Weekly Newsletter 2/25/2015

Feb 25, 2015 by

Weekly Newsletter 2/25/2015



Thank you to all the parents who attended the first Parent Information Night last week to hear from our OUSD representatives on the state of the district. Attached are the slides from the presentation. If you have any direct questions for the district, you can email the presenter at .

Tonight, we are looking forward to hearing from our teachers and the Oakland Education Association (OEA) on the Work to Rule situation. Please come to the Montclair Women’s Club at 7pm with your questions!



Four weeks away! That’s right, there’s just a month to go before the Otter Ball! We hope you’ll join us on March 28 at the Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club (www.berkeleycityclub.com). Eat, drink, and be merry with fellow parents as you support our school. Details? Find them atwww.montclairschool.com/otterball/.

$50 ticket deal ends Saturday! This is the last week to purchase tickets at our lowest rate of $50. After Saturday, February 28, the price will go up to $65. Buy your tickets now to lock in your savings!

Did you know? Julia Morgan made many architectural contributions to Mills College in the hopes of advancing opportunities for women. She designed six buildings for the Mills campus, including El Campanil, believed to be the first bell tower on a United States college campus.


Registration for the Spring Session After-School Enrichment (ASE) is now open until this FridayFebruary 27, at 10pm. If you haven’t already signed up your kid(s), don’t let them miss out on awesome after school fun and learning. There are classes for all grades, and a dynamic array of options to choose from––everything from cooking to chess; rock climbing to drama; guitar to science; and much more. Classes begin the week of March 23. See the full schedule here, where you will find links to all the class flyers, including instructions on how to register. Hurry, before the classes fill up. After 10pm this Friday, there will be a $25 late registration fee (subject to availability). For general questions about the ASE program, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jared Karol, at .


Nominate him or her for OUSD 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year! OUSD’s Teacher of the Year  program is designed to honor and recognize experienced teachers for dedicated, skilled and inspired service to students, schools and communities, and to identify individuals who are qualified and interested in serving the profession as articulate representatives of the creativity, craft and dedication that creates effective teaching. Applications are due Monday, March 16 — and we really hope some of our great teachers at MES will be in the running! To nominate a teacher, click here


Big Hero 6 is coming Friday, March 6, to the Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out. Come drop off your kids from6-9pm in the Multipurpose Room. They’ll get pizza, popcorn, a movie and dance party; and you’ll get a night out! Pizza and snacks will begin at 6pm. Prices are $25 for the first child, $15 for every sibling after that. Proceeds benefit the Otter fund! Don’t forget blankets and pillows. Please bring a water bottle and help keep MES green. To sign up in advance, please click here. 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. For questions, please email  .



Does your child love the Harry Potter Book series? Do they wonder which house they would belong to?  Dream of spells for everyday activities? Conjure potions in their minds? Then a Harry Potter Book Clubmay be just the thing for them! Inspired by some magical kids in Ms. Rasul’s class, the club will begin sometime this spring. If you are interested, please click this link to complete a brief survey. The club will be based on the program J.K. Rowling created for Scholastic Books.


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 . 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 Jennifer Ames at.


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

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Savings Time begins

Wednesday, March 11

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

Thursday, March 12

Family Science Night

For more information and events, view the school calendar.


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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