week of October 14, 2019


Hello Monarch Families,


As many of you are aware, we are in a pilot year with a new model for serving our Special Education population, and I wanted to quickly give you an update on our progress.  While we have certainly had some challenges, mostly around scheduling, there have been many positives to celebrate. Teachers are reporting students feeling more connected to the school and benefiting from an expanded social network.  We are all excited about the pilot and the potential it has to improve the educational experience for all of our children.

Sal Embry, Principal

Follow me @embrymres #monarchs

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Federal Surveys
Your student(s) brought home Federal Survey forms last week for you to complete. If you still have a form to submit, they must be returned to your teacher no later than Friday, October 18. If you do not wish to answer the survey, please sign and date it and then draw an “X” across the page (one for each student). We appreciate your help with this important document.


Spirit Day

Our first School Spirit Day will be Thursday, October 17.  The theme selected by our Student Council is Pajama Day. Wear your favorite pair of PJs  and show your school spirit!


MRES Arctic Adventure Book Fair

When: October 21 - 25



📗 Monday, (10/21): 12-4 PM

📗 Tuesday, (10/22): 9 AM - 4 PM

📗 Wednesday, (10/23): 9 AM - 2 PM

📗 Thursday, (10/24): 9 AM - 4 PM and 5-6 PM

📗 Friday (10/25): 9 AM - 1 PM


Where: MRES LIbrary


Lunch With Your Monarch + Book Fair

On October 25th you are invited to our first ever, Lunch with your

Monarch! The theme for our first Lunch With Your Monarch is “FALL Into Lunch

With Your Monarch!” Parents are invited to join their monarchs for lunch (unfortunately, no younger siblings are allowed for this event) After your picnic lunch, come stop by the Library and visit our Arctic Adventure Book Fair. If you want to shop with your Monarch it will need

to happen during their designated lunch time; otherwise, feel free to come shop

on your own. Don't forget your picnic blankets! We hope to see you there! 


Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks have officially gone on sale! The first 300 students to purchase their yearbook will have the option to add a FREE NAME STAMPING (up to 1 line). So don’t wait, and purchase your yearbook before pricing goes up!

To purchase your yearbook, follow these simple steps:


⭐Search for Monterey Ridge

⭐Select your options & pay for your yearbook

Email Theresa with any yearbook questions.

X-Ploration Day Lunch Schedule

Our lunch schedule is slightly different on the Fridays when the X-Ploration teachers are on our campus. Here are the dates and the lunch schedules for those dates.

~X-Ploration Fridays:   
Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8, Dec 6 & 20, Jan 10, Feb 7 & 28, Mar 13, Apr 3 & 24, May 8 & 22 and June 5

Lunch times on X-Ploration dates:
TK/K: 12-12:40
1st Grade: 12:15-12:55
2nd Grade: 11:45-12:25
3rd Grade: 11:30-12:10
4th Grade & 5th Grade: 11:00-11:40


2019-2020 GATE Testing Information

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) involves services for students whose cognitive needs may require modified classroom curriculum and instruction to accommodate their learning differences and ensure their achievement. Parents may request GATE testing for students in grades 2-7.

   Test Date (only 1test opportunity)    Request Submission  Window
January 15 – January 16, 2020
@ each school site during the school day.
*Each school will determine their testing date(s) within this 2 day window
September 9 through November 22, 2019

To request GATE testing for your child, complete a GATE Parent Questionnaire/Test Consent form online through the PUSD GATE webpage
NOTE: Requests for GATE Testing will only be taken during the request submission window dates.
If you have questions, please contact your child’s school office.

Mark Your Calendar:

October 31 - Halloween / Professional Growth Day / 12:45 Dismissal (1pm for TK)
November 11 - Veteran's Day (no School)
November 18 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 19-22 Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:45 Dismissal)
November 25-29  District Recess (No School)
December 23 - January 3  Winter Break (No School)



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