Volunteering a few hours can make a big difference in our school community.  Many studies have shown that when a parent is active and volunteers in their child’s school, the child develops a strong sense of self, the child’s well-being is boosted, the parents stay informed, the school improves and the volunteer power is leveraged.

How can you help? 



The Governance Council

Tiger Fund (SOPA):

The Tiger Fund accounts for a large part of SOPA’s annual operating budget, funding enrichment programs, aides (office, administrative & safety), beautification & more. It is the generosity of Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter families, alumni, and Sherman Oaks residents that support this endeavor. The Tiger Fund is a year-round program.


Stop, Drop & Roll, aka SD&R (SOPA)

As our school is located in a residential neighborhood, parking can sometimes be difficult to find.  Our school provides a safe and easy program to assist dropping off your children to school.  It is run entirely by parent volunteers on both Greenleaf and Dickens Streets.  There are gate entrances on both streets for the children to enter school each day.  In addition, there are two entrances on each side – one used by kindergarten students and the other used by first graders through fifth graders.  The parent volunteers are located at both gates with cones identifying the area to be used by Stop, Drop, and Roll.  These volunteers open the car doors for the children, assist with backpacks and lunch bags, and ensure that the children go safely through the gate. Opening the car doors for the children each morning is a great way to start off your day. The kindergarten gates are staffed by kindergarten parents and we try to begin this program as soon as possible in the school year.  The upperclassmen gates are staffed by the parents from first through fifth grade on a rotation.  Stop, Drop, and Roll occurs from 7:30am to 8:00am.  Even though each class in Grades 1 – 5 is responsible for a week during the year, fill-ins are always needed.  To be on the sub list, please contact Ada Cottrell at adacottrell@hotmail.com.


Spring Gala (SOPA Fundraiser):

This annual springtime auction and dinner orchestrated entirely through the effort and partnership of hundreds of committed school and business community volunteers, is one of Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter’s largest and most eagerly anticipated events, as well as one of its most successful fundraisers.


Halloween Carnival (SOPA fundraiser):

The SOPA Halloween Carnival is a wonderful and fun Sherman Oaks Elementary family tradition. One of SOPA’s largest fundraiser, the Carnival raises the funds needed to sponsor many of SOPA’s enrichment programs. This year’s “Hollywood” Halloween Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 24th (4-10pm) including free admission and open to the public. On the day of the Carnival, over two hundred parent volunteers set up and run the carnival. There are many volunteer positions for the Halloween Carnival. Please sign up using this link: (copy and paste in browser) http://vols.pt/PGtJAQ  Please, email Caryn Adams at sohalloweencarnival@gmail.com with any questions. Also check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sohalloweencarnival


Room Parents (SOPA):

The room parent acts as a liaison between the teacher, the parent organization and class families. Responsibilities vary based on each classroom’s need, including assisting the teacher in coordinating field trips, collections for class gifts, spring gala needs, and coordinating class volunteers.  Many lower grade teachers rely on parent volunteers to assist with activities within the classroom.  To be a room parent, please coordinate your desire with your child’s teacher.


Volunteer in the classroom (SOEC):

Volunteering in the classroom is a wonderful way to assist in your child’s education and do it with your child.  Please contact the teacher to express your desire to volunteer in the classroom.   In order to volunteer in the classroom, the school must have documentation of your negative TB test. If you are a new parent at the school, your TB Test needs to be within the last 6 months.
 If you are a returning volunteer with results on record, you need to renew the TB Test results every 4 years. See your family doctor or the school district offers free TB tests in Encino. Visit the office for details.


Campus Beautification (SOPA):

Several times a year, parents volunteer spend a weekend day to refresh the Sherman Oaks Elementary campus both inside and out, ensuring a pleasant and safe learning environment for all students. This program is made possible by the effort of community volunteers and funding from SOPA.


Sherman Oaks Cares/Community Outreach (SOPA): 

Throughout the year, the SOPA takes leadership on many projects where students are encouraged to think about those who are less fortunate and actively take part in activities to assist them. Through grade-level programs, students are encouraged to participate in focused efforts to help families living in shelters, national programs such as the American Heart Association’s Jump for Heart and other outreach efforts. The Community Outreach Team also takes excess Lost & Found items to shelters during school vacations.


Tiger Run/Walk (SOPA fundraiser):

Each year, this school-wide event brings together teachers, students and parent volunteers in a walking and running event around the track to raise funds.  While the students run or walk around the school track for 30 minutes, volunteers are needed to pass out water and to count completed laps for each student.  To volunteer for this event, please email  Stephanie Baker at stephanie@shermanoaksparents.com


Fifth grade sponsored fundraising (5th Grade):

Throughout the school year, a committee of 5th grade parents coordinate fundraising efforts such as pizza sales, water sales and candy gram sales. All proceeds support 5th grade culmination activities and the 5th grade Astro Camp trip.