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MFEE’s COVID-19 vaccine educational outreach continues!  We continue to partner with Essex County to host vaccination events and testing sites in Montclair, and we are so grateful to the generous donor who gave $100 cash incentives to those who pre-register and receive their vaccines.

 

Additionally, look forward to news on how MFEE is supporting efforts to make Covid-19 testing more accessible for all.

 

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Teachers and staff have been invited to begin applying for one of MFEE’s annual grants to support innovation in the classroom.  Staff can apply for grants in three categories:  Educational Excellence, Social and Emotional Learning, or Professional Development.  The deadline for application is October 25th.

 

These grants are funded through dollars raised from our Teacher Toasts and Teacher Tributes. We will be featuring grants funded last year on social media over the next few weeks, so we invite you to follow MFEE on Facebook or Instagram to see how MFEE boosts the learning experience of Montclair students.

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MFEE’s pilot program Navegadores Escolares is in full swing!  Spanish-speaking parent navigators are actively supporting and mentoring Spanish-speaking families who are new to our schools.  MFEE is working with the district closely to make systemic changes that will allow new ELL families to feel more welcome in and connected to our schools.  Look for the addition of a bilingual tutoring program to support middle and high school students in their primary language. We look forward to partnering with MHS teens, Montclair State bilingual education students, and community members to provide academic support three days a week.

 

And check out Montclair Local's "Our Montclair" interview with one of our familias!

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Our PEEPs peer-mentorship program, which matches MHS students to middle schoolers seeking academic support and social connection, will continue this school year! MFEE is thrilled to be including more experiential learning opportunities that will be focused on supporting social and emotional health and nurturing youth leadership amongst our PEEPS and PEEP leaders.  We have just hired a PEEPs coordinator, and PEEPs will be kicking off in the next month.

 

More great coverage from Montclair Local over the summer here.

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As announced last year, MFEE has allocated $150,000 in equity grants for our schools.  MFEE has a coaching team of equity experts who continue to support school teams as they develop sustainable and thoughtful grant proposals to address inequity in our schools.

 

And in tandem, MFEE is excited to partner  with the district as it embarks as a member of the National Equity Project’s Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) District Network. This is an intensive two-year program for districts “committed to dream, disrupt, and co-design more equitable, healing-centered, and joyful purposes of school and approaches to teaching and learning in partnership with BIPOC students."

 

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MFEE’s Montclair Community Learning Circle on Race will continue to develop and expand. For those who are not familiar, Learning Circle members meet over 5 weeks, guided by a trained community member, to explore their individual understanding of racism and identify opportunities for personal and community accountability. We will be launching another round of Learning Circles on Race this school year, and new community members will be invited to join.  But, additionally, MFEE will be offering more enhanced learning opportunities to nurture and support the hundreds of community members who have taken that first step -- who already have been part of a Learning Circle. 

*****SAVE THE DATE: October 30, 2021*****

Sabor Montclair

A DELICIOUS fundraiser to support Navegadores Escolares by celebrating the amazing cuisine of our families!

 

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MFEE was delighted to welcome all the newest members to our school community...the kindergarteners!  

 

The gift bag included

  • A welcome note
  • A new pencil encouraging the children to "Write your own story"
  • A set of Crayola's "Colors of the World" skin tone crayons representing people of the world
  • A "popper" key chain for their backpacks - everyone's favorite soothing/calming fidget toy
  • A special "Welcome to Montclair Public Schools" button

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