"Tuesday" Message


Fall Festival

ASB students worked together to create an awesome array of games, prizes, and food for our elementary students!

Link to Fall Festival pictures

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Students eat yogurt & support MEA

Thank you to all the families who participated in the Yogurtland MEA fundraiser last week.

20% of the proceeds came back to support our school!

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German Club's Lantern Festival

In preparation for their Lantern Festival, members of the German Club created their lanterns in the MakerSpace, using materials and stencils designed for them by Mr. Richard.

Lantern festival, called Laternenfest or Laternelaufen in German, is an annual cultural tradition in Germany and Austria. Every year in November, around the time of St. Martin’s Day when the days grow short, children and their families make paper lanterns, place lights inside, and walk around their neighborhood with their friends. Although the origins of the tradition are not known for sure, it is likely that it came about as a symbol of bringing light back into the world, during the darkest time of the year. Aside from building the lanterns and admiring them in the evening, characteristic activities of Laternenfest include singing songs and making music as you walk. The most popular songs are “Laterne, Laterne,” (Lantern, Lantern) and “Ich Geh Mit Meiner Laterne,” (I’m Walking With My Lantern), both of which were played during the MEA festival last week. It is customary to enjoy cultural foods and sweets at the end of the celebration as well.
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Work Due for Month 3

Friday, November 15 by 3:00 pm

Grades 6 thru 12: Please take all of your work to your supervising teacher first. After your supervising teacher reviews it, then take your subject work to each of your subject teachers.

  • Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn your work in to Room 17B or the front office.
  • 8th graders: please take all of your work to your supervising teacher, Mrs. Vivian Sink, in Room 1.

Please turn down volume during turn-in week

Students, please be mindful of your noise level outside classrooms during turn-in week.

Your fellow students are taking tests, writing essays, and need a quiet work environment!

Thank you.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, November 20 / 2:00-3:00 / Cafeteria

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. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net

Ice Skating

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

NTC at Liberty Station / 2875 Dewey Road

Don't miss the annual MEA Ice Skating Event! Sign up in the front office by Tuesday, December 3. 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, nmullen@sandi.net


Vote for your Prom Theme

High Schoolers!

The MEA Yearenders Club has created a google form in order to have the population of MEA high schoolers dictate their opinion on the theme for this year's High School Prom.

And the choices are...

  • Roaring 20's / Great Gatsby (for 2020)
  • A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Shakespearean / Romeo and Juliet

Please cast your vote here!

Legoland Tickets

For families that ordered Legoland tickets, they have arrived! You can stop by the office to pick them up.


See's Candy / Desert Sun Coffee Fundraiser

Hi All, I hope your fundraising with See’s Candy and Desert Sun Coffee is going well! Thank you for your efforts to support our wonderful school!

Thursday, November 21, is the last day to turn in orders.

Please turn in completed forms to Maria in the front office. Remember candy and coffee orders need to be separate and checks are to be made out to Mt Everest Academy.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me at bfmulvany@gmail.com. Thank you! Ms Barb

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!)

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 nmullen@sandi.net. Thank you for having a big heart for children in need!

Hygiene Kits flyer

Students on Campus (gr. K-6)

It is school policy that K-6 students be accompanied by a parent at all times unless the student is in class with their grade level teacher or in PALS. For all extra-curriculars and other events, parents are expected to supervise their children.

MEA Alumnus offers to meet with highschoolers

Matthew Lee graduated from Mt. Everest Academy in 2016, and was our class salutatorian. His experience at US Naval Academy has been so positive he'd like to share it with all interested MEA high school students.

Letter from Matthew to MEA highschoolers

Matthew will be back in San Diego for Thanksgiving break from November 22-December 1. If you'd like to meet with him then, or have any questions, please contact him at 858-945-2720 or matthew5tennis@yahoo.com

Coin Fundraiser

From October 22 - November 22

Our ASB is holding a Coin Fundraiser through November 22 to support our school. Students and parents are encouraged to bring in NICKELS, DIMES, QUARTER, and PENNIES to one of the coin fundraiser boxes on campus:

  • the front office
  • the parent room
  • Room 2 (Dr. Rodenberg's room)

Thank you for your support!

**** 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 cbrowne@sandi.net

Let's Move the Mulch!


Miss Allie is seeking students to help move a small mountain of mulch from the chicken coop area to the East Garden by room 3. Wheelbarrows and shovels provided!

Garden work hours

  • Tuesdays / 12:00-1:50
  • Wednesdays / 12:00-3:00
  • Thursdays / 1:30-3:00

Anytime you see Miss Allie in the garden, you can let her know you'd like to help!

Miss Allie, adigioia@sandi.net

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Story and Craft Time

Wednesdays / 12:30 / MakerSpace

Students were treated to a couple of bat stories by Brian Lies on the screen while they worked on creating their own bats out of toilet paper rolls, paper, glue and oil pastels. They were limited only by their imaginations, as each of the bats was as unique as the child who created it. It was a fun afternoon of creativity, a little science, and literacy all rolled into one!

Come and join us for Story and Craft time on Wednesdays at 12:30 in the MakerSpace!

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Intercultural Club

Wednesday, November 20 / 12:00-12:30 / Room 1

For NEXT Wednesday...

The Intercultural Club is open to all students in grades 6-12 who have an interest in learning about other cultures and sharing about their own cultures. (In general we meet monthly on the first Wednesday of each school month.) We will decide on our mission, determine the celebrations we want to hold, and delight in some delicious food!

Library Challenge

This month's challenge is "Can You Find It?" Look for books in different categories and then write down the title and call number. Turn your completed form into the library by November 20, 12:30 pm 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 rzappala@sandi.net or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office!


Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy

November 29, 30 & December 1

The Oasis Camel Dairy shares their family farm's naturally grown, tasty pomegranates with their camels and guests.

A "Pomegranate Day" at the Oasis Camel Dairy is full of entertainment:

  • Learn about & hand-pick pomegranates
  • Camel rides
  • Turkey Stampede
  • Magic Show
  • Bird Show
  • Visit with sheep & donkeys
  • Meet the author of "Camel Crazy" (a mother's journey to help her son's autism symptoms)


MEA's building site supervisor, Mr. Goldwater, shares part of a newsletter from the Oasis Camel Dairy that has more details about their Pomegranate Days.

It will be simply the most fun you will ever have on a Thanksgiving Weekend!

Thanksgiving Break Critter Camp

November 25-27 / Helen Woodward Animal Center

Kids in San Diego can spend part of Thanksgiving break with animals at Critter Camp! Your child's compassion and appreciation for animals will grow as they interact with a variety of species. Each day also includes a craft, awesome activities, fun games, and the chance to create new memories and form new friendships. For grades K-6.

Interfaith Music and Mandalas at the North Clairemont Library

Thursday, November 21 / 10:00-11:30am

North Clairemont Library - 4616 Clairemont Dr.

The MEA Interfaith Group, headed up by Ms. Deb Mech, is sharing information about this Interfaith community event. There will be music and a simple mandala art project (materials will be provided). They will share quotes and prayers about GENTLENESS from many spiritual traditions. The intention is to create a space where people from all faith backgrounds can come together to understand and support each other.

Free and open to the public!

For questions please contact Ms. Deb Mech at dmech@sandi.net.

Draft EIR for 5525 Mt. Etna Drive

As some of you may know, there is a large development project in the works right near our school. Some parents have raised concerns about congestion, parking, and overall safety. The County is inviting public comment at this time on the Draft EIR and the MEA community is strongly encouraged to give input. If you have any questions, please email Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net.

The County of San Diego invites the public and interested parties to review the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Community Plan Amendment (CPA) that would enable the development of affordable homes at 5255 Mt. Etna Drive. As lead agency, the County of San Diego released the Draft EIR on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, for a 45-day public comment period. The public comment period will be open through Monday, November 25, 2019.

Draft EIR

Fact Sheet

Notice of Availability



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