Montera Middle School eBulletin
October 3, 2022
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Wednesday, October 5 - Music Booster Meet & Greet, 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 6
- PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM
- Isabella Nail Bar Pedi-Party, 6:30 PM
Monday, October 10 - Indigenous Peoples' Day NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, October 11-Friday, October 14 - Latinx Hispanic Spirit Week
Thursday, October 13 - 6th-Grade Guardians Meet-up, 6:30-9:30 PM
Friday, October 14 - Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, 2:30-4:30 PM
Wednesday, October 19 - Fall Wellness Day, 11:00-1:00 PM
Tuesday, October 25 - High School Information Night, 6:00-7:30 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25 & 26 - Picture Day
Saturday, October 29 - Fall Fest, 2:00-5:00 PM
6th Grade Field Trip at Joaquin Miller Park -- SO. MUCH. FUN.
Field Trip to CalShakes
Donate today! We are at 20% of our participation goal and 25% of our fundraising goal!
Make a one-time or monthly donation online via PayPal: Donate to Montera PTO (or click on the image above). You can also write a check to Montera PTO and give to Ms. Finley in the front office.
To learn more about how PTO funds support the Montera community, click HERE or on the attachment below.
Upcoming Activities (volunteers may be needed)
Monthly PTO Meeting
When: Thursday, October 6th, 6:00-7:00 PM
RSVP and Zoom link is on Parent Square HERE
Music Booster Meet & Greet
When: Wednesday, October 5, 8:00 PM
I would like to invite all music ensemble parents (band, choir, orchestra) to a brief Zoom "Meet and Greet" for families of Montera Music. Since Back to School Night was quite brief, we'd like to tell you a little more about our program and what kind of support families can provide if you are interested in getting involved. We have events planned for the 2022/2023 school year including concerts, field trips, and fundraising opportunities that we'd love to have folks chip in with. Your support (in small and big ways) is invaluable to the success of our program, and we look forward to seeing you there!
- Mr. Worrall
Please consider joining us for a brief Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, October 5 at 8 PM.
RSVP and find the Zoom link HERE
Hispanic Heritage Month celebration
When: Friday, October 14, 2:30-4:30 PM
Kermés is a celebration to honor Latinx/Hispanic heritage month hosted by the Spanish Department and Liberacion, Latinx Club. There will be food, music/dancing, and games. Parent volunteers are needed to help set us up and supervise. RSVP to attend and email email@example.com if you are available to help!
Fall Wellness Day - Parent Volunteers Needed
Our Montera community recognizes the importance of Fall Wellness Day, especially during this time when gun violence has escalated in our community and has now directly impacted our schools. We want to center wellness as a way of strengthening our #Monterastrong community and assuring students that there are caring adults to support them at all times.
Fall Wellness Day will take place Wednesday, October 19th. During this day students will go to their same classes but during each class have the opportunity to do wellness activities. During lunch we'll have activities/ wellness stations for students to participate in.
We are seeking support from parent volunteers to lead/co-lead lunchtime booths. The time commitment would be ~11:00-1:00pm to allow time for set up and clean up. We are hoping to get 8-10 volunteers if possible. Last year we had ~6 volunteers and were able to make due.
Below are some booths we had last year but we are open to more ideas/activities!
Yoga/stretching: Peace Garden
Please contact our counselors if you can volunteer:
Larrisha Coney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Erica Saephan (email@example.com)
Check out our 2022-23 Lunchtime Clubs!
Share these with your Montera student and encourage them to get involved! From Anime to Crystal Making, Black Student Union to QSA. We've got something for every interest! Don't find what you're looking for? Volunteer to host a lunchtime club!
Family Fun & Fundraising Events & Activities
Isabella Nail Bar Pedi-Party (Parents/Guardians Only)
WHERE: Isabella Nail Bar, 1962 Mountain Blvd., Oakland
WHEN: 10/06 Thursday @ 6:30PM
Mr. D/Planet MC
Please support our Montera teacher Planet MC who is an environmental rapper by liking and sharing his first single, BNS-Beverage No Straw https://youtu.be/S-9cGCJTpRM The artwork is by a former Montera student at Oakland Tech @josp._
The upcoming album GREEN RAP will feature Montera students' production, interviews and artwork. The second single, Nurdles, is coming out soon and is produced by Montera English teacher Elijah Behar.
@planetecorap on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjBPlJ8UihOCF4ojQtJROA is the YouTube channel. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Toro Pride: Let's Make This a Fantastic Year TOGETHER
Community Reading Buddies
Contact Ms. Harambe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you an awesome person?
Suppport Montera teachers' Donors Choose projects
Choose from a number of projects currently posted by our teachers -- from sandpaper and baseballs to books, maps, computers, and more!
Check out and donate to the projects HERE
How do you want to help?
The Montera PTO helps support all of the great activities our students enjoy throughout the year. We would love to have you help! Please have any interested adults fill out this form to show your availability, skills, interests, and/or other resources. We have all sorts of ways for you to get involved. Please email email@example.com with questions.
Thank you! Go Toros!
Volunteering on Campus
Registration and clearance are required to volunteer onsite at Oakland public schools. Go to https://www.oaklandedfund.org/programs/volunteer/parent-volunteers to complete the registration. You will receive an immediate email with clearance options and instructions from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email email@example.com once you are cleared.
Montera After School Program
8th Grade Corner
High School Information Night for 8th Grade Families
Where: Zoom (link TBD)
It's almost time for our 8th graders to apply to high school! Join us for a virtual High School Information Night Tuesday, October 25 from 6:00-7:30pm to learn more about the process from Montera counselors and hear from several Oakland public high schools about what they offer. Mark your calendars now, and we'll send out a Zoom link closer to the event.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support 8th Grade Activities
Thank you for helping us raise over $1,100 so far. Our goal is $5,000 with a suggested donation of $50 per family.
Donate via Paypal HERE (or click on the icon to the left)
Or by check: Make your check payable to "Montera PTO" and deliver or mail to: Montera PTO, Montera Middle School, 5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland, CA 94611. PLEASE WRITE "8th Grade Activities" with your child's name on the check.
We understand that not all families can contribute the full amount — please give what you're able to. No student will be turned away due to lack of finances. For those of you that can contribute more, please do so in support of our entire 8th grade community. Your angel contribution will be greatly appreciated.
8th Grade Activities -- Volunteers needed
- Great America - March 24
- Dinner/Dance - April 15
- Class Picnic - May 12
- Graduation - May 24
Mark your calendars now and pitch in to makes these events happen! We'll post more information as it comes in (click on the picture to go to the website). In the meantime, download the flyer below.
Other Important Montera News and Information
Picture Day is Coming!
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25 & 26
How to Order:
- Visit mylifetouch.com
- Enter your Picture Day ID: EVT8P4WT9
- Order your perfect package—and don’t worry about returningvanything on Picture Day!
See the flyer below.
Contact Mr. Runge (email@example.com) if you have questions or want to offer program support.
You May Qualify for Free Internet!
Click HERE or on the attachment below to find out more.
Reel Stories is a non-profit organization created in 2013 in Oakland, CA to train and empower the next generation of girls and gender-expansive filmmakers to combat the gender inequality in the film industry. Reel Stories provides students with not only the technical skills to create their own films, but the media literacy skills needed to critique and improve on the media they consume every day.
This year we are offering bi-monthly filmmaking workshops on Saturdays. Our first workshop will be on October 29th and is on Costume Design! Students will learn about how costumes are used in films to convey character and story, and will get a chance to sketch out and pick fabric swatches for their own design.
Our other workshop topics include: Documentary, Motion Graphics Animation in After Effects, and Stop Motion Animation.
We offer sliding scale tuition from 30-55$ and full scholarships are available.
Click HERE or open the attachment below for more information.
P.E. Uniforms Update
PE uniforms that were ordered by August 4th should have been received now by your child in their PE class. We know that there are outstanding orders and some students have not received theirs. The PE teachers are aware and will not dock points off for not having it yet. Please read the below to answer your frequently asked questions.
Still need a uniform or want additional items?
PE Uniforms are still available! You can order uniforms and any additional items any time by visiting the Montera website Physical Education page here. Remember to click through to the PayPal site to pay for your items! Orders will be filled within a week of receiving the form and will be available in PE class.
Still waiting for your uniform that you already ordered and paid for before Aug 4th?
If you have not received your uniform, there was likely a glitch in the form or payment. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your student, what they ordered, and the name of the person who made the PayPal payment and I will get back to you ASAP. Once I receive this information I will fulfill your order and it will be available in the PE office for pick up by your child within a week of receipt of your information.
Still waiting for your uniform that you ordered after Aug 4th?
Orders made after the 4th will be available in PE class within a week of ordering.
Want to return or exchange items you received?
Please fill out this form. The PE gear coordinator will package the item(s) you want and make them available in the PE office within a week of receiving this information. For any items your student doesn't want/ need, there will be a box in the PE office marked RETURNS. Please have your student place unneeded items there and fill out the form on the clipboard next to the RETURN box.
2022-2023 Bell Schedule
- Latex free band-aids (NOT with antibiotic medication in it) in assorted sizes. EVERY teacher needs at least one box and the front office and nurse's office also need a supply.
- Tweezers for splinters (not the plastic ones)
- Ice packs for PE and front office
- Vomit bucket for front office and pick up waiting area
- Cleansing wipes
- Assorted pads
- Assorted sizes back-up underwear (S/M/L/full-figured)
Add whatever you can think of... Thank you!
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