Green Business Expo AND Craft Fair

Hello Madera Community,

This is Ms. Molly from the garden and I wanted to take a moment to invite you to two exciting garden events that are happening this next week:

Green Business Expo
Monday, December 15, 2014
9:30am – 10:30am

First, tomorrow (Monday) from 9:30am-10:30am, our 6th graders are presenting their green business plans to the community.  Come by, hear their elevator pitches, read their business plans, and scope out their samples.  Ask them questions, give them feedback, and help them to learn how to make professional presentations to potential customers and funders.

ME Green Business


Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Friday, December 19th, 2014
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Then, if that weren’t enough, we are hosting our 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday (December 19th) from 12pm-3pm in the hallway between the MPR  and the office.  Everything we are selling was made by our students and all proceeds will go to the PTA.  Items will be priced from $3-$15, and cash/checks to the PTA are welcome.  Come buy your last minute holiday gifts from us- potpourri, tea, ornaments, cards, wreaths, bath and body products, herbals salts and more!

winter crafts


Thanks and Happy Holidays,

Ms. Molly

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Kindergarten Information Days *Updated*

Kindergarten Art

Friday December 12th, 2014 | 10:00 am or
Tuesday December 16th, 2014 | 1:00 pm *new date*

Dear (future and current) Madera Parents:

We will be holding two Kindergarten Information Meetings prior to registration for the 2015-16 school year.

At the Kindergarten Information Meeting, Principal Makela will discuss the registration and transfer processes. Kindergarten teachers will talk about the Madera Kindergarten academic program.  Madera PTA officers will talk about the PTA’s events and programs that support the Madera Community.

Registration for Kindergarten will start on January 12, 2015 – more details on the WCCUSD Kindergarten Registration Flyer (PDF).

This is an information meeting for parents only. Before school starts in August 2015, we will hold a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and children. If you have a child who will be registering for next fall, please plan to attend. If you know of other parents who are planning to register, please share this information with them.

Please RSVP to our Office Manager, Ruby Estebez with your name + student’s name + date of birth, phone number and email address if you are planning to attend.

Thank you!

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School Closed Thursday 12/11 due to Storm

All schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) will be closed on Thursday, December 11, due to the severe storm forecast for tomorrow. The safety of our students is our top priority. This decision was made after careful review and discussion with city officials, other school districts, and the president of the board of education.

All schools will reopen on Friday, December 12.

A phone message from the district was also sent out to all Madera families.

Also, running club is cancelled on Friday 12/12 and and on Monday 12/15.

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Winter Sing-a-long is this Friday, 7pm (Taco Truck Arrives at 5:30pm!)


Friday, December 12, 2014
6:00pm – 8:15pm
Multipurpose Room

Food truck arrives at 5:30pm
Singing begins at 7:00pm

» 2013 Sing-a-Long Photo Album

Sign up to Volunteer/Bring Items (sign up via Volunteer Spot– for details see below)

Warm up your voices, bring winter cheer, and join us for a fun evening of singing at Madera Elementary School on Friday, December 12, 2014. Festivities kick off with dinner by The Taco Guys.  Starting at 5:30pm, families can order delicious food and Mexican hot chocolate, with 20% of proceeds benefiting Madera.
Keep warm with goodies from our “café.”   The 5th graders will operate a desserts and hot beverages station, with profits going towards their 6th grade year activities.

» Download the Song List

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Madera PTA Membership Meeting: Join Us Monday, December 8th

The Madera PTA Member Meeting is coming; we welcome you to attend!

Date: Monday, December 8th
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Library

Join us for cookies, hot cocoa and a fun white elephant gift exchange. Wrap up that something you’ve been waiting to get rid of and see what “treasure” you can bring home!

View the meeting agenda here.

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Have Fun Stormin’ the Movie! The Princess Bride is This Saturday at the Rialto Cerrito Theater! Doors Open at 10am, Showtime at 10:30am!


Madera at the Rialto, featuring Princess Bride, Saturday December 6th, movie showtime is at 10:30am, $10 per ticket

Join other Madera families at the Rialto in El Cerrito for a classic on the big screen, PRINCESS BRIDE, tickets are only $10 each and a portion of all tickets sales will help fund programs at Madera (Garden, Music, Art, Technology and so much more). Come out and support Madera while watching a great movie. Tickets will be available to purchase the day of at the Rialto.

  • What We’re Watching: The Princess Bride
  • Date: Saturday, December 6th
  • Doors open at 10:00
  • Showtime: 10:30am
  • Cost: $10 per ticket
  • Where: Rialto Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, Ca  94530

See you at the Movies!

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The Madera Student Roster is Coming – Are You in It?

The Madera Student Roster is coming. Listing contact information including email addresses and phone numbers, the document will be made available to Madera families to better communicate and coordinate.

To see if you are currently listed in it, please review this excerpt.   If you are not currently listed in the directory and wish to be, please fill out the “ME-Tree form“.

For any questions or requests, please email: .


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