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.
For general inquiries of volunteer opportunities, contact Vanessa Valentine at firstname.lastname@example.org
(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. Taught by an art instructor at Meadow Heights, with the support of a dedicated group of parent volunteers, this program is an enriching part of each child’s elementary education.
Chair: Karen Kvam
The annual auction is the largest fundraising event of the year! This fun online event allows a broader audience to participate, including family and friends from near and far. Last year's auction items ranged from a crocheted Baby Yoda to private storytime and cookies with their teacher to luxe golf at the HMB Ritz. It takes all skill sets to host such an event -- from donation procurement to artists/crafters to community outreach to logistics -- 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.
BILINGUAL PARENT RESOURCE
Chair: Maria Contente
Assist with communication, outreach and support between the PTA and our English as a Second Language (ESL) families.
Chair: Melissa Carlson
The Book Fair Committee helps organizes a 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.
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.
The Emergency Supplies Committee helps insure the school is adequately prepared for an emergency with supplies of food and water.
Chair: Ned Diamond, Wilson Lee, Ehren Koepf
Get to know other Meadow Heights dads through trivia nights and other fun events throughout the 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: Catherine Burdette, Kae Kwong
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 DAY
Chair: Laura Duncan & Diana Harris
Gold Rush Day is a fun interactive experience for our 4th 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 & SPONSORSHIPS
Chair: Karen Kvam
Help maximize the PTA's external fundraising revenues and ensure our students get additional enrichment opportunities for a well-rounded education by helping researching and applying for grants, developing partnerships with corporations and local businesses and maximizing the potential of companies that match charitable contributions.
Chair: Leslie Cruz
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: Christy Kuo
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.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR
Chair: Mia Karamatsu
We would like to keep this event active this year, but it will need to evolve due to health and safety concerns. Get involved in the brainstorming on how to celebrate our multicultural school
Chair: Melissa Carlson
Assist in library time (in the afternoons) under the supervision of the school librarian. Duties may include reading stories to students, and other creative ways to assist.
Chair: Autumn Schenck, Diana Harris & Melissa Carlson
Literacy Week usually takes place in March. It is a week of special reading related activities that culminates in a special interactive author assembly.
Chairs: Marcine Jansen, Priscilla Shaw
The Mustang Stampede is the second largest fundraiser of the year, and probably the most anticipated event of the year for the students. Prior to the Stampede, each student gets a web page through which to raise money for their run. On the big day, all the kids wear their Stampede shirts and run around the track, trying to set a personal record. Families stand on the sidelines, cheering on their little Mustangs as they whiz by!
PEACE MAKERS 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: Erika Wong
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. If you are interested, let us or Mrs. Wrightson in the office know.
Chair: Cheri Rivera
Help plan and organize a special week of appreciation in May. They do such a good job, that feelings of appreciation are reciprocated between the staff and committee!
Chairs: Angela Lee, Valerie Bourne
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.