Weekly Newsletter 3/16/2016

Mar 16, 2016 by



Still deciding whether or not to come, or curious to know why this party is a big deal? It is not a big deal – it is a HUGE deal! And here are some of the reasons why:

·      Ms. Paci Hammond and Ms. Beth Gousman are two of the gems of this school. The LIBRARY is their domain, where they provide a stimulating place for our kids to love reading, encourage curiosity, and help build research skills.

·      If you’ve been in Ms. Steimle’s class, then you must have observed Ms. Lealah, one of our SMALL GROUP SPECIALISTS, who is a great support in class learning. And we have them in every single classroom!

·      Seeing the kids show off the artichokes in the GARDEN, and harvesting herbs and greens for sauce and salads served in the Cafeteria is otterly awesome. How many schools in the area do you know has Farmer Ben?

·      Ms. Sofie is molding young artists in ART class; and who cannot help but smile when you hear our students’ MUSIC under Ms. Redmand’s guidance? Let’s not forget our budding thespians from DRAMA class.

·      The YARD SUPERVISORS are our eyes and ears on the ground, er…playground! Additionally, there’s the PLAYGROUND COORDINATOR program that facilitates healthy, fun and inclusive play for all children during their recess and lunch times.

·      And speaking of gems, you cannot forget Ms. IRENE Thompson. Ms. Thompson not only helps keep the office running and humming, her dedication to this school, knowledge and wisdom are invaluable. She is ready to answer parents’ questions, attend to students who come in, assist teachers in the office, and so many more things.

These enrichment programs and the wonderful staff are only a small sampling of what makes Montclair Elementary School a National Blue Ribbon Schools award recipient. These programs are critical supplements to what is already a strong academic learning environment. Let’s continue to provide a strong, thriving, fun community for our children. How do we achieve this? The Otter Walk and the Otter Bash are our two key fundraising sources.  We have only reached about 63% of our fundraising goal this year. Help us get to 100% this year!!!

If you value these programs and would like to help the PTA expand our enrichment capabilities, here are three things you can do:

Otter Bash tickets are still available for purchase at https://goo.gl/zBNkJv. Don’t forget – there are a ton of can’t-miss-items, including Silent and Live Auction items, which are only available at the event. So make sure you have those Otter Bash tickets! If you decide at the last minute to come, or would like to bring friends, we will have tickets for sale at the door until 7pm, subject to availability.

Check out the Auction lists online! Can’t come to the big party but want to help us meet our goal anyway? Check out the amazing list of items that are available to bid on now: www.otterbash.ggo.mobi. The online Auction will remain open until tomorrow, ThursdayMarch 17, at midnight! There are deals to be had – we have items for just about everyone, at every price level!

Make a direct donation online. No amount is too big or too small. Every single dollar that comes in go a long way in keeping our enrichment programs going now and in years to come. You can make your pledge today by clicking here: https://montclairschool.ejoinme.org/

THANK YOU for your support!



After-School Enrichment (ASE) registration for spring session has been extended through this FridayMarch 18. Don’t let your kid(s) miss out on all the great classes. Spring session starts after spring break, April 4 – June 3. Check out the schedule here: http://www.montclairschool.com/ase/. For specific questions about classes, contact the providers directly. For general questions about the ASE program, contact our volunteer parent coordinator, Jared Karol, at .



To all volunteers who tape signs up around campus, please be sure to use blue painters tape and not masking tape. This will help keep paint on our walls where it belongs. In addition, please remember to remove signs after the event is complete — even if you weren’t involved in organizing the event, if you happen to notice an outdated sign, please recycle it. Thank you!



Keep those awesome photos coming! Deadline for submission will be on FridayMarch 25.  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 smartphone! If you have an iOS phone or device, you can download the Herff Jones eShare app from the Apple app store.  If you prefer not to use an app or upload to the photo share website, you can email photos directly to Jennifer Ames, at. We will endeavor to pick the best and most fun photos, but regretfully, not all photos submitted will make it in the yearbook.

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.


The Dads’ Club is proud to announce its very first Bike Rodeo at Montclair Elementary School! The event will be held on the school playground on SundayApril 2411am – 2pm. Beyond the obvious and overarching goal of having fun together, the main objectives of the event are to help the kids foster greater bicycle safety, awareness, and enthusiasm. We encourage kids and adults to ride their bikes to school that day and partake in a wide variety of fun activities including free bike repairs, how-to sessions, Safe Routes to School safety courses, bike decorating, and more. Keep an eye out for the event flyer that will be coming soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars!


Lucky Supermarket’s SHARES program will end on March 31, and will be replaced by eScrip. MES earns $8,000 per year from the SHARES program.  In order to sustain and grow this source of funds, we call on you Lucky’s shoppers to enroll or renew your participation through eScrip. Please use this link to enroll or renew: http://www.escrip.com/merchants/identity/lucky/. Encourage your friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors to join.  It is a great source of funds for our school.


Saturday, March 19

6pm OTTER BASH (Sequoyah Country Club)


Friday, March 18

ASE Spring Registration Deadline

Monday, March 21

3pm School Site Council Meeting (Room 206)

Friday, March 25

School-wide Yearbook Photo Submission Deadline

Friday-Friday, March 25-April 1

NO CLASS: Spring Recess



The Crocker Highlands Equity Committee invites you to a unique forum on educational equity: “The Future of Oakland Unified: Why this matters to you and your children.” Featuring prominent school and district leaders, this event will provide critical information on the future of Oakland high schools and the district mission of providing an equitable education to every OUSD student. It’s also an opportunity to weigh in on the high school redesign process, which is supported by the Measure N parcel tax at roughly $12 million per year. Come tell the high school network superintendent, Preston Thomas, what really matters to you in our local high schools! The event will be held on ThursdayApril 76:30-8:30pm, at Crocker Highlands Elementary School (Multipurpose Room, 525 Midcrest Road).


UNBOUND BOOK ART & CRAFT CONTEST: Create something new and interesting from an old book in honor of National Craft Month. Ask at the library for an old books you can use, then enter your art piece between FridayApril 15 and SaturdayApril 30. Prizes given for kids, teens, and adults. More information can be found here: https://montclairlibrary.wordpress.com/unbound/.

UNBOUND ART SESSION: On WednesdayApril 133pm, we will be making art out of old books at the library so people can work on their contest entries. More information can be found here: http://oaklandlibrary.org/events/montclair-branch/beautiful-mess



Looking for a fun, interactive and challenging summer theatre experience?  Our one week intensive program is geared for actors of all skill levels.  Instruction includes theatre games, team building, improvisation, monologue work, auditioning, character development, movement, and more! June 20-24 for students entering 2nd-5th grades, June 27-July 1 for student entering 6th-8th grades. For more info visit http://oakarts.org/osatheatresummercamp.




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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