Tuesday Message


* * * CAUGHT ON CAMPUS * * *

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Head Counselor, Mr. Zappala, tosses a football around with students during lunch time.

Federal Impact Survey Cards: “Just Do It!”

Parents, please take a few moments to fill out the Federal Impact Survey Card that was mailed to you and turn it in to the supervising teacher by this Thursday, October 13.

That way you won’t have to think about it again

...or misplace the card

......or try to remember to bring it back to school

.........or ask Johnny why he didn’t give the card to his sup. teacher

............or get phone calls from us, or…(you get it!)

Anyway, please spend a few minutes today to save many precious minutes later on. Thank you.

As a special incentive to help meet this important deadline, the students of the first supervising teacher that gets 100% of their cards turned in will get a PIZZA PARTY!

Vote for your SSC/SGT parent representative!

Parents, Please stop by the library/computer lab area to vote for your next SSC & SGT member. One position needs to be filled this year. Voting will be available until Friday at 3pm. Here are the nominees:

Becky Lane joined the Mount Everest Academy family in the spring of last year. Prior to homeschooling, Becky taught after receiving a Masters in Education in 2003 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Previous to that she worked at a think-tank in Washington, DC and an Internet start-up in San Francisco in administrative and research assistant roles. Becky has also volunteer taught in China and Namibia. She hopes that her experience and love for Mount Everest Academy will allow her to serve the school on the SSC and/or SGT in a valuable way.

Judy Neynaber has two sons who are now in their fourth year attending and actively participating in study groups and extra-curricular classes at Mt. Everest Academy. Over the last three years, Judy has led numerous extra-curricular classes, including elementary Spanish, the history co-op, Run 4 Fun, Let's Go Legos, and choir, and has organized three used book exchanges. During this time, she has also regularly attended the SSC and SGT meetings. She believes she will be an asset to SSC and/or SGT and will represent the parents' interests well during these meetings.

Liljana Hristova is the mother of 2 girls who have attended Mt. Everest Academy since Kindergarten. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics. She worked for ten years as an electrical engineer for Qualcomm and Kyocera Wireless on the RF design of mobile phones. Liljana has supported the creation of a sustainable VAPA music program at MEA by continually advocating for the needs of our students. She regularly attends SSC and SGT meetings and offers input.

Awesome Opportunity for all 10th Graders

MEA has been invited to participate in Mission Fed's JA Program for high school students. The experience will include hands-on/interactive in-school activities (including taking the Strong Inventory Survey) that culminate in a visit to the Mission Fed JA Finance Park. The activities will take place over the next four Wednesdays during lunch (pizza included) and culminate in a field trip on Monday, Nov. 14. Here are the expected outcomes of the experience:

• Identify personal interests, skills, work preferences, and values.

• Identify career interests.

• Evaluate the risks and benefits of saving and investing.

• Evaluate risk and recognize insurance as a way to minimize it.

• Define taxes; explain their purpose; and understand how they affect everyone.

• Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using credit and debit cards.

• Create a successful budget using hypothetical life situations.

All 10th graders are expected to participate. More details will be sent to 10th grade families. Additional info can be found here.

Crew Call!

It's time to get out those classic crew blacks!

Calling all MEA Students in grades 6-12. We are looking for students who are interested in working backstage for the 10 Minute Play Project. There are lots of positions to fill to make everything backstage run smoothly. Please APPLY today! All the information you need is on our website, meatco.weebly.com, under the Crew Calls tab. All applications must be submitted by October 12th.

The 10 Minute Play Project!

Join us for the 10 Minute Play Project, presented by The Mount Everest Academy Theatre Company. Students of Mount Everest Academy will be performing a series of 10-minute plays by Lindsey Price in addition to some fun little skits.

Performances are October 26th at 6pm and October 27th at 3:30pm and 6pm in the Mount Everest Academy auditorium! Tickets are available at the door: $5.00 for students $10.00 for adults.

This is only the second production presented by the MEA Theatre Company so please come support us! Hope to see you there!

For more info, check out our website: meatco.weebly.com and LIKE our Facebook page fb.me/meatheatreco

Photos from Picture Day are Here!

All students that had their photo taken on Picture Day have either photo proofs or a photo package from Lifetouch.

For grades K-4: Please pick your photos up on your study group day from your teacher.

For grades 5-12: Please pick your photos up from the Library (room 5)

Secondary Students, would you like to be a PALS tutor?

If you are in grade 6-12 and like the idea of helping and tutoring younger students, you can become part of the Mt. Everest Academy PALS team! Currently more student tutors are needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, anytime between 9:00-12:00. And for grades 9-12, tutoring time is also a way to earn community service hours. Link to our PALS website

To learn more, please contact Mrs. Barb Mulvany at bmulvany@sandi.net or stop by the PALS lab on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings.

Ryan Bros. Coffee Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 11 - Thursday, October 27

We are all set to start our fall fundraiser this week! Ryan Bros coffee forms can be picked up NOW - in the main office, at the PALS tutoring lab and in the Maker Space. Teachers will also have some forms.

This fundraiser supports our wonderful Associated Student Body. The ASB is a dedicated group of student leaders at MEA who plan and run all events at our school. They host lunch concerts, the Fall Festival, the talent show and the end of the year picnic. They also contribute to our Maker Space and are in our PALS lab helping out younger students with schoolwork. They are always looking for ways to support our school and build community - let’s support them now to help them fund MEA happenings!

Our fundraiser will run until Thursday October 27th.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Barb Mulvany at bmulvany@sandi.net or find her in the Maker Space (Tues/Wed) or PALS(Thurs)

Thank you!

* * * Extracurricular Activities * * *

Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activity schedule here. We will continue to add classes and will publish an official list with class descriptions as soon as possible. If you would like to lead an extracurricular class, please contact cbrowne@sandi.net.

History Co-op

Tuesdays / 12:45-1:45

For the next 3 Tuesdays, History Co-op will be held in the Cafeteria.

GO Games

Wednesdays / 10:00-11:00 / Cafeteria

Go club will have boards and stones out for those who would like to play on October 12th and October 19th, though Mr.Terpstra will not be able to attend. Mr.Terpstra will be out of town, because he was chosen as one of nine North American go teachers to go to Japan and observe their teaching methods. Go is a fun and easy-to-learn strategy game that is played by more than 100 million people across Asia. New players are always welcome.

Pictures from "Sewing Crafts"

At the first meeting of Sewing Crafts students hand-stitched stuffed pumpkins! Many thanks to parent Stephanie Garrison for heading up this activity!

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Lunch Concert

Wednesday, October 12 / 12:00 - 12:30 / Lunch court

“EAT, MEET, and listen to the BEAT!”

Bring your lunch and enjoy music by your fellow students! Any students who would like to perform in a future Lunch Concert, please contact Mr. Steve Antti: santti@sandi.net / 858-627-7486 / room 6.

PSAT Sign Ups

PSAT Test on Wednesday, October 19 / 8:15 -12:00

Students, if you're planning to take the PSAT on Oct. 19, please sign up in the front office. All 10th graders can take the test for free, but you MUST sign up. For all other students, the cost is $15 (payable by check or cash). Check in the front office for PSAT practice booklets.

Link to the PSAT website

Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 25 / 8:45 - 11:00 / Auditorium

Lifetouch is offering this make-up picture day for students and parents that were not able to come to Picture Day on September 22. Link to more information for students and parents

“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Monday, October 31 / 12:00 - 3:00 / Cafeteria

Ms. Deb Mech is facilitating Spiritual Diversity in Education which is open to all parents, students, staff, and community members. This workshop is a fully inclusive whole-child / holistic approach to tolerance and understanding and fully aligns with our mission of equity and integrated health and wellness. The workshop will take place at Mt. Everest Academy on Monday, October 31 from 12-3 in the auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Mech at dmech@sandi.net. An informational flyer can be found here.

Fall Festival

Wednesday, November 2 / 12:00-3:00

Get ready for great FUN on November 2nd! MEA’s ANNUAL Fall Festival! It will run from 12-3pm. There will be food trucks at noon, the fun pie throw (what teacher should we ask to be a contestant??), the cakewalk, and many other fun events for students to enjoy! Mark your calendar’s now...and look for more information to follow!!

~ Your MEA ASB !!!

(K-6) Classics 4 Kids Concert

Friday, November 4 / 11:30 am / Balboa Theatre

If you’d like tickets, please sign up and pay with Norma in the front office (CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE) by Friday, October 21st.

Mrs. Erin Becerra has 20 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to the following Classics 4 Kids concert: Pictures from an Exhibition. Tickets are $7.00 per person. For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at ebecerra@sandi.net

Pictures from an Exhibition: Join the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra and Malashock Dance for a riveting look at one of classical music’s most famous pieces – Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition. Together we will explore the connection between visual art and music. Featuring a professional artist, images of famous art works, and amazing music, this interactive concert brings art to life.


College Fair

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego

For High School Students and Parents

Over 100 Colleges Represented and Various College Readiness Workshops:

  • Secrets of Selective Colleges
  • CA Public Colleges
  • CA Community Colleges and Transfer Process
  • Private / Independent Colleges
  • Financing Your College Dream
  • Top 10 Future Careers in America
  • The College Athlete
  • and many others!

No registration for students and parents needed.

Information at: http://sandiegocalsoap.com/star/Events#490

College Fair Flyer.pdf

San Diego Foundation Scholarship

Seniors! The San Diego Foundation scholarship is your opportunity to access over 100 scholarships with 1 application. http://www.sdfoundation.org/Scholarships.aspx

The San Diego Foundation scholarship does not open until December 1st but you can begin preparing by clicking on the attached link for answers to your questions and contacting the scholarship team. https://www.sdfoundation.org/students/faqs.

In December go onto the Common Application link attached and complete the application. https://www.sdfoundation.org/students/common-scholarship-app.

* * * LIBRARY NEWS * * *

Library Contest Winners

These students collected their prize for coming closest on guessing on many books and DVDs are in our library.

Bookmark Design Contest

The Mt. Everest Academy Library is having a bookmark design contest! Students, enter your best idea for a bookmark. The theme is “So much to see. So much to do. @ your library®”

There will be one winner per grade level group: K-3, 4-8, and 9-12.


  • Submit idea by 3:00 on Wednesday, October 19
  • Students vote for their favorites from October 24 - 27
  • Winners announced on October 31

Click for Bookmark Design flyer that has the dimensions of the bookmark.


San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts

Auditions for 8th graders on November 5

The San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts (SDSCPA) announces that any 8th graders who are considering attending SDSCPA in 9th grade need to audition for them on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Please see the attached letter from SDSCPA.

CYT presents: "James and the Giant Peach"

Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 12

Pacific Beach Middle School

Based on one of Roald Dahl's most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on the "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. There is a high demand for this show as it is a brand new CYT production and teachers are excited about the author Roald Dahl.

Two of our younger Mt. Everest Academy students will be performing in the show: Neeku Nemati, grade 3, and Neelu Nemati, grade 5.

Link to performance info

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week

"Don't Wait, Check the Date"

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” as the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 9-15, 2016. The focus on smoke alarm replacement comes as the result of a recent survey conducted by NFPA, which showed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are or how often they need to be replaced. Click for more Fire Prevention information