Monday Message

November 30, 2020

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, December 2 / 2:00-3:00

Meeting ID: 890 5649 7845

Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

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. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Chipotle Fundraiser

Tuesday, December 8 / 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

We need $150 in purchases to qualify for the donation from Chipotle. It's a win-win; help Mt. Everest Academy AND enjoy Mexican food fresh from the grill!

Chipotle Genesee Plaza

5650 Balboa Ave.


Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 10 / 2:30 pm

Next week is the virtual Holiday Hoopla! Look for the zoom link for this event in next week's Monday Message. 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.

Pick Up Art Bags for the Holiday Hoopla

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

Pick up times between 10:00-3:00

Students that will be participating in next week’s virtual Holiday Hoopla can pick up their art bag of supplies next 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

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

MEA Online Parent Lounge

Thursday, December 10 / 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 next Thursday, December 10 from 5-6pm! Zoom link to follow in the next Monday Message.

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.

MEA ART club holiday card project

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first project! We made a bunch of cards for the military, and they are on their way for the holidays. We really appreciate the hard work you put into every card. Thank you so much! Hope you have a happy holiday season!


MEA Art Club

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Publishing Party

Ms. Battin’s 3rd and 4th graders read their personal narratives to classmates, parents and guests at their first “Zoom” Publishing Party. What a talented group of authors!

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Send in your Thanksgiving week photos!

Hikes? Trips to the beach? Delicious meals? Artistic creations?

12th grader Colton (on the left) journeyed to the Colorado River with his dad and brother last week.

All photos from the Thanksgiving break are welcome for the 2020-21 MEA Yeabook, whether showing traditional or non-traditional activities!

Here’s the best way to submit your photos through TreeRing:

  • Please include the student’s name, grade, and a caption
  • Please upload to the CELEBRATIONS folder

Last week for the MEA Online Auction

The MEA Online Auction closes this Friday, December 4th between 11:00pm and midnight. It is an eBay style auction of goods and services that have been donated by merchants and businesses to help us raise money for our school.

Families, friends and the general public can shop online and get some great deals. Know the funds generated benefit all students at Mt. Everest Academy!


Bidding: To bid, you will need to register here, enter username and your email address. A registration link will be sent to your email address to complete the process and enter a password.

Enter Auction Site: Enter the Auction Site once you have registered and are logged in to view all the items.

Staggered Closing Times: Each item closes at a different time. Plus the time remaining for any item is always displayed.

Higher Bid email notifications: Auction site automatically emails you when you have been outbid.

Prepare for the Final Bidding and Have Fun!

Winner: The winner will receive an email with the happy news and a link to follow to provide payment information and complete the transaction.

Issues: Contact us at if you have any problems.

Our online auction is open to the public and all items purchased can be picked up the week of December 7th or we can mail them to you. Register and start bidding.

Last week for See's Candies Sales

Fundraiser runs from Monday, Nov. 2 – Friday, Dec. 4

ORDER HERE from the MEA Storefront

INFORMATION about this fundraiser

Every student at MEA from Kindergarten through 12th grade can help raise money through sales. 100% of the proceeds go to support student activities run by ASB!

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

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

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

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!

Sarah Cline wins 2 medal finals

Thank you to Sarah, grade 10, for sharing her exciting news and beautiful pictures!

I have been competing on our local county circuit for almost four years now and at the end of the year they have what is called "Champshow". At Champshow you earn the maximum amount of points and it's the last show where you can collect year end points. They also run medal finals which tests the riders skills over fences and on the flat. Champshow could not run this year due to COVID, however they still did medal finals. I found a horse to ride named Zeitlos who I had never ridden previous to my warm up day, two days before the big medal final. Mother nature was definitely testing how well I could ride an unusual horse as we sat in wind gusts of 40mph+ and harsh downpours of rain. However, I remained confident in myself and was the only one to put down two solid rounds in the 3'3 medal and take the win by over 20 points. I was also second in the 3ft medal out of 22 and moved up three places after the third phase of competition in that division. I will forever be grateful to end my county career on that note.

-Sarah Cline

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** Extracurricular Activities **


MEA Engineering Club

FIRST MEETING: Wed, Dec. 2 / 12:30-1:30

An Engineering Club is starting at MEA! The first meeting will be this Wednesday (12/2/2020), and will meet on zoom. They will be starting out the year out with the initial focus on CAD, using Autodesk Inventor. No experience with CAD/engineering is required.

Fill out this form if you are interested and to get the meeting zoom link!

Drama Club

FIRST MEETING: Fri, Dec. 4 / 1:00 – 2:30

Zoom Meeting ID: 944 162 2685
Passcode: YLLWe3

This year, MEA will have our first regularly meeting drama club! Theatre kids are struggling to pursue their passion right now... so we want to provide a space for them to do that, even if it's still online. Gabriella Martien will be running the club, and anyone is welcome to join, though it will be geared more toward middle and high schoolers. In the first half of the club, we will be doing scene study, games, small shows, and Shakespeare! In the second half we will be doing playwriting! The club will also be taught by Becca Myers, who directed last year's show!!

Drama Club website

Drama Club interest form

No Place for Hate

MEA is starting an Anti-Defamation League (ADL)! ADL is a nationwide anti-hate organization that works against bigotry and bullying. We are starting an ADL team at MEA to try and fight any hate going on, and bring students together. We are starting the campaign by asking all students to sign this pledge to make our school a better place. 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!

Music Classes with Mr. Johnson

To be held every Tuesday

  • 8:00-8:40 Beg. Strings
  • 8:50-9:30 Beg. Band
  • 9:40-10:20 Choir
  • 10:30-11:10 Adv. Band.
  • 11:20-12:00 Adv. Strings
  • 12:10-12:50 Music Theory (for older students)


Questions? Please contact Mr. Johnson at


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!

Financial Aid Workshop

Monday, December 7 / 11:30

Mr. Zappala will check in with Seniors on the progress of their FAFSA, Cal Grants and scholarship applications.

Check Dr. Rodenberg’s Google Classroom for the Zoom link.

UC Application Deadline

The University of California application deadline has been extended to Friday December 4 at 11:59 pm.

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.

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.

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

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.


Classics 4 Kids

Thursday, December 3 / 11:00-11:25 am

Special Event for Homeschoolers

Live via ZOOM

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades K-6

Meet a Classics 4 Kids musician during this live virtual special event for homeschoolers!

To register, email Note that the registration deadline is today, Nov. 30.

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. 4 / 10:00-noon

Zoom Meeting ID: 881 2446 4596

Passcode: 710882


  • Paper - any color or weight, including vellum and other translucent papers.
  • Scissors or craft knife (if using a knife, you will need a way to protect your table with a cutting pad)
  • Tape or glue
  • Candles - battery operated are safer and have no smoke.
  • Optional: Pencils, pens or watercolor to add color.


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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