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, we have eliminated the collection of $10/person annual dues as a requirement of membership. 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

While we have set aside funding to pay our state required dues, you can help by donating below through PayPal to cover the cost of your membership and perhaps one more. If you have already paid your dues for this year (thank you!), that money will go toward paying the state PTA. 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. During these evening meetings, dinner is served (at 6:15) and, for adults-only meetings, childcare is provided during the meeting (ending around 8:00 or so). 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.Join the BAM PTA! Membership forms are sent home via Thursday Folders in the beginning of the school year or found above!

Benefits of membership include the right to vote at meetings and 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!

BAMnet – This is BAM’s un-moderated e-mail discussion forum where parents coordinate efforts to better BAM, express views and opinions, and it provides a great way for people to let each other know about various school-related issues and events, share resources, and exchange information. To join BAMNet, visit the group page at and click on the “Join this Group” button. You can also contact the moderator at

BAM Directory – Published in the fall, the directory lists all BAM students and includes street addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses, as well as general information about the school.

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:  Heather Gilbert Treasurer  Elect: Danielle Beasley VP Equity and Inclusion:  Liz Jackson and Milani Pelley
President Elect:  Jaime Brunetti 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:  Danielle Rugo Principal:  Rene Molina
Treasurer:  Lucy Laird VP Welcoming Families:  Brian OKelley


Rainbow Families: Inclusion support for LGBTQ families/allies – OPEN Asian Affairs: OPEN, Shamik Dasgupta Rolling Drop Off Coordinator: Na’amah Razon
Greening Team: Yard improvement initiative – Vagelis Vossos Latino Affairs: Gisele Fernandes Food Drive Coordinator: Kyle Schriner
Giving Campaign: Direct giving – Molly Hernandez BAM JAM Carnival:  Danielle Rugo BAM Directory: Ryan Greene-Roesel
Safety/Emergency Preparedness: Kathryn Sarkis Starry Night Auction: Maya Geurtsen Thursday News: Lidia Gaitan
Special Education Family Support: Nicole Chabot BAM Runathon: James Reichmuth BAM Merchandise Coordinator: Rob Schwartz
African-American Affairs:  OPEN PTA After School Enrichment Classes: Becca Bloomquist, Meredith Weber & Nimisha Barot 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.