Weekly Newsletter 10/21/15

Oct 21, 2015 by

Weekly Newsletter 10/21/15



The Otter Walk is Just 3 days away!!!  This is our biggest student-centered fundraiser and really involves the efforts of all the students, parents and our community. Join us this Saturday for a fun and easy way to get involved, volunteer and share in a sense of Montclair community.

VOLUNTEERS: We are ALL volunteers, and by helping out we all make MES the amazing school it is. Be a part of it – it’s fun! If you have never volunteered, make this your first time. We NEED you; there are over 100 slots left. We especially need volunteers in our Food area. We can’t feed 600 families all day with only 9 volunteers! It only takes a minute to sign up! If you are hesitant to sign up because you won’t have anyone to watch your kids, then buddy up with another family. Reach out to the families of your child’s friends and see if you can arrange ‘walking pals’ you feel good about. It takes a village to put on this event and we need everyone’s help. Don’t delay! Sign up now: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084BAAAD2CA02-otter1


PAY TO PLAYS: Pay-to-Plays are set! We have over 60 amazing parties this year (for kids and adults) and they go on sale Saturday at 8:30 am sharp! Get a sneak peak of the Catalog and Calendar at http://www.montclairschool.com/otterwalk/paytoplay/

Some Pay to Play highlights include:

● Family Halloween Party on Saroni (10/31): Bring your trick or treaters over for the harrowing fright Saroni Drive is brewing for Halloween night!!

● Hoedown at the Bloom Ranch (4/9/16): Grab your hat and pull on your cowboy boots for a shindig down at the “ranch” of our own Principal Bloom!

● A ton of teacher hosted events starting with a Halloween Party with Ms. Littlejohn the Monday after the Otter Walk (10/26)

To sign up, simply look for the sign up boards in front of the portables, write your name on an open line and stop by the Pay to Play check-out table to pay. You can’t pay for Pay to Plays with Otter Bucks, so bring a credit card. Can’t make it to the Otter Walk (NO!), but still want to sign up for a party? Fill out an Absentee Bidder Form at http://bit.ly/1LHALva. NOTE: You must turn in an absentee bidder form AND have a friend sign you up on the signup sheets. Parties sell out fast! So take a look at the Pay to Play Otter Walk Catalog (http://bit.ly/1KlrdR7) and Otter Walk Calendar (http://bit.ly/1klGf4s) and plan which parties you want to sign up for before the Otter Walk. Questions? Email.


FUNDRAISING: There’s still time to secure sponsors! Ask neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues. Get tips, find forms, everything you need to know at http://www.montclairschool.com/otterwalk/. Highlight your child’s Dojiggy page at Otterwalk.dojiggy.com. Don’t forget, all proceeds from the Otter Walk support MES Enrichment Programs. And don’t forget about corporate matching! It only takes a few minutes to apply from your employer. Questions on how to do this? Email Kevin Tam at .


OTTER BUCKS AND RAFFLE: Save yourself time and hassle; purchase Otter Bucks by clicking on “Tri-Tips and Bucks” at otterwalk.dojiggy.com. Otter Bucks are the official currency of the Otter Walk. You can use them at ALL things Otter Walk, including Otter Café, bike smoothie, sugar shack, face painting, and the Otter Shop (credit cards only for the Pay-to-Play). Pre-orders due by Thursday at midnight. Otter Walk Raffle is not to be missed! This year’s raffle features three great prizes. Buy your raffle tickets at the Otter Walk for a chance to win. Drawing will be at 2:15 pm. You don’t need to be present to win, but you DO need to come to the Otter Walk to buy your tickets! You can use Otter Bucks or credit cards to purchase tickets. And new this year: Your tickets can be divided among the three prizes!

1st Prize: Amazon Paperwhite Kindle Bundle

Enjoy reading with the ability to build vocabulary right on the device – feature to look up words on the spot! The bundle features the newest Kindle Paperwhite with 300psi screen resolution, a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card and a Stylish but light weight black leather case. Great for all readers!

2nd Prize: Star Wars Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

Over the years, the magic of Star Wars has always lived on screen and in our imaginations. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is possible to bring us a new part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens into your home. BB-8 – the app-enabled Droid that’s as authentic as it is advanced; the BB-8 has an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. It’s now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid by your side. BB-8 is more than a toy – it’s your companion!

**Check out the video of the Droid capabilities at the Raffle table during the Otter Walk or here: <a href=”http://yhoo.it/1ZTWK8c**”>http://yhoo.it/1ZTWK8c**

3rd Prize: American Girl Grace & Bonbon

Meet Grace, 2015 Girl of the Year! She’s a big-ideas girl who makes baking her business. This enthusiastic girl loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. A trip to Paris inspires her to try new things – including turning her passion for baking into a business. Will she learn the best way to succeed? Grace comes with the “Grace” paperback book, plus her Paris welcome outfit: A white top with a sparkly Paris graphic a pink skirt with a black bow on the front, a charm bracelet that Mom gave her and Gray ankle boots with gathered straps. Always with Grace, her trusty canine side-kick is included: her French bulldog named Bonbon.


1 ticket for $10 (good deal)

3 tickets for $20 (great deal)

15 tickets for $40 (unbelievable deal!)


THANK YOU SO MUCH! SEE YOU AT THE WALK! Otter Walk Co-Chairs Pilar Strutin-Belinoff, Sonia Chopra, Ginger Cook and Katy Geisert



Shoo The Flu is coming to give free flu vaccines on Monday, October 26. All students can receive a flu vaccine, with a completed consent form. Participation is voluntary. Consent forms have been sent home with the students. Look for the orange Shoo The Flu folder with a green consent form inside. All you need to do is complete the form and return it to school. The vaccines are free, regardless of insurance. There is enough vaccine for anyone who would like to participate. The vaccines will be given by nurses, during school hours. All students will get the nasal spray unless the nurses recommend a flu shot based on your answers to the medical questions on the consent form, so be sure to answer them all. Students with asthma or some other medical conditions will need to get the flu shot. Questions? Visit ShooTheFlu.org, or contact OUSD vaccine liaison, Hannah Warren at  or at (510) 273-1589.



Want to learn more about the new standardized SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) tests? Join us for a community education night featuring Dr. Devin Dillon, OUSD Chief Academic Officer. The event will be on Tuesday, October 27, 6-7pm, in the Multipurpose Room. In addition to Montclair, there will be other participating schools coming to this event: Chabot, Cleveland, Crocker Highlands, Emerson, Hillcrest, Joaquin Miller, Kaiser, Peralta, Piedmont Avenue, and Thornhill. Parking this evening will be limited, so we encourage carpooling or walking, if possible. Please note that childcare will NOT be provided for this event.



On Thursday, November 5, 6:30-8:30pm (MES Multipurpose Room), Montclair and Hillcrest Elem Schools will present a film screening of Beyond Measure – a follow up to Race to Nowhere from director Vicki Abeles. In Race to Nowhere, Ms. Abeles unveiled the dark side of America’s achievement culture. With Beyond Measure, Abeles shows what’s possible in education when we trust in the ingenuity of students, parents, and teachers. Communities transform education by putting research, and proven innovative models into practice. This film is appropriate for all ages. Limited childcare, including a pizza dinner, will be available. Signup for the event here: https://goo.gl/i8Rpu5. Signup for childcare here: https://goo.gl/5ce9V8



The Book Fair will be open Monday-Friday, November 1- 6. The hours are8:30am-3:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday8:30am-2:30pm Wednesday. More details can be found on the flyer in this Wednesday’s green folder, which includes information regarding the purchase of gift certificates for your child. There will be a special parents-only morning shopping hour onMonday, November 2, 8:30-9:15am. Shop any time through our book fair webpage: http://goo.gl/CZJqFk. Thank you for your support of the Montclair School Library! -Paci Hammond & Beth Gousman, Librarians



It is that time of the year again – Picture Days for all students and classes will be on November 4-5. Please consult with your teacher and/or room parent(s) for your class’ designated date and time schedule. Both group class and individual photos will be taken in the front of the school (outside the main doors by Ms. Bloom’s office). The class group portrait will be taken first followed by the individual portraits (including teachers). Combs and face wipes will be provided. However, students are encouraged to bring their own comb or hairbrush.



Our school community is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our school parents, Dan Kane. Darin Jensen, father of Ella Jensen Kane, wanted to pass along the details of Dan’s memorial service. It will be held on Saturday, November 14, 5pm, First Unitarian Church (645 14th Street, Oakland, CA).





Saturday, October 24

Otter Walk


Monday, October 26

Shoo The Flu


Tuesday, October 27

7pm OUSD SBAC Presentation (Multipurpose Room)


For more information, view the school calendar on BigTent.






In celebration of Attendance Awareness month, Oakland Natives Give Back (ONGB) and OUSD present “Everyday Counts” Attendance Challenge. FromOctober 19-November 19, OUSD students with perfect attendance can compete for a chance to win $500! For additional information on contest rules and how to enter, check out the challenge flyer: https://goo.gl/Aifv11.



Joaquin Miller Elementary School invites Montclair parents to attend a presentation on Common Core math, Thursday, October 22, 6:30-7:30pm in Joaquin Miller’s Multi-Purpose Room. The new principal, Sara Green, and Ray Wooliever, JM’s Math Teacher Leader, will provide parents with an opportunity to experience Common Core Math firsthand by engaging them in the same math lessons used with your children. Parents will receive resources for helping their students with math at home. Learn the same math language as your child and make homework easier!



The Montclair Lions Club, Coldwell Banker and the Montclair Village Association invite all to attend the annual Montclair kids Halloween Parade on Friday, October 30, 3:30-4:30pm. Click on the event flyer for additional parade information: https://goo.gl/i7tu2h



Do you have something you’d like to include in the weekly newsletter? Send a 100-word-or-less informational blurb, complete with links and contact info, to Monica Mehta and Marivic Hammond at  BEFORE NOON ON TUESDAY to be included that week.


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