Montera Middle School eBulletin

September 12, 2022

Important Dates

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Monday-Thursday, September 12-15 - Spirit Week

Monday, September 12 - Cheer tryouts, 4:00-6:00 PM

Tuesday, September 13

  • Cheer tryouts, 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Fall Fest Planning Meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 14

  • Cheer tryouts, 2:00-4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Activities Planning Meeting, 6:00-6:30 PM

Thursday, September 15

  • Toro Pride LGBTQ+ Celebration, 2:20-3:30 PM
  • Student Council applications due

Friday, September 16 - Professional Development Day NO SCHOOL

Saturday, September 17

  • Ceramics party, 5:00-8:00 PM
  • Oakland Roots Back to School Night, 7:00 PM
Sunday, September18 - Pool, Pickleball and Pizza, 3:00-6:00 PM

Thursday, September 22 - 8th Grade Family Mixer, 6:00-8:00 PM

Saturday, September 24 - Self Defense Class, 2:00 PM

Tuesday, September 27 - Outreach Team Meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM

Friday, September 30 - Last day to get a discount for yearbook order

Subscribe to the Montera Parent Square calendar here!


No amount is too small! Thank you to our 35 families who have donated $10,000 so far.

Our Annual Fund goal is $75,000 with donations ranging from $10-$2,000.

Make a one-time or monthly donation online via PayPal: Donate to Montera PTO (or click on the image above)

To learn more about how PTO funds support the Montera community, click HERE or on the attachment below.


Upcoming Student Activities (volunteers may be needed)

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Toro Pride LGBTQ+ Celebration

Dear Families,

To celebrate our LGBTQ+ students and their allies, Montera is holding its first Pride celebration on Thursday, September 15th, from 2:20-3:30. Organizations including Covenant House, The Oakland LGBTQ Center, East Bay Queer Arts Center, The Pacific Center, and UC Berkeley's Bear Closet will be joining us to educate students on their programs that support LGBTQ+-identified youth. We are seeking parent volunteers to assist with set-up/decorating and activities such as face painting during the event.

Please reach out to Mx. J at if you can help make our Pride celebration a success.

Montera Student Council

This month, Montera is launching a student council! The goals of the student council are to promote school spirit, serve the school community, model good citizenship, impact decisions affecting school issues, and maintain a positive school climate. Here are some important dates:

  • Deadline for applications: Thursday, September 15th
  • Bootcamp: Tuesday, September 20th & Thursday, September 22nd
  • Post Campaign Posters: starting Wednesday, September 21st
  • Filmed Speeches Due: Friday, September 30th
  • Polls Open: Tuesday, October 4th
  • Poster Removal: Wednesday October 5th
  • Positions Announced: Friday, October 7th

To see the positions available and campaign guidelines, visit the student council website To volunteer to support our student council contact Mx. J at


Family Fun & Fundraising Events & Activities

Four Toro parents “wined & designed“ their Starry Night as winners of a Montera Auction hosted party! What a great way to meet fellow parents and make new friends.

Explore the events below for more fun ways to meet Montera families and support the school.

See the Oakland Roots and Raise Money for Montera!

Date: Saturday, September 17

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: Laney College Stadium

Order Tickets HERE

Oakland’s own professional soccer team, the Oakland Roots, is excited to host Back to School Night at Laney College Stadium. The Roots will be taking on the New York Red Bulls II, on Saturday, September 17th at 7 pm. Celebrating local schools from the Bay Area, the evening will feature a pre-game parade with the students and a halftime ceremony honoring the teachers. Use this link to purchase specially priced tickets for Oakland Roots vs New York. Montera Middle School will receive 15% back for every ticket sold.

Go Toros! Go Roots!

Ceramics Party (Adults Only)

Date: Saturday, September 17th

Time: 5:00-8:00 PM (Adults Only)

Place: Oakland backyard Hosted by Jenna Forder and Loryn Hudson


Two hour Ceramics Class Party for 6. Jenna is a local artist and an experienced art and ceramics teacher who works to to create a supportive and open learn/ make environment so that everyone can express their innate creativity. We will do some handbuilding and each Artist will get a lesson on the wheel. They will get to underglaze their pieces. After the class Jenna will fire, clear glaze and then glaze fire the artworks, to be picked up in 2-3 weeks.The yard outside the studio has tables and chairs and we'll provide snacks and refreshments. Saturday, September 17th 5-8PM Hosted by Loryn Hudson and Jenna Former.

Pool, Pickleball, and Pizza (students only)

"Pool, Pickleball and Pizza Party" at the Hills Swim and Tennis Club. We will host 12 kids for an afternoon of fun! Sunday, September 18th from, 3-6PM. Hosted by the Dougan, Holder/Kumbhani, and Henderson/O'Dowd Families.

When: Sunday, Sept 18th, 3:00-6:00 PM

Where: The Hills Swim & Tennis Club

Sign up HERE:

Self Defense Class (Adults and Students Welcome)

Be a superhero in your own life! This practical streetsmarts class combines effective self-defense with simple street-awareness techniques and powerful verbal skills. This class is for teens and adults. Hosted by Julene Wagner and Studio Naga. 4 minimum -13 maximum

When: Saturday, 9/24 at 2:00 PM

Where: Hollis Doyle Park

Sign up HERE

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Toro Pride: Let's Make This a Fantastic Year TOGETHER

Fall Fest Planning Meeting

When: Tuesday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Zoom. Click HERE for the link.

Want to help plan a community celebration at Montera? If you have lots of time or even just a little, we'll find a role for you! Please email

Montera Outreach Planning Team

When: Tuesday, September 27, 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Zoom. Register & link to the meeting HERE

Community Reading Buddies

I AM LOOKING FOR STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT READING AND INTERESTED IN HELPING YOUNGER STUDENTS!!! Community Reading Partners Program is offering middle school students 7th-8th an opportunity to be a reading mentor. I have attached a flyer to share more information with you as well as your students.

Contact Ms. Harambe at

Seeking Social Media Junkies

We need a volunteer to post all the great things happening at Montera to our social media accounts! Have some fun online, stay in the know of all that is happening AND help the school = win, win, win.

Email if you are interested or need more info. Thanks!

Lunchtime Club Leads

Parent and Guardians - Do you have a hobby or talent you would like to share? Well, you’re in luck! Montera Lunchtime Clubs are starting up next month. These clubs are optional for students and are a great way for students to spend to time getting to know each while participating in different activities. Counselors coordinate the clubs, while teachers, parents, and guardians lead them.

If you would like to run a club, please fill out this from attached. Lunch Time Clubs Form. For location, put a ? as you will be assigned a room. You can find last year's clubs on this page.

Montera Benefit

Love planning parties and want to help make Montera great? Our annual Montera Benefit takes place in the Spring and we need YOUR help! Please email and share your ideas and availability. No amount of help is too small! Let’s plan a fun event together!

Are you an awesome person?

We are looking for an assistant Gear Coordinator to help out with Montera Spirit gear this year to bump up school spirit! If you are interested in helping raise the profile of Montera with fun swag and spirit items, send an email to!

Any questions?


Suppport Montera teachers' Donors Choose projects

Choose from a number of projects currently posted by our teachers -- from sandpaper and baseballs to books, maps, computers, and more!

Check out and donate to the projects HERE

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

Girls Volleyball Coach

We are looking for a JV Coach Girls Volleyball Coach. Please email if interested.


Montera After School Program

For all questions regarding registration to Envisioneers and/or enrichment classes, please email Maria Drake at Please note ELT stands for Extended Learning Time (formerly known as ASP).

Find everything you need to know here


8th Grade Corner

8th grade is a busy year! Check here for updates here regarding 8th grade events and activities (Dinner/Dance, End of Year Picnic, and Promotion), fundraising efforts to support those events and activities, high school admissions information, and more. Any ideas, questions, or desire to volunteer? Contact .

8th Grade Activities Planning Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-6:30 PM

Email if you'd like to help!

8th Grade Student/Family Mixer - Dinner is FREE!

When: Thursday, September 22, 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: MUR

We invite 8th grade families to eat, meet other families and hear what's coming for our 8th graders.

The 8th grade team has events planned and we want this to be our students' best year ever!

We're providing the main course and have some needs you can help with.

RSVP HERE and sign up to bring something if you are able.

Support 8th Grade Activies

Donate via Paypal HERE (or click on the icon to the left)

Or by check: Make your check payable to "Montera PTO" and deliver or mail to: Montera PTO, Montera Middle School, 5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland, CA 94611. PLEASE WRITE "8th Grade Activities" with your child's name on the check.

We understand that not all families can contribute the full amount — please give what you're able to. No student will be turned away due to lack of finances. For those of you that can contribute more, please do so in support of our entire 8th grade community. Your angel contribution will be greatly appreciated.


Other Important Montera News and Information

Woodshop Donations

If you have a student in the Woodshop program please remember to make your annual suggested donation of $40. This donation helps cover the cost of program supplies and materials (wood, tools, sandpaper, finishes, etc...). Donations should be made by check or cash and given to Mr. Runge directly. Checks should be made out to Montera Middle School with "Woodshop" on the memo line.

Contact Mr. Runge ( if you have questions or want to offer program support.

Order your Montera Yearbook by September 30th and save 10%!

The Montera Yearbook will come out next spring, but order now for the best price! Save 10% off the regular price of $32.63 when you place your order before September 30, 2022. Order here:

Questions? Have a student interested in joining the Yearbook Club? Want to help out? Email

Have Questions? We've got Answers!

We compiled the questions posed at the last PTO meeting along with answers here: Montera Q & A

Keep the questions coming! Email if you have a question or concern you'd like addressed, and we'll try to provide answers in each eBulletin.

P.E. Uniforms Update

PE uniforms that were ordered by August 4th should have been received now by your child in their PE class. We know that there are outstanding orders and some students have not received theirs. The PE teachers are aware and will not dock points off for not having it yet. Please read the below to answer your frequently asked questions.

Still need a uniform or want additional items?

PE Uniforms are still available! You can order uniforms and any additional items any time by visiting the Montera website Physical Education page here. Remember to click through to the PayPal site to pay for your items! Orders will be filled within a week of receiving the form and will be available in PE class.

Still waiting for your uniform that you already ordered and paid for before Aug 4th?

If you have not received your uniform, there was likely a glitch in the form or payment. Please send an email to with the name of your student, what they ordered, and the name of the person who made the PayPal payment and I will get back to you ASAP. Once I receive this information I will fulfill your order and it will be available in the PE office for pick up by your child within a week of receipt of your information.

Still waiting for your uniform that you ordered after Aug 4th?

Orders made after the 4th will be available in PE class within a week of ordering.

Want to return or exchange items you received?

Please fill out this form. The PE gear coordinator will package the item(s) you want and make them available in the PE office within a week of receiving this information. For any items your student doesn't want/ need, there will be a box in the PE office marked RETURNS. Please have your student place unneeded items there and fill out the form on the clipboard next to the RETURN box.

Any questions?


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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