Weekly Newsletter 10/7/15

Oct 7, 2015 by

Weekly Newsletter 10/7/15




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. There will be other participating schools coming to this event: Chabot, Cleveland, Crocker Highlands, Emerson, Hillcrest, Joaquin Miller, Kaiser, Montclair, Peralta, Piedmont Avenue, Thornhill. Parking this evening will be limited, so we encourage carpooling if possible. Please note that childcare will NOT be provided for this event.


The “Super Otters: Heroes Come in all Sizes” Otter Walk is just 2½ weeks away! We need EVERYONE there to reach our 100% participation goal.  Our biggest student-centered fundraising and community-building event of the year will be on Saturday, October 24, 8am-4pm. And what better way to celebrate our new Blue Ribbon Status!

Volunteer at the Otter Walk:We have over 200 shifts to fill.  We need every family’s help!  We need help first thing, as roamers, with food, and so much more! Volunteer for day-of-event shifts now: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084baaad2ca02-2015

Pre-Order Your Tri-Tip: It’s that time! Bring you’re your already cooked dinner from the Otter Walk with the FAMOUS DADS’ CLUB TRI-TIP: Niman Ranch beef – Two Ways!!

·     The Usual – come and pick up at the end of the day — fully cooked

·     The Raw – cryovac tri-tip with the Dad’s Club Rub — you cook

Cost is $26 per tri tip, and now available this year, the Dads’ Club Rub for $6 (6oz jar). Place your order on Dojiggy homepage at: http://otterwalk.dojiggy.com. Orders are due Monday, October 19, in the evening.

Help your student secure sponsors. Ask neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues (don’t forget about company matching gifts!). We’ve given you tips on goal setting, sample letters, and more in the packets that went home and on our website atwww.montclairschool.com/otterwalk. Don’t forget, all proceeds from the Otter Walk support MES Enrichment Programs.

Dojiggy – don’t delay!! Have you set up a dojiggy fundraising page yet? It’s time! Create your own personal page atotterwalk.dojiggy.comGo to http://bit.ly/dojiggyinstructions for tips. The funds we raise will keep all of our amazing enrichment programs (such as Art, Music, Library, Garden) going.  This is a great way to get this done!

The Pay-to-Play Committee is looking for a few good hosts! Deadline to host is THIS Friday, October 9.  Also, are you the parent of a Minecraft fan? We need a few new hosts to take over this fun and popular PTP party this year!! It’s typically held on a weekday after school on campus and we will provide you with resources from years past. Last year it raised over $700! Email if you are interested in hosting.

Pre-purchase your Otter Bucks now!  Like last year, we’re doing away with cash at the Otter Walk.  Otter Bucks are the official currency of Otter Walk 2015.  You can use them at ALL things Otter Walk, including Otter Café, bike smoothie, sugar shack, face painting, and the Otter Shop. Credit cards will still be accepted at Pay-to-Play. Save yourself time and hassle; purchase Otter Bucks for pickup at check-in now atotterwalk.dojiggy.com.

WE STILL NEED BOXES – A few big ones!  Our Super Otter Walk decorations committee is in need of large-scale, tall boxes (think refrigerator). Have one? to arrange pickup or drop-off.

Questions?  Contact Otter Walk co-chairs Pilar Strutin-Belinoff, Katy Geisert, Sonia Chopra, and Ginger Cook  .


Students and their families are invited to enjoy a night under the stars this Friday, October 9, 6:45-8:45pm in the Multipurpose Room and Upper Yard. This is NOT a drop off event. The event will be hosted by Otter Walk Prize Committee to celebrate our amazing 2014 Otter Walk and to get excited for our upcoming 2015 Otter Walk! The East Bay Astronomical Society will set up five of their high powered telescopes on the Upper Yard for you and your family to peek through. We will begin with a short presentation in the Multipurpose Room at 6:45pm before moving to the yard for viewing. Please contact Jeff Sanchez () or Jennifer Porcinito () to volunteer or answer questions.


This week, Montclair lost one of its amazing parents, Dan Kane. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. To contribute to a fund to support his family, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/3h3rbtuk?pc=14_tw_1.


Grab a few friends for a fun night of volunteering at Joaquin Miller Elementary School’s auction! Their event will be held Saturday, November 14 at the Rotunda Building here in Oakland and they are in need of volunteers to work some shifts. In exchange for volunteering at their auction, Joaquin Miller will supply us with volunteers for our own auction in the spring and you will get a free Otter Ball ticket! Volunteering is easy, ranging from helping with set up to assisting with games or working their ticket booths. It’s a great reciprocal event that builds community within our schools and is fun.  If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Porcinito (). Thank you in advance from both Montclair and Joaquin Miller!


Do you have two hours a month to help the school-wide yearbook committee?  Want to help create lasting memories for your child? This is a perfect volunteer job for the time-constrained parent who wants to be more involved in our school. Interested? Please contact Jennifer Ames, PTA Historian, at  for additional information. There are all sorts of opportunities on the committee.


We have received reports of head lice at our school. Head lice continues to be one of the most prevalent communicable childhood diseases among children, and outbreaks are possible whenever and wherever children gather. Here’s what you can do to prevent, screen for, and treat head lice incidents:

1. Prevent head lice contamination by encouraging your children not to share brushes, hats, etc. with others, and consider using essential oils to ward lice off. More info on prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.html and http://headlicecenter.com/head-lice-prevention.

2. Screen your child regularly and notify his or her teacher if head lice or their nits (lice eggs) are detected.  Working together helps protect all of our children, including your own.

3. Treatment: If you find that your child has head lice, there are a couple of options:

-The “NPA’s Top Ten Tips for Head Lice and Nit Removal” has useful tips, athttp://www.headlice.org/downloads/tipsremoval.htm.

-A number of local salons specialize in head lice screening and removal, including Nit Pixies, 5009 Woodminster Lane, Oakland, CA 94602.

Working together will help us all to get rid of  the lice and stay nit-free.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Monday – Friday, October 5 – 9

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Minimum Days: Dismissal at 1:30 pm

Friday, October 9

6:45pm A Night Under The Stars (Multipurpose Room and Upper Yard)

Friday, October 16

Staff Development Day – No School

For more information, view the school calendar on BigTent.



The Oakland Public Library-Montclair branch will be holding its Fall Book Sale on Saturday, October 17, 10:30am – 3:00pm.


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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