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Volunteer Opportunities

The PTSO is always seeking help with events and fundraising, including but not limited to:


Unfortunately, the BBQ has been canceled this year due to the size of the crowd this event draws.


Auction committee - solicit donations from companies or the UPA community for inclusion in an online auction. Contact Julie Wong,


Evening Tutors - seeking adults to help students with their schoolwork during evening hours (> 4:30PM). You can choose which subjects or levels you are comfortable helping with. Teachers can provide you with copies of the texts and syllabus for their classes. You can set your own day(s) and time(s) to be available. This role is especially helpful while distance learning is occurring. Contact

Health Screening - help with the temperature and health screenings that students are required to undergo upon arrival to the school campus each school morning. The screeners need to be available 7:45 AM - 8:15 AMYou can choose which morning(s) you are available to help. Contact


Traffic Control - assist with the flow of traffic through the pickup lines. You can choose which mornings (7:45 AM - 8:15 AM) or afternoons (3:45 PM - 4:15 PM) you want to work. Contact

Essay contest judges - seeking community members to help read and evaluate student essays during the annual contest held near the beginning of the school year. You will not be reading essays from your child's grade level. Contact Nathalie Tran

Ice Cream Social - help scoop ice cream and pass out toppings for ice cream socials. Contact

Adopt-a-Teacher - families have the opportunity to 'adopt' one or more teachers during teacher appreciation week and before winter break. Teacher preference sheets are provided so that you can take the teachers' wishes into consideration when gift-giving. Contact

Box Tops - help gather and prepare box tops so that they can be submitted for "free money" for UPA. Contact Robin Martinez

Used Uniform Sales - help clean and sell used uniforms. Most assistance is needed during June and August. Contact Lisa Martin 

New Parent Coffee - 7PM Monday, August 10, join us on Zoom to chat with new families to give them the scoop on UPA. Contact Julie Wong

Teacher Appreciation Meals - help set up and clean up for the Teacher Appreciation breakfasts or luncheons. Upcoming luncheons will be December 16 and May 7. Contact


If you are interested in organizing an event our community would enjoy, please contact any member of the PTSO board. Some events held in the past that need volunteers to occur include: UPA nights at sporting or fine arts events, additional carnivals, family game nights, an "on-call" person to pick up items (like pizza) for teachers during class hours, guest speakers. If you have ideas for community building while we are distance learning, we welcome those.

2020/2021 PTSO Board

President: Julie Wong,

Vice President: Lisa Martin,

Treasurer: Vacant

Secretary: Linna Sim,

At Large: John Pham,


PTSO Board members are community volunteers who serve two-year terms.