Montera Middle School eBulletin

August 30, 2021

Important dates: scroll down for more information

August 30-September 12 - Tootsies & Crush fundraiser

Tuesday, August 31 - Oakland Lacrosse Demo Day, 3:45-5:00 PM

Tuesday, August 31 - Virtual Back to School Night, 6:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday, September 1 - PTO September meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday & Thursday, September 1 & 2 - Flag Football tryouts
Friday, September 3 - Professional Development Day, NO SCHOOL
Monday, September 6 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
Thursday, September 9 - Family Engagement Night, 6:30-7:30 PM

Saturday, September 11 - OAL Middle School sports fair, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuesday, September 14 - Dads Club garden planning meeting, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 15 - Pattys n Buns Fundraiser


Thank you administration, teachers, and staff!!

We want to acknowledge and honor you with how hard you are working to help get the school year going during these ongoing trying times. Please reach out to the PTO Volunteers coordinators so that we can all work together and help each other out.

Parents: Please fill out the PTO volunteer interest form here and let us know how you would like to help make this school year a great one for our students, teachers, and staff.


Montera School Events and Activities - This Week

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Oakland Lacrosse Demo Day

Tuesday, August 31, 3:45-5:00 PM

**All interested students are welcome. No need to sign-up.**

Location: Field


Montera Sports Program

Is your student interested in playing sports at Montera? We've completely revamped the website to (hopefully) clearly explain the process to play sports! The website explains which sports are played in what season, how to register for sports, tryout information, and more.

The following sports are our Fall sports. We are still looking for cross country and girls volleyball coaches! These are volunteer positions with practices twice a week and games on Saturdays. Please contact Kenya Latimore at if you are interested or have questions.

  • Flag Football (co-ed) --> tryouts 9/1 & 9/2
  • Cross Country (co-ed) --> tryouts week of 9/7
  • Volleyball (girls) --> tryouts week of 9/7
  • Cheer/Dance (co-ed) --> tryouts 9/7, 9/8, 9/9

All updates for tryout dates will be posted on the website.

Flag Football Tryouts

Wednesday Sept. 1 (3:45-5:45 PM) & Thursday Sept. 2 (4-6 PM)

In order to participate in the tryout, you will need a physical form turned in before you can participate. You may pick up the form from the main office or get the forms off of the Montera website. Tryouts will be on the football field, Wednesday tryouts 3:45-5:45pm, Thursday tryouts will be 4-6 pm. Please bring water. If air quality is bad on either day we will postpone tryouts for that day.

Any questions please contact Coach Smith:

PTO September Board Meeting - All Parents/Guardians Welcome

Wednesday, September 1st, 6:00-7:00 PM

**Learn about what the PTO does and meet Middle School Network Superintendent Cliff Hong**

Location: Virtual

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 898 4744 8995


Tootsie Rockridge & Crush on College

When: August 30-Sept 12

Where: 5525 College Avenue and online

Phone: 925-818-1098

How: use code "Montera2"

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)

Backup clothing for students

  • T-shirts (S/M/L/XL)
  • Sweatpants (S/M/L)

Add whatever you can think of... Thank you!

Bored with your board games?

Please consider donating board games to Montera. Bring them to the office and Dr. Williams will make sure they get to the appropriate destinations.


Other Announcements and Upcoming Events

From Your Montera Garden Stewards

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

To all who came out to help tame the wild lands that were our campus after a year and a half of remote schooling - we say thank you! The before and after photos here say it all. What an incredible testament to the power of this community working together.

With this momentum, we are excited about the months ahead. Twenty seven of us have signed up to help keep up the gardens this year! WOW! And that is great news because there is plenty to do - from pulling weeds to helping demo and build new raised garden beds. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements about specific opportunities to plug in and get active in the Montera Middle School garden! Go Toros!

Your Garden Stewards,

Stephen, Pam, and Jennifer

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Family Engagement Night: A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student

Please join Ms. Harambe, Shannon Swisher, and Loryn Hudson for their presentation on Executive Function. You can submit questions to Shannon Swisher at

When: Thursday, September 9, 6:30-7:30 PM

Where: Zoom link will be provided on Schoology

Oakland Athletic League (OAL) Middle School Sports Fair

When: September 11, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA, 94607

Information and registration here.

Join the Montera Dads Club

Who we are:

Here at Montera Middle School, Dads Club is what those involved make it. After these last two years of apocalyptic fire seasons, school strikes, and a pandemic, we think there's a real widespread thirst for community engagement and some major practical needs for the school. Volunteering through Dads Club is one great way to get to know fellow Toro parents and help out. We meet occasionally before pitching in at school events like campus workdays, Fall Fest, and the spring Auction. In-person meetings are preferred to build comradery and, hopefully make things social and fun. But we may also resort to zoom meetings if a quick meeting is in order and that's the consensus.

Dads Club provides a particularly good forum for fathers and father figures who may not otherwise be engaged with school volunteer activities but would like to contribute their talents and skills. Dads Club welcomes all parents and student caregivers regardless of gender.

If you are not interested or available to get involved through Dads Club, feel free to invite your partner or spouse or encourage a friend.

Upcoming events:

Garden space improvement workday (replacing raised beds, fixing drip systems, sweeping, pruning, and weeding, etc.)

  • Planning meeting, Monaghan's, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:00 PM
  • Garden workday, TBD (tentative dates, Sat., Sept. 25, or Sat., Oct. 2)

Thank you for all you do and we look forward to seeing you on campus and hopefully at DC meetings.

-Jason Holder and Paul Martin

Pattys n Buns

When: Wednesday, September 15

Where: 2852 Mountain Boulevard or order online

Be sure to mention Montera when placing your order.

Music Boosters Needed!

Love music? Help our excellent music program by volunteering as a Music Booster. We help with communications, video/audio recording, events, and day-to-day logistics. We need at least 12-18 volunteers this year. If interested, please email

Sign-Up For Afterschool Fee-Based Classes (Art, Jazz Band, and Woodshop)

**Dates and details on the form below.**



Other Important Montera News and Information

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Find Us on Social Media


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.

COVID Testing Information

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.


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