Montera Middle School eBulletin

September 26, 2022

Important Dates

(scroll down for more information)


Tuesday, September 27

  • Fall Fest Check-in, 5:30-6:00 PM
  • Outreach Team Meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM
Thursday, September 29 - Virtual Parent Engagement Night, 6:30-7:30

Friday, September 30

Thursday, October 6

  • PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Isabella Nail Bar Pedi-Party, 6:30 PM

Monday, October 10 - Indigenous Peoples' Day NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 13 - 6th-Grade Guardians Meet-up, 6:30-9:30 PM

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25 & 26 - Picture Day


Subscribe to the Montera Parent Square calendar here!

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Thank you! We are now at 22% of our goal for Montera's Annual Fund. Let's do this!

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.

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Upcoming Activities (volunteers may be needed)

6th Grade Field Trip to Joaquin Miller Park

When: Friday, September 30th -- ALL DAY


The 6th grade field trip will be to Joaquin Miller Park. It is a walking trip so students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. We also suggest bringing a water bottle and sunscreen if needed. If they signed up for a school lunch, it will be provided otherwise they should bring lunch. We will leave after we take roll 1st period and will be back in time for the end of school.

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!


https://www.ousd.org/site/default.aspx?DomainID=6668

Virtual Parent Engagement Night

Join us as we learn tools to support our student social emotional development Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 PM.


Everyone is welcome! This is not a fundraising event.


Zoom link on Parent Square: HERE

Order your Montera Yearbook by September 30th and save 10%!

The Montera Yearbook will come out next spring, but order now for the best price! Save 10% off the regular price of $32.63 when you place your order before September 30, 2022. Order here: https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1014897661773030.


Questions? Have a student interested in joining the Yearbook Club? Want to help out? Email monterayearbookclub@gmail.com.

Montera Student Council

This month, Montera is launching a student council! The goals of the student council are to promote school spirit, serve the school community, model good citizenship, impact decisions affecting school issues, and maintain a positive school climate. Here are some important dates:

  • Filmed Speeches Due: Friday, September 30th
  • Polls Open: Tuesday, October 4th
  • Poster Removal: Wednesday October 5th
  • Positions Announced: Friday, October 7th


To see the positions available and campaign guidelines, visit the student council website https://sites.google.com/ousd.org/montera-student-council/home. To volunteer to support our student council contact Mx. J at tate.jawdat@ousd.org.

Monthly PTO Meeting

Please join us to find out about the latest new and information about Montera in October. Everyone is welcome! If you have questions/concerns/suggestions you’d like addressed in the upcoming meeting, please email president@monterapto.com.


When: Thursday, October 6th, 6:00-7:00 PM


RSVP and Zoom link is on Parent Square HERE

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Family Fun & Fundraising Events & Activities

Isabella Nail Bar Pedi-Party (Parents/Guardians Only)

Join us at Isabella Nail Bar in Montclair for a pedi-party fundraising event. Isabella will reserve the salon for our private event. Enjoy snacks and wine while you get your pedicure and connect with other parents from our Montera community. Buy two tickets and bring a friend, Grandma or a neighbor! Isabella Nail Bar offers a toxic-free environment. They believe that the best nails are natural. All products are carefully selected to be “green," free of paraben, formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. We will follow the current CA mask guidelines, at the time of the party. Price includes pedicure, tip, food and drinks. Manicures are also available for a separate fee, paid directly to the nail salon.

WHERE: Isabella Nail Bar, 1962 Mountain Blvd., Oakland
WHEN: 10/06 Thursday @ 6:30PM


RSVP HERE

6th-Grade Guardians Meet-up (Parents/Guardians Only)

Please join us!


When: Thursday, October 13, 6:30-9:30 PM

Where: Mad Oak Bar N' Yard, 135 12TH STREET, OAKLAND, CA, 94607


RSVP here: https://forms.gle/eAANHyC18knU1ck69"

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

Fall Fest Check-In

When: Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-6:00 PM

Where: Zoom

RSVP HERE


Want to help plan a community celebration at Montera? If you have lots of time or even just a little, we'll find a role for you! Please email president@monterapto.com.

Montera Outreach Planning Team

When: Tuesday, September 27, 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Zoom. Register & link to the meeting 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 tina.harambe@ousd.org

Seeking Social Media Junkies

We need a volunteer to post all the great things happening at Montera to our social media accounts! Have some fun online, stay in the know of all that is happening AND help the school = win, win, win.


Email president@monterapto.com if you are interested or need more info. Thanks!

Montera Benefit

Love planning parties and want to help make Montera great? Our annual Montera Benefit takes place in the Spring and we need YOUR help! Please email auction@monterapto.com and share your ideas and availability. No amount of help is too small! Let’s plan a fun event together!

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 gear@monterapto.com!


Any questions?

Email gear@monterapto.com

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 president@monterapto.com with questions.


Thank you! Go Toros!

Volunteering on Campus

Registration and clearance are required to volunteer onsite at Oakland public schools. Go to https://www.oaklandedfund.org/programs/volunteer/parent-volunteers to complete the registration. You will receive an immediate email with clearance options and instructions from osv@oaklandedfund.org.


Email president@monterapto.com once you are cleared.

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Montera Sports

Girls Volleyball Coach

We are looking for a JV Coach Girls Volleyball Coach. Please email sports@monterapto.com if interested.

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Montera After School Program

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


Find everything you need to know here

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8th Grade Corner

8th grade is a busy year! Check here for updates here regarding 8th grade events and activities (Dinner/Dance, End of Year Picnic, and Promotion), fundraising efforts to support those events and activities, high school admissions information, and more. Any ideas, questions, or desire to volunteer? Contact 8thgradeactivities@monterapto.com .
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8th Grade Mixer. So grateful for our 1st in-person Toro gathering. What a spread! A big thank you to coordinators and volunteers for supporting this evening even! For more pictures and to add your comments, visit facebook or instagram.

Support 8th Grade Activities

Thank you for helping us raise over $1,000 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.

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Other Important Montera News and Information

Picture Day is Coming!

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25 & 26


How to Order:


  • Visit mylifetouch.com
  • Enter your Picture Day ID: EVT8P4WT9
  • Order your perfect package—and don’t worry about returningvanything on Picture Day!


See the flyer below.

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 (eric.runge@ousd.org) 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.

Have Questions? We've got Answers!

We compiled the questions posed at the last PTO meeting along with answers here: Montera Q & A


Keep the questions coming! Email president@monterapto.org if you have a question or concern you'd like addressed, and we'll try to provide answers in each eBulletin.

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 gear@monterapto.com 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?

Email gear@monterapto.com

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!

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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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Montera Middle School

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Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Responsible.

Email: communications@monterapto.com
Website: https://www.ousd.org/montera
Location: 5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland, CA, USA
Phone: (510) 531-6070
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monterapto