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2015-16 Events

Planting Day with Restoration of the Natives (RON) - March 27, 2016

Photos |2016 Planting Day|


  • to support the community at large and local ecosystems by restoring habitat,
  • to teach our children the value of stewardship and give them hands-on experience.

Festival of Courage - Thursday, October 1, 2015
Photos | Flyer

Our first festival of the year is the Festival of Courage. As we enter into autumn, the days grow shorter and the weather starts to change. Festival of Courage reminds us to slow down, take a deep breath, and look around at the faces of those with whom we share this school. Having called on our own inner qualities of joy and strength, we may then celebrate the strength and vitality of our community.  

At Festival of Courage, with all classes and families assembled in a large circle on the green, the grades perform a dynamic pageant telling the story of St. George, a lone knight who tames the ferocious Dragon that is terrorizing the people of the land. 

All the children in the grades have a role in the performance, while the assembled families and the kinder children are treated to the spectacle. Afterward, all of the children walk in a spiral to partake of the Dragon Bread (prepared by 3rd graders) before joining their families and classmates for kindergarten and grade level potlucks. The other highlight of the Festival of Courage is the legendary Courage Course, specially designed for the kinder through 2nd grade children by the 8th grade.


9:30           Kindergarten Courage Course
10:30          Processional, Grades 1-8
10:45-11:15   Pageant on the Green
11:15          Spiral Procession to Receive Dragon Bread
11:30-12:00   1st Grade Courage Course
12:00-12:30   2nd Grade Courage Course
1:00            School Dismissal - Childcare Begins  

  • Class Teachers will designate a place for a class picnic/potluck following the event on the playfield.
  • Be sure to bring your own plates and utensils for the picnic
  • No peanuts are allowed in any food on campus
  • Only K, 1st, and 2nd grades are allowed to participate in the Courage Course that 8th grade creates - no siblings, guests, and other students!

2014-15 Events

2014-2015 MBCS Events

Joyous Elves 

Joyous Elves is MBCS' annual family craft festival where children and adults join in making hand­crafted gifts to share with others during the holiday season.

2013-14 Events

Throughout the year, MBCS families participate in a variety of festivals, events, and Parent Enrichment opoportunities. Information about events will be posted as it becomes available!

Click HERE to go to the Joyous Elves Newsletter with all the details!

Festival of Courage

At the Festival of Courage the children present a pageant in which they tame the dragon, enjoy games of courage and strength, sing songs, and share a feast of Dragon Bread and harvest foods with their family. 


The purpose of this festival is to celebrate human will, inner strength, courage and initiative. It serves as a symbolic reminder for the community to strive to overcome our lower impulses of fear, vengefulness, wrath, anxiety, selfishness and laziness.   


A special Dragon Dance will be performed this year by active duty Navy personnel. The festival concludes with a community potluck picnic.  


Set-up (and clean-up!) by 1st and 8th grade
Students arrive at the school
Potluck lunch (bring your own plates and silverware)
Courage Course and Chinese Dragon Dance


2012 Plant-a-thon

Go to the Plant-a-thon page for all the information!

We are pleased to announce MBCS’s 6th annual partnership with CSUMB’s Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project (RON)an eco-friendly fundraiser!


Joyous Elves Family Craft Event

Grandparents and Special Friends Day - November 9 & 10

Eighth  Annual

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Welcome Reception with String Ensemble and Displays in the Community Room;

Classroom Visit including Refreshments and Playtime at Recess;

Presentation by the School Director and Two Class Teachers.

Festival of Courage - Saturday, October 1

The Festival of Courage includes a pageant presented by all of the grades and a “courage course” where young children can challenge themselves in a series of activities.

A Dragon Dance will be performed this year by active duty Navy personnel. Each year is a little different with various cultural additions such as a performance or African drumming. The festival concludes with a community potluck picnic and kite flying.

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st
WHERE:  Playfield at the PG Campus
TIME:  Students must arrive prior to the pageant that begins at 11:00
10:00   Set-up (and clean-up!) by 1st and 8th grade
11:00  Pageant presented by all grades
11:30   Potluck lunch (bring your own plates and silverware)
12:30   Games
1:00   Courage Course and Dragon Dance
1:30   Kite Flying!  Bring a kite from home if you have one.
Potluck Assignments:
Kindergarten and 7th Grade - dessert or finger foods
1st Grade - fruits and vegetables or a green salad
2nd Grade - soup, stew, or beverages
3rd Grade - Dragon Bread and other breads and spreads
4th/5th/6th Grades - main dish, sandwiches, or pizza (note if vegetarian or gluten-free)
8th Grade - salad or beverages

2010-11 Events

Film Screening of "Race to Nowhere"

Community members and organizations across the country are hosting screenings to raise awareness and dialogue and to inspire everyone to take action. Monterey Bay Charter School is pleased to have hosted a screening of Race to Nowhere.

Race to Nowhere poster

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings during a six month campaign to screen the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.

Featured in the film:

  • Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist and author of the best-seller, The Price of Privilege
  • Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
  • Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University
  • Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University
  • Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework


Simplicity Parenting Series







First Day of School and Back to School Night

On the first day of school in the grades, an assembly highlights the Rose Ceremony where Eighth grade students welcome First grade students with a rose. Teachers give highlights of their curriculum and pass on something special to the teacher coming into that grade.

On Back-to-School night, parents can visit all the classrooms before convening at an assembly with the teachers. New faculty and staff are introduced and the Board Chair and Director address the parents and students present.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day - November 9th and 10th

Grandparents or other adult friends of the students are invited to a special day at school. They are given a tour of the school and then join the classroom for refreshments. There is also a brief program in the Community Room with the Director and members of the faculty. This is a great opportunity to share the unique educational program at MBCS with family, friends and neighbors.

Kindergarten - November 9th

Grades 1-8 - November 10th


Joyous Elves Festival - December 10

Each class creates a craft booth for this event, which is open to the community.

Last year's event included the following crafts:

Kindergarten - felted ornaments and  votive candle making 
1st - wool angels
2nd - beeswax candle rolling
3rd - recipe-in-a-jar
4th - silk dyeing
5th - leather stamping and crafting
6th - beeswax candle dipping
7th - bath salts with essential oils
8th - lunch from 11am-2pm
In addition there will be an
    espresso bar,
    a bake sale,
    and our Nutkins Treasures store.
We encourage friends and neighbors of the larger community to join us for this family craft festival. 



Talent Show

Grades 4-8 are invited to audition for a Talent Show produced for the whole school.









Halloween Village - October 28

The Friday before Halloween, Kindergarteners come to the PG campus to visit the classrooms that have been prepared for them. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume; however, it may not be a scary one.  Kindergarteners parade on campus and classes offer them treats of all kinds (but not candy).

Martin Luther King Day Parade - January 16











Each year, Student Council picks various theme days