Welcome to the Jungle FunDRun 2019

We are excited to kick off our fundraising season with a target of $15,750. If every child raises $35 we will meet that target. We also invite community businesses to be our corporate sponsors.

Please join us at Urban park on Wednesday September 25th at 9-10.20 for K-3 and 10.30-11.30 for 4-6. Kids will be running and walking laps to the sounds of Mr Hinojosa’s awesome beats!

Family Breakfast

Your whole family is invited to come and eat breakfast with your Mountain student. We will be serving bagels, muffins, fruit, pastries, juice and coffee.  You may bring a breakfast item to contribute if you'd like or just come and enjoy a break from making breakfast!

We are also kicking off the FUNd Run fundraising that day!

In order to keep the line moving we recommend:

  • K-3rd families eat at 7:30 AM

  • 4-6th families eat at 7:45 AM

  • if you have kids in both of these grade ranges, please choose the best time for your family!

We are also in need of a few parents to help with set-up (6.45 AM), serving and clean-up (8:15 AM).  

Please sign up at this link to volunteer!

Open House

Open House

Open House is this Wednesday August 28th from 5.30-7. Here are the details from the Principal!

  • 5:30pm – General Session – Meet in the gym for Mountain information from the Principal.

  • 6:00pm – Visit your child’s classroom and new teacher. Your child’s teacher will tell you about how the classroom operates and what to expect this year. If you have two children at Mountain, don’t worry; you will have an opportunity to visit another teacher at 6:30pm.

  • 6:30pm – Visit your child’s Specials teachers and Special Education teachers, the tables in the gym or visit your other child’s teacher and classroom.

  • Visit the PTA table to join, volunteer and buy spirit wear from the school store!

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Mountain System Construction Updates 5/24/2019

Mountain System Construction Updates 5/24/2019

We have put together a Teacher/Parent Construction Committee and this past Friday (5/2419) we had our first meeting with the District to discuss the Mountain Systems Construction Project.  Here is the update from that meeting:

  1. 5th & 6th Grade classrooms will begin asbestos abatement over the summer.

  2. 5th & 6th Grades will begin the semester in their classrooms. Ceilings will be exposed and light fixtures dangling.

  3. 3 portables will be brought to campus over the summer and will be hooked up to water/sewer.

  4. 5th & 6th will move into portables at the end of September/ early October over a long weekend.

  5. 5th & 6th will return to their classrooms in March, again over a long weekend.

  6. Kinder, 1st & 2nd Grades will be moved into portables in April through the end of the school year.

  7. Lower wing upgrades will commence in April and take 4 months, hence the need to move the younger grades into portables.

  8. The gym floor will be relaid summer 2020.

The Teacher Parent Committee will keep members informed on construction as details emerge.

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Construction Updates May 15th, 2019

Great news!  
The district secured extra funding from the state allowing Mountain building upgrades to commence over the summer. The district is working with the contractors to develop a suitable schedule that minimizes the impact on students and teachers next year.  Thank you Dr. Steinhaus, Mrs. Guy and their district team for their hard work in winning extra state dollars.  We look forward to our systems improvements!
Building schedule to be announced shortly.

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Turn Markers Into Energy!

Turn Markers Into Energy!

We’re excited to tell you about a very special program we’re coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles. Click “Read More” to see how you can help!

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Volunteer Judges Needed for Science Fair

Volunteer Judges Needed for Science Fair

We need your assistance to help judge at this years Elementary School and Los Alamos County Science Fairs. 

Elementary School Science Fairs start the week of November 26th.

Los Alamos County Science Fair is on January 19th.

This is a special event for the students in our community and your participation is greatly appreciated!

Please go to our Sign Up page ( for the dates and times that we need volunteers.

Several types of judges are needed:

- Elementary (Grades 4-5) Division projects - displays and no interviews

- Junior (Grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-12) Divisions - displays and interviews

- Specials Teams - projects that fall within specific award categories 

If you have a preference on Topics - please make a note in the comment box when you sign up and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Ideally, we will arrange at least 3-4 judges per student for each division. Final judging assignments will be made after we have the final project counts for each category. 

The Los Alamos County Science Fair follows the same categories as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Please visit the website at for a full description and definition of the Intel ISEF categories.

Orientation for the County Science Fair will take place on January 18th and dinner will be provided (time and location to be announced). We will provide an overview of the judging process and answer any questions you may have. Attendance at the orientation is not required, but it is encouraged, especially if you are new to judging. Useful reminders and updates will be provided. In addition, there will be an opportunity to preview (NOT JUDGE) the projects after the orientation.

If you plan on attending the orientation dinner, please send an e-mail to Eva Abeyta at by 1/17/19 to ensure enough food for all. We will be sending out copies of the judging forms and more information during the week of the science fair.

For additional questions, please contact David Coblentz ( or Cathy Snelson (

Thanks again,

David Coblentz and Cathy Snelson

Judging Committee Co-Chairs

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Fall SignUpGenius Opportunities Now Available

Fall SignUpGenius Opportunities Now Available

We’re excited about the upcoming Halloween Carnival and Fall Book Fair! We’re starting to organize the valiant crew of volunteers it takes to run these perennial student favorites. You too can be one of those brave and helpful people by going to the SignUpGenius pages below and signing up to help. Remember the early bird gets the best choices!

Click to Sign up for Fall Book Fair

The Fall Book Fair Dates are:

  • Setup: October 12th

  • Book Sales: October 15th-20th

Click to Sign up for the Halloween Carnival

The Halloween Carnival is going to be October 20th.

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We need Stuffies and Cakes for the Halloween Carnival!

We need Stuffies and Cakes for the Halloween Carnival!

Is your house overrun with well-loved but gently used stuffiesDonate them to the Carnival Prize Barn. Give joy to another child while you declutter. Drop off stuffies at the Mountain front office or email

LET THEM EAT CAKE!  The Cake Walk is one of our most popular carnival attractions.  Bring in cakes to add to the fun.  Register your donation on the Halloween Carnival SignupGenius.

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FUNd Run a Success!

FUNd Run a Success!

Our 2018 FUNd run on Wednesday, October 3rd was a rousing success! The students had fun, the teachers dressed up as superheroes, some real life superheroes from the Fire Department came out and ran with us and a good time was had by all.

The Mountain community rallied around and at the last minute we surpassed our fundraising goal of $14,000 by raising $15,674. Additional money was donated by our generous corporate sponsors, who are listed on the right side of the page.

This success ensures that the PTA will be able to meet our planned goals of funding educational grants, tutoring services, teacher classroom allowances, family reading and math nights, plus so much more. Our PTA will continue to pay for transportation for field trips for every grade because budget constraints have limited our field trip funding. Excitingly, this year we are also raising money to stay up to date on Mountain School’s Classroom Technology.

Thanks to everyone for your donations of time and treasure!

Check out our Facebook page where there may be pictures soon.

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FUNd Run Wednesday October 3rd

FUNd Run Wednesday October 3rd

Held every Fall, FUNd Run is Mountain Elementary PTA’s primary fundraiser. FUNd Run takes place at Urban Park during the school day. Kids walk to the park with their classes where staff, parents, and volunteers cheer them on as they run laps. All students participate, even if they don’t contribute to the fundraising aspect of the FUNd Run.

Our SUPER GOAL: $14,000!  If every student raises $33 we will meet our goal!

Who: All Mountain students and staff. Families are welcome to come run, walk or cheer

Where: Urban Park in Mountain School Neighborhood

When: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
9:00 - 10:00  K - 3rd grades
10:20 - 11:30 4th - 6th grades

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