A bulk of the money PTA raises goes toward enhancing curriculum to compliment and enrich the public education program at Monroe. This includes supporting specialist teachers in physical education, computers, and science. The PTA helps pay the salaries of these specialist instructors as well as for the supplies they use in their programs. Due to your support, we are able to offer these amazing programs to our students!
Physical Education: PE is an important part of our students' day. Our energetic coach leads students in innovative activities focusing on cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, balance, coordination, strength, endurance, and sports related skills. Monroe's State Physical Fitness Test scores are at the top for of the Santa Barbara School District. Each class at Monroe has the chance to get out and work on building healthy bodies with the PE specialist. Students also train on Monroe's own state-of-the-art obstacle course!
Computers: Monroe is fortunate to have a brand new computer lab with a full set of computers. The lab can accommodate a full class with a computer for each student. Every class at Monroe regularly works in the computer lab where all students have an opportunity to learn keyboarding, mouse control, math and word processing programs, and use the Internet to safely connect to the wonders of the world.
Science: Monroe is fortunate to have a dedicated science lab at our school. The lab is fully equipped with amazing science tools from beakers to microscopes. The PTA supports science education and helps fund our Science Specialist who brings the excitement of discovery and hands-on exploration to our students.
The PTA provides volunteers and raises money to support student enrichment activities such as: student assemblies, gardening, Reflections, and Field Trips.
The PTA raises money to provide nearly all special student assemblies. Past PTA funded assemblies have included speakers and performers such as Michael Katz, The Perfect Gentlemen and other performers from around the world.
Monroe is fortunate to have several garden boxes on the campus. The PTA funds small gardening projects, which allow students to experience and apply many of the skills they are learning in the classroom to the real world. Through cultivating and caring for the butterfly garden students can watch biology in action first hand. In the vegetable gardens students can get a taste not only for a new food, but for the process of producing and growing their own food as well.
The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for all students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts. Monroe has had students advance all the way to the State Level on several occasions! The 2015 theme for Reflections is Let Your Imagination Take Fly!
Math Super Bowl
Each year Monroe School sends a 4th, 5th and 6th grade team to the County Education Office's Math Super Bowl. Students, with the help of volunteer parent coaches, start preparing for the Math Super Bowl in September, and work throughout the year to practice for the May event. Each participating school selects its top 4 math students in grades 4, 5 and 6. This team of 12 students represents its school at the event. All team members receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment in being chosen to represent their school. The PTA helps organize parent volunteers, pays the entrance fees for the students, provides t-shirts and sponsors the celebration party after the event.
Coupled with the Science Fair, Science Night is a fun-filled evening of exploration and learning. Scientists from around the Santa Barbara Area, from a variety of disciplines, set up exhibits and hands-on fun for kids and parents alike. Get up-close and personal with a sea slug, gaze at the stars through a telescope or discover the amazing world of the nano! And don't forget to check out the amazing projects of our own Monroe Elementary student scientists!
Community Building and Family Fun
Our PTA is committed to supporting families and building a sense of community here at Monroe.
Fun for the whole family and a great way to get to know other Monroe families! This school wide event is organized by a collaboration of teachers and PTA parents. Traditionally it has a Halloween theme- complete with a haunted house. Costumes are definitely encouraged! Invite friends, relatives and neighbors to join in the fun. We fill the playground with game booths for the kids, a cakewalk, and serve incredible food prepared and donated by Monroe families. Game tickets can be purchased at the event or you can purchase a bracelet for unlimited fun! All proceeds go to the Monroe General fund for programs, supplies and support!
The annual Monroe Kermes is a festival of food and fellowship. Families bring traditional Latin American food and sell it (sometimes in a friendly spirit of competition to see who makes the best food). There are piñatas, music and performances by local dance companies. This type of event is traditional in many parts of Mexico, but also many other countries and can be enjoyed by all! There is no entrance fee and all proceeds go to the Monroe General fund for programs, supplies and support!
Walk & Roll to School Days/Affordable Helmet Program
Twice a year we partner with Safe Routes to School to encourage environmental awareness and physical fitness by finding alternatives to using our cars to get to school. Water and certificates are handed out to those who participate. In the spring we coordinate the day with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Office’s Bike helmet program. It is a great opportunity to get helmets at an affordable price and have them fitted on the spot by a trained professional!
Students have an opportunity in the spring to bring books from home that they have read and exchange them for something new to read. This fun event encourages the students to read and recycle at the same time!
Green Party Supplies
The Monroe School PTA helps Monroe School be as environmentally friendly as possible and reduce waste by purchasing reusable plates, cups, and utensils for each classroom that can be used over and over again for class parties and events. Preserve Products tableware is made out of 100% recycled, BPA and melamine free plastic.
Bring Your Family to School Day
Parents, grandparents and other family members are always welcome to help at school, but Bring Your Family to School Day is a special opportunity for your child to share their school with you. Join them for a piece of their day at school, and experience a bit of this important part of their life. Opportunities include special projects and activities during class time or having breakfast or lunch with your child.
Family Restaurant Nights
Throughout the year we organize a Monroe gathering at local family-friendly restaurants. This is a fun way to get out of the house and connect with other Monroe families!
Monroe Beautification & Adopt-a-Spot Gardening
Monroe PTA teams up with Santa Barbara United Way who organizes community volunteers to help out with school fix-it projects, gardening and more on Monroe Beautification Day. Also, each year families adopt an area on campus that they spruce up and maintain during the year. Thank you to everyone foe helping keep Monroe so beautiful!
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Days
As a token of thanks toward the end of the school year we organize an amazing luncheon and breakfast for all the teachers and staff of Monroe who have given so much to our children throughout the year.
End of the Year BASH!
At the end of the school year we organize a party at a local park or beach to welcome summer and say farewell to our friends from school. This is a casual, fun way for the whole family to connect with Monroe friends before we all skip into summer!