FAQ: Barefoot Books & UMCS Fundraiser ~ Book Fair Continues Through June

The UMCS Book Fair promotes a love of books and reading while also raising money for our school. Buy books online at http://www.barefootbooks.com/marketplace/66491/. Scroll down, and click on "Support this Event" under the Urban Montessori Online Fundraiser to purchase. UMCS will receive 20% of proceeds, with the primary goal being support of our school library. 

The next LIVE Book Fair takes place this Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Walkathon/ArtsFest!

Book Fair contact: Maceo Cabrera Estevez, Barefoot Books Ambassador, Sales Leader. Phone: 510-590-6762. Email: maceo@oaklandbarefootbooks.com.


I am unable to attend the live events at the Gratitude Festival/Walkathon/etc. Did I miss purchasing books?

You did not miss the opportunity to purchase Barefoot Books and still support UMCS. You may order your books online. Books ordered through Maceo will be delivered to the school office. She will send you an email letting you know when they have arrived.

How long does the fundraiser last?

The fundraiser continues until June 11th, 2015.

My parents (or friends, aunts, third cousin, etc) live out of state; if they order books online could they be shipped to my house?

Yes, you may input a different shipping address than the billing address.

Can I pick up the books locally, instead of paying for shipping?

For small orders (under $60) it is possible to arrange pickup locally, depending on what is in stock. Please contact, Maceo Cabrera Estevez, Barefoot Books Ambassador for details.

I have three birthday parties to go to this weekend and I don’t have time to order. What do I do?

Contact Maceo and she will let you know if the books you want are in her inventory or she will give you alternative suggestions. She is more than happy to meet you at the school to deliver the books.

My aunt wants to order books but doesn’t have computer access. Is there a way you could help her?

Yes! If a family member or friend wants to purchase books but does not want to do it online, Maceo would be more than happy to assist them over the phone. She can send them a catalog and she accepts checks and money orders as payments.

How much money does UMCS receive?

UMCS will receive 20% of sales.



Maceo Cabrera Estevez

Barefoot Books Ambassador, Sales Leader




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Raffle Tickets Now On Sale! $100 to choose from prizes worth up to $3000

Buy a Raffle Ticket for $100, Enter to Win a Premium Live Auction Prize!

At the Urban Montessori Laughs for Learning comedy night/auction on March 19, amazing items and experiences (described below) will be available for auction. But you can have a chance to win one of these items by purchasing a raffle ticket. For $100 you could win a prize worth up to $3000. You do not need to be present at the Laughs for Learning event to claim your prize!

One lucky winner will get to choose between these six prizes:

Private S.F Ballet Chamber Orchestra Concert and Catered Dinner: Host a private chamber music concert and gourmet meal. Members of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra will perform a private concert in the location of your choosing while enjoying a multi-course dinner prepared by a professional chef whose previous jobs included the kitchen at Oliveto.

Vacation Home in Healdsburg: A weekend in wine country! Stay 2 consecutive nights in a luxurious 2-bedroom house on Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg with views of vineyards, mountains and sunsets. Close to Healdsburg Square, Russian River, golf, world-class vineyards, and some of the most beautiful hiking and biking in Northern California.

Vacation Home in Santa Fe, NM: Spend a week in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico in a 3-bedroom vacation home designed by a renowned Santa Fe artist.  

456 Gourmet Dinner and Wine Tasting: 4 wines and 5 courses for 6 friends: 4 Saintsbury Vineyard wines – a tasting room experience – accompanied by a 5-course gourmet dinner prepared by Ruth Stroup, a CIA-trained professional chef, in her Oakland home for 6 guests.

Vacation Home in Lake Tahoe: Spend 5 nights and 6 days in a majestic 5-bedroom Lake Tahoe vacation home with unmatched mountain views minutes from the slopes of Alpine Meadows. Lake Tahoe offers adventure and excitement year-round with fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking in the warmer months and world-class skiing and sledding in winter.

Vacation Apartment in Seoul, Korea: Take a trip to one of Asia’s most interesting and culturally vibrant destinations. Art, museums, ancient palaces, shopping, and amazing food! 7 nights and 7 days in a cozy two-bedroom apartment located in a new subdivision of Seoul, Korea. Included is either a catered dinner or a cooking lesson for up to six people and a day of sightseeing with an English-speaking Seoul native, agenda to be tailored to your interests! Host is also available to help you plan your stay.

If we sell 100 raffle tickets or more, we earn $10,000+ for our school and everybody at UMCS wins!

How to purchase: Visit the Bidding for Good UMCS website Buy Tickets page: http://tinyurl.com/laughs-2015 and select and purchase the raffle ticket for the prize you would like to win.

“Laughs for Learning” comedy night fundraiser with live, online, and silent auctions: Tickets are $175 and include entertainment, Yoshi’s Japanese fusion food, drinks, and desserts.

BUY TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/laughs-2015

Online Auction:www.biddingforgood.com/umcs

About Urban Montessori Charter School (UMCS): UMCS is a free, public charter school in Oakland, Calif. Our model includes Montessori, design thinking, and arts integration, along with mindfulness and positive discipline. We have a truly inclusive school community reflective of Oakland’s racial and socioeconomic diversity, and we are a designated Ashoka Changemakers school.

About Hari Kondabolu: Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic whom the NY Times called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042″ and was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Kondabolu has performed on the Late Show with David LettermanConan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, plus in his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. A regular on the public radio circuit, he has appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Bullseye and Soundcheck. He has also appeared on popular podcasts including WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank. A former immigrant-rights organizer in Seattle, Hari earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008. In the UK, he has established himself with appearances on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric, and Channel 4’s “8 out 10 Cats.”

About J.R. Havlan: J.R. Havlan is a proud father and uncle to a small band of happy and curious Montessori students, and he is returning this year to once again emcee Urban Montessori Charter School’s annual fundraiser. J.R. spent the last 18 years writing for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where he won 8 Emmy Awards and contributed to the show’s two best selling books, America: The Book and Earth: The Book. J.R. also wrote for the Academy Awards in 2006 and 2008 and has performed stand-up comedy on both The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. 




More live event info: www.biddingforgood.com/umcs

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UMCS Announces Change in Performers: Hari Kondabolu to Headline Laughs for Learning 2015

Due to a last-minute conflict in his schedule, featured performer W. Kamau Bell is unable to perform for Urban Montessori Charter School's annual fundraising event, Laughs for Learning, 2015. However, UMCS is pleased to announce that Hari Kondabolu, an exciting, rising comedian known for his provocative, personal monologues on race, culture, and society, will be taking Bell's place. 

Hari_headshot.jpgA former writer and correspondent for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX, Hari Kondabolu’s other numerous TV credits include his own half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central, and live appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, among others. In 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042″ and was interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air. He has also been a guest and/or correspondent for numerous Public Radio shows. Kondabolu will be flying in to perform at the fundraising gala event at Yoshi’s on March 19, 2015, between performance engagements in his home city, New York, and his tour dates in Australia later this month.

Through the combined and quick efforts of Bell, Bell's manager, Laughs for Learning’s talent producer Lisa Geduldig, and event emcee J.R. Havlan, UMCS was able to quickly fill the vacant spot with an extremely talented and in-demand performer. Bell expressed deep regrets about not being able to perform at the benefit for UMCS, adding that he hopes to find other opportunities to contribute to the school in the future.

“LAUGHS FOR LEARNING” COMEDY Fundraiser: A benefit for Urban Montessori Charter School

On MARCH 19, 2015, 6:30-10:00pm

At YOSHI’S OAKLAND 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607

Tickets are $175 and include entertainment, Yoshi’s Japanese fusion food, drinks, and desserts.

BUY TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/laughs-2015

Online Auction: www.biddingforgood.com/umcs



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W. Kamau Bell to Headline UMCS's 2015 Auction/Comedy Fundraiser — Tickets on sale NOW

2015 UMCS Laughs for Learning with W Kamau Bell at Yoshi's

Laughs for Learning, Urban Montessori Charter School’s second-annual dinner, comedy, and live-and-silent auction fundraising event is happening at Yoshi’s-Oakland on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. with a special Sponsors’ VIP reception, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The evening features a 45-minute set by home-grown Bay Area comedian, W. Kamau Bell, "the most promising new talent in political comedy in years" according to the New York Times, with returning emcee J.R. Havlan, former head writer for The Daily Show.

Tickets are on sale now

Early-Bird Price: $150 through 2/20; $175 after.

Click here to purchase: https://biddingforgood.com/umcs.

This event is open to the public. Please share the link and invite family and friends!

Performer bios:

JRH.jpgJ.R. Havlan is a proud father and uncle to a small band of happy and curious Montessori students, and he is returning this year to once again emcee Urban Montessori Charter School’s annual fundraiser. J.R. spent the last 18 years writing for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where he won 8 Emmy Awards and contributed to the show’s two best selling books, America: The Book and Earth: The Book. J.R. also wrote for the Academy Awards in 2006 and 2008 and has performed stand-up comedy on both The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

WKB.jpgW. Kamau Bell is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Salon.com listed Kamau on their “Sexiest Men of 2012” list, calling the series “surreptitiously revolutionary in its effortless diversity and humanism.” Kamau has appeared on Comedy Central, Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, Henry Louis Gates Jr’s Many Rivers To Cross, MSNBC, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and NPR, among others. SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was more excited that they called him “handsome.”

DJ MatteoRenowned DJ and UMCS dad, DJ Matteo reprises his role as master of the music for Laughs for Learning, providing tunes to socialize, dance, dine, and bid by at the event. Matteo has traveled the world absorbing, collecting and, most importantly, listening to music, internalizing whole genres and beats, turns and tables — always cultivating his selector techniques. He has DJ’d at parties around the globe, for many luminous guests including Sharon Stone, Barry Bonds, Ellen Degeneres, MTV, UPN, QTV and more, as well as spinning at after-parties for Earth, Wind & Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashmouth, Elton John, Chris Isaak, English Beat, Men at Work, among others. Learn more about him at djmatteo.com.

Anuncio del Comediante y Entradas a La Venta Ahora : Risas Para el Aprendizaje 2015

Risas Para el Aprendizaje, la segunda cena, comedia, subasta anual, de Urban Montessori Charter School, será a Yoshi’s de Oakland el Jueves, 19 de marzo 2015, 6:30-10:00pm; Recepción VIP para los Patrocinadores, 5:30-6:30pm.

Con comediante local W. Kamau Bell, "el nuevo talento más prometedor en la comedia política en años", según el New York Times, con el anfitrión regresar JR Havlan, ex escritor de The Daily Show.

Los boletos están a la venta. Precio temprana: $150 a través de 2/20; $175 después.

Haga clic aquí para comprar: https://biddingforgood.com/umcs.

Este evento está abierto al público; por favor compartir el enlace e invitar a amigos y familia!


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UMCS's First Annual 100-Days Fundraising Campaign a Success!

We are pleased to announce that the 100 Days Campaign, which aimed to raise $25,000, exceeded our financial goal!

This parent-powered fundraising campaign netted $34,530 for our school—through a combination of cash, checks, one-time and monthly credit card donations and corporate matches. Thank you all—especially to the grandparents and extended family members who also invested in UMCS!

Our family participation rate was 69 percent: 149 families, out of the 217 families enrolled at UMCS, donated to the campaign. This gives us a strong baseline from which to reflect and improve upon for next year.

Thank you to everyone who invested in Urban Montessori!


Nos complace anunciar que la Campaña de 100 días, cuyo objetivo era recaudar 25,000 dólares, superó nuestra meta financiera!

Esta campaña potencia de padres y levantó 34,530 dólares a través de una combinación de efectivo, cheques, de una sola vez y donaciones mensuales de tarjetas de crédito y partidos corporativos. Gracias a todos, especialmente a los abuelos y otros familiares que también invirtieron en UMCS!

Nuestra tasa de participación de la familia fue del 69 por ciento: 149 familias de las 217 familias inscritas en UMCS, donados a la campaña. Esto nos da una fuerte fundación para mejorar para el próximo año .

Gracias por invertir en Urban Montessori usted!

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"100 Days" Fundraising Campaign Is In Full Swing!

Last week at Back to School night, Urban Montessori’s Head of School David Castillo officially kicked off the 100 Days Campaign, a parent-powered fundraising effort. 

The goal of the campaign is to raise at least $25,000 with 100% family participation. The campaign ends on December 3rd — 100 days from the start of school on Aug. 26.


Parents and caregivers were invited to donate or promise a donation via cash or check with pledge cards and envelopes, or via credit card or Paypal on the school website, with the option to give either a one-time or repeating monthly donation. Monthly donations expire at the end of the school fiscal year, on June 30, 2015. You can pick up a green pledge card and envelope in the front office and drop your donation in the drop box. (Click here to donate now.

As part of the campaign kick-off, both Castillo (a.k.a. “Mr. C.”) and founding teacher Jen Heeter (Lupine Classroom) told their personal stories of why our school means so much to them, in terms of the school's mission of culture and socioeconomic equity and our three-pillars educational model that provides unique and needed opportunities for diverse learners to achieve and grow.

The kick-off was a success, reports Dana Hull and Mary Lim Lampe, parents and Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs.

"The 100 Days Campaign is off to a great start," said Hull. "A huge hug of gratitude to everyone who made a donation at Back to School Night: Some families gave $1, others $100; some $500, some even more. EVERY DONATION COUNTS! We really want to get to 100-percent family participation — this will help us as we seek other grants and matching funds."

As families participate, green ribbons will be added to two giant tree banners, one hanging on the welcome garden fence near the entrance of the school and another on the back gate, as well as to the digital image on our Donation Page.

So check back for updates!

La semana pasada en Noche de Regreso a la Escuela, Director de la Escuela David Castillo de Urban Montessori Charter School oficialmente dio inicio a la Campaña de 100 días, un esfuerzo impulsado padres y recaudación de fondos.

El objetivo de la campaña es recaudar por lo menos $25,000 para UMCS con 100% de participación de la familia. La campaña termina el 3 de diciembre - 100 días desde el comienzo de las clases el 26 de agosto. Se invita a los padres y cuidadores para donar o prometer una donación a través de efectivo o cheque con tarjetas de compromiso y sobres, o con tarjeta de crédito o Paypal en la página web de la escuela, con la opción de dar, ya sea una sola vez o repetir donación mensual. Donaciones mensuales vencen al final del año fiscal de la escuela, el 30 de junio de 2015.

Usted puede recoger una tarjeta de compromiso verde y sobre en la oficina y dejar su donación en el cuadro desplegable. (Haga clic aquí para donar ahora.) Como parte de la campaña saque inicial, tanto Castillo (también conocido como "Mr. C.") y maestro fundador Jen Heeter (Lupine Aula) contaron sus historias personales de qué significa nuestra escuela tanto a ellos, en cuanto a la misión de la escuela de la cultura y la equidad socioeconómica y nuestros tres pilares modelo educativo que proporcionan oportunidades únicas y necesarias para los diversos estudiantes para lograr y crecer.

El pistoletazo de salida fue un éxito, informa Dana Hull y Mary Lim Lampe, los padres y del Comité de Recaudación de Fondos Copresidentes. "La campaña de 100 días ha tenido un gran comienzo", dijo Hull. "Un gran abrazo de agradecimiento a todos los que hicieron una donación al regreso a la escuela:.! Algunas familias dio $ 1, otros $ 100; unos $ 500, algunos incluso más Cada donación cuenta Tenemos muchas ganas de llegar a la participación de la familia 100 por ciento - este nos ayudará en nuestra búsqueda de otras subvenciones y fondos de contrapartida ".

Como participan las familias, se añadirán las cintas verdes de dos banderas del árbol gigante, uno que cuelga en la bienvenida cerca del jardín, cerca de la entrada de la escuela y otro en la puerta de atrás, así como a la imagen digital en nuestra Donación página.

Así que revise las actualizaciones!

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FUN(draiser): The Muppet Movie (1979) Matinee at Parkway Theater to Benefit Urban Montessori Charter School


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Dig Deeper: Learning More About Montessori

The Prepared Environment: Teacher's Desk

Montessori education has been around for more than 100 years. In this post, we’ve gathered some links to books and other resources. We welcome additional suggestions in the “Comments” area, below. 

Montessori organizations: The two primary Montessori organizations in the United States are the Association Montessori International (USA) and the American Montessori Society. Both sites have a ton of information, as well as links to their Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also visit The Montessori Foundation, where you can browse its online bookstore and subscribe to Tomorrow’s Child magazine (print or ebook). Since UMCS is a public school, you may find the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector of interest.

Books: Your local library is a great place to do some Montessori research, or you can buy books from a local bookstore or online. The snippets below are from Amazon.com; if you buy via the links below, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to UMCS. A good starting point is looking over the many books published by Maria Montessori herself. To read about her life, visit her page on Biography.com or this page on the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association.

Some additional suggested reading includes:

Montessori materials: The prepared environment is a big part of Montessori. To learn more about the materials used in Montessori classrooms, visits sites including Montessori Services and Living Montessori Now.

Finally, a parent favorite is Montessori Madmen: “We're an impatient, ragtag group of dads and advocates from around the world, united by a common zeal to bring the Montessori method to millions more. Our mission is simple: to advocate for Montessori education so that one day it's not called Montessori school; it's just called school.”


La Educación Montessori ha existido por más de 100 años. En este escrito, hemos reunido algunos enlaces a libros y otros recursos para su información. Le damos la bienvenida si tiene sugerencias adicionales, los puede incluir en el área de "Comentarios", al final.

Organizaciones Montessori: Las dos organizaciones primarias Montessori en los Estados Unidos son la Asociación Montessori Internacional (EE.UU.) y la Sociedad Americana Montessori. Ambos sitios tienen mucha información, así como enlaces a sus páginas de Facebook y Twitter. También puede visitar La Fundación Montessori, donde puede navegar su librería en línea y suscribirse a la revista Tomorrow’s Child (impreso o ebook). Ya que UMCS es una escuela pública, usted puede encontrar el Centro Nacional de Montessori en el Sector Público de interés.

Libros: La biblioteca local es un gran lugar para investigar sobre Montessori, o usted puede comprar libros en una librería local o en línea. Los fragmentos a continuación son de Amazon.com; si usted compra a través de los enlaces en esta página, un porcentaje de su compra serán donados a UMCS. Un buen punto de partida es revisar los muchos libros publicados por la misma Maria Montessori. Para leer acerca de su vida, visite su página en Biography.com o esta página en la Asociación Americana de Profesores Montessori del Norte.

Algunas lecturas recomendadas incluyen:

• La Controversia Montessori, John Chattin-McNichols (1991): "En este texto informativo se proporciona la filosofía y prácticas de enseñanza Montessori y materiales curriculares. También se revisa la investigación reciente sobre los efectos de la experiencia de la escuela Montessori.”

• Montessori: La ciencia detrás del Genio, Angeline Lillard Stoll (2008): "Lillard presenta la investigación que fundamenta ocho puntos de vista que son la base de la educación Montessori, y describe cómo cada uno de estos puntos de vista se aplica en el aula Montessori."

• Montessori Hoy: Un enfoque integral de la educación desde el nacimiento hasta la edad adulta, Paula Polk Lillard (1996): "Paula Lillard, directora de una escuela Montessori de edades comprendidas entre 18 meses y quince años ofrece una introducción clara y convincente para el programa Montessori para los años de primaria y posteriores." 

• “Cómo criar a un niño increíble de la Forma Montessori,” Tim Seldin (2006): "Adaptado para facilitar su uso con los niños en el hogar y sobre la base de las ideas clave que crean, los niños seguros e independientes en las escuelas Montessori, este libro inspirador muestra a los padres cómo lidiar con el crecimiento físico e intelectual de los niños desde el nacimiento hasta los seis años."

Materiales Montessori: El ambiente preparado es una gran parte de Montessori. Para obtener más información sobre los materiales utilizados en las aulas Montessori, favor visitar los siguientes sitios incluyendo Servicios Montessori  y Living Montessori Now.

Por último, uno de los favoritos de las families es Montessori Madmen: "Somos un grupo de papás impacientes y defensores de todo el mundo, unidos por un afán común de llevar el método Montessori a millones más. Nuestra misión es simple: abogar por la educación Montessori para que un día no se llama la escuela Montessori; simplemente llama la escuela.”

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Mindful Impact Partnership Brings Mindfulness Training to Urban Montessori Charter School

Mindful Impact, an Oakland-based organization that offers mindfulness training to predominantly underserved communities in an effort to promote social justice and educational equity, is coming to Urban Montessori Charter School.

Funded by an anonymous grant, the Mindful Impact program will provide mindfulness training to UMCS' faculty, staff and 230 students, beginning on February 18, 2014. Parents will have an opportunity to be exposed to the curriculum at our Spring Parent Night on February 26, 2014.

There is a sizeable body of research that shows that teaching children self-regulation skills improves academic outcomes. This partnership will enable us to equip children with a greater range of self-regulation skills. The Mindful Impact lessons will be a welcome addition to our social-emotional curriculum.

Montessori schools teach basic sitting and walking meditation lessons called "The Silence Game" and "Walking the Line." The opportunity to provide students with more mindfulness habits, skills and practices through working with Mindful Impact is a logical partnership.

Photos of UMCS kindergarten students practicing one of Maria Montessori's "Silence" lessons, in October 2013:



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