10/10/2013 – Weekly Newsletter

Nov 5, 2013 by

10/10/2013 – Weekly Newsletter

Starts: 8:30 am
Ends: 4:00 pm

The Otter Walk is Just 10 days away . . .

This is our Fall walk-a-thon and biggest student-centered fundraising & community building event of the year! 

Plan to stay the entire day and hang out with friends and get to know others while helping our school. Go online for more details on the day, info on prizes, sponsor forms, and more. Look for details on our Pay-to-Play events and the raffle next week . . . this week, keep reading . . . WE NEED YOUR HELP volunteering the day of the event, donating to the Otter Café, and more . . . and find out how to order your Dad’s Club tri-tip NOW!

Otter Walk co-chairs Lauren Disston, Pilar Strutin-Belinoff, and Jennifer Whitney

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! It’s time for all you amazing MES volunteers to help make Otter Walk 2013 a safe and fun day for everyone! It’s right around the corner and we’ve only filled 20% of the shifts for the day — that’s right, we still have to find otters to do 80% of the day’s work. Plus, we need people to help get things ready the evening before the event. Don’t delay! We need every family’s help.

Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084BAAAD2CA02-2012

WE NEED SHADE STRUCTURES! Please contact Lauren Disston at laurendisston@yahoo.com if you have a shade structure that can be borrowed the day of the Otter Walk.

ORDER YOUR TRI-TIP NOW! That’s right, you can place your order NOW for one barbecued whole seasoned tri tip (The Dad’s Club Special)! $16 per tri tip when ordered online (to cover processing fees), $15 by check or cash. Flyers with order details are coming home in the green folder this week. Due to high demand, No orders will be taken day of sale. ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, BY 3pm. Online orders can be made at http://www.montclairschool.com/tritip/

HELP YOUR STUDENT SECURE SPONSORS. Ask neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues (don’t forget about company matching gifts!). We’ve given you tips on goal setting, sample letters, and more in the packets that went home and on our website. Don’t forget, all proceeds from the Otter Walk support MES Enrichment Programs.

We need your help in making the
OTTER WALK CAFE a success!!!!
Every year for the otter walk, we ask parents to donate items to be sold in the otter walk cafe. Please help us again this year, so we can make it another super successful event!

Find your grade and drop off your donations on the HALL RIGHT INSIDE THE (soon to be) LIVING ROOF
by Wednesday, October 18
K – Seedless Watermelon- whole
1st – Granola Bars
INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED (or other healthy snack)
2nd – Chips
(BAKED OR POPCHIPS ENCOURAGED)- snack or lunch size
3rd – Case of 8oz-12oz Waters
4th-5th – Baked Goods

7:30–8:30 PM
in the MES Multipurpose Room
Internet Child Safety:
Parenting the Digital Child
Guest presenter, Officer Steve DeWarns will explain the importance of knowing the technology your children are using. We want children to be able to use the web in a safe manner as to avoid being solicited by persons unknown to them. This presentation will teach parents to apply basic parenting skills they use in real life and apply them in Cyber Space. Officer DeWarns will also cover Cyber Bullies and how children are being victimized online. And he will discuss some of the social trends online and how children are using the Internet today.

Topics: Children and Cell phones, Texting/Chat services, Privacy Issues, Location Services and Apps, Social Networking, Instagram, SnapChat.

Come to the meeting to hear the information before your child does:
Montclair Elementary School students in grades 3-5 will be attending an assembly on Thursday, October 17th where Officer DeWarns will cover topics such as, Privacy, Photo Sharing, Password Protection and Cyber Bullying.

This meeting will be open to our surrounding Hills schools, therefore, dinner will NOT be provided to parents for this meeting. Please plan accordingly.

Free childcare will be available for the first 25 rsvp’s (kids out of diapers only) and the kids in childcare will be served pizza for dinner. Use the following link to rsvp for yourselves and for childcare if you need it.

Our student newspaper needs a new logo! (See our current logo at ottertalesnews.wordpress.com.) The chosen design will appear on the front page of every issue of our newspaper this year. Any Montclair Elementary student can submit a design for consideration – you don’t have to be on the newspaper staff. Designs can be done by hand or on the computer, but must be your original artwork and be in black ink on white paper. Bonus points if your image includes an otter! Drop off your entry in the Otter Tales binder in the school office, or email it to ottertales@montclairschool.com by November 4.

The Thornhill Family Harvest Festival
Sunday October 27th from 2-4pm
Down the street, a few of us are getting ready to close off the parking lot for our first family harvest festival. We are uber excited about the fun and would like to extend our invitation to your families and the families, teachers and friends of Montclair Elementary.

Here is a *sneaky* preview: Kiss-a-pig Fundraiser; Halloween Costume Contest; Pumpkin Patch and Carving Contest; Petting Zoo with goats, pot-belly pigs, bunnies; fun themed activities; Live Music; BBQ and a healthy harvest-themed menu.

The Thornhill Family Harvest Festival
Sunday October 27th from 2-4pm
(the weekend just before Halloween)
5736 Thornhill Drive, Oakland
(on the outskirts of Montclair Village)

October 23
If you’d like to learn more about Montera –– and we certainly hope you do! –– you and your student are invited to attend a special Montera Information Night at Montclair on Wednesday, October 23, from 6 – 7 PM, in the auditorium. You’ll hear from, and get to ask questions of, principal Tina Tranzor, 6th grade Math teacher, Paul Barron, and a posse of Montclair alum (& current Montera) students and parents. We look forward to seeing you.

Want to get an up-close view of Montera, your neighborhood middle school? Great! We’d love to see you. Please mark your calendar now for one of our parent-led tours. There’s no need to RSVP. Simply come with your student (if you wish), your curiosity and your questions.
Thursday, October 17
Friday, October 25
Tuesday, October 29
Friday, November 8
Thursday, November 14
Tours start promptly at 9:10 AM in the courtyard outside of Montera’s front office and should conclude around 10 AM. After the stroll-about, one or more of our administrators will be on hand to chat and answer any additional questions you may have. Please visit www.monteramiddleschool.net for details.

3-Night Mini-Series
Theme: “Parenting Styles and Inviting Cooperation”
November 4, 11, & 18 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
In this 3-night fun and interactive class, we will experience how different parenting styles can either help or hinder cooperation, as well as learn and practice some amazingly effective and easy ways to encourage cooperation and self-discipline in our kids. Topics include *what it means to be firm and kind at the same time* *the neuroscience of cooperation* *how to invite rather than demand cooperation* *setting limits* *family meetings* and more.

Past participants say: “Simple and profound” and “I got tangible tools and saw immediate impact!” and “Bottom line: we have less yelling in the house!”

Where: Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway, Rockridge
Cost: $110/person; $90/2nd caregiver; $95/person for groups 4+.
Contact: MarcilieSmithBoyle@gmail.com or www.WorkingParenting.com
Facilitator: Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA, Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator, Certified Co-Active Life and Business Coach, and Mother of three school-aged children.

As an active Kaiser parent, I know what a difference it makes in personal development and confidence to step outside of your comfort zone and take a higher level of community responsibility. Montclair community members are exceptional in this regards. I now volunteer actively for a California-wide parent-led, public education advocacy organization called Educate Our State! [www.educateourstate.org] which is leading the movement to revitalize California’s once-lauded public education system after decades of passive neglect and political ambivalence. Educate Our State! is hosting its 3rd annual ‘Camp Educate’ weekend seminar Nov 8-10th at the Renaissance Hotel LAX. By registering at http://www.educateourstate.org/ce_2013 you will join many public education advocates across California to get the information and learn the skills and processes needed to amplify our collective capacity to discernibly and sustainably improve California’s public education system. I know there are many, frustrated, devoted and creative problem solvers at Montclair and I hope you will consider taking this opportunity to learn more about how you apply your innovative and ambitious thinking in the service of better public education throughout CA. I’ll be there, please join me for a fun and energizing weekend!

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