MES Weekly Newsletter 1/6/16
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 6, 2016
HAPPY NEW YEAR! WELCOME BACK.
HERE COME THE MINIONS!
You read it right – Minions will be the featured presentation this Friday, January 8, 6pm for the Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out! Come drop off your kids in the Multipurpose Room. They’ll get pizza, popcorn, a movie and dance party; and you’ll get a night out! There will additional fun activities including making your own Minion! Pizza and snacks will begin at 6pm. Prices are $25 for the first child, $15 for every sibling after that. All attendees must be checked in/out by an adult. Don’t forget blankets, pillows, and water bottle. To sign up in advance, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/uxky5iyrhn. You’ll be able to request your favorite Dance Party song and future movie for KNO. We will select one child who has RSVP’d to go free, so please register. It’ll be faster for you, too. If you don’t register, no worries; just come by and drop off your kids.
SHOW YOUR SPELLING BEE SUPPORT
Let’s all support the spellers of Montclair’s Annual Spelling Bee. All students are encouraged to wear Yellow, Black, and/or White onTuesday, January 12. Anything with a Bee on it is also appreciated!
FAMILY ENGINEERING EXTRAVAGANZA
Our yearly family science night will take place Wednesday, January 13, 6-7pm in the Multipurpose Room. There will be 11 engineering activities and challenges for families to enjoy together! This event is free – check out the event flyer athttp://bit.ly/1PfIVbN.
We also need about 6-7 parent volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to run a station, please contact Wonny Mullen at.
GET READY FOR OUR SPRING EVENT!
Our annual spring, adults-only, FUNdraiser – the Otter Ball – is only two months away on Saturday, March 19. It’s a big cocktail party with music and dancing. The event gives parents a chance to dress up a bit, hang out with friends, and have a kid-free evening! This year we will again have auctions and games, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a DJ. And, we’ll be back at Sequoyah Country Club with free, easy parking!
Just like the Otter Walk, this event is an important fundraiser for our school – raising funds that support our wonderful enrichment programs like Art, Music, Library, Gardening, among many others. We are seeking volunteers who can help us plan and make this another successful event. And this year, if you volunteer, you will get a free ticket to the event. Volunteering is really fun, and it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. If you are interested in providing input and helping us plan, and want to hang out with some cool parents, please come to our next planning meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 7pm in the Multipurpose room.
We are also soliciting donations to auction. This can be services that your business provides, items, or vacations homes. If you, your family, or your friends would like to make a tax deductible contribution for the auction, or if you have any questions, please contact Michelle Smith at or 510-325-5483.
Friday, January 9
6pm Kids’ Night Out (Multipurpose Room)
Tuesday, January 12
7pm Otter Ball Planning Meeting (Multipurpose Room)
Wednesday, January 13
6pm Family Engineering Extravaganza (Multipurpose Room)
Tuesday, January 19
1:30pm MLK Oratorical (Multipurpose Room)
OAKLAND GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE (OGSL) SPRING SEASON
Join a great group of Montclair girls for the spring Oakland Girls Softball League (OGSL) season! Practices begin in February (just one practice once per week) and we play a game every Saturday starting in March and running through early June. We had an awesome season last year, full of fun, friendship and teamwork. Registration ends this Saturday, January 9! Get more information and sign up at www.ogsl.org/registration.
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE
Chabot Elementary PTA invites you to a presentation featuring Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD on Tuesday, January 19, 7pm in the school’s Multipurpose Room (6686 Chabot Road Oakland, CA 94618). Parents, teachers, and caregivers will come away with an understanding of basic developmental awareness of children in regards to race, a grasp of what implicit bias is and how it impacts our children and support in thinking about HOW we want to engage with children about the topic of race. Dr. Briscoe-Smith is a psychologist who received her undergraduate training in social psychology from Harvard and her clinical degree in children’s psychology from U.C. Berkeley. More info here: http://thpplus.org/wp2/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/January-19-PTA-meeting.pdf
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