PTSA Parent Involvement Activities
CAN YOU HELP?
On behalf of Arcadia Welfare and Thrift, students are asked to donate specified food items during a week-long drive to benefit local needy families.
FIRST DAY COFFEE
This event is held on the morning of the first day of school. Parents are encouraged to visit with other parents and review the volunteer opportunities available at Foothills.
An on-line newsletter is published four times a year. It provides information on school events, important issues, etc. The FOOTNOTES newsletter is linked under the Parents section of the Foothills Middle School website.
Honorary Service awards are given each year to honorees that have been invaluable volunteers at Foothills as well as in the community. Nominations are requested.
Hospitality acts as the social committee. It coordinates coffee and refreshments for PTSA sponsored events.
The magazine drive is the primary PTA fundraiser. Students raise funds by selling subscriptions for magazines. Profits from the sale fund the Foothills PTSA programs as well as allow PTA to donate money directly to the ASB (Associated Student Body).
8th grade parents help plan and facilitate this June party for only 8th graders.
The PTSA meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of each month at 8:45 a.m. in the library. The meetings are a great time to ask questions, hear updates from Principal Nadia Hillman and Assistant Principal Ben Acker, learn about school activities, and get to know other parents. These meetings are the best way to stay updated and informed about what’s going on at Foothills!
RED CROSS DRIVE
The Red Cross Drive is an annual drive in March to raise money for Red Cross and disaster preparedness supplies for our school. Students are asked to make small contributions towards this worthy cause.
RED RIBBON WEEK
A week of activities celebrated annually in October to educate children on the dangers of substance abuse.
All students are encouraged to participate in this National PTA sponsored creativity contest. The categories include language arts, music, photography, visual arts, and choreography.
Parents are needed as chaperones and to supply refreshments. There are four dances each school year and the first dance is traditionally in October.
This event is held on an evening in February. Students participate in their chosen
talent. Tryouts are required. Parents help in decorating and also in supervising tryouts and rehearsals.
Parent volunteers provide treats for the faculty on one Friday of each month.
Parents - Additional Opportunities for Involvement:
ARCADIA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (AEF):
Since its founding in 1981 the Arcadia Educational Foundation has
contributed in excess of $5 million to a wide range of urgently needed instructional materials, computer software, science lab renovations, teacher enrichment grants, musical instruments, library media centers and a broadcast communication system for the Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD).
Parents administer the Foundation and community volunteers committed to preserving academic excellence in the District, with nearly 100% of funds raised directly benefiting its more than 9,000 elementary, middle and high school students. AEF is the single largest financial booster in the AUSD, raising money through membership subscriptions, targeted Capital Campaigns, fundraisers, proceeds from administering the summer school program, and by sponsoring the Scrip program. By becoming members in AEF, all families can help continue the hallmark educational program that has contributed to Arcadia’s community pride and helps sustain the high value of our neighborhoods.
CHINESE PARENTS CLUB
Chinese Parents Club provides support through monthly meetings to encourage parental involvement, exchange cultural ideas, language translation and parenting information.
The Music Club supports the music program at FMS. Monthly meetings are held.
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL
The SSC is composed of staff, students and parents. It is the responsibility of the School Site Council (SSC) to monitor the development and revising of the Single School Plan for Student Achievement. This plan is required as part of California’s implementation of the federal law, “No Child Left Behind”. The goals and activities in the plan are long range in nature but must be annually reviewed by the Council.
Involvement on the SSC is both interesting and rewarding. Members are briefed about the progress the school is making toward implementation of the Single School Plan goals. Information is presented to inform the Council about academic programs and activities at the school. Data from state and District testing is presented, explained, and reviewed. Based on this ongoing input, Council members review the Single School Plan as required and then recommend the plan to the Governing Board of the District. Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month.