October 8, 2019
THE MONTAIR MINUTE
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Oct 7-11 Conference Week- Minimum Day Schedules
Oct 8 4-8 PM Chipotle- Restaurant of the Month
Oct 11 3PM Reflections Contest entries due
Oct 16 6PM Montair Foundation Information Meeting
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Wow! What an amazing carnival. I want to thank the parents and alumni who came to help. Whether you pitched in for an hour or spent the whole weekend here, your contribution is greatly appreciated. I love so many things about this school and the community involvement and support of our kids is at the top of that list. 

Special thanks to Nikki Haramogolis and Kelly Francis for once again, helping us all create these great memories. Thank you also to Ricky Helton and his wicked creativity for transforming the 200 wing into such a spooky place. I saw smiles on everyone! 

I wanted to take a minute to remind parents of safety around campus during drop off and pick up. We have three main areas for transportation by car. We have a new classroom para here at Montair working the Quinterra/Estates Crosswalks in the morning. Her name is Mary Farradj. Be sure to say hi! She is doing a great job!  Normally, school rules are written in the positive, with what we WANT to see, not what we don’t want to see. Because we have so many of the rule breaking behaviors, I am writing these tips including what we don’t want to see, just to be clear.

Front driveway - stay off your phone, stay to the right, don’t get out of your cars, pull all the way up for pick up and drop off. Follow the hand signals of the staff members keeping this line moving. 

Ester gate - don’t leave your car in the loading zone, don’t u-turn on the street, don’t double park to load/unload kids. Drop at the curb and continue on to Quinterra and beyond. 

Montair Drive gate - super watch for pedestrians and bikes, don’t turn around in people’s driveways or hang a u in the middle of the street, don’t double park to load or unload kids. Pull into side streets for turn-arounds. Find a place to park on a safe edge. 

Thank you all for working together to keep our kids safe! Here’s to another great week of learning together.  Enjoy last week’s Leadership Video

Ondi Tricaso
Principal
GET INSPIRED BY THE REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM
Gather up some art supplies, writing paper or an old camera and tell your kids that the 2019-20 Reflections Art Program theme is "Look Within" .  Let their imaginations take them on an art adventure! 

Students nationwide will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Use some of those lazy days of summer to create something spectacular!

For more information about the Reflections Art Program or to find the rules and guidelines go to:

PTA's Reflections program encourages students of all ages to:
  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

Students may submit original creations in one or more of these six categories:
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition

The deadline for submission is October 11, 2019.  For questions, please contact Laura Lescure laura.lescure@yahoo.com .
THANK YOU

A BIG THANK YOU to Kelly Francis, Nikki Haramoglis, and the carnival crew for a FUN-FILLED day at Montair. It was an amazing day for the Montair community. THANK YOU!

Also, THANK YOU to Karla Feaver and Chelsea Freudenberger for a successful Book Fair!

MONTAIR FOUNDATION MEETING

Please join us for our October Montair Foundation meeting. We will discuss our mission, communication plan, annual budget and much more.

When: October 16th at 6pm
Where: Montair Elementary Library
THE RUN FOR EDUCATION - ALL NEW
OCTOBER 12-13, 2019
 
New courses, new expo location, new parking, new medals!   Don’t miss out on the 36th Annual Run for Education on Sunday, October 13th. The 10K run starts at Charlotte Wood Middle School at 8am and the 5K starts at 8:30am on Camino Ramon, near BR 2700, adjacent to City Center.   Both  courses  are all new and both finish at BR 2700, next to City Center!   
 
The Run for Education includes events for the youngest runners ages 2-6, The  Mini-Run !  And our newest event is the  Friendship Run , for students with special needs and their supporters. These events take place on Saturday, October 12th during our Health & Wellness Expo at BR 2700, adjacent to City Center. School groups, bands, choirs and mascots are invited to  sign up  to support the events on Saturday and Sunday.
 
The Run for Education, as part of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, supports the education of all students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. 
 
Don’t want to run? No problem! Become a volunteer  or a Virtual Runner and still support your school! See all the details and register or sign up at  www.srvef.org/the-run
The Auction for Education is Gearing Up! The Rotary Club of San Ramon is once again organizing the Auction for Education to benefit public education in our valley. Please mark your calendars! The auction will open November 1st at 10am and close on November 9th at 10pm. Questions? Contact  SRVEFauction@gmail.com .
OCTOBER IS DYSLEXIA
AWARENESS MONTH
Parents, Educators, and Community Members are invited to an interactive and informative evening where they will experience and learn together about dyslexia, an often misunderstood learning difference, that affects up to 1 in 5 students, from all populations. This event is hosted by the SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:00-9:00pm
Gale Ranch Middle School MPR
6400 Main Branch Rd, San Ramon, CA 94582
 
During this program you will:
  • Experience what it feels like to have dyslexia by participating in simulation activity
  • Learn what dyslexia is, isn’t, and how it presents in the classroom
  • Learn about the kind of instruction, intervention, and accommodations are most effective for students with characteristics ofdyslexia

Representatives from Decoding Dyslexia CA’s Tri-Valley Dyslexia Support Group will facilitate the simulation activity that includes reading and writing tasks that mimic what it’s like to have a decoding/word recognition deficit. Following the simulation, Kristen Koeller, Educator Outreach Co-Manager for Decoding Dyslexia CA and now an SRVUSD Teacher on Special Assignment for Structured Literacy will provide an overview of dyslexia addressing the points above. Register to attend on  Eventbrite .
 
Decoding Dyslexia CA’s Tri-Valley Dyslexia Support Group meets on the second Thursday of most months, 7:00-9:00pm at Bella Vista Elementary School.
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