9/25/2013 – Weekly Newsletter

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9/25/2013 – Weekly Newsletter

Did you know you can submit your membership payment online? Why Join Montclair PTA?


1. For Your Child. Years of research have proven that children do better in school when their parents are involved, both at home and in school. Grades are higher. Self-esteem grows.


2. To Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in our school. You’ll meet other parents and teachers, build rapport, discuss issues that are on your mind, and have a voice.


3. To Be Part of the Solution. Montclair PTA plays an important role in fundraising to support curriculum-based programs including Library, Music, Art, Drama, Computer Science and other enrichment programs no longer covered by state or local funding. All of this is vital to our school’s—and your child’s—success.


For further information, please contact .


Friday, September 27, 11:55 am, Room 205

Does your child like to write or draw?
3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are invited to participate in our student newspaper, Otter Tales.  The newspaper staff meets once a week at lunchtime to produce four issues a year.  Along the way we’ll learn about journalism and what goes into making a newspaper.  Students interested in being reporters, cartoonists and graphic artists this year should join us for an introductory meeting this Friday, 9/27, at 11:55 in Room 205 (Ms. Spingarn’s room) to learn more.  If you have questions, or if you’re interested in participating but can’t make the meeting, please contact our parent adviser Jeni Paltiel ().



Picture Days are Tuesday and Thursday next week.  See attached flyer for details.  Contact your room rep if you’d like to help your child’s class.

The Otter Walk
is just 4 weeks away. . .

And we’re off . . . now it’s time to help your student secure sponsors.  Ask neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues (don’t forget about matching gifts!).  We’ve given you tips on goal setting, sample letters, and more in the packets that went home on Friday. You can find additional sponsor forms and receipts for your donors on our website.  And don’t forget, all proceeds from the Otter Walk support MES Enrichment Programs.

Pay-to-Plays! Deadline is Oct. 7!   Don’t know what a ‘pay-to-play’ is?  It’s a teacher or parent-hosted fundraising event that occurs after the Otter Walk.  Sign-ups are taken at the Otter Walk and proceeds go to directly to PTA.  With events for kids, parents, and families, everyone can get in on the fun! Hosting a pay-to-play event is a great way to build community and a phenomenal way to raise money for a cause all of us care deeply about, our kids!!   Need Inspiration? Get more details on our website or email us at.

Volunteer at the Otter Walk:  Ready to help? You can volunteer for day-of-event shifts now.


Help us win $$ for our Art Program!!!  VOTE NOW – Vote Often!!

If even a few of us vote once per day, we have a real opportunity to win some much-needed funding for our Art program.  Be one of those people!!

KRIS wine is Arts Education in the U.S. with its Discover the Art of Education campaign.  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:

Log onto KRIS Wine’s Facebook page (every day!!) atwww.facebook.com/kriswines, click “Vote Now” and vote for Montclair Elementary.  Did we mention you should do this every day?!?!  Keep voting thru October 31, 2013.

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 toMontera’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 onWednesday, October 23, at 6 PM.) Please contact Nancy Murr at  if you have any questions. No need to RSVP. Just come. Thanks!


Mr. Turner will eventually be able to use the new Multipurpose Room for instruction but the platform area is not ready for his students yet.  Due to this construction delay, there have been some unforeseen schedule adjustments as we began this year’s programs.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and do not expect any further changes.  Also rest assured that this was a one-time occurrence and next year Mr. Turner’s instructional time will be locked down before the school year begins.  Thank you for your continued patience as we live through the final stages of bringing our new school facilities to life!!


Please put your child’s first and last name on everything!  Each month, non-profit organizations in the Bay Area benefit from the many jackets, sweaters & lunch boxes left behind by our students.  If there is a name on a misplaced item, Nancy Bloom makes an effort to get the item back to its rightful owner.  Unmarked or illegibly marked items are on display in the Lost & Found area in the hall of the main building leading out to the lower play yard.  All items in Lost & Found are collected the last Friday of EVERY month and sent away to organizations that will put them to good use.  Check the area for your child’s belonging before the end of day THIS FRIDAY if you are missing anything.

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