Weekly Newsletter 10/8/2014
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 8, 2014 VOL. 8
OCTOBER PTA MEETING
All parents are invited to join us next Wednesday, October 15, 7-8:30pm for an update from PTA President Amy Omand, followed by a discussion by our own Dr. Susan DeMersseman. Dr. Susan will discuss the daily challenges of parenting and how to deal with them, as well as talk about the importance of social-emotional learning. If you have any specific questions you would like Dr. Susan to address, please email your questions by October 14th to .
Childcare will be available from 7-8:30pm in Room 104. Reservations for childcare can be found here:
There will be NO dinner served at this meeting, due to the fact that we have not found a Hospitality Lead yet. The PTA is in immediate need of a Hospitality Lead. If you are interested or know someone who would like to volunteer for this role, please email Corinne Welpton at .
For questions about this meeting or topic suggestions for future meetings, please send an email to .
STUDENT COMFORT PACKETS DUE OCTOBER 10TH
Each child 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 October 13-17 due to parent/teacher conferences.
OTTER WALK UPDATE
The Otter Walk is just TEN DAYS away! We hope you’re planning to attend our biggest student-centered fundraising and community-building event of the year on Saturday, October 18, 8am-4pm. Many families stay all day, but if yours can’t, be sure to join us for a lap or two!
Volunteer at the Otter Walk. We can’t do this without the help of every family! So far, only 25% of volunteer slots have been filled. We still have 200 shifts to fill! Sign up by clicking here.
Pay-to-Plays. Arrive early to have your pick of the Pay-to-Play offerings. Pay-to-Play sign-ups open at 8:30am sharp. This year, we have some fabulous events including a Penguins and Pajamas Sleepover at the Academy of Sciences in SF with Principal Bloom (2/20), a Luau Party at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda (5/9) and a Family Halloween Party on coveted Saroni Drive (10/31)!
Help your student secure sponsors. Ask neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues—it’s all for a great cause! For tips, see our website. Each student has a personal website at otterwalk.dojiggy.com. Instructions for setting up and personalizing student websites are in the Otter Walk packet. Email friends, family, and co-workers to ask for donations—or post to Facebook!
Otter Walk Training Program. Friday, October 17 (Minimum Day). Meet at the garden at 1:45pmwith your parent or guardian.
The famous Dads’ Club Tri-Tip pre-sale is now available. You cannot miss this Niman Ranch beef, rubbed with the secret Dads’ Club Rub. Price is $25 per tri-tip and available two ways this year: The Usual (cooked) and The Raw (cryovac raw). Place your order by clicking here, or you can go to the school office for a paper copy. You can pick your orders at the Otterwalk Café TOWARDS THE END OF THE OTTER WALK, please! For questions, please email .
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE OTTER BALL
Mark your calendars for Saturday March 28th, 2015 for the annual Otter Ball gala! This year’s festivities will be held at a new location: the beautiful Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club (www.berkeleycityclub.com), also known as the “Little Castle.” The Otter Ball is a chance for our community to come together to enjoy delicious food and drink, participate in silent and live auctions, and sign up for fabulous bid board events — with all proceeds to support Montclair Elementary School. Don’t miss it!
2014-2015 KINDER TOURS
We have dates for Kinder Tours! Tours will be held Wednesday mornings, 9-10am in November, December and January (2015). There will be one Saturday morning tour in January. The tour dates are as follows:
November 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
January (2015) 7, 10 (Saturday), 14
If you know of prospective families who are interested in our school and would like to attend one of the tours, encourage them to contact the school office by calling (510) 339-6100. For additional tour and volunteer information, please email PTA VP of Outreach .
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.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP
Has your child outgrown his or her Halloween costume? Come to the Halloween Costume Swap at the Oakland Library – Montclair Branch! Bring in your gently-used Halloween costumes between now and October 11th. Then you can come and get a new costume at the swap event on October 11, 1pm-4pm. For additional information, please visit the Oakland Library website.
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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