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School Programs

Art in Action

Thanks to the support of the Heather PTA, Heather students receive art education through Art in Action by trained parent volunteers, called Art Docents, using classic works by great artists to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of the artist, as well as art history and media types and techniques. Interested in becoming an AIA Docent? Contact Gretchen.
Artist in Residency

Thanks to the support of the Heather PTA and proceeds from the Chicken’s Ball, Heather students receive performing arts education through an artist in residency program. Our artist programs have included:
  • Circus Arts
  • Ballet Folklorico Dance
  • Hawaiian Dance and Music
  • Taiko Drumming and Japanese Culture
  • Alphabet Rockers Hip Hop
  • Danny G’s, Raps, Rhymes, and Movement
  • Danny G, preschool, (funded by SMARTE preschool)

Student assemblies are sponsored by the Heather PTA to enrich and enhance the curriculum.

Family Enrichment Nights

The Heather PTA provides many family enrichment activities including Story Night, STEM Night, Math and Science Night, Game Night, and the Heather Hop.

Field Trips

Every classroom enjoys a variety of off-site field trips to enrich and enhance their classroom learning. All field trips are fully funded by the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF). District bus transportation is provided.

Healthy Cities Tutoring Program

Healthy Cities Tutoring is a non-profit organization that matches community volunteers with students to provide one-on-one mentoring to increase the academic success and self-esteem of our youth. No experience is necessary to become a tutor. Volunteers work just one hour per week at times convenient for them. Dozens of students benefit from this program every year. To learn more, visit the Healthy Cities website at http://www.healthycitiestutoring.org.

Hot Lunch
Our hot lunch partner, ChoiceLunch. For more information, visit the San Carlos School District web page, School Lunch Program

Free Meals for ALL Students begins in the 2022-23 School Year. Read More HERE

Kindergarten Lunch Volunteers

Parent lunchtime volunteers are always welcome and needed. We really appreciate an extra set of hands and eyes to help kinders open their containers, stay in their seats, and have an enjoyable lunch. Look for sign-ups on the first day of school, or just show up at the school office any day. Kinder lunch starts at 11:50 M. T. Th. and F.


The Heather Library is open Monday – Friday with our school librarian, Mrs. Lori Herndon, thanks to the funding of the San Carlos Education Foundation.

Welcome Wednesday Assembly

Each Wednesday morning at the start of the school day, Heather welcomes all students to come together for community building. We start the day in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Third student leaders help facilitate by leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance, Your Extra Special Student announcements, Colt card drawings, celebrating birthdays, along with various announcements of school happenings. Classes rotate leading the school in the Heather Song. Parents are welcome!

Multiage Programs

By design, Heather School offers K/1 multiage classes. Students assigned to these classrooms “loop” with their teacher for two years. Learn more here.

Music for Minors

Music for Minors provides a weekly program for kindergarten through 3rd-grade students, offering a variety of hands-on experiences through participation in singing, movement, theory, dance, musical games, and the use of rhythm instruments and the recorder. Read more here under “How We Learn”
Heather Preschool and LEAP

Heather has three preschool programs on campus. Heather Preschool has a morning class and a full day class as part of the SMARTE Preschool program. The San Carlos School District LEAP (Language, Early Education & Play) Special Education Program serves preschool-aged students who live in San Carlos who have been identified as needing additional support in order to meet their developmental and educational goals. Both preschools participate in many of the Heather programs and classroom activities as age-appropriate.

Social-Emotional Learning (SELS)

School Counselor, Ms. Sam, supports teachers teaching Second Step lessons, our social-emotional learning curriculum, as well as providing small group sessions for referred students who would benefit from social skills, coping skills, and changing family needs, including divorce and death. Ms. Sam also facilitates conflict resolution and provides social skill support during recess and lunch. Learn more here.

SMART-E Has Merged with A.C.E. for 2022-23

A.C.E. will be offering After/Before School Care; Enrichment Programs; School Breaks and Summer Camps;  Learn more here.

Spirit Days

Heather kids have lots of fun during spirit days. As part of our school leadership activities, individual classrooms or partnering classrooms take on the coordination of Spirit Days, such as “Crazy Hair Day” and the “Fourth Be With You Day”. In addition, every Friday is a Heather Spirit Day. Students are encouraged to wear their Heather gear and school colors each Friday. The class wearing the most Heather gear earns the Heather Colt to visit their classroom the following week. Support Heather School and get your spirit wear early!


Thanks to the Heather PTA Heather students can savor their year with a school yearbook. The Yearbook Committee creates and publishes Heather’s yearbook. Volunteers collect photographs, write, design the layout and work with our printer to create the yearbook. They also publicize the sale of the book, process orders, and distribute the yearbook. This is a fantastic way to share your photos of our kids! Contact Corbie Kiernan for more information.