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Your help makes Sunset a place where our students, families and staff thrive.

Support Sunset

Volunteering

The Families of Sunset PTA welcomes all families to join us in supporting our children and our school. There are lots of ways to get involved at Sunset: join the PTA, join the School Site Council or English Learner Advisory Committee, volunteer in the classroom, or help with our many school, community and fundraising events.

Join the Sunset Elementary PTA

Join the PTA icon with upstretched hands Please join the community and connect with teachers, families and students! Becoming a member does not obligate you to volunteer or attend monthly meetings. Get involved in any way that you find enjoyable.
The Sunset PTA is passionate about bringing the community together and creating shared experiences. The PTA organizes and sponsors events such as the Sunset Gala, Spring Carnival, Talent Show, School-wide Picnics, Garden Days, and the Book Fair.

The PTA helps Sunset extend our students’ education by funding library books, garden improvements, school beautification projects and all kinds of equipment; events like Teacher Appreciation Week, which celebrate our teachers and other school staff; grants to teachers for special projects; and more.

Questions? Please email membership@sunset-pta.org


SFUSD Second District PTA
SFUSD has a PTA too! The Second District of the California State PTA offers support to our PTA, holds district-wide events, and is a great resource for all SFUSD families.  For more information and updates on events check their website often. The Second District, in turn, is supported by the California State PTA, which is part of the National PTA.

There are so many ways to help!

Do you like the big picture? Join the School Site Council to help with the Balanced Scorecard, budget, and decisions made about school programs.

Are you available during the day? Volunteer in the classroom, library, office, cafeteria, yard, or on field trips.

Do you like having fun? Come help at school activities, events and fundraising efforts.

You'll see opportunities to join in and help out in the weekly news throughout the year, but we're happy to help you be proactive! Email president@sunset-pta.org if you'd like to figure out how to best help our school thrive!


Some committees you can join:

Annual Giving – Great programs require great support! Annual Giving is a major source of fundraising for all of the great programs that our children enjoy at Sunset.

Outreach – Do you speak Cantonese or another language? Do you want to serve as a parent liaison? This committee works to provide language support for parents, room parents, and teachers.  Outreach Purpose Statement

Library – Our school library is a bustling hive of activity on class visit days and we can use your help to keep it running smoothly. Help out the teachers with your child’s class visit or other class visits for the week. Returned books can pile up quickly and even a few minutes of shelving can help keep up with the intake. If you cannot help out in the library there are other ways to help out in the comfort of your home. Please sign up and we will contact you to find out what works best with your schedule.

Grant Writing – The purpose of this committee is to secure additional funding for our school through investigating potential grants and writing effective proposals for appropriate grants.

Sunset Gala – This evening fundraiser consists of a silent and live auction, raffle, food and entertainment. We need a lot of help throughout the fall to ensure a successful gala!

Carnival – The Spring Carnival is an afternoon of activities and feasting! This is a merrymaking FUN family event run in parallel with the PTA’s final fundraiser of the school year – the Spring Raffle. Volunteers are needed for the cake walk, bake sale, classroom game booths, food truck/booth, bounce house, and prize table.

Yearbook – Help design the yearbook! Take photos throughout the year in the classroom, on field trips, and at school events — or use photos submitted by others to create yearbook pages online from home. A super fun and creative project with a priceless end result treasured by the kids!

Garden – Three times a year we help beautify the school gardens during Sunset Elementary’s Garden Days. The Green Schoolyard committee is a team of parent and grandparent volunteers who help maintain our school's green spaces.  Please consider coming to all garden days and/or joining the Green Schoolyard Committee. No prior experience required, and no time commitment too short. 

Do you have a question or an idea for the PTA? Contact Us.

Do you have a question or an idea for the PTA?  Would you like to volunteer or start a new program?  Find the appropriate contact person!

PTA Co-Presidents: Eva Dober and Gurcharan Wadhwa
Oversees the workings of the various committees of the PTA and represents the school to outside agencies as needed.president@sunset-pta.org

VP Programs: Tamara Milovac
Oversees consultants, as well as the technology, library, grant-writing, and teacher mini-grants committees, programs@sunset-pta.org

VP Membership: David Leung
Runs the membership campaign and the Annual Giving Drive, and maintains the PTA database. membership@sunset-pta.org

Recording Secretary: Leo Now
Takes minutes at Board and General PTA meetings and publishes those minutes for PTA members. secretary@sunset-pta.org

Treasurer:   Arnel Bautista
Oversees the finances of the PTA. treasurer@sunset-pta.org

Auditor:  Suzanne Zhou
Conducts biannual audits of the PTA finances and makes recommendations for improvement if needed. auditor@sunset-pta.org

Fundraising Chair: Open
Responsible for the Sunset Gala and the Spring Carnival, and assists with the Annual Giving Drive. The chair also sets up passive fundraising, such as eScrip and Amazon. president@sunset-pta.org

Events Chair:  Michelle Wadhwa & Lisa Struck
Oversees the school picnics, the talent show, movie nights as well as working with the staff on other school-sponsored events. events@sunset-pta.org

Community Chair:  Open
Oversees hospitality, new-family recruitment and welcoming, the yearbook, student council and room parents. president@sunset-pta.org

Communications Chair:  Eva Reffell
Oversees PTA communications including the school website and weekly eNews. communications@sunset-pta.org

Historian: Marlene Yee
Preserves record of activities and achievements of the PTA and records volunteer hours for PTA meetings and events. historian@sunset-pta.org

Parliamentarian: Open
Ensures that PTA board members know and abide by the by-laws and is in charge of making amendments to the by-laws when needed. president@sunset-pta.org

Fundraising

With the help of the Families of Sunset PTA, our community raises funds  to provide enrichment programs and teacher support.  Currently we focus our fundraising into three main events spread evenly throughout the year.

Would you like to help with Fundraising?  Email fundraising@sunset-pta.org

Annual Giving Campaign

Sunset Annual Giving logoThe Sunset PTA opens every school year with an Annual Giving Drive to help fund programs and events and equipment that improve, enrich and enliven our student’s education.

Fill out the donation form and return it to school. Every dollar donated is 100% tax deductible.

Think your company might have a matching program?  Check out our Employer Donation Matching page!

Sunset Gala & Auction

People laughing at an evening eventThe Sunset Gala is an annual adult-only event with a delicious dinner, drinks, games, music, and an auction—and all proceeds directly support Sunset.

Sunset community members make and solicit generous and creative donations for the auction, often offering transferable miles, season tickets, stays at vacation homes or their  valuable skills? Parents have hosted a playdate, provided lessons, or a unique experience? If you have questions or want to help, please reach out to sunsetsfgala@gmail.com.
Look for details for this year’s event in your weekly eNews.

Spring Carnival and Raffle

Sunset Carnival FlyerAn extremely popular family event, the carnival features classroom game booths, our fabulous cakewalk, a delicious food and bake sale, and a raffle with incredible prizes! Classroom booths have included a whipped-cream pie toss, limbo competition, plinko, trivia, dunk tank and face painting. Come on by for an afternoon of great food, and great fun!


If you would like to join the Carnival team, please email the committee at carnival@sunset-pta.org






Shop for Sunset

Shop for Sunset logo
Earn money for our school just by making purchases at places you already shop!

AmazonSmile – Nowadays everyone shops on Amazon, so this is a really simple way for you to support our school. Please use this link to set Families of Sunset PTA as your charitable organization. Set it once, continue to use AmazonSmile every time you shop, and each eligible purchase you make will earn money for Sunset Elementary! Please add us today!

(Now available in the Amazon Shopping App for both iOS and Android - download/open app, tap menu, tap Settings, tap AmazonSmile, and follow the instructions). 

 

Aqua Surf Shop – (located at 3847 Judah St @ 44th Ave). This is a family-owned neighborhood business that offers surf gear as well as beach, yoga, and lifestyle clothing for kids and adults. You can find wetsuits, bodyboards, surfboards, fins, natural sunscreens, shoes/sandals, bikinis, boardshorts, and more. Popular brands include Vans, RVCA, Brixton, Volcom, Reef. Make sure to mention Sunset Elementary and 5% of your purchases will go back to our school!

Farm Fresh to You – This is a family farm in Capay Valley that has been growing organically since 1976 and has offered our school a healthy way to fundraise. Receive a box of fresh, organic produce conveniently delivered right to your home while earning 10% for Sunset Elementary! You choose the size of the box, type of fruits and vegetables, and can add other artisan farm products as well. Sign up with promo code SUNSET to encourage healthy habits at home and support your school at the same time.

Guerra’s To Go – (located at 345 Taraval St @ 14th Ave). This is a family-owned neighborhood business that offers delicious Italian/BBQ meals to go. Just mention Sunset Elementary and 8% of sales goes back to our school! Either pick up meals from the store or have them delivered to the school! Meals will be delivered by 5:00 to the school waiting in a blue insulated bag in the Faculty Dining room in the cafeteria. You can pick up your child from the after school program and your dinner at the same time! Place your order online, call it in (415) 564-5201, or stop by and even sample the food to help you decide.

Gus’s Market – (aka Noriega Produce, located on Noriega St between 45th and 46th Avenues). This is a family-owned neighborhood business with lots of wonderful (including organic) produce, cheeses, fresh bread, beer/wine, meat, and other grocery items. Ask to sign up for an account to benefit Sunset Elementary. Then each time you shop, just give them your phone number and Sunset gets 5% back!

Schoola – We donate your uncollected Lost and Found clothing to Schoola, which sells it on their website. Up to 40% of the proceeds get donated back to Sunset Elementary! To donate individually, fill a box with gently-used children’s or women’s clothing, print a free shipping label and drop off at the post office. Clean out your closet and help our school at the same time!

Shutterfly – Use our school’s special link to buy photo albums, cards, prints and other photo related items and Sunset Elementary gets 8% back!

Sloat Garden Center – Shop at any Sloat Garden Center location during the six annual Growing Up Green weeks. Mention Sunset Elementary, and earn money for our school!

September 4 - 13, 2020
October 23 - November 1, 2020
November 27 - December 6, 2020
January 8 - 17, 2021
February 5 - 14, 2021
March 19 - 28, 2021

Sports Basement – Become a Basementeer and get 10% off all purchases and give 10% to Sunset Elementary at the same time! (There is a one time $25 fee to join the program). Sports Basement has two locations in San Francisco – on Bryant St and in the Presidio.

Please email fundraising@sunset-pta.org with any questions.

Donate Now

There are two ways to donate money to our school!

  1. Write a check for your donation amount, payable to Families of Sunset PTA and give to your teacher with this donation form (PDF).
     
  2. Make a one-time or recurring monthly donation by credit card or debit card using PayPal, our online donation service provider. Click on the Donate button to make a one-time donation. To make that donation a monthly recurring donation, click “make this a monthly donation.”

    (When choosing this option return the donation form to school so we can process your tax receipt.)
     

Donate

More information about PayPal (PDF).