Montera Middle School eBulletin
November 29, 2021
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Monday, November 29 6th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts 3:45 PM
Wednesday, December 1 PTO Board Meeting 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 2 Music Winter Showcase, 4:30 PM
Friday, December 3
- 6th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts 3:45 PM
- Music Winter Showcase, 4:30 PM
- Ride 4A Reason Annual Kick-Off Party 5:00 - 6:30 PM
- Great Good Place For Books/Montera Fundraiser 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- Dads Club Pub Crawl
Donate to the Montera Mini-Grant Program!
We need your help to raise $3,500 for the Montera Mini-Grant Program, which funds special projects for teachers and staff.
- The 6th-grade team purchased copies of March by John Lewis for each student.
- The Music Department bought ukuleles for Music Exploration class.
- Fashion Club purchased fabric and sewing machines tp support our future designers.
Make your tax-deductible gift here: Donate to Montera PTO
Upcoming Events and Activities
December PTO Meeting -- Everyone is Welcome!
When: Wednesday, Dec 1, 6:00 PM - 7:00 pm
Agenda For December
- Administration Updates
- Garden Team
- Tour Dates
- Holiday Gift Drive
- Teacher Gifts and Brunch
Find the Zoom link on the school calendar, here.
In-person Campus Tours for Prospective Parents -- Volunteers Needed
School options season is almost upon us. Montera will host virtual information sessions and several in-person tours.
The following in-person tours all begin promptly at 9:30 AM:
- Friday, December 10
- Wednesday, December 15
- Friday, January 7
- Friday, January 21
Sign up to lead or attend tours:
You can now sign up for Lunchtime Duty via this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BA4A729A1F5C52-lunchtime .
This new sign-up link allows for flexibility if your schedule is different each week.
Thank you to Paris Pryor for setting up the Signup Genius.
Girls Soccer Coach needed!
Montera Sports is looking for a girls' soccer coach. Please contact Kenya Latimore at firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Latimore will coach the team if we are not able to find someone.
OUSD details are here https://www.oakmssports.org/youth-leagues/girls-soccer/
Winter Showcase is coming soon!
Sign-up genius for backstage help, set-up and clean-up, concession stand, and donations for pizza and water here.
Our Winter Showcase will take place on December 2nd (choir and strings) and 3rd (band and after school jazz) at 4:30pm. This is a required event and part of your child's grade. Food will be provided to performers for free and will be available for sale for the school community. Dress is all black. Please reach out if you need support with preparing that clothing for your child. I am attaching a flyer with more details. Thank you and I'm so excited about what our Montera musicians are preparing for you. - Ms. Shogbesan
Donate to Montera's Sock Tree
Montera's social skill class is getting into the spirit of giving by creating a “Sock Tree” this holiday season. Please send in new pairs of socks or gloves in any size to hang from our tree.
Socks and gloves will be donated to a local shelter.
For questions, contact Karen Bruin at email@example.com
Registration is now open as R4R continues to ride into 2022!
The Planning Team is back in full force and they’re doubling down on our commitment -- in person option, virtual option, riders, runners, walkers...oh my! We are all in when it comes to making sure all kids get what they need when it comes to education. We’ll be sharing more details soon!
Please plan to join us on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM for our annual Kick Off Party at Sports Basement (2727 Milvia St, Berkeley). RSVP here for this free event and save 20% off your purchase that night!
20% Back to Montera on Holiday Gift Boxes
Local Food Adventures is extending a 20% donation to Montera Middle School for the remainder of the holiday season! So send favorite flavors of the East Bay to family & friends all over the country!
Local mom and Local Food Adventures founder Lauren McCabe Herpich has put together a collection of foodie gift boxes from local spots like Amphora Lafayette, Rockridge Market Hall, Oaktown Spice Shop, Everett & Jones and more! All boxes include free nationwide shipping and your message in a handwritten greeting card. Order by December 10 for guaranteed shipping in time for Christmas or select local pick-up for any last-minute gifts. Order now using this link to ensure we receive credit, and the 20% donation, for your order: https://bit.ly/LFA_Montera_Holiday
Are you ready for some fun for a good cause? It's time for an annual Montera fundraising tradition: the pub crawl! Logistics have not been worked out yet, but we have picked a date: December 4th. Please save that date and be ready to party hard for a good cause!
If you're interested in participating, you can sign up at this link: https://forms.gle/du9otHrC2fsAGpNs7. Please feel free to pass along this link and invite others.
Montera Relief Fund is Back to Help Toro Families in Need
Last year the pandemic prompted the Montera community to create the Montera Relief Fund to help Toro families in need. Last year we were able to raise almost $20,000 for groceries, small cash grants distributed confidentially by administrators to families, and a holiday gift drive.
Once again, we have families of students who have been hit hard by COVID and need your help. Trusted Montera staff find out what the families need and personally deliver it. The Coordination of Services Team confidentially handles requests from families.
Can you donate now to help Montera families in need?
If you are a student or family in need of support, reach out to any teacher or staff, Ms. Harambe at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Coach D or Mr. Latimore at email@example.com. All support is confidential.
Sports & After-School Activities
NOTICE: Afterschool Week of November 29th
Mr. Latimore will be away the week of November 29th, and Ms. Shandle Shaw will take his place as Afterschool Director. If you have any questions, Ms. Shaw's contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or her cell is 510 798-1927.
- November 29th and December 3rd 6th Grade Boys
Students will need to come to practice in gym clothes to try out and athletic shoes.
If a student makes the team they will need to have a physical before January1st. All tryouts will be 3:45-6:00pm. Please register and upload your forms here as soon as possible. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8wkN7zpV8GXdENeHLlBB4DrLLbM_DlmlF-K_JFQCBpniKyg/viewform).
Hip Hop Dance Class - Sign Up Now!
Montera Afterschool Program is pleased to offer a two-session Hip Hop Dance Class with Destiny Arts Center. Classes will be Tuesday, Dec 7th, and Dec 14th from 3:45-5:15. This will be a trial program and based on student interest we will consider adding this to our Winter/Spring classes.
- This class is limited to 25 students and will take place in the MUR
- There is no fee if you are enrolled in our after-school program. Otherwise, the fee is $20 for both classes.
- Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Payment link is https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=R9NULL2WCHCE4
Destiny teaching artists are supported to engage and partner with classroom teachers so that they can co-create a positive classroom culture and draw connections to classroom curriculum.
Join the Oakland Devo Middle School Mountain Biking Club!
Trek NICA Pathfinder Scholarships provide students of color with the bikes, gear, and resources needed to overcome historical barriers to mountain biking. Recipients are given a Trek Marlin mountain bike, helmet, gear, and a stipend to cover NICA league membership and entry fees for a full season of racing. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID Testing Information
A friendly reminder to stay on top of Covid testing as the holidays and yet another potential surge descends upon us.
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.
Montera Safety Bargaining Team Survey
Ms. Ranahan (7th Grade Math) and Mr. Pettengill (6th Gr. Humanities) have joined the OEA Safety Bargaining Team and are seeking YOUR input into our upcoming negotiating sessions.
Fighting for safety in our schools is going to take all of us working together. Please ensure the bargaining team hears as many voices and perspectives as possible by completing this feedback form: https://tinyurl.com/SeptSafetySurvey
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Volunteering on Campus
Email email@example.com once you are cleared.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- 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
- Cleansing wipes
- Assorted pads
- Assorted sizes back-up underwear (S/M/L/full-figured)
Add whatever you can think of... Thank you!
Other Important Montera News and Information
Support Montera All Year Round
If your student is feeling ill
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
- 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.
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