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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  The first day of the 2018-2019 school year is August 22, 2018.  It will be a minimum day:  TK: 8:30 - 11:45 AM and K - 5th: 8:30 - 12:00 noon. 

PTA Update for the week of June 4th


Principal’s Message
Summer 2018
The summer months will be a perfect time to play, organize, travel and get ready for the new school year! I can remember growing up in Palos Verdes and playing with neighborhood friends until dark during the long and carefree summer days. We would swim, ride our bikes at the school, and have so much fun until we were called to go inside at dusk. Be sure to spend time outside playing.

Summer is also a great time to travel with family to visit relatives or to see new parts of the world. Keeping a journal or writing a postcard to a friend back home will help create that special memory. Be sure to enjoy time with your family this summer.

I will be a Summer School Principal June 18-July 13. I will be spending many afternoons at Montemalaga getting ready for the new school year. Please send me an email if you have any questions or would like to visit. The new school year will begin on August 22. The first day of school will be a minimum day schedule. The Montemalaga school office will officially open on Wednesday, August 8. Please mark your calendars for our new family social on August 17 from 9:00-11:00 in the Montemalaga Kindergarten yard. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Best wishes for a fun-filled summer!
Mrs. Jody Pastell, Principal

Get Organized for the 2018-2019 School Year!
Registration packets for the 2018-2019 school year will be emailed out at the beginning of August by PVPUSD. Be sure to complete the forms for the District and Montemalaga.

The TK/Kinder/New Famiy Social will be held on August 17th from 9am-11am. Incoming TK/Kinder students can meet their teacher and make new friends! Refreshments will be served. Any questions? Contact Jenny Capone at

Yearbooks are still available for purchase by visiting If you have any questions you can contact Paige Inman,

School Calendar for 2018-19 Has Been Approved

See 2018-2019 calendar by clicking
on link below.
pvpusd calendar

Message from TreeRing, Our Yearbook Provider
Congratulations Montemalaga Elementary on being a TreeRing Green Yearbook School! Since you've sold 439 yearbooks, we'll be working with our partner, Trees for the Future, to plant that many trees in your school's name.

Looking to get involved? We are looking for volunteers to help plan Halloween Carnival!
If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee, please contact Jaime Wahlstrom,

Please Submit All Remaining Payment Authorization Forms
Please submit all remaining PTA payment authorization forms to Christy Watson, as soon as possible so that we can close out the books for the school year
New Student Buddies
As school year 2018-19 is winding to an end, the PTA is looking to set up New Student Buddies for next year.  
Transitioning into a new school can be overwhelming, even scary for some students.  We are seeking students who are willing to lend a helping hand to a new student in need.  By signing up to be a New Student  Buddy, your child will have the great opportunity to demonstrate kindness and show our new students that Montemalaga Elementary School is the friendliest school on the hill.
The tasks are simple:
  • Did I say good morning to my new student friend?
  • Did I check on my new student friend at snack/lunch time? 
  • Does my new student friend have someone to sit with? If not, invite your new student friend to sit with you.
  • Does my new student friend have someone to play with during recess?  If not, invite your student friend to play with you.
  • Did I ask my new student friend how they are doing at Montemalaga and if they need anything?
  • Smile!! Sometimes a smile can make someone's day!
If your child is willing to be a buddy for a new Montemalaga student for 2018-19, please email Betty Peterson at

5th Grade FUN Day

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped with the 5th Grade Luncheon, Promotion Ceremony and 5th Grade Fun Day!!

Reflections 2018-19

Use the summer months to get a head start on next years entry. 
Have fun, be creative, and compete nationally!

Compete in one or all of six categories:
Film Production
Literature Music Composition
Visual Arts

Entries from all grades and abilities welcome! You don’t have to be an artist…just a desire to express yourself!

QUESTIONS? Contact Erin Vancura, Dana Maione or Annie Osswald

Message from PVPUSD
In response to parent questions regarding Registration Days for the start of the 2018-19 school year, please review the following FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions):

For TK-5 students, are there any events or activities prior to the start of school?
Some elementary schools may have optional social or “meet and greet” types of activities but nothing that is required.  Registration forms and participation documents may be submitted on the first day of school.

What happens if my family is on vacation in the weeks prior to the first day of school?
Everything for “back to school registration” can be submitted on the first day of school. Access to the required forms/documents and optional items will be available online.
Thanksgiving Break Child Care Needs
The PVPUSD is gathering information about child care needs over the Thanksgiving break. If you are interested in child care options for this time, please provide feedback by completing a brief survey at:
Textbook Adoption for Grades TK-5:  English Language Arts and English Language Development
The Board of Education recently approved the selection of McGraw Hill Education’s “Wonders” for the TK-5 English Language Arts and English Language Development textbook adoption. 

This will be implemented in two phases:  Grades TK-2 in 2018-19 and Grades 3 – 5 in 2019-20.
For additional information, please visit:

Fall Parent Social 2018

Mark your Calendars
...Montemalaga's Fall Parent Social, "Hollywood on the Hill" will be November 9th! You won't want to miss it!!

Make Your Amazon Purchases and Raise Money for Montemalaga

Make your amazon purchases by registering on Amazon Smile; pick Montemalaga as your charity and they will donate .5% of every purchase to our school! It doesn't seem like much but it adds up very quickly. Just visit to register.

Future Montemalaga Projects Committee
Montemalaga is forming a committee to look at long term projects for Montemalaga. How can we improve Montemalaga's campus? If you have ideas and/or want to be involved in the decision process, join our committee! We are looking for a chair and members to sit on this committee. If you are interested please contact Jenny Handjian,

  Upcoming Events

8/17    9-11am
TK/Kinder/New Family Social
8/22  First Day of School -
minimum day TK: 8:30 - 11:45 AM & K - 5th: 8:30 - 12:00 noon

Join The PTA 

Any parents interested in serving as a Chairperson for next year's events, please email

Donate to PEF
Montemalaga Elementary PTA is proud to be a Major Donor of PEF

NEW PEF Video—
Check it out!!!

PEF Video

It's never too late to donate!

Join Taiwanese Chinese Parents Association

Montemalaga now has a Taiwanese Chinese Parents Association.  For more information, please contact: Betty Lin Peterson, 310-266-0581 or

Keep Clipping Those
Box Tops

Our school can earn up to $20,000 in cash per year! So clip those box tops and submit them to your child's teacher or the front office. Every single box top counts!


Click here to purchase.


If you haven't already, please consider giving to our Excellence in Education Fund or becoming a 
SOARING SPONSOR!! Soaring Sponsors receive a free Kids Ruby meal AND will be entered into a drawing for a TERRANEA GIFT CARD! Donate today to help fund our many great programs which help our students develop, learn and grow! Click to donate