Montera Middle School eBulletin

November 8, 2021

Important Dates

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Monday, November 8 and Friday, November 12 - 7th & 8th grade boys' basketball tryouts

Monday, November 8 - Make-up School Picture Day

Tuesday, November 9 - Montera Prospective Families Night, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, November 10 - Wellness Day, lunchtime

Thursday, November 11 - No school, Veterans' Day

Friday, November 12 - Afterschool Program closed

Thursday, November 18 - Turkey Trot!, lunchtime

Thursday, November 18 - Round Table Pizza fundraiser

Thursday, November 18 - Parent Engagement night, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Friday, November 19 - Afterschool Program closed and Sports canceled

Friday, November 26 - Golden State Warriors vs Portland, Montera fundraiser night

Thursday, December 2 - Winter Showcase, 4:30 PM

Friday, December 3 - Winter Showcase, 4:30 PM

Subscribe to the Montera google calendar here!


Donate to Montera Now!

Help Montera reach the finish line. We need to raise $6,000 to support the Montera Mini-Grant Program. This program enables our teachers to get funding and purchase books and supplies for special projects. For example, last year our 6th-grade team purchased copies of March by John Lewis for each student, while the music department bought ukuleles for Music Exploration class. Let's do this!!!

Make your tax-deductible gift here: Donate to Montera PTO


Upcoming Montera School Events and Activities

TikTok Challenges -- Don't do it!

As you may or may not be aware, several TikTok Challenges have circulated this school year. Alas, they have not dared students to thank all of their teachers, compliment a stranger, sit down next to a classmate who's eating alone, or pick up some trash on campus. Instead, they invite property destruction and even violence.

Please ask your students to respect themselves, their teachers, administrators, classmates, and campus by NOT participating in these challenges.

Zoom link for Prospective Families Virtual Tour: 84001054262? pwd=andURTFhL3NUKzRhd0dJeVFJ RSsrQT09

Girls Soccer Coach needed!

Montera Sports is looking for a girls soccer coach. Please contact Kenya Latimore at

OUSD details are here

In-person Campus Tours for Prospective Parents -- Volunteers Needed

School options season is almost upon us. Montera will host virtual information sessions and several in-person tours.

The first virtual information night will take place on

** Tuesday, November 9th, at 6:00 PM**

The following in-person tours all begin promptly at 9:30 AM:

  • Wednesday, November 17
  • Friday, December 10
  • Wednesday, December 17
  • Friday, January 7
  • Friday, January 21

Sign up to lead or attend tours:

  • Sign up to lead tours here
  • Sign up to attend tours here
  • Sign up to attend a virtual meeting here

Montera Turkey Trot! - Volunteers needed

We are organizing a Turkey Trot to be held during lunchtime on November 18th. The Trot will be about about 1 mile, and students will run -- for prizes -- rain or shine.

We will need 3-4 volunteers to monitor the course. If you can help out, please contact Kenya Latimore at

Parent Engagement Night - virtual event

When: Thursday, November 18, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Please join us for our second parent engagement event. Our counselors will lead a discussion about social-emotional learning in middle school and answer your questions.

Zoom link will be posted on Parent Square and/or Schoology

(You can eat your Round Table pizza while attending this event!)

Winter Showcase is coming soon!

When: Thursday, December 2, 4:30 PM

Sign-up genius for backstage help, set-up and clean-up, concession stand, and donations for pizza and water here.

Our Winter Showcase will take place on December 2nd (choir and strings) and 3rd (band and after school jazz) at 4:30pm. This is a required event and part of your child's grade. Food will be provided to performers for free and will be available for sale for the school community. Dress is all black. Please reach out if you need support with preparing that clothing for your child. I am attaching a flyer with more details. Thank you and I'm so excited about what our Montera musicians are preparing for you. - Ms. Shogbesan

Looking for concert attire

The Montera Music Program is excited to hold its first in-person concert on December 2nd and 3rd.

We have several students that need concert attire. If you have a long black sleeve button-up, black pants, black shoes, and/or a black dress to donate, please contact Bridget Davies at

2022 New York City - Philadelphia - Washington, DC trip CANCELED

The 2022 Tour will not proceed this spring and will be moved to April/May 2023. Information can be found on Montera's website at If you are already signed up, please contact WorldStrides' Customer Support at 800-468-5899 to process your refund. Thank you all for your continued support of the tour.


Montera Sports & After-School Activities Updates

Montera ASP is Now Offering Subscription For Recurring Payments

Afterschool Families can sign up for monthly payments. Subscribe here

Basketball Tryouts


  • November 8th, 12th, 7th and 8th grade Boys
  • November 29th and December 3rd 6th Grade Boys

Students will need to come to practice in gym clothes to try out and athletic shoes.

If a student makes the team they will need to have a physical before January1st. All tryouts will be 3:45-6:00pm. Please register and upload your forms here as soon as possible. (

Hip Hop Dance Class Coming Soon!

Montera is partnering with Destiny Arts to bring Hip Hop Dance Class to our afterschool on Thursday afternoons. Please email if you are interested.

Destiny teaching artists are supported to engage and partner with classroom teachers so that they can co-create a positive classroom culture and draw connections to classroom curriculum.


Fundraising Events

Round Table Pizza Fundraiser

When: Thursday, November 18, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Where: Round Table Pizza, 2854 Mountain Mountain Blvd.

20% of proceeds goes to Montera

Dine-In, Carry-Out, Delivery & Curbside Pickup

Excludes all coupons &/or discounts & 3rd party delivery sites

Golden State Warriors - Montera fundraiser night!!

When: Friday, November 26th vs. Portland

Special reduced rates for tickets, plus Montera will receive $20 per ticket purchased.

More details coming soon.

Montera Relief Fund is Back to Help Toro Families in Need

Last year the pandemic prompted the Montera community to create the Montera Relief Fund to help Toro families in need. Last year we were able to raise almost $20,000 for groceries, small cash grants distributed confidentially by administrators to families, and a holiday gift drive.

Once again, we have families of students who have been hit hard by COVID and need your help. Trusted Montera staff find out what the families need and personally deliver it. The Coordination of Services Team confidentially handles requests from families.

Can you donate now to help Montera families in need?

If you are a student or family in need of support, reach out to any teacher or staff, Ms. Harambe at, or Coach D or Mr. Latimore at All support is confidential.


Other Announcements

Join the Oakland Devo Middle School Mountain Biking Club!

Go biking riding with Oakland Devo Middle School Mountain Biking Club. Sign-ups for the 2022 season are open. Join a pre-season fun ride 11/20 and 12/4. Sign up here.

Scholarships Available
Trek NICA Pathfinder Scholarships provide students of color with the bikes, gear, and resources needed to overcome historical barriers to mountain biking. Recipients are given a Trek Marlin mountain bike, helmet, gear, and a stipend to cover NICA league membership and entry fees for a full season of racing. For more info email

COVID Testing Information

A friendly reminder to stay on top of Covid testing as the holidays and yet another potential surge descends upon us.

COVID TESTING: Covid testing is available at multiple OUSD sites throughout Oakland. Find locations and times here.

TESTING PRE-REGISTRATION: Before attending an OUSD Covid testing site for the first time, you must register here. This is a one time only registration and can be done at any time. Families are encouraged to pre-register so they are ready to go should they need to get tested.

Montera Safety Bargaining Team Survey

Ms. Ranahan (7th Grade Math) and Mr. Pettengill (6th Gr. Humanities) have joined the OEA Safety Bargaining Team and are seeking YOUR input into our upcoming negotiating sessions.

Fighting for safety in our schools is going to take all of us working together. Please ensure the bargaining team hears as many voices and perspectives as possible by completing this feedback form:

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Volunteering on Campus

Registration and clearance are required to volunteer onsite at Oakland public schools. Go to to complete the registration. You will receive an immediate email with clearance options and instructions from

Email once you are cleared.

Email with any questions.

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!


Other Important Montera News and Information

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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, 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.

Toro Store

Over 30 items to choose from including short, 3/4, and long sleeve t-shirts, zip-up and pullover hoodies, sweatpants, hats, beanies, tote bags, masks, and vests.



If your student is feeling ill

If your student is feeling ill with new symptoms such as: a fever of over 100F (37.8C) or higher, cough, severe headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell (children may say that food "tastes bad" or "tastes funny"), difficulty breathing, vomiting or diarrhea – student should STAY HOME and notify the office. You can call the main office at (510) 879-3211.

Returning to school:

  • Get medically cleared (doctor's note or negative PCR test, AND symptoms have improved and student is fever-free for 24 hours - OR -
  • 10 days have passed since onset of symptoms and student is no longer feeling ill

If your student tests positive for Covid-19

  • Plan on staying home at least 10 days
  • Notify the school of the results
  • Work with the Contact Tracing Team

COVID Information from the District

You can find a comprehensive FAQ from OUSD here. The district is following county and state guidance. Below are a few key points for what happens when someone at a school site tests positive for COVID-19:

  • OUSD is required to report every single positive case to the ACPHD.
  • A response team conducts contact tracing for each positive case and notifies families of students with prolonged close contact.
  • If you are not notified, then your student was not determined to have prolonged close contact with the person who tested positive, so there is not a need to get tested unless your student develops symptoms.
  • Vaccinated students do not need to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic.
  • Unvaccinated students who are asymptomatic can do a modified quarantine, continuing to attend school but testing twice a week for two weeks following exposure and not participating in any extracurricular activities.
  • Exposed unvaccinated students may choose to stay home for 10 days with an excused absence. If so, they should contact their teachers for assignments during that time.


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