The PTA provides many programs and activities that directly benefit students to enhance their educational experiences at school. It wouldn’t be possible without resources (both money and volunteers). See below a list of our many events and activities.
Interested in helping with 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 Rose Ding at [email protected]
(alphabetical by committee name)
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.
ART IN ACTION
Chair: 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.
Chairs: Tracy Park & Robyn Eddings
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.
Our Beautification Committee helps keep the school campus attractive with activities such as gardening, clean-up, painting and landscaping.
Chairs: Michelle Michon & Tina Shamieh
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.
Chair: Alisa Mendonca
Book 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.
Chair: Akiko Lipton
The Box Top Committee organizes the collection and submission of box tops throughout the year.
Meadow Heights PTA is pleased to support music education in our TK thru 4th grade classrooms, by subsidizing the music program provided by Myriad Music School & Dance Academy in San Mateo. This prepares students for the district-provided music program offered in fifth grade, making our classroom music program one to admire.
Chairs: Mariano Svidler & Angel Barrios
The Emergency Supplies Committee helps insure the school is adequately prepared for an emergency with supplies of food and water.
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.
Chair: Nick Keenan
Join our fun group of dads who plan various events through the school year.
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!
FIFTH GRADE PROMOTION
Chairs: Rose Ding & Nicole Thomson
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.
GOLD RUSH DAYS
Gold Rush Day is a fun interactive experience for our 4th and/or 5th graders, as these students learn about California history. It’s a fun-filled day with enactments of staking claims, panning for gold, and exchanging goods for services.
GRANT WRITING/CORPORATE MATCHING
Chair: VP of Fundraising, Tracy Park
The grant writing committee is a new one we are trying to form. We are looking for those that have an interest and/or experience in researching opportunities for our school to apply for outside financial assistance. Corporate Matching volunteers will help determine the best approach to maximize the potential of companies that match charitable contributions.
Chair: Cheri Rivera
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.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Chair: 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.
Chair: Cheri Rivera
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.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Chair: Rose Ding
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.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR
Chair: Angel Barrios
This year we plan to host our first multicultural event, and we plan to keep this first one simple by making it centered around food. Join this committee to help shape what this new community event will become!
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!
Chair: Martha Michel
Help host a math night for Meadow Heights families, complete with games and interaction to make learning fun!
PEACE KEEPER PROGRAM
The Soul Shoppe program will once again be at Meadow Heights this school year, and the PTA is pleased to help fund the Elementary Peace Makers Program that goes along with it.
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.
SCHOOL SAFETY (CROSSING GUARDS)
The primary role of the school safety committee is to help ensure our students are safe on their commute to and from campus by volunteering as a crossing guard. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, and any help is appreciated.
Chairs: 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.
Chairs: Robyn Eddings & Angel Barrios
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!
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.
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.