November 27, 2017                                                                                 Issue 5

Making Connections

Montrose PTA Newsletter


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to spend some quality time with family and friends. We truly are thankful for our Montrose community and the support we receive for our kids! We have some new programs coming up in the new year including a music program for all of the kids during the school day and also an enrichment program available after school for those who choose to participate. We’ve got lots of interesting and informative programs for parents coming up too, so keep your eye out for the details! To continue to keep you, the parents and caregivers informed of what your PTA is doing, we are now going to link our PTA agendas and minutes to our website. As always, if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, feel free to contact me at

Erika Malgieri, Montrose PTA President 2017-2018 


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WEDNESDAY, NOV29 -  FRIDAY, DEC 1, 9-11:30am
MONDAY, DEC 11,  9-11:30am




From Nurse Mary

Nurse Mary requests that you please make sure your own child has an extra set of weather appropriate clothes at school. Also, if anyone has any gently-used clothes, size 4-6 (especially pants) that they no longer need, please send them her way. Thank you!

Only four weeks left until Winter break so don't forget to get your child's flu shot!


Giving Tuesday



Check your child's backpack for our Giving Tuesday flyer and please consider a donation to Montrose Early Childhood Center (MECC) PTA. Any amount is appreciated and a donation to the PTA is an investment in our kids! Donations are tax deductible and 100% of your donation will go to funding our upcoming music program. Also, please keep in mind that many corporations offer a matching gift program so check with your employer's HR Department for the appropriate forms. Thank you!




The first conference of the year gives you a chance to meet face-to-face with your child's teacher, to ask questions and get specific information on how your child is progressing in the classroom. The Parent-Teacher school days will be 'half days', 9-11:30am.


The Discount Card 2018



The 2018 Discount Card is almost here! We are working hard to finalize the 2018 Montrose Discount Cards. We have some great new local South Orange and Maplewood businesses as well as many wonderful returning businesses. The Discount Cards make GREAT holiday gifts for your local friends and family and at $10 each, you can't beat the price!


PTA Vice President



Montrose needs a great leader like You!

The Montrose PTA has made great strides this year and we need to continue to grow our organization with your help. We are currently seeking a Vice President/President-Elect for 2017-2018 school year. The Vice President would assume the role for the remainder of this school year and then become Montrose PTA President for the 2018-2019 school year. The ideal candidate should be passionate, articulate, and committed to working with parents, staff members, and other local school PTA members to support our wonderful school and community.

If you are interested or want to nominate someone who is, please fill out the attached form and send to

Form for Nominating


Montrose Gear

Won't Grandma and Grandpa want cozy hoodie sweatshirts for the holidays? ADULT HOODIE SWEATSHIRTS will be coming in soon for only $30! In the meantime, purchase your child his/her HOODIE SWEATSHIRTS for only $20! T-shirts and magnets are also available!
Check out the Flyer for ordering.


Montrose Gear Flyer

Meet the Staff

For our 5th edition, we're meeting Ms. Julia, the newest member to the Montrose family as she is the leave replacement teacher for Ms. Betsy's class.


Hello! My name is Julia Del Grande and I am very excited to be a part of Montrose and to work with the little ones. I graduated from Messiah College in 2015 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. I worked the past two years at Spectrum360 in Verona, NJ.
I got married this September and moved to Nutley shortly after. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy being outdoors. I enjoy fishing, hiking, and camping. I also enjoy baking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
I cannot wait to see what Montrose has in store for me during my time here. Please feel free to say hello :)


Special Services Update

Have you been wondering what the process is for your child to be evaluated for Special Services? See our website page to find out how:

If you have further questions about Special Education PTO or would like more information regarding the Special Services in the District, please contact Montrose's Spec Ed liaison Geeta Mehra at

And, join SOMA Special Ed FB page:



Ongoing Fundraising
Mabel's Labels ~~ Smile Amazon ~~ Klean Apron

If you need labels for school, consider using Mabel's Labels and 10% of the sale will go to Montrose PTA. Please select "MECC PTA (South Orange)". ~~~~ Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and choose Mecc PTA and Amazon will be donating .5% to Montrose PTA every time you shop. ~~~~ With all that cooking for Thanksgiving, it's time to give yourself a break! Try some delicious food from Klean Apron and help Montrose PTA: 10% donated from every order.
Click on icons below and thank you for your support!

The next newsletter will be sent out on December 11, if you want to know what's happening in the meantime at the school, please go to the website ...  Our google calendar is ...  Also, join our FB page ... MECC (Montrose Early Childhood Center) Families.  And, email if you have questions, concerns, suggestions.
                                                           Thank you!
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