Weekly newsletter 2/4/2015

Feb 4, 2015 by

Weekly newsletter 2/4/2015



Please join us on Wednesday, February 18, 7-9pm in the Multipurpose Room to hear Nina Senn, our new school board member, along with Principal Bloom and an OUSD staff person, provide an update and information regarding the status of the teacher salary negotiations and the impact to students at MES. Please email any questions you would like addressed to , PTA EVP External Affairs. Childcare, including a pizza dinner, will be available in Room 104. Reservations for childcare can be found here.


Seven weeks away! The Otter Ball, MES’ phenomenal spring auction event, is coming on March 28 to the Berkeley City Club (www.berkeleycityclub.com). Learn more at www.montclairschool.com/otterball. The venue, designed by noted architect Julia Morgan, is a true gem and we look forward to sharing it with you.

It’s wine time! From February 17-25, we’ll be accepting wine donations for the Otter Ball’s instant wine cellar auction item. Can you help us achieve our goal of a donation from every family? Please contribute a bottle or two of a favorite wine (valued at $15+).

• 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 leave in the box provided.

Did you know? Julia Morgan redesigned the landmark Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco after it was damaged by the 1906 earthquake. She was chosen for the project because of her then-rare knowledge of earthquake-resistant, reinforced concrete construction – truly an architect ahead of her time!


Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the MLK Oratorical, which was held on Friday, January 23. Kudos to the winners: in the Choral category (two or more), Eliana Halperin and Piper Wilson, and Ms. Torres’ 2nd grade class; and in the Individual category, Maya Beener and Kiran Monroe. Great job, everyone!


The Boxtrolls are coming this Friday, February 6, to the Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out. Come drop off your kids from 6-9pm 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 this year’s Family Fun Day fund – let’s put the FUN in our family day! 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.


On Sunday, February 8, 4-6pm come to Monaghan’s On The Hill (2820 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602) for food and fun. A percentage of your food purchase will benefit our Fifth Grade Overnighter, and MES’ own The Not Half Bad Band will showcase their music. It’s going to be a blast! So come on down and join us at Monaghan’s this Sunday for some great tunes, great food and a great cause! Tell your family, friends and coworkers!


Happy One-Year Anniversary of operation! It’s hard to believe that it has been a year already. The days of (almost entirely) pre-packaged meals are a distant memory. To mark this milestone, we are pleased to inform that the finger scanning system has been working well. We hope to start two lunch lines for the upper grades next week. The Director of Nutrition Services is hopeful that we can implement an online payment tracking system for the 2015-2016 school year! And, new freshly prepared menu items are in the works. Watch out forA Harvest of the Month calendar in the green folders. For more news from OUSD nutrition services, please check out the Food For Thought newsletter, attached. To view the February’s lunch menu, click here. And if the balance on your account is running out, please stop by the kitchen and drop off a check with your child’s name, grade, and teacher’s name on it in the box provided.


It’s time to take the CHKS survey! The Oakland School District, along with most California schools, gives the CHKS each year. Parents, staff, and select grade levels take the survey. This is an important survey! The information received helps school districts make decisions about what services are important and what needs to be included in the budget. It also helps individual schools make decisions about their site and identify focus areas to create a welcoming and safe community.

Please take the online version (school code: AG79WK) or look for the paper version that will come home with your child. A copy is also attached below for your perusal. Please let your child’s teacher know once you have completed the survey. We are having a competition to see which grade level returns the most surveys! (You probably will want to complete one for each child.) The survey is available now until February 27.


Our Yearbook photo sharing app is now live! Help contribute your favorite photos to the school-wide yearbook. Digital upload takes a short time and the app can be accessed on any computer or mobile devices (with Apple or Android operating systems). You can upload up to 10 photos at a time. Go towww.hjeshare.com.  School code: Otters. For questions, please email PTA Historian .


Does your child struggle with any area of language development (reading, writing, spelling) or paying attention? If you are interested in networking with other parents about resources that help, please send an e-mail to Cynthia Judkins at . Cynthia would love to hear from parents interested in helping each other to support our children.


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


Friday, February 6

100th Day of School

6pm Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out

Sunday, February 8

4pm Fundraising to Benefit the 5th Grade (Monaghan’s)

Wednesday, February 11

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

Monday, February 16

NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

Wednesday, February 18

7pm PTA Meeting (Multipurpose Room)

For more information and events, view the school calendar.



The Wheelhouse Academy of Baseball proudly unveils its spring calendar of camps, classes and clinics. Specializing in developing elementary school players at an affordable price, our expert staff delivers proven results. Our local non-profit provides a professional and positive environment for kids to learn the art & science of baseball. Visit wheelhouseacademy.com or send an email for additional information.


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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