Volunteering at Madrona Elementary

The Madrona PTSA believes we are a stronger school community when we all work together to support our students, staff, and each other.  We value the diverse skill-sets and life experiences that our parents, families, and community members bring to our school, and we strive to make volunteering accessible to all who have time and talents to share.  Our goal is to make sure that every Madrona community member knows how to get involved and feels welcome to do so, as much or as little as they want to and are able.

How to get started …

Email volunteer@madronaptsa.org to be added to our monthly VOlunteer Updates!

Visit the Seattle Public schools Website to complete your online volunteEr application if you plan to volunteer with students during the school day.

  • This Process includes:

    • A one-time 17-minute online class called “Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention” (ASMP)

    • A one-time requirement to upload your picture ID

    • An annual Background Check and

    • An annual Field Trip Chaperone Form.

Note: Families who do not have a computer or Internet access may complete the online application and ASMP class in the school library. Email volunteer@madronaptsa.org or call the school at 206.252.3100 for assistance.

Check out our online Signups Page for up-to-date opportunities or click on one of the options below:

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  • 3rd Annual Madrona Fish Fry | Friday, May 31 | 5-8pm | School Playground
    Community, Food & Student Music Performances
    Madrona's 3rd Annual Fish Fry is Friday, May 31st on the School Playground.  The Fish Fry is a community event this year, nota fundraiser.  Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door.  There is a suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child, but no one will be turned away if they're unable to pay.  An event poster with more information will be sent home in student backpacks, posted around the school, and shared on our Facebook page in the coming weeks. We will serve fried fish and coleslaw, along with roasted corn and other fixins'.  K-5 students will also be performing during the Fish Fry!  This concert is the culmination of their work with Adefua, the West African Drumming, Dance & Culture group, during music classes in May. Volunteers are needed to help set up and cook 2-5pm, serve food and run the PTSA Table in shifts 5-8pm, and clean up 8-9pm.  
    Please click here to sign up to help.


We are currently recruiting members of the community to work with students as Science Fair judges in two shifts on Tuesday, June 18 (8:30-10:30am and 12-2pm). No experience is necessary, but an interest in science and willingness to engage children in conversation are appreciated. Volunteers are also needed to help run our evening event, including set-up, serving dinner, assisting at community demonstration sessions, and clean-up. Please click here to sign up today!

  • Classroom Support | Various dates & Times

    • Volunteers are needed to assist Ms. Schwochow's kindergartners with their Scholar Math and Reading lessons.  Volunteers will work 1-on-1 or in small groups to support students.  Scholar Reading is Monday though Friday from 9:20 to 9:50am.  Scholar Math is Monday through Friday from 11:40-12:10am.  Parents must complete the SPS online volunteer application and background check process before volunteering in class.

  • Join the Family Resource Center Team
    Madrona's volunteer-run Family Resource Center recently saw an influx of food and clothing donations.  Thanks to our generous school community, families experiencing hardship will have access to items they need this winter!  Volunteers are needed to help organize and hang up donations by size and type, wash items that need laundering in our on-site facility, separate and deliver items that can't be used to Goodwill, and arrange the shelf-stable foods for easier access.  This work can be done whenever is convenient for you while the school building is open (M-F | 7:30am-6pm).  Please contact Family Resource Center Co-Chair Gwen Kiehne at gwen.kiehne@gmail.com with any questions.  

    General Volunteer News …

    Become an Official Madrona Volunteer

    Thanks to everyone who has already completed the 2018-19 online Volunteer Application and Background check.  If you hope to volunteer with students at Madrona this year (classroom, field trips, etc.) but have not yet had a chance to complete this year's application, please visit: seattleschools.org/volunteer to get started.  If you do not have access to a computer or internet access, there are computers available in the School Library.  If you need further assistance, please email volunteer@madronaptsa.org or call the school at 206.252.3100.

    Calling all chaperones!

    Field trips are in full swing, and all families are encouraged to participate if they can! Your child's Room Parent will be in touch when field trip opportunities arise.  Before volunteering as a field trip chaperone, please review and sign the following document (in addition to the standard volunteer application/Background Check)"Guidelines for Volunteer Chaperones" and “Field Trip Chaperone Form.”

    Volunteer Orientations

    Thanks to everyone who attended one of our eight Parent & Family Volunteer Orientation sessions in the Fall.  Orientations are a great way to learn more about Madrona and some of the systems our teachers and staff use to help our students learn and grow.  We don't have any more orientations scheduled at this time, but Volunteer Co-Coordinators Ginger and Sarah are available to meet with volunteers 1-on-1 as needed.  If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please email us at: volunteer@madronaptsa.org or call/text Sarah at 206.669.5749.

    Room Parent Program

    All families are welcome to volunteer at Madrona Elementary. Whether you have a lot of time to give: chaperone a field trip! Or a little: make copies at school, cut shapes at home! You are encouraged to support your child’s classroom.  Look for emails from your class’s Room Parent with volunteer opportunities, or reach out to your child’s teacher with what interests you!

More ways to be involved …

  • Lead an after-school program

  • Pop Popcorn at a Popcorn Friday (1st Friday of each Month)

  • Become a PTSA Co-Chair or join a PTSA Committee

  • Help our art teacher hang up artwork in the hallways

  • Join the Community Outreach Committee and help plan our community-building events:

    • Multicultural Night

    • School Tours for Prospective Families

    • MLK Day March

    • Madrona High Five

    • SBA Breakfast

    • Fish Fry

  • Join the Fundraising Team, and help plan these fundraising activities:

    • Jogathon

    • Bullpup-Panther Classic (Madrona vs. Leschi Basketball Game)

    • Mayfair Hotdog Stand

    • Spring Fundraiser

  • Join the Academic Enrichment Committee to help plan these events:

    • Hour of Code

    • Spelling Bee

    • Science Fair

    • Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)

  • Join the Arts Committee and help plan the Disney Musical (April 4th & 5th) and other fun arts activities throughout the year

  • Come to a Garden Work Party

  • Become a Reading Partner

  • Work on administrative projects (cutting out shapes, stapling, folding, etc.) from home

  • Become a Lunch or Recess Monitor

  • Bring food for a Staff Appreciation Potluck (3rd Wednesday of each Month)

  • Organize uniform donations in the Family Resource Center

  • Chaperone a Field Trip

  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom

  • Sign up to be a Room Parent to support your child’s classroom teacher

  • There is so much work to do — tell us how you would like to help!