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

What is the PTA? 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.  Last year, the BAM PTA raised over $150,000, and voting by the PTA decides each year how to allocate these funds to best support our kids and their school.

PTA membership has its privileges, but membership shouldn’t be a privilege. We want all BAM families to be included and welcome at all PTA community gatherings, and to give all who attend the ability to vote on important issues. To help achieve this, the PTA doesn’t have any membership dues. All you have to do to be a member of the BAM PTA is participate!

Community gatherings are held monthly, but if you’d like to get more involved, there’s a range of volunteer opportunities; and you can always email the PTA at .

The PTA has set aside funding to pay our state PTA dues, but you can help by donating below through PayPal to cover the cost of your membership ($10) and perhaps one more. In the notes field for the payment, please write the member name(s), student name(s), and grade level(s).

Community Events

• Family arts night, literacy night, math night
• Monthly meetings on cyber-safety, anti-bullying, family diversity, & more!
• Multi-Cultural potluck, Black History Month Celebration, Lunar New Year Lion Dance, Holi/Earth Day Celebration
• BAM Jam Carnival & Community Celebration
• Annual Poetry Reading

FUNDRAISERS (raised $150,000 last year!)

• Annual Giving Campaign
• Starry Night Silent Auction
• BAM Run-A-Thon


• PE and Arts (performance workshops, music, visual arts)
• Counseling services
• After-school classes and classroom supplies
• Field trips including performances at Zellerbach Hall and more


• Yard improvement/greening initiative
• School-wide and classroom specific volunteer projects
• Prospective family tours
• Cal Day yard cleanup
• Staff appreciation luncheons

PTA community gatherings & MEMBERSHIP

PTA community gatherings are usually once a month, and will usually feature food and kid entertainment.  They’re a great way to get to know the school community! The PTA and Principal will also host occasional Friday morning coffee meetings after drop off at 9:15 AM. Check the Calendar or the Thursday News for meeting dates/times.

PTA Membership forms are sent home via Thursday Folders in the beginning of the school year or available online, and you can join at any time.  Benefits of membership include the right to vote at meetings, and it also strengthens the California State PTA, one of the strongest lobbying groups working for children in California. Its strength is due to the size of its membership, but last year, there were less than 1 million PTA members state-wide. Strengthening the impact of the California State PTA helps all children in public schools throughout all of California.


BAM Announcements– This is BAM’s electronic newsletter used by the Principal, Staff, and PTA to send announcements about school related activities. Sign up in the box to the right!

BAM Directory – Published in the fall, the directory lists all BAM students and includes telephone numbers and email addresses.

Thursday News Newsletter – Published weekly throughout the school-year, the Newsletter informs parents, teachers, students, and staff about various PTA activities, district-wide events, and other issues of interest.


President:  Jaime Brunetti Treasurer  Elect: VP Equity and Inclusion:  Liz Jackson and Milani Pelley
President Elect:  Parliamentarian: Nathan Fleischer PTA Council Liaison: Adrienne Leder
Secretary:  Kathryn Sarkis VP Classroom/Teacher Support:  Mara Greenaway and Abbe Vacek Teacher Representatives:  Adam Weis and Andrea Cruchett
Event Coordinator:  Genia Gilbert VP Communication/Outreach: Parisa Jorjani, Rosa Perez-Terry Principal:  Rene Molina
Treasurer:  Danielle Beasley VP Welcoming Families:  OPEN


Rainbow Families: Inclusion support for LGBTQ families/allies – OPEN Asian Affairs:Janice Tanemura, Grace Wang,  Rolling Drop Off Coordinator:
Greening Team:  Vagelis Vossos (Sustainability) Latino Affairs: Gisele Fernandes Food Drive Coordinator: Heather Mills
Giving Campaign: Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama BAM JAM Carnival:  Danielle Rugo BAM Directory: Jeannette MacMillan
Safety/Emergency Preparedness: OPEN Starry Night Auction: Maya Geurtsen Thursday News: Lidia Gaitan (Lead Editor)
Special Education Family Support: Judit Pap,  BAM Runathon: Genia Gilbert BAM Merchandise Coordinator: Hilda Wang
African-American Affairs: Deena Mason PTA After School Enrichment Classes: Aelissa Carr, Anusha Gupta, Susan Lau, Kassie Pimentel Technology Support:  Tom Cauchois


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


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.