Weekly newsletter 11/5/2014

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Weekly newsletter 11/5/2014



Please save the date for the next PTA meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 7-8:30pm in the Multipurpose Room. Montera Middle School’s Principal Darren Avent, along with parents and students from Montera and Claremont Middle school, will be speaking on our panel and answering your questions. 


Childcare, including a pizza dinner, will be available in Room 104. Reservations for childcare can be found here. For questions about this meeting or topic suggestions, please send an email to .


Tours for 2015-2016 prospective Montclair families will begin next Wednesday, November 12, 9-10am. We have 32 prospective parents who have signed up for this first tour – We need school tour volunteers! Your job? Show prospective families our school and highlight what makes our school community dynamic, engaging and a wonderful place of learning. If you have not done something like this before, fear not – we will have an orientation meeting for new volunteers (past volunteers are also welcome to attend) on Friday, November 14, 5pm in the Multipurpose Room. Click here to access the SignUp Genius volunteer sheet. For tour dates, please visit our school calendar. For questions and additional information, please contact PTA VP-Outreach .


Safety first. Our goal is to keep our kids safe at drop off. Therefore, please observe the following: 1) keep traffic flowing on Mountain Blvd and in the upper parking lot; 2) refrain from going against the arrows in the upper lot; and 3) do not park the drop-off zones.


Ms. Brookes’ class has Car Door duty this week. We need 4 people per day. To sign up, click here.

Coming up soon for Car Door Help are the following classes:

Week of November 10 Ms. Torres’ Class

Week of November 17 Ms. Littlejohn’s Class

Week of December 1 Ms. Turcitu’s Class

Week of December 12 Ms. Rasul’s Class

Week of December 15 Ms. Lines’ Class

As a reminder, please DO NOT block or park in the Upper Lot spots designated for the Otter Ball Family and Mrs. Bloom.


The November menu is now available and you can access it here. Please note: pizza day has switched from Wednesdays to Tuesdays, and November 11 is blank because it’s a school holiday.


Don’t forget, the Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out is back, starting this Friday, November 7, 6pm.  Pizza and snacks will start at 6pm, followed by The Lego Movie, and then dancing and more fun. Prices are $25 for the first child, $15 for every sibling after that. Please bring a reusable water bottle and help the environment. You can sign up in advance at http://goo.gl/DCMnvf. One early signup will be selected at random and get in FREE.  Also, you’ll get a faster check-in and longer date night. Any questions? Please email . We’ll see you, or at least your kids, at the movies!


This year, MES will kick off a new Holiday Giving Program to help out moms and dads in our community who need an extra hand bringing in the season’s cheer. We’ve all had to live through difficult times – and there are families in our MES community who are in the midst of one. Understanding that we pull through hard times with the support of our friends and neighbors is what brings us closer, so here is our chance to both give and receive. Families that wish to support the program can email Lauren Grayman at . For more information about the program, please see the attached flyer.


Wondering where the decorative tile that you ordered last year is?  We have evaluated a few tile installers and have not found one that meets our need. The good news is we have a Montclair contractor dad who is helping us find another tile installer and tiles are expected to be installed in the first month or two of 2015. There were also a few color changes in the tiles that were ordered, although these are still pretty close to what you ordered last year. For those who have not yet ordered a new tile to be placed permanently on the west side (facing the play yard) of the Multipurpose Room, please take a look at the bulletin board next to the school office for information on the project and order forms. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Libbi Ziegler at .


We have an open seat on the School Site Council. The SSC meets every 3rd Monday of the month.

What does the SSC do?

  • Helps develop the School Site Plan, or CSSSP
  • Oversees the annual budget of categorical funds for our school site
  • Reviews student academic data

If you are interested, or would like to nominate someone who will be a great asset to the SSC, please fill out the attached nomination form and return it to the school office beforeMonday, November 17. Copies of the form are also available in the main office.



Thursday, November 6, 8:30am-3:30pm

Book Fair (last day)


Friday, November 7, 6pm

Dads’ Club Movie Night


Saturday, November 8, 9am

Garden Work Day


Tuesday, November 11

NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day


Wednesday, November 12

9am Incoming Families Tour (School Office)

7pm PTA Meeting (Multipurpose Room)

7:30pm Dads’ Club Meeting (Montclair Golf Course)

Friday, November 14, 5pm

School Tours Volunteer Orientation #2 (Multipurpose Room)

For more information and events, view the school calendar.



Every summer the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association sends selected 5th grade students from Oakland public schools to the Asian Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka, Japan.  Applications are available now for summer 2015 (due December 15, 2014).  Details here


Elizabeth Sautter, Executive Director of Communication Works in Oakland, will present strategies from her new book, “Make Social Learning Stick!” on Thursday, November 6, 7-8:30pm at the Piedmont High School Library. Ms. Sautter’s user-friendly guide, written for parents and teachers of preschool and elementary school children, offers a “social learning diet” of concepts and actions that can be used in everyday life to increase verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking and executive functioning.  With over 185 fun and easy activities, the book helps families embrace “teachable moments” throughout daily routines, including getting ready for school, preparing for dinner and celebrating Thanksgiving.


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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