Parent, Teacher and Student Association (PTSA)

Thomas Russell Middle School 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.

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 payment. You can also donate online via Paypal.

Programs sponsored by PTSA in previous years:

  • Grants for each student PRIDE team

  • Russell Bucks Reward Store

  • Academic Enrichment Programs

  • Tutoring Programs

  • Equity Programs

  • Classroom Equipment

  • Field Trips & Team Events

  • 8th Grade Promotion

  • Pride-a-Palooza

  • Student Lanyards & ID Protectors

  • Student Daily Planners

  • Food for State Testing/Exit Interviews

  • BBQs at Back to School night and Open House

  • Buses for Field Trips & Sports Events

  • School Beautification

  • Teacher & Staff Grants

  • Staff Appreciation

  • Secretaries Day

How to Join PTSA?

Membership is $15 per person + $1 online processing fee. 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.

  1. Go to

  2. Login with an existing Totem account or register for a new account.

  3. After completing your info, click "Add a Member/Student".

  4. Enter your student’s name so they can receive their membership prize. Select "Student" if your student wants to join PTSA. Select "Student (Non-Member)" if your student does not want to join PTSA.

  5. Select your student's grade and homeroom teacher (choose “Unknown” if you don’t know).

  6. Add comments into the “Note” field if you are interested in volunteering.

  7. Click “Save”.

  8. Click “Add a Member/Student" to add additional PTSA members (spouse, grandparents, etc) under the same Totem account.

  9. Click “Next” to check out and pay with a credit or debit card.

Alternatively, you can go to the school office and complete the PTSA membership envelope and enclose payment by check or cash in person. There is no processing fee for in-person payments. Please make checks payable to “Thomas Russell Middle PTSA”.

PTSA Member Benefits

When you join TRMS PTSA, you are automatically a member of the National PTA and California PTA organizations. Click on the links below to learn how PTA members can save money.

National PTA Member Discounts

California PTA Member Discounts

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 Officers

President: Karilyn Loui

Executive Vice President: Sreedevi Sreepada

First Vice President, Chairman of Special Events: Linh Hankins

Treasurer: William (Bill) Roden

Secretary: Vidya Devaya Mundanada

Parliamentarian: Chiaven (Nikki) Phen

Auditor: Ly Huynh

Historian: Shalaka Chaphekar

Teacher: Barbara Knitter

Student Representative/GATR Liaison: Vera Loui

PTSA Meetings

Association Meeting Dates (Open to the Public):

Monday October 24, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday January 30, 2023 @6:30pm

Monday March 20, 2023 @6:30pm

Monday May 22, 2023 @6:30pm

Executive Board Meeting Dates:

Monday August 29, 2022 @6:30pm

Thursday October 13, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday November 28, 2022 @6:30pm

Monday January 9, 2023 @6:30pm

Monday February 27, 2023 @6:30pm

Monday April 24, 2023 @6:30pm


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

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.