Monday Message

December 7, 2020

Chipotle Fundraiser

Date: Tuesday, December 8

Time: 5:00-9:00pm

Let's guac and roll! The MEA Foundation has partnered with Chipotle for our school fundraiser. You can order their freshly grilled, made-to-order food in person or online with this flyer.

  • In Person - Before you order, be sure to let the cashier know you’re there for Mt. Everest Academy
  • Online - Use this ordering code: Z9N4VP4

It's a win-win; help Mt. Everest Academy AND enjoy Mexican food fresh from the grill!

Chipotle Genesee Plaza

5650 Balboa Ave.


Pick Up Art Bags for the Holiday Hoopla

Dates: Tues, 12/8 .. Wed, 12/9 .. Thur, 12/10

Pick up times: between 10:00-3:00

Students that will be participating in this week’s virtual Holiday Hoopla can pick up their art bag of supplies this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. A table will be set up outside the auditorium for picking up 1 art bag and 1 pine cone per student. Please bring a shopping bag too as the cones don’t fit in the art bags!

There are only 37 of these and are first come, first served. If you are not able to pick up a bag of supplies, you can still join in the fun! Please see the list of supplies below. Even if you do pick up a bag, you will still need to supply some items.

If you pick up a bag of supplies, you will need the following:

  1. bag of supplies
  2. nut butter
  3. spreader
  4. liquid glue (not a glue stick)
  5. crayons or water colors or colored pencils (this part will be done on your own after the HH)
  6. scissors
  7. pencil
  8. black and white acrylic paint (a tiny bit)
  9. one paper plate
  10. paint brush
  11. glitter (optional)

If you are not able to pick up a bag of supplies, you will need #2-10 above, plus the following:

  1. toilet paper roll
  2. yarn
  3. birdseed (about a dixie cup scoop of it)
  4. pinecone
  5. five cotton balls
  6. two large googly eyes
  7. one half of a brown pipe cleaner
  8. two white pipe cleaners
  9. three paper plates with a rim
  10. a single egg cup from a egg carton (you will need to cut this out)
  11. a small piece of orange felt (I will show you during the HH how to cut this out)
  12. hot chocolate package
  13. cookie package
  14. glitter (optional)

Holiday Hoopla

Date: Thursday, December 10

Time: 2:30 pm


Mrs Sink will create four crafts with your children on zoom. This event is focused on grades K-5 (grades K and 1 will need parent assistance), but all are welcome to participate.

MEA Online Parent Lounge

Date: Thursday, December 10

Time: 5:00-6:00pm


Thank you to everyone who responded to the poll for the MEA Online Parent Lounge! There wasn't a time frame that worked for everyone but we'll alternate between evenings and mornings to give everyone a chance to hopefully attend! Our first lounge is kicking off this Thursday, December 10 from 5-6pm!

Like the in-person parent lounge, you can come and go if/when/as you can make it. The idea is that it will provide an opportunity for parents to drop in, even if just for a bit, to say hi or catch up.

If you'd like to provide your input on the timing for the next parent lounge, the poll will stay open for families to chime in.

Hosted by MEA Foundation and Linda Ele

Winter Kahoot

Date: Friday, December 11th

Time: 4:00-5:00pm


If you enjoyed the last Kahoot, you're in luck! ASB will be hosting a winter/holiday themed Kahoot on the 11th. Because we are hosting a Holiday Hoopla for elementary students, this Kahoot will be for middle and high schoolers. We hope to see you there!

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PALS interest form for Parents

Day: Thursdays

Times: 12:30-1:50 and 1:50-3:05

PALS is almost in session! Parents, if you have a child in grades K-5 that needs help with homework, consider bringing them to PALS. During PALS, older students in either Middle or High school can help them with any homework needed. This program will start the first week back from winter break/week one of month 5. PALS will be hosted through zoom on Thursdays during two time slots: 12:30-1:50 and 1:50-3:05. If this sounds interesting, please fill out this PALS Parent/Guardian Form to show you and your child’s demonstrated interest in the tutoring program.

Reminder: Edgenuity Chromebook pickups

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-1:00

Please come get your Chromebook before the end of the year for all Edgenuity classes and Mr. Cate’s AP Euro class! (if you haven’t already done so!)

Fundraiser Winners

Congratulations to everyone who helped fundraise for MEA in the See’s Candy and Desert Sun Coffee fundraisers!!

See’s Winners

  • 1st place: Amanda O’Barski (receives gift card)
  • 2nd place: Colin Gazaui (receives gift coupon)
  • 3rd place: Matthew Steel (receives gift coupon)

Desert Sun Winner

  • Katrina Nuibe (receives gift card)

THANK YOU to all participants!!

Desert Sun Coffee Delivery

Coffee will arrive approximately Dec. 15-16, so we will email families to pick up their coffee as soon as possible and not later than December 18th for enjoyment before the winter break.


During most school years the end of the Month 5 attendance month coincides with the end of the first semester. Both of these dates are set at the district level and something that we as a school site cannot change. This year is an anomaly. Semester 1 ends on Jan. 22 while Month 5 ends on Jan. 29. We want to let everyone know now (well in advance) that all work for Semester 1 will be due the 3rd week of Month 5. Any work assigned to be completed during Week 4 of Month 5 will count towards Semester 2. Teachers will make this clear on their assignment sheets as well as in Google Classroom and/or Canvas.

PALS peer tutoring is back!

PALS, our student tutor program is starting soon! Elementary schoolers who are looking to be tutored, please fill out the form below. Middle and high schoolers who are looking to tutor, also fill out the form below. Thank you!

PALS Interest Form


The 20-21 school year will be unlike any other. We will be talking about it for the rest of our lives. This year’s yearbook is going to be different too...because it will be crowdsourced and made by YOU!

Purchase yearbooks and contribute photos

Material Checkouts

Please come to the table by the auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 and 1:00.

For material pickups, returns, and exchanges (including Chromebooks for Edgenuity exams)

Please contact Suzie Wilson at if you have any questions, or reach her at 858-627-7381 on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.


Chromebooks for Edgenuity Students

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-1:00

For Ms. Patterson’s 6th and 7th grade classes:

  • Please pick up packets and books
  • You must return previous novels to receive any new ones
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10:00-12:00 - OR- Thursday, Dec. 10, 12:00-3:00

ASB Instagram

MEA's ASB Instagram account is running again this year! Follow us to get updates on school events, spirit weeks, and more!

Account Handle: @mea.asb


Please send in your Good Stuff!

We're bringing back the Good Stuff! We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to We want to hear from you!

Malvyn Lai Receives Finalist Award

Malvyn Lai, grade 10, was recently named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Classical Music category for Piano. YoungArts award winners are some of the most accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from across the country. Malvyn is also invited to perform in the YoungArts Week from January 2- 9, 2021 (an event that was held in Miami but will be done virtually this year because of COVID).

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Adira Rosen is Festival Producer of Playgrund XVIII

Adira Rosen, MEA alumni and beloved founder of our MEA Theatre Company, is the Festival Producer for Playground XVIII and YOU are invited to this virtual event!

Playground is the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama annual festival of independent student work. As Festival Producer, Adira helped curate the festival and is now working on running the social media accounts and all the marketing efforts. In addition, Adira is directing/performing in two pieces: “i cut my hair twice a year” and “Dan’s Light.”

This year the entire festival is virtual but the silver lining is that everyone can come see the entire festival! Performances are December 9-12th, 2020 and it will be digitally accessible via

All tickets are FREE and available on the website via the home page. All you have to do is click on the button that says “Get Tickets” and fill out the Google Form.

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Update to Ally Action

MEA is continuing our anti-bullying campaign this year! Due to concerns surrounding many of the ideals that ADL stood for, we are no longer associating ourselves with them, and we are officially Ally Action. We are starting the campaign by encouraging all students to sign this pledge to make our school a more welcoming place. Throughout the year, we will host events for all ages to build our school's community. If you're interested in joining our team, you can also tell us that on the pledge. Anyone in 6th-12th grade is more than welcome!!

Pledge Link

ASB Events

ASB wants to know what times work best for you for school events! Please fill out this preferred times form to help us make our events work great for everyone.

Club Interest Surveys

Are you interested in being in a club, or starting one? MEA has a wide variety of clubs that will be continuing online! Fill out the first two links to start or join a club, and send the third to a teacher that you'd like to have run the club!


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. Please reach out to him him with any counseling questions at Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

Senior Appointments with Mr. Zappala

Seniors, please sign up for a time slot to talk with Mr. Zappala about your progress in completing the college application process as well as your FAFSA application.

Challenge to Class Requirements

Students must meet all class requirements prior to being enrolled in community college campus courses. Students can clear prerequisites by challenge exam, transcripts, or petition to challenge.

Challenge Exam offered through testing office:

If you’ve taken classes similar to the prerequisites in question but not exact equivalents, or if you have applicable work experience, you can petition through the particular Department. For this, download and submit this Petition to Challenge. The submit link is just below the forms.

CSU applications deadline extended to Dec. 15

Hello Seniors,

The deadline for Fall 2021applications has been extended for all CSU campuses until December 15th. If you still want to apply, you can do so now. Remember however, to not wait until December 15th to submit your applications. Doing this will most likely result in your not being able to submit your application due to the system being overloaded.

There is also a Virtual Front Desk available Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm to offer assistance.

If you have any questions about completing your CSU applications, please e-mail Ms. Thrasher directly at

Spring Community College Dual Enrollment

11th and 12th grade students may take a community college course while enrolled at Mt. Everest Academy. There are many courses offered for dual credit, where students can meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credit. Now is the time to sign up for a Spring semester course!

All students, new and returning, need to submit a community college Supplemental Application each semester. Students can submit their Supplemental Application as of Oct. 26th and open enrollment will begin on December 14th.

Students new to the dual enrollment process will need to complete the CCApply and Registration Applications in addition to the Supplemental Application.

For any questions, please contact Mr. Zappala at

Community College Excused Withdrawals

As approved by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, community colleges will

still be accepting Excused Withdrawal (EW) petitions with a COVID reason. This

will be effective until 12/31/2020 unless the state Chancellor’s Office extends the


However, this will not be an automatic process.

Students who are eligible should file a petition with this following form:

Petition for Excused Withdrawal due to COVID-10.

SAT 2020-21

For those of you thinking about taking the SAT this school year, here is everything you need to know. Although many colleges are not considering the SAT or ACT for admission for the Fall of 2021, some are test optional where the results can be considered for course placement. Reach out to Mr. Zappala with any questions you have about the SAT and ACT.

Women in Computer Science has created an extensive guide geared towards women in computer science. This guide discusses the gap amongst women in the computer science field, the benefits of a career in computer science, and how universities are working to gain the momentum of females in the field of CS. Most importantly, this guide offers resources that will help women begin their journey to a rewarding and successful STEM career by listing free online courses, summer camps, scholarship information, and top female-dominated computer science programs.


Virtual Field Trip: The Nutcracker with Southern California Ballet

Watch Southern California Ballet perform narrated show excerpts of “The Nutcracker” with extension activities in movement, pantomime, and costume design in Poway OnStage's Virtual Field Trip.

Thank you to Mrs. Finney for signing up our school up to have access to this immersive, virtual event!


Password: Nut2020

A Holiday Gift for YOU from the students of Grossmont College

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Invitation to Enspire by TESC @ UCSD

Enspire is a full-day event on January 23rd, 2021 designed to encourage students to pursue college-level education. This year, they will be inviting around 130 high school students to participate in several STEM activities virtually on Zoom that seek to be engaging as well as give a glimpse of the concepts taught in UC San Diego’s introductory engineering courses.

MEA Alumna seeks participants for research project

Sierra Ottilie-Kovelman (MEA alumna) is graduating this year from UCSD with a double major in Global Health and Psychology and is a research assistant in a child development lab at UC San Diego. When Sierra attended Mt. Everest Academy she enjoyed her classes on dissection, which led her in the direction of pursuing a health career. She was also inspired by her older brother, Danny Kovelman-Ottilie, who was an MEA valedictorian.

The UCSD child development lab is trying to learn more about child development and is looking for kids to interview in game-like tasks over Zoom. If your child is between the ages of 5 to 12 years and could participate in the study, here is the link for more information and to sign up.

Also, Sierra would be happy for families to contact her directly with additional questions at

Interfaith Art

Barbara Ruys has been hosting experimental art devotionals since the summer of 2017. These devotionals are Baha’i inspired and are free and open to all, where everyone of any spiritual background or no spiritual background can feel comfortable. To learn more about these workshops, or to be added to Barbara’s email list, contact her at


Friday, Dec. 18 / 10:00-noon

Zoom Meeting ID: 862 3210 1882

Passcode: 925177


  • Print this template on regular paper.
  • Regular pencil or pen, or colored pencils or pens.
  • (3 colors maximum makes a more satisfying mandala)

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