Updates 2018-2019

The Dave & Busters Power Cards fundraiser has ended.

Thank you to the families who placed orders! We will distribute the power card(s) to your student at school before June 1. If you have any questions, please email us at Info@MillbraeTaylorPTA.org. Thank you for your support!

Update (4/19/2019)

Dear Taylor families,

Thank you to the families and students who attended Family Math Night on April 8! Mr. Joyce introduced Open Up Resources Grades 6 - 8, the top-rated new math curriculum at Taylor. We did some math exercises together, during which Mr. Joyce showed parents different ways to think of math, as well as practice lessons parents could do with their children using the online resources. Thank you, Mr. Joyce and Mr. Rodinsky!

After the Family Math Night, the PTA held board elections for the coming school year. Congratulations to our new board members, and a big THANK YOU for stepping up! The 2019-2020 school year PTA board members are:

Co-Presidents: Vivian Chu & Tiffany Tisen

Treasurer (second term): Jenny Siu

Recording Secretary: Cindy Henderson

Auditor (second term): Jenny McKinnell

Historian (second term): Manar Ahmad

Membership Chair: Natalie Yang

Hospitality Co-Chairs: Keisa Betts & Pam Yonemura

A big thank you as well to our outgoing PTA board members for their dedication and support this year!

Financial Secretary: Amy Liu

Recording Secreatry: Antonio Catpo

Hospitality Co-Chairs: Julie Plankensteiner & Joya Li

Parliamentarian: Heather Mezzetta

President: Suji Chang


Millbrae Education Foundation's FUNDay (walk-a-thon) is coming up next Saturday, April 27, 3 - 6 pm at the Shea Center. There will be sports activities, games, prizes and food trucks -- don't miss the fun event where our district comes together for fun and games, but also joins hands to raise additional funds for the Millbrae School District to grow STEAM programming (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts including Music, and Math) and more!

Register your student for FUNDay at www.mefwalks.dojiggy.com, and help your student raise pledges using the easy online fundraising tool! Reaching out to friends and family, both near and far, to chip in to our children's education has never been easier! Plus the class with the highest amount raised, the class with the highest participation, and top fundraiser student will win special prizes! (Class teams are grouped by second period teacher.)

Online pledges are preferred, but if your student would rather collect cash or check pledges, you can download the form HERE. For any questions, and to volunteer at FUNDay, please email info@millbraekids.org.


Rush Cycle Millbrae is holding a special fundraising Spin Class for Taylor on Saturday, April 27 at 10:30am. 100% of the proceeds are going to Taylor Middle School! Taylor's amazing Spanish teacher Miss Magee is going to be the guest instructor. Please join Principal Zabzdyr, Assistant Principal Seaton and others as they Spin for Students!

Click HERE for the Spin Class flyer for directions on how to sign up.


Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up soon, from May 6 - May 10. Any time is a good time to thank our teachers and staff members at Taylor, but this would definitely be a great time for you and your student to write a personal heartfelt Thank You Card to our teachers and staff members! Gift cards, movie tickets, flowers, office supplies, desserts all go a long way, but most of all, words of appreciation and gratitude touch their hearts!


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It's hard to believe we are slowly approaching the end of the school year!

Thank you for your donations and PTA memberships this year. With your support, we raised enough money to help our school replace outdated projectors with ten new, computer ready televisions! Please ask your students about the new TV's. The PTA was also able to provide 12 teacher grants this year to pay for supplemental class supplies such as books, math manipulatives, music supplies, and more.

Your support and participation makes a big difference!

Some important upcoming dates:

Apr. 22 – Non-work Day (no school)

Apr. 26 – Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am

Apr. 27 – Taylor Spin for Students / MEF FUNDay (walk-a-thon)

May 3, 4 – Taylor Drama Performances

May 6 – May 10: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7 Teacher Appreciation Day)

May 9, 10 – Taylor Music Concerts

May 16 – Taylor Open House 6 pm

May 17 – Minimum day

June 4 – 8th grade Picnic

June 6 – 8th grade Promotion; minimum day

June 7 – Taylor Talent Show & last day of school; minimum day

Update (3/7/2019)

Dear Taylor families,

Thank you for attending and/or supporting our Pancake Breakfast! We are grateful to everyone who helped, donated, participated, and attended -- thanks to you, we were able to raise $7,300 less expenses for a total of $6,425 raised for Taylor's Technology needs! And it was a great opportunity for our community to gather and mingle -- we had over 400 people attend. We can't wait for next year's! (If you run into any Millbrae Lions, please thank them again for their generous support of our event!)


This Wednesday (3/06/19), Hillsdale High School PTSO and the GATE Parents Group are sponsoring a parent education premier screening of LIKE, the new documentary film from IndieFlix. LIKE explores the impact of social media and technology on the brain. The film's goal is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. For more info and flyer, click HERE.

The screening will be on Wednesday, March 6 at Hillsdale High School's Auditorium from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, and it is FREE. To RSVP, goto https://tinyurl.com/likemarch6. If you have any questions, please reach out to HHS PTSO Parent Education Chair, Jadelyn Chang at jchang@smfc.k12.ca.us.


Please save the date for our next PTA Association Meeting on Monday, April 8 at 7 pm. The special speaker/topic will be announced soon, but we will also hold elections for next year's PTA Board positions! Open positions include President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Hospitality Chair, and Membership Chair. Vice President and Fundraising Chair positions are also open if interested! If you would like to nominate someone for a position (or self-nominate), please send an email to our Parliamentarian, Heather Mezzetta, at heather@mezlove.com.

Thank you for your support and participation -- it makes a big difference at Taylor!

Update (2/8/2019)

Dear Taylor families,

We saw a very informative presentation at our PTA Meeting on Monday evening about the dangers of vaping, and why our students are more vulnerable to its effects. Thank you to the parents who attended, braving the cold, wet weather!

We know some of you were celebrating Lunar New Year with your families, and others of you had scheduling conflicts and couldn't attend. Because we feel that this is essential information every parent should hear, we wanted to provide you with the link to the presentation from that evening, as well as some fact sheets.

Please click below to view the presentation on vaping from Monday:


If you don't have much time, please at least watch the short video on slide 6.

Another informative, short video and article can be viewed here:


You may think, "Not my kid", but vaping is already a big problem in high schools, and middle school is NOT too early to have a talk with our students about vaping, informing them of the risks of vaping BEFORE they naively get addicted.

Here are some informative fact sheets about vaping. Don't stay blind to what is on the way to becoming an epidemic affecting our youth:

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We wanted to let you know that we will be holding electionsfor next school year's PTA Executive Board positions at the next PTA Association Meeting on Monday, April 8 at 7 pm! The open Executive Board positions for the next school year are:


(Responsible for leading PTA toward specific goals chosen by its members. Creates agendas for and is presiding officer at Board and Association Meetings.)

-Recording Secretary

(Keeps an accurate, concise, permanent record of proceedings at all PTA Board and Association Meetings.)

-Financial Secretary

(Gives receipts for monies received for the association and deposits immediately in the Association's bank; presents a monthly report at every meeting of monies received.)

-Hospitality Chair

(Organizes and sets up refreshments, food, and decorations at PTA meetings and events; maintains hospitality supplies and equipment.)

-Membership Chair

(Creates and implements a membership plan, promoting PTA membership throughout the year, providing membership reports at PTA Board and Association Meetings, collecting dues, and distributing membership cards.)

If you would like to nominate someone for one of the above positions, please send an email to our Parliamentarian, Heather Mezzetta, at heather@mezlove.com. Self nominations are also accepted.

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We'll see you at our Pancake Breakfast on Saturday from 9 am - 12 pm at the Shea Center!

Update (1/14/2019)

Dear Taylor families,

We hope you enjoyed the holiday season!

We wanted to start by thanking you for dropping off your cookies/desserts for our teachers and staff just before break -- they felt your appreciation!

We also want to thank the families who purchased Dave & Busters game cards. We were able to raise almost $4,000 through your support!

We are excited that a few of the classrooms will be getting new televisions soon to replace outdated projectors or old televisions. The teachers will be able to more effectively incorporate online teaching resources as a result! This wouldn't be possible without the generous support of Taylor families who have made donations to the PTA -- thank you!

Please save the date for our next PTA Association Meeting on Monday, February 4 at 7 pm at Taylor Library. We will have a special speaker presenting an important topic that today's teen and tween parents must be aware of. Stay tuned for the official announcement soon.

Also, please save the date for Taylor PTA's biggest fundraiser of the year -- Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 9 from 9 am to noon at the Shea Center! There will be delicious pancakes and sausage, and raffles for special gift baskets (including 8th grade promotion VIP seats). Order forms will be sent home soon - must purchase in advance by January 28. We ask for every Taylor family's support of this important fundraiser! (And a special thank you to the Millbrae Lions for their generous support of our Pancake Breakfast!)

Thank you for caring about our students, our teachers, and our school, and we are looking forward to a bright 2019 together!

Thank you for your support!

Update (12/5/2018)

Dear Taylor families,

We want to thank the families who collected and submitted BoxTops -- our school has earned $197! A big thank you to Mrs. Hurley and parent Susan Wu for being our school's Box Tops Coordinators, and to parents Cathy Song and Keisa Betts for their help counting the BoxTops! Please keep collecting BoxTops and submit them in batches to Mrs. Hurley. The next submission will be at the end of February. (Collection sheets can be downloaded at www.boxtops4education.com.)

Also a big thank you to the families who participated in the Good Eggs Fundraiser! We had 26 families join as new customers, our school earned $733 total, and our teachers were able to enjoy a free brunch and some pies from Good Eggs. We appreciate parent Karen Chin for bringing this fundraiser to our school!

The PTA will be selling Dave & Buster's game cards starting this week -- perfect as stocking stuffers for our middle school students! The PTA gets to keep 50% of the sales, so it's a great way to support our school. The order forms will be sent home via students later this week. The deadline for placing orders is Friday, December 14. The game cards will be delivered to students the last week of school. More details coming soon!

As you do your online holiday shopping, if you're ordering on Amazon, please remember to do so from smile.amazon.com (designate Taylor Middle PTA as your non profit of choice).

Thank you to the additional parents who joined as PTA members this past month!! We are now at:

133 PTA members

Participation by grade:

  • 6th: 23%
  • 7th: 14%
  • 8th: 13%

It's not too late to join and donate, if you haven't had the chance yet!

Lastly, we want to give thanks to our teachers and administrative staff at Taylor for everything they do! On Wednesday, December 19, the PTA will be providing lunch for our teachers and staff. Please show your appreciation by participating in our Holiday Cookie Bonanza that day by dropping off desserts at the front office. More details and reminders to come closer to the date.

Thank you for your support!

Update (11/2/2018)

Parents of 125 Taylor students have made donations to the PTA. That makes up only 13% of all Taylor students whose parents have donated to our causes!

Participation by grade level:

  • Sixth grade: 20% of parents have donated
  • Seventh grade: 13% of parents have donated
  • Eighth grade: 13% of parents have donated

We have raised $21,255 to date. We are at 33% of our fundraising goal. We know there are more Taylor families who want to help – please don’t delay and show up for our Taylor family!