Rain or Shine: Farmer’s Market This Friday!

hand picked herbsFriday, April 25th, 2014
Dismissal to 3:30pm
Madera Garden

Hi all,

Please spread the word, our Farmers Market is happening this Friday from dismissal to 3:30 come rain or shine!

Bring your cash/checkbook and a bag and get ready to buy:

  • Tomato seedlings grown by Ms. Molly’s dad ($5 each)
  • Kale, lettuce, leeks, radishes, more lettuce, artichokes, herbs, peas, collard greens, spinach, and even more lettuce ($3 a bag/bunch)
  • Beautiful flower bouquets ($3 each)
  • Herbal oils and vinegars ($5 each)
  • Fresh eggs (from our school hens and Ms. Molly’s ladies): ($3 a half dozen)
  • Jamba Juice smoothies ($3 each)
  • Barefoot Books (Great children’s books) (various prices- check, cash, or credit card)

!!A percentage of the proceeds from Jamba Juice and Barefoot Books go back into the PTA budget!!

PLAN A - We will have the market in the garden if it is not raining.

PLAN B - We will have the market in the covered area under the library if it is raining.

Thanks in advance to all of the parents who have offered to help harvest, package, and guide our farmers in selling our products.  Bring a jacket!

See you there!
Molly

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Blue Folder – April 18, 2014

bluefolderMadera News & Events

  • Monthly PTA Meeting
    Monday, April 21st, 2014 | 7:00pm / Library
    Vote for nominees for next year’s PTA Board
  • Enter Your Child’s Artwork in the Madera Art Show (PDF)
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 8am (due date)
    Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 6:30pm (Art Show)
    Volunteers needed – for one hour (or less) on Wed. 4/23 in the morning from 8 – 9 to help collect, catalogue and compile artwork – please contact Sheila.
  • First Farmer’s Market of the Year
    Friday, April 25th, 2014
    2:40pm – 3:30pm
  • Madera Band Concert
    Friday, April 25th, 2014
    7:00pm | Multipurpose Room
  • Restaurant Night: Pasta Pomodoro
    Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
  • Artist of the Month: Romare Bearden (PDF)
    Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1911. Bearden made art using many different materials, but he was most famous for his collages. Snippets from magazines, photographs, painted papers, foil, posters, and art reproductions were among his materials.
  • ME! News / April 18, 2014 (PDF)
  • WCCUSD School Lunch Menu: April (PDF)
  • ME! Got Talent – Sign up Now to Perform! (PDF)
    Friday, May 16, 2014 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Save the date!)
    Sign-up sheet is now posted in the front office window, sign-up now! Space is limited to 30 students. Each talent duration is limited to 3 minutes. Dress- rehearsals are scheduled for Tuesday, April 29th in the MPR and Monday, May 12th in the MPR both from 6-8pm, all students performing must be present at the dress rehearsals.

Community Events

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Art Show – Call for Entries

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Art Show – Call For Entries – Bring your drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramic, clay, print or photography to the Multipurpose Room on Wednesday, April 23rd between 8:00 and 9:00am. The Art Show will take place on the evening of  Thursday May 1st.

Volunteers needed – for one hour (or less) on Wednesday the 23rd in the morning from 8 – 9 to help collect, catalogue and compile artwork – please contact Sheila.

 

 

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Madera Band Concerts Coming Up!

Madera Band Concert
Friday, April 25th, 2014
7:00pm | Multipurpose Room

District Bands Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
7:00pm | El Cerrito High School Theater

Hello Madera Band Families,
The in-school bands and before-school flute choir will be giving a final spring, school concert at Madera Elementary on Friday, April 25th.

These are the bands currently directed by Mrs. Christine Vlught.

Logistics for the night:

  • Please have your child wear black slacks or a long black skirt and a nice white top (no-t-shirts.)
  • Please have your child bring their instruments and their sheet music. They will use one of the music stands at the school.
  • Please have your child arrive at 6:30pm, for seating and warm-ups.

Band Seating:

  • The Beginning Band will perform first and will be seated on the floor.
  • The Flute Choir will perform second.
  • The Intermediate Band will perform last and will be seated on the stage.
  • Children will stay seated for the entire concert with their band group. (It will be short.)

Please Help:

  • If you can bring a goodie to share for afterwards with some paper napkins, please do so and set it on the cafeteria “counter” (immoveable long object to the left of the stage, on the floor), when you arrive.
  • If you can help put away a few extra chairs after the concert is over, please help us!

WCCUSD District Wide Spring Concert

The District Band Programs will be giving a final, spring concert at El Cerrito High School on Wednesday, May 7th.

These will be the beginning and intermediate in-school bands only directed by Mrs. Vlught. Madera students will be playing in a combined band with Harding, Kensington, Fairmont, Washington, and Stege students at the concert.

Logistics for the night:

  • Please have your child wear black slacks or a long black skirt and a nice white top (no-t-shirts).
  • Please have your child bring their instruments and their sheet music. They will use one of the music stands at the Theater.
  • Please have your child arrive and report to the Theater Stage at 6:30pm, for seating and warm-ups. Instrument cases will be left backstage.

Band Seating:

  • The Beginning Bands will perform together first on stage and then be seated in the front rows of the Theater, with their instrument in hand. (Bands playing afterwards will wait backstage until it’s their turn to play.)
  • The Intermediate Bands will perform together second on stage and be seated together as a group in the front rows of the Theater, with their instruments in hand, next to the beginning band.
  • The Middle School and High School Bands will perform last.
  • Children should stay seated (as quietly as possible) for the entire concert with their band group.

Thank you for supporting your child’s district-provided music education this year!

**AFTER-SCHOOL BANDS LED BY MS. JANE MAGID WILL BE PERFORMING ON MAY 21ST (save the date). MORE INFO TO FOLLOW.***

Please reach out if you have questions or comments.

Helen Couture Rodriguez
Band Parent-Directors Liaison

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First Farmers Market of the Year!

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Hello Madera Community,

We are gearing up for our first market of the year, and the third grade farmers are super excited.  Here are the details:

What: Madera Farmers Market
When: Friday, April 25th from dismissal to 3:30
Where: In the Madera Garden

Our farmers will be selling their freshly picked produce for $3 each- lettuce, beets, carrots, kale, more lettuce, radishes, peas, spinach, leeks, spring onions, herbs, and even more lettuce.

In addition, we will be selling herbal cooking products, salts, eggs, some freezer jams, t-shirts, and Ms. Molly’s famous tomato seedlings.  These items will run from .50 cents an egg up to $5 for shirts and tomato plants.

Jamba Juice will be selling smoothies (for $3 each) and Barefoot Books will be selling their great children’s books (variable pricing- we get a percentage of all books sold.)

So, bring your cash and a bag to take all of your market items home in!

Last up, we could use some help with this event.  Volunteers who can help during harvest (Friday, April 25th from 12-1), packaging (Friday, April 25th from 1 to 2:30), and the market itself (Friday, April 25th from 2:30-3:30) are SO VERY needed.  It takes many hands to pull this event off because we want our produce to be super-fresh.  Email me if you can help.  Also, if you have home-grown produce that is pesticide/herbicide free that you would like to donate to the market, that would be great.  In the past, folks have donated herbs, chard, lemons, and loquats.  Email me if you can donate something.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!  To contact me, shoot me an email by clicking here.

Thank you,
Molly Wahl
Madera Garden Coordinator

 

 

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Blue Folder – April 4, 2014

School Closed Next Week (April 7-11) – Enjoy Spring Break!

bluefolderMadera News & Events

  • ME! News Issue 8 (PDF)
  • The Garden Website is Updated
    We have posted photos of our recent lunch in the garden as well as the native restoration Boy Scout Troop #104 has undertaken. Also, we have a Farmer’s Market at the end of the month- hope to see you there. -Molly
  • WCCUSD School Lunch Menu: April (PDF)
  • Auction: Thank You Madera Parents!
    We are very thankful for all the generosity at the Madera Auction this last weekend. We hope you had a great time at the event, we sure did! We want to thank Arnon Oren, Melissa Fernandez for the yummy food, Linda and Max Geiser for the great party atmosphere and all the many volunteers who helped to put this event together including the Dad’s Club. The money that we raised goes directly to all our kids at school for music, technology, science, art, field trips and so much more. THANK YOU! We feel grateful to belong to such a great community of people.Gayle & Jen
  • Calling All Artists! – Madera Art Show
    We are looking for works in drawing, painting, prints, collage, sculpture, ceramics, clay and photography. All entries must be a student’s own original artwork produced during this school year (whether it be here at school, at home or at an art class). Artwork will be collected on Wednesday April 23rd starting at 8:00 am. Entry form will be in the April 18th Blue Folder. Spring break is a great time to make art!!
    Volunteers appreciated – please contact Sheila Roman.

Community Events

  • El Cerrito Rec Center Spring Break Camp (PDF)
    April 7-11, 2014 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • El Cerrito FC Spurs Spring Break Soccer Camp
    April 7-11, 2014 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • See & Make Art
    April 5th / May 3rd 3-4pm with Lauren Ari
    This Spring, Join the Richmond Art Center and Richmond Library on the 1st Saturday of each month for a bilingual tour of our galleries and a hands-on art making activity at the Richmond Art Center!
    Meet at the Richmond Public Library Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
  • El Cerrito Recreation Dynamo Golf Scramble
    Monday, April 28, 2014
    Proceeds benefit the City of El Cerrito Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Fund and the Open House Senior Center

Want to submit an event / flyer / notice to the weekly blue folder?
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Keep in touch – follow @MaderaSchool on Twitter and like Madera on facebook!

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Science Fair

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6:00pm  – 8:00pm
Multipurpose Room

Hello Madera Families,

Please come to Science Fair Parent Night this Tuesday, April 1, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm! This year, 198 science projects by students in grades K through 6 are entered into the Fair. A large fraction of Madera’s students have participated in the Science Fair, either through an individual or small group project, or through a class project. Their efforts will be on display in the multipurpose room, and I think you will be impressed by the many scientific explorations that the students have conducted!

On a practical note, projects should remain at the Science Fair until 7:30 PM so that others may view them. After 7:30 PM, projects may be taken home unless your child’s teacher wants the project to come to the classroom. Ideally, students should take their ribbons and certificates home on Parent Night.

We hope to see everyone at the Science Fair!

Jeff Walker
PTA Chair, Science Fair Committee

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