Montera Middle School eBulletin

August 8, 2022

Important Dates

(scroll down for more information)

Monday, August 8 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, 9:15 AM

Monday, August 15 & Wednesday, August 17: Cross Country tryouts

Tuesday, August 16 & Thursday, August 18: Flag Football tryouts

Thursday, August 18 - PTO welcome meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM

Sunday, August 28 - Morning hike and yoga stretch, 10:00AM-1:00 PM

Wednesday, August 31 - Back to School Night, 6:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, September 7 - Wine & Design Paint Party, 7:00-9:00 PM

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  • Please arrive no later than 9:15 AM!
  • You can now login to Aeries now to see schedules! Students will also receive schedules at school. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • you can check Aeries now).
  • The bus is a great way to get to school! 8 different bus routes run to Montera and you can find the service schedules HERE:
  • DO NOT drop students off in the front of school (on Ascot). All student drop off and pick up is at the back lot on Scout.
  • DO NOT use the parking lot at Joaquin Miller before or after school.
  • Please drive carefully
  • Bring two combination locks (one for PE locker, one for school locker). We recommend locks with the same combination LIKE THIS.

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The PTO budget for the 2022-2023 school year is $175,000. Your donation will provide each teacher with $400 worth of classroom supplies, support our new Ceramics Program, provide mini-grants to teachers for special projects, art materials, and books, fund Challenge Day to strengthen empathy and compassion in our community, and support the Athletic Program to purchase uniforms, equipment, and provide coach stipends. We are asking families to give what they can. Suggested donation is $450 per student. Donations range from $10-$2,000. Make a one-time or monthly donation online via PayPal: Donate to Montera PTO (or click on the image above)


Upcoming Events & Activities

PTO Kick Off Meeting

Date: Thursday, August 18th

Time: 6:00-7:000 PM

Location: Zoom

Mark your calendar and look for a Zoom link coming soon!

Morning Hike & Morning Stretch in the Redwoods (Adults Only)

Date: Sunday, August 28th

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Place: Skyline Gate parking lot


Join us for a fun morning hike & yoga stretch in the Oakland Redwoods! We'll meet at the Skyline Gate parking lot at 10:00 AM for a 3-4 mile loop hike through the Redwoods and Stream trails. We can walk and talk and we'll finish with an optional 25-minute restorative yoga flow stretch. It's social hike in the redwoods, and a gentle yoga stretch, followed by a healthy picnic brunch!

  • Beginner standing yoga stretch (no mats)
  • Picnic Brunch (gf & vegan options)
  • $40 per person

Walk, talk, and meet others in our Montera community! Hosted by Raine Dougan and Jessica Neighbor.

Wine & Design Paint Party

Date: Wednesday, September 7

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Place: Wine & Design Studio


What’s better than toasting to a good time with friends? To us, not much. Wine & Design is a fun way to create memories and masterpieces. Make new friends in the Toro community, support Montera PTO and enjoy a glass of wine during this two-hour class. No creativity or experience required! We’ll provide the canvases and paintbrushes as a local artist guides you through the evening, stroke-by-stroke. (INDOOR EVENT) Adults only. Vaccinated guests only.


Family Fun & Fundraising!

Toro Pride: let's make this a fantastic year TOGETHER

The you to all the volunteers who helped to sort and pack orders for P.E. gear!

Keep up with our community's goings-on on facebook and instagram.

How do you want to help?

The Montera PTO helps support all of the great activities our students enjoy throughout the year. We would love to have you help! Please have any interested adults fill out this form to show your availability, skills, interests, and/or other resources. We have all sorts of ways for you to get involved. Please email with questions.

Thank you! Go Toros!

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.


Montera Sports & After School Program

Montera After School Program

Envisioneers’ Expanded Learning Program

Envisioners’ mission and vision align with Montera, where scholars will thrive academically and socially from a rigorous and balanced education, and a nurturing, inclusive environment. Their primary focus will be to expand the learning opportunities of our scholars, meaning they are not only supporting scholars after school but throughout the school day as well. Envisioners’ will provide teaching fellows during the school day to support scholars in the classroom and then extend into the after-school portion of the day.

Find everything you need to know here

Afterschool Clubs

Registration for afterschool clubs will take place through Envisioneers. Please register by completing the Envisioneers RegPack to indicate your interest in any of the clubs listed below. All students are eligible for afterschool clubs: both those enrolled in the Envisioneers Extended Learning Time (afterschool program) and those NOT enrolled. Once you are notified that your student has been accepted into an afterschool club, payment will be requested via the Envisioneers' RegPack website.

Art with Mr. Bell

This course is an in-depth exploration into the Elements and Principles of Art, Diversity in Art, and Art Critique. Students will create original artwork through painting, drawing, pastels, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. They will learn how to put together an art show and develop an art portfolio. As student skills increase over time, the projects will become more challenging.

ART: Tuesday 3:40-5:30 PM Room 402 $285 per student. Sibling is $200.00. Class dates: 8/30-12/13. Class minimum 8. Class maximum 15.

Jazz Band with Mr. Worrall

The Jazz Band is open to Montera instrumentalists (brass, woodwinds, drums, piano, bass, and guitar) that have a year of playing experience and are willing to dedicate extra time to perform in Jazz Band. Students will develop their ensemble playing, improvisation, and performance experience by participating in events throughout the year such as a Winter and Spring concert. Students should prepare a short piece of music of their choice in any style for a brief audition on Tuesday, August 30th. Students will sign up for a time slot posted on Mr. Worrall's door.

JAZZ BAND: Tues/Thurs 3:45-4:45 PM Room 101 $285 per student. Sibling is $200.00. Class dates: 8/30-12/15. Class minimum 10.

Theatre with Oakland Theatre Project

All Levels Welcome - Theatre games, improvisation, scene study, and more! Learn from teaching artist Sharon Shao of the Oakland Theatre Project in this 1.75 hour afterschool class. No experience necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to have fun!

Mondays 3:45 - 5:30. Room: TBD Class Dates: 8/15 - 12/5. Fee: $250 per student. Class maximum 20.

Fall Sports Tryouts

Cheerleading, Girls Volleyball, Co-Ed Flag Football, Co-Ed Cross Country and Lacrosse

The Fall Sports season starts in September, dates will be released soon. Sign up HERE!

Thus far, tryouts will be held as follows:

Flag Football: Tuesday 8/16 and Friday 8/19

Cross Country: Monday 8/15 and Wednesday 8/17

Volleyball is still TBD

If you have questions, email or

* As a reminder, all athletes need to submit their physicals prior to the season to*

Details and eligibility can be found HERE


Other Important Montera News and Information

Back to School Forms and Enrollment

Back to School Forms are required every year. Families can fill out back to school forms on-line in the Aeries Parent Portal, or they can fill out paper forms at school.

Please note that forms do not need to be filled out before the first day of school - your student will not lose their seat if the forms are not complete by August 8.

Toro Tips

Your cheat sheet to drop off & pick up, communications, morning care and after-school programs, how to report absences, and more. Click on the toro or open the attachment below.

2022-2023 Bell Schedule

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!


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 (click on the images), 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.


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Phone: (510) 531-6070