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Mis-Match Day

ASB officers and Principal Browne with her young sidekick set great mis-match examples!
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Who? What?

WHO is wearing this costume?

WHAT does this costume represent?

Scroll down to the bottom to find out!

Costume Parade

And the elementary parade begins! Excited students toured the campus, going from room to room, where staff members had each prepared little gifts to hand out to their costumed visitors.

Link to more Costume Day pictures

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Science projects with Mrs. Finney

Mrs. Finney's Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders were treated to some science lessons with a Halloween theme. Below, 2nd graders are learning about the human skull.

Link to more science project pictures

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Fall Festival

Wednesday, November 6 / 12:45-2:45

Please come join us for an afternoon of community play and fun! ASB students have been working to create a great time for all! Some of your favorite activities and games are back like soccer, flag football, ping pong rally, pumpkin decorating, pie throw, and cakewalk.


  • Get a wristband for unlimited play! Get one wristband for $10, and then it’s just $5 per additional wristband for family members.
  • Or buy tickets: $1 each or $5 for a 6-pack

Activity changes due to the Fall Festival

No "Story & Craft Time"

Due to the Fall Festival, there will be no Story and Craft Time at 12:30 this Wednesday, but Ms. Sink will have a fun craft for students to do at the festival instead!


Will be held in B-15 this week instead of the auditorium.

Yogurtland gives 20% back

Thursday, November 7 / 11:30-3:30 / 5650 Balboa Ave.

If you're craving some yogurt and would like to have a little money donated to MEA, stop by Yogurtland between 11:30-3:30 on November 7. Here's the Yogurtland flyer, although you don't need to have the flyer with you to request that 20% of their proceeds be given to Mt. Everest Academy.

Veteran's Day Holiday

Monday, November 11

School will be closed next Monday for Veteran's Day, honoring persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.


MEA Foundation Logo Contest

Thank you to all the students who participated in the MEA Foundation logo contest!

And congratulations to the top 3 winners!

Winners of other prizes will be contacted individually.

Please be sure to take a look at all of the logos contributed by students. There were so many fabulous designs that the MEA Foundation may be using many of them in the future.

Link to all logos submitted

Cake-Walk Donations

One of the activities at this week's Fall Festival will be the popular Cake-Walk. We would really appreciate donations of yummy baked goods: cakes, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc. We can only use store bought and packaged goodies.

Please bring your contributions to the front office by this Wednesday morning. The ASB will collect them and the goodies will be much appreciated by each of the cake-walk winners!

Clothing exchange at Fall Festival

At the Fall Festival, the Environmental Club will have a Clothing Exchange so people can donate a piece of clothing and then take a piece of clothing. This is also a good time to just contribute clothes you don't wear anymore. There will be a donation box in the office this week before the Fall Festival.

Our Environmental Club is motivated to help reduce the amount of clothing we buy, as most clothing manufacturers are neither sustainable nor eco/environment-friendly.

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Germany Trip Summer 2020

To see updates or register for the trip to Germany next summer 2020, go to the following link:

Planned dates of trip: July 26 - August 3

Prices with / without flight cost:

  • $3,359 - includes flight cost
    To get this price, 19 travelers need to sign up. The price is the same for students and adults.

  • $1,718 - Land-Only Package
    To get this price, 9 travelers need to sign up who would make their own flight arrangements and then join the group in Berlin.

Email Mr. Spiegelberg at if you have any questions!

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Legoland Tickets

For families that ordered Legoland tickets, they have arrived! You can stop by the office to pick them up.

See's Candy / Desert Sun Coffee Fundraiser

Hi All, I hope your fundraising with See’s Candy and Desert Sun Coffee is going well!

Students who want to earn a Fall Festival wristband need to turn in correct forms and money to the front office by Tuesday, November 5th. Remember candy and coffee orders need to be separate and checks are to be made out to Mt Everest Academy.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me at Thank you! Ms Barb

Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

Mt. Everest Academy is offering support to the Monarch School, a K-12 public school for homeless children in downtown San Diego. We are mostly looking for small travel toiletries that we can make into hygiene packages to distribute to the children. (Hotel samples work great!)

Drop off boxes are located in the front office and in Room 1. Please bring your donations in by Wednesday, December 18. For any questions, contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at Thank you for having a big heart for children in need!

Hygiene Kits flyer

MEA Alumnus offers to meet with highschoolers

Matthew Lee graduated from Mt. Everest Academy in 2016, and was our class salutatorian. His experience at US Naval Academy has been so positive he'd like to share it with all interested MEA high school students.

Letter from Matthew to MEA highschoolers

Matthew will be back in San Diego for Thanksgiving break from November 22-December 1. If you'd like to meet with him then, or have any questions, please contact him at 858-945-2720 or

Coin Fundraiser

From October 22 - November 22

Our ASB is holding a Coin Fundraiser through November 22 to support our school.

Students and parents are encouraged to bring in NICKELS, DIMES, QUARTER, and PENNIES to one of the coin fundraiser boxes on campus:

  • the front office
  • the parent room
  • Room 2 (Dr. Rodenberg's room)

Bring the change to BE the change!

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Attention elementary artists!

Make a grandparent happy with items customized using their grandchild's art!

Mrs. Sink is participating in Artsonia, the world's largest collection of student art, published by teachers and students from around the world. Parents and family can view the art online, leave comments and order keepsakes featuring the artwork. When you order from Artsonia, they donate a portion to our elementary art program to purchase more supplies. If you are interested in participating, please email Mrs Sink, You will need to provide your child’s name, grade level, and your email address. Mrs Sink will then create an account for your child on Artsonia and upload artwork created during the Story and Craft Time as well as the Elementary Art classes. You can even upload work you child has done at home! You can then purchase items with your child’s artwork on them. Mrs Sink still has many coffee mugs, tshirts and magnets with her children’s elementary artwork on it. They are a family treasure!

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. If your child would like a lunch, please sign up in the morning. Lunches are available beginning at 11:00 am and cost $2.75 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Application forms are available in the office or you may apply online here.

**** Extracurricular activities ****

Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activities schedule on our website. This is a work in progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

To New Club Leaders...

When the meeting time and place of your activity is decided on, please email your info to Linda Ele at so that it can be included in the Extracurricular Activities schedule.

Garden Time ** NEW **

  • Tuesdays / 12:00-1:50
  • Wednesdays / 12:00-3:00
  • Thursdays / 1:30-3:00


Get it touch with nature and enojy a release of endorphins from working with the earth! Miss Allie has garden projects that everyone (students, parents, staff) is welcome to participate in. Keep an eye out for Miss Allie in our gardens at the above times so you can dig in and get growing with her!


Tuesdays / 1:25-2:15 / Room 1

Instead of meeting on Wednesdays, Elementary Spanish Enrichment will now meet on Tuesdays from 1:25-2:15. The time has changed in order to accommodate more students' schedules.

Debate Club ** NEW **

Thursdays / 10:45-12:00 / Room 6

Debate Club will start this Thursday in Room 6. They will meet at 10:45 and go until lunch. For the first meeting there will be snacks!

All 6th - 12th graders are welcome.

Coding Club ** NEW **

Thursdays / 10:40-12:30 / MakerSpace

From car manufacturing lines to smart fridges, code runs the entire world. Corporations manage their databases with code, moviemakers use programs to combine their footage based on code, and teachers put in your grades on a website, also written in code. Come learn the most demanded skill of our time through robotics, automation, and much more!

Library Challenge

This month's challenge is "Can You Find It?" Look for books in different categories and then write down the title and call number. Turn your completed form into the library by November 20, 12:30 pm to receive a prize!

Activity changes due to the Fall Festival

No "Story & Craft Time"

Due to the Fall Festival, there will be no Story and Craft Time at 12:30 this Wednesday, but Ms. Sink will have a fun craft for students to do at the festival instead!


Will be held in B-15 this week instead of the auditorium.


Grades K-6: Sign up for BookIt! in the library.

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

All students need to do is come in to the library, sign up and receive a reading log. At the end of each month, turn in the completed reading log. You will then receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! Pick up your new reading log and begin again for the next month.


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office!

Elementary Student Groups

Mr. Zappala has begun running groups in the elementary classrooms this past week, focusing on how to be a good friend, deal with difficult feelings, manage conflicts, and enhance strengths. The students have been very receptive!

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San Diego Promise Scholarship

The San Diego Promise Scholarship is a community college two-year completion program designed to ensure students complete their educational goal whether it be to earn a certificate of completion and enter the workforce, complete an associate degree, or transfer to a university. The application opens January 13, 2020.

World Language Assessment Testing

Thursday, November 14 / 12:00-2:00 / Room 1


Dear parents of 7-12th graders,

The language acquisition office will be conducting world language assessments at MEA on November 14th at noon. These are the languages offered. Passing this assessment will grant students credit for 2 years of world language proficiency equal to the SDUSD world language graduation requirement. If you feel as though your student can pass this assessment, please e-mail Mr. Zappala at and he will arrange to have an exam ordered for your student. In determining your student’s eligibility, at a minimum, students should be able to read in the language tested.


Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy

November 29, 30 & December 1

The Oasis Camel Dairy shares their family farm's naturally grown, tasty pomegranates with their camels and guests.

A "Pomegranate Day" at the Oasis Camel Dairy is full of entertainment:

  • Learn about & hand-pick pomegranates
  • Camel rides
  • Turkey Stampede
  • Magic Show
  • Bird Show
  • Visit with sheep & donkeys
  • Meet the author of "Camel Crazy" (a mother's journey to help her son's autism symptoms)

Inside Scoop

MEA's building site supervisor, Mr. Goldwater, shares part of a newsletter from the Oasis Camel Dairy that has more details about their Pomegranate Days.

It will be simply the most fun you will ever have on a Thanksgiving Weekend!

Thanksgiving Break Critter Camp

November 25-27 / Helen Woodward Animal Center

Kids in San Diego can spend part of Thanksgiving break with animals at Critter Camp! Your child's compassion and appreciation for animals will grow as they interact with a variety of species. Each day also includes a craft, awesome activities, fun games, and the chance to create new memories and form new friendships. For grades K-6.

San Diego Symphony - Free Concert

Saturday, November 9 / 3:00pm

New Music Director Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra celebrate the start of a new era of music in San Diego with a FREE concert in the Park at the Park. The symphony will perform some of the world’s greatest music including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Berlioz!

Draft EIR for 5525 Mt. Etna Drive

As some of you may know, there is a large development project in the works right near our school. Some parents have raised concerns about congestion, parking, and overall safety. The County is inviting public comment at this time on the Draft EIR and the MEA community is strongly encouraged to give input. If you have any questions, please email Principal Browne at

The County of San Diego invites the public and interested parties to review the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Community Plan Amendment (CPA) that would enable the development of affordable homes at 5255 Mt. Etna Drive. As lead agency, the County of San Diego released the Draft EIR on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, for a 45-day public comment period. The public comment period will be open through Monday, November 25, 2019.

Draft EIR

Fact Sheet

Notice of Availability


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Ms. Mullen, as Gudetama

Gudetama is a meme developed by Sanrio, the company behind "Hello Kitty." His name derives from the Japanese characters meaning "lazy" and "egg."