Get Involved


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Northgate Elementary. We welcome parent volunteers and community members alike. You can support our school volunteering in classrooms, supporting fundraising, helping at school events, and more.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities to match your interests with our needs for support. Before volunteering, you must complete the volunteer background check and application. 

Visit the  SPS Volunteer Information page for more information from the Seattle School District website on volunteering. 

Volunteer Application Requirements:

Here is a link to the  Online Volunteer Application.  All community volunteers are required to complete the above volunteer application and an in-person orientation prior to beginning volunteer hours in our school building.  If you need assistance with the process, please contact the main office at 206-252-4180.  There are a couple things you will need to complete the online application:

1. Proof of completing the Adult Sexual Misconduct (ASM) Prevention training video available on the   SPS Volunteer Information page.
2. Two references, including one personal or family reference.
3. Government issued ID 
4. Your digital photo so staff can identify you when you arrive at the school
5. Proof of residency
6. Background check

Volunteer Opportunities:

Please join us on one of our committees.  If you want to be involved in one of the committees, please email Many hands make light work.

  • Teacher Appreciation Committee - helps show our teachers we love them!
  • Communication Committee - facilitates communication between parents, between staff and parents and between Northgate elementary and the community.
    • Newsletter (OPEN!! – easy to do from home.)
    •  Website/Social Media
    •  Videographer – Create videos of events, fun stuff, etc. to post on the PTO YouTube Channel (OPEN!)

  •  T-Shirt/Spiritwear Committee -  Coordinates t-shirt sales.  (OPEN!)
  • Assembly (Music shows at school) Coordinator:   Work with the Ladies Musical Group of Seattle to schedule and plan musical assemblies at school (usually around 1pm on one Friday each month).  - IS ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19
  • Events Committee – helps coordinate the fun events Northgate Elementary has for its students.  Some of the traditional events are listed here but may be cancelled or different due to Covid-19. Traditional events:
  • Literacy night (Oct)
  • Art night (Dec)
  • Math & Cookie night (Jan)
  • Scholastic Book Fair (Jan/Feb)
  • Multicultural night (April)
  • Teacher appreciation week (May)
  • Health and Fitness night (March or May)
  • End of year BBQ (June)
  • Social Committee – creates engaging community events for parents/students.
  • Fund Raising Committee – works on various projects to raise funds to support Northgate Elementary (SEE BELOW FOR MORE DESCRIPTION ON EACH ITEM).
    • Fall Giving Campaign (OPEN!)
    • Dining for Dollars (OPEN!)
    • Brown Bear Car Wash Ticket sales (OPEN!)
    • Original  Works coordinator (OPEN)
  • Yearbook Committee coordinates with the printer and after school program to create/distribute the yearbook (OPEN!)
  • Room Parent  - helps coordinate communication with parents in each classroom (OPEN for each classroom!).
  • Office Help – helps make and distribute flyers, and any other "office" work that is needed
  •  PTO Leadership Committee – Secretary, Treasurer, President. (Recruiting for next year)



Fall Giving Campaign – Direct Ask to Parents, Community

Description of Tasks: 
Send out the direct-ask letter to parents.  Invite other PTAs and community members to participate.  Send thank you notes to donors.  Gather and deposit funds.  Keep track of donors/donations. 

Brown Bear Carwash Fundraiser Coordinator

What does a Coordinator do?

  • Coordinate purchasing the tickets from Brown Bear Car wash ($1.50 each). This may include filling out forms, etc.
  • Coordinate the sale of the tickets with students, volunteers, etc (for $8 – $10 each)
  • Deposit funds into appropriate account.

Dining for Dollars

Description of Tasks:  Set-up date with neighborhood restaurants in which parents, neighbors or community members can eat and when Northgate Elementary is mentioned, the participating restaurant will donate a certain percentage to Northgate Elementary PTO.  Some participating restaurants include MOD Pizza, Chipotle, Panda Express, Red Robin, etc.

Original Works Coordinator

Description of Tasks:  Work with the Original Works company and Art teacher to organize and coordinate the Original Artworks project.  The Northgate students each create a piece of original artwork and then parents can order the artwork on various items (cups, shirts, etc.) as a memory.

T-shirt/Logowear Coordinator

Description of Tasks:  Coordinate the order forms, logowear ordering and distribution of t-shirts or sweatshirts ordered.