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Who is behind the mask?

This 8th grader hand made this sleeping mask in the Sewing Lab activity on Tuesdays! She used a soft flannel material for the outside and then filled the mask with a lightweight batting for fluffiness. She also sewed on a comfortable, stretchy strap.

Do you know who this industrious young lady is?

Find out below in "Extracurricular Activities"


Pokemon Tournament

Wednesday, December 6 / 1:20-2:30 / Cafeteria

Hello Mt. Everest Academy Pokemon players! The next tournament will be held in the cafeteria on December 6 from 1:20 to 2:30. Please read all rulings information (included in this link, at the top of the page) and fill out the form below to sign up to compete.

Players who do not sign up will not be able to participate- the tournament pairings are pre-generated, so players who do not fill out the form will not be able to compete! This is a non-competitive event and all players will receive a small badge of my own design for participating. Win/loss ratio is not counted and will not be recorded, so have fun!

Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 6 / 6:00-7:00pm / MEA Auditorium

Mr. Johnson’s students will showcase some of the musical pieces they have learned this year. Everyone is invited to come enjoy our Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band as they perform for your listening pleasure!

Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 7 / 12:00-1:00

Cafeteria & Auditorium

Hurray! Get ready for the Holiday Hoopla with holiday crafts, pizza, cookies, and live music performed by Mr. Nielsen and his jammin' musicians. We promise a fun time for all!

Ice Skating

Friday, December 8 / 11:00-1:00 / NTC at Liberty Station

Don't miss the annual Mt. Everest Academy Ice Skating Event!

Cost: $5.00 per skater (CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE)

Who: Mt. Everest Academy Students and family


You must prepay, please pay Norma in the front office by Wednesday, December 6th.

Questions please contact Erin Becerra -

WASC Committee Meeting

Monday, December 11 / 9:00-11:00 / Cafeteria

The focus of this meeting will be reviewing the WASC Report.

MEA parents and students in grades 6-12 are needed for committees for our upcoming review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC accreditation is an ongoing six-year cycle of quality whereby schools demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement.

Your input is invaluable in this process! Please email Principal Browne at if you are interested in being a part of our WASC teams or would like to learn more about it.

Meet & Greet with Erin Petersen

Wednesday, December 13 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

We are thrilled to introduce the director of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Erin Petersen!

Erin, a San Diego local, is pleased to be joining the Mount Everest Academy Theatre Company team! She frequently finds herself running around town choreographing and directing young artists from J* Company, Character Kids, Intrepid Theatre Company, Coronado Playhouse and others. She can also been seen on stage with Intrepid Theatre Company where she serves as a company member as well as their Education Program Manager.

What to get to know Miss Petersen? Join us for a Meet and Greet with Erin on December 13th from 12-12:30pm!



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Les Miserables

Friday, January 12 / 10:00am

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Come experience the epic musical "Les Miserables" performed by the JCompany Youth Theatre!

And to make the show even better, one of our very own MEA students, Brendan D., is playing the role of Enjolras, the leader of the revolution.

  • The cost is $8 for both students and adults.
  • Please bring cash or check to Norma in the front office to reserve your spot by Friday, December 15th. Limited spots are available, so reservations will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.
  • Transportation will not be provided to or from the venue.
  • Students are invited to be dropped off and left under Mrs. Finney’s supervision.
  • Parents are asked to pick their child up promptly after the performance. (More info. to come as to by what time.)
  • Due to the mature nature of this play, young children are not recommended.


Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

4126 Executive Drive , La Jolla, CA 92037

(UTC/La Jolla's Golden Triangle)

Cabrillo Intertidal Explorations (Tidepools)

Friday, January 12 / 1:00-2:30 / Cabrillo National Monument

For grades 3-6

The program starts at 1:00 pm, please plan to arrive by 12:40pm. This is a 3rd-6th grade program about the variety of life in the rocky intertidal zones. A park ranger will be guiding us through this exploration.

Please see Mrs. Becerra in room 12 to sign up and reserve your spot.

Picture from last year's trip below.

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************* ANNOUNCEMENTS *************


Hello MEA Families!! Thank you SO much to everyone who contributed to the MEA See's Candy Fundraiser!! We cannot thank you enough for the time and energy that was put into this event. For every order that was placed, we were able to raise money for our school! Combining See's Orders and donations we were able to raise $2500. If you haven't noticed, our school is pretty special. We not only have parents running extracurricular activities for students, we also have student led clubs and extracurriculars like Environmental Club, Improv, Chess Champs, and Faith Group only to name a few. We even have a few new clubs that have recently started like Book Club and Rise Up!, as well as a coding class offered on Tuesdays. Our campus offers so much for students and we appreciate your help in supporting these groups as well as our MakerSpace and other events like our very successful Fall Festival and our Field Day that is coming up on the 100th day of school in February. Thank you again for all of your contributions!!

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See's Candy is here

Please come pick up your orders at the office!! Norma will happily give you your candy!! Thanks again to all who contributed!! Top Fundraiser was Kaitlyn L.!! She earned two movie tickets!! The second highest fundraiser was Brett K. These two students are both seniors so they have earned pizza and ice cream for their class!! Hooray!

Other awesome fundraisers-well, everyone who contributed, as all parts together helped us reach our goal! We are awesome when we work together! Thank you so much to:

* Edel A. * Remy A. * Jaime A * Elizabeth B. * Malibu B. * Marti C. * PJ E. * Sophia E. *

* Luke H. * Josephine H. * Sam I. * Brett K. * Kaitlyn L. * The Pfaff-Carano Family *

* Jakob M. * Aiden R. * Maya S. * Ben S. * Melissa S. * Lillian S. * Tessa S. * Elisabeth S. *

* Emma T. * Phoebe Y. *

MEA Ducks!

As part of our whole school science program, we would like to hatch 6 duck eggs in the library during the months of January and February. However, we will need some families committed to adopting the ducklings and keeping them after they are hatched. They will need to stay here with us for one week after hatching, so they will be ready for families probably mid to late February.

If you are interested in adopting a duckling or two, please contact Vivian Sink, by Thursday, January 11 so we can order the eggs.

Letter from MEA Foundation

Parents, you should have received this letter from your student if they were on campus last week. We’ve attached another copy for your convenience. The foundation is looking for 100% participation in this fundraising effort. Any amount is acceptable- even $1.00!! Thank you for supporting our efforts to make MEA everything we want it to be!

November Engineers of the Month

Congrats to the makerspace November Engineers of the Month - Mark and Devon!

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Caps and Lids Wanted

Your caps and lids are wanted in the Makerspace!

Please bring clean lids, caps, and corks to the Makerspace. We will be collecting these items for a spring time art project in the garden.

MEA gear for sale!

Get your gear in the front office! Payable with cash or check.

MEA Water Bottle: 24 ounce, stainless steel, blue or silver, $12 each.

MEA T-shirt: In either grey or blue. "Do School Differently" is written on the back. $15 each.

Grandparents like MEA t-shirts too!

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Canyon Villas Nursing Home

Hello MEA Families,

Today I met with Anais Chavez from Canyon Villas Nursing Home. She told me that the residents there have many visitors during December, but not so much the rest of the year. I would love for our MEA community to become regular visitors. She suggested Thursday is their best day, I said Friday was better for us. We are talking about meeting once a month. She and I are wiling to work together to make it work to bring together our two communities. If you have a preference of days, please let me know.

Besides the usual bingo and games, I’d like to think out of the box regarding our interaction with the seniors. We have so many talented musicians and artists. We could bring art to display and have the seniors talk to the artists. Our musicians could play at such an event. Our students are learning so many interesting things- they could share their science project, their English report-whatever they feel called to share-with a community interested in sharing and connecting with them. We could grow plants to give out or have students perform skits or even a play. The possibilities are endless! If you are interested in being involved in any or all of these ideas or your own, please email Ms. Barb at We are planning our first get together in January. Thank you!

Days of Giving & Receiving

Until the new year, lets join together as an MEA community to acknowledge this season of Giving and Receiving. Small kindnesses, acts of self-care, love and empowerment take on a life of their own when we practice them together! Let’s go for it!! Look to the Monday Message and around campus for ideas of how to participate each day. Let’s enjoy this beautiful time of year together!!

Tuesday, 12/5: Thank those who you appreciate. Tell them in person or write a note!

Wednesday, 12/6: Clean up any garbage you see not in a garbage can. Love our earth!

Thursday, 12/7: Leave a positive message for someone to find. Use chalk on a sidewalk, write on a post- it note or use a piece of paper. Make someone’s day!

Canned Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to our Food Drive! We so appreciate your contributions! This Friday, December 8th, we will end the drive so if you have anything else to contribute, please feel free to bring it in this week! Thank you again for your generosity!!

Toys and Gift Cards Drive

Requested toys, presents, and gift cards flyer

SD Center for Children Wacky Wonky Wonderland

The MEA community plans to help local children in need!

We will be collecting new toys and gift cards until December 12 to spread holiday cheer. Please put your unwrapped donations in our collection box in the library. Thank you in advance to this beautiful community!

Holiday Cards for Senior Citizens

Until December 14 / MakerSpace

MEA Families! Come to the MakerSpace to make holiday cards for senior citizens during the month of December! These cards will go to senior citizens who live at Canyon Villas, located right at Balboa Avenue and Clairemont Drive.

************* COUNSELING CORNER *************

Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office anytime!

Financial Aid follow up for Seniors

Thursday, December 7 / 11:55-12:30 / Room 6

Mr. Zappala will check in with students on the progress of their FAFSA, Cal Grants and scholarship applications. Free pizza will be served!

Common Scholarship Application Is Now Open

The San Diego Foundation has announced that their Common scholarship application is now open and runs through February 1. This application offers students access to more than 100 scholarships and is the premier San Diego scholarship opportunity each year for Seniors in San Diego.

Completing this scholarship is a lengthy process and some students may require adult assistance. Mr. Zappala will talk more in-depth about the scholarship when he meets with all seniors about financial aid this Thursday at 11:55 in the computer lab.

Link to Common Scholarship Application

********** extracurricular activities ***********

Please find the most up-to-date schedule here. This schedule is a work in-progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Intro to Coding Room Change

Tuesdays / 12:30-1:30 / Room 7

Starting this week, Intro to Coding will now be hosted in the MakerSpace (Room 7).

This week, we will learn how to program Sphero robots, to complete and compete in challenges!

Demo video:

*NEW* Rise Up

Wednesdays / 10:40-11:55 / Room 7

Start date December 6

Are you interested in making the world a better place to live in? If so, come check out this new club! Rise Up is targeted towards raising awareness about diseases and illnesses. Every month they plan on focusing on a different disease/illness and fundraising for it.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6, from 10:40-11:55 in room 7. During turn-in week there will be no meeting.

Any questions or suggestions? Please contact Ayisha at

*NEW* Debate Club

Wednesdays / 2:00-3:00 / Room 6

Start date December 6

Debates are a good way to build up persuasion skills! Preparing for a debate not only increases your knowledge of a subject, but can also help you practice discussing complicated topics calmly, clearly, and competently. Hope to see you there!

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6, from 2:00-3:00 in room 6. During turn-in week there will be no meeting.

*NEW* Creative Writing Club

Wednesdays / 2:00-3:00 / Room 6

Start Date December 6

Words, words, words! Fine-tune your ability to articulate clearly in writing. We shall experiment together!

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6, from 2:00-3:00 in room 7. During turn-in week there will be no meeting.

Sewing Lab

Tuesdays / 1:50-2:50 / MakerSpace

Grades 6-12

8th grader, Ivry P., is the seamstress!

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******************* LIBRARY *******************

December: Did You Know...?

Did you know that The Boston Tea Party happened on December 16, 1773?

Come to the library to learn more!

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It's not too late to turn in November BookIt forms!

Bring them to the library to get a free pizza certificate and pick up December forms.

Library BookIt! webpage

************ STUDENT SPOTLIGHT **************

MEA Taekwondo Award Winners!

Several of our younger students are currently taking Taekwondo classes through America's Youth Outreach Program (AYOP), and last weekend they competed in the Southern California Regional Taekwondo Tournament. The following students won awards!

  • Samuel D (placed 3rd in forms)
  • Christopher H (placed 3rd in sparring)
  • Yosif S (placed 4th in sparring)
  • Avery W (placed 2nd in forms)

Other MEA students that also participated in the tournament were Edel A, Remy A, Gracie D, and Adam S. The outreach program holds 2 tournaments a year, and they're a great place for students to compete and to showcase their progress. Congratulations to all participants for their efforts and awards!


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Winter Youth Media and Tech Camp

Youth get to flex their creative technology muscles through creating an original movie from start to finish. Campers, ages 6-14, will learn how to operate a camera, edit in iMovie, create storyboards and use a Green Screen Studio! A matinee of the youth’s film projects will be premiered on the last day of camp to a full house in their independent movie theater, the Digital Gym CINEMA! No experience necessary!

Camp Website:

This discount code can be used to save $40: SCHOOL

"Christmas Classics On Ice"

Saturday, December 9 / San Diego Ice Arena

The San Diego Ice Arena is putting on their 26th annual Christmas show; a festive outing that the whole family can enjoy! Jaime A, Sophia E, Katie L, Nathan L, and Mia T. are some of our MEA ice skaters that will be performing; some in one show only, others in all three. This annual show is a great way to see fellow MEA students perform, and get into the holiday spirit!

Showtimes: 12:00pm / 3:30pm / 7:00pm

General Admission: $15 / VIP Seating: $25

Address: 11048 Ice Skate Place, SD 92126

Phone: 858-530-1825

Tickets may be purchased ahead of time in the Pro Shop. For tickets purchased at the door, please note that the 7:00pm performance may be sold out.