9/18/2013 – Weekly Newsletter

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9/18/2013 – Weekly Newsletter

DON'T MISS OUR FIRST PTA MEETING OF THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR!  Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-8:30pm
MES Multipurpose Room

RSVP Required so that we can provide child care and have enough samples from the Cooking Kitchen

Please click here to RSVP

[adults only - see below for childcare info]

Food samples - 6:30-7:00pm
Come early to taste the food we will have with the new Cooking Kitchen in October!
Let us know you are coming so we have enough food!

General Meeting - 7:00-8:30pm

  • Learn about “FunRaising” and Fundraising
  • Get the latest updates about our new Cooking Kitchen & sign up to prepay for lunches
  • Hear about the new Common Core Standards being implemented in our classrooms

Common Core — what is it, how will it work and what does it mean for our students and teachers at MES?  Speakers will cover the following and answer your questions

  • The overall vision for Common Core at the state/federal/district level
  • The actual curriculum implementation and how the teachers are preparing/prepared
  • Testing for Common Core—will they really have the students waive out of the CSTs this year, will both tests be in place for a year, or???
  • Speakers include:
    • Ken Sorey, MES dad and VP of Educational Results Partnership www.edresults.org
    • Nancy Bloom, Principal of MES
    • Julie Chanter, MES teacher
    • Erin Cogan and Robin Lovell, OUSD


Starts MONDAY 9/23   

ASE classes start next week! Please remind your 1st-5th grader about the day and location of his/her enrichment class. Kinders will be picked up from their classrooms and escorted to class. Detailed information about all ASE classes can be found here: http://www.montclairschool.com/ase/

If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Yamamoto, parent volunteer, at .




Join the fun as we enjoy a free evening of entertainment with the Montclair Elementary School community and your family. Bring your blankets & camping chairs (flashlights are probably a good idea too). Movie shorts start at 7:30, the main feature starts a little before 8pm. If you'd like a snack while watching a show, bring some cash to buy popcorn, water and/or candy from the roving 5th graders - you'll be supporting their 5th Grade Spring Field Trip.
Everyone welcome! …and did we mention that this show is FREE!?!



“In September, KRIS wine will once again support Arts Education in the U.S. with its Discover the Art of Education campaign.  Launched on September 9, 2013, you can log onto KRIS Wine’s Facebook page (daily) at www.facebook.com/kriswines , click “Vote Now” and vote for Montclair Elementary.   Similar to years past, KRIS wine has teamed up with Americans for the Arts to giveaway $25,000 of arts education grants to the top 16 schools with the most votes.

Help us spread the word and make this year’s campaign a success by voting for Montclair Elementary between the dates of September 9, 2013, - October 31, 2013. If we all vote once per day we will have a real opportunity to win some much-needed funding for the Arts program.

If you have any questions, you can write Brian Turner (kindergarten parent) at , or call at (415) 509-1520.


Friday, September 27
Want a chance to meet, mingle, nibble and sip with Montera administrators and parents while getting the scoop about your neighborhood public middle school? Great! Then please come to Montera’s Prospective Parent Mixer on Friday, September 27, from 6 – 8 PM, at 1021 Leo Way, Oakland. This is a great chance to connect with other neighborhood 5th grade parents (and maybe some 4th, too) while enjoying nice wine (or beer or sparkling water), tasty hors d’oeuvres and good conversation. (This is an adults-only gathering, but not to worry: Students will have lots of chances to get questions answered, too, when Montera principal, Tina Tranzor, as well as students and parents, come to Montclair for a Prospective Family Information Night on Wednesday, October 23, at 6 PM.) Please contact Nancy Murr at if you have any questions. No need to RSVP. Just come. Thanks


I want to thank Principal Bloom and everyone who has worked to bring the universal free breakfast program to Montclair. As a busy, single, working mom and sole parent, I have a very limited time window on weeknights in which to help my daughter with homework and give her dinner and her bath before it's time time to get in bed with a couple of books. In the morning, she is often not interested in eating, and I find myself coaxing her to open her mouth, chew and swallow her breakfast. We also have friends in the neighborhood--yes, in Montclair--who literally run out of food toward the end of the month and I hope that the breakfast program continues to help families in that situation too. Breakfast food is generally not expensive and most of us in this country can afford bread and milk but many of our well-fed children don't want to eat at 7:30 in the morning. When they get the chance to eat a reasonably healthy and tasty breakfast at 8:30 with their peers, they are much more likely to eat and to reap the benefit of that nutrition during their learning time at school. Thanks again to all who have worked to bring the breakfast program to Montclair.

Carol Sue, mom of Selamawit (K)

  • OTTERWALK 2013
    Our fall walk-a-thon and biggest student-centered fundraising & community building event of the year!
    Saturday, Oct. 19; 8:00am-4:00 p.m.

    Otter Walk Kick-off Assembly is THIS Friday!

    This Friday, September 20th, is the Otter Walk kick-off assembly.  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 Otter Walk, a sponsorship form, permission slip, prizes, and more.  Please keep an eye out for this packet on Friday evening.  Details to come . . . wanna help out? You can volunteer for day-of-event shifts now.
    Gotta love when shopping raises money for MES!  Founded by an MES mom, Tea Collection is a globally inspired children’s clothing brand based in San Francisco, CA but inspired by cultures around the world. Twice each year, the designers at Tea travel the world to explore and discover, and then bring it all home in original styles that express the spirit of their adventures abroad. MES will be participating in Tea’s fall fundraising program, School Days, running 10/21/13-10/27/13. For every purchase made through our unique storefront during School Days, Tea will donate 15% of our sales back to MES and you’ll receive free shipping on your order (use code: SCHOOLDAYS15 for free shipping!!  

    SHOP HERE:  TeaCollectionforMES.OnlineFundraiser.net

Short-term Breakfast Composting Help Needed!
The new breakfast service at MES has improved, but our kids could sure use help re-learning the compost sorting process. A little verbal direction is all that's needed.
If you can help (even one day) after morning drop off (8:30 to 9:15 in the multipurpose room) it would help our kids get back to class faster.
Sign up here
Thanks for creating a greener MES community!

Contact Amanda Halte if you have Q's or want to get even more involved in the Green Team: