Weekly Newsletter 2/2/2016

Feb 3, 2016 by

Weekly Newsletter 2/2/2016



On January 19, MES held its MLK Oratorical and we want to extend our congratulations to the following top finishers who will go on to represent our school at the OUSD MLK Oratorical finals tomorrow, Thursday, February 4, 9am-1pm at Castlemont High School: Mr. Winslow’s 3rd Grade Class, Shaun Mante, Hannah Adams, and Maya Beener. A special mention of job well done also goes out to the following Honorable Mentions: Ms. Littlejohn’s 2nd Grade Class, Ms. Torres’ 2nd Grade Class, Kiori Nolley/Brandon Nolley, Juliette Stoeckle/Ava Blu Ganaden, Jolene Brantley, Kyra Easterday, Max Hamilton, and Joshua Jones.



We can use volunteer help at the Pajama Party Read-Along tomorrow, Thursday, February 4, 6:30-8:30pm, at the Ottertorium. We need help with setup, clean up, setting up the hot cocoa bar, and coverage of the refreshments table. Interested parties, please contact Patrice Reynolds (), PTA VP of Events. This read-along is open to all grades levels. This is NOT a drop-off event.


Save the date and buy your tickets now! Ticket sales are now open! Buy your early bird tickets online athttps://goo.gl/4njHiE

$50 if purchased on or before February 13

$65 if purchased on or before February 27

$75 if purchased on or before March 12

$85 Live Auction Priority Seating

Invitations were sent out in the Green Folders last week!


Wine Donation, February 8 – 17!Help us achieve our goal of a donation from every family! Please contribute a bottle or two of a favorite wine (valued at $15 ). Your donation will become part of the fantastic selection of prizes offered at this year’s Otter Bash.

• Curbside service in the morning: Hand your wine donation to the drop-off greeters — you don’t even have to get out of the car!

• In the afternoon: Bring your bottles to A.T. (in the Ottertorium) and drop off in the box provided.

Corporate Matching and Sponsorships. If your company or employer offers corporate matching for charitable donations, please keep MES in mind. This is another great way to increase your donations while raising critical funds for our school’s wonderful enrichment programs. Additionally, we have several sponsorship and advertising opportunities available at the corporate level. It doesn’t hurt to inquire of your firm or employer to consider sponsorship and/or advertising opportunities for the Otter Bash. For sponsorship details or questions, please contact Marivic Hammond at .


Get Involved! The Otter Bash team needs your help! To sign up for volunteer shifts, please use the following link, or cut-and-paste the link into your browser.  Thank you!


If you have questions about any Otter Bash volunteer opportunities, or learn how to earn a free ticket, please contact Jennifer Porcinito at jporcini@yahoo.com.


The Dad’s Club Kids Night Out this Friday, February 5, 6pm, will feature Hotel Transylvania 2. Come drop off your kids in the Multipurpose Room. Pizza and snacks will begin at 6pm. Prices are $25 for the first child, $15 for every sibling after that. Proceeds will fund programs at the school!  Don’t forget blankets, pillows, and water bottle. To sign up in advance, please go to http://bit.ly/1SIsqKp. You’ll be able to request your favorite Dance Party song and future movie for KNO.  We will select one child who has RSVP’d to go free, so please register. It’ll be faster for you, too.  If you don’t register, no worries; just come by and drop off your kids. PLEASE NOTE: all kids must be signed in and out by a parent or an adult.


Lace up those shoes, dust off those bikes, or get ready to share your ride! The Safe Routes to Schools Pollution Solution 2016: Golden Sneaker Contest is coming to our school! For two weeks from February 22 – March 4,  participating classrooms will be tracking and talking about the benefits of using active transportation – walking and rolling (biking, skateboarding or using a scooter) or shared transportation (riding the school bus, using public transportation and/or carpooling with other families) – to come to school. The classroom with the highest percentage of these healthy travel choices will win the Golden Sneaker Trophy and celebration. The Golden Sneaker contest offers a chance for every student to participate. If you live too far from school to walk or roll you can always:

• Park a few blocks away and walk

• Meet up with friends who live close to school and walk as a group

• Start a carpool

To find out more details or to get involved, contact Kat Albers (kathshine@yahoo.com).


All are encouraged to participate in the 2015-16 OUSD Parent School Survey (CA Healthy Kids Survey – CHKS). This survey is an opportunity for you to help MES by sharing your opinions about the school. You may click on the following link to see previous OUSD CHKS data results. OUSD wants to learn about Montclair Elementary’s efforts to promote academic success and well-being for every student. OUSD also wants to know how well the school is supporting you to be a true partner in your child’s education. If you have more than one child at this school, you may fill out a separate survey for each child – or just focus on the experience of one of your children at this school. More than one caregiver may fill out the survey as well. Your answers are completely private. You may contact Mrs. Cruz (karena.cruz@ousd.org), or Robert Dousa (OUSD Recovery/Intervention Coach II; ), or your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


Thursday, February 4

6:30pm Pajama Party Read-Along (Multipurpose Room)


Friday, February 5

100th Day of School

6pm Dad’s Club Kids’ Night Out (Multipurpose Room)

February 8-17

Otter Bash Wine Donation Drive




What questions do you have about gender and gender diversity? How can we support, understand and embrace the rich diversity of our children and their families? Thornhill Elementary’s Diversity Committee invites you to attend “Beyond Pink and Blue: Exploring and Embracing Gender Diversity,” Monday, February 8, 6-8pm at Thornhill Elementary School. This informative presentation will feature Rick Oculto from Our Family Coalition and Olivia Higgins from OUSD.  Mr. Oculto will discuss the complexities and breadth of gender diversity, and Ms. Higgins will share the district’s policies on diversity and inclusion. For additional information and to RSVP for this event, please go to https://goo.gl/EUHBDL.



College might seem a long way off, but in the blink of an eye your children will be heading off to college. If you have been thinking about saving for your children’s education, or wondering if you are saving enough money to send 1, 2, 3 or more children to college without bankrupting your retirement, then attend an informative and timely workshop from The College Funding Coach® on Monday, February 8, 6:30–8:30pm, MES Multipurpose Room. Learn strategies you can employ now while your children are young.  To RSVP: Visit our website at www.thecollegefundingcoach.org. Montclair Elementary School’s participation in this presentation does not constitute an endorsement or a recommendation of the products and/or services offered by The College Funding Coach. This is presented to our school community for informational purposes only and we have not verified the materials or information presented herein.



East Bay Flag Football’s Spring 2016 Season is HERE! Games and practices will be held Sundays from March 13-May 22, 2016 at Oakland High School’s Football Field. NFL FLAG is a fast-paced, fun-filled game of 5-on-5 flag football where every player is eligible to receive the ball.  There is no contact and no blocking.  It is a style of play that is exciting both to play and watch. In East Bay Flag Football’s league, 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), and 13-15 (3-5pm). Players may enter individually or as entire teams. Cost is $195. Sibling discounts, head coach discounts and needs-based scholarships are available. Proceeds go to Children’s Hospital Oakland and Bay Kids. For online registration and more information, go to www.eastbayflag.com.




The MES Newsletter is published every Wednesday school is in session during the school year. 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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