Parent, Teacher and Student Association (PTSA)

Thomas Russell Middle School PTSA

TRMS PTSA –

Thomas Russell Middle School Parent, Teacher and Student Association (PTSA) is a group of parents and staff members working along with students to enhance the Russell school community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. While your child may be here for only two years, your assistance and involvement is still crucial to their success.

What does PTSA do at TRMS?

Through the generous support of our community and through our pledge drive, the PTSA is able to sponsor a number of events. We would not be able to help the school without your membership and tax-deductible donations. To donate, fill out the Pledge form and return it to the school with your donation. You can also donate online via Paypal.

Programs sponsored by PTSA in previous years:

  • Grants for each PRIDE team

  • Russell Bucks Reward Store

  • Academic Enrichment Programs

  • Tutoring Program

  • Equity Program

  • Classroom Equipment

  • Field Trips & Team Events

  • 8th Grade Promotion

  • Pride-a-Palooza

  • Student Lanyards

  • Binder Reminder Planners

  • Food for State Testing/Exit Interviews

  • BBQs at Back to School night and Open House

  • Student Transportation for Field Trips & Sports Events

  • School Beautification

  • Teacher/Staff Grants

  • Staff Appreciation

  • Secretaries Day

Why join PTSA?

Joining PTSA says “I support my child’s school”! Your membership dues help fund programs to support Students, Teachers, Staff, and the Russell community. Joining PTSA does not require you to volunteer or attend meetings. We will only contact parents who have expressed an interest in volunteering on an as-needed basis.

PTSA Member Benefits

When you join TRMS PTSA, you are automatically a member of the National PTA and California PTA organizations. There are member perks and discounts provided by each organization. Click on the links below to learn more about how PTA members can save money.

National PTA Member Discounts

California PTA Member Discounts

How to Join PTSA?

Anyone can join! Mom, Dad, Students, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, Uncles, etc. are welcome. Membership for PTSA is $15 for each member. We would like to encourage you to enroll your student as a member. A few years from now when they are filling out applications for college and scholarships, showing that they were members of PTSA can be a big plus.

Please see TRMS PTSA Membership & Pledge Drive slides for more information.

Please see TRMS PTSA Membership & Pledge Drive slides for more information. [Link to slides will be provided once it’s approved by Mr. Anglon].

To limit physical contact, please join Online:

  1. Go to https://jointotem.com/ca/milpitas/russell-ptsa

  2. Use an existing Totem account or register for a new account.

  3. Same account can be used to register for multiple members (spouse, student, grandparent, etc).

  4. Include the STUDENT'S NAME in the “Note” field.

  5. If possible, include HOMEROOM TEACHER’S NAME in the “Note” field also.

  6. Let us know in the “Note” field if you are interested in volunteering.


Alternatively, you can go to the school office and complete the PTSA membership envelope and enclose payment by check or cash in person. Please make checks payable to “Thomas Russell Middle PTSA”.

How Can You Help?


  • Join PTSA - Membership is $15.

  • Donate to PTSA by filling out the Pledge Drive form and returning it to school with your donation (check or cash). You can also donate online via Paypal (2.89% of your donation will be deducted by Paypal to cover Administrative costs).

  • Check if your company has a Matching Donation Program. Go to Charity Navigator, enter your company name, then click on “Let’s Check”.

  • Shop at Amazon Smile and designate "5357 Thomas Russell Middle PTSA" as your charity. There is no extra cost and Amazon will give back 0.5% of qualified purchases to TRMS PTSA.

  • Volunteer to help at activities.

  • Teachers need supplies, especially copy paper, disinfectant wipes, and tissues. Check with them what they need throughout the school year.

PTSA Meetings

Association Meeting Dates (Open to the Public):

Monday Nov 29, 2021 @6pm

Monday Jan 31, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday Mar 21, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday May 23, 2022 @6:30pm

Executive Board Meeting Dates:

Monday Dec 13, 2021 @6:30pm

Monday Jan 10, 2022 @6:30pm

Tuesday Feb 15, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday Mar 7, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday April 18, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday May 9, 2022 @6:30pm


PTSA Officers

President: James (Jim) Kusters

Executive Vice President: Karilyn Loui

First Vice President, Chairman of Special Events: William (Bill) Roden

Treasurer: Priya Sendil Arumugam

Secretary: Xia Han (Mrs. Sun)

Parliamentarian: TBD

Auditor: Ly Huynh

Historian: TBD

Teacher: Barbara Knitter

Student Representative/GATR Liaison: Vera Loui

TRMS PTSA

  • Email us at thomasrussellptsa@gmail.com

eScrip: MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY!

Join the original and largest electronic fundraising program where participating merchants contribute each time you make a purchase using your free grocery loyalty or debit/credit cards that are registered with eScrip. There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you and every purchase earns money for TRMS PTSA.

To Sign Up:

1) Go to https://www.escrip.com

2) Click on “Sign Up” (located on the upper right hand corner)

3) Search for and select “Thomas Russell Middle School PTSA” under “Schools and Nonprofits”.

(Note: TRMS PTSA ID# is 5534140)

4) Register your grocery club cards and your credit card.

That's it! Thomas Russell PTSA will get money on each purchase you make.