Weekly Newsletter 9/9/15
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 VOL. 3
BECOME A CLASSROOM PARENT VOLUNTEER
Classroom parent volunteers are a major part of what makes our school great – and give you the chance to see how your child is doing in class! If you would like to volunteer in your child’s classroom, the following requirements are mandatory. You must:
*have an updated TB test
*register as a classroom aide volunteer with OUSD through the new online portal (If you don’t already have an account, you’ll need to create one)
*attend one of two Volunteer Orientation meetings on Tuesday, September 15, 8:35am, Ottertorium/AT, or Tuesday, September 29, 6pm*, location TBD (*we changed the afternoon orientation to 6pm to accommodate more parents)
If you have any questions, please email PTA EVP Internal Affairs .
AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES BEGIN 9/14
After-School Enrichment (ASE) classes start Monday, September 14. Registration officially ended September 7. Late registration is open this week for a $25 fee. Currently, Origami (K–5, Tuesdays), Chorus (2–5, Fridays) and Drama (2–5, Mondays) are under-enrolled; if you sign up your student for any of those classes, the fee will be waived. See the full schedule here. If you have already registered your student for classes, please remind them of the day and location of their class so they know where and when to go. Teachers will also have a roster and will help get students where they need to be. For general questions about the ASE program, please email ASE Coordinator .
OTTER WALK 2015 UPDATE
Mark your calendars now! Our fall walk-a-thon and biggest family-friendly fundraiser is Saturday, October 24, 8am – 4pm. The Otter Walk Kick-Off Assembly is THIS Friday, September 11. Your child will learn the secret theme of this year’s Otter Walk, and he or she will be given a packet of paperwork containing details about the event, a sponsorship form, permission slip, prizes, and more. Please keep an eye out for this packet on Friday evening.
CALLING ALL ART VOLUNTEERS
Our teachers need your support to help foster students’ artistic desires and aspirations. Art classes will be taught in the classroom this year. No art background needed; just your enthusiasm and time with set-up, clean-up and instruction during class! Please contact to get your student’s art class schedule, and for questions on how to help support our art program and teachers.
OTTER TALES IS BACK THIS YEAR
Calling all aspiring journalists and artists! Otter Tales, MES student newsletter, is back this year and we are looking for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to write, edit, and illustrate. Join our introductory meeting Friday, September 11, 12:20pm (bring your lunch!) in Ms. Chanter’s room (Room 101) to find out more. Check out our past issues at ottertalesnews.wordpress.com. Questions? Email .
EVENING OF ART AND MUSIC – UPDATE
MES is happy to announce our first annual Evening of Art and Music fundraiser, on Saturday, October 10, 6-9pm, at the David Brower Center’s art gallery. MES parent Robert Greenberg will lead a program exploring the friendship between Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Mozart entitled “Papa Joe and Wolfie: Birds of a Feather.” Joining Greenberg to perform the music of Mozart will be the Alexander String Quartet. Please join us for an evening of fascinating information, beautiful music, delicious wine, and tasty bites. As alcohol will be served, only those 21 years of age and older will be admitted. Ticket prices increase at midnight, September 12 so be sure to purchase your tickets today for a discounted rate: $55 for one, $100 for two. All proceeds benefit MES. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here. Questions? Contact .
DADS’ CLUB PRESENTS FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Calling all Witches and Wizards! Yes, you guessed it – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is coming soon to a big screen near you. Join the whole Montclair Elementary School (a.k.a Hogwarts) community for the movie under the stars on Friday, September 18, 6:30pm, Upper School Yard. Food, drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase at 6:30pm. We’ll show a quick short film, then the feature presentation will start around 7:20pm. Don’t forget to bring some comfortable chairs, some blankets, and a reusable water bottle. Costume attire is encouraged! We look forward to seeing you there!
CLOTHING DRIVE COMING SOON
On Monday, September 14, we are kicking off our clothing drive with fundraising partner, Schoola. Schoola collects pre-loved women’s and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to our school to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! We invite all to donate clean clothing in new or like-new condition between September 14 – 18. We’ll be collecting clothes at school.
Thursday, September 10
6pm Back to School Night for Grades 3, 4 and 5
Friday, September 11
Otter Walk Kick-Off Assembly
12pm BigTent Training via WebEx
Monday, September 14
Fall ASE Classes Begin
Monday, September 14 – Friday, September 18
MES Clothing Drive
Click here to view the school calendar (You must be signed into BigTent).
JOIN THE CUB SCOUTS!
Pack 296 has been nurturing young boys in the Montclair community for 60 years now. Cub Scouts is about having fun. Each year scouts go fishing, camping, build and race the famous pinewood derby cars, hang out with the Oakland Fire and Police Departments, and much, much more. Our Pack does not discriminate and is open to all young boys and all families. If your son is in 1st through 5th grade and wants to learn more about scouting, check out our website at www.pack296cubs.org. There you will see all the activities we’ve been up to. We invite everyone to attend our next information session on Wednesday, September 23, 7-8pm at the Joaquin Miller Elementary School Library. Parents and kids are welcome to attend. Our first Pack Meeting will be on Wednesday, September 30, 6:30- 8pm at Montera Middle School. We look forward to seeing you there!
Do you have something you’d like to include in the weekly newsletter? Send a 100-word-or-less informational blurb, complete with links and contact info, to Monica Mehta and Marivic Hammond at BEFORE NOON ON TUESDAY to be included that week.
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