By being a parent at BYDS you are all a part of our PTO! We could do not what we do without your help and support. A percentage of your fees go to support our committees and events, such as Teacher Appreciation, Grandfriends’ Day and Young Authors Celebration. PTO also gives monetary gifts to all BYDS staff in December and May from all of you. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on a committee or just serving lunch once in a while. All of your support is appreciated.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please email your PTO Co-Presidents at pto@byds.org:

Season Paquette
Jessi Gordon

Below are your 2017-18 Volunteer Committee Chairs:
  • Hot Lunch Volunteer Sign-up: Monique Kaufman
    Serve daily hot lunch: Four (4) volunteers each day to serve Kindergarten at 11:00am and then organize and deliver EC lunches at 12:00pm. Service lasts 90 minutes. – Sign up
  • Haimish Committee: Lindsay Brochstein, Rori Feldman, Diane Weinberger
  • Teacher Appreciation: Liz Rubinsky, Lindsay Tavor, Brooke Wagenheim
  • Grandfriends’ Day: Esther Freedman, Lindsy Steinberg, Liba Stern, Leslie Sutin
  • Uniform Closet: Deborah Frank, Dena Segal
  • Challah: Nicole Dobbs, Carrie Ostrin, Ginger Marblestone, Amanda Wolf
  • Young Authors’ Celebration: Stacy Robinson, Jennifer Rosenzweig, Cora Sharfman
  • Dads’ Club: Edward Berzin, Jason Casell
  • Holiday Treats: Melanie Blashki, Lindsay Cohen, Stephanie Cohen, Dory Taibel
  • Yearbook: Kyrstin Grinblat

If you are interested in or have questions about a certain committee or event, please contact the Committee Chair. Thank you!

2018-2019 PTO Volunteer Committees:

Click below for details about each committee


The word “Haimish” is Yiddish for cozy or homey. This committee is responsible for coordinating gatherings to make our newer families feel “at home” and part of our BYDS community.

  • Two scheduled events per school year
  • Coordinate and set up
    • August – New Family Dinner
    • January – Back to School Breakfast
  • Assist faculty to coordinate and implement the BYDS student “buddy program”
  • Coordinate outside school gatherings like grade-level playdates or Mom’s night out.
  • 2 EC & 2 ES Parents
Challah to Home

This committee is responsible for the organization and distribution of the Friday take home challah program, and delivery of challah to classrooms.

  • Label and distribute weekly take home challah orders
  • Friday distribution of challah to classrooms
  • 2 ES parents

This committee is responsible for keeping our uniform room organized and up-to-date.

  • Lost & Found weekly roundup
  • Establish and maintain organization of uniform room
  • Create a drop off calendar
  • 2 ES Parents
Judaic Programs

This committee will assist with the planning and implementation of Judaic holiday program for Early Childhood and Elementary Students.

  • List of holidays includes:
    • Rosh Hashanah
    • Simchat Torah
    • Chanukah week
    • Tu B’Shevat
    • Purim
    • Passover
    • Yom Ha’atzmaut
    • Lag B’Omer/Maccabiah
  • 2 EC & 2 ES parents to help coordinate
  • Will work with Judaic volunteers on events
Specialty Programs

This committee will assist with the planning and implementation of a wide variety of events and programs, which showcase BYDS students.

  • EC includes (but not limited to) – Thanksgiving Program, Art exhibits, 100th day of school, Go Texan Day, Classroom Mystery Readers
  • ES includes (but not limited to) – Thanksgiving Program, Choir concerts, Art exhibits, Literary presentations, 100th day of school, Science Fair, Go Texan Day, Earth Day
  • 2 EC & 2 ES parents
Staff Appreciation

This committee will coordinate and organize Teacher Appreciation week (Normally scheduled in early May) as well meaningful ways to show the faculty and staff how special they are to students and parents of BYDS throughout the year.

  • Create a calendar of “little something” appreciation days
  • Execute “little something” appreciation details
  • Organize Teacher Appreciation Week in May
  • Coordinate faculty/staff gathering at the end of each semester
  • 2 EC & 2 ES parents
Volunteer Coordination Committee

This committee will work to increase parent involvement and coordinate volunteer opportunities.

  • Committee will create SignUp Genius pages to recruit volunteers for events.
  • Will work with Community Communication Committee to promote volunteer opportunities and increase parent involvement.
  • 1 EC & 1 ES parents
Community Communication

This committee is responsible for keeping the BYDS community informed and updated on the what’s, the why’s and the how’s of all things PTO through social media, sign-up genius promotion, email and post mail.

  • Monitor and update social media sites
  • Promote All School Shabbat events and Lattes with Lauren
  • Monthly distribution of upcoming event dates and action items
  • Recruitment and volunteer assistance
  • Will work with Volunteer Coordination Committee to promote volunteer opportunities
  • 2 EC & 2 ES Parents
Dads’ Club

This committee will be responsible for helping at the annual Beth Yeshurun Campus Chili Cook-off, as well as planning their own fundraising and social events.

Young Authors’ Celebration

This committee will help organize and coordinate this very special, long-running, annual BYDS literary event. Logistics for this event require planning from August to April. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Fall:
    • Research and invite Authors
  • Winter:
    • Coordinate travel and accommodations for visiting authors
    • Conduct ES YAC program cover art contest
    • Send save the date to student body and parents
  • Spring:
    • Map out grade-level rotations
    • Print program
    • Coordinate guest author dinner
  • 2 EC & 2 ES Parents
Grandfriends’ Day

This committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the logistics for this annual spring event. EC and ES parents will collaborate on a school-wide event.

  • Logistics:
    • Invitation
    • Parking
    • Program
    • Meal
    • Activity
    • Volunteer recruitment
    • Fundraising component
  • Minimum 2 EC & 2 ES parents
Parent Events

This committee will plan and coordinate two school events. A fall event for Dads, and a spring event for Moms.

  • Events to be determined
  • 2 EC & 2 ES Parents

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