NEST (Nurturing Exceptional Students & Teachers)
is Sparrow’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

NEST is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (#45-4289257), made up of Sparrow families providing volunteer support and resources to enhance the educational experience of Sparrow’s students.

Ways to Donate to NEST
All donations go to NEST, Sparrow’s Parent/Teacher Organization, and are used to contribute to Sparrow’s specialty subjects, classroom supplies, gardening supplies, and field trips.  

Direct Donations & Family Pledges

NEST seeks to provide these funds through large and small scale fundraisers throughout the year, as well as through a suggested annual pledge of $350 per student.  Thank you for contributing!

All cash and checks (made out to NEST), can be brought in or mailed to the school office at the address below. You can also set up an automatic monthly bill pay through your bank, directing payment to:

4207 Spring Gardens Rd.
La Mesa, CA 91941

If you prefer to contribute through credit or debit, you may do so in the office, or by using the Donate button below. You can also make this a recurring monthly payment. Please be sure to “add a message” on the second screen to let us know what, specifically, your donation is for (family pledge, donation for specific student, need or event, etc).

NEST is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (#45-4289257).
If you would like a receipt of your direct donations for tax purposes,
please request one in the office, or by emailing the
NEST Treasurer.


There are many volunteer needs at public schools. State funding cannot adequately provide for all of the staffing and resources necessary to create the exceptional educational experience we want for our children. The more we can contribute, through financial assistance and personal time, the better quality school we are able to provide. NEST asks all families to volunteer at least 20 hours per year, (and per child, if possible). Pick something you enjoy or are skilled at, and you will have fun while the school reaps the rewards!

The following are ways to get involved:

  • Ask your teacher or room parent for needs in your child’s classroom

  • Become a room parent

  • Read the weekly newsletter for announcements about volunteer needs

  • Attend NEST, classroom and all-school meetings

  • Help organize a fundraising event

  • Volunteer at a fundraising event or on a committee

  • Solicit grants or donations

  • Join the gardening committee (or lend them a hand)

  • Ask the office staff for general school needs or office help

  • Chaperone a field trip