Student Enrichment

Art Docents
Art Docents

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Did you know that funding is no longer provided for arts education in elementary schools? For many of our students, the only arts instruction they will receive is from volunteer art docents. Art docents are parent volunteers who receive training, curriculum ideas, and materials in order to provide art instruction in classrooms. This program, which is coordinated by Meeker Elementary PTA, is always looking for more parents interested in volunteering in the classroom as art docents to help fill this gap in our children's education.
Field Trips
Field Trips

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Did you know that field trips are no longer funded at the state, district, or school level? Each year, Meeker PTA provides $6 per student for field trip admissions or some other costs associated with field trips.
Junior Achievement BizTown
Junior Achievement BizTown

Chair:
(none)
When:
May

Each spring, Meeker PTA funds and coordinates the Junior Achievement BizTown program for all Meeker fifth- and sixth-graders.

JA World is an indoor center that contains a mini city with up to 20 public and private businesses. Each business within the center is sponsored by a real local business and displays the authentic logo and the actual marketplace appearance of the sponsor bringing the Village to life for the students. Before visiting JA World, students complete a pre-visit curriculum program where they learn basic economic principles such as how to manage their personal bank account. They also participate in job interviews, learn about their new workplace and the job they will perform. Jobs range from retail sales professionals, accountants, business managers, medical professionals to TV and newspaper reporters. There is even a mayor!

STEM Night (formerly known as Science Fair)
STEM Night (formerly known as Science Fair)

Chair:
(none)
When:
February 2015

Not only does Meeker PTA have a budget line item allocated to purchasing the STEM Night participant ribbons and other supplies, we also sell science fair boards during Meeker Munchies in January and February as a service to students.
Family Art Night
Family Art Night

Chair:
(none)
Math Adventures
Math Adventures

Chair:
(none)

Funding

Library Books
Library Books

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Did you know that Meeker PTA is responsible for more than half of the books in the school library? Each year, we provide $2,000 to the library to purchase books, as well as coordinating two Scholastic Book Fairs that provide additional resources to the library.
P.E. Equipment
P.E. Equipment

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Each year, Meeker PTA provides $750 to the school to purchase and maintain P.E. equipment.
Playground Maintenance and Improvements
Playground Maintenance and Improvements

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Four years ago, Meeker PTA granted the Puyallup School District the funds necessary to expand the school playground. In addition, we provide $200 to the school each year to handle playground maintenance and small improvements.
Safety Equipment and Supplies
Safety Equipment and Supplies

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Meeker PTA provides much of the school's safety equipment and supplies, including emergency backpacks in each classroom and safety vests used during lahar drills.
Student Planners
Student Planners

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

Each fall, Meeker's fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade regular education students all receive spiral-bound full-color planners courtesy of Meeker PTA.

Events

Back-to-School BBQ
Back-to-School BBQ

Chair:
(none)
When:
September

Our annual BBQ welcomes families back to school each September. It is scheduled to lead up to the school-sponsored Teacher Meet-and-Greet that typically occurs the day before the first day of school. Your PTA welcomes all Meeker students and families to a fun-filled (and free!) event in Meeker's "backyard," where families enjoy grilled hot dogs, chips, and drinks, get a chance to sign up for some of Meeker's wonderful programs, and re-connect with each other in a picnic atmosphere.
Donuts for Dad
Donuts for Dad

Chair:
(none)
When:
June

This annual event is held each June on a Friday morning before school in the Meeker gym. Students and their dads/grandfathers/uncles or other important male role models are invited to enjoy donuts, juice, and coffee while celebrating the important men in Meeker students' lives. This event is sponsored by Meeker PTA free of charge.
Family Art Walk
Family Art Walk

Chair:
(none)
When:
May

Meeker Elementary PTA's annual Family Art Night is an amazing culmination of a year's worth of work by our students and their art docents. Our hallways are transformed into interactive art galleries, and families roam through the school admiring the innovative art - all centered around a yearly theme. Students can participate in an art scavenger hunt, families can purchase treats in the "Art Café," and local artists set up demonstrations at tables interspersed throughout the school.
Family Movie Nights
Family Movie Nights

Chair:
(none)
When:
Varies
Family Skate Nights
Family Skate Nights

Chair:
(none)
When:
Varies
Family Swim Nights
Family Swim Nights

Chair:
(none)
When:
Varies
Field Day
Field Day

Chair:
(none)
When:
June
Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop

Chair:
(none)
When:
December 2014
Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair

Chair:
(none)
When:
October and May
Staff Appreciation Week
Staff Appreciation Week

Chair:
(none)
When:
May

Programs

Artsonia
Artsonia

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing
Awards
Awards

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Each year, Meeker Elementary PTA solicits nominations and selects recipients for several distinguished awards: the Golden Acorn award (recognizing an outstanding volunteer), the Outstanding Educator award, the Outstanding Advocate award, and the Honorary Lifetime Membership award. Your PTA coordinates the presentation of these awards at various school-wide events, and hosts the winners at the Puyallup PTA Council's Annual Awards Night.
Birthdays
Birthdays

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round
Camp Meeker
Camp Meeker

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring
Meeker Munchies
Meeker Munchies

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round
Membership
Membership

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Membership is the cornerstone of our association. The more members Meeker Elementary PTA has, the more of a voice we have at the state level, where we can advocate for the issues that are most important to the families at our school.
Patrol Recognition
Patrol Recognition

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing
Reflections
Reflections

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

The Reflections program is one of the nation's oldest and largest arts education programs. It has encouraged millions of students across the nation to explore their artistic talents by creating works of art for fun and recognition. Each fall, Meeker students are encouraged to submit an arts project in any of six categories - visual arts, photography, literature, film production, dance choreography, and music composition. All participants are recognized at an awards ceremony, and local judges select several entries in each category to move on to the council level.
SBA Testing Snacks
SBA Testing Snacks

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Meeker PTA provides snacks and drinks to students going through state testing each spring.
School Yearbook
School Yearbook

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring 2015
Sixth Grade Recognition
Sixth Grade Recognition

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring
Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing
Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Meeker PTA recognizes one or more volunteers each month as the "Volunteer(s) of the Month." Nominations for this award are solicited from Meeker staff members, parents, and other volunteers. Each month's winner(s) receives a special "Volunteer of the Month" t-shirt, as well as recognition in the PTA newsletter and on the school's electronic reader board.
WatchDOGS
WatchDOGS

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Fundraising

APEX Walk-a-thon
APEX Walk-a-thon

Chair:
(none)
Box Tops
Box Tops

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Meeker PTA coordinates the collection and submittal of both General Mills' "Box Tops for Education" for Meeker. This fundraiser brings in over $1,000 each year in both money and school equipment. As an incentive for students to participate in this fundraiser, classrooms compete for a traveling Box Tops Trophy that is awarded at each month's Meeker spirit assembly. At the end of the school year, the class with the highest total count of box tops receives an ice cream sundae party. Box tops can be sent in to Meeker in a Ziploc bag with the student and teacher name on it.
Cherrydale/Otis Spunkmeyer
Cherrydale/Otis Spunkmeyer

Chair:
(none)
When:
October-November

In the fall, Meeker PTA sponsors a school-wide fundraiser from the Cherrydale and Otis Spunkmeyer catalogs. Cherrydale products include wrapping paper, jewelry, kitchen items, frames, and gift sets. Otis Spunkmeyer sells tubs of pre-portioned cookie dough in variety of flavors, as well as some frozen pastries and baked goods. Meeker PTA earns 40% of the sales from this fundraiser, which allows us to operate so many popular events and programs.
Recycling Ink Cartridges
Recycling Ink Cartridges

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Advocacy

Focus Day
Focus Day

Chair:
(none)
When:
January
Parent Representatives on School Committees
Parent Representatives on School Committees

Chair:
Megan Klein
When:
Ongoing

Meeker PTA has worked with school administration to ensure there is a parent representative on the building's core committees: the Assembly Committee, the Central School Improvement Process ("CSIP") Committee, the Diversity Committee, and the Safety Committee. These parent representatives attend monthly meetings alongside staff members and are the voice of Meeker families - both in bringing parents' concerns to the table, and in disseminating important school news to Meeker families.
Parent Advocacy
Parent Advocacy

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Did you know that PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in the country? From the nation's capitol to Meeker's halls, PTA is advocating to make sure that students are provided with a quality education in a safe environment. Meeker PTA can coach parents in how to advocate for their students as well as campaign for long-term changes when widespread issues exist.