It takes a village!

We can use your help no matter how limited your time may be. Your ideas, energy, and contributions make José Ortega vibrant and fortify our community spirit.

Please complete the Volunteer Survey here.

If you are a new community member of the JOES community, you’ll start to become familiar with the school routine, and soon be able to greet teachers, support staff, and students by name. To stay informed please read posts on the JOES Yahoo group for many ways you can get involved at your new school.  There really is something for everyone!

If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities at Jose Ortega please contact Mr. Klaus or the Volunteer Coordinator reginafbaldwin@gmail.com.

If you’re not a parent or guardian and would like to volunteer: Student Teachers and volunteers during school hours who are not parents/guardians are required to register with the San Francisco Education Fund (http://sfedfund.org).  This registration requires professional references, proof of a negative TB (tuberculosis) test, and fingerprinting.


Here are just some of the ways we need need your help at Jose Ortega:

AM Snack Program, Traffic Duty, School Tours, Walk-a-thon, Fall Carnival, Ed Fund, Room Parent Liaison, Spring Auction, Greening, Arts Committee, hanging posters at school, Wednesday blue folders, Read-a-thon, School Store, Website/Tech, Marketing, Library, and much much more!


Scholastic Book Fair! There is a huge amount of opportunity to help with this week long event (Nov. 26-30). Lend a hand in any way you can - during the book fair, class preview days, setting up, or breaking down. It's super fun and don't forget it helps foster the love of reading for our kids while earning scholastic dollars for the school too! Nov. 13-Nov. 30. Sign up here!

Daily/weekly opportunities:

Traffic Duty! Help make sure all children arrive safely and keep parents happy!  M-F, 7:30-8:00am and 1:40-2:00pm. Sign up here!

AM Snack Program! Make sure all students have a healthy + nutritious snack! Help cut and serve fruit. M-F, 8am.  Sign up here!

Lunch Time Volunteer! Help students transition from recess to lunch, and help in the lunchroom to ensure that students have access to lunch and adequate time to eat it. M-F, 11am-12:45pm. Sign up here!

Library! Ms. Wong needs help with cataloging books, putting on book jackets, and re-shelving books. Sign up here!

School Tours! Welcome potential parents and help answer questions Thursday mornings from 8-9:15am. Sign up here!


Each classroom will have a volunteer room parent liaison to communicate with their class in person, via email and through the teacher, and enhance class community by arranging play dates, etc. Time commitment is approx. 1-2 hrs per week.

This may be a Room Parent or another class parent who ensures that all families are informed regarding school/PTA sponsored events, avenues for families to contribute and participate in whatever way works for them, including sharing ideas.

If you don't know who your room parent liaison is, or if you would like to be a room parent, ask your child's teacher or contact Regina Baldwin (reginafbaldwin@gmail.com)


Teachers value and rely on helping hands!! They do request that you refrain from volunteering in the classrooms for the first two weeks of school so students may ease into their new routine. Teachers also post classroom wish lists during the first days of school.  Please help them gather all the items they need. To ensure school safety, please log in and out of the Visitors Book in the office and wear a Visitor’s Badge. Check in with your teacher about volunteering in the class.


You’re awesome! Please be respectful and run new ideas by Principal Ben Klaus for approval before you proceed. Share your idea(s) with the PTA President, who will submit it to Mr. Klaus for you.

You are welcome to speak directly with Mr. Klaus if your idea is not PTA related.



  • Blue Parent Folders – Make copies, collate, and assemble the weekly distributions (approx. 2 hrs per week on Wednesdays)


  • Parents Read-in – Coordinate with teacher (approx. 1 hour)

  • Attend PTA, SSC, ELAC meetings and contribute your ideas – (approx. 2 hrs)

  • Field Trip Chaperones – to assist teacher (approx. 4-8 hrs)


If you are interested in being a parent volunteer here at JOES, please sign up in the office during the first week of school.

We will be reaching out to you with important information and dates for our Parent Volunteer Orientations that will be scheduled during the first month of school.  

To ensure continuity and keep parents up-to-date with the variety of ways to volunteer, Mr. Klaus is requesting that parent volunteers who graciously volunteer their time to support teachers during the day attend a Parent Volunteer Orientation before beginning to volunteer.