Weekly Newsletter 2/11/2015
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 11, 2015 VOL. 22
FEB 18 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT — NEW LOCATION
Please join us on Wednesday, February 18, 7-8pm, at the Montclair Women’s Club (1650 Mountain Boulevard) to hear Nina Senn, our new school board representative (and Montclair parent), and members of the Superintendent’s team share and answer questions about what Work to Rule is and its impact from a programmatic and student support perspective, discuss the Pathway to Excellence, and provide a Budget Overview. Parents, guardians and teachers are welcome. As this meeting has been expanded to include surrounding schools, we can no longer provide dinner and childcare. To RSVP for this event, please click here.
ADDITIONAL PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT — FEBRUARY 25
One week after we hear from Nina Senn and our OUSD representatives on the state of the district, we will host an additional parent information night on Wednesday, February 25, 7-8pm at the Montclair Women’s Club to hear directly from Montclair teachers. Both teachers and a representative from the OEA (Oakland Educational Association) will present information to parents to further our understanding of the issues. We hope both parent information sessions are informative and constructive ways to share information with our community.
OTTER BALL COUNTDOWN
Six weeks away! The Otter Ball is getting closer! We hope to see you at our wonderful MES fundraising event,March 28 at the Berkeley City Club (www.berkeleycityclub.com). And by the way – the venue’s restaurant, named after architect Julia Morgan, is a lovely spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner (hint hint).
Ticket prices set: Otter Ball event tickets will go on sale very soon – check www.montclairschool.com/otterball for more details. Prices will be:
$50 if purchased before on or before February 28
$65 if purchased before on or before March 14
$75 if purchased on or before March 21
Reservations received after March 21 are subject to availability.
Did you know? Speaking of romance: Julia Morgan lived in France for several years, where she attended the Beaux-Arts school in Paris. In 1902, she became the first woman to earn a certificate in architecture from the institution. And in 1904, Morgan became the first woman to obtain an architecture license in California.
ASE SPRING ENROLLMENT NEXT WEEK
It might not feel like spring yet, but the After School Enrichment registration for the spring session start thisTuesday, February 17 and runs through Friday, February 27. The session itself runs March 23–June 5. With several choices each day after school––everything from soccer to ceramics to drama to toyology and more––ASE is a great place for kids to enjoy a fun and friendly learning environment right here on the MES campus. On Tuesday, February 17, check the ASE page (current schedule is for winter session) on the school’s website for the spring schedule. Instructions on how to sign up will be there, too.
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK
Do you want your child’s photo in the school-wide yearbook? So do we! It only takes a second and the photo sharing app can be accessed on your phone, computer or tablet. You can upload up to 10 photos at one time. Go to www.hjeshare.com. School code is: Otters. Email questions to , PTA Historian.
ARE YOU SHARES AND ESCRIP MEMBERSHIPS UP TO DATE?
We earn almost $7,000 per year from the Save Mart (Lucky) SHARES card program. Thanks to the many families that use the SHARES card when they shop at our good neighbor, Lucky Supermarket. But we can do better. If you do not yet have a Lucky SHARES card, please pick one up from the wicker basket in the school office. Alternatively, paste or tape the following number onto the back of your credit card: 6272368-1000331-39000. This is unofficially our community SHARES card. At the self-checkout lane, press the “Enter SHARES Number” button and enter this SHARES card #.
At Safeway Supermarket, we receive an eScrip rebate on qualified store purchases when you register your Safeway Club card with eScrip. Annual enrollment is required of your Safeway Club card with eScrip. Use this link to renew your enrollment: http://www.escrip.com/jsp/safeway-renewal.jsp
PTA POSITION OPEN
The PTA is still in need of an Auditor. Are you a financially savvy person? Are you interested in digging into the details of PTA finances? The Auditor is responsible for reviewing the books and records of the PTA and providing recommendations for improvements regarding fiscal policies and procedures. If you are interested, please contact. The work can be done on your own time, so it’s great for a working parent.
Wednesday, February 11
7:30pm Dads’ Club Meeting (Montclair Golf Course)
Monday, February 16
NO SCHOOL: President’s Day
Wednesday, February 18
7pm Parent Information Night w/ Nina Senn (Montclair Women’s Club)
Wednesday, February 25
7pm Parent Information Night w/ MES Teachers (Montclair Women’s Club)
For more information and events, view the schoolcalendar.
JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN
Girls on the Run is a non-competitive, curriculum-based running program for girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. You don’t even have to love running to join! For more information on the group’s Lake Merritt Program, please see the attached program flyer.
EAST BAY FLAG FOOTBALL
East Bay Flag Football’s Spring 2015 season is here! Games and practices will be held Saturdays from April 11 to June 6 at Oakland High School’s Football Field. There is no contact and no blocking. It is a style of play that is exciting both to play and watch. The main emphasis is on good sportsmanship, skills building and FUN. There are 4 Co-ed divisions: 7-8 (9-11am), 9-10 (11am-1pm), 11-12 (1-3pm) & 13-15 (3-5pm). For online registration and more information, go to www.eastbayflag.com. Players may enter individually or as entire teams. Cost is $190. This is an offsite activity.
BALL SUMMER CAMP
Ball Summer Camp offers baseball instruction and outdoor games for boys and girls ages 6-12. Camps will be at Caldecott Field June 29-August 7. Registration opens March 1, with an early bird discount if you sign up before March 31. For more information, go to www.summerballcamp.com.
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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