What Is MESA?

MESA is the non-profit parent organization of the Robinson and Jordan Jackson elementary schools. If you have a child in grades K-5, you are considered a member of MESA.


What Does MESA Do?

MESA’s mission is to foster a sense of community within the two elementary schools and to raise funds that support teachers inside the classroom as well as programs outside the classroom.  

MESA supports the improvement of education through literacy programs, math and science enrichment programs, art and music performances, community outreach and social activities.  

Our monthly meetings provide a forum for communication amongst parents, teachers, school administrators & the Mansfield community. 

Meetings take place every other month in the Robinson Cafeteria.  Children are always welcome!


MESA Fundraisers and Events


Thinking of getting involved with MESA? Here are our current fundraisers and events. If you have an idea for a new event or want to get involved with one below, please contact us at correspondingsec@mesa4parents.org.


FUNDRAISERS


Book Fairs – In the fall and spring, book fairs are held at the Robinson and Jordan / Jackson schools.  During the fall, the book fairs are open after school hours and during parent-teacher conferences for parents/guardians to visit and purchase books.  During the spring, the book fairs are open after school, during conferences, and additionally, during school hours for students to visit with their classes. As a volunteer on the book fair committee, you would help plan and coordinate the book fairs. In addition, you would coordinate with the Principals and librarians to schedule the classrooms visits (in the spring).  You would be responsible for arranging parent volunteers to help operate the book fairs (setting up, breaking down, operating the registers) and collecting and organizing the payments and submitting those payments to the MESA treasurer.


Parent Night Out / Spring Fling – This is an adults-only social event put on by MESA in the spring.  Monetary and item donations are collected from various entities to create auction, silent auction, raffle baskets and more! Volunteers assist with contacting local companies and others through websites to collect monetary gifts and items for the auctions / baskets. Volunteers are also needed to help put together the raffle baskets, set-up, clean up, etc.


Box Tops for Education – Throughout the school year, students are encouraged to bring in Box Tops (cut from the packaging of participating food / storage companies).  As a Box Top coordinator, you will assist in publicizing participation by Robinson and Jordan / Jackson students in the Box Tops program. You will also coordinate with General Mills, collect, and submit all the Box Tops.  


Square One Art – Students create artwork in their art classes and Square One Art turns these pieces into items you can order, such as mugs, ornaments, keychains, or more. As a volunteer for Square One Art, you will be responsible for coordinating with the art teachers to be sure they have class time scheduled to create the artwork. You will collect the artwork and submit the package to Square One for the products to be made. For orders not placed online, you will be responsible for collecting and submitting the payments to the MESA treasurer for deposit.


Unfundraiser – For our fall fundraiser this year, we are asking for direct donations. There is nothing for your students to sell, nothing for parents to buy, and 100% of your donation goes directly into the programs MESA runs for your students!


Amazon – Use Amazon Smile every time you order from Amazon for MESA to make a percentage of your sale.


Restaurant / Store Nights – Each month, MESA distributes a flyer for you to take to a certain local restaurant and MESA receives a percentage of the proceeds! Be on the lookout for the flyers coming home with your students!


Shutterfly – Use this link every time you shop at Shutterfly - http://mesa4parents.shutterflystorefront.com/ and 13% of your purchase will go back to MESA!


Photography – Local photographers offer to donate portions of their proceeds of family photo sessions back to MESA.


Spritwear – School spirit t-shirts, sweatshirts, headbands, etc. are made for sale to our students, their families, relatives and friends!  We are working with a new company this year to provide some changes and variety.


Supermarkets – Local grocery stores donate back to MESA when their customers’ store cards are registered to our schools!


EVENTS


Maplewood – This year, we offered a Family Fun Day to families to socialize and have fun with all the activities Maplewood has to offer! We hosted this event in September as a welcome back to school and it was a great success!


Bookworms – Bookworms is a program offered to kindergarten through 4th grade students. During school hours, students are invited to visit the cafeteria where they choose one FREE book to keep and bring home.  We purchase a large variety of books to cover various topics and reading levels. As a Bookworms volunteer, you will assist in purchasing, setting up the books, distributing the books to the children as they attend the program, and cleaning up at the end.


One Book / One Grade – This program is currently only offered to our 5th grade students. The teachers and administrators assist in picking out one book for all 5th grade students to read. By having all students read the same book, they’re able to discuss, collaborate and participate in various group activities while reading and learning about the book.


Yearbook – The yearbooks are a compilation of the students (class and individual photos) and all the activities that occur throughout the year. Many volunteers are needed to make the yearbook successful each year! As a member of the yearbook committee, you will assist in planning and creating the Robinson and Jordan / Jackson yearbooks. The yearbook is usually printed by our photo company (currently, Lifetouch).  At the start of the year, we request that one parent from each classroom offer to be the classroom yearbook photographer. You are responsible for coordinating with the teachers to be present and take pictures of the various classroom events throughout the year. As a committee member, you will interact with the vendor to meet scheduled deadlines, guide parent volunteer photographers, oversee ordering, and handle the distribution of yearbooks.  


Halloween Bingo – Halloween Bingo is an event that MESA hosts in October (usually 2 nights).  It is a free family event, where students, their siblings and parents / guardians can come to the Robinson cafeteria dressed in costume for some Bingo fun!  As a committee volunteer, you will assist in planning and coordinating the event, ensuring the space is reserved with the school, collecting and/or compiling small prizes for the event, and manage RSVPs.


Field Day – Field days are held in June at the Robinson and Jordan / Jackson.  At the Jordan / Jackson, all classes attend on one day.  At the Robinson, the classes attend on two different days based on their grade. Many volunteers are needed for field day to make the event run smoothly.  Volunteers are needed for planning the event and developing and enhancing field games and activities, day of set up, operating the stations, being runners for various items that may be needed (water, first aid, etc.), and breaking down the activities at the end of the day. It is a super fun day for the kids (and parent volunteers!) but can NOT run smoothly without the help of many!


Kindergarten Garden Wonders – Garden Wonders is an event for kindergarteners and their parent / guardian only.  It is a weeknight evening where the kindergarteners participate in several hands-on stations to learn more about the life cycle of plants (which coordinates with their school curriculum.) As a volunteer, you will assist in planning and coordinating this interactive program. You will coordinate with the school to reserve the space, help plan the activities, ensure all the materials are purchased and available for the night of the event, and coordinate volunteer efforts for operating the stations.  Several volunteers are needed to ensure that we are able to run this event!


Reading Caterpillar at Robinson – The Reading Caterpillar is a fun event MESA hosts at the Robinson school.  It is designed to encourage students to read, as their logged reading minutes “grow the caterpillar”.  A decorative caterpillar winds its way through the school on the walls of the hallway (paper circles that have been laminated and used year to year; each circle represents a certain increment of reading time).  At the end of each week (the program runs for 2 weeks), all of the minutes read throughout the school are tallied and the caterpillar body grows by that amount of minutes. As a volunteer, you will coordinate with the school to determine the program dates, publicize the program, help develop incentives, calculate the reading minutes as they are turned in, and assist in “growing the caterpillar” (taping the circles to the walls).  You will also provide assistance in taking the caterpillar off the walls at the end of the program and storing the materials for the following year.


Teacher Appreciation Dinner – Conference dinners for the teachers are held at the Robinson and Jordan / Jackson during fall and spring conferences.  This program is held to show appreciation to the teachers for all the hard work they do. The dinners are scheduled for the same night that the teachers hold their evening conferences.  MESA typically has this event catered and asks for donations of paper goods and other needed supplies. As a volunteer, you will assist in establishing the catering menu, ordering the food, ensuring it is ready and at the event, set up for the dinner, assist with serving and other needs during the dinner, and clean up after the dinner is over.    


Food Drive –As a volunteer, you will work with the principals and staff to determine an appropriate date for the event.  You will also assist with publicizing for the event, collecting and organizing the food, and delivering it to the Food Pantry.  Extent and involvement varies from year to year depending on the needs that arise in the community. 


Clothing Drive –As a volunteer, you will work with the principals and staff to determine an appropriate date for the event.  You will also assist with publicizing for the event, collecting and organizing the clothing, and delivering it to the appropriate location at the end of the event.  Extent and involvement varies from year to year depending on the needs that arise in the community. 


Science Nights – In the past, MESA has brought in an outside program / person to run a fun science / STEAM night for our students in grades 1 through 5. Last year and this year, we are using Dr. Bob who is a professor at Wheaton College, a local resident, and loves to teach children about different science / steam activities! Some volunteers are needed the night of the event to check students in at the door, pass out materials, clean up, and make sure the night runs smoothly overall.


In House Field Trips – Some of MESA’s fundraising goes towards in-house field trips.  These include classroom visits from NE Aquarium, Plimoth Plantation, Wingmasters, Discovery Museums, and Museum of Science Traveling Programs.


Visit us at mesa4parents.org or like our Facebook Page Mansfield Elementary Schools Association – MESA



How MESA Does It?

With your support and loving dedication of our volunteers!