Congratulations MBCS Graduates!

Our eighth grade graduates had a wonderful in person commencement celebration on our new outdoor stage, at the Pacific Grove campus, on Thursday, June 9. Friends and family joined us to celebrate the achievements of these amazing students.

We are so proud of our graduates and thankful for the volunteers who helped organize a safe and fun in person event. We are equally thankful for our amazing eighth grade teachers, Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Alter, for all of their incredible work with our eighth grade students this year.

Congratulations students! Please know you are always welcome at Monterey Bay Charter School. We will miss you!

Monterey Bay Charter School is proud to celebrate pride month with our LGBTQIAA + Community!

Our middle school Student Council team celebrated Pride Month before the school year ended. Students in grades two through eight could color a pride flag, share why they are an ally on poster board, and could receive a pride flag pin. All student art work was then displayed on our Student Council cork boards. Well done Student Council!

Happenings Around Campus

We are excited to share with you that our Kindergarten through second grade classes are moving to the beautiful Foothill Elementary School campus.

This location feels similar to our Pacific Grove campus and provides ample space for a school garden, support services, an office, aftercare program, two kindergarten classrooms, two first grade classrooms, two second grade classrooms, and one outdoor Pre-K/TK classroom in a beautiful wooded setting for our youngest students.

For an exclusive insider look at the new spaces, please consider helping us move this Friday, July 1, from 9am to 3pm. We need help! If interested in volunteering, please email:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce: Building A “Brave Space”

Our DEI Taskforce wrapped up another great year of important work. Please click the link below to read our end of year report for the MBCS School Board.

If you would like to share your thoughts in community, please join our social media conversation Facebook group@ “Brave Space: Courageous Conversations with MBCS”

Amazon Smile

Did you know MBCS has an Amazon Smile account? If you are ordering items via amazon, please consider adding MBCS as your charity of choice. This is a great way to order items and support the school. If you have not already selected MBCS as your charity you will need to do so. It is listed as Monterey Bay Charter School Parent Teacher Group.

Thank You Donors!

Thanks to your generous support this year, our school was able to raise over $173,630!

MBCS would like to thank the following donors for their incredible contribution of over $1,000 to our school this past year.

  • Pebble Beach Company Foundation
  • Ryan and Alecia Hull
  • Granite Rock
  • Community Foundation Santa Cruz County (Commons Family)
  • Jacobs Family
  • Escher Family
  • Vicioso Family
  • Madeira Family
  • Amanda Geurts
  • Burgess Family
  • Richardson Family
  • Dunne-Lowrey Family
  • Walter Sullivan
  • Hamilton Family
  • Germaine Ng
  • Whole Kids Foundation
  • Julie Martin
  • Yellow Brick Road Foundation
  • Walmart Foundation

MBCS would like to thank the following donors for their incredible contribution of over $500 to our school this past year.

  • Mach Family
  • Sara Youngbar
  • Keslie Mack
  • Shafer Family
  • Sachi Phillips
  • Parker Lusseau
  • Svetlana Andrianova
  • Villarta Family
  • Shima Family
  • Turgen Family
  • Eric Wilson
  • Daniel Bryant
  • Kelcon General Contracting
  • Lafe Draper
  • Bay Federal Credit Union
  • Brian Bird
  • Cassandra Bridge

Also Big Thank You’s to…

We would like to thank all of the amazing family volunteers who helped in the classroom, chaperoned field trips, worked garden beautification days, served on the MBCS School Board, Foundation Board, HR Finance Committee, Parent Circle, Ocean Guardian Team, library team, garden committee, and the DEI Taskforce. A BIG thank you to our incredible teachers who continued to provide our students with an amazing education. We could not have had a successful fiscal and academic year without all of you!

MBCS 2021-2022 Annual Report

Please read our annual report below to review our achievements this fiscal year.

Farewell to Cassandra Bridge

After seventeen years as Executive Director of Monterey Bay Charter School, Ms. Cassandra Bridge is saying farewell to pursue a career as a lawyer. We wish her well on her next adventure. Thank you, Ms. Bridge for all you have done for our students and our school. You will be missed dearly!

The MBCS Board of Directors appointed current School Director, Jessica Guzzi, as Interim Executive Director, and current third grade teacher, Anne Wyatt, as Interim Director of Education, and current kindergarten teacher, Jazmin Ventura, as Interim Pedagogical Leader (AKA Academic Coach) in lieu of a permanent Executive Director for one year.

Please Consider Donating

The Monterey Bay Charter School Parent Teacher Group is a registered 501c3 organization with EIN # 26-1729713. All donations are tax deductible. To support Monterey Bay Charter School programs, please click the donate button below.

Happy Summer!

Gnome Highlights Newsletter will resume in August!


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