Monday Message


Native American Days

Elementary teachers and parents teamed up to create a Native American Day experience for our young students with games, activities, and food. And yes, that display below of thematic delectables was made by parents! Cathleen Chilcote Wallace of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, was a guest presentor who spoke of her history and shared stories with our students.

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The mea garden bounty is growing...

Video of Dust-Bathing Beauties

Ophelia, Zira, and Cleopatra delight in their dust baths!

Dust bathing is an important part of keeping chickens healthy and clean. A chicken scratches and digs out a bowl-shaped depression in dirt. Then she settles into this hollow, fluffs up her feathers, and scratches up loose dirt through fluffed feathers. Our girls are bathing beauties!

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"Bouquet of Peace"

During Elementary Art class with Mrs. Sink, students listened to a story about Pablo Picasso, discussed his artwork, and then recreated their version of one of his paintings, “Bouquet of Peace”. Students used fingerprints and traced their hands to create their masterpieces from acrylic paint and oil pastels.

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Fun times at Legoland

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Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 5 / 1:00-2:00 / Auditorium

Come create holiday art with crafty facilitators Mrs. Vivian and Ms. Suzie! We promise a fun time for all!

NOTE: Elementary Art will be cancelled on this day, as Mrs. Vivian will be crafting at the Holiday Hoopla instead.

Ice Skating

Monday, December 9 / 10:00-1:00 /

NTC at Liberty Station / 2875 Dewey Road

* * Sign up in the front office by Wednesday, December 4 * *

Don't miss the annual MEA Ice Skating Event! The cost is $5 per skater. (People can show up without signing up, but the cost will then be $10). For questions, please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen,

Meet & Greet with Becca Myers

Wednesday, December 11 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

We are thrilled to introduce the director of this year's theatre production, Becca Myers!

Becca Myers is a native San Diego-ian who now works professionally as a theatre artist. Along with working in many aspects of theatre arts (including producing, acting, and directing), Becca teaches theatre classes and is currently teaching a high school level class on Theatre Tech. When Becca isn't at rehearsal, she loves to bother her cat, make elaborate baked confections, and read.


  • December 18 at 12:00: Audition workshop
  • Week of January 6: Auditions
  • March 11, 12, 13: Performances

Do you know what a tesseract is?

If so, then you can guess what the title is of this year's theatre production!

Scroll down to the bottom to confirm.

Winter Spirit Week

The ASB is sponsoring the Spirit Days listed below.

Express your creativity and show your school spirit!

SWEATER DAY - Tuesday, 12/17

Students are encouraged to wear their coziest, warmest, and ugliest sweaters.

PAJAMA DAY - Wednesday, 12/18

Students who wear pajamas will be given hot cocoa during lunchtime.

CANDY CANE DAY - Thursday, 12/19

Students who wear red and white will be given a candy cane during lunchtime.

Elementary Music Lunch Concert

Tuesday, December 17 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

Come enjoy performances by Mr. Johnson's music students in Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band. A few of the selections will be:

  • Linus and Lucy
  • Christmas Time Is Here
  • Ice Skating
  • Hark the Herald (jazzy version)
This will be a JAZZY Charlie Brown themed concert!

Elementary Music Evening Concert

Tuesday, December 17 / 6:30-7:30pm / Auditorium

If you missed the Lunch Concert, there will be another performance in the evening!

"Mamma Mia!"

Friday, January 10 / 9:30am / JCC

"Mamma Mia!" is a mega-hit that has audiences dancing in the aisles! This school performance is presented by the JCompany Youth Theatre. Tickets are $8 per person, please pay in the front office. For questions contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at


Winners of the Candy/Coffee Prizes

We have tallied the winners of the Candy/Coffee prizes!

Winners will be contacted soon.

High School

  • Prom tickets - Callie B. (highest seller)
  • Breakfast for grade 9 - Gabriella M.
  • MEA shirt / water bottle - Chloe M.

Middle School

  • VIP pass / Get in free to all MEA events - Aiden R.
  • MEA water bottle or t-shirt - Melia J.
  • Breakfast for classes (tied) - Maeve M, grade 8 and Mizuki S, grade 6

All elementary students get to pick from the prize box!

  • 1 Prize - Blake C.
  • 2 Prizes - Christian S, Vivienne L.
  • 3 Prizes - Amanda O, Samuel D.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraiser! Without every order we would not be able to create all the wonder we do at MEA! Total fundraising amount to be announced next week. ~ Ms. Barb

And the High School Prom Theme will be...

1920's / Great Gatsby, winning by a landslide of 60%! Thank you to all the highschoolers who cast their votes.

Turn your table scraps into chicken treats

MEA purchases large bags of chicken feed for our hens, but our girls love a variety of treats to supplement their diet. Shown below are foods that chickens can eat every day.

Learn more here.

Aquafina, Chris, Cleopatra, Opehlia, and Zira are clucking for your table scraps and leftovers! There's a green bucket right outside the coop where you can leave your gifts of food for them. Also, if you've got PUMPKINS that haven't been carved into, those would be great for our chickens too.

Please do not feed the chickens yourself. Miss Allie and the Coop Group will inspect all food first to double-check that it's safe for our hens.

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2019-2020 Yearbook

Order and customize your MEA yearbook!

Each student gets 2 free pages to fill with their own photos and memories! The sooner you order your yearbook, the sooner you can start creating your custom pages.

Got Photos?

The yearbook staff would love to feature YOUR photos throughout the yearbook. The following folders are waiting for your photos in TreeRing:

  • Portraits
  • Field Trips
  • Pursue Your Passions/Off-Campus Activities
  • Study Groups
  • School Events
  • Miscellaneous

Click here for details about the information above

Yearbook flyer

For questions, please contact the yearbook advisor, Ms. Laurel Rice, at

Box Tops for Education

Thank you for turning in your Boxtops, we made $94.70 from our October submission! Keep those Boxtops coming; you can bring them in anytime to the front office or the parent room. We'll be submitting them again next semester.

Box Tops App

If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are worth 10¢ each for Mt. Everest Academy. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to our school's earnings online. Many boxtops are now redeemable only with the app.

Plant Arrangement Sales

Succulent plant arrangements for sale!

Looking for a gift for someone for the holidays? Purchase a succulent plant arrangement made here at MEA. Students will be creating them until winter break. They come in all sizes varying in price from $5 - $20 and can be purchased in the front office. All proceeds will go towards the chicken coop and garden upkeep.
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Small Flower Pots Lying around?

Clean out your garage and donate them for the succulent plant fundraiser.

The Coop Group thanks you!

MEA Coin Fundraiser Ongoing

Thank you for depositing your coins in our coin boxes! Every penny, nickel, dime, and quarter adds up to extra support for our wonderful school. The ASB has voted to make this fundraiser ongoing, so please keep that in mind when you're wondering what to do with your spare change!

Coin boxes are in the Parent Room, Dr. Rodenberg's room, and the front office.

All logo contest participants:

If you submitted an entry for the logo contest, there is a note of appreciation from the MEA Parent Foundation and a small treat waiting for you in the office. Please come see Miss Maria to pick it up. Thank you for your participation!

Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

Mt. Everest Academy is offering support to the Monarch School, a K-12 public school for homeless children in downtown San Diego. We are mostly looking for small travel toiletries that we can make into hygiene packages to distribute to the children. (Hotel samples work great!)

Other items that could be donated are: glasses, umbrellas, spray bottles, water, perfume, vitamins, gloves, matches, tissues, and clothes. Go together to the Dollar Store to "pay it forward" and buy things for those who are less fortunate!

Drop off boxes are located in the front office and in Room 1. Please bring your donations in by Wednesday, December 18. For any questions, contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at Thank you for having a big heart for children in need!

Hygiene Kits flyer

**** Extracurricular activities ****

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

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

Racing Circuits

This month, come to a Racing Circuits workshop in the MakerSpace and learn about the technology behind a slot car race track. Then use your knowledge to make the slot cars go faster. So far, the quickest unconfirmed time for a three-lap race is 16 seconds. All students, kindergarten to seniors, are welcome.

Suggested one-hour workshop times:

  • Tuesdays 12:30
  • Wednesdays 2:00
  • Thursdays 11:00

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Activities cancelled this week

  • Story and Craft Time (on Wednesday)
  • Elementary Art (on Thursday)

Library Challenge

The December library challenge is a fun mini-research project.

Turn your completed form into the library by December 18 to receive a prize!


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

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

All students need to do is come in to the library, sign up and receive a reading log. At the end of each month, turn in the completed reading log. You will then receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! Pick up your new reading log and begin again for the next month.


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!

Financial Aid Follow Up for Seniors

Thursday, December 12 / 11:55-12:30 / Room 6

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

Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

Hello senior female students! Here is a scholarship for you if you are planning on “pursuing a major that uses technology that is designed to make the world a better place.”

MLK Choir Scholarship

Seniors! Here is a website with scholarships in the visual and performing arts through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego.

Apply now at


2019 Nutcracker

San Diego Danceworks is putting on a production of The Nutcracker at CPMA on Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 and 7:30 pm. MEA 8th grader, Maeve M., will be dancing in both performances! She is in the party scene, is a soldier, in the Snow scene and Marzipan. Purchase tickets here.

Christmas In Candyland

Saturday, December 14 / San Diego Ice Arena

"Christmas in Candyland" is sponsored by the San Diego Figure Skating Club. There will be 3 performances on December 14.

This is a chance to see a few of our MEA ice skaters perform!

  • Jaime A.
  • Nicole L.
  • Malia N.
  • Mia T.

High School Essay Contest

Sponsored by UC San Diego Saltman Quarterly Community Outreach

For this high school essay contest, in 750 words maximum, consider how biological advancements could improve geriatric care. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of a current technique and its impact on society. Modify this technique or describe a unique vision you have for the future of geriatrics which promises an even greater impact on society.

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Announcing this year's Show - - -

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