Monday Message


MEA Band practicing for the holiday concert!

Wednesday, December 7 / 2:00pm / Auditorium
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"How Full Is Your Bucket?"

For the next few weeks we will be focused on kindness. Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it's empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don't realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day. This upcoming week, we will be reading the book, "How Full is Your Bucket" by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer during Library Time. The elementary staff at Mt Everest will be encouraging students to fill each other's buckets often and to be kind and encouraging to others. Look for the posters around school and think of ways you can fill others’ buckets at home!

Also, students "caught" in the act of kindness will receive special recognition!

Click for Library Time weekly schedule

Click for FAQs about Bucket Filling

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Get Community Service Hours in the Maker Space

Are you a student looking for community service hours? Do you like to tinker? Like kids? :) The Maker Space is looking for some volunteers! All high schoolers are welcome to find out more information to earn hours and have fun with us as we create! Come by the Maker Space or email Ms. Barb at if you are interested! Thank you!

Yarn Donations Requested!

If you have any extra yarn at home, the Maker Space will happily accept your donation for upcoming projects!

Hygiene Drive

The MEA Social Advocacy Club (formerly the GirlUp Club) is holding a hygiene drive for the International Rescue Committee, a local refugee resettlement agency. Items requested are: shampoo, body wash/soap, hair brushes, and women's hygiene products.

Drop off points are at school in the office, in Ms. Pachon's room. If you wish to make a monetary donation, drop it off in a sealed envelope with Ms. Pachon at classroom 17A. The drive will end on Friday, December 16.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Ms. Patterson's 6th graders researched volcano shapes and silica content before their multimedia presentations on individual volcanoes.

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Free Workshops for Families

Sponsored by the San Diego Unified School District

The SDUSD Parent Outreach and Engagement Department offers a variety of free workshops for families in our school district. They are designed to provide families with the necessary tools to support their children with reading, math and homework assignments and to strengthen parenting skills as children develop through the years.

Parents, please click here to see what workshops are offered and then let us know which ones you're interested in. Please limit your selections to 10 or less, and then respond to us by Tuesday, January 3. From your input, we'll request the San Diego Unified School District to bring those workshops to Mt. Everest Academy.

MEA gear for sale!

Sophia (grade 9) says "Give an extra special gift this holiday season!"

MEA Water Bottle: 24 ounce, stainless steel, blue or silver, $12 each.

MEA T-shirt: In either grey with a light blue logo, or in blue with a white logo. "Do School Differently" is written on the back. $15 each.

Get your gear in the front office! Payable with cash or check.


The Magic Flute

Auditions for The Magic Flute are just around the corner. Sign up now!

When: December 6th and 7th from 1-3pm

What: Prepare a one-minute monologue and fill out the audition forms.

Where: Dec. 6 (Auditorium) / Dec. 7 (B-15)

Visit the MEA Theatre Co website to download the Audition Forms and find Audition Prep information.

Casting Call flyer.pdf

Don't want to perform on stage? Why not work backstage?

Apply for a position on the backstage crew for The Magic Flute.

Visit the MEA Theatre Co website to fill out the designated Google Form on the Crew Calls page.

Crew Call flyer.pdf

Please take a look at the attached Casting and Crew Calls or visit our website.

For questions or concerns, please feel free to contact MEA Student and Theatre Co Director, Adira Rosen at

Make Ornamental Potholders

Wednesday, December 7 / 10:00-12:00 / Maker Space

Grades 6-12: Come have fun making ornamental potholders!

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Band, Orchestra, & Choir Holiday Concert

Wednesday, December 7 / 2:00 pm / Auditorium

Mr. Johnson’s students will showcase some of the musical pieces they have learned this year. Everyone is invited to come enjoy our Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band as they perform for your listening pleasure!

Lunch Concert

Thursday, December 8 / 12:00 / Auditorium

This Lunch Concert will feature Risa S. (grade 8) on piano, accordion and vocals. Risa is going to play her favorite jazz tunes, Japanese pop songs, and even some holiday music! She will be accompanied by her MEA parent Yuko Maruyama and friend Matt Taylor.

Any students who would like to perform in a future Lunch Concert, please contact Mr. Steve Antti: / 858-627-7486 / room 6.

Holiday Crafts

Thursday, December 8 / 12:30 / Cafeteria

Elementary students accompanied by a parent are invited to come create Holiday Art with crafty facilitators Ms. Suzie and Ms. Vivian.

Speakers from Climate Mobilization

Thursday, December 8 / 12:30-2:00 / Room TBD

On December 8th, join the MEA Environmental Club's Climate change Activism Event! The event will feature food, a workshop on how to have your voice heard and speakers from Climate Mobilization and Join us for a fun and educational event to do your part to end Climate Change!

Hour of Code

Thursday, December 8 / 1:30 - 3:00 / MakerSpace

Join us in celebrating Computer Science Education week for the Hour of Code activities this Thursday from 1.30 - 3p in the MakerSpace! All grades welcome. If you have already spent well more than an hour with code, come and share what you've learned and made with others. Learn more about the Hour of Code

Volleyball and Soccer MeetUp

Monday, December 12 / 10:00 am / DeAnza Cove

A couple of our students are part of a volleyball and soccer MeetUp group for Independent Study kids: Keira, grade 5, and Kyle, grade 8. It's a good way for kids to meet other independent study students, exercise and have fun. Parents that join in have fun too!

If you'd like to get together with the group, the next MeetUp will be on Monday, December 12, 10:00 am, at DeAnza Cove (3000 N. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego).

For more information:

Contact parent Paul McMullen at

MeetUp link:


Martin Luther King Education Grants

Hello seniors! If you will be majoring in the areas of visual and performing arts in college, here is an opportunity to win a scholarship. Scholarships range from $1,500-$3,500. Click on the link for the application and good luck!!!

***** LIBRARY NEWS *****

Turn In All Library Materials Before Dec. 16

All library materials (items checked out from the library, not textbooks) are due before the Winter Break, by December 16th. The library is offering a Free Jumbo Jack certificate from Jack in the Box to all students who have checked out library materials this year (September through November) and do not have anything overdue. Come in and see us to return your books and pick up your certificate!


Did you know that you can look online to see what you've got checked out?

It's easy as 1-2-3!

From the link below, click on LOGIN on the upper right corner and use your school username and password, then click the my info tab


November Contest Winners!

Contest winners got to choose from these different prizes:

  • A certificate for a free Jumbo Jack from Jack in the Box
  • A certificate for a free kid’s meal from El Pollo Loco
  • A free book and a coupon for a free churro from El Pollo Loco


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"Miracle on 34th Street"

For many people, the 1947 film “Miracle on 34th Street,” has maintained its popularity throughout the decades. Luckily for those who remember it (and those who have never seen it), the San Diego Musical Theatre’s version is onstage through Dec. 23 at the Horton Grand Theatre.

Julia, a sixth-grader at Mt. Everest Academy, has the lead role as Susan Walker, and the holiday classic will be adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast and staged with live, Foley effects and a score of holiday carols. The heartwarming plot whirls around a department store Santa who claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, and his case is taken all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But wait! Can a miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in what happens?

Link to an article about Julia in the La Jolla Light

IF YOU GO: San Diego Musical Theatre’s “Miracle on 34th Street,” runs through Dec. 23 at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown. Tickets from $25. (858) 560-5740 or

Free Tickets to "Twisted the Musical"

Wednesday, December 7 / 7:00 pm / C3 Church

Sign up online here for FREE tickets to "Twisted the Musical" at C3 Church on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 PM (please arrive by 6:30 PM). Even more complimentary tickets have now been obtained for MEA!

Once you submit the form, you will see directions on how to get your tickets.

Please read the information closely.

This event is sponsored by the MEA Faith Club.

This is an amazing production, however, parental discretion is advised due to mature subject matter, loud music, and some intense scenes. Link to youtube trailer. Recommended for grades 6 and up.