Art in Action

NSM is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated, fully equipped art room that includes its own clay kiln. Students at our school receive art instruction through Art in Action, a volunteer parent-run program that teaches children about the language of art and artistic techniques using famous works of art for inspiration and instruction. Each lesson teaches art history, art skills, and art appreciation. With the grade-specific programs, students learn the fundamentals of portraits, landscapes, still life, and abstract art, while gaining experience with tempera, watercolor, oil pastels, chalk pastels, clay, printmaking, and collage. Skills are developed sequentially lesson by lesson, year by year. An amazing Art in Action exhibit of student work takes place at the end of the school year, with the gym transformed into a beautiful art gallery. For more information on the Art in Action program visit their website at If you would like to help out with the program, please contact NSM’s Art in Action parent site coordinator at

Enrichment Events

The NSM PTA sponsors social and educational events throughout the year to enrich the learning experiences of our students.  Please see the Features & Traditions  page for more information about these and other activities.  Look for announcements throughout the year to find out how you can volunteer and participate, or contact

Greens & Grounds

The Greens and Grounds committee consists of parents who manage and assist with the North Shoreview Montessori (NSM) Greens and Grounds program. The Greens portion of the program highlights classroom ecology, botany, and conservation by providing outdoor classroom activities, which includes a garden for each classroom. The Grounds portion of the program is run by parents, who maintain and improve the school grounds beyond what the San Mateo-Foster City School District provides.  Contact for more information.

Music for Minors

North Shoreview Montessori  participates in the Music For Minors (MFM) program, a nonprofit organization which trains volunteers to teach music in local elementary grade classrooms. Each year a few parents and community members take the 54-hour fall training class, consisting of hands-on training twice a week for 11 weeks. They then have access to workshops and resources through MFM, which they use in their teaching at NSM. If you are thinking about ways to get more involved in your child’s classroom, and if you enjoy music and singing, please consider becoming a MFM docent. Find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity by attending one of the volunteer information meetings held each fall.  For more information about MFM, visit their website at

Safety Patrol

The Safety Patrol needs adult volunteers to help keep our kids safe and traffic flowing smoothly at school every morning.  At least 3 volunteers are needed from 8:00 to 8:20 as crossing guards and drop-off zone helpers.  Please consider signing up for one week, or for one day per week over the course of a month.  Please ask in the school office or send an email to if you have any questions about how you can help.

Technology Committee

The North Shoreview Montessori Technology Committee assists the NSM computer lab instructor and SMFC school district staff in setting up and maintaining the lab, classroom computers, the electronic music lab, and other devices on campus.  NSM teachers use a variety of educational software and websites to enhance classroom learning. The Technology Committee is always looking for parents with relevant expertise to join. Contact for more information.


Did you take pictures at Historical Halloween or other events at the school? Please send them on to be included in the yearbook. We also need pictures of last year’s Science Fair, Earth Day and Carnival, and also this year’s International Potluck Night. If you have candid shots of students and adults on campus, we’ll take those too! Please email the pictures to or leave a CD in the Yearbook mailbox in the school office. The earlier we receive the photos the more likely we will be able to incorporate some of your beautiful shots in the yearbook.