November 9, 2021
Important Dates:
November 11 & 12: No school
November 15: Sister School Toy Drive, through 12/10
November 16-18: Restaurant of the Month- Pizza Guys
November 22-26: Thanksgiving break, No School
December 12-16: 1st-3rd gr. assessment week, 1st-3rd gr. students dismissed at 1:50
December 23-January 9: Winter Break, No School
Message From The Principal
Dear Montair Families,

During the month of October, our teachers and our MTSS team, Margaret Wui, Jane Espinoza, Sarah Reardon and I had the joy of being in classrooms to provide Social Emotional Well Being lessons. Our SEL lessons focused on problem solving. For our TK-2 students, the strategy we taught students was to Stop, Talk, Think, & Try. In this approach, we encourage students to STOP when students are feeling upset, TALK about their feelings, THINK about what they need to feel better, tell the person what they need, and TRY it out. When we are supporting our students to resolve conflicts, we encourage students to use “I messages”. I felt ________, when you _________. Could you please _____________?

For our 3rd-5th grade students, the problem solving lesson included an added component of identifying 3 problem solving approaches: the turtle, the owl, and the shark. The turtle approach is one where the person in a conflict avoids dealing with the conflict, isn’t expressing his or her feelings, and may be letting people take advantage of him or her. The owl approach is one where the person tries to compromise, shows respect for the other person, expresses his or her feelings and ideas, and comes up with a solution. The shark approach to conflict resolution is one where the person in the conflict tries to control the situation by being aggressive, saying hurtful things, and/or blaming the other person. We shared that all three approaches may be needed in various situations in life. At school, we encourage students to use the owl approach to problem solving. We will continue to reinforce positive approaches to problem solving. We hope you may find some of these strategies helpful to use at home. 

On Monday, October 25th we held a 5th grade parent information night for outdoor education. If you weren’t able to attend the information night, please review this recording of the presentation at your convenience. Our 5th graders will be going to the Exploring New Horizon’s Outdoor Education program at their Camp Sempervirens campus in Scott’s Valley from April 25th-April 29th. We have chartered a bus to transport students and staff to and from camp. 

The suggested cost per student to attend camp is $475 per student. If you are interested in paying for your child’s fees now, you may do so HERE. We will also be holding several fundraisers to help us pay for camp. Please contact your student's teacher with any questions.
Our lost and found is getting pretty full. We will be hanging up lost and found jackets on the fencing by the kindergarten classrooms this week and next week. We will also place our lost and found table along the kindergarten fence. Please be sure to remind your child to take a look for their missing jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles, or lunch boxes. 
The holidays are quickly approaching. If your family could use a little help this year during the holidays, please consider participating in the Neighbor to Neighbor program. You can do this by filling out this Neighbor to Neighbor form. We hope this support will brighten the holidays for all.
We wish you a very happy week. 

Elizabeth Lyons, Ed.D.
Montair Elementary School  
Montair Foundation
Restaurant of the Month

Order from Pizza Guys in Danville from Tues., November 16 - Thurs., November 18th to give back to Montair Foundation.

Promotional Code:

Online Orders enter code in "promotional field" at:

In house orders please let your cashier know.

Thank you for your support!
Montair Foundation
Sip & Shop

Buy your tickets now for the Sip & Shop! The deadline to purchase your tickets is Tuesday November 30th... so don’t wait! 

Eleven shops and on E. Prospect and Hartz will be giving back up to 30% of the purchases made that evening to our school. Participating shops and restaurants include:  Beyond Active, Bliss Danville, Elisa Wen, Ella J., Flaunt, Lemon Gift shop, The Rouge Cosmetics, Sweet Street, Whim House, Cottage Jewel, and Moda Mi.

Buy your tickets HERE.
IDC Presents
Native American Heritage History Month
During the month of November, IDC is celebrating Native American Heritage History Month. 
Check out the trifold at the library, posters in the MPR, newsletters that will go home with the students, and our outdoor banner.  
This is an exciting month and we hope you all enjoy it!!
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