2/5/2014 Weekly Newsletter
Lunch service is going well–we are feeding nearly 500 students fresh, hot meals each day! The kids are moving through the line quickly and the logistics continue to improve. Most importantly, we are receiving a ton of positive feedback about the food!!
We hope you have enjoyed the break from packing lunches and that your students are loving the hot lunches. Now we’d love for you to support our kitchen by purchasing those lunches!
Free lunch continues this week for all students, faculty and staff. You are also welcome to come and try lunch on us during this time. Starting Monday, lunch will be $2.25 for kids and $4 for adults.
We also need families to prepay for meals in order to keep our lunch line moving fast. Prepaid and free/reduced lunch students simply swipe their ID cards as they go through the line (we don’t have much time for cash handling during lunch service). No student will be denied food for lack of credits but if you run a negative balance you create a lot of work for our office staff to follow up with you for payment.
Please prepay BEFORE MONDAY and keep your balance positive throughout the year!
*Put check (preferred!) or cash in sealed envelope with student’s name and “Prepay Lunch” written on outside.
*Make check out to OUSD
*Turn in envelope with check or cash:
–in Multipurpose room Kitchen
hand to Velvet, Food Service Mgr for MES,
between 6:30-11:00am or 1:00-2:00pm any school day
–in MES Main Office
hand to Irene or Yesenia, MES office staff
between 8:00am-4:00pm any school day
You may also apply for free/reduced lunch here:
Credit will be applied to the student ID and point of sale “payment” is processed the same as prepaid ID cards (meaning there is no way to tell which students are prepaid and which are free/reduced). We hope to have online payments and accept credit cards soon.
For your convenience, here is February’s lunch menu
Q’s or want to volunteer to help?
contact Leslie Dougherty at
TAKE THE SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY
The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions of school climate as they relate to student well-being, opportunities, and learning. The information will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as barriers to learning. Please help Montclair by sharing your opinions about the school. The previous year’s survey results are available to view in the school office.
OTTER BALL NEWS
OTTER BALL COUNTDOWN — March 15th, 2014 — 6 weeks and counting!
WINE DONATIONS — DROP—OFF THIS WEEK! — FEB. 3rd – 12th
Can you help us achieve our goal of a wine donation from every family? Please contribute a bottle or two of a favorite wine (valued at $15+).
Curbside service in the morning: Hand your wine donation to the drop off greeters—You don’t even have to get out of the car!
In the afternoon: Bring your bottles to A.T. (in the Ottertorium) and leave in the box provided.
RAFFLE — BUY TICKETS NOW!
Win an Instant Wine Cellar or a 3D Smart HDTV! Use the RSVP card to buy your tickets. Winner need not be present to win!
DONATION AND PAY-TO-PLAY DRIVE—Deadline is Feb 17th
There are only 2 weeks left to let us know about your fabulous offerings!
Contacts: Silent and Online Auction—
Pay-to-Play Events —
Have a donation now? Please go to our website and fill out the online donation form: Otterball.montclairschool.com
Or for a printable Donation or Pay to Play form click here: www.montclairschool.com/otterball
BUY YOUR OTTER BALL TICKETS NOW!
Buy your tickets, sponsor a teacher, and register for qCheck online today! Go to Otterball.montclairschool.com
Save $$! Purchase tickets by Feb 21st, the price increases on February 22nd!
CELEBRITY BARTENDER NIGHT THIS THURSDAY!
The Celebrity Bartender night at the Montclair Bistro is coming up this Thursday, February 6th from 6:30-9:00pm.
This bid board event is still open for more to join in the fun as we celebrate MES’s newest teachers. Mr. Souza, Ms. Nibblett, Ms. Valentino, Ms. Lines, Ms. Turcitu and Mrs. Torres will be serving up drinks and our school will receive 20% of all alcohol sales for the evening and 50% of the cash tips. Come and enjoy free appetizers, mix and mingle with our teachers and help MES earn some money.
Pay the bid-board price of $25 and you’ll be entered to win cool raffle prizes! But if you don’t pay ahead you can still come anyway and support MES by ordering a drink and tipping with CASH!
RSVP or questions, contact Leslie Dougherty at .
DAD’S CLUB FEBRUARY KIDS’ NIGHT OUT!
This Friday, February 7
1st Child – $25, all siblings $15
Pay at the door
Drop your kids off in the Multipurpose Room so they can have a Night Out with their friends. They’ll get pizza, popcorn and see the movie. Bring blankets and pillows so they can hang out and relax while watching the movie. Potty trained siblings are always welcome. We’ll even take middle-schoolers.
FEBRUARY PTA MEETING
The Boys Project
How to Connect, Reconnect, and Stay Connected to Your Son
Wednesday February 19th, 7:00-8:30pm
The Boys Project Co-Founder André Salvage will discuss ways to stay connected with boys through communication, intuition and the creation of a safe place for boys to be themselves. He will address concerns parents have about the social-emotional health of their boys and how to find the balance between allowing them to find their own way and guiding them through the life challenges they will face.
For more details, please see attachment.
Please note that dinner will NOT be provided at this meeting.Free childcare will be provided, please contact Leslie if interested: .
Pizza dinner WILL be provided in childcare.
MARCH PTA MEETING
Raising Resilient Girls
From the Girls Leadership Institute
Wednesday, March 19th, 7:00-8:30pm
This highly anticipated presentation is open to the public and already has over 200 rsvp’s. Sign up now on GLI’s eventbrite link: https://rrgmontclair.eventbrite.com/
Childcare rsvp’s will be collected closer to the date – stay tuned. See attached flyer for more details.
The MES Student Council is having a coat drive! The coats will go to help needy families in Oakland. Through February 26th, please bring coats of all sizes, new or gently used and clean, and put them in the red bins labeled Coats Only.
GREEN FOLDER FILES THIS WEEK