Family involvement contributes to the richness of our community and directly impacts each student experience at Westside School. Research shows a positive partnership between the home and the school has a powerful influence on a child’s achievement and sense of belonging at school. Westside is able to achieve its highest level of success with the unwavering support of our families. Volunteering is a great way to get to know other Westside School families, teachers and staff, and have fun!

Check out the ways you can get involved below!

Whether in the classroom, with the PA, with the Board of Trustees, fundraising efforts or admission, there is something for everyone. Please feel free to reach out anytime to learn more about what might work for you!

Heather Hisatomi, Westside School PA Chair

Shoshannah Hoffman, Director of Development
206.932.2511 x 1135

Ted Holmes, Director of Enrollment Management

Ted Kalmus, Interim Head of School
206.932.2511 x 1137

Jessica Poznick, Board of Trustees, President

Cheryl Binetti, Board of Trustees, Vice President

Westside School Reception desk

Westside School Volunteer Opportunities

Westside School Parent Association

All parents /guardians of Westside School students are members of the Parent Association (PA) and are encouraged to take an active role in PA activities, which build community and support the mission of the school.

For more information or to sign up now for an event/volunteer role, please contact Heather Hisatomi, PA President, at hkhisatomi@me.com

PA Events & Programs

Family Movie Night, Fall 2016
Karin Marlowe, Chair

Pack up your family and head to the Westside School theater for Family Movie Night.

A family friendly movie will be projected on the screen for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

Halloween Fest, October 2016
Garreth Schuh & Sarah Francis, Chairs

On Saturday, October 29, Westside School gets filled with ghosts and goblins. Kids will participate in lots of fun, gouly activities, including the jumper slide, face painting, and many more!

Quiz Night, November 2016
Stephen Schoenfelder, Chair

Quiz Night is the Westside School version of the neighborhood pub trivia night. This adults only event will test your memory on a variety of topics. Admission includes

dinner and all the friendly competition you can get.

Family Dance, February 2017
Chair(s) needed

The Family Dance is a great community builder, and everyone who comes is sure to have a great time! The lunchroom is transformed into a dance floor, complete with a fabulous DJ.

Field Day, June 2017
Lower School Chair (s) needed
Kasey Langley, Middle School Chair

Under the direction of Westside School’s PE teachers, the PA sponsors this event each spring. In addition to funding the event, we help with the planning and organize the parent volunteers who make this a fun-filled afternoon the whole Westside School community enjoys.

Google Groups
Jackie Clough, chair

A Google group allows you to interact with members from the entire community without having to make individual emails or phone calls. Google groups are a great tool for sharing information, finding a great plumber, organizing events, and much more!

To join, go to http://groups.google.com/group/westside-school-par... and click on “apply for group membership,” or email PA@westsideschool.org with your name and email address for an invitation to be sent to you.

Westside School Parent Education
Val Legler, Chair

The PA and school administration work together to plan parent education events throughout the year! Past events include guest speakers, book clubs and movie screenings.

Teacher Appreciation
Janelle Russell, Chair

We appreciate our teachers with delicious conference day lunches hosted by each grade level throughout the year as well as a special Teacher & Staff Appreciation week in May.

Pizza/Spirit Days
Debi Cushman Kaplan, Chair (second chair needed)

Pizza Days are the primary fundraiser for all other PA events throughout the year. Dressed in their favorite spirit wear, kids love this fun lunch every other Friday.

Lost & Found
Monica Duke, Chair

The Lost & Found program helps reunite kids with their lost items throughout the year.

Westside School Fund

Through the Westside School Fund and Annual Spirit Auction, Westside School depends on volunteers to help raise necessary funds for our program, while keeping tuition affordable. Donations help cover more than 10% of the school’s operating expenses, including faculty salaries, professional development and tuition assistance. As a volunteer, you have an opportunity to broaden your understanding of the school and its needs while having a positive impact on the community.

Contact Shoshannah Hoffman, Director of Development, to learn more!

shoshannahh@westsideschool.org or 206-932-2511 x 1135

Annual Spirit Auction

The 2017 Spirit Auction, happening Saturday, March 18, is the largest fundraising event of the year. There are many volunteer opportunities before, during and after the event, for all types of skills and availability. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow Westside families, while raising important funds for our school.

Sign up to volunteer for the 2017 Spirit Auction here!

Party Chairs

The role of the Party Chairs is to make the evening fun, well decorated and delicious. In addition, the Party Chairs are responsible for organizing and overseeing the event night program and volunteers.

Procurement Chairs

In conjunction with Westside School, these chair positions oversee all of the procurement activities for the auction. They will assemble, lead, coach and cheer a team of volunteers to reach the procurement goals as well as track the procurement efforts from start to finish.

Procurement Volunteers (x10)

Under the leadership of the procurement chairs volunteers will send letters, make phone calls and obtain item donations from local business and the Westside School community.

Dessert Dash (x2)

Dessert Dash Volunteers are responsible for organizing the making and delivery of 25-30 desserts for auction night. In addition they will create a display of the desserts for attendees to salivate over as they enter for dinner.

Class Art Projects (x5)

Art Project volunteers work closely with students and art teachers to create one amazing piece per grade (Pre-K through 4th Grade). Art projects are fun to get involved with and generate important funds for the school.

Buy-in Parties (x1)

The Buy-in Party volunteer utilizes their creativity, social skills and party planning abilities to help plan, organize and implement amazing events donated by fellow Westside School families.

Raffle and Games (x2)

The Raffle and Games Volunteer will work with the procurement chairs to solicit items for the raffle and balloon pop. Raffles and games provide fun giving opportunities for donors of all giving levels.

Decorating (x2)

Decorating volunteers will make sure the evening looks great and is aligned with the auction theme. They will use their creativity to spruce up the theater, lobby and gym.

Promotional Videos/Slideshows (x3)

Each year the auction includes various short videos and slideshows, including material for community service projects, the fund-a-wish, tuition assistance and more!

General Help (unlimited)

Putting on an auction requires a ton of moving pieces and there is something for everyone. Sign-up for general help including stuffing envelopes, picking up supplies and more!


Families in search of a school for their student strongly value the input of current parents and guardians. The Office of Admission hosts a number of events throughout the year where the power of your participation can make a big difference. Whether as someone ready to meet and greet prospective families, or to help with event logistics, we would appreciate your help!

Contact Ted Holmes, Director of Enrollment Management, to learn more!

tedh@westsideschool.org or 206-631-8504

Tour Ambassador

We ask tour ambassadors to join our fall admission tours. The tour ambassador’s role is to add details to the tour narrative from his or her personal experience at the school and to respond to questions from the perspective families. Tours will be held bi-weekly, mid-October through mid-January.

Open House Volunteer

At our Open House events volunteers welcome families entering the school, help prospective families navigate the school and are ready to answer questions during the informal gathering portion of each open house.

Lower School Open Houses: Saturday, November 5 and Saturday, December 3

Both 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Middle School Open House: Wednesday, November 9, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Mentor Families

Current families act as mentors for our newly admitted families. These volunteers will be matched in April 2017 with a new family entering at their child’s grade level. Mentor families are encouraged to make a welcome call right away and to later attend the New Family Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:15-7:30 p.m. We also ask mentor families to connect with their mentees over the summer.

Event logistics

We appreciate volunteer help for all Admission events, including event food ordering, decorations and supplies, and event setup/cleanup.

West Seattle Parade and Summer Fairs

Local events present excellent opportunities to reach perspective families. Having current families staff the Westside School booth is a great way to promote Westside School and generate interest from the greater community. Events include:

West Seattle Harvest Festival, October 30, 2016

West Seattle Summer Fest, July 7 to 9, 2017

West Seattle Grand Parade, July 22, 2017

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Westside School. The Board works alongside the Head of School at a policy level to ensure the highest level of operational stewardship and to support the overall educational quality of the school. Trustees are the stewards of the school's Strategic Plan, which endeavors to position the excellence and well-being of the school long into the future. The Board is comprised of volunteers from within and outside of the Westside Community who commit their time, resources and expertise to support and elevate the school.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Jessica Poznick, Board President, at jessneth72@gmail.com or Cheryl Binetti, Vice President, at cb4708@comcast.net

2016-2017 Board of Trustees

Jessica Poznick, President
Cheryl Binetti, Vice President
Barney Cohen, Treasurer
Ted Kalmus, Head of School
Robert Hadley, Immediate Past President
Celesta Bjornson, Trustee
Brian Buckley, Trustee
Frank Calvo, Trustee
Victoria Carter, Trustee
Amy Eby, Trustee
Lisa Hadley, Trustee
Christine Leahy, Trustee
Chris Legler, Trustee
Chris McCullough, Trustee
David Russell, Trustee
Nick Wingfield, Trustee

Executive Committee
Governance Committee
Finance Committee
Advancement Committee
Facilities Committee