PTA

PTA

What is the PTA? BAM PTA is you:  the parents and guardians, teachers and staff of Berkeley Arts Magnet.

It is connecting with other parents to advocate for our kids, and partnering with the principal, teachers, and staff to make BAM the safe, welcoming, and fun hub of learning it is. Each year, the PTA raises ~$200k to support our kids and school.

All you have to do to be a member of the BAM PTA is participate. The PTA doesn’t have any membership dues, but we do need your help! You can find volunteer opportunities here, learn more about our events, or donate to our annual fund here. And stay connected by signing up for BAM Announcements at the top right of this page.

Have great ideas or feedback for the PTA Exec Board? We want to hear it! Please use this BAM PTA Feedback Form. You can also contact .

BAM 2023-24 PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • President: Mandisa Leachman
  • President Elect: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Secretary: Libby Edelson and Erin Vacca
  • Treasurer: Castle Sinicrope
  • Treasurer Elect: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Parliamentarian: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Historian: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • VP Classroom and Teacher Support: Danielle Beasley and Hilda Wang
  • VP Communication and Outreach: Rebecca Leshowitz
  • VP Community Building/Events: Genia Gilbert, Cait Collins, Vanessa Vega
  • VP Fundraising: Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama
  • VP Welcoming Families: Martin Alonso
  • VP Justice, Equity and Inclusion: Heather Mills, Jen Bloomer
  • VP Health and Wellness: Rainbow Rubin
  • PTA Council Liaison: Rita Smith
  • Teacher Representatives: Adam Weis, Andrea Cruchett, Ruby Palmer Ghose
  • Principal: Rene Molina

BAM PTA COMMITTEE LEADERS

  • Rainbow Families:  Kyle Schriner, Adrienne Leder-Schriner
  • African American Affairs: Kenya Salmond
  • Asian American Affairs: Katie Curtis, Janice Tanemura, Oanh Vu
  • Latinx Affairs: Gisele Fernandes, VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Special Education Family Support: Judit Pap, VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Safety/Emergency Preparedness: Vanessa Morrison
  • Greening Team:  Matthew Green
  • Giving Campaign: Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama
  • BAM JAM Carnival:  Laurie Gerritz and Danielle Rugo
  • Starry Night Auction: Laurie Gerritz and Danielle Rugo
  • BAM Runathon: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • BAM Readathon: Genia Gilbert
  • Food Drive Coordinator: Heather Mills
    PTA After School Enrichment Classes: Anusha Gupta and Kassie Pimentel
  • Rolling Drop Off Coordinator: Laurie Gerritz
  • BAM Directory: Castle Sinicrope
  • Thursday News: Lidia Gaitan (Lead Editor)
  • BAM Merchandise Coordinator: Hilda Wang
  • Technology SupportVOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Golden Sneaker/Walk and Roll to School:  VOLUNTEER NEEDED

BAM PTA BYLAWS

The Berkeley Arts Magnet PTA Bylaws revised in June of 2023.
The Berkeley Arts Magnet PTA bylaws revised in June of 2012.
The Berkeley Arts Magnet PTA bylaws revised in June of 2008.

SCHOOL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL:

The School Governance Council is another important (non-PTA) committee at BAM. This group of teachers, staff, and elected parents work to raise the academic performance of students and improve the school’s overall educational program. Members are elected in the fall.