get involved in thurston pta...

The work of the PTA happens only through the support of our family community.  There is room for everyone to make a positive impact on school life. Big or small, once or all year long, EVERY effort is valued. Get involved in a way that works for you!

We are proud to share that The TMS PTA was awarded the national school of excellence designation in August 2023!  Thank you to the students, staff and parents for your partnership.

join: only $15/year.

No volunteering required!  Every parent or caregiver can be a member. Join today.

come to a meeting.

Save the date! Our PTA meets only 5 times per year; join us! View the calendar.


Check out the open positions and see where you fit best! Sign up to volunteer.

thurston PTA programs

We organize dozens of programs and activities to benefit students, families and Thurston staff. Here are a couple. 

Visit our PROGRAMS page to learn about ALL the programs we support.

PTA helps Connect to staff.

Thurston PTA plans and provides a welcome back lunch in August, three potluck breakfasts over the year and a week of treats for national Teacher/Staff Appreciation week in May. A wonderful way to thanks to our hardworking staff!

PTA supports positive behavior.

Thurston PTA supports the student-run "Student Store".  Students earn Live School points for positive behavior and shop the store at select lunches. PTA helps purchase swag (TMS hoodies, shades etc.) and drum up local goods like gift cards and surf wax.

PTA creates social opportunites.

Nerf war? 8th grade dance? Movie night?  Game-a-thon?  Beach meet up? New this year, Thurston PTA wants to plan a special social for each grade level. Volunteer to bring your creative ideas to help our students make positive social connections.


Raising between $50,000 - $90,000 annually, we are always looking for organized, fun leaders to help chair our three fundraisers!

2023-24 Fundraising GOAL: $75,000

Visit our PROGRAMS page to learn more, including who is the chair for each event.


The Sports Swap is a great reason to clean out the garage this fall!  Find used gear at bargain prices, ranging from surfboards, skimboards, SUP boards, snowboards, golf clubs, balls of all types, snow apparel, wetsuits, bicycles and more. Donations are fully tax deductible.   


WGames & Winterfest is our largest fundraiser of the year. Gather donations from family and friends for a chance to earn fun prizes. Students compete in tug-a-war, 'chaos on the mountain' and snow sled challenges.  The week ends with Winterfest after-school: food, games, and activities.


Summer is near which means baseball season is here!  Join the entire Laguna Beach community in our private/group section.  Purchase discounted tickets and opportunity drawing tickets from PTA for a chance to steal third and throw the first pitch. Laguna Beach Chorus also performs.

thurston pta is working for you & your student

We are honored to serve as your executive board.  Check out the highlights in our 2023-24 overview below.

-Your 23-24 Exec Board: Shaheen S., Liz B., Michelle C., Christiane E., Maggie K., Dianne H., and Claudia M.

2023-24 pta goals

At the end of each school year, PTA surveys families to develop new goals for the following year. If you have ideas in these areas, reach out!

Goal 1: Continue supporting Thurston programs that drive a positive school culture. 

(In 22-23, PTA engaged the ASB and Student advocate to the PTA how best to support their needs.)

Goal 2:  Provide PTA programs with social opportunities for students in the beginning, middle and end of the year. 

(In 22-23, PTA held a Fall Movie Night, Winter Fest, 6th/7th Grade Dances, 8th Grade Dance, End of Year Ice Cream Social)

Goal 3: Provide students the opportunity to participate in competitive school-based sports teams. 

(In 23-23, PTA held pep rallies with spirit activities and food trucks for the new TMS Sports program.).

Goal 4: Increase new family outreach and family engagement for middle school parents. 

(In 22-23, PTA held five association meetings to help plan programs, connect parents with school leaders, and engage parents in volunteer opportunities.)

PTA is for everyone. Not just moms.

Help us add more voices to the work of PTA.  We invite moms, dads, grandparents and community members to join Thurston PTA. 

It's time to invite the men in your children’s lives to get involved! More engaged fathers and father figures can help foster a child’s healthy physical, emotional and social development.

 Join today.

Support PTA with loyalty programs

Designate Thurston PTA as your charity of choice for Amazon Smile & Ralphs!


AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% when you shop on desktop OR mobile.  Keep notifications 'ON' to generate mobile donations.

Example: You spend $2000/year *0.5% = $10 to PTA



Ralphs will donate up to 4% of your purchases.  It's easy to sign up; log into your account & link your card to Thurston PTA. 

Example: You spend $2000/year * 4% = $80 to PTA

We are proud to share that The TMS PTA was awarded the national school of excellence designation in August 2023!