Weekly Newsletter 9/17/2014

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Weekly Newsletter 9/17/2014



The first PTA meeting of the year is this evening, 7-8:30pm in the Multipurpose Room. Join PTA President, Amy Omand, and Principal Nancy Bloom for a conversation about our school. We hope to see you there.


Why join the PTA? The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. Get connected and be part of the solution. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in our school. The Montclair PTA plays an important role in fundraising to support curriculum-based programs including Library, Music, Art, Drama, Computer Science and other enrichment programs no longer covered by state or local funding. More importantly, join for your child. Years of research have shown that children do better in school when parents are involved, both at home and in school. You can find the membership application here. For parents attending the PTA general meeting this evening, you can pick up membership cards then. To learn more about our PTA, please contact , VP Membership.


Some of our students live in two households and this sometimes requires additional arrangements.  We want to be certain that both parents receive all important communications from school. Please make sure that we have both mailing and email addresses when two sets of information are needed. The district robo call system currently goes only to one parent but we are working on that. We want to do what we can to help the child in making this a comfortable situation and offer additional support to parents and children through the services of Dr. Susan DeMersseman, our school climate consultant. If you would like to set up an appointment to see Dr. Susan, please call the main office at (510) 339-6100. Dr. Susan is currently on site every Tuesday.


Otter Tales, our student newspaper, is back for its 5th year! We are inviting all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who are interested in writing or illustrating to our introductory meeting this Friday, September 19th, at 12:20pm in Room 204. Bring your lunch (it’s okay to come a little late if you need to buy lunch first) and come learn more about what we have planned for this year. For questions, please contact Ms. Spingarn or parent adviser, Jeni Paltiel, at . You can view past issues online at http://ottertalesnews.wordpress.com.


The Montclair Dads’ Club invites you to the annual back-to-school Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, September 26th, featuring Star Wars! Come dressed as your favorite character. Popcorn, candy, and pizza will be available for sale. All proceeds will benefit the 5th Grade Field Trip. The show will begin at 7pm with music and cartoons, and Star Wars will start around 7:30pm. This is a free movie event for the entire family. This is NOT a drop-off movie night.


Target’s Take Charge of Education program will donate 1% of your Target purchases to Montclair Elementary School.  If you have a Target RedCard, please enroll your card so that our school benefits from your Target purchases. Use this link to enroll: www.target.com/tcoe


As we all know, funding for the Arts is one of the first things cut when budgets get tight. This year The Winebow Group and Kris Wine is pleased to announce the “Art of Education Campaign.” This is the 5th Annual campaign, and once again Kris wine will donate a total of $50,000 to support arts education in America’s public schools and arts education advocacy. The program runs from September 8th to October 31st. Visit Kris Wine’s Facebook page and find the “Art of Education” button to sign up and vote for Montclair Elementary School. Spread the word to include your friends, parents, uncles, neighbors  and you increase the chances of Montclair winning up to $5000 for our Arts program. Last year, our votes earned a $1000 grant! For more information about the grant, please contact Brian Turner at or at (510) 482-3208


The Otter Walk is just 4 weeks away! Now’s time to help your student secure sponsors. Ask neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues. (And don’t forget about corporate matching gifts!) We’ve given you tips on goal setting, sample letters, and more in the packets that went home on Friday (if you didn’t receive yours, ask your teacher or grab one in the office!)  New this year, your son or daughter can set up his or her own fundraising webpage!*  See the packet for instructions on how to personalize these pages. 

*Please note, if you would like your student either to not be included in this online system or would like to use a different name for your student for privacy reasons, please email Jennifer Keith at: . The site will be linked to our public website,www.montclairschool.com on Monday, September 22nd.

Pay-to-Plays! Deadline to sign up to host an event is Monday, October 6th! 

Don’t know what a ‘Pay-to-Play’ event is? It’s a teacher- or parent-hosted fundraising event that occurs after the Otter Walk. Sign-up to participate at the Otter Walk and proceeds go to directly to the PTA. With events for kids, parents, and families, everyone can get in on the fun! Hosting a Pay-to-Play event is a great way to build community and a phenomenal way to raise money for a cause all of us care deeply about–our kids!! Need Inspiration? Get more details on our website or email us at .

You can find additional sponsor forms and receipts for your donors on our website. And don’t forget, all proceeds from the Otter Walk support MES Enrichment Programs, including art, drama, music, gardening, library, and more.


Wednesday, September 17, 7-8:30pm

PTA Meeting – Montclair School Answer Night (Multipurpose Room)

Tuesday, September 23, 6-7pm

Volunteer Orientation #2 (Ottertorium)

Thursday, September 25, 8:45-9:45am

Volunteer Orientation #3 (Ottertorium)

Friday, September 26, 7pm

Dads’ Club Outdoor Family Movie Night

Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm

All Hands Otter Walk Planning Meeting

Wednesday, October 8

Disaster Drill

Friday, October 10

NO SCHOOL: Professional Development Day

For more information and events, view the school calendar.



You are invited to join new Montera principal, Darren Avent,  and the Montera PTO at Montera’s Prospective Parent Mixer, Friday, September 26th, 6-8pm at 5765 Colton Blvd (home of Nina and Bill Senn.) This is a great opportunity to connect with other Montclair-area parents while enjoying nice wine (or beer or sparkling water), tasty hors d’oeuvres and an insightful Q&A session about your neighborhood public middle school. This is an adult-only event. Please RSVP to.


The Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association is partnering with the Montclair Village Association of merchants, hosted by the Montera PTO, to introduce our three District 4 City Council Candidates: Jill Broadhurst, Annie Campbell-Washington, and Paul Lim, to all District 4 voters. Join us on Tuesday, September 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm at Montera Middle School (in the MUR). A survey is being sent out to the neighborhood association and you are welcome to submit topics of interest to you. Send topics to

We’ve also invited the four District 4 candidates running for the Oakland Unified School District’s Board to introduce themselves and give a brief pitch about why we should support their candidacy. Come out and meet Karl Debro, Nina Senn, Saleem Shakir-Gilmore, and Cheri Spigner.


OUSD now has a Central Family Resource Center (CFRC) at the district level helping students and families sign up for health coverage. Enrollment for Covered California opens again from November 15th-February 15th and the CFRC is here to help. Families can get connected to a certified enrollment counselor through the CFRC to learn about their healthcare options and enroll.  For more information, please contact program coordinator, Eliza Schiffrin, LSCW, at or call (510) 273.1514.


Oakland Creek to Bay Day is part of California and International Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day in California and the world! We do not have an assigned site this year, but we would love to get pictures from families who participate. Even simple acts like picking up trash that can make its way to the Bay will help! Join us on Saturday, September 20th, 9am-12pm. Visit the group’s websitefor additional event 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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