Bagels + Mulch + Sweat = A Great Work Day!

Our Back-to-School Beautification Day was a huge success.  Mountains of weeds were pulled, buckets of mulch were toted, and many bagels covered in cream cheese mysteriously disappeared.  Thanks to the 30 odd people who came out to help make our school look its best for the first day of school.  Thanks to Chantal, Lindsey, Laura, Carl, Jon, Lucy, Heather, Ben, Nova, Mateo, Kristianna, Jhono, Patty, Jenny,  Katharyn, Sean, Suzanne, Kevin, Tim and company, Ryan, TerriLynn, Violet, Estella, Matt, Shelly, Sebastian, Tina, Evelyn, Kailen, and Beniao.  I had a great time working and chatting with all of you.

And just in case you weren’t aware of how much was accomplished, take a look at the before and after photos:

 

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BEFORE

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DURING…

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AFTER

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AFTER

Great job, Madera community!  Mark your calendars, November 7th is the next garden work day.

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Save the Date: Movie and Pizza Night is Friday, September 5th!

Please save the date for Movie & Pizza Night on Friday, September 5th . The family-friendly “The Lego Movie” will be showing at the EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL Theater!  As is tradition, the event is run by our fabulous 6th Grade Madera Students who are eager to raise money for Science Camp. The students will be serving pizza and selling other goodies. Pizza orders will be done in advance (more to follow). All cash & check donations are welcomed and much appreciated. Pizza order forms and fliers will be coming soon.

For more information, please contact Lucy Kirsch, 6th Grade Movie & Pizza Night Coordinator.

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Monday (8/18) and Wednesday (8/20) are Minimum Days (Except for Kindergarten)

A quick remember that Monday August 18th, and Wednesday August 20th are minimum days.  So all 1st through 6th grade children will be dismissed at 1:50pm, a little earlier than in past minimum days. Kindergarten times will remain the same.

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Saturday, August 16th- School Beautification Day

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Hello Madera Community,
I would like to invite all of you to a day of getting our school grounds ready for the first day of school.  One of my goals this year is to inspire a sense of stewardship around our shared green spaces.  At this point, we have a  number of outdoor places around campus that need to be actively maintained- and as we continue to pursue our vision of a green campus, the number will only increase.  So, join us as we work toward improving our little patch of earth:

Back to School Beautification Day
Saturday, August 16th
9am-12pm
We will be gathering at the top of the main garden which is located at the front of the school next to the main office building.

We will tackle both of the native landscapes in the front of the school, we will add mulch to areas that need some weed suppression, pick up trash, and plant some new shrubs and flowers.  There will also be some work projects in the main garden area if folks are interested.

We will have some tools, although if you have special pruners or weed removal equipment, please bring them.

All Madera students and siblings need to be supervised by their own parent/guardian.

Bagels, cream cheese, juice, coffee, and fruit will be provided.  Please RSVP (shoot an email to me at mollywahl@comcast.net)  if you are planning on attending so that accurate amounts of food/supplies can be prepared.

Building community one garden space at a time,
Molly Wahl, Madera Garden Coordinator

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Special August 4th PTA Membership Meeting

Please join us for a special (and brief!) PTA Membership Meeting.

When and Where

Monday, August 4, 2014
7:00pm
2244 Mira Vista Drive, El Cerrito

Agenda

  • Call to Order – Jen Toledo
  • 2014-2015 PTA Budget – Jen Toledo
  • Parliamentarian Appointment – Jen Toledo
  • Innisbrook Sale Contract – 6th Grade Parent Rep.
  • See’s Candy Sales Funds Release – 6th Grade Parent Rep.
  • Alliance Redwoods Contract – 6th Grade Parent Rep.
  • Facility Use Contracts – Nancy Kawase
  • Adjourn

All are welcome to attend.  Current PTA members may vote.

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Blue Folder – May 30, 2014

Spirit Week / Last Week of School – June 2-6, 2014!

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Community Events

  • Ohlone Greenway Fun Day
    Saturday, May 31st, 2014 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Celebrate the re-opening of the recently renovated Ohlone Greenway, a 3.7 mile multi-use trail that runs the length of El Cerrito. With a focus on fitness and healthy living, the event will include activities so community members of all ages and fitness levels can participate. There will also be a mini-festival with entertainment, bike activities, hands-on activities for kids and informational booths.
  • Zumbathon
    Saturday, May 31st, 2014 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    El Cerrito Community Center
    Come rock out with your friends and family all while raising funds for the David Hunter Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund which helps our students in our After School Enrichment and Recreation Programs. There will be FREE refreshments and a raffle and silent auction for artwork, summer camps, gift certificates and more!fundraising at (510) 559-7007.
  • 4-H Club Info Session
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 | 6:00pm
    El Cerrito Library
    Join us to learn more about 4-H and the new club forming in El Cerrito. We are looking for members to join for the 2014-15 school year. There are many clubs in Contra Costa County and we are excited to bring this project to West County. 4-H helps youth build confidence, learn responsibility and make positive decisions in today’s world.

Want to submit an event / flyer / notice to the weekly blue folder?
Send it here!

Keep in touch – follow @MaderaSchool on Twitter and like Madera on facebook!

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Blue Folder – May 23, 2014

No School on Monday, May 26th / Memorial Day – Enjoy the Weekend!

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Community Events

  • Ohlone Greenway Fun Day
    Saturday, May 31st, 2014 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Celebrate the re-opening of the recently renovated Ohlone Greenway, a 3.7 mile multi-use trail that runs the length of El Cerrito. With a focus on fitness and healthy living, the event will include activities so community members of all ages and fitness levels can participate. There will also be a mini-festival with entertainment, bike activities, hands-on activities for kids and informational booths.
  • Zumbathon
    Saturday, May 31st, 2014 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    El Cerrito Community Center
    Come rock out with your friends and family all while raising funds for the David Hunter Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund which helps our students in our After School Enrichment and Recreation Programs. There will be FREE refreshments and a raffle and silent auction for artwork, summer camps, gift certificates and more!
  • 2014 City of El Cerrito & WorldOne 4th of July Festival Needs Your Support!
    Volunteers are essential for creating a memorable community event. At the end of the day, once the music stops and the clean-up is done, you will feel a warm glow, a sense of community, a belonging to something bigger than oneself and a good night’s sleep. The 4th of July festival provides an opportunity for people to contribute to creating a sense of place by serving their community and volunteering their time.
    To become a volunteer or to sign-up your organization for fundraising, please complete the 4th of July Volunteer Application and email it to Vivian Brandt by Monday, June 9th.  Please contact Vivian with questions regarding volunteering or fundraising at (510) 559-7007.

Want to submit an event / flyer / notice to the weekly blue folder?
Send it here!

Keep in touch – follow @MaderaSchool on Twitter and like Madera on facebook!

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