Tribe Duties

Tribe Duties

In addition to your classroom parent participation, you are required to participate on a Tribe, which is like a small workgroup or committee.


Every parent will be assigned to a Goleta Family School PTA Tribe, based on his or her interests and talents. These committees, which fall generally into the categories of enrichment, fundraising, community building, and outreach, are absolutely essential to the day-to-day operations of GFS. GFS families are expected to consider the way their individual gifts and interests can best serve the community and follow through on that commitment. The vital importance of parent participation in carrying out the curricular goals of the program cannot be overstated. The program won’t work without committed parent involvement.


Our GFS community offers a variety of community building, social, educational, promotional, and fundraising events throughout the year. These events enrich your child’s school experience, give parents an opportunity to support the school in meaningful ways, and help keep GFS strong for the next generation.


Each Tribe is organized around a general theme, and has a set of responsibilities, including fundraising activities and events to produce during the year. There are from 2 to approximately 12 parents in each Tribe. These groups meet throughout the year, either in person or via email, to ensure the successful execution of their assigned duties. Each Tribe has a leader to coordinate these events. You can expect that your dedication to GFS through Tribe participation will be both rewarding and fun, especially when you witness how this work impacts your child’s educational experience.


Brief descriptions of the GFS Tribes


The Earthling Tribe ~ nurtures our love of nature and helps us be good stewards of our environment

  • Overall maintenance and management of the school garden and courtyard
  • Overall coordination of two Garden work days
  • Garden Shed Management
  • Overall maintenance and management of the GFS Restoration Site, support Teri’s class at site


The Arts Tribe ~ offers its inspiration and talents to a school that values creative expression

  • Craft tables for kids at the Community Garden work day
  • Coordinating the creation and sale of kids’ Winter Marketplace crafts
  • Production support for Winter Sing (sets, programs, etc)
  • Support all plays and productions (ie sets, programs, etc.)
  • Photojournalism and Smugmug archive maintenance
  • Organize holiday gift baskets for all admin staff and support
  • Create graduation certificates and photos
  • Help each class create an auction item for Gala
  • Yearbook Creation


The Treasure Tribe ~ coordinates FUNdraising activities that make our school rich in resources

  • Winter Sing: overall coordination of event, vendor sales, food vendor, raffle, etc
  • Axxess Book sales
  • Escrip
  • Letter campaign to friends and alumni
  • Tshirt Sales


The Gala Tribe ~ organizes and coordinates GFS’ largest fund raising and parent event

  • coordinate food/beverage, theme and décor of the event
  • coordinate with other tribes (ticket sales, raffles & announcement board)
  • gather community donations for silent & live auction
  • Appetizers, Desserts and Coffee for Gala


The Outreach Tribe ~ helps our school maintain positive relationships with our broader community

  • Overall coordination of the “Move-A-Thon”
  • Beautify our school Bulletin Board (monthly/bimonthly)
  • Advertise for the Rummage Sale
  • Oversee editing of GFS materials (website, brochure, etc.)
  • Coordinate childcare for mandatory all school events (Back to School Night, etc.)
  • Wine Raffle for Gala


The Rummage Tribe ~dedicated to turning our trash to treasure, supporting “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” 

  • Sell our more valuable donated items on eBay, Craigslist, etc.
  • Overall coordination and management of Rummage Sale
  • Collection of Rummage and organization prior to sale
  • Rummage sale shed management
  • Help facilitate Outdoor School activities at teacher’s request


The Hospitality Tribe ~ nourishes our GFS Community . . . by way of our bellies  

  • Provide refreshments for Back to School Night
  • Coordinates the Winter Sing Bake Sale
  • Coordinate GFS’ share of the Foothill/GFS Teacher Appreciation Lunch (x2)
  • Staff Lounge Treats
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Provide Snacks for Community Garden Day
  • Provide baked goods and support for rummage sale
  • Provide Snacks for Clean up day
  • Organize End of the Year Thank you gifts for all admin staff and support


The Unity Tribe ~ creates opportunities for GFS parents to connect in fun and enriching ways   

  • Overall coordination of Summer BBQ
  • Overall coordination of the “Cultural Festival” evening
  • Overall coordination of other community events (Dad’s/Mom’s night out, etc)
  • Ticket Sales for Gala