MVSA Committees

There are many ways to get involved in MVSA activities depending on your interests and availability.  We’ve classified our committees into three basic types:

  1. General committees typically provide volunteer support and limited planning.
  2. Event committees are typically active for 1-2 months to plan for and execute specific events.
  3. Standing committees generally operate year-round to provide subject matter expertise and support to the organization.


Committee Type Description
MVSA Executive Board Standing The MVSA Executive Board is made up of elected officers including the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Executive Board has monthly meetings with the school principal, staff, and members. Major activities and events of the organization are discussed in the meetings. The Executive Board prepares recommendations to the membership on MVSA policy and fund allocations.
Book Fair Event The Book Fair is held during school hours several days before and on Back-to-School night in September. Volunteers help set up the library and assist children & parents with their book purchases.  Availability for shift assignments of 1-2 hours during school hours and/or on the evening of Back-to-School night is required.
Box Tops For Education (General Mills) General Box Tops coupons are collected, sorted, trimmed, counted and redeemed for cash.  Volunteers can help sort and prepare Box Tops coupons for redemption at home.
Budget Committee Event This committee plans the annual MVSA budget.
Disaster Preparedness General This committee is responsible for ensuring the school’s readiness for an emergency or disaster. Volunteers check each classroom emergency backpack for completeness and the bottled water supplies for freshness. They also prepare Emergency Release Forms used with student nametags.  Some availability during school hours is required.
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(Fine Arts Mini Experience)
Event Teaches art and music appreciation to all K-6th grade students.  The curriculum taught by docents is geared to each grade level.  Lessons are taught six times a year focusing on a composer and an artist.  The committee meets prior to each presentation.  The entire school is taught in small groups over a one-week period.  This activity requires availability during school hours.
Family Clean-Up Day Event This is a volunteer event designed for the whole family to attend and help with various cleanup activities around the campus.
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Halloween Carnival Event Usually held on the last Saturday in October in partnership with Mission San Jose Elementary School.  MANY volunteers are needed to help plan, organize and run the games, staff food booths, set up and clean up.  This is a major social event for the entire school community.
Hearing, Vision & CELDT Tests General Volunteers escort students to and from test area and assist as necessary.  Availability during school hours on the days of the tests is required.
Hospitality & Staff Appreciation Standing Volunteers manage functions such as the potluck luncheon for staff during conference time, the Young Authors Tea, MVSA meetings, and receptions for visiting groups.  Plans and hosts a special sit-down luncheon, usually on an early release day in May, for Mission Valley staff members. Duties include planning, shopping, cooking, decorating, arts and craft work for props and favors, serving, set up and clean up.  Several duties can be performed at home.
(A Major Fund-Raiser)
Event This event usually occurs in the Spring.  The entire student body participates in a run for a set length of time determined by grade level. Students obtain sponsors to pledge money at a flat rate or per lap that they run.  Volunteers are needed during school hours to assist in conducting the run.  Volunteers can also help at home by calculating pledges.
Letter Reward Picnic Event Each June, students in 4th-6th grade who received 80% or more of their weekly Letter Rewards are treated to a picnic at Central Park.  Volunteers assist in planning, shopping, cooking and baking.  Chaperones are needed to accompany the students to Central Park and during the picnic.  The parents volunteering at the picnic need to be available during school hours on the day of the picnic.
Library Aide General Assist in the library per our librarians’ request.  May help shelve books or other tasks as needed.
Marquee Changer General Update the school sign marquee with weekly events.
Membership & Donations Standing Process membership forms and donation money collected.  Coordinate reward incentives.  Create a directory listing names, phone numbers, and email addresses of MVSA members who choose to be included.  Volunteers are needed to prepare and assemble the directory in October.
Multicultural Fair Event Volunteers help plan and organize a multicultural event. An assembly would be held during school hours. The committee could choose to plan, organize and hold a Multicultural Fair with decorations, games, food booths and entertainment outside of school hours.
Picture Days General Pictures for class photo and yearbook are usually taken in October while make-up photos or retakes are in November or December.  Spring photos are usually taken in February.  Volunteers escort students to and from the photographer, assist with combing hair, adjusting clothes and supervising students.  Availability during school hours required.
Safety Patrol Standing Oversees School Crossing Guard program.  Volunteers needed to train and supervise 5th and 6th grade students in crossing guard duties.  Need to be available during short periods of time before and after school (about 30 minutes).
Science Camp Fundraiser Event Each year sixth grade students attend Science Camp.  A fundraising sale from September to October has been organized to help defray the cost of these trips.  Volunteers help with the sale, check and calculate order forms, and assist with product distribution in November.  Help can be occasional, days or evenings.
Sixth Grade Promotion Event There is a promotion party for 6th graders at the end of the school year. Planning typically begins around April. The committee coordinator arranges booking for the swim club and life guard, coordinates and assigns other volunteers to activities such as food, games, paper goods, cooking, staff invitations, and student diplomas. Many of the duties can be performed at home, some volunteers are needed during school hours on the day of the event.
Technology Committee Standing The committee is in charge of implementing the Technology Plan for the school. Staff and parent volunteers serve as mentors, instructors and general problem solvers for the school’s technology needs.  Committee meets once a month in the evenings.
Yearbook Event Creative, artistic volunteers who enjoy scrapbooking, taking pictures and are comfortable using the computer for graphics will be ideal for helping with the yearbook. They assist the lead teacher in various tasks such as taking pictures and making layouts of yearbook pages by cutting and pasting graphics and photographs. Photos need to be taken during school hours throughout the year while other tasks can be done at home. Most of the work is from February to April.