Weekly Newsletter 2/24/2016
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 24, 2016
PARENT INFO NIGHT: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACE
The Montclair Elementary PTA invites you to a presentation featuring Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD on Tuesday, March 15, 7-8pm in the Multipurpose Room. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will come away with an understanding of basic developmental awareness of children in regards to race, a grasp of what implicit bias is and how it impacts our children and support in thinking about HOW we want to engage with children about the topic of race. Dr. Briscoe-Smith is a psychologist who received her undergraduate training in social psychology from Harvard and her clinical degree in children’s psychology from U.C. Berkeley. Childcare, including a pizza dinner, will be provided. Please sign up here: https://goo.gl/2ectVw
ART VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TUESDAY AFTERNOONS
We are in need of parent volunteers (from any class or grade) on Tuesday afternoons to help support our lower grade Art program. Art volunteering is easy; no art expertise or knowledge necessary. The main purpose of the Art Volunteer is to help prep and pass out art supplies for class, assist children with their projects (i.e. tying a knot, cutting with sharp scissors, hole punching, etc.), and help with clean-up after class. It’s a really fun experience and you get to help make memories for MES students, while doing art! We need help for Ms. Morozumi,12:45p-1:35pm; and Mr. Hauser, 1:50-2:40pm on Tuesday afternoons, with Ms. Sofie. Any help is welcome and much appreciated even if you can only pitch in a day or two, or here and there! Please consider supporting our Art program. If you can lend a hand, please contact Art Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Watson at .
AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (ASE) SPRING SESSION
Mark your calendars: Spring session enrollment for After School Enrichment (ASE) will be Monday, February 29 – Friday,March 11. Classes will be Monday, April 4 (the first day back from Spring Break) – Friday, June 3. The ASE page on the MES website is updated with the latest information. Look carefully at the schedule as some providers have changed their course offerings and/or changed the eligible grades. To ensure equal access to registration, links to the providers’ flyers will be made live the morning of February 29, 7:00am. Also, be sure to scroll beyond the ASE calendar to get information and register for offerings from Montclair Rec––including Ants Tennis and Mighty Kicks Soccer. For specific information about individual classes, contact the providers. For general information about the ASE program, contact our volunteer parent coordinator, Jared Karol, at .
2016-17 PTA BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE
We need you! Several of our PTA board positions will be vacant soon, and we need 3-5 volunteers to serve as a Nominating Committee to assist in recruiting and nominating next year’s board members! This is a great way to be involved to help shape the governance of our PTA. Please contact Amy Omand at if interested!
OTTER TALES FEBRUARY ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE
The February 2016 issue of our student newspaper, published by 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, is now available on the Downloads page of the MES website (http://goo.gl/er7roY) or at http://ottertalesnews.wordpress.com.
MES SCHOOL-WIDE YEARBOOK – REQUESTING PHOTOS
We are working on the school-wide yearbook for Montclair Elementary and hope you can help upload some photos of your child at school-related events (classroom shots, field trips, recess, events at school, etc.). To upload your photos go to www.hjeshare.com and the password is: Otters. It will allow you to upload 10 pictures at a time and can be accessed even on a phone!
Tips when uploading photos:
· If photos are taken with a smartphone, these must be full size or the highest resolution.
· Please put the teacher’s name in grade field. We do not need individual student names. Every other field can have placeholder information. We only need the teacher’s name.
· School-related events only.
Please send us your best photos! These will be the memories our kids look back on and cherish. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Ames at .
OTTER WALK: WALK-LIKE-A-DOG PARTY
Congratulations to all of those who “Walked Like a Dog” at the Otter Walk in October! The Kindergarten – 5th graders enjoyed their ice cream party last Friday and the TK party will follow soon. Thanks to all those who helped and to Kinderville for sponsoring this event for our kiddos.
TEA COLLECTION’S SCHOOL DAYS
Did you know that a Montclair mom is one of the co-founders of the globally-inspired kids clothing company, Tea Collection? Tea donates more than $60,000 to schools across the country every year, so let’s get Montclair Elementary on that list! We are participating in Tea Collection’s School Days fundraiser this week,February 22-29. What does this mean? Shop www.TeaSchoolDays.com, using code SDS16MES for 15% off your order free shipping and MES receives 15% of all sales back. The more you shop, the more we raise, so spread the word with the link and our code!
DADS’ CLUB SPRING TRI-TIP ON SALE TODAY
Mark your calendars: The Dads’ Club is selling its famous Tri-Tip! Submit your orders today, Wednesday, February 24. Orders will be ready for pickup on Friday, February 26, 2:45-6pm, in the Multipurpose Room. To order, please use this link: https://goo.gl/wwNA7d. We look forward to serving you!
COUNTDOWN TO THE OTTER BASH
We are less than a month away from our big spring FUNdraiser! Buy your tickets and consider sponsoring a teacher! To purchase, please go to https://goo.gl/50tkfw.
$65 if purchased on or before February 27
$75 if purchased on or before March 12
$85 Live Auction Priority Seating
Raffle Tickets on Sale – Easy Drop-Off This Week! Don’t forget those raffle tickets!
· Bring your completed envelope this Thursday and Friday and turn these in at morning drop-off.
· Turn in your completed envelope to the office or at AT.
· Come to the raffle table at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday (and bring your friends).
Please read detailed instructions here: https://goo.gl/nQ8oUx. Can’t get enough? Extra raffle tickets are available in the school office, too!
Otter Bash Donation Deadline is tomorrow, February 25.Last chance to donate – an item, a service, or an experience! Donation forms are available on the Montclair Elementary School website (http://www.montclairschool.com/otterbash/) and completed forms can be dropped in the Otter Bash mailbox in the main office.
Volunteer and Receive a Complimentary Ticket! A huge part of the success of our fundraising events is the enthusiastic volunteers from our school community. As a token of appreciation, we are offering a limited number of complimentary Otter Bash tickets in exchange for a minimum number of volunteer hours, as follows:
· Three and a half hours of pre-event volunteer work;
· A total of at least one hour volunteer work on the evening of the event (any combination of volunteer shifts, preferably at check-our or clean-up).
If you are interested in receiving a complimentary ticket or would like to learn more about open volunteer slots for the Otter Bash, please contact Jennifer Porcinito (). For a list of open volunteer slots, please refer to this SignUpGenius link (copy and paste link to your browser): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0845aaac23a5fb6-6thannual
Sponsorships and Advertising. We have over 600 students at Montclair and most of our families shop at local businesses or patronize professional services in the area. If you work for one or have your own business, an Otter Bash sponsorship or an advertising page in our auction catalog is a great way to gain exposure to our school community! For Sponsorship and Advertising details and forms, please visit the Otter Bash page at http://www.montclairschool.com/otterbash/. Please contact Marivic Hammond at for sponsorship or advertising inquiries. Thank you!
BECOME A BASEMENTEER
Sports Basement, with Montclair Elementary School, is spinning the traditional “loyalty” program into a win-win for their loyal customers and school community. Basementeers receive 10% and give 10% back:
· 10% off every item every day
· 10% of profits go back to your favorite local charity or school, such as Montclair Elementary School
While there is a $25 fee to join the program, MES families can waive that fee if they register by March 1, 2016. So, on your next visit to Sports Basement, register as a Basementeer and select Montclair Elementary School as your beneficiary. Remember the more families who shop on behalf of your school, the more money at the end of the year!
February 22-March 4
Safe Routes Golden Sneaker Contest
Wednesday, February 24
Dads’ Club Tri-tip Order Deadline
Thursday, February 25
Otter Bash Donation Deadline
Friday, February 26
2:45pm Dads’ Club Tri-tip Pick-up (Multipurpose Room)
INVITATION FROM PERALTA PARENT-TEACHER GROUP
The Peralta Parent-Teacher Group invites you to a presentation by Dr. Vajra Watson, PhD: The Black Sonrise: OUSD’s Commitment to Address and Eliminate Institutionalized Racism. The presentation will be on Wednesday, March 2, 6:45pm at Peralta Elementary School. Vajra Watson is the Director of Research of Policy and Equity in UC Davis’ Division of Student Affairs. She is also the Founder of Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS), an innovative critical literacy program for Sacramento Area public school youths. She holds a doctorate of education from Harvard University. Dr. Watson draws on interviews, classroom observations, and surveys to analyze OUSD’s all-Black Manhood Development Program (MDP). Dr. Watson will discuss how students learn about the power of personal and collective agency to decode oppressive systems and overcome barriers to achievement. She will also talk about the different factors that shape and perpetuate institutionalized racism, and how parents of OUSD students and the larger Oakland community can support this program and other similar-like programs. The event is free and open to the public. Free childcare is provided and dinner for any/all at 6pm. Meeting starts at 6:30, and Speaker will start at 6:45. For more information, please contact Susette Min at .
OAKLAND GLEE PERFORMANCE SUMMER CAMP
Does your child, age 8-12, love to sing, act, and dance? The Oakland Glee Performance Summer Camp teaches performers stage skills and increases their confidence in our active and enriching summer program. Located in the Glenview District of Oakland. Registration special this week! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1XCvp8m
MONTERA MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS LUNAFEST
On Friday, March 11, 7pm, the community is invited to Montera for Lunafest, a program of short films by, for and about women. Tickets: $10 general, $6 student, available at the door or at http://www.lunafest.org. Proceeds benefit Montera Middle School and the Breast Cancer Fund.
WARRIORS RAFFLE BENEFITING MONTERA MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Warriors are the hottest ticket in town! Enter for your chance to win two luxury-suite tickets to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena on Saturday, March 12. Enter here by March 10: https://www.raffleriver.com/app/raffle.jsp?raffleID=3657. All proceeds from this raffle go directly to Montera Middle School. Thank you to Oakland City Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington for generously donating these special tickets in support of Montera!
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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