Monday Message


What are you thankful for?

November is a good time to reflect on all that we're grateful for! Here are some of the comments posted on the board outside the Library:

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Fall Watercolor Art

Elementary Art created watercolor art inspired by the beautiful colors of Fall. Students used a tape resist technique to make the silhouetted trees, and they used a wash to create the background.

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There are 3 new extracurricular activities starting this week!

See the Extracurricular Activities section below.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, November 29 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

All parents are invited to attend the School Site Committee (SSC) meeting. The SSC is a shared decision-making body composed of parents, staff, and students. Our Council identifies needs for academic programs and sets budgets to support these programs. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage.

For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Family Food Dinner Night

Thursday, November 30 / 4:00-8:00pm

Chipotle, 5650 Balboa Ave.

Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

MEA Families! Come support your school at our first Family Food Dinner Night! Come to the Chipotle on Balboa Avenue (near the Target) on Thursday, November 30th, to support our school. 50% of the cost of whatever you choose for dinner will come back to MEA! This fundraiser is good from 4-8pm. You will need to have a copy of the fundraising flyer, or you can show it at the restaurant on your phone.

Thank you in advance, for eating good food and supporting your school!

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!

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!

  • 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)

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

MEA gear for sale!

Give an extra special gift this holiday season!

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.

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

See's Candy!!

Thank you all to everyone who participated in our See's Candy Fundraiser! Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 28th is the last day any orders will be accepted. The orders will go in to See's early on Wednesday morning of this week! Look to our next Monday Message to see who sold the most and will receive prizes for their efforts. Though there will be high sellers, we cannot thank everyone enough who participated and sold candy. All of us together make a difference so how wonderful to support our school!

Model UN

Model United Nations (MUN) is cancelled this Thursday, Nov. 30.

Craft Circle

Craft Circle is cancelled this Thursday, Nov. 30.

And please note that the Makerspace will be closed 12:30-1:30 this Thursday.

German National Honor Society

Mt. Everest Academy has been granted a Delta Epsilon Phi Chapter for the National Honor Society for High School students of German. The Honor Society recognizes the outstanding achievement of learners of German. Every year Delta Epsilon Phi awards one outstanding member with a scholarship, and an all expenses paid trip to Germany. The trip includes a summer study program of three weeks, living with a host family, attending classes, and participating in excursions.

Contact Mr. Spiegelberg ( for more information concerning eligibility. Special thanks to Mr. Martin Schapiro for his contribution in making this happen!

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Holiday Cards for Seniors

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

We are partnering with them, so if you have ideas of activities we could do with them or things we could do for them, please contact Miss Ideas already floating around-bringing some of our wonderful musicians to play music. Another idea is to make crafts to give to the seniors or make with them. Also, some students may want to present reports or school work they have done that they'd like to share with others. Of course we can also have game days or other social gatherings. We could grow plants and give them to the seniors in the springtime. These are just a few ideas-I'd love to hear yours as well! Thank you very much!

Toys and Gift Cards Drive

SD Center for Children Wacky Wonky Wonderland

The MEA community plans to help local children in need! Starting this week until December 12, we will be collecting new toys and gift cards to spread holiday cheer. Please put your unwrapped donations in our collection box in the library. See this flyer for requested toys, presents, and gift cards. Thank you in advance to this beautiful community!

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, 11/28: Do something kind for yourself. What makes you happy? Visiting a friend? Drawing or dancing? Do something that makes you smile.

Wednesday, 11/29: Compliment someone. See how it feels to appreciate someone else. It’s good!

Thursday, 11/30: Be aware of saving water. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Love our planet!

MEA Dress Code

Students are expected to use good judgment, safety, good taste, and modesty regarding their dress and grooming. Any clothing that is potentially disruptive to the educational process is inappropriate for school. No bare midriffs (no skin may show between the shirt and pants, shorts or skirt).

Link to detailed MEA dress code.

Monday Message to Students

STUDENTS, would you like to receive the Monday Message directly to your personal email address? This can be helpful, especially for older students, so you can stay informed of what's happening here at Mt. Everest Academy. Please go to this link to submit your own email.

Elementary Students on Campus

To parents of elementary students,

Students in grades K-5 are supervised when they are in study groups and PALS. Any other time elementary students are on campus, they need to be supervised by a parent or family member. They should not be left on their own to go from one extracurricular activity to another. Please plan for your child's supervision, so they can enjoy all the wonderful activities and friendships that are available here on campus.

Canned Food Drive

Hello Mt Everest Families!!

Thank you all who have donated to our Food Drive! We appreciate your donations so very much! If you have not yet donated or would like to bring in more, the box is still in the library eagerly awaiting your donations! The box will be in the library until December 8th.

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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.

*NEW* German culture club

Tuesdays / 12:00-12:30 / Room 8

Start date November 28

Come have fun learning about German culture! Mr. Spiegelberg is sponsoring a German Culture Club for students that will meet on Tuesdays during lunch.

The first meeting will take place on November 28th and the meetings will consist of watching German movies or going over German literature and making discussion groups about them. It is just a fun lunch time group to hang out with and talk things German!

*NEW* Book Club

Wednesdays / 1:00-2:00 / Room 7

Start date November 29

The Book Club for grades 6-12 starts this week! The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 29. The club will be meeting every Wednesday, except during turn-in week. This is a great chance to:

  • Explore different book genres
  • Talk about the chapters read every meeting
  • Meet people who like some of the same books as you
  • Help choose a book for each month
  • Read new books
  • Hear different opinions

Hope to see you there!

*NEW* Fashion Club

Wednesdays / 2:00-3:00 / Room 10

First meeting is this Wednesday, Nov. 29!

MEA Fashion Club flyer

Calling ALL aspiring models, set designers, personal shoppers, stylists, fashion designers, photographers, make-up artists, and hair stylists! Come be part of the Fashion Club! We'll be meeting on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00, and the first meeting will be on Wednesday, November 29.

New irrigation system

MEA's new irrigation system for the garden is up and running! You may have noticed the trenching for PVC pipes that began last spring. Since then, all pipes were laid and valves installed. Students carefully ran drip lines throughout each garden bed. An automatic timer completes the new system. Thank you to all designers, workers, and donors!

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************* 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 / Cafeteria

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

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November Library Challenge

Look at the Schoolwide Learner Outcomes for our school.

To receive a prize, submissions are due to the library by this Thursday, November 30, 12:30 pm.

Show evidence of fellow students exhibiting one or more of these outcomes at school or at home. This can be a photo, an explanation, or a drawing. Be sure to indicate which outcome is portrayed.

Library Challenge webpage


November reading logs may be turned in to the librarians for a free pizza certificate.

Library BookIt! webpage

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

"Flexibility to Pursue Your Passion"

Below is our updated "Flexibility to Pursue Your Passion" picture that is now on our home page. Thank you to David G, Sierra C, and Bryson F. for sharing these amazing action shots!

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1st Annual SDUSD Parent Conference and Expo

Saturday, December 2 / 9:00-2:00

SDUSD Ballard Parent Center, 2375 Congress St.

This expo offers a variety of parent learning opportunities which will include: Resilience, Trauma Informed Care, CA State Dashboard, the new LPAC Assessment, Supports for Military, Homeless and Refugee families, Parent Leadership, High Impact Home Strategies, Special Education 101, Parent Portal, Home-Visit, LCAP 101, Common Core, A-G, Financial Aide, and many, many more….! Light refreshments for breakfast, lunch, childcare, and translation services will be provided.

Flyer for Parent Expo on 12/2/17

RSVP for Parent Expo on 12/2/17

"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.