We are proud to be among the top schools in San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) for parent involvement and volunteers. The contributions of our volunteers are essential to the educational experience education of our students. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities whether you have 1 hour or many to give. We have jobs for every skill level and passion. We request that all families volunteer for 1 one-hour shift at Walkathon and 1 one-hour shift at Family Fun Night.
Registering as a Volunteer With SJUSD
Before you can volunteer on campus during school hours at Booksin, you will need to register as a volunteer with SJUSD.
New volunteers should register here (scroll down to the Volunteers section). Registering as a new volunteer takes several weeks and involves getting a TB test and being fingerprinted, so it's best if you start early!
Returning volunteers are required to complete an online application each school year if you plan to be on campus during school hours.
Finding Volunteer Opportunities
All of our volunteer opportunities are listed in Konstella, where you can see the details about each job, the time commitment required, and the skill set required. Volunteer opportunities range from a big time commitment, such as a BESCA Board position or an event chair, to small time commitments of 1 hour per month. Some of our most popular volunteer roles are below!
To volunteer please join Konstella. Committee positions can be signed up for by viewing committees in Konstella and their descriptions and time commitments, and then simply clicking "Sign Up". The committee lead will contact you about how to begin. Classroom volunteer positions will be managed by your room parent or teacher either through Konstella or with old fashioned forms for this first year.
Additional volunteer jobs are managed with Konstella. Simply watch your feed/email for volunteer requests and signup.
Contact Us with questions.
In Class Volunteers
In lower grades (TK-2), most teachers request parent volunteers to serve in the classroom several mornings per week to help with groups that rotate through different stations. Typically these positions are once a week or every other week for the duration of the school year. While it is a significant time commitment (2-3 hours/week), it's also a great way to get to know your child's classmates and see what their classroom is like!
In addition, there are several other volunteer options for all grades that also allow you to work in your child's classroom but only require 1-3 hours/month. Some of the most popular include art docents, garden helpers, library assistants, and Cornerstone readers. Room parents also help plan class parties and celebrations without a big time commitment.
Each teacher will handle this their own way this first year. Check with your teacher for how to sign up. Watch your classroom feed in Konstella for available volunteer positions during the year.
Behind the Scenes
We have many volunteer opportunities if you prefer to work behind the scenes. Most of our programs rely on volunteer time to operate. Depending on what you like to do, you can clip box tops, prep art materials, follow up on corporate matching, organize teacher treats, organize a dining night out, and MUCH more! You can also serve as a Grade Level Coordinator and help organize social events for parents in your grade level and help mobilize parent volunteers from your grade.
Check Konstella for committee positions and sign up to help.
Our community events always require a significant number of volunteers to run smoothly. If you're attending an event, why not spend an hour helping make sure the event runs smoothly?
Check Konstella for event committee positions, or watch your feed for event-day sign-up requests.
Many of BESCA's programs and events are run solely by volunteers. If you're looking for a bigger opportunity to volunteer, a program or event chair is a great place to look! Our whole school events, Walkathon and Family Fun Night, require a chair each year and depend on a team of volunteers to oversee each area of the event. Ongoing programs such as art, garden, and Cornerstone also require a chair each year. We also have smaller chair roles for movie nights, teacher appreciation, mileage club, and more.
Check Konstella's Committee listing for available positions.
Our Executive Board is made up of volunteers, and being on the board is a great way to be involved in shaping the direction of the programs BESCA provides. Most board positions require a 1 year commitment; 3 require a 2 year commitment.