Welcome to the Beach Community Union!
The Beach Community Union (BCU) is a group that works to connect, advocate and fundraise for the whole school. It’s a caregiver-led group that creates community and advances the needs of everyone at Beach. The BCU is committed to making impactful changes with your support, advice and guidance.
BUDGET UPDATE: 2023-2024
On October 10th, during the first BCU Community Meeting of the school year, our members approved the 2023-2024 budget. Thank you! This allows the BCU to begin funding important programs such as SUN and teacher mini-grants.
ABOUT THE BCU
These broader goals were created by past BCU leadership and we are figuring out how to best meet them in this upcoming year. The BCU is committed to disrupting the white supremacy culture that is embedded in the history and structures of the PTA. As we receive feedback and guidance from staff and community, the BCU will improve itself by listening to, understanding and serving our full community. We have the opportunity to be a part of this cultural transformation that works towards ending systemic racism, improving outcomes for all students and renewing confidence in the public school system. We want this organization to be better and the BCU is committed to making impactful changes with your support, advice and guidance.
CONNECT: The BCU is committed to planning and supporting school-wide and culturally specific events that build community. Additionally, if you want to stay connected to us and other Beach families please do the following:
- Update your information in the Directory - this is a great way to find contact information for other Beach families too
- Download the membership toolkit app (our directory is powered by software called Membership Toolkit)
ADVOCATE: We help the broader community engage in state and local policy and funding decisions that impact our school.
- The BCU developed an advocacy framework to help guide our decision making in policy and funding decisions.
- Learn about efforts to reform the PPS foundation fundraising policy.
- Here are some of our favorite books and podcasts to learn more about public education.
FUNDRAISE: We support various school events, student and family needs, including (but not limited to):
- SUN School partnership, programming and after school enrichment program (not child care)
- Beach Family Fund
- Teacher Mini-grants
- Field trips
We welcome your ideas for the BCU. Please drop us a note at email@example.com
BCU Meeting Minutes and Records may be found HERE.
Current Board Members:
Rachel Thieme and Thomas King, co-chairs
Naomi Cole, secretary
Jordan LeaJames, treasurer
Kate Lefco and Christy Hudson, advocacy co-leads
Elena Hernandez, volunteer lead
Amber Elf Wagner and Milena Malone, fundraising co-leads
Wesley Grout and Anise Hames-Jackson, Connect co-leads
Liz Merritt, communications lead
Rebecca Vander Meer, member at large