Montera Middle School eBulletin
September 5, 2022
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Monday, September 5 - Labor Day NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, September 7 - Wine & Design Paint Party, 7:00-9:00 PM
Friday, September 9 - Beer with the Board, 3:00-6:00 PM
Saturday, September 10 - Garden Team Gathering, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday, September 11 - Sunrise Beauty & Mimosas, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, September 15
- Toro Pride LGBTQ+ Celebration, 2:20-3:30 PM
- Student Council applications due
Friday, September 16 - Professional Development Day NO SCHOOL
Saturday, September 17
- Ceramics party, 5:00-8:00 PM
- Oakland Roots Back to School Night, 7:00 PM
Thursday, September 22 - 8th Grade Family Mixer, 6:00-8:00 PMSaturday, September 24 - Self Defense Class, 2:00 PM
Thank you to our donors! So far, we have raised over $4,000!
To learn more about how PTO funds support the Montera community, click HERE or on the attachment below.
Upcoming Student Activities (volunteers may be needed)
Toro Pride LGBTQ+ Celebration
To celebrate our LGBTQ+ students and their allies, Montera is holding its first Pride celebration on Thursday, September 15th, from 2:20-3:30. Organizations including Covenant House, The Oakland LGBTQ Center, East Bay Queer Arts Center, The Pacific Center, and UC Berkeley's Bear Closet will be joining us to educate students on their programs that support LGBTQ+-identified youth. We are seeking parent volunteers to assist with set-up/decorating and activities such as face painting during the event.
Please reach out to Mx. J at email@example.com if you can help make our Pride celebration a success.
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:
- Deadline for applications: Thursday, September 15th
- Bootcamp: Tuesday, September 20th & Thursday, September 22nd
- Post Campaign Posters: starting Wednesday, September 21st
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Fun & Fundraising Events & Activities
Wine & Design Paint Party (Adults Only)
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Place: Wine & Design Studio
What’s better than toasting to a good time with friends? To us, not much. Wine & Design is a fun way to create memories and masterpieces. Make new friends in the Toro community, support Montera PTO and enjoy a glass of wine during this two-hour class. No creativity or experience required! We’ll provide the canvases and paintbrushes as a local artist guides you through the evening, stroke-by-stroke. (INDOOR EVENT) Adults only. Vaccinated guests only.
Beer with the Board
When: Friday, September 9, 3:00-6:00 PM
Where: Crogan's, 6101 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Join your PTO Co-Presidents outside at Crogan's for drinks and discussion. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas to make this a great school year. Or just stop by to celebrate the end of the work week and a month down of the school year!
(This is not a fundraising event. Just fun.)
Sunrise Beauty & Mimosas (Adults Only)
Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Adults Only)
Place: Oakland backyard Hosted by Orsolya Nadasdi and Daphne Wilkerson
Champagne brunch with henna tattoos.
See the Oakland Roots and Raise Money for Montera!
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Laney College Stadium
Order Tickets HERE
Oakland’s own professional soccer team, the Oakland Roots, is excited to host Back to School Night at Laney College Stadium. The Roots will be taking on the New York Red Bulls II, on Saturday, September 17th at 7 pm. Celebrating local schools from the Bay Area, the evening will feature a pre-game parade with the students and a halftime ceremony honoring the teachers. Use this link to purchase specially priced tickets for Oakland Roots vs New York. Montera Middle School will receive 15% back for every ticket sold.
Go Toros! Go Roots!
Ceramics Party (Adults Only)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM (Adults Only)
Place: Oakland backyard Hosted by Jenna Forder and Loryn Hudson
Two hour Ceramics Class Party for 6. Jenna is a local artist and an experienced art and ceramics teacher who works to to create a supportive and open learn/ make environment so that everyone can express their innate creativity. We will do some handbuilding and each Artist will get a lesson on the wheel. They will get to underglaze their pieces. After the class Jenna will fire, clear glaze and then glaze fire the artworks, to be picked up in 2-3 weeks.The yard outside the studio has tables and chairs and we'll provide snacks and refreshments. Saturday, September 17th 5-8PM Hosted by Loryn Hudson and Jenna Former.
Pool, Pickleball, and Pizza (students only)
"Pool, Pickleball and Pizza Party" at the Hills Swim and Tennis Club. We will host 12 kids for an afternoon of fun! Sunday, September 18th from, 3-6PM. Hosted by the Dougan, Holder/Kumbhani, and Henderson/O'Dowd Families.
When: Sunday, Sept 18th, 3:00-6:00 PM
Where: The Hills Swim & Tennis Club
Sign up HERE:
Self Defense Class (Adults and Students Welcome)
When: Saturday, 9/24 at 2:00 PM
Where: Hollis Doyle Park
Sign up HERE
Toro Pride: Let's Make This a Fantastic Year TOGETHER
Community Reading Buddies
Contact Ms. Harambe at email@example.com
Fall Fest Committee Seeking Volunteers!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com if you are interested or need more info. Thanks!
Lunchtime Club Leads
Are you an awesome person?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org once you are cleared.
Fall Sports - Physicals and Practice Times
Update - We are able to offer a grace period for our athletes with physicals scheduled for late Aug/early September. Athletes may attend practices but physicals must be submitted by 9/10.
Preliminary Practice Dates:
JV - TBD
Montera After School Program
Need morning care? Envisioneers wants to know!
There is an opportunity for Envisioneers to provide morning care to the Montera community. Please fill out THIS FORM if you are interested.
The cost per month will depend on the number of scholars attending and the amount of time attended.
8th Grade Corner
Support 8th Grade Activies
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.
Other Important Montera News and 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 email@example.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.
2022-2023 Bell Schedule
- 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
- Cleansing wipes
- Assorted pads
- Assorted sizes back-up underwear (S/M/L/full-figured)
Add whatever you can think of... Thank you!
Support Montera All Year Round
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