Monday Message

November 29, 2021

Turkey Headbands

Mrs. Sink’s 6th grade Social Studies class made turkey headbands when they finished the month 3 test!

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Lunch Concert by Malvyn Lai

Tuesday, Nov. 30 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

11th grader Malvyn Lai will be performing for MEA students at our first Lunch Concert of the year. He is a concert pianist who has performed with symphonies and in competitions around the world. Learn more about the musical accomplishments (scroll down to “Lai”) of this talented young man.

Any students who would like to perform in a future Lunch Concert, please contact Mr. Nielsen: / room 6.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Room 1 or


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. The meeting agenda will be posted on the SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Elementary Holiday Hoopla

Tuesday, Dec. 7 / 12:30-2:00

Tables outside of the cafeteria

What's all the hoopla about? It's about students and families in grades K-5 having a festive time, dancing and crafting together. Mrs. Sink is heading up the holiday crafts and ASB students are putting together a musical playlist just for our elementary students.

  • Parents/Guardians must accompany their elementary students (similar to Fall Festival).
  • This is a free event.
  • Snacks will be available for purchase.

Please sign in at the front gate, and then get ready to hoopla!

Family Dinner at Chipotle

Date: Wednesday, December 15

Time: 4:00-8:00pm

Let’s guac and roll! MEA Foundation has partnered with Chipotle for a school fundraiser with 33% of sales donated to MEAF. You can order their freshly grilled, made-to-order food in person or online with this flyer.

  • In Person: Before you order, be sure to let the cashier know you’re there for Mt. Everest Academy (show paper or digital flyer)

  • Online: Use order code 2G2BCHX with the Chipotle app or website.

It’s a win-win, help Mt Everest Academy and enjoy Mexican food fresh from the grill!

Chipotle Genesee Plaza

5650 Balboa Ave. Suite 106



  • Parent Workshop through UCSD Extension: “Brave New World: the brain, social media and gaming addiction” - Jan. 10, 12:00-1:00pm

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Where: . . Passcode: MEA!
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)


Monthly Turn-In Calendar

For your convenience, here is a 2021-22 monthly turn-in calendar, in formats for downloading and editing.

Monday Message to Students


If your student in grades 6-12 is not getting the Monday Message sent directly to their personal email, please forward this message to them.


Please sign up to receive the Monday Messages 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. Your PERSONAL email address is needed (not an email or a parent’s email).

School Spirit Store

Parents are now able to use SchoolCash Online to buy and pay for items using Visa/Visa Debit and Mastercard/Mastercard Debit. We are currently selling school spirit wear and other fundraising items like lanyards, water bottles and DVDs. Simply order online and then come pick up your purchase in the MEA front office.

Please create an account to access our online catalog.


Front End Web Development program

Friday, December 17th is the deadline to sign up for this program.

The MEA Foundation has partnered with UCSD Extension Futures Program to offer 3 courses for free for up to 20 MEA high school students. This course series is normally $840 and counts for 9 units of college credit (but not dual credit for high school high school.) Specifically, the MEA Foundation has secured seats in the “Front End Web Development” series of courses. Students would need to take all 3 courses beginning in Jan. 2022 and ending in September 2022. (Specific course names and dates are listed in the table below.) For more information, please see the Futures website here. If you are a MEA high school student and are interested in signing up for this course series for FREE sponsored by the MEA Foundation, please fill out the form here.

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MEA Foundation

MEA Foundation website

What do we do? The simple answer is, we raise funds to support MEA where funds are not available from the district and we organize volunteer efforts to bring workshops, our talent show, teacher appreciation and so much more. We fund music, art supplies, campus improvements, garden, school events, curriculum support and teacher supplements and grants. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year for MEA.

Please consider making a donation to MEA Foundation. Check if your employer offers corporate matches to double your donation.

Volunteers are needed for the Foundation. We need help with updating the website, organizing a directory for parents, writing grants and fundraising efforts. Please email for more information.


We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to Linda Ele at We want to hear from you!

Tree Time

3rd grader Vasco enjoyed hiking and climbing trees above La Jolla Shores, near the Birch Aquarium.

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Blast Off!

4th grader Marco, a Webelo Cub Scout with Pack 11 in University City, attended Rocketry Camp with his den and Boy Scout Troop #271 during the weekend of 11/6. Below is a photo of Marco holding two of his rockets (self-made rocket in his right hand, rocket from a kit in his left hand) and another photo of the kit rocket post-experimental launch.

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* * * Click box above for Elementary Extracurricular Schedule * * *

Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

Parent Leaders

We hear that some parents are wanting more extracurriculars on a regular basis for elementary students. Well, we need your help! Are you a parent that would like to run an extracurricular? This would involve filing paperwork to become an essential volunteer, including showing proof of vaccination for Covid-19. If you have an idea for an extracurricular and are willing to lead it, please write to Principal Browne at with your idea(s) and availability to lead the class. It surely takes a village!

PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

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Academic League • Ally Action • Anime • Chess • Coop Group • Daily Mindfulness & Meditation • Gaming • German • GSA • Literary Magazine • MathCounts • Mental Health • Music with Mr. Johnson • PALS • Rubik's Cube • Sherpa’s Jam Band • Spanish Conversation • Sports Club • Young Investors Club

Anime Club

The first meeting will be held this Thursday, Dec. 2, 12:00-12:30, room 6.

Anime Club website

The Anime Club will meet from 12:00-12:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the work month, in Room 6. We will discuss, learn about, and watch anime. This club is open to both beginners and gods of anime. No sign up is required, just come and enjoy the show!

Young Investors Society

Wednesdays except turn-in / 12:00-12:25 / Rm. 8

Hello, we are the Young Investors Society! Members can learn personal finance and investment together and compete against each other in a fun stock market simulation. Please feel free to come join us any time!

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GSA Club

Wednesday, Dec. 1 / 12:00-12:30 / Room 1

GSA Club meets this week! - We are the Gender and Sexuality Alliance! Everyone is welcome! Come hang out with us in an open, accepting, and loving environment - the more the merrier! 12 - 12:30 on every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the work month in the garden outside of Room 1 (for month 4 these dates are December 1st and 15th). Bring your lunch and learn more about the LGBT+ community, plan and participate in actions, and build an inclusive community for all. Allies are encouraged to join. Ms. Mullen and Mr. Nielsen are the facilitators, and the student leaders are Jade Myers and Jody Huege. Hope to see you there!

The “Heights”

MEA’s Literary Magazine

Are you a writer or an artist? Do you want to get your work published in a magazine? MEA's Literary Magazine “Heights” is the perfect place for you to submit your work! We are looking for your:

  • short stories
  • artwork
  • poems
  • monologues
  • and more!

“Heights” is edited and organized by your fellow students, and we meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 12:00 in Room 2. We would love for you to join us and participate in the editing, organization, and tech work behind our magazine. You do not need to submit work for the magazine to join the club, and you do not need to be in the club to submit work!

Our first issue is going to be out soon, and we need YOUR creative projects to be featured! Here is the link to the Heights website. You'll find the link to the work submission form under Submission Form and Information. Happy writing!

For any questions please email the Editor-in-Chief, Jody Huege, at

Pandora’s Box of Secrets

MEA’s Ally Action is organizing a community event for all students. They will be anonymously collecting students' secrets to create a poster for the school, similar to the Museum of Us's PostSecret exhibit.

STUDENTS: You can submit your secret here (everything is anonymous).


Publishing Party

3rd and 4th graders in Ms. Battin's class shared their Personal Narratives during the first Publishing Party of the year. (4th graders pictured)

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Progress Report Grades

For students in grades 6-12, Progress report grades will be available on the Powerschool Portal soon. These grades will be utilized for eligibility purposes for students in grades 9-12 playing sports at their neighborhood school. Please note, SDUSD has adopted a new format for reporting citizenship grades. Please review the new Mt. Everest Citizenship Rubric with your student(s), which can be found on the school website.

Meet with School Counselor

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, our school counselor, please sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

Student Handbook

Students in grades 6-12 should review the Mt. Everest student handbook with their parents and refer to their supervising teacher with any questions. Please find the handbook here.

Technology Support and Resources

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.


AmazonSmile flyer

MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!


Discussion with disability rights activist

Date: Thursday, Dec. 2

Time: 10:00-11:00am

Location: Virtual

Join a discussion and Q & A session with well-known disability rights activist and author, Judith Heumann.

The San Diego Public Library and KPBS will host a live virtual event with Judith Heumann, author of this year's One Book selection, “Being Heumann”. The memoir recounts Judy Heumann’s lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society. The discussion will be geared towards teens aged 16-19 and organizations serving students with disabilities.

Link to learn more and register for this event.

Volunteer Opportunity at C2K

Do you want to start high school volunteering as soon as possible? Computers 2 Kids, C2K, is a nonprofit San Diego organization looking for volunteers. You can learn more about this organization and what it does at this link: About C2SDK | C2SDK. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at C2K, please click on this link and fill out the short form:

If you have questions, please contact

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