"Tuesday" Message


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Fall Festival

The "pie" throw is always a huge hit at the Fall Festival, and Mr. Spiegelberg heroically agreed to be one of the first "customers."


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"Native American Day"

MEA guest presentor, Cathleen Chilcote Wallace of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, spoke of her history and shared stories with our elementary students. She had many Native American artifacts to show and MEA parents volunteered to help run her different activities.

In the picture below Cathleen is explaining how deerskins were used, and her son Brandon plays a native flute to accompany her talk.

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Academic League Competition

Intellectual trivia competition between the students and staff - brave contestants all!

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why does Mr. Cate have a sad face?

Mr. Cate has a sad face because the team he was rooting for lost in the Students vs. Staff Academic League competition last week.

Who do you think he secretly wanted to win?

Scroll down to the bottom to find out


Work Due for Month 3

Friday, November 16 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.

  • Students in Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn your work in to Room 17B (Mr. Huy's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9

Thanksgiving Break

November 19-23

School will be closed for Thanksgiving break from November 19-23. School will re-open on Monday, November 26.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, November 28 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

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

Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 5 / 6:00-7:00pm / MEA Auditorium

Mr. Johnson’s students will showcase some of the musical pieces they have learned this year. Everyone is invited to come enjoy our Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band as they perform for your listening pleasure!

Author Visit & Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 6 / Auditorium

12:00-1:00 AUTHOR VISIT

Children's book author, Henry Herz, will be visiting the Mt. Everest Academy community! Mr. Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children, but everyone is welcome to attend. He will have his books available for purchase until 2:00pm! Plus, it's a thrill to have a book signed by the author!

Mrs. Vivian will be reading his book "How the Squid Got Two Long Arms" during Library Time the week of November 26. For questions, please contact Vivian Sink at vsink@sandi.net


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

December 6 flyer


See's Candies Fundraiser

Thursday, November 15: turn-in deadline

Hello Mt Everest Families!!!

This is the final week of our See’s Candy Fundraiser! Please continue to collect See’s orders and donations to help support all of the wonderful activities, events and clubs at our school. The money raised from this fundraiser goes to make your family’s experience here at MEA only more rich and wonderful! Please support us in continuing to have our “do school differently” school a place you want to be! All orders MUST be in by Thursday, November 15th as orders need to be placed and will be delivered in early December. (Exact day/week to be in the next Monday message) As always, thank you for your support! Any questions, feel free to contact Miss Barb at 480 282 7731. Thank you!

Summer Germany Trip

Unfortunately, the proposed summer trip to Germany has been cancelled as there ended up not being enough participants. Many thanks to Mr. Spiegelberg for all the planning that went in to setting up this trip - he feels this opportunity is so worthwhile that he intends to offer it to everyone again next year!

Toiletries Donation Drive

November 6 - November 14

Our toiletries donation drive for Monarch School continues through Wednesday, November 14. Collection boxes are in room 9 and in the front office. We are mostly looking for small travel toiletries containers that we can make into packages to distribute to the homeless. Thank you for having a big heart for people in need! Hygiene kit flyer

Ms. Mullen's Spanish students showed posters at the Fall Festival to build awareness about the donation drive while using their Spanish!

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High School reps needed for our School Site Council

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.

High School Students:

If you are interested in representing the student body and can make the meetings listed below, please nominate yourself by emailing Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net.

All meetings are on Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00.
  • November 28
  • January 16, 2019
  • February 13
  • March 20
  • April 24
  • May 22

Parent ID Card

Parents, an easy way to get your Parent Educator ID card is to email a headshot of yourself to Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net. Linda will make your ID card here on campus (free, no charge!) and the card and a lanyard will be ready for pickup from the office the next day.

Parents that are on campus for more than student drop off and pick up must wear a Parent Educator ID card and MEA lanyard at all times when on campus, as per the Campus Code of Conduct policy. All other visitors should have a visitor sticker from the front office visible.


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


* NEW * Crochet Workshop: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:00, Room 7

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net. We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Crochet Workshop

Tuesdays / 12:30-1:00 / Room 7

Come learn beginning crochet! Our first project will be using chains and pinwheels to make holiday decorations.


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 anytime!

Financial Aid follow up for Seniors

Thursday, December 6 / 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!

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November Library Challenge

The November challenge is up! We have new prizes from Yogurtland and Luna Grill, find it here: https://mealibrary.weebly.com/monthly-library-challenges.html

Free EBook

Parents, the last day to get your free eBook for signing up for BookIt is November 30.

Info is here: https://mealibrary.weebly.com/book-it.html


October reading logs are due, come and turn them in to Miss Vivian or Miss Suzy. You will receive your coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, plus a November reading log.

Happy Reading!!!!!

Yummy Pizza!!!!

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


Classics4Kids: "Music Takes Flight"

MEA student Lily Stock will be performing violin with Classics4Kids at the Balboa Theatre on November 15th and 16th. There are shows at 10am and 11:45am both days. The performance is called Music Takes Flight with The Classics Philharmonic, Conductor Dana Zimbrick, a San Diego museum partner, and the SDSU Music School. The program will feature classical music based on flying insects, planes, pilots, rockets, spaceships, superheroes, literary/film characters. More information: https://www.classics4kids.org/project/music-takes-flight/


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The final score: 110 to 170

If students had won, Mr. Cate would have had a happy face!

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