Programs

We are busy weaving educational and community building programs into the fabric of your student and family’s experience at MATES.
Year after year, we offer varied assemblies and evening events to cover a wide range of interests and opportunities.
We support the Mission of MATES and the arts and technology focus of our school.
We also enjoy incorporating our community professionals and MATES parents into the programs we offer to the students and parents.  
Imagine a photo album of your child’s time at MATES. Each page is a year, and all together, they encompass the elementary career they take with them. Some programs are offered yearly or every other year, and each time, we strive to offer the best for our school.

Programs

Boohoo & Yahoo Welcome Coffee (August 22 | First Day of School)
Welcoming parents and connecting through coffee, light refreshments, and great conversation
Welcome Social (September 12)
Social to kick off the school year by connecting parents and bringing our MATES community together
Family Movie Night (October 21)
Event Chair: Rose Lockwood
Family Dance (December 2)
Event Chair: Alison Fajardo Rivera
Another family favorite! There’s a LIVE DJ! Dance your heart away. It’s a joyful evening with your kids and your MATES community.
Talent Show (January 12 & 13)
MATES GOT TALENT, and it’s showtime! We can’t wait to tune in this program featuring our incredible students!
Winter Art Gallery (January 26)
Event Chair: Lori Allen
STEAM Night (February 23)
Event Chair: Erin Tracey | Email directly
A remarkably fun event that features both students and the community in exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics
Women in History (March 30)
Event Chair: Lisa Hillman | Email directly
5th graders work in teams, do research, and make presentations to the rest of the school with posters and skits – each sharing about a different woman in history
Earth Day Community Event (April 22)
MATES coming together to celebrate Earth Day through community action – looking for volunteers to help support the planning and day of event
Staff Appreciation Week (May 1 – 5)
Event Chair: Amanda Le Louie
This is when we shower our MATES TEAM with LOVE!!! All these magical experiences are made possible through the continued dedication and support of all our MATES families.

Recurring Programs

Monthly Cultural Highlight Board
Event Chair: Bing Xu Liu
Celebrating individuals of diverse backgrounds who have positively impacted the world for our MATES students and community
Art@Lunch (Starts September 20 | Tuesdays)
Event Chair: LeeAnne Mackey
Every Tuesday during lunch, students join in the MPR or on the blacktop to make whimsical fun art – looking for volunteers to help support the planning and day of event
Run Club (Starts October 4 | Tuesdays)
Event Chairs: Aimee Limon, Nancy Melgar, & Amy Pyne
Run Club meets every Tuesday morning at 7:45 until 8:05 in time to get back to class. All ages are welcome, and you can sign up when you show up. There is also a Run Club Permission Slip or Google Form to fill out.
We have state of the art chip timers on our running track on the lower field. It’s a great way to start the day! Looking for volunteers to help support the planning and weekly event!

Assemblies

Parent Empowerment Events (Starts November 15)
We have speakers who motivate us to be stronger and more confident for our children in facing today’s world that is brimming with fear and uncertainty.
We also learn how to manage misbehavior without yelling, repeating, or shaming our children.
In addition, we learn strategies to keep up with a young generation of digital natives through education about internet safety, security, and ethics.
Author Assembly (February 1)
The children enjoy meeting and greeting their favorite authors as they present the release of their new book(s). The students also get the chance to purchase an autographed copy of these new releases.
Pairs a current MATES family with a newly enrolled family to help them acclimate to our wonderful school
Park Playdates (July 31 & August 14)
Email matesmentors@matesmcn.net
For any questions about a program this year, please contact:
Chelsea Goldenberg and Val Imbriale: Programs@matesmcn.net

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