December 10, 2018
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Dec 10-14 Sister School Toy Drive
Dec 10- 2:50-4 PM PTA Holiday Workshop MPR
Dec 10- 6:30PM Mrs. Alamillo Play MPR
Dec 11- 2:50-4 PM PTA Holiday Workshop MPR
Dec 11- 6:00 PM Kindergarten Performance MPR
Dec 12- 8:30-10 AM Foundation Board Meeting Conference Room
Dec 12- 1:50-3:00 PM Diversity and Inclusion Club Rm 302
Dec 12- 6:30 PM Mrs. Dillon/Mrs. Buzzard Play MPR
Dec 13- 6:30 PM Mrs. Clougher Play MPR
Last week, I shared some math ideas that our Math Committee Members learned at the NCTM conference in Seattle. I thought it would be great to let you know what our Literacy Committee is up to and share some resources to support you in working with your children.

One exciting addition to literacy instruction here at Montair is in our utilization of an instructional coach for our teachers. Marissa Ware, an experienced teacher and literacy coach, is on campus every Friday working with Montair Teachers TK-5. She models lessons for teachers, watches lessons and gives feedback. She also models accountable talk through read alouds, and helps with planning units and lessons. This extra support is funded by your Foundation contributions and is adding strategies that can help our staff continually grow our instructional practices. Last week, a cohort of teachers grades 3-5 worked on using individual student conferences to differentiate our reading instruction. I heard so much positive feedback from all participants! We will continue with these literacy lab groups after the winter break.

So what can you do to keep growing with us to support your readers at home? Research shows that reading aloud to our children has huge cognitive and social-emotional benefits. I just ordered the book, The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon. A staff member heard about this book and we are excited to explore it. We know that reading to our students allows them to access books that they might not be able to fully understand on their own. We know that conversations with parents about the books we read together can allow students to practice inferring and critical thinking as well as listening comprehension. We also know that the emotional bond of sitting together, sharing a book with a loved one, connects strong, positive emotions to the act of reading. What I am looking forward to learning is how the latest neuroscience confirms the power of reading aloud to our kids. The book is said to bring together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations.

Here’s to another great week of learning together!

Ondi Tricaso
Dec 10th & Dec 11th
This year the PTA will be hosting a Holiday Rock Painting Workshop on 12/10 and 12/11 after school. Sign up below to reserve a spot for your child to make a creative, one of a kind gift! The cost is $3 a rock. Volunteer sign ups are also available so come help out if you can! Sign Up Here!
Let’s make this holiday season extra special for the students of Mission Elementary We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 12th . Please place your donation in the bins by the front office. Thank you for supporting our sister school!

Sister School: Mission Elementary
Montair is excited to be participating in the San Ramon Valley Council of PTA’s Sister School program again this year. The Sister School philanthropic program benefits the students of our district by fostering civic responsibility, enhancing community engagement, promoting volunteerism and by teaching the joy of helping others. This is accomplished by partnering each school in our district with a school in a neighboring disadvantaged area of the East Bay.

This year we have the honor of supporting Mission Elementary school. Mission is a Title One school of about 600 TK-5th graders located in Antioch. They have a welcoming campus, dedicated teachers and students who are eager to learn- very much a sister to Montair! We will hold 2 collection drives for the students of Mission, one now and one in the spring. Please watch for information regarding these drives, and thank you in advance for your generosity!

If you have any questions please email Angela Frankel
Hispanic Heritage Month was September 15 through October 15. What kind of "month" is that? Come and find out!

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 1:50 - 2:50 pm
Where: Room 302
Who: all interested TK - 5th graders
What: Hispanic Heritage Month

We'll have kids sign in at the start of the meeting and check out with their adults at the end, so please come in to sign them out.

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and Teen Esteem invite you to attend a free parent education program, "Under Pressure: Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids."  Based on the community interest in the program, we have a new location to accommodate a larger audience. The program will take place Monday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30 pm at Windemere Ranch Middle School   MPR  ( 11611 E Branch Pkwy, San Ramon) – note New Location. 

Topics will include what kids wished their parents knew, what you can do to support them, building resilience, practical tools, and recognizing the signs when to get help.  This program is geared for families of elementary to high school students. Please RSVP on Signup Genius by December 7th. For more information, contact
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