PTSA partners with local organizations to recognize student grit

Clara Barton Elementary PTSA, in partnership with local businesses and organizations, recognized student perseverance throughout the 2020-21 school year with Grit Goodie Bags. With the help of 20+ volunteers and priceless volunteer hours, 588 bags were assembled and distributed to students. PTSA would like to thank its members and these 17 partners for coming together to support students with their generous donations.

Jay Lippe, PTSA Fundraising VP & Nomita Yadav, PTSA Extended Curriculum

Thank you PTSA volunteer Jenn Nitta

PTSA’s June volunteer of the month is Jenn Nitta. Jenn updates the readerboard and keeps the community up to date on news and often includes positive messages. Jenn loves to volunteer in the classrooms and has lead small groups in math and reading and she is known to happily lend a hand during Picture Day, Hearing & Vision Screening, Egg Drop Day, and the Fun Run. She recently volunteered as Nature Vision Chair. Outside CBE, Jenn loves to stay active. Some of her favorite activities include coaching soccer, paddle boarding, walking her puppy, and experimenting with new fitness classes. Jenn has two boys in the first and third grades at CBE. Thank you, Jenn!

PTSA thanks volunteer Ashwini Suresh

Congratulations, Ashwini Suresh, the May PTSA Volunteer Spotlight! Ashwini was nominated for her contribution as Spelling Bee Co-Chair. She has also volunteered as a Parent Helper and a Hearing & Vision Screening volunteer. Outside of CBE, Ashwini enjoys cooking, reading, and teaching. She has a 1st grade student at CBE. CBE PTSA is grateful to have dedicated volunteers like Ashwini. Thank you, Ashwini, for making this year’s Spelling Bee A-W-E-S-O-M-E for students!

Have you seen a staff member going above and beyond this school year? Know a volunteer who’s always there keeping our PTSA programs running remotely? Help us shine a light on these hardworking individuals by nominating them for a PTSA Award! The following awards will be presented at the Clara Barton End of Year Assembly:

Golden Acorn Award
-Outstanding Educator Award
-Bronze Bobcat Award
-Bobcat Legacy Award

Submit the PTSA Awards Nomination Form by Friday, May 21 and help us recognize amazing volunteers and staff. Questions? Contact PTSA Events VP Cami Miller at

PTSA thanks volunteer Jaya Nigam

Photograph of Jaya and her second grade daughter

Congratulations to Jaya Nigam, the April PTSA Volunteer Spotlight! Jaya was nominated for her contribution as Spelling Bee Co-Chair. This is Jaya’s second school year working to make Spelling Bee an important and awesome program a S-U-C-C-E-S-S. Jaya has also volunteered her time to chair Kindergarten Tears & Cheers Coffee and assisted with Hearing & Vision Screening. She also takes on other opportunities like preparing the First Day of School envelopes. Outside of CBE, she enjoys outdoor activities with family, playing with her dogs, and gardening. She has a 2nd-grade student at CBE. The CBE PTSA is grateful to have dedicated volunteers like Jaya. Thank you, Jaya!

If you’d like to nominate a PTSA member to be spotlighted, complete the form here or contact the PTSA Volunteer Database Chair, Amanda Papaefstathiou at


PTSA thanks volunteer Natalie Chavez

Photograph of Natalie Chavez with her two elementary students in a pumpkin patch

Congratulations to Natalie Chavez, the March PTSA Volunteer Spotlight! Natalie was nominated for her contributions to the Clara Barton Community. She is the PTSA VP of Advocacy and Art Docent Chair. Previously, Natalie has volunteered as a Room Parent and Learning Center Helper, and has assisted with Pantry Pack distribution. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys crafting, hiking, and taking pictures with her family. Her CBE students are in 1st grade at The Learning Center and in 2nd grade. Thank you, Natalie, for your time and dedication. We are grateful to have you as a volunteer!

If you’d like to nominate a member of our community to be spotlighted, complete the form below or contact the PTSA Volunteer DB Chair, Amanda Papaefstathiou at

Accepting nominations for 2021-22 board, chair positions

Graphic image of conversation bubbles with text, "We Need You"

We need your help as an active member of our PTSA leadership to make Clara Barton better. Self-nominate (or nominate someone you feel is a great fit) for our PTSA leadership team as a board member or chair. Click the link below and complete the Nomination Form. Nominations are due March 10.

For more information about the positions and their responsibilities, click here or contact the PTSA Nominating Committee member, Cami Miller.

Volunteer sign-up for K-1 Return to School morning drop-off

With additional safety needs and the Kindergarten students that have never been to CBE, we are in need of parent volunteers to help in the mornings to ensure a smooth start. Duties would be to remain outside, helping with ushering students. Volunteers are needed from 9:00-9:30 AM M, Tu, Th, F beginning February 18. Sign up for multiple dates!

For more information about volunteering and to sign up, click PToffice – Volunteers for K-1 Morning Drop-Offs.

PTSA spotlights volunteer Nomita Yadav

Congratulations to Nomita Yadav, the February PTSA Volunteer Spotlight! Nomita was nominated for her numerous contributions to the Clara Barton Community. She is currently the PTSA Extended Curriculum VP (this is her third year serving on the Board). She has also volunteered as Hearing & Vision Screening Chair, Room Parent, and Art Docent. She has helped organize and facilitate the Theater Program, Pacific Science Center Van, Nature Vision, Spelling Bee, Math Challenge, Math Competition, Passport Club, and Reflections. Wow! Nomita is a Sociologist and teaches in higher education. She enjoys swimming, working out, reading, and hanging out with friends. Nomita has a 5th grader at CBE.

Thank you Nomita, for her hard work and dedication to the CBE community! We are grateful to have volunteers like Nomita.

If you’d like to nominate a PTSA member for the Volunteer Spotlight, complete the form at the link below or contact Amanda Papaefstathiou, Volunteer DB Chair.

Volunteer Spotlight Nominations (

Seeking 4th & 5th-grade artists as Jr Art Docents

Art docent lesson, black marker, patterns and shapes

Does your 4th or 5th-grade student enjoy art and have an interest in sharing their creativity with other Bobcats? Clara Barton PTSA seeks Junior Art Docents to help with virtual art docent lessons accessible to all grades. Please contact Art Docent Chair, Natalie Chavez, with interest or questions.

January Volunteer Spotlight

Congratulations to Poornima Shankar, the January PTSA Volunteer Spotlight! Poornima was nominated for her contribution as the Math Challenge Program Co-Chair. Previously, she volunteered as an Art Docent, a position she loved because she enjoyed teaching and learning from students. When the program was suspended due to COVID-19, Poornima switched to help lead Math Challenge. Outside of CBE, she works as a contract firmware engineer at Facebook. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, biking with her kids, running, and walking her new Labrador puppy, Juneau. Poornima has two students at CBE, a daughter in 5th grade and son in 1st. CBE PTSA is grateful to have dedicated volunteers like Poornima. Thank you, Poornima, for helping to make the 2020-201 school year awesome for CBE students!

If you’d like to nominate a member of our community for the Spotlight, complete the form below or contact Amanda Papaefstathiou, Volunteer DB Chair.