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MFEE Toast to the Teachers is a long-standing tradition of the Montclair Public Schools. These family-hosted parties take place at the end of every school year. Ticket sales for the parties help raise critical funds to support MFEE Educational Excellence Grants, which allow teachers to pilot innovative projects, tools, and experiences for our children.
Your donations help MFEE award approximately $65,000 in Educational Excellence grants each year to support everything from engaging literature for classroom libraries to grade-level materials to enliven science, to school-wide initiatives to inspire writers.
Toasts can be everything from an adults-only gathering at a home to an after school picnic in the park for the class.
Inspiration for hosting a Toast
Our teachers and staff continue to go above and beyond to support our kids. Let's raise a glass to the ones who help raise our kids!
Where can I host a Toast?
What could a Toast look like?
Playground meet up with a visit from an ice cream truck
Afternoon outdoor painting class or craft project
Outdoor afternoon/evening picnic with a visit from a food truck
Adults-only evening party
Afternoon class hike at Eagle Rock or Mills: hosts organize and supply families with snacks and water.
Weekend morning “gym” class for kids with an instructor from a local gym or jiu jitsu studio; coffee for the parents.
Outdoor tie-dye party with a class to create a wearable memory
Adults-only flower arranging class with a local florist or Learn to Knit class with Yarnia
Renting Clary Anderson arena and hosting a private ice skating time; booking time at Gravity Vault or another local indoor gym for the kids
2022 Toast Spotlight
Renaissance Middle School
Last year’s toast that raised the most money was a unique one! Renaissance Middle School hosted an afterschool potluck gathering for the whole school. The toast was an adults-only gathering to honor beloved retiring teachers on a Friday from 4-6pm at the school. Ticket price was pay what you can, with a minimum suggested donation of only $5/adult. Families enjoyed getting the chance to gather with staff and teachers!
Ready to Host a Toast?
1. Choose a special teacher, principal, coach, or other person from Montclair Public Schools and host a party in their honor. Don't forget to include classroom paraprofessionals who do so much to support all of the classroom's students.
2. Confer with your honoree(s) to: a) pick a date b) choose the type of party), and c) decide where you will host the party. Click here for inspiration for what a Toast can look like.
3. Register to Host a Toast below as soon as you can, but no later than 1 week before your party date. We’ll help set the party fee.
Once we receive your completed Host form, we’ll create an online registration page that you can share with families.
Toast hosts cover the (tax-deductible) costs of the parties (teaming up with other families is a great idea!).