- Tassajara Hills Foundation
- Tassajara Hills PTA
Learn More About PTA Programs
Scroll down to see the different activities that the PTA supports all day and every day!
BREAKFAST BOOK CLUB
Breakfast Book Club takes place from January through April and usually meets the first Wednesday of each month before school. Students read assigned books (a different one for each grade), and volunteer parents facilitate small group book discussions. Participating students also enjoy a quick breakfast before breaking up into their small groups. The program is open to students in 2nd through 5th grade at THE.
The Breakfast Book Club Chair position is currently open. Please contact VP of Family Engagement Cecilia Eng if you are interested in this position or committee.
HAWKS BUDDY PROGRAM
The Hawks Buddy Program was started during the 2020-2021 school year. The goal is to connect new families with returning families at Tassajara Hills Elementary (T.H.E) to build community and support families who are new to the school.
If you are a new or returning family interested, please sign up here: HawksBuddies.
For more information, please email Co-Chairs Yesica Pounds & Missy Purkiss HawksBuddies@gmail.com.
Volunteers complete copy jobs needed for the teachers according to the job order form teachers fill out. Volunteer hours are to be determined and you can sign up as often as once a week or every other week. It usually takes 45 minutes to complete the jobs for one day. Interested in getting involved? Please contact Holly Townsend for more information.
INCLUSION & DIVERSITY
The Inclusion & Diversity Chair assists in promoting diversity education and tolerance, as well as encouraging diverse parent involvement to represent all students at Tassajara Hills. Responsibilities also include attending a monthly meeting held by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and providing regular reports to the Tassajara Hills PTA.
Please contact chair Sneha Dutta Hazarika if you are interested in helping this committee.
For more information, check out the SRV Council of PTA Inclusion and Diversity Committee webpage.
We are so excited to be back on campus for the 22-23 school year and excited to bring back the Carnival!! This school year the event will be held in Spring. The tentative date is TBD so mark your calendars.
Kim Tompkins has generously agreed to chair the Carnival this year. She's looking forward to lots of help and input from everyone at THE. So email her today to get involved.
The Carnival Chair organizes and leads a team of volunteers to plan and operate the Carnival. The Chair is responsible for communication with the Principal, the PTA Executive Board, Tassajara Teachers and Staff, Room Parents, and the parent community. The Carnival sub-committees may include:
- Games - organizes the games, helps set up and take down the games, and communicates with the volunteer coordinator how many are needed to staff each game
- Field Events - organizes the field events, helps set up and take down the field events, and communicates with the volunteer coordinator how many are needed to staff each activity
- Prize Booth - collects and sorts the prizes for the prize booth
- Food - collects donations from families/companies for food/concessions (i.e., popcorn, snow cones, etc)
- Volunteer Coordinator - helps to recruit and organize volunteers for set-up and the day of carnival
- Raffle Contest - organizes and operates the Carnival raffle, including ordering tickets and gathering donations for prizes
- Public Relations & Communications - prepares flyers and posters to communicate carnival-related events to the school population
- Entertainment - organizes activities, such as dance troupes, music, or DJ, to entertain families at Carnival
- Arts & Crafts - organizes arts and craft activities at Carnival
- Sponsorship - reaches out to local businesses interested in sponsoring a booth at Carnival
FAMILY FUN EVENTS
The PTA hopes Family Fun Nights can be back in person this year!
The Family Fun Night Chair position is currently open. Please consider leading one of the ideas below or propose your own. These events can be anything you want. Our goal is simply to build community by providing a safe family-friendly event at school.
Movie Night, Talent Show, Concert, Performer.
If you would like to chair or help with any Family Fun Event, please contact VP of Family Engagement Cecilia Eng.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Health & Wellness Committee Chair meets with the district-level Health & Wellness committee to share ideas about promoting healthy habits at school. Areas of focus include nutrition education/healthy school lunches, physical education and activity, obesity awareness, school gardens, healthy school celebrations, and healthy fundraising. Any questions? Please contact Health & Wellness Committee Chair Lilia Bulgucheva.
For more information, please see the San Ramon Valley Council PTA Health & Wellness website.
The Hospitality Chair plans and hosts special events for the PTA and school families such as morning coffees. Want to get involved? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Achievement is a program designed to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy by becoming financially literate, workforce ready, and armed with an entrepreneurial mindset. JA has grade-specific lesson plans that are interactive and utilize a blended-learning approach that enables students to apply their learnings to life inside and outside of school. All JA programs focus on three important factors for 21st century success: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
To learn more, please visit the Junior Achievement Nor Cal website for an overview of the programs by grade level. Would you like to be the Junior Achievement volunteer for your child's class? Volunteers are provided with all lesson materials and coordinate with the teacher to schedule and teach 5 30-minute sessions to their classes in the Spring. are provided, and it would be a great opportunity to work closely with the students Volunteers receive teaching material from the coordinator.
The Junior Achievement Chair position is currently open. Please contact Shirine Mitchell if you are interested in chairing this or signing up for your child's clasroom.
The Legislation Chair advocates for issues that affect students and teachers at the District, State, and National levels. The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Legislative Advocacy Committee receives, analyzes, and disseminates information from our federal and state legislature, and advises the Legislation Chairs from each school on PTA positions taken at monthly meetings. The Legislative Chair then communicates the latest developments on those issues to the Parent and Teachers at Tassajara Hills.
This chair position is currently open. Please contact Holly Townsend if you would like to help.
For more information, please see the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Legislative Advocacy page.
LOST AND FOUND
Volunteers organize items that have been left behind at school and collected in the lost & found bins in the MPR. They fold the items and put them on display for pick up days and arrange for the donation of items not claimed.
The Lost & Found chair position is currently open. Please contact Shirine Mitchell if you would like to help.
Multi-Cultural Night is a wonderful, free family fun event where families can visit booths representing various countries, sample foods from all over the world, and enjoy a variety of cultural performances by our students and the community.
This event is amazing and cherished by THE families. But it needs a leader for the 21-22 school year.
Would you like to chair/ co-chair, or be on the committee to help plan and organize this event?
Please contact email@example.com.
PARENT & COMMUNITY CONCERNS
The goal of the PTA Parent & Community Concerns (PCC) Chair is to offer parent education events and information throughout the school year to help you navigate the road ahead. Some events are offered at individual school sites while others are open to parents from the entire school district. Be sure to check your school newsletter, school website and the SRVCPTA newsletter for information on upcoming events. For more information, please see the SRV Council of PTAs Parent & Community Concerns page.
This position is currently open. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED RIBBON WEEK
This year's Red Ribbon Week is October 25-29, 2021. The theme this year is “Drug free looks like me."
The PTA supports THE Leadership teachers and students as they plan events and activities for the school during Red Ribbon Week. The goal is to increase students' awareness of the importance of making healthy choices and the dangers of drug and alcohol use. If you would like to help with this event contact email@example.com.
Reflections is a nation-wide arts appreciation and recognition program for students sponsored by National PTA. The theme for the 2021-2022 school year is "I will change the world by....".
It takes place in the Fall, DUE DATES COMING SOON. Students may submit their original creations in the following categories:
• Dance Choreography
• Film Production
• Visual Arts
• Music Composition
• Film Production
• Visual Arts
• Music Composition
If you are interested in chairing or helping this committee or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Kolbe and check out the National PTA Reflections Page.
Room Parents work with the teacher and parents to arrange class parties, collect donations, field trips, schedule volunteer times, and assist with other classroom projects as needed. They also help coordinate events for Staff Appreciation Week in May. For more detailed information, please contact Room Parent Coordinator Shirine Mitchell.
This committee assists the school SITE council in meeting the safety needs of our students. Activities include maintaining emergency bags in each classroom, providing window shades in case of emergency, and parking lot safety.
The Safety Chair position is currently open. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this position.
Science Night is an annual PTA event in which we contract with Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose to come to our school and bring the science to us!
Past themes have included "Amusement Park Science" in which families explored gravity as they created miniature roller coasters, experienced the power of springs as they made their own pinball machines, and tested their strength while learning about air and water power. The 2018 theme was "Secret Agent Science" in which families gathered tools and knowledge needed to lift fingerprints, analyze handwriting, track footprints, and extract DNA to solve the world’s mysteries!
Science Night is scheduled for TBD.
5:30-6:45pm for grades K-2
6:45-8:00pm for grades 3-5
For further information or to help with this event, please contact Science Night Chair Wendy Chan.
The Sister School program provides support to our partner school in a disadvantaged area of Contra Costa County through donation drives and arranges delivery of items to the school. Our Sister School is Grant Elementary in Richmond, CA. In the past, we have held two or three drives per school year, for items such as coats, toiletries, Halloween costumes, and school supplies.
We are currently looking for a Sister School Chair. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Holly Townsend.
The goal of the PTA Special Needs Committee is to: (1) provide information and support to parents and staff so they can help children with special needs succeed; and (2) help ALL children and adults understand and appreciate challenges faced by children with special needs. The Special Needs Chair attends monthly meetings regarding current programming for Special Needs in our district and promotes them within the school, and also organizes Ability Awareness Week.
This Chair position is open. Please contact Cecilia Eng if interested in chairing or helping teachers plan ability awareness activites.
For more information regarding the Council PTA Special Needs Committee, check out their webpage.
The Run for Education (formerly “Primo’s Run”) has been a tradition in the San Ramon Valley for 35 years. Our 10k, 5k Timed, 5k Fun Run Walk, Mini Run, and this year's Friendship Run, are the primary fund-raising activities for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes education in our community in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Together with our 35 affiliates, we annually raise millions of dollars to support our underfunded schools.
The Run is staying VIRTUAL in 2021! Check out the Run for Education website if you would like further information.
The Run for Education Site Rep/ Chair helps promote the Run within the Tassajara Hills community. Please contact Jordan Cox if you are interested in helping with this event.
STAFF RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Staff relations volunteers assist with planning and executing four breakfasts, as well a luncheon for teachers and school staff over the course of the school year. Interested in helping with staff relations events? Please contact Shirine Mitchell.
“Science – Technology – Engineering – Math”
STEM Club is a club started by a group of parents interested in promoting STEM education as an extracurricular activity for our students at Tassajara Hills Elementary. In the past, students have dissected owl pellets, built motorized jitterbugs, made fruit batteries, solved engineering challenges such as egg drop and tallest marshmallow/ toothpick structures. Each class is led by a volunteer parent “teacher” and facilitated by additional parent volunteers to assist students with projects.
If interested in helping, please contact Saradha Rajnikanth.
Looking for a fun way to volunteer but can't commit to every week? Or maybe you can commit and are looking for something new? Stride for pride is our school's running program. The kids run or walk laps and get tokens for meeting their goals. It takes place before school and during lunch recess - days vary depending on parent volunteer availability. Parent volunteers are needed to help monitor and record the number of laps the kids complete (as well as cheer them on!)
The Teachers are currently running Stride For Pride, they would love to return to parent leadership.
If you are interested in chairing this program or volunteering please contact Cecilia Eng.
VISION & HEARING SCREENING
Volunteers on this committee assist the nurse to organize and schedule the vision and hearing screenings.
The Vision & Hearing Chair position is currently open. Please contact Holly Townsend if you are interested in helping.
Help capture memories for our children by volunteering for Yearbook! The Yearbook committee assists with taking photos of school events, and designing pages for the yearbook. We are in need of parent volunteers for class pages, event pages and collecting photos throughout the year. If interested, please contact our Yearbook Chair.