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Getting involved in PSG is easy, fun, and a great way to meet other parents!  Below is a list of our current committees.  If you are interested in leading or participating in one or more committees, please sign up to volunteer.  If you have any questions, contact us at

Elected Board Positions

President (12 month annual term)

The president oversees the board’s work and often facilitates board meetings. Also, the president is generally the primary person who works with the elementary school principal and preschool director to ensure things are running smoothly. Responsible for leadership of the PSG board and volunteers. Facilitates equitable decision-making and voting amongst board members regarding matters of budget spend and other activities. The president may opt to chair various subcommittees in support of PSG's fundraising mission (e.g., restaurant nights, teacher appreciation, bake sale, etc.)

Vice President (12-month annual term)

The vice president responsibilities include the duty of loyalty, the duty of obedience, and the duty of care. The board president may assign special duties and/or specific initiatives to the vice president and ask them to fill in for the president as necessary. The vice president is the Gala chairperson / project lead amongst other various subcommittees that support PSG's fundraising mission (e.g., Annual Gala, apple pie baking & sales, book fairs, etc.)

Treasurer (12-month annual term)

The treasurer is responsible for managing PSG's budget.  The person filling this role should have experience in financial accounting for nonprofits. The president works closely with the treasurer to ensure the financial reports are continually updated and they’re accessible by the president and board members in a timely manner. The treasurer plays a significant role in the annual auditing process and should be primed and ready to answer board members questions about the audit. The treasurer is also responsible for prompt payment to vendors and for prompt reimbursement to PSG committee members for any pre-approved spending.

Secretary / Communications Officer (12-month annual term)

The secretary’s primary duty is to enable timely, factual, and informative communication among the board members, school administrators, and PSG volunteers relative to PSG's support of McDowell School. Additionally, the secretary is responsible for taking and maintaining accurate meeting minutes and publishing them for public record. Another duty is to monitor compliance with the organization’s bylaws and other matters. The secretary will create awareness, advocacy, and inclusion for the students and families of McDowell School (e.g. social media, website, email newsletters, fliers, etc.)

Committee Positions

Annual Gala (November - March)

It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year and an opportunity for parents, teachers, and staff to enjoy an evening out!  All talents are welcome! Help is needed with venue selection, decorations, invitations, logistics, entertainment, auctions, Gifts of Love, class baskets, and more!

Apple Pie Fundraiser (October - November)

Put on your apron and join us in the library to help assemble our famous apple pies in time for Thanksgiving!  In addition to hands-on assembly, volunteers are also needed to procure supplies and ingredients and for help with set-up, clean-up, and distribution.

Bake Sale (February)

There are lots of tasty treats, small gifts, and special surprises for students to enjoy!  Parents needed to help with onsite sales, set-up, and clean-up.

End of Year Event (May - June)

It’s all fun and games on the last day of school!  Help plan various games, entertainment, and food; coordinate vendors; staff event areas; help with set-up and clean-up.

Gifts of Love (March, before the Annual Gala)

Coordinate with room parents and Fired Up, a local ceramics and pottery studio in San Clemente, to create one-of-a-kind pottery pieces for auction at the Annual Gala.  One volunteer needed to coordinate with the room parents on materials needed for Gifts of Love.

Parent Engagement Program (Ongoing)

A new committee focused on welcoming new families to McDowell and creating opportunities for all parents to engage and connect.  Plan and facilitate activities and events for new and returning families.

Restaurant Nights (Monthly)

Each month, families dine out at a local eatery that generously donates a percentage of sales to PSG.  Coordinating and planning monthly events with local restaurants.

Room Parent Coordination (Ongoing)

Room Parents are a helpful resource to both teachers and parents – the coordinator helps ensure they have the information and resources they need.  Help Room Parents navigate the school year by providing information, answering questions, offering guidance, sharing best practices, and creating a support community.

Teacher Appreciation (March - April)

Celebrate McDowell teachers and staff with food, gifts, and fun!  Design, plan, and execute a special week, including decorations, breakfast/lunch, fruit baskets, flowers, gifts, and other unique treats.

Yearbook (Ongoing)

Collaborate with room parents and teachers on photos and create the yearbook.  Coordinate throughout the year with teachers and create content for the yearbook.

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