2016-2017 Committees & Chairs

Interested in volunteering for any of these committees?  Feel free to contact the Chair(s) directly at the emails below.  Or, fill out our Volunteer Interest Form. For general inquiries of volunteer opportunities, contact Sarah Caska Holmes at evp@meadowheights.org
(alphabetical by committee name)
ADOPT-A-BOOK
Chair: Kae Leung
This fundraising program allows families to adopt a new book for our library.  It’s a meaningful way to celebrate a friend or family member, as well as provide new books for our students. Next time you have a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other special event, consider this program to help commemorate the occasion.
Contact: adoptabook@meadowheights.org
ART IN ACTION
Chairs: Laura Duncan
Art in Action is a visual arts program dedicated to developing children’s creativity, building their critical thinking skills, and exposing them to world cultures and history. Each lesson begins with analysis of a masterpiece from a major artist, and concludes with students creating their own hands on project. Throughout the curriculum kids are taught art vocabulary, elements, and techniques. Through frequent lessons in our own art room, they are exposed to a variety of media including chalk, pastels, paint, and clay. Many lessons also integrate art with the core subjects. Currently taught at Meadow Heights by an art instructor, with the support of a dedicated group of parent volunteers, this program is an enriching part of each child’s elementary education.
Contact: art@meadowheights.org
AUCTION
Chairs: Rose Lee and Jeana Feige
The annual auction is the largest fundraising event of the year!  The theme may change through the years, but one thing stays the same — and that’s the FUN we put into FUNdraising!  Whether it’s a banquet or a Crab Feed, Meadow Heights friends and families gather together to dine, dance and bid on an array of interesting items. It takes all skill sets to host such an event, and being part of the committee is one of the best ways to get involved, meet people and form lasting relationships.
Contact: auction@meadowheights.org
BEAUTIFICATION
Chair: OPEN
Our Beautification Committee helps keep the school campus attractive with activities such as gardening, clean-up, painting and landscaping.
Contact: beautification@meadowheights.org
BOOK FAIR
Chairs: Rose Lee
The Book Fair Committee helps organizes a Scholastic Book Fair as a fundraiser for the library. Students visit it throughout the week and enjoy shopping for age-appropriate books.  Proceeds go towards purchasing new books for the library.
Contact: bookfair@meadowheights.org 
BOX TOPS
Chair: OPEN
The Box Top Committee organizes the collection and submission of box tops throughout the year.
Contact: boxtops@meadowheights.org
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
Chairs: OPEN
The Emergency Supplies Committee helps insure the school is adequately prepared for an emergency with supplies of food and water.
Contact: emergencysupplies@meadowheights.org
ESCRIP
Chair: OPEN
The eScrip program is an ongoing fundraiser throughout the year. By registering your loyalty cards to stores such as Safeway, Molly Stones, and other participating retailers, the school earns a percentage back from every purchase you make. Earnings are even greater when you register your debit and credit cards and even shop online! To help support our school, create your account today at www.escrip.com and enter the Meadow Heights Group # 136926453, or simply search by zip code to find our school.
Contact: escrip@meadowheights.org
FATHERS’ COMMITTEE
Chair: Matt Foreman
We have a very active Fathers’ Committee at Meadow Heights, and they are responsible for organizing several events throughout the year — including Campus Clean-ups, the Fathers’ BBQ, the Harvest Carnival Fun House, and Holiday Pancake Breakfast.
Contact: dads@meadowheights.org
FIELD DAY
Chair: Todd Keithley
Field Day is hosted in June, and is the perfect lead up to Summer Break. Students assemble to spend time outdoors visiting multiple stations set up by parent volunteers. With games such as the three-legged race, the obstacle course, the bubbles station and the Duck, Duck, Sponge, the students have a blast!
Contact: fieldday@meadowheights.org
FIFTH GRADE PROMOTION
Chair: Marcella Murray
The Fifth Grade Promotion Committee hits the ground running each year with one goal in mind — to provide a memorable and special departure for our fifth graders moving up to middle school. The graduating class’ students participate throughout the year in the sale of refreshments and t-shirts at PTA sponsored events.  These funds go towards the promotion event itself, as well as other fun end of the year activities exclusive to the 5th graders.
Contact: promotion@meadowheights.org 
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Chair: Kristi Puls
The graphic design team is a group of parent volunteers with the skill sets that can help create logos, images, flyers, posters, etc. for the various uses the PTA has. Whether it’s designing the t-shirt for the Spring Stampede, laying out and preparing the auction catalog for print, or simply creating an image for the website these volunteers are essential for giving our PTA sponsored events a professional and appealing look.
Contact: graphics@meadowheights.org
HARVEST CARNIVAL
Chair: OPEN
Possibly the most cherished event of the year at Meadow Heights is the Harvest Carnival. Scheduled to coincide with Halloween if possible, the students look forward to the annual parade of costumes, the food and games outside and the much-anticipated Haunted House put on in the LGI by the Fathers’ Committee.
Contact: harvestcarnival@meadowheights.org
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Chairs: Cheri Rivera
The Holiday Craft Fair is a favorite among families.  Held in the LGI on a Saturday morning in December, stations are set up around the room where kids can make ornaments and other holiday crafts.
Contact: holidayfair@meadowheights.org
HOSPITALITY
Chairs: Courtney Conrad & Leesa Wagner
PTA meetings and events wouldn’t be the same without the dedicated efforts of our hospitality committee.  They plan meals, provide baked goods, and assist with set up and break down for meetings — all with a most hospitable smile on their faces.
Contact: hospitality@meadowheights.org 
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Chair: Cheri Rivera
The Ice Cream Social is a family-fun event held in the beginning of the school year.  Kindergarten Parents are recruited to be “Scoopers”, and take shifts manning the ice cream table. Older students and alum often love helping out, too! It’s a great way for Kindergarten Parents to get introduced to our Meadow Heights Community, and an opportunity to catch up with friends after the summer break.
Contact: icecream@meadowheights.org
LIBRARY HELPERS
Chair: Alisa Mendonca
This group of volunteers assists in the library as needed.  Duties include tasks such as: checking books in, filing returned books, helping students find books and overseeing the library during lunchtime hours so students may come in and draw, play board games, read and more!
Contact: library@meadowheights.org
LITERACY WEEK
Chair: Alisa Mendonca
Literacy Week usually takes place in March.  It is a week of special reading related activities that culminates in a special visit/presentation by an author.
Contact: literacy@meadowheights.org 
ROOM PARENTS
Chair: Erin Kalmbach
Room Parents are the bridge between home and school, facilitating communication between parents and teachers. These volunteers have the opportunity to get the parents involved in their classroom and organize such as things as teacher gifts, classroom parties and the classroom creation for the annual auction.
Contact: roomparents@meadowheights.org
SCHOOL SIGN
Chair: Tony Manzi
The school sign out front of Meadow Heights is maintained with the help of dedicated volunteers of the PTA.
SPRING STAMPEDE
Chair: Linda Armstrong & Lisa Kemp
The Spring Stampede is the second largest fundraiser of the year, and probably the most anticipated event of the year for the students.  Students collect pledges for how many laps they run within the allotted amount of time on Stampede Day. Every student receives a free Stampede T-shirt  (subsidized by donations) and wears it during the event.  There are awards given to the highest fund-raiser and to the girl and boy with the most laps from each grade level.
Contact: stampede@meadowheights.org
STAFF APPRECIATION
Chair: Tracy Park
Our Staff Appreciation Committee plans and organizes monthly breakfasts for staff, as well as a special week of appreciation activities in May. They do such a good job, that feelings of appreciation are reciprocated between the staff and committee!
Contact: staffappreciation@meadowheights.org
STUDENT DIRECTORY
Chair: Tracy Park
The student directory is a nice way to share contact information with fellow Meadow Heights families. In recent years, the directory has been compiled into a digital PDF file and shared with those that were included in it, with paper versions available upon request. Opportunities to explore more online ways of sharing exist for the next chair of this committee.
WEE CARE
Chair: Jeana Feige
Wee Care is a program under Samaritan House, which collects donations through local schools, therefore enabling children to participate in community service and to learn to help others in need.  Samaritan House is a non-profit organization that provides services to help meet the essential daily needs of more than 12,000 low-income people within San Mateo County.  The Wee Care Committee organizes collection drives throughout the year for requested donations.
Contact: weecare@meadowheights.org 
YEARBOOK
Chair: Kelly Westberg
This committee handles the creation, sale and distribution of the annual yearbook. Thanks to their dedication and attendance of events throughout the school year, students have the opportunity to own a special memento of their time at Meadow Heights.
Contact: yearbook@meadowheights.org