Weekly Newsletter 10/1/2014
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 1, 2014 VOL. 6
Thank you for supporting our kitchen! We are near completion with the new finger scanning system, with just a few students left to be enrolled. Very soon, we should have our new system set up to run two check-out lines with two finger scan readers. The next step will be to get the new serving station that will accommodate two lines for service, instead of the single line of students. The kitchen team is currently working on the ETA for this new station. Stay tuned. For questions, please email .
OUSD Nutrition Services was featured on PBS News Hour! Check it out at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/california-school-district-rewrites-menu-student-lunches/ For other news from OUSD Nutrition Services, please read the latest newsletter, Food for Thought, here. Also, October’s lunch menu is now available. To view, click here.
STUDENT COMFORT PACKETS DUE OCTOBER 10TH
Each student at MES must turn in a food/comfort packet in the event of an earthquake or other emergency. Our school’s emergency supplies will allow us to provide basic supplies of food, water and juice for the children, but nothing brings comfort to a child like a snack and something special from home. Comfort packets will be stored with the school’s emergency supplies and will be handed out if needed. Ask your Safety & Disaster Preparedness Room Rep for more info.
NO AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES OCT 13-17
Please note that there will be NO ASE classes the week of October 13th–17th due to parent/teacher conferences.
OTTER WALK UPDATE
The “Otter This World” Otter Walk is just over 2 weeks away! We are gearing up for 100% participation! Join the MES community on Saturday, October 18th, 8am-4pm.
We hope you have started securing sponsors. DoJiggy makes it as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Set up your child’s personalized donation page at otterwalk.dojiggy.com.
2. Send the link to friends, family, and neighbors.
Volunteer at the Otter Walk. We have over 200 shifts to fill and we need every family to help! Sign up by clicking here.
“All Hands on Deck” Otter Walk Meeting on Thursday, October 2nd, 7:30pm, MES Multipurpose Room. Calling all current committee members, class reps, and those interested in getting involved! RSVP to if you plan to attend or would like information about how you can help.
Get ready…The Dads’ Club Tri-Tips are back! Stay tuned for follow-up announcements on how to pre-purchase your yummy tri-tips. Sales will begin next week, and this year you can purchase online, too (in addition to the old-school option of completing a reservation form).
The PTA is in immediate need of a Hospitality Lead. This person will coordinate the food and drinks which are served at the monthly PTA meetings. This is a great way to get to know fellow parents. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Corinne Welpton at .
KINDER TOURS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Believe it or not, Kinder Tours for prospective Montclair families are just around the corner. Tour dates for November, December and January are getting finalized at the moment, but we are looking for volunteers or school ambassadors to help orient and show our school to new families. If you are interested in volunteering for the tours or would like additional information, please email PTA VP of Outreach .
ART OF EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
The Winebow Group and Kris Wine are pleased to announce the “Art of Education Campaign.” This is the 5th Annual campaign, and once again Kris Wine will donate grants to support arts education in America’s public schools and arts education advocacy. The program runs from September 8th to October 31st. Last year, Montclair received a $1,000 grant! Currently, we are in 13th place; only the top 16 vote earners qualify for the grant. You can help Montclair with a few clicks and vote on Kris Wine’s Facebook page. Vote DAILY and encourage friends and family to vote as well. Go to www.facebook.com/kriswines, and click “Art of Education.” Thanks for helping our school receive this grant.
Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm
OTTER WALK All Hands Planning Meeting (Multipurpose Room)
Friday, October 3, 3pm
OTTER WALK Training Program (Garden)
Wednesday, October 8, 7:30pm
Dads’ Club Meeting (Montclair Golf Course)
Friday, October 10
NO SCHOOL: Professional Development Day
October 13 – 17
MINIMUM DAYS, 1:30PM DISMISSAL for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 15, 7pm
PTA Meeting (Multipurpose Room)
Friday, October 17, 1:45pm
OTTER WALK Training Program (Garden)
Saturday, October 18, 8am-4pm
For more information and events, view the school calendar.
GIRLS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE WORKSHOPS
Girls Leadership Institute (GLI), a national non-profit organization, believes that leadership begins in girlhood. GLI workshop for grades 4-5 is coming to Montclair!
Mondays, 6-7:30pm, October 20th-November 10th, in the Multipurpose Room. Please see the attached flyer for more details and registration information.
PARENTING WITH POSITIVE DISCIPLINE (3-NIGHT WORKSHOP)
“Rewards, Punishments, and Problem Solving”
In this fun and interactive class based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline and Ross Greene’sCollaborative Problem Solving, we will learn the truth about consequences, and how extrinsic behavior motivators like rewards and punishments can end up teaching lessons we didn’t intend. We’ll then learn and practice alternatives, including a remarkably effective method for solving behavior problems collaboratively with your kids. Participants describe this class as “exceptionally empowering” and “literally changed my relationship.”
October 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 6:30–8:30pm. For questions or registration information, please see attached flyer or contact or http://workingparenting.com/classes-workshops/#parenting.
THE EAST BAY MINI MAKER FAIRE
Discount tickets to The East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, October 19th, 10am-5pm, are available. Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the 5th annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations. Think of it as a unique combination of a farmers’ market, county fair, and ‘Burning Man for Families’ all in one! Montclair Elementary School families and friends get a 15% discount on tickets. Use the code MONTCLAIR at checkout at http://ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com/.