Weekly Newsletter 10/22/2014

Oct 22, 2014 by

Weekly Newsletter 10/22/2014




Saturday’s Otter Walk was a huge success! What a wonderful way to celebrate our school community with food, fun and dedicated walkers! We want to extend a very special note of appreciation to our Otter Walk Chairs whose tireless dedication and hard work over the past months made this event a wonderful experience: Pilar Strutin-Belinoff, Lauren Disston, Ginger Cook and Sonia Chopra. And of course, the day would not have happened without the terrific support of the best volunteers around – our parent community! To everyone involved, a very big THANK YOU!

The donations deadline is Wednesday, November 5. For more information on collections and next steps for the Otter Walk, please visit our next steps page.



Remember your first school tour of Montclair? How wonderful was it to meet such enthusiastic parent volunteers? Tours will begin next month and we are looking for volunteers to lead and meet new prospective families. We have scheduled tours on select Wednesdays in November and December, from 9-10am. January 2015 tour dates include Wednesdays and one Saturday morning, 9-10am. Please refer to our school website for tour dates and information. If you are interested in volunteering, click here to access the SignUp Genius online sheet. There will be an orientation meeting for new volunteers (past volunteers are also welcome to attend) this Friday, October 24, 5:30pm, in the Multipurpose Room. Questions? Please email , PTA VP-Outreach.



Mark your calendars and get ready for Picture Day! Hot Shots School Portraits will be on campus October 27-29. The schedule per grade will be as follows:


October 27: Grades 1, 3

October 28: Grades 2, 4, 5

October 29: Grade K


Each class should have received or will be receiving their designated time schedule on Picture Day. Please see the attached Hot Shots School Portraits flyer for additional information.



Please join us for a garden work day on Saturday, November 8, 9am-12 noon. We plan to clean up and rehabilitate the Friendship Garden so it can again be part of the wonderful outdoor classrooms we have at Montclair Elementary. Meet Farmer Ben and find out more about the 6 distinct garden areas we have at MES. Bagels and coffee will be provided! For more information, please email .



Many large Bay Area employers are in the midst of their Fall Giving Campaigns. If your employer has such a program, please consider supporting our school through these giving campaigns. This is one of the easiest ways to set up gifts to our school. Many employers even will do automatic matching of your gifts! In most databases, the easiest way to search for Montclair Elementary School is through our taxpayer ID number: 94-6183886.



The holidays are coming up! A number of stores automatically donate a portion of the money you spend to MES. Are you signed up for all of them? 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Montclair Elementary School every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our school. Here, too, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. Simply click on the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6183886 to associate your Amazon account with MES.


If you are a regular Target shopper, consider using the Target RED card. Not only will you get 5% off qualified purchases, but MES gets 1% every time you shop! The RED card is available as a Visa Credit Card, Target-Only Credit Card, or Target-Only Debit Card. For more information, go to http://www.target.com/redcard/main. If you already have a Target RED Card, link your card to our school at https://www-secure.target.com/redcard/tcoe/home.


Our good neighbor, Lucky supermarket, offers the Lucky SHARES card. With each purchase, a portion goes to Montclair Elementary School. You can pick up a Lucky SHARES card at our school office and use it every time you shop at Lucky, Save-Mart, or Nob Hill markets.


Shop at Safeway? Make sure you renew your Safeway Club Card affiliation with Montclair Elementary School through eScrip. For more information, visit http://www.escrip.com/safewaystores/safeway/index.jsp.



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 a total of $50,000 to support arts education in America’s public schools and arts education advocacy. The program runs September 8 – October 31.


Montclair is currently in 18th place nationally, and only the top 16 schools will receive a grant. Voting is easy.

1)      Go to the KRIS Wine Facebook page and click “Like.”

2)      Underneath the main banner photo, find the “Art of Education” button.

3)      Fill out the form including zip code 94611, and the site will automatically find Montclair Elementary. Click on our school and vote. That’s it. You can vote once per day.


Spread the word to include your friends, parents, uncles, neighbors  and you increase the chances of MES winning up to $5,000 for our Arts program. Last year, our votes earned a $1,000 grant! For more information about the grant, please contact Brian Turner at or at (510) 482-3208.





Friday, October 24, 5:30-6:30pm

School Tours Volunteer Orientation #1 (Multipurpose Room)


Monday, October 27

Picture Day, Grades 1, 3


Tuesday, October 28

Picture Day, Grades 2, 4, 5


Wednesday, October 29

Picture Day, Grade K


Friday, October 31

Halloween Parade


For more information and events, view the school calendar.





On Monday, November 3, 6:30-8pm, Thornhill Elementary will host a Middle School Options Fair. The Fair is an interactive evening presenting several of the many middle school options available to our families. There will be public and charter middle school representatives present to answer questions, as well as an OUSD representative to address questions about the options process itself. For additional fair information including a list of confirmed middle schools participating, please see the attached flyer.




Do you have something you’d like to include in the weekly newsletter? Send a short 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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