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Welcome to our February 2018 issue!

February 2, 2018

This month we have school news, like the spelling bee, craft fair, and Winter Sing; interesting facts about teachers and staff; and more!

We’ll be back in April with another issue.


Craft Fair Raises Funds for Fifth Grade Trip

February 2, 2018

Craft Fair illustration by Miriam R.

By Lily G.
Illustration by Miriam R.

This year, December 14 was the Craft Fair. As most people know, the Craft Fair is a fundraiser for the fifth grade overnight trip.

This year, many students brought in colorful crafts. There were so many different kinds of crafts this year, stretching from jewelry to colorful paintings and drawings. Also, there’s the food! There were tacos, sandwiches, cookies, and brownies. Also, there were fried bananas and cheesesticks. And not to mention the wonderful hot chocolate stand. Third grader Daniel G. said, “I like the Craft Fair because it has delicious food.”

This year, we raised over $6,500 (with more money still to be counted thanks to the extra crafts sold at Winter Sing). This is the most money MES has ever raised at a Craft Fair!

Students owe a big thank-you to Lisa (5th grader Kyra E.’s mother) for running the whole thing! Without her, there might not have been such a great Craft Fair.

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E!

February 2, 2018

By Leo H.

On January 17 Montclair Elementary held its annual spelling bee. Many students bravely participated!

The third grade winner was Olivia, with the word “callous.” The fourth grade winner was Daniel X. with the word “facility.” The fifth grade winner was Soleil M. Soleil was also the overall winner, with the word “lichenous.” Their spelling skills amazed many. Excellent job to everyone who participated.

Some of the more difficult words were entrepreneur, fluorescent, and lichenous.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

February 2, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - photo by National Park Service

Interview with Ms. Ousley
By Rucker J.

Q. What does Dr. King’s message of unity and non-violence mean to you?
A. In a just way, he wanted us to be united. And in a peaceful protest, he wanted us to unite and work together. It means to have just laws and practices.

Q. How do you apply his message to your classroom?
A. I try to promote equality, love, and peace in every classroom.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share about the importance of Dr. King’s life?
A. Dr. King dedicated his life to people of all nations, religions and races. He fought for the lives and rights of others. He dedicated his life to achieve justice for all. Dr. King’s legacy of non-violence, service, and hope challenges us to promote love and kindness to one another.



Photo: National Park Service via Creative Commons

Winter Sing Combines Old Favorites and New Twists

February 2, 2018

Winter Sing illustration by Citlali

By Veronica J.
Illustration by Citlali M.

This year’s Winter Sing was the best one yet! There were rainbow-colored banners hanging everywhere.

Even though some of our old favorite hits were not played, new hits were born and everyone had fun. I even saw the parents singing along.

In the show’s finale, our old friend Blitzen returned. Instead of throwing snow, we threw flowers with inspirational messages.

Overall, this Winter Sing was great!

Otter Gets the Morning Paper

February 2, 2018

Illustration by Justine A.

Otter illustration by Justine A.

Spending Time with Family and Friends Over Winter Break

February 2, 2018

Ice skating - photo by Alex Geslani

By Leila M-M.

Have you ever wondered what people did over Winter Break? Winter Break is a great time to spend with family and friends.

Some people went on big trips to places like Palm Springs or Mexico. Other students went on road trips to places like Los Angeles.

Another thing children did was go ice skating. Some kids went to the snow and had a snowball fight.

Kids also took time to stay home and relax. Julia said, “It was great to just relax.”

Wherever kids went (or not), they were with family and friends.



Photo: Alex Geslani via Creative Commons