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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. This year’s artist program include:
  • Circus Arts, grades 2/3 and 4
  • Ballet Folklorico Dance, grade 3
  • Hawaiian Dance and Music, grade 2
  • Taiko Drumming and Japanese Culture, grade K/1 and 1st/2nd
  • Alphabet Rockers Hip, K and 1st
  • Danny G’s, Raps, Rhymes and Movement, K-2
  • Danny G, preschool, (funded by SMARTE preschool)

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

Chess Club

Our internally developed, award winning, PTA sponsored chess program is designed to teach the fundamentals of tournament chess in a “fun” environment for both beginning and intermediate chess students. Learn more here.

Family Enrichment Nights

The Heather PTA provides many family enrichment activities including Story Night, STEM Night, Math and Science Night, family bowling 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 funded by the Heather PTA when available.

Friday News Announcers

Student leaders, currently 4th graders, create and report out on Heather News via the school intercom system every Friday afternoon before dismissal.

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

Kindergarten Lunch Volunteers

Parent lunch time 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 – Thursdays with our school librarian, Mrs. Lori Herndon, thanks to the funding of the San Carlos Education Foundation.

Monday Morning Assembly

Heather School starts their week together each week in the amphitheater at the start of school. Third and Fourth grade 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. Parents are welcome!

Multiage Programs

By design, Heather School has several multiage programs. Students assigned to these classrooms “loop” with their teacher for two or three years, depending on the grade configuration. This year’s multiage classes consisted of K/1, 1st/2nd and K-2. Learn more here.

Music for Minors

Music for Minors provides a weekly program for kindergarten through 4th grade students, offering a variety of hands-on experiences through participation in singing, movement, theory, dance, musical games, and through the use of rhythm instruments and the recorder. Read more on here and “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 supports in order to meet their developmental and educational goals. Both preschools participate in many of the Heather programs and classroom activities as age appropriate.


ROPES is the Rite Of Passage ExperienceS program that is specifically designed as an optional enrichment activity as students complete a cycle of their education. Students in 4th, 6th and 8th grade are invited and encouraged to participate. Learn more here.

Social-Emotional Learning (SELS)

School Counselor, Ms. Wendy, visits classes weekly 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. Wendy also facilitates conflict resolution and provides social skill support during recess and lunch. Learn more here.


SMART-E offers Sports, Music, Art & Technology – Enrichment activities in each of its four programs: After/Before School Care; Enrichment Programs; School Breaks and Summer Camps; and Preschool. 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 Jeremy Burton for more information.