Below are descriptions of selected committees and events of the HMS PTO. If you have any questions or would like to join a committee or volunteer for an event, please feel free to contact the HMS PTO chair or click “Join the Committee” to be placed on the email list. To sign up for specific tasks, click on the link and see the sign-up sheet (these will be consistantly updated). We appreciate the support!

Don’t forget to track your hours:




We are hosting our second Meadow Fest  on Saturday, Oct 21, 11AM-3. Children Book authors/illustrators and the like will join High Meadow to give presentations, workshops, readings and book signings. Please help us co-create this day by volunteering to help vision the day or by signing up the day of the event.




The Book Fair will be Sunday December 17th, 2017. This is typically a 2 to 3-hour event; often held on a Friday night, though could be a weekend; and it might, for instance, involve our talented students performing (perhaps at an “open mic” in the store’s café, music section or children’s stage) and/or having an art show led by art teacher Tracy and/or having several “craft” stations, where things like face-painting, balloon art, cupcake decorating, clay modelling or other activities happen. Since several HMS students have parents who are authors and illustrators of children’s books, we may have book signings, readings or Q&A’s with those willing to participate. This would be a big help, because it means B&N would help to promote the event heavily on its web site (they especially like readings and Q&As).

Perhaps the most important volunteer work needed (besides performers and artists) would be parents to hand out stickers saying: “I am a proud supporter of High Meadow School” to shoppers. This indicates to cashiers in every department of the store that a portion of the purchase goes straight to HMS. (We would also need someone to design these stickers with HMS’s logo to print on very sticky paper – so they won’t fall off, as has happened at other book fairs, I’ve noticed.) Volunteers also must emphasize to all shoppers that they need to mention verbally wanting their purchase to support the school.




We are hosting our third annual Bright Ideas Fest  on Saturday, April 28, 11AM-5. The festival, which will be open to the public, is centered around the theme of “invention, creativity, and problem solving for all ages,” and focuses on STEAM-themed learning experiences. STEAM is the acronym for a modern educational initiative that emphasizes the role of arts and creativity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects. 





Last year's Online Auction raised  over $18,000 in support of High Meadow School! We are planning to exceed that in 2018 – We would LOVE your help! We need people to solicit new and creative donations, promote the auction on social media, work on the Art Opening, connect winners and donors at the end of the auction, and collect and ship auction items.

If you would like to donate your time and skills for this year’s auction, please email Stephanie.





Celebrating it’s 12th year, Ride the Ridge is one of the Hudson Valley’s premier cycling events. Yet unlike others, it’s not a race! The Ride welcomes cyclists of all-levels with five distinct routes that traverse the scenic Shawangunk and Catskill Mountain regions.


There are five rides of 80, 50, 30, 13 and 5 miles in length. The last is a Family Fun ride that attracts generations of families to enjoy a road ride with water stops and a cheering section at the finish!


With safety as a priority, all rides are well marked with printed signs and staffed by more than 70 volunteers. Last year, we had to cancel the 13-mile ride (an ideal ride for 5th-8th graders) because we could not get enough volunteers. Please help out so we don't do that again. Save some of your volunteer hours for June 2!  To volunteer, please contact event chair Paul Rakov at prakov@gmail.com.


Twelve years. Thousands of riders. So many memories. 

We are in need of people to fill these positions:

Vice Chair:

You will work side by side with current Chair Paul Rakov, who has lead the event for five years, with the aim of you leading the event next year and beyond. If that sounds intimidating, don't let it stop you. The benefit is that you will get to know the whole High Meadow community, lead the longest-running fundraiser in HMS history, and bring joy to so many rider/spectators including many kids! It's hard work but rewarding. And critical! If we don't find a Vice Chair this year, the event likely will not continue past 2018.  


Volunteer Coordinator:

You will ensure that the ride has enough volunteers so that the ride is fun and safe for all. Many volunteers come back year after year and there is a well-established list you can work from. This position requires more time towards the end of the school year as the event approaches (June 2). Organization skills, outgoing personality and a desire to help be a part of the team that leads this long-running fundraiser are required!





The Fund for High Meadow supports the general operating budget of the school since tuition alone does not cover the cost of a High Meadow education.  The Fund aims to achieve 100% participation from current families and staff, as well as participation from alumni families, grandparents, and anyone else who believes in the mission of High Meadow School.  We seek creative people to help us spread the word about the Fund for High Meadow!




Hello all!  My name is Abby Brown and I’m so excited to announce that the PTO has formed a Library Sub-Committee, and I will be serving as the Chairperson (gulp).  As I have not had the opportunity to meet many of you, my name is Abigael Brown, and my daughter Isla is in her first year at HMS in Kindergarten.  Our family has just moved to the area after 20 years in the city.  For 16 of those years I was a Music Librarian at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  I’ve had the privilege to witness firsthand the powerful impact Libraries can have on the communities they support and serve.


If you are interested exploring how a Library might serve the HMS community, this committee is for you!  In it’s beginning stages, we’re thinking of it as “Phase One-Exploratory”.  Committee members will consider the functions of a Library: Information literacy, curriculum support, community gathering space, a place to check out books.  We will determine the feasibility of many possible models, from a simple, donation-based centrally located collection, to a centralized catalog for the books currently in the classrooms, to a fully realized Library proper.  Then, working with the Administration and Board of Directors, we will determine the best way to proceed.  


We welcome and encourage any parent who feels strongly about this topic to come join us! 




The art committee supports the Art Department at High Meadow by fundraising specifically for the Art Department, helping with exhibits and arranging additional enriching art experiences for the children. This is a brand new committee and welcomes your ideas and enthusiasm!

Some ideas that we have brainstormed at our first meeting are:

• Fundraising and Programming ideas, t-shirts or other items made by kids
• HMS Auction- have art auction online, tap into artist parents network for donations
• Monument Project- sculpture on the grounds made by kids
• Bring back the Holiday Craft Fair
• ArtWeek/ Month- artist parents show their process, school wide art exhibition everywhere with parents, staff and kids
• Art Workshop-  fundraiser
• Help with HMS calendar
• After school classes- more option, one-offs, parent volunteer hours inform aftercare doing one hour art/craft projects
• Parent & Me workshops
• Sculpture Garden
• Field Trips to local Art Museums/ galleries/ institutions / studios

Join us to contribute your ideas!






"Fiesta Latina" A Hispanic cultural celebration representing all the Spanish speaking countries of Latin America....


The event will include total immersion of the Spanish language. We'll have music, dance and musicians perform, food and traditional games, Hispanic poetry and art. The children will perform songs playing instruments singing and dancing. This joyous event will educate us about the importance of a multi lingual society and the richness of Hispanic life and culture. Come and celebrate this great day of Fiesta Latina with us at High Meadow School. 

FIESTA LATINA”- Una celebración cultural hispana que representa a todos los países de habla hispana de América Latina ....


El evento incluirá la inmersión total del idioma español. Tendremos música, baile, y músicos tocando, comida y juegos tradicionales, poesía y arte hispana. Los niños interpretarán canciones tocando instrumentos cantando y bailando. Este evento alegre nos educará sobre la importancia de una sociedad multilingüe y la riqueza de la vida y cultura hispana. Venga a celebrar este gran día de Fiesta Latina con nosotros en High Meadow School.




The Social Justice Committee for parents committed to supporting and enhancing High Meadow School’s longstanding commitment to fostering equity and inclusion, teaching tolerance and allyship. We will focus on sharing resources and information, finding ways to liaise with other groups that do social justice work, coordinating participation in events that support progressive causes, expanding community service opportunities to include helping vulnerable communities, working with the library committee to include equity and social justice materials, and bringing guest speakers to the school.


Caroline Crumpacker runs the committee with the faculty liaison Rachel Van Carpels.


CHAIR: Dunja VonStoddard


GROW at High Meadow School:

Get out your shovels and dig in!


Join us as we plough, plant, tend and feast. Our committee brings the principles of gardening to campus by planting + harvesting a garden, selling our own student-grown produce at our vegetable stand, hosting farm-to-table events and enriching the curriculum with educational gardening projects. All levels of gardening experience and interest welcome.


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