Weekly Newsletter 5/13/2015
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – MAY 13, 2015 VOL. 33
GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK AT THE FINAL PTA MEETING TONIGHT!
Please join us for our final PTA meeting of the school year tonight, Wednesday, May 13, 7-8pm, in the Multipurpose Room. The PTA Board will review the success of this school year’s fundraising efforts, and the enrichment and staffing programs that the PTA funds. All MES parents are invited to give feedback on current programs, share ideas, and participate in a discussion of potential future enrichment programs. Childcare, including a pizza dinner, will be provided — Click here to sign up.
A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
Do you love space? Wish you could go to the moon? Then you won’t want to miss MES’ Star Party onThursday, May 21, 7:30-9pm, in the Multipurpose Room/Upper Yard! Students and their families are invited to enjoy a night under the stars hosted by the Otter Walk Prize Committee to celebrate our amazing 2014 Otter Walk. Our night will begin with a short presentation on the cosmos by Gerald McKeegan of the East Bay Astrological Society followed by an opportunity to peek through one of their six high-powered telescopes. The event will begin at 7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room before moving out to the yard. Volunteers are needed – please contact or to volunteer and/or for additional information.
A few weeks ago, Mrs. Brookes’ 5th grade class harvested beautiful radishes from our school garden and delivered them to the cafeteria. Those delicious radishes were served fresh in the salad bar just hours after being harvested! The May cooking kitchen is now available — Click here to view.
COUNTING DOWN TO FAMILY FUN DAY
Family Fun Day will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars for Friday, June 5, 3:15-7:00pm, at Montclair Park. This is MES’ annual end-of-school-year picnic! You wouldn’t want to miss this party. We have lots of fun activities in store for all. Click here for more information. Also, please lend us a hand – we need volunteers to help make this a wonderful family event for all. To sign up, here’s the SignUpGenius link. Thank you!
MES FUNDRAISING – ARE YOU SIGNED UP?
Our two major fundraisers this school year (Otter Walk and Otter Ball) were tremendous successes! We appreciate all the enthusiastic support that makes Montclair Elementary School a great place for our kids. So let’s keep the momentum going. As we go into summer, we can continue to support the school in different ways:
1. Corporate Matching: Before the school year ends, find out if any of your past donations this year qualify for a corporate match from your employer.
2. Corporate Volunteer Grants: Many of the same companies that offer corporate matching also have programs to grant money to our school if you log your volunteer hours. Please contact your HR department to see if your employer offers these grants.
3. Shopping: These shopping rebate programs add up to meaningful contributions to our school.
- Amazon.com: Go to Smile.Amazon.com to link your Amazon account with our school. We get a small rebate with every qualified purchase you make.
- Target: We get 1% of your Target purchases if you register your Target Red Card to our school. Visit www.target.com/tcoe. We are earning $1,200/year, with only 41 Red Cards enrolled.
- Lucky/Save Mart: If you don’t already have one, pick up a Lucky’s SHARES card from the office. We are earning $6,000/year from Lucky’s SHARES.
With nearly 600 families in the MES community, we can really ramp up these numbers if we all participate! Encourage your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives to participate in these shopping programs as well.
Wednesday, May 13
Book Fair Begins, through May 20 (Library)
7pm PTA Meeting (Multipurpose Room)
7:30pm Dads’ Club Meeting (Montclair Golf Course)
Friday, May 15
MINIMUM DAY: 1:30 Dismissal (No afternoon language classes)
Wednesday, May 20
6-7pm Art Show (Grades K-2)
6-7pm MES Open House (and Book Fair)
Friday, May 22
NO SCHOOL: In lieu of Lincoln’s Day
Monday, May 25
NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
For more information and events, view the school calendar.
COMING TO MONTERA?
Montera Middle School’s Annual Welcome Day will be on Friday, June 5, 9:30-11am, in the Montera Multi-Use Room. This annual welcome day is a great opportunity for incoming students to tour the school campus and get all your questions answered by current Montera students. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join the tour and chat with school administrators and staff. For additional information, please see the attached flyer.
SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP FROM THE CREATORS OF TOYOLOGY
At Sarah’s Science and This Land Is Your Land Summer Day Camp, your child will discover just how fun learning can be! Sarah’s Science blends traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, hiking, games, and swimming with a unique hands-on science and nature curriculum. Each week of camp is centered around an exciting theme and campers make and take home a fun science project every day. Sarah’s goal is for every child to have a summer filled with outrageous fun in a beautiful, natural setting. Weekly sessions are available June 15 – August 28 in Oakland and Berkeley. For more information or to enroll, click here or call(510) 581-3739.
PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER PROGRAM, GIRLS AGES 10-13
Does your daughter love to perform? Could she use some help to build up her confidence? This July,Audition Skills Summer Program Intensive in Oakland will teach young girl performers ages 10-13 the skills they need in singing, dance, and drama. Audition Skills Program provides small group and private coaching to enrich each girl’s performance skills and build up her confidence in performance and public speaking. There are just three spaces left! Interested? Fill out the application HERE.
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Please note that next year we are moving to BigTent for all school-wide communications. Don’t miss out on important school communications and information! Visit our school website for instructions.
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