Monday Message


Message from the Principal

We have just concluded the first progress reporting period of the school year and there is so much learning happening in our school community! Secondary parents, be sure to check Powerschool regularly so you are aware of your student’s grades. To assist students in grades K-6, we are proud to announce the re-opening of PALS (Peer Academic Lab for Students) this week. We have a stellar group of trained tutors who are eager to work with their younger peers from 8:30-10:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! We also have some important updates around campus safety that have come from multiple parent and staff meetings over the last several months.

  • Beginning tomorrow, October 30, 2018, we will be locking the gates by the elementary wing and the garden at 9am. The elementary gate will be open again briefly at noon, but will be locked again until 3pm. This may take some getting used to, however, it is in the best interest of our students.

  • It is school policy that K-6 students be accompanied by a parent at all times unless the student is in class with their grade level teacher or in PALS. For all extra-curriculars and other events, parents are expected to supervise their children.

  • Parents, please wear your MEA lanyard and ID badge at all times when on campus. If you do not have a lanyard and badge, please contact Linda Ele at All other visitors should have a visitor sticker from the front office visible.

  • The Family Study/Parent Room is for parents or parents with their students ONLY. Children are not allowed in the parent room unaccompanied by an adult. Please help to keep the parent room tidy.

  • Adults must use adult restrooms. This includes those labeled staff and the single stalled bathroom near the elementary wing. Adults should never use student restrooms. Better signage is forthcoming.

  • If you see someone you do not know on campus and they are not wearing a lanyard or visitor badge, you can always introduce yourself or immediately contact the office at 858-496-8778 if you are concerned.

Thank you for all that you do to help make MEA the best learning community it can be!

Marvel Vs. DC Day

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Black Tie Day

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Link to Spirit Day pictures

Fall Dances


Elementary Costume Parade

Tuesday, Oct. 30 / 12:00 pm

Elementary Playground in front of Rm. 11

The elementary classes would like to extend an invitation to all to join them in a fun costume parade around the school! Please remember, only appropriate costumes, nothing too scary and no weapons. Our parade will end at the elementary playground with music and treats. Parents are kindly requested to contribute to the snacks and goodies. Hope to see you there!

Coop Cleanup

Thursday, November 1 / 12:30

We need to get our coop area ready for its new residents. Weeds have grown that need to be removed. Come to our coop cleanup on Thursday, November 1 at 12:30 to help loosen dirt and remove the weeds that have grown. Be sure to bring gloves and water. Link to flyer

Come be part of the chicken experience!

Fall Festival

Wednesday, Nov. 7 / 12-2:30

Please come join us for an afternoon of community play and fun!

Check out our See’s Fundraiser (under Announcements) to earn a free wristband by November 6th for all events!

Below, the ASB is making plans for the Fall Festival.

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Academic League: Staff vs Students

Thursday, Nov. 8 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

Please come support our incredible Academic League team as they take on their supremely knowledgeable teachers in a trivia contest! (GO STUDENTS!!!)


See's Candies Fundraiser


Just a check in with all of you to see how your FUNDRAISING efforts are going! :) Hopefully, you are getting some orders - See’s Candy is a great Holiday treat - and some donations as well! If you haven’t heard, we have some fun gifts for your selling efforts!!

For the elementary/middle school grades-you can earn a wristband to do EVERYTHING at the Fall Festival for FREE! Remember-At least TEN orders have to be in by next Tuesday, November 6th by 3pm to receive your wristband the following day at the festival!

Elementary students also get to pick from a prize box and receive a PRIZE for each 10 items sold. 10 items-pick one thing from the box, sell 20-pick two etc.

For middle school students - for selling at least ten items you will receive an invitation to a breakfast (donut) or ice cream celebration!

For high school students, you will also get the invitation to a breakfast or ice cream celebration AND the highest seller in the high school will receive TWO prom tickets !!

Of course, let’s remember the real goal of our fundraiser-to continue to provide amazing events and activities at MEA, our school that does things differently!

Thank you so much for your participation in this fundraiser!!

Any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at

Thank you! Miss Barb


The MEA Theatre Company is back for the 2018-2019 school year! The winter show (drum roll please…) will be “Alice in Wonderland!” Exact dates for audition workshops, auditions, and the show schedule are forthcoming. However, the Theatre Company NEEDS YOUR HELP. Attached here is a letter from Adira Rosen, the MEA alum that started the company. In order to continue to offer this program, we need financial support. If every family involved gives what they can, anything from $10 to $500 or more, the MEA Company will be able to continue to thrive and bring joy to our entire community. Thank you!

Summer Germany Trip Registration

The deadline for deposits to reserve a spot is 11/1/18.


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


MathCounts on Tuesdays at 1:50 has been moved to the Auditorium

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.


Start date Tuesday, October 30

P.A.L.S. (Peer Academic Lab for Students) where older students tutor younger students starts this week! P.A.L.S. will occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30 in the MakerSpace overseen by Mr. Choquette. During this quiet study time, students will be paired with tutors that best match their needs. We have a stellar group of trained tutors who are eager to work with their younger peers!

Below is one of the training sessions for P.A.L.S. tutors.

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Academic League

Thursdays / 11:45-12:30 / Room 9

Academic League is like Jeopardy for students in grades 7-12! You get to show what you know and exercise your brain power, all while having fun with your fellow students. The Academic League practices together weekly with their coach, Mr. Aaron Cate. For questions:


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!

SD Foundation Common Application

The San Diego Foundation will be rolling out it’s Common Scholarship Application on December 5th.

This one application will have 145 different scholarship opportunities. Please click on this link to view some of the scholarships that will be available via the Common Scholarship Application.

Please go to to learn more about the scholarships the SD Foundation has to offer as well as accessing the Common Scholarship application on December 5th. Please see Mr. Zappala with any questions you have about the Common Scholarship Application.

Appointments for Seniors

From October 1-30

Choose a 1/2 hour appt. between 8:00-2:30

All seniors need to schedule an appointment with Mr. Zappala to discuss their college plans, including financial aid. This meeting will allow Mr. Z. to answer your questions in order to determine the resources available to you so that you can make the best decisions for yourself in a timely manner.

Link to select your appointment time

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Grades K-6: Sign up for BookIt! in the library.

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

This is just a reminder to turn in your October reading log to Miss Vivian or Miss Suzy. You will receive your coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, plus a November reading log.

Happy Reading!!!!!

Yummy Pizza!!!!

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? The Prudential Spirit of Community Award honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

These awards are granted at the local, state and national level. Top honorees in each state receive monetary awards, medallions and statewide recognition. They also earn an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., where they have a chance to meet -- and learn from -- top youth volunteers from the world.

Winter Youth Media & Tech Camp

"Digital Gym" is offering 20% OFF their upcoming Winter Youth Media & Tech Camps. Students in grades K-8 engage in the three stages of moviemaking and screen their projects in an independent movie theater. No experience required. To find out more, go to The discount code is SCHOOL

For more information or questions please contact Larry DaSilveira at or (619) 230-1938 ext. 103.

"Christmas on Broadway"

Saturday, December 8

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

San Diego Ice Arena

The San Diego Figure Skating Club is sponsoring "Christmas on Broadway" on December 8. The San Diego Ice Arena is located at 11048 Ice Skate Place. Show flyer

Many of our ice-skating MEA students will be in this show!


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