Monday Message

October 25, 2021

Upcoming Events

Lunch Concert

Tuesday, Oct. 26 / 12:00

Outside the MakerSpace

Students, don't miss out on these spooktacular songs, played by Mr. Johnson’s music students!

SDSU Virtual Tour

Wednesday, Oct. 27 / 2:15-3:00

SDSU will be presenting a Virtual Tour to Mrs. Sink’s high school AVID Class in the Cafeteria.

All high school students (especially Seniors!) are invited to attend this tour, either in the Cafeteria or via Zoom:

Passcode: 320612

SSC/SGT Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 27

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Room 1


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.The meeting agenda will be posted on the SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Fall Festival

Wednesday, Nov. 3 / 12:30-2:30

Outdoors on the blacktop

On Wednesday November 3rd, from 12:30 - 2:30, the ASB is proud to present the Fall Festival! Students will be facilitating a variety of games and booths for children of all ages.

  • The cost for the event is $5 per child
  • Parents should accompany students in grades K-5
  • Snacks will be available for purchase.

Please join us for this special event!

Pumpkin Catapult for Fall Festival

The MEA Engineering Club made a pumpkin catapult for students to use at the upcoming Fall Festival. Mr. Goldwater guided and helped these industrious students: Matthew Steel, Mark Steel, Shawn Zhuang, and Timothy Zhuang.

See in photo gallery

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MEA Foundation General Meeting

MEA Foundation General Meeting - Save the Date

Date: Friday, November 5

Time: 12:30 pm

Link TBA

All MEA parents and guardians are invited to attend this MEA Foundation General Meeting. We will discuss goals and future projects to benefit our school community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coffee with the Principal

Monday, Nov. 8 / 9:00am

Please mark your calendar for this opportunity to meet with Principal Browne. More details to follow.

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Where: . . Passcode: MEA!
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)


Elementary Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and MEA students in grades K-5 are invited to come to school in costume this week on 10/26, 10/27, and 10/28. It will be fun and festive to see all of the creative outfits!

Secondary Costumes

On Thursday, October 28th, secondary students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to school! Please make sure your costumes are school-appropriate and follow the normal dress code. And as always, take photos of it for the yearbook!

Hello from the Library

We are getting ready for a fun end of October! Looking forward to trying a little “papel picado”—cut paper art—if time allows at the end of class reading times.

Elementary classes which have visited the library so far began the year with books welcoming them back to school, and we’ve also covered new books which have come in from the district. “Lola’s Fandango” was a favorite with an accompanying CD, and this week we are talking about plaid shirts in “Anne’s Plaid Shirt”. We have a group of kindergarteners who LOVE cats, so they are visiting the “Real” (a.k.a. non-fiction) section every week and sharing all the big cat books.

Online book for the week:

Dia de los Muertos

This book features a full explanation of the Day of the Dead celebrations and traditions (with lots of Spanish words explained too!) and the narrator has puppet friends who join in the read-aloud, including a small visit from the famous Maleficent.

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Nutrition Science for Elementary Students

Nutrition Science classes this week (K-5th grades) with Chef Nancy and Gardener Shannon will be compiling bean soup kits for the holidays! Each student will be making two; one to take home to their family, and one to share in combination with handmade bowls created by Ms. Pachon's ceramics class. We plan to sell these as a fundraiser before our Zoom cooking demo next month. Students will also get a chance to taste the soup in this week's class!

If possible, please send your student to school this week with a labeled set of measuring cups and measuring spoons along with 2 gallon-sized Ziploc bags. We appreciate the materials support from our wonderful families.

Let the holiday fun begin!

Pomegranates & Avocados

The Coop Group students and Miss Shannon are over the moon excited about the generosity of MEA families the last two weeks—we’ve generated enough donations to purchase 4 months of chicken feed (mash), thanks to all of you!

  • We will continue to fund chicken and garden improvements with all future donations—look for fresh pomegranates AND Fuerte avocados at the front of school again this week!
  • The donation box is directly inside the front office, on the desk near Ms. Ramos.

We appreciate your support—and here’s to more fresh fruits of the season! Load up while you can (suggested donation = $2 per item, what a deal!)


* * * Click box above for Elementary Extracurricular Schedule * * *

Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

* * * Click box above for Secondary Extracurricular Schedule * * *

Academic League

Ally Action


Coop Group

Daily Mindfulness & Meditation




Literary Magazine


Music with Mr. Johnson


Sherpa’s Jam Band

Spanish Conversation

Sports Club

Young Investors Club

GSA Club

GSA Club meets this week on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 12:00-12:30.

We are the Gender and Sexuality Alliance! Everyone is welcome! Come hang out with us in an open, accepting, and loving environment - the more the merrier! 12 - 12:30 on every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the work month in the garden outside of Room 1. Learn more about the LGBT+ community, plan and participate in actions, and build an inclusive community for all. Allies are encouraged to join. Ms. Mullen and Mr. Nielsen are the facilitators, and the student leaders are Jade Myers and Jody Huege.

MEA Sports Club

Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Meeting Time: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Location: Basketball court arena

If you are a middle schooler or a high schooler who wants to play sports and have PE minutes to log at the same time, then the MEA Sports Club is the perfect fit for you. Each week we will meet twice, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It will be held in the Basketball court arena, from 12:00 to 12:30. If you are interested in playing sports, come join us!

MEA Red Cross Club Interest Form

The MEA Branch of the Red Cross will be an extension of the local Red Cross unit. This club will provide opportunities for training and leadership development. As a club member, you will have the ability to choose mission-related activities that address your community’s needs while delivering the life-saving services of the Red Cross.

Before the club can officially start and meet, there needs to be three to 6 members. If you are interested in joining the MEA Branch of the Red Cross, please fill out this MEA Red Cross Interest Form.

If you have any questions, please email me at

First meeting of Literary Magazine

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Take a vacation to a planet

Ms. Patterson's 5th graders work on group slide sales presentations to persuade customers to join them on a vacation to their planet.

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In the presentation below students utilize persuasive techniques to “sell” their vacation plan to Mars - using fact and fiction. Other groups will present on other planets.
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MEA Gardens & Chickens

First Official Garden Session

Miss Shannon welcomed every kindergarten through fifth grade student on campus last week into the gardens, for their official introductory garden session.

The students will be able to participate in seven formal garden and seven nutritional science sessions throughout the year. In this introductory session, the students were introduced to the routines and rituals in each garden session, as well as our Garden-tudes (garden attitudes involving safety, responsibility, and kindness), and ending with a scavenger hunt for the “kitchen to garden” growing wishlist.

We have quite a bit growing in our six raised garden beds!

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Coop Group Fun

It was another eventful MEA Coop Group meet up, with Chris (the leghorn) laying yet another egg in the middle of cleaning!

The students thoroughly cleaned the inside of the overnight coop plus spent time offering the chickens fresh garden greens—kale is a favorite!

The next Coop Group meeting is this Thursday, October 28, from 8:15-9 AM.

The group is designed for middle and high school students, and will be hosting some open houses for K-5th grade soon!

Stay tuned…

More Service Hours Completed!

6 ASB students + 1 hour of campus beautification projects = 6 hours of service time completed in one day! Great work, everyone!

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Helpful Information

School Meals

All MEA students are able to receive school meals free of charge all year long. For the 2021-22 school year, students have access to breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The bagged meals are delivered around 10:30 am and students can pick them up in the office. Families do not need to complete a meal application this year.

Yearbook Discount

Treering is now offering a 5% discount for yearbooks purchased in October.

Meet with Mr. Rubin

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, you may sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

Student Handbook

Students in grades 6-12 should review the Mt. Everest student handbook with their parents and refer to their supervising teacher with any questions. Please find the handbook here.

Technology Support and Resources

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.


MEA Foundation Update

MEA Foundation has reached our first $1000 for the school year, thank you to all donations! Our biggest support is future fundraising at MEA, starting with a Farmers Market. Help us fund new garden beds to be installed in November. And watch the garden grow.

All parents, students, and staff are members of MEA Foundation! If you want your voice to be heard and to have a say in the foundation programs, priorities, and finances, please contact Principal Browne at or the Foundation at

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MEA Foundation is able to accept your donations, which are 100% tax-deductible, in order to enhance the overall experience of Mt. Everest Academy students. There are several ways you can easily give.


  • We need a few volunteers for updating our in-kind contact spreadsheet. Can you search the internet or make a phone call to help update 25 to 50 of our contacts?

  • Are you interested in leading/teaching a workshop or extracurricular (art, STEM, engineering, content area, etc.)? This could be a weekly class, one time workshop or series.

  • Are you familiar with accounting softwares? If so, we need some help researching a system to use for the Foundation. Or you can help research a pledge or donation system.

Please send an email to and let us know how you would like to help.

Elementary Fall Printables

Here are a couple of Fall handouts for elementary students. Thanks to the MEA Foundation for supplying these!


AmazonSmile flyer

MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!

Community Announcements

High School Study Abroad Scholarships

Expand your horizons – study abroad! The U.S. Department of State offers merit-based fully funded study opportunities for American high school students to study abroad from three weeks to an academic year. Students live with host families, engage with local schools, and gain skills to be competitive in the global workforce. Previous language study is not required for most programs.

Art Contest for Air Pollution Control Calendar

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is sponsoring an art contest for students in grades K-12 to create artwork about the importance of clean air and ways to reduce air pollution. The APCD, with students' help, will be putting together a 2022 calendar where each month will showcase their air quality artwork. Even if a student’s artwork is not used in the calendar, the APCD website will have a gallery of all the submissions. Submissions are due by 11/19/21.

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