Weekly Newsletter 11/19/2014
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 19, 2014 VOL. 14
MINIMUM DAY SCHEDULE – CORRECTION
Please note that Friday, November 21 is NOT a minimum day, as was noted on our newsletter last week. Classes will be dismissed at normal hours on Friday: 2:30pm for Kindergarten, 2:45pm for grades 1-5.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: ASE WINTER CLASSES
Registration for After-School Enrichment winter session will be from Monday, December 1- Friday, December 12. To register for classes, visit http://www.montclairschool.com/ase/ where you’ll be able to review the schedule and then register online; or you can print the provider’s flyer and mail in your payment. Classes will start the week of January 5 and run through the week of March 9. If you have any questions, please contact parent volunteer Audrey Yamamoto at .
BREWFEST AND BBQ
The Dads’ Club Brewfest & BBQ will be this Saturday, November 22, 4pm-midnight. Bring a date and enjoy 12 hand-crafted beers on tap made by Montclair Dads along with BBQ for carnivores and vegetarians. Receive a custom-printed Dads’ Club tasting glass and help judge the brews! Pay at the door – $30/person donation; $25/person donation for 2 or more people. The event will be held at 7145 Homewood Drive, Oakland. Email for questions or additional information.
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Set your way back machine to December 5! The Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out is back. Pizza and snacks will start at 6pm, followed by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and then dancing and more fun. The movie follows our intrepid characters through time and around the world, which is very fitting since this month’s beneficiary is the Montclair Language League. Admission is $25 for the first child, $15 for every sibling after that. Please bring a reusable water bottle and help the environment. To sign up in advance,click here. Have questions? Just ask . We’ll see you, or at least your kids, at the movies!
HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITHIN THE MES COMMUNITY
We have learned that there are great products and services created and offered by our own MES family members. As a cool way to introduce these to the MES community, we are planning a special Holiday Shopping Program which will include a green folder handout as well as a web presence. To participate, you must have a product or service that would make a great holiday gift and be willing to donate at least 5% of sales proceeds from this campaign to the school. Click here to sign up!
MES STUDENT COUNCIL COAT DRIVE
The Student Council is having a coat and blanket drive. From now until December 18, please bring your new or gently used and clean coats and blankets of all sizes to your child’s classroom. They will go to help needy families in Oakland. Thank you!
SPORTS BASEMENT FUNDRAISER
Sports Basement Berkeley is having a holiday fundraiser for MES. Come in anytime from November 30to December 6 and mention Montclair Elementary School for 10% off and 10% back to the school. Come by on December 2, 6-8pm for a special happy hour — beer, wine and snacks provided. See the attached flyer for more details.
Saturday, November 22
Dads’ Club Brewfest & BBQ
November 24 – 28
NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
December 1 – 12
ASE Winter Classes Registration
Wednesday, December 3, 9am
Incoming Families Tour (School Office)
Friday, December 5
Otter Walk Prize Assembly
6pm Kids’ Night Out (Multipurpose Room)
For more information and events, view the school calendar.
EDNA BREWER MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURS
Edna Brewer Middle School and its Outreach Committee welcome all interested families and guardians to come and learn about our middle school. This year, we will host four Prospective Parent Tours and one Evening Informational. The Prospective Parent Tours allow interested parents the opportunity to learn about our high performing Oakland public middle school. The tour will include a welcome from Principal Sam Pasarow and key staff, a visit of our 6th grade classrooms, and a tour of the school campus. The Evening Informational is for prospective parents or guardians and their students who could not make a daytime tour. For more information on tours and dates, click here to visit Edna Brewer Middle School’s website.
If your child struggles with reading, spelling, handwriting or auditory processing, here is a powerful way to experience what it is like for them at school every day. Experience Dyslexia is holding a simulationThursday, November 20, 6:30-8:30pm. Experience through hands-on activities some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning differences. Join us at the downtown Walnut Creek Library in the Oak View Room for this unique workshop compiled by the Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association. To register for this event, click here. For additional information or questions, please contact Laurey Ahonen at Hope Academy, (925) 687-7555.
TEACHING KIDS TO BE GOOD PEOPLE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Chabot Elementary School PTA invites you to hear award-winning author and parent educator, Annie Fox, discussing media use among children and how to prevent cyber-bullying on Thursday, November 20, 6:30- 7:30pm. She will walk you through developing a concrete plan for structuring your child’s media use and how to respond meaningfully should cyber-bullying occur. Click here for a link to the event, which includes location and additional information. This event is free. Child care and dinner for kids who attend will be provided.
SCHOOL’S OUT DAYS AT JCC
Do you have all-day care during Thanksgiving Week? If not, no need to worry. The JCC Afterschool’s Oakland Branch (5811 Racine St.; 59th and Telegraph) has you covered on Monday, November 24-Wednesday, November 26, 8am-6pm! The JCC offers all-day programming – you pack the lunch, we do the rest! School’s Out Days are a combination of on-site activities and an off-site field trip.
Thanksgiving Week Field Trips
Monday, 11/24: Pacific Pinball Museum
Tuesday, 11/25: Lake Anza & BBQ
Wednesday, 11/26: Lindsay Wildlife Center
OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY DECEMBER EVENTS
The Montclair Branch of the Oakland Public Library has a great line up of December events for kids and the family:
Wednesdays,1pm PAWS to Read with Natasha, a BARK Therapy Dog (great for beginning and practicing readers)
Saturday, December 4, 5:30-8:00pm Montclair Village Holiday Stroll (in the Arts and Crafts section)
Saturday, December 6, 2pm Holiday Singalong: Peace Light& Chocolate
Thursday, December11, 3:30pm Graham Cracker House Craft
Wednesday, December 17, 2pm Make a Snow Globe at the Library!
LOOKING FOR A FUN SPRING SPORT FOR YOUR DAUGHTER?
Oakland Girls Softball League (OGSL) is a recreational league for girls ages 5-14, with emphasis on fun, teamwork, and skills development. Our community is amazing, and we invite your family to be a part of it. To register, visit us online at www.ogsl.org,or www.Facebook.com/OGSLSoftball. See the attached flyers for additional information.
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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