Weekly Newsletter 4/22/2015
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – APRIL 22, 2015 VOL. 30
NEW SCHOOL POLICY ON THIRD-PARTY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Effective immediately, Montclair Elementary School will no longer accept printed flyers from external companies or organizations to be distributed to the student body. This is in an effort to preserve teacher and volunteer resources, cut down on paper communications to parents, and conserve paper. If you would like to submit a flyer or announcement to the school community, MES does accept digital announcements for its weekly digital newsletter. Each announcement costs $25 per week to place and proceeds will benefit PTA programs. To learn more about the policy, including how to place an announcement in the digital newsletter, please see the instructions, available here and attached. Thank you for your support and cooperation!
PTA BOARD – OPEN POSITIONS
Are you interested in finding out more about how you can contribute to our PTA? We are currently recruiting for several board positions – EVP Volunteers, VP Membership, VP Events, Recording Secretary, Co-VP Program, Auditor – and would like to discuss them with you! Please join us at a mixer on Thursday, April 30, 7pm, hosted by PTA President Amy Omand, and learn more about the open board positions and how you can help. For questions and to RSVP, please email.
MES TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
To express our gratitude and show our support for our hardworking teachers and staff, we are pleased to host the MES Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6. We need volunteers for this event: food and beverage donations, event set-up, service and clean-up. If you are available to volunteer, please visit this SignUpGenius link. If you have any questions, please contact . Let’s make this annual MES tradition a fantastic event to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our beloved teachers and staff. Thank you!
CLASS PICTURE DAY – RESCHEDULED!
Please note the Class picture date has been rescheduled from April 23 to a new date – Thursday, April 30.
GET YOUR SUPER SUITS READY FOR KIDS’ NIGHT OUT!
Next Friday, May 1, get ready for The Incredibles, the Dads Club’s feature presentation for Kids’ Night Out! Come drop off your kids 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 go to the school Garden! Don’t forget blankets, pillows, and water bottle. To sign up in advance, please go 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 .
COMMON CORE MATH RESOURCES
Last week, OUSD speakers presented information on the mathematics area of Common Core. As promised, they provided us a list of math resources for our reference and perusal. Click here to view the resources list.
SAVE THE DATE: FAMILY FUN DAY
Mark your calendars: Family Fun Day will be on Friday, June 5, 3:30-7pm at Montclair Park. More details to follow in the coming weeks. You won’t want to miss this party!
Thursday, April 23
Thursday, April 30
Class Picture Day
Friday, May 1
6pm Dads’ Club Kids’ Night Out (Multipurpose Room)
Wednesday, May 6
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Saturday, May 9
Wednesday, May 13
7pm PTA Meeting (Multipurpose Room)
7:30pm Dads’ Club Meeting (Montclair Golf Course)
For more information and events, view the school calendar.
OUSD STRATEGIC REGIONAL ANALYSIS COMMUNITY DIALOGUE
The Strategic Regional Analysis (SRA) brings together a variety of data to paint a picture of the current state of school performance, district enrollment and demographics, school choice and enrollment patterns, facilities capacity, and school programs by region, and reveals the gaps for each. Montclair Elementary is in the Northwest Region. To learn more about the SRA, please attend the Community Dialogue on Saturday, April 25, Oakland Tech High Cafeteria. To learn more about the SRA and to RSVP for this event, please click here.
BAY AREA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Come to Orinda Community Center, April 24-26, for the annual Bay Area Storytelling Festival. Oral storytelling is an art for all ages, from the cutest kids and the hippest adults through the wisest grandparents. Highlights include a Children’s Storytelling Concert, Sunday, April 26, 12:30-1:15pm(featuring two MES 4th graders), as well as children’s workshops and performances by internationally known storytellers. Click here for information and to buy tickets.
VOCAL & DRAMA SUMMER CAMP FOR GIRLS, 10-13 YRS OLD
Is your daughter a performer? Do you want to help boost her confidence? “Audition Skills Summer Program Intensive” teaches drama, vocals, and dance skills and instills confidence for girls ages 10 to 13. The program will run this July for a 2-week session in the Upper Grand Lake District of Oakland. Girls receive private and small group coaching. Space is limited so register soon! Click here to register.
LITTLE LEAGUERS/BIG SKILLS, 8 YRS OR YOUNGER
Cole Edlin, a Chabot 4th grader who has played on a travel team and loves everything baseball would love to work with your Little Leaguers – playing catch or practicing batting. Cole has taken hours of hitting lessons and pitching lessons from former minor league players and would love to pass on his knowledge and get younger kids interested in the game. Cost is $5 per 30 minute lesson. Available Mondays and Thursdays (after school) and weekends. If interested, please email (Cole’s mom will be at all sessions too).
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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