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      October 20, 2017
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    In This Issue
    Principal's Message
    Presidents' Message
    Fundraising
    Calendar at a Glance
    Parents' Club
    EFO
    College and Career
    Boosters
    Class News
    Community News
    Quick Links
    eNews
     
    Principal's Message TopOfPage 
    Dear Miramonte Community,
     
    Last Friday I left for a conference in Detroit on Courageous Conversation. This conference was attended by a group of teachers, administrators, and counselors from our four comprehensive high schools, Miramonte, Campolindo, Acalanes, and Las Lomas as part of our District initiative around equity in our schools. Over five days, we participated in intensive work around equity, spending full days reflecting on our communities, our students, and, most importantly, ourselves. It was powerful and inspirational work that I am looking forward to bringing to our school site through our collaboration with students on the EquiTeam and leadership, our work with teachers during professional development, and our reflection on our school systems and structures. Bringing an equity lens to each and every topic is crucial to best serving all our students.
     
    One take away from this conference was a set of Four Agreements that can be used to have courageous conversation. Since parents and educators alike find need to discuss challenging topics, I thought I would pass these along to the community. Perhaps you will find them useful in talking to your students about things that are difficult and contentious.
     
    1. Stay Engaged - This means listening intently to the other person. Really hearing and engaging in mindful inquiry where you give a person space and time in a conversation just to speak and be heard. This means listening without the intentions of responding, but rather to truly hear and seek clarity in understanding the other person's perspective.
     
    2. Experience Discomfort - Talking about things courageously means that things get uncomfortable. Let yourself be in that space. Rather than trying to solve the problem immediately, push through the discomfort and accept it as part of the process.
     
    3. Speak Your Truth - This one is my favorite. It, of course, means to be honest and truthful about your feelings. But, it also means that you must keep your comments personal and local. Avoid generalizing your feelings and speaking for other people. Speak only what is true to you.
     
    4. Except/Accept Non-Closure - Courageous conversation can be a process. One conversation might not solve a big problem. It is unsettling to move forward without a solution, but this is to be expected when we discuss complex topics.  
    I hope you find these helpful; I know that I am finding many uses for these norms in both my professional and personal lives!
     
    Sincerely, 
     
     
     
     
     
    750 Moraga Way
    Orinda, CA 94563
    925-280-3980 Ext. 3201
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    Presidents' Message
    Dear Miramonte Families,
     
    RESCHEDULED: the Fall Food Truck Festival is now happening on Friday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m. Don't forget to buy your tickets on the Web Store for our only all-Miramonte event.  
     
    We had another great turnout for the Parents' Club meeting this past Wednesday. We took a tour of the brand new Peer Tutoring Center above the art room (see photo below). What a gem!  Please let your student know this option is available to them during Academy period (drop in or appointment). The tutors service all subjects, from science and math to English, world history and languages. Students can read the resumes of the 100+ tutors available to find the best fit.
     
    Finally, we wish all of our students a happy and safe homecoming weekend! Go Mats!
     
    Best,
     
    Nicole Radlow & Tricia Young, MHSPC Co-Presidents
     
    Peer Tutor Center
    Follow us on Twitter @MHSParentsClub 
    Fundraising
     
    "FREE MONEY"... for Miramonte Parents' Club.  Did you know that matching funds from your employer is a great way to boost your donation to the Parents' Club?
    • Many companies have a matching program. Please take time to inquire with your company.
    • The match request must be initiated by the employee (you) by filling out a form and submitting it to your company or to the Parents' Club.
    • Some companies cap their matching dollars and give on a first-come, first-served basis so please get your forms submitted early to ensure your matching goes through. 
    • If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Hillen or Lisa LaVelle.
    Calendar at a Glance
     
    OCTOBER
     
    21 Homecoming Dance, 7:00-9:00 p.m.; MHS Gym
    23 Parent Ed: Difficult Conversations with Teens, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Library
    25 Parent Ed: Teen Stress, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; AHS Performing Arts Center
    27 Deadline to drop a class
    27
    Food Truck Festival, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Orinda Library Plaza 
    30 Winter Sports Parent Info Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Cafeteria
       
    NOVEMBER  
    1, 2 & 3 Fall Play, Secret in the Wings, 7:00-9:00 p.m.; MHS Theater
    4 Freshman Parent Social, 3:00-5:30 p.m.; Captain Vineyards
    6 Boosters Club meeting, 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Library 
    10 
    No School, Veterans Day 
    13
    Mindfulness Meet Up, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Library
    15 Parents' Club meeting, 9:30-11:00 a.m.; Room 221
    20-24 Thanksgiving Break
          
    Parents' Club

    New Date for the Food Truck Festival!
     
    Please join us for the annual Food Truck Festival for all Miramonte parents! Come on down and enjoy a great evening of music, food, and fun with our wonderful Miramonte community on Friday, October 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Orinda Library Plaza.
     
    Tickets are $60 in advance on the Web Store or $70 at the door (cash or check only).
     
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    Parent Education
    Wondering how to bring up challenging topics with your teen? Or trying to maintain a relationship with your teen after a tough conversation? Please join us for a presentation on "Navigating Difficult Conversations with Teens". Jamie Anderson, MFT, will speak on communication strategies that build a connection with our teens on Monday, October 237:00-8:30 p.m. in the MHS Library.  Please RSVP to this free event here
     
    EFO
     
     
    Please remember to donate to EFO if you haven't already done so this year.

    EFO is committed to providing $535,000 to Miramonte student programs this year. It takes financial support from both EFO and the Parents' Club to fully fund each child at Miramonte. Please donate to both this year.

    Thank you to our wonderful volunteer callers at the phonathon earlier this week: Nan Reed, David Alvarado, Dan Weiner, and Marc Patten. Your time and enthusiasm were much appreciated!

    For more information about EFO and how to donate, please visit EFO's website.
     
    College and Career
     
    Important Dates 
    October 26 - CSS Profile Presentation, 6:30 p.m.; MHS Library
    November 1 & 15 - Early/Priority due date for applications at many schools
    November 2 - A representative from the Navy will be in the College and Career Center at lunch
    November 30 - Due date for UC & CSU Application
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    Next Week's Workshops
    October 25 & 27 - Common Application Help 
     
    Students can sign up for these workshops using the TeachMore site or the App.
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    Colleges Visiting Miramonte
    Miramonte has over 110 College Reps (and more added every day!) coming this fall to talk with students. Not only do students get to learn more about the colleges, but they also gain insight on the application process. To sign up for a time to meet with one of the visiting schools, students should log on to Naviance and check the 'upcoming college visits' section to view all the colleges attending this fall.
     
    College
    Date
    Time
    Drexel University
    Monday, 10/23
    8:35 a.m.
    The College of Saint Rose
    Monday, 10/23
    9:25 a.m.
    Kenyon College
    Monday, 10/23
    1:30 p.m.
    Western Oregon University
    Monday, 10/23
    2:20 p.m.
    Rhodes College
    Tuesday, 10/24
    8:00 a.m.
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Tuesday, 10/24
    9:00 a.m.
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Tuesday, 10/24
    9:40 a.m.
    University of San Diego
    Tuesday, 10/24
    10:30 a.m.
    Willamette University
    Tuesday, 10/24
    11:25 a.m.
    Portland State University
    Tuesday, 10/24
    12:25 p.m.
    The University of Arizona
    Tuesday, 10/24
    1:35 p.m.
    The University of Oklahoma
    Tuesday, 10/24
    3:05 p.m.
    Wake Forest University
    Wednesday, 10/25
    8:35 a.m.
    University of Portland
    Wednesday, 10/25
    9:35 a.m.
    Saint Michael's College
    Wednesday, 10/25
    11:25 a.m.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Wednesday, 10/25
    12:25 p.m.
    Boise State University
    Wednesday, 10/25
    1:35 p.m.
    Columbia College Chicago
    Wednesday, 10/25
    2:35 p.m.
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick
    Wednesday, 10/25
    3:05 p.m.
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Thursday, 10/26
    8:00 a.m.
    The University of Iowa
    Thursday, 10/26
    11:25 a.m.
    University of Redlands
    Thursday, 10/26
    12:25 p.m.
    University of Delaware
    Thursday, 10/26
    2:35 p.m.
    Bryant University
    Friday, 10/27
    8:35 a.m.
    Pomona College
    Friday, 10/27
    12:25 p.m.
    Lewis & Clark College
    Friday, 10/27
    2:35 p.m.
     
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    Internship Opportunity
    Internship with National Park Service at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. They are looking for a handful of interns to assist with an ongoing national phenology project that will consist of tracking seasonal changes in plants to measure climate change in real-time. Applications are due Friday, October 27 by 5:00 p.m. If interested, see Ms. Stuber for the application.
     
    Boosters
    Thanks to your Miramonte Boosters donations, lacrosse balls are confined to the playing field allowing a safer environment for all athletes. The thought of an errant lacrosse ball whizzing by a fan's head is no longer a concern. 
     
    Last June, Boosters spent nearly $8,000 to purchase the two end zone boundary nets for the lacrosse teams. These nets would not be possible without the tremendous support of our parents. Please click here to join Boosters today and support our efforts for 100% parent participation. 
     
    Company matching opportunity? Booster members have added over $1,000 in company matching donations this year! Please consider your employer match when signing up. Our 501(c)(3) number is 94-2768877.
      
    The next Booster meeting will be in the library on November 6 at 6:00 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend.
     


     
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    Join the fun at our first parent social! Come meet other freshman parents or re-connect with the ones you already know. Enjoy a private wine tasting by Captain Vineyards, a family-owned and operated business right here in our backyard of Moraga. This event will be held on Saturday, November 4, 3:00-5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased now on the Web Store. More information can be found here. Please join us and support the Class of 2021!
     
    Community News
     
    Teen Stress and Student Performance: Dr. Ben Bernstein, Ph.D. 
    Parents are invited to a free, informative talk sponsored by the Acalanes Parents' Club. Dr. Ben Bernstein is a psychologist and educator specializing in how stress, including test anxiety, affects performance. Bernstein has authored several books on stress and student performance. This event will be held on October 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m in the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center. Please register here. If you have any questions, please contact Holly Nolan.
     
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    Miramonte High School Parents' Club publishes Matador News as a communications service to the Miramonte community each Friday. We welcome your ideas for articles of interest to parents, teachers, and staff. If you have an article to contribute to the Matador News, please email it to both:

     
    The firm deadline for submissions is Wednesday at noon for Friday publication. Please follow submission guidelines for Matador News.
     
     
     
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