Kids’ Programs

Kensington’s PTA has developed a wide variety of programs and events to encourage and support students in our school community.

Art Night

Art Night is a fun, community-building event held in the Spring where families come and make art in the Multi-purpose Room.  Activities include collages, origami, beading, corn husk dolls, and much more.  The Art Night Committee decides on the projects, gathers the materials, and organizes the volunteers.

Committee Chair: Open


The Assembly Committee’s goal is to make the arts – classical, contemporary, and multicultural – an essential part of every young person’s education and life.  During the school year the PTA, works closely with Principal Sanders to host school-wide assemblies.

Halloween Parade

Each year the upper playground is transformed into a scary wonderland filled with ghosts and ghouls, princesses and Power Rangers.  While the Kindergarten classes hold their own Halloween Parade on the Kindergarten yard earlier in the day, grades one through six march to the sounds of the Cal Straw Hat Band as they strut their stuff and show off their cool and drool outfits for all to see.  This is a fun and frolicking good time for all (including the costumed band members!).

Contact: Samantha Oryall (

Kindergarten Ice Cream Social

Join the fun and introduce yourselves! Each year in the Fall the PTA hosts an Ice Cream Social for the incoming families and students at Kensington Hilltop.  It’s a chance to meet other families and reconnect after the long summer off.


Our library circulates hundreds of books every week.  Our collection is large for an elementary school with over 14,000 books.  All Kensington students visit the library with their class where a story or part of a chapter book is read to the class by one of the librarians or a parent volunteer.  Students in K-3 grades visit the library every week for 30 minutes.  Grades K-2 can check out one book each week.  Third grade students can check out up to 2 books each week.  Grades 4-6 spend 50 minutes in the library every other week and can check out up to two books at a time.  The upper grade students are able to check out books during recess as well as during their class time.

Volunteers are always welcome in the Library!
Committee Chair: Kim Paige (

Movie Night

This committee organizes a fun evening in the Multi-purpose Room where families gather to watch the latest new release. Attendees are encouraged to wear pajamas, bring sleeping bags and/or camp chairs to relax, and enjoy the show.  Snacks and drinks are available for a small fee.  A fun evening for all!

Quilt Design and Raffle

The Raffle Chair works with the PTA Carnival Coordinators and “Quilt Design Committee” to order, organize, manage, fulfill and promote all things Quilt-related. These include but are not limited to: tickets, distribution, campus communications and promotion, community marketing, money collection, and prizes.

Raffle Committee Chair: Sherry Garcia (

Spirit Wear

The Spirit Wear Committee makes spirit wear available for purchase at school events such as Carnival and PTA meetings. Promote spirit wear as fun, community building, and a way in which students (and parents!) show their pride in their school!  It’s great to see school spirit around campus. Purchase Spirit Wear Online!

Committee Chair: Susan Metz (

Walk to School

Join the crowd and walk to school! In conjunction with International Walk to School Day every October, everyone is invited to park the cars and walk onto campus where coffee and a healthy snack await upon arrival.

Committee Chair: Samantha Oryall (


This Committee coordinates with Lifetouch, the school’s contracted photographer, to create a meaningful, fun, well rounded yearbook to be produced and available for sale at the end of the school year.  The Yearbook Committee also coordinates with the appropriate room parent to get informal pictures of students, teachers, and various events to include in the final draft of the yearbook.  You will know every face in the school if you work on this Committee!