other programs ant Fremont’s only public school. This is one of the primary fundraisers the BF Day PTSA holds every year. Items on the auction block include goods and services donated from businesses all over the community, experiences hosted by BF Day families, vacation rentals and lots, lots more.  In years past, the annual auction was known as Swellegant, but this year we are taking on a new look.

When is this happening?
Saturday, April 6th 2013. Beginning at 6:30 pm and wrapping up at 10:00 pm. Here is how the evening will progress:

  • 6:30 Doors Open
  • 7:30-8:00 First Auction
  • 8:15-8:45 Second Auction
  • 9-10 Check Out. Collect your winnings!

The Backdoor at Roxy’s. 462 N 36th st, in lower Fremont. This is the first time we are having this event at this location and are really looking forward to it. Have you seen this place?  It’s going to be a great time, for sure!

Who can come?
Anyone (21 and over) can come! This is not just limited to BF Day parents, but anyone who:

  • likes to be involved in the community
  • cares about the arts and science as a part of education
  • enjoys a cocktail now and then
  • likes to eat food

RSVP now!

I see you mentioned cocktails and food. 
Yes, yes I did.
Included in the price of admission are heavy hors d’oeuvres and drink tickets.

Is there going to be an auctioneer?
No, this is going to be a silent auction where you write your bid on a bidding sheet. There are going to be two rounds of bidding, as well as a “buy it now” board where you can just buy an item outright. Not to mention the Golden Raffle.

What the heck is a Golden Raffle?
Only the greatest thing ever! In this raffle, exactly 40 tickets are sold for $50 each. The person who holds the winning ticket may walk up to the auction table, and choose any item. That item is now theirs. Woohoo!

Is the Boys and Girls Club going to be open?
No. The Boys and Girls Club at BF Day will not be open during this time. Child care is up to you, so book your babysitters!

Do I need to register or anything?
Please RSVP!  Knowing who to expect helps us prepare information in our auction system.  Also, Roxy’s Backdoor can accommodate up to 100 people for our party, so do not delay.  Another reason to RSVP sooner rather than later is that buying in advance will save you a bit of money.  Tickets before April 3rd are $40 per person.  After April 3rd, the price is $55.

See you there!

Spring Fling and Silent Auction

fling1Hello B.F. Day Families,

It’s true, the annual auction is happening, and this year it’s got a new flavor. The Spring Fling Silent Auction, hosted by Roxy’s Backdoor, is not to be missed! We are still looking for some more donations to add to our bidding table. Because space is limited, we’re focusing on experiences and services, rather than things. Some examples include:

1) vacation rentals
2) gift/punch cards for yoga/pilates/restaurants/coffee/etc.
4) sports/theater tickets
5) handy-man/ gardening assistance/ cooking lesson
6) themed parties (e.g. create a kid or parent-oriented party where you would provide decorations, foods/baking, drinks, games, etc.)

What we are NOT looking for:

1) donations that mainly promote a business without giving much value to the purchaser (i.e. require the purchaser to spend a lot more money at the business)
2) used goods

So, if you’re a season ticket holder, a ski cabin owner, a business proprietor, or someone willing to put their connections, skills, and imagination to work for B.F. Day, please consider making a donation! When you do, everybody wins–businesses get tax breaks and free advertising, auction-goers get to buy cool stuff guilt-free (knowing the money spent is going to a good place), and B.F. Day gets funding for enrichment programs to teach and inspire our kids!

How you can help make the Spring Fling Silent Auction a big success:

1) Brainstorm what you have access to, via friends, family, or businesses you frequent. Think of stuff you’d want to buy at an auction. It’s OK to be selfish and solicit donations you plan on bidding on yourself! Or get your creativity flowing–are you crafty? Come up with a birthday party idea. Are you really good at making ice cream? Host a lesson for four. Do you have a green thumb? Offer two hours of gardening assistance.

2) Email saraparent@gmail with your ideas. I will double check to see if someone else has already approached that business, or if we already have an abundance of idea you are suggesting. When I give you the greenlight…

3) Approach your target business and/or fill-out the attached procurement form and make sure to get the donation to the school office (or Sara P.) as soon as you can, no later than March 23rd. Please add your name and email address to the procurement form so we know who to thank for hooking us up. Email for more procurement forms.

4) Come to the event and bid on some of the awesome things you brought to the table!

5) Encourage your friends and other fellow B.F. Day parents to attend. We have a limited capacity this year, so please buy tickets early! (go to and click on Spring Fling). What better time to get to know our community? We’re the Family School afterall, so think of it as a family reunion. But in a good way ;-).