Montera Middle School eBulletin

October 31, 2022

Important Dates

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Monday, October 31 - Girls Basketball tryouts, 3:40-5:30 PM

Tuesday, November 1- Friday, November 18 - NFL raffle sales

Thursday, November 3 - PTO Monthly Meeting

Monday, November 7 - Varsity Boys Basketball tryouts

Thursday, November 10 - Varsity Boys Basketball tryouts

Friday, November 11

  • Veterans' Day NO SCHOOL
  • Dad's Club Pub Crawl, 6:00 PM

Monday, November 14 - Varsity Boys Basketball tryouts

Friday, November 18 - Golden State Warriors Montera Fundraising Night

Monday-Friday, November 21-25 - November Break NO SCHOOL

Monday, December 12 - Opening the Door of Communication With Your Teen, 7:00 PM

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So. Much. Fun.

Fall Fest Fun for All!

This past weekend’s Fall Fest was a fabulous community celebration! Thanks to all who came to have fun and support Montera. Congrats to Allison and Brandon - winners of two tickets each to see the Warriors!

Special thanks to the Montera Dad’s Club, Fall Fest Planning Team, MANY parent and student volunteers, Mr. D- Planet MC- and his student rappers, Mx J and SYL, Ms Williams and BGB, Ms Saephon and the API Club, Dr Williams, Dr Emerick and Ms Recco, Mr Worrall, Ms Sho, our talented student musicians, Dunia and the Cheer Squad, our Custodial staff, and the brave (and fun!) Dunk Tank volunteers- Mr Smith, Mr Price, Mr Cooper, Ms Ngo, Mr Runge, Mr Pettengill, and Ms Winslow.

Check out these fun photo booth pics curtesy of Dr Emerick and Ms Recco. Click HERE

We’ve got an awesome Toro Village!

Visit Facebook and Instagram to see more pictures.

Woodshop Field Trip

Montera’s Advanced Woodshop took a field trip to the Cypress Mandala Training Center, a community based organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people it serves by providing pre-apprentice construction and life skills training.


Thank you to over 100 families for helping us get to 39% of our $75,000 goal.

Thank you for supporting Montera! Our Annual Fund goal is $75,000 with donations ranging from $10-$2,000.

Make a one-time or monthly donation online via PayPal: Donate to Montera PTO (or click on the image above). You can also write a check to Montera PTO and give to Ms. Finley in the front office.

To learn more about how PTO funds support the Montera community, click HERE or on the attachment below.


Upcoming Activities (volunteers may be needed)

Monthly PTO Meeting

When: Thursday, November 3, 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Everybody is welcome!

Hear updates from the PTO and Principal. Ask your questions.

November Raffle - For the Love of Football/Futbol

Raffle will consist of following items:

  • $10/1 ticket or $20/3 tickets
  • 1st Place: 2 tickets to Raiders vs. Patriots game in Las Vegas
  • 2nd Place : 2 tickets to 49ers vs. Cardinals game in Santa Clara
  • 3rd-8th Place: Autographed NFL jerseys
  • 9th-10th Place: Autographed football

Buy tickets November 1-15



VENMO: @babypnthr

Proceeds will go towards 8th Grade Activities

Thank you for your support!


Opening the Door of Communication with Your Teen

When: Monday, December 12 at 7:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Have you ever wanted a longer conversation with your teen? Do you sometimes receive a dismissed grunt when asking a question? This presentation will provide techniques and strategies to empower your teen to speak and listen as well as give information to understand how tone of voice, nonverbal communication, and timing play a role in building conversations.

About the Presenter

Susan Diamond, M.A.,CCC is a licensed speech-language pathologist with a private practice in Alameda, California. In her office, she diagnoses and treats communication disorders and specializes in social communication and articulation. She enjoys over twenty five years experience in providing individual and group therapy. Susan speaks at schools, conferences, and has appeared on T.V. as an expert on social skills. Her passion is helping people gain success in communication and spending time with her husband and son.

See the flyer below.


Family Fun & Fundraising Events & Activities

Dad's Club Pub Crawl (Adults Only)

When: Friday, November 11, 6:00 PM

Where: Stay tuned

Drink beer and raise money for Montera’s Woodshop and music programs! More details coming in next week’s bulletin.

Montera Fundraiser Nights with the Warriors

Buy Tix Now!

Friday, November 18, 2022 vs. Knicks

January 10, 2022 vs. Suns

March 13, 2023 vs. Pelicans

Mr. D/Planet MC

Please support our Montera teacher Planet MC who is an environmental rapper by liking and sharing his first single, BNS-Beverage No Straw The artwork is by a former Montera student at Oakland Tech @josp._

The upcoming album GREEN RAP will feature Montera students' production, interviews and artwork. The second single, Nurdles, is coming out soon and is produced by Montera English teacher Elijah Behar.

@planetecorap on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok and is the YouTube channel. Your support is greatly appreciated!

BNS-Beverage No Straw(feat. Kieko, Doctor Earth, Molly Steer & Sean Belajonas) video by Queen Gaia


Montera Sports

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Toro Pride: Let's Make This a Fantastic Year TOGETHER

Music Boosters 2022-2023

Montera's music program has a number of fun and exciting events planned for this school year, but it takes a community to make them happen for the kids.

Let us know how you can help HERE.

Community Reading Buddies

I AM LOOKING FOR STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT READING AND INTERESTED IN HELPING YOUNGER STUDENTS!!! Community Reading Partners Program is offering middle school students 7th-8th an opportunity to be a reading mentor. I have attached a flyer to share more information with you as well as your students.

Contact Ms. Harambe at

Montera Benefit

We need YOU to help make our Spring Benefit a huge success. Email to learn about joining the planning committee. PTO will guide you along the way, we just need helpers starting NOW!

Are you an awesome person?

We are looking for an assistant Gear Coordinator to help out with Montera Spirit gear this year to bump up school spirit! If you are interested in helping raise the profile of Montera with fun swag and spirit items, send an email to!

Any questions?


Suppport Montera teachers' Donors Choose projects

Choose from a number of projects currently posted by our teachers -- from sandpaper and baseballs to books, maps, computers, and more!

Check out and donate to the projects HERE

How do you want to help?

The Montera PTO helps support all of the great activities our students enjoy throughout the year. We would love to have you help! Please have any interested adults fill out this form to show your availability, skills, interests, and/or other resources. We have all sorts of ways for you to get involved. Please email with questions.

Thank you! Go Toros!

Volunteering on Campus

Registration and clearance are required to volunteer onsite at Oakland public schools. Go to to complete the registration. You will receive an immediate email with clearance options and instructions from

Email once you are cleared.


Montera After School Program

For all questions regarding registration to Envisioneers and/or enrichment classes, please email Maria Drake at Please note ELT stands for Extended Learning Time (formerly known as ASP).

Find everything you need to know here


Thank you for supporting Candy Gram sales!!!

The 8th grade community would like to send out a BIG thank you message to the Toros community -- all the students and staff who purchased candy grams, parents who donated the candies, and our 8th graders who helped stuff the goodie bags.

We sold 484 goodie bags!

8th Grade Corner

Support 8th Grade Activities

Thank you for helping us raise over $1,100 so far. Our goal is $5,000 with a suggested donation of $50 per family.

Donate via Paypal HERE (or click on the icon to the left)

Or by check: Make your check payable to "Montera PTO" and deliver or mail to: Montera PTO, Montera Middle School, 5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland, CA 94611. PLEASE WRITE "8th Grade Activities" with your child's name on the check.

We understand that not all families can contribute the full amount — please give what you're able to. No student will be turned away due to lack of finances. For those of you that can contribute more, please do so in support of our entire 8th grade community. Your angel contribution will be greatly appreciated.

8th Grade Activities -- Volunteers needed

We have many fun activities planned for our 8th graders, and we have the dates set for the Big 4:

  • Great America - March 24
  • Dinner/Dance - April 15
  • Class Picnic - May 12
  • Graduation - May 24

Mark your calendars now and pitch in to makes these events happen! We'll post more information as it comes in (click on the picture to go to the website). In the meantime, download the flyer below.


Other Important Montera News and Information

Lunchtime Clubs!

Check out our 2022-23 Lunchtime Clubs!

Share these with your Montera student and encourage them to get involved! From Anime to Crystal Making, Black Student Union to QSA. We've got something for every interest! Don't find what you're looking for? Volunteer to host a lunchtime club!

To join a Club, just show up to the Club Meeting at lunch! For questions about a Club, reach out to the Advisor.

Woodshop Donations

If you have a student in the Woodshop program please remember to make your annual suggested donation of $40. This donation helps cover the cost of program supplies and materials (wood, tools, sandpaper, finishes, etc...). Donations should be made by check or cash and given to Mr. Runge directly. Checks should be made out to Montera Middle School with "Woodshop" on the memo line.

Contact Mr. Runge ( if you have questions or want to offer program support.

You May Qualify for Free Internet!

We all know it's harder for students to succeed at school without reliable internet at home. Students need it to complete their homework and access resources critical to their development. Unfortunately, many families can't afford internet service. But there's good news—a new government benefit, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), provides eligible households with a discount on internet services and devices.

Click HERE or on the attachment below to find out more.

Filmmaking Fun!

Reel Stories is a non-profit organization created in 2013 in Oakland, CA to train and empower the next generation of girls and gender-expansive filmmakers to combat the gender inequality in the film industry. Reel Stories provides students with not only the technical skills to create their own films, but the media literacy skills needed to critique and improve on the media they consume every day.

This year we are offering bi-monthly filmmaking workshops on Saturdays. Our first workshop will be on October 29th and is on Costume Design! Students will learn about how costumes are used in films to convey character and story, and will get a chance to sketch out and pick fabric swatches for their own design.

Our other workshop topics include: Documentary, Motion Graphics Animation in After Effects, and Stop Motion Animation.

We offer sliding scale tuition from 30-55$ and full scholarships are available.

Click HERE or open the attachment below for more information.

P.E. Uniforms Update

PE uniforms that were ordered by August 4th should have been received now by your child in their PE class. We know that there are outstanding orders and some students have not received theirs. The PE teachers are aware and will not dock points off for not having it yet. Please read the below to answer your frequently asked questions.

Still need a uniform or want additional items?

PE Uniforms are still available! You can order uniforms and any additional items any time by visiting the Montera website Physical Education page here. Remember to click through to the PayPal site to pay for your items! Orders will be filled within a week of receiving the form and will be available in PE class.

Still waiting for your uniform that you already ordered and paid for before Aug 4th?

If you have not received your uniform, there was likely a glitch in the form or payment. Please send an email to with the name of your student, what they ordered, and the name of the person who made the PayPal payment and I will get back to you ASAP. Once I receive this information I will fulfill your order and it will be available in the PE office for pick up by your child within a week of receipt of your information.

Still waiting for your uniform that you ordered after Aug 4th?

Orders made after the 4th will be available in PE class within a week of ordering.

Want to return or exchange items you received?

Please fill out this form. The PE gear coordinator will package the item(s) you want and make them available in the PE office within a week of receiving this information. For any items your student doesn't want/ need, there will be a box in the PE office marked RETURNS. Please have your student place unneeded items there and fill out the form on the clipboard next to the RETURN box.

Any questions?


Toro Tips

Your cheat sheet to drop off & pick up, communications, morning care and after-school programs, how to report absences, and more. Click on the toro or open the attachment below.

2022-2023 Bell Schedule

Supplies Request

Little emergencies always come up, and Montera could use your help in keeping the supply closet full. Below is a list of items most in need. Please bring items to Nurse Elizabeth Hurt at the front office.

First Aid

  • Latex free band-aids (NOT with antibiotic medication in it) in assorted sizes. EVERY teacher needs at least one box and the front office and nurse's office also need a supply.
  • Tweezers for splinters (not the plastic ones)
  • Ice packs for PE and front office
  • Vomit bucket for front office and pick up waiting area

Feminine supplies

  • Cleansing wipes
  • Assorted pads
  • Tampons
  • Assorted sizes back-up underwear (S/M/L/full-figured)

Add whatever you can think of... Thank you!


Support Montera All Year Round

There is no shortage of ways that you can support Montera throughout the year -- and we appreciate all of them. Below are a few examples (click on the images), but to learn more about volunteering, raising money while you shop, making teachers' wish lists come true, financial donations, and so much more, click here.

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