About the PTA
Welcome to the Monte Vista Community! We are happy to have you. It’s a special place with many great family engagement opportunities.
Monte Vista PTA is a vital part of our school. We sponsor a number of annual school events, assist with the coordination of educational and community events hosted by the school, raise money for the school, and help determine how that money is spent.
Below is a quick description of the PTA events we have hosted at the school in recent years. While we plan to continue these events in the future, it will be up to the incoming PTA board to determine details and ensure we have the volunteers needed. We cannot do these events without help from the school community. Please consider joining the PTA to help plan these events or consider signing up for a slot at one or more of the events through the year. We have a great community, but many hands make light work and the more the merrier!
PTA Events & Programs
This is our biggest event of the year. We need lots of volunteers from planning to execution! The kids love this event – they prepare for it for weeks in advance. Students will collect pledges from friends and family members at either a flat rate or per lap. Each grade level will have a time-slot on Jog-a-thon day to run as many laps as they can. Then, students will collect their pledge money and turn it in to the school. It’s always a successful event and a lot of fun!
Giving Tree is a time-honored Monte Vista tradition that helps support our penguin families who need extra assistance during the winter holidays. We have served hundreds of families over several years due to the generosity of the Monte Vista community. We provide much-needed clothing items, toys, books, and food bags (for Thanksgiving and Winter breaks).
Boo-Hoo Breakfast is for Kindergarten parents on the first day of school for kindergarteners. We know how hard it is to drop off your little one in a scary new school (it’s harder on us than it is on them we think!). So please join us in the library (on the lawn during the pandemic!) after drop-off and enjoy some coffee and breakfast on us. We’ll also supply ample tissues for all the tears! Get to know other Kinder parents and learn about PTA opportunities to get involved.
This is a wonderfully-attended family event. Please bring a picnic basket with your dinner, a blanket, and your family to the front lawn of the school on this Friday evening. We will have lawn games and more! The weather is nice and the school year is kicking off!
During Balloon Fiesta, we have two wonderful crews and their balloons come to the playground grass to show students how the balloons work early one Friday morning. You can even get in a basket while the balloon is inflated! PTA will sell coffee, hot chocolate, and more!
Art & Dessert Night
This event is a long-standing tradition at Monte Vista. PTA collects dessert donations that will be on sale in the cafeteria. The students will display their amazing art in the hallways of the school which will be open for viewing all evening. PTA also collects donations from local artists and Monte Vista families for a silent auction in the gym. The auction includes art of all mediums, jewelry, textiles, and much, much more. Also for auction are student-designed class plates, one per class, which are always popular and the bids can get heated!
5th Grade Graduation
A bittersweet send-off to our lovely 5th graders! PTA hosts an ice cream social on the front lawn for 5th graders and their families.
Monthly Staff Appreciation Lunches
Each month, a different grade level will “sponsor” a staff appreciation lunch by signing up to bring a dish for the teachers to enjoy. The teachers love and appreciate this day, and it’s very important to moral to have a successful lunch each month! PTA will reach out to parents for contributions when their child’s grade is sponsoring.
Various Fundraiser Nights at Local Participating Restaurants
About once a month, PTA coordinates with a local restaurant to donate a portion of their proceeds for the day to Monte Vista. All you have to do is show up and mention the fundraiser! Restaurants include Da Vinci’s Pizza, Il Vicino, Olo, and others.
Other ways to get involved at Monte Vista
1. Teachers may ask for volunteers to help weekly, for an hour or so, to assist with either individual or small group work (committees). They may also ask parents to help with special activities, such as chaperoning field trips, assisting with classroom celebrations/parties, or preparing healthy food for classroom events. Keep in touch with your child’s teacher for more ideas on how you can help.
In order to assist on field trips, you need to have a background check completed.
2. The PTA helps the school coordinate a number of educational and community events, such as the Science Fair, the Mercado, and Field/Fun Day. These are events that are hosted by the school. Parents are often asked to volunteer time to help both staff and students with such activities. Additionally, the school needs a few parents to serve as representatives on the Wellness Council and the Instructional Council (the school advisory body), which are both comprised largely of teachers and staff and enable parents to make valuable contributions to the school’s decision-making process. Contact the front office for more information if you would like to become involved in this kind of activity at the school.
3. The PTA also helps with raising money for the school and decides how it will be spent (e.g. curriculum and computing supplies, PE supplies, books, art/music education, and more). Every year, the PTA allocates money to every teacher that they can use for their classroom in any way they want (supplies, parties, field trips, incentives, etc.). Joining the PTA allows you to play a vital part in these budget decisions and support the school. In addition to choosing budget priorities, PTA members are asked to generate new ideas for school programs, additional special events for students, and ways to improve upon the existing PTA activities and efforts the PTA currently undertakes on behalf of the school. The PTA welcomes help in all ways, big and small!
There are many other things that happen at the school that parent volunteers facilitate under the aegis of the PTA, such as the scheduling and set-up for school pictures, and the Caring Connection (the school’s newsletter).
If you would like to help with or take leadership for any of these activities, please contact us!
There are many ways to help out at Monte Vista. You are encouraged to find the way that fits your schedule and your interests. Even if you can only donate an hour of your time or help out once a year for a particular event, we invite your participation!
PTA Board & Committee Chairs
Meet the Monte Vista PTA Board for 2020-2021:
President: Sarah McKinney
I am the parent of two current penguins and one future penguin--Alex who is in the fifth grade, Will who is in third, and Jacob who is four years old. My husband and his family and my grandmother are Monte Vista alumni as well! In the past I have helped out around school by volunteering in my kids' classrooms, helping with various fundraisers, and coordinating Jogathon in 2019. I so appreciate the Monte Vista staff and community and look forward to helping make our PTA a welcoming, inclusive, and fun space for families and staff to come together to support our children and our school.
Treasurer: Taylor Traube
Secretary: Tara Cok
Hi Penguin families! I have three kids (grades 5th, 4th, and 1st) at Monte Vista. I am grateful for the amazing Monte Vista teachers, staff, and community, and I am glad to be able to serve on the PTA Board as Secretary again this year.
Vice President : Isabel Mesa
Isabel is originally from Ecuador, and after working for 9 years in different industries at Ecuador as an Environmental Manager, she came to NM with her 10 year old daughter (Sofia) for her PhD at The University of New Mexico. She loves outdoor activities and especially going hiking with Sofia. This Summer 2021 she is also an intern in an Environmental Consulting company at Albuquerque and getting ready for her graduation in May 2022.
Vice President : Teala Farrington
Vice President: Meg Healy
I am in charge of keeping our website and social media up-to-date with all of our PTA events! I have a third-grader and an incoming kindergartener at Monte Vista. I am so appreciative of the school's supportive community and look forward to being involved with our PTA again this year.
PTA Committee Chairs
Staff Appreciation Lunch Coordinator: Taylor Traub
Caring Connection Newsletter:
Box Top Coordinator: Jen Fuhrmeister
Giving Tree Coordinator: