Weekly Newsletter 2/18/2015

Feb 18, 2015 by

Weekly Newsletter 2/18/2015



Please join us this evening, 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 cannot provide dinner and childcare. To RSVP for this event, please click here.



5 weeks away: We’re a bit more than a month away from the Otter Ball, our fabulous spring fundraiser (March 28 at the Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club, www.berkeleycityclub.com). There’s still time for you to donate or contribute a pay to play event; our deadline is February 27, though, so act fast! You can find forms and more info at www.montclairschool.com/otterball/.

Tickets are on sale! Click here to reserve your spots now. Your tickets include event admission, appetizers, no-host (cash) bar, participation in both the silent and live auctions, music, games, and much more. Act soon for the best pricing: Tickets are only $50 if purchased on or before February 28.

Did you know? Julia Morgan was no stranger to good works; her most famous patron was newspaper magnate, antiquities collector, and noted philanthropist William Randolph Hearst. Morgan designed his famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon.


Thank you for all your feedback regarding the school cafeteria lunch payment system. We are pleased to announce that from now on, the cafeteria will send a notice to families with low or negative balances every two weeks. Per our kitchen manager, Maria Cortez, there is a grace period when children can go negative by 3 lunches; once a child is negative by 4 lunches, he/she will be sent to the office and the parent or guardian will be contacted and reminded of the lunch payment.  If your child is sent to the office, his/her lunch will be kept in the cafeteria and your child will be able to eat it upon return. Students are asked to remind their parents to send in money, but please keep your lunch balances up to date. Late lunch payments were becoming a significant issue, causing the cafeteria to run a deficit of about $5,000, which was the reason for enforcing this policy. If you have any questions, please contact .


Registration for the Spring After-School Enrichment (ASE) session has begun and will run until Friday,February 27 at 10pm.  Classes fill up quickly, so don’t delay signing up your kid(s). Check out the full schedule here where you will also find links with specific information on each class, including how to register. For general questions about the ASE program, please email the volunteer ASE Coordinator, .


The PTA is 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 PTA President . The work can be done on your own time, so it’s great for a working parent.

The PTA is also in immediate need of a Hospitality Lead. This person will coordinate the food and drinks which are served at the monthly PTA meetings. This is a great way to get to know fellow parents. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact PTA Historian .


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)

Friday, February 27

10pm ASE registration closes

Friday, March 6

6pm Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out

For more information and events, view the school calendar.




Attention future Montera parents and film buffs – come see Lunafest, a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for, and about women. This season’s program of eight films are filled with hope, reflections, and humor. Please join us in the Montera MUR on Friday, March 13, 7pm for a great evening that also benefits Montera Middle School. Tickets are available at the door: $10 (adults) and $5 (students). Films are appropriate for middle school age children and possibly younger.  Parents should consult theLunafest website to determine if the content is appropriate for their child. Please visit http://www.lunafest.org/the-films for additional details.


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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