Get Involved

Work hours and opportunities

There are important ways parents can be involved in the nursery school. To ensure the success of our school, each nursery school family is responsible for a minimum of five hours of volunteer time per student for the academic year. Parents who are unable to fulfill work hours may instead pay a fee of $20.00 per hour, up to $100.00. At Back to School Night, we will hand out a list of a variety of work opportunities that are available throughout the year.

Here is a list of activities that count toward the five parent work hours:

  • Working in garden
  • Working on the annual fundraiser (planning, organizing, setup/cleanup, etc.)
  • Working during annual fundraiser (i.e. serving, cashing out auction winners…)
  • Doing prep work for teachers (cutting out paper crowns, making fabric boards, etc.)
  • Office work
  • Cleaning/organizing classrooms
  • Fixing/building structures in and out of classroom
  • Scholastic Books parent for the classroom
  • Making food for teacher meetings or special school events (you will be notified when cooking for particular events is requested).
  • Set up/working during event/clean up for any of the Jewish Events for our Nursery School Community (i.e. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Channukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim Carnival, and Passover)
  • One hour is given for driving/chaperoning a field trip

Feel free to ask teachers or the office to give you something that you can work on at home (i.e. Preparation for in-class projects).
Please note that all parent work hours need to be completed by the end of April. If the five hours are not completed, $100 will be added to your May bill and charged to your card on file unless you make other arrangements (or $20/hour for each hour not completed). A parent volunteer will keep track of your hours (check with the office). Please provide the volunteer with the hours you’ve completed, the dates, and the name of the activities.

Parent Club

The parent club meets on a monthly basis at 9:15 after drop-off (historically, this is the best time for those who want to be involved, but may change in the future based on parent needs). Everyone is welcome to join or to attend a meeting or two to see how you can help.

The parent committee plans fundraising and parent education events, and works as a liaison between the director and the school, getting information out to parents and giving feedback to the school.
One parent from each class serves on the parent club as the Room parent, and is responsible for getting information from the meetings out to the parents in the class.

Advisory CouncilAdvisory Council

The BACNS Advisory Council is made up of parents, Early Childhood Experts, Alumni Parents, etc. and helps the director guide the school. They advise the director on matters of tuition, calendar, marketing, and are in place to help the school grow and thrive. If you are interested in participating on the advisory council, please speak with director Jenny Levine-Smith.

Fundraiser Information

  • Silent Auction and Parent Night Out – Our primary fundraising event
  • Sukkot Festival
  • Art Cards – Buy holiday cards printed with your child’s artwork
  • Dine and Donate Pizza nights at Mary’s Pizza Shack. Present the Dine and Donate flyer with your order, and Mary’s will donate 20% of the purchase to the school.
  • eScrip – Register for the eScrip program and support BACNS! Log in to and go to “sign up”. Designate our group to receive contributions. Our group id is 500021212. Register your grocery club cards and your debit, ATM, and credit cards. This needs to be updated and reactivated annually.
  • School T-shirts
  • Donations to BACNS endowment fund – an investment in the school’s future

Family Events/Community Building

  • Kid Power Workshops
  • Parent Education Classes
  • Evening Gatherings
  • Kindergarten Information Night
  • PJ lIbrary, Tot Shabot
  • Beth Ami and You
  • Chanukah and Pesach Celebration
  • End of the Year potluck

Beth Ami Community Nursery School is a program of Congregation Beth Ami, and is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as Jewish Learning Works and First Five Sonoma County.