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The Montebello School Newsletter: December 2022

Principal's Message

Montebello Families,

As we enter the season of thanks and celebrate all that has been bestowed upon us, it important that I share my thanks with you our families and community partners for the role you play in our school. We are in a very exciting phase of our school, we are creating a culture that celebrates the diversity of our community and academic achievement.

This past month Montebello experienced two very powerful and memorable events in the history of the school. We celebrated our 8th Graders with an Inauguration Ceremony on November 11th, which officially recognizes them as the leaders of the school. The students displayed their talents and interests and parents were there to witness their growth and their acceptance of the mantle of leadership.

The second event was our inaugural Daddy/Daughter Dance on November 18th. This was an event to remember and our fathers and father figures showed up and showed out for our students. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the looks on the fathers' faces was priceless as they watched their daughters laugh, dance and play in their presence. This event was about making memories and I believe we truly did. The photos are posted on Montebello's Facebook page. Please take the opportunity to like and follow our page for school updates and events.

Thank you to all of the families who attended the Montebello Access meeting with the Department of Transportation. This meeting discussed the proposed access routes for students and families once we return to 2040 E. 32nd St. There will be major changes based on the closure of access to the reservoir. There will be updates forthcoming. The final 21st Century Schools' meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, December 8th @5:30 see the link below to register.

We are excited to announce that we are on schedule for our relocation back to 2040 E. 32nd Street in January. In preparation to our move the district has scheduled building tours and a ceremony for December 15, 2022 at 4:30 pm. Families should be receiving email invitations to RSVP from 21st Century Schools.

In preparation for the move Montebello will have a modified schedule the last week before Winter Break and we will return after other schools return. Please see the schedule below so that you can make arrangements and preparations. Students will be virtual December 20th, 21st and 22nd. They will return in-person on January 5th to 2040 E. 32nd St.

After we transition back into our "home" we will have many opportunities for clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities. We want to provide our students with a balanced education with both academics and activities that create a school culture that supports the diverse interests of our student body.

We invite parental involvement in school activities and ask that everyone who is able use the links below to become members of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and or School Family Council (SFC). Both are instrumental in the programming of our school. The next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, December 7th at 5:45 (virtual).

Lastly, it continues to be my honor to be the principal of Montebello Elementary Middle School and I look forward to the heights we can reach as a school community with your continued support.

Dolphin Pride,

Troy K. Mitchell, Principal

Modified Schedule - Winter Break

Monday, December 19, 2022 - Regular School Day for students (Last day at swing space)

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 4 hrs of synchronous virtual learning in the morning; early release day in afternoon

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - 4 hrs of synchronous virtual learning in the morning; early release day in afternoon

Thursday, December 22, 2022 - 4 hrs of synchronous virtual learning in the morning; early release day in afternoon

Friday, December 23, 2022 - Winter Break, no school for students

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - No school for students

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 - No school for students

Thursday, January 5, 2023 - Students return 2040 E. 32nd St @7:45

Montebello's Core Value of the Month

December Core Value - Charity

A charitable person is a person who understands the needs of others and is able to share from the heart without any thought of personal reward.

Montebello's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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The 21st Century School Buildings Program invites you to attend a ribbon-cutting celebration to commemorate the opening of

Montebello Elementary Middle School

2040 E 32nd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Thursday, December 15

4:30 p.m.

This special event will be streamed live on City Schools' Facebook and YouTube.

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From the Desk of Mr. Zeif - School Counselor

Lost & Found

As we prepare to move back to "our" building we are packing and purging many items. If your student has lost any items please come to the school or have your students visit the "Lost & Found" in the cafeteria. We will be discarding any items not retrieved by December 19th. We appreciate your attention to this matter.
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8th Grade Inauguration

1st Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance

1st Quarter Attendance Incentive - Wakanda Forever

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Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a positive, after-school youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run uplifts and empowers girls through thought-provoking discussion and fun activities and prepares them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Get Involved!

Health Matters

Chicken Pox (Varicella)

Chickenpox is a disease that causes an itchy rash of blisters and a fever. A person with chickenpox may have as many as 500 blisters. The rash spreads over the whole body. Chickenpox can be serious, even life-threatening, especially in babies, adolescents, adults, people who are pregnant, and people with weakened immune systems.

Chickenpox usually causes the following symptoms:

  • An itchy rash of blisters
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired

Symptoms usually last about a week. In some cases, chickenpox can cause serious problems.

Some people who have been vaccinated against chickenpox can still get the disease, called breakthrough chickenpox. However, they usually have milder symptoms with fewer or no blisters (or just red spots), a mild or no fever, and are sick for a shorter period of time than people who are not vaccinated.


Baltimore City Public Schools will discontinue COVID health screening in the new year. The district will no longer report positive individual cases but will distribute home test kits for students and staff for the the Winter Break. As we continue to take mitigating precautions to reduce the spread, please consider wearing your masks. Important changes to consider are as follows: the district will no longer test close contacts and students are only quarantining for 5 days if there are no symptoms, masking for an additional ten (10) days. If symptoms persist students and staff will quarantine for ten (10 ) days and masking when they return.
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Parent Teacher Organization Meeting (PTO)

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a supportive and advisory body that supports school initiatives. The meetings are every second Wednesday of the month. Meetings begin at 5:45 pm. We need your input! Your voice matters!

School Family Council Meeting (SFC)

Montebello hosts their monthly SFC meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. The SFC is an advisory organization that supports the implementation of the School Performance Plan as well as the school's mission and vision. Meetings begin promptly at 6 pm. Please be part of the solution and help us create the school you want to see.

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Key Dates - December 2022/ January 2023

December 3, 2022- School Choice Fair

December 14, 2022- Early Release (11:45 Dismissal)

December 15, 2022- Montebello Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

December 14-16, 2022- Quarter 2 Progress Report Distribution

December 19, 2022- Last day of in person classes at PDC

December 20-22, 2022- 4 hrs of synchronous virtual learning in the morning; early release day in afternoon

December 23- January 2, 2023- Schools Closed for Winter Break

January 3- 4, 2022- Schools Closed for Students

January 5, 2023- Classes Resume @ 2040 E. 32nd Street @ 7:45am

January 11, 2023- Early Release (11:45 Dismissal)

January 16, 2023- MLK Holiday: School's Closed

January 20, 2023- Quarter 2 Ends

January 23, 2023- Schools Closed Professional Development Day for Teachers