Spotlights, Apr. 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018.

Core value of the month: Courage


Dear Monta Loma Families,

Leopard Leaders for Compassion.

Please join me and thanking our compassionate leaders. These students consistently demonstrate empathy for others and are the first to offer kind words and helping hands. We are so proud of them. Congratulations to

Bridget F., Thomas C., Gianni P.,  Allyson C.,Lena W.,   Mackenzie T., Angelize R. and Jose G., Eris B., Alex M., Amy G., Olivier  K., Brody C., Genesis B., Asher L., Elena K., Andrew N., Anya O., Aiden V. Leila W., Tavia B., Devon P.,  Eden M., Edmundo D., Melanie P., Brooklyn H., Roberto P., Felix G., Andrei S.,  Isabella R., Lars A., Luke T., CJ D., Allie B., Elijah M.,  Joselyn M., Kenta C., and Kelly J.

State Testing

Our window for assessments this year is between April 16th and May 18th.

Students in 3rd through 5th grade will be assessed in English Language Arts and Math. Students in 5th grade will also take a Science assessment.

Monta Loma is ready to show what we know! Our school goal is to increase our average scale score in Math and ELA by 25 points points or more.

Parents often ask what they can do to help students do their best on assessments. And if you think about it, these practices are important for students every day, not just for assessments.

  • Make sure that your student attends school regularly. The more students are in school, the more likely they will do well on assessments.
  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9 to 12 hours of sleep for elementary aged students.  
  • Make sure students get proper nutrition. Brains need energy from food to work effectively. A balanced diet with protein, carbs, and fats is important for student success.

Believe it or not, the simplest steps make a big difference.

Thank you for your partnership,




Word of the Week

ConceptA concept is an idea. Students may hear the word concept throughout the day when we talk about our objectives. Some examples of math concepts are fractions, addition, decimals, graphs. Concepts can be as simple as any objects we can see or touch, like apples or pencils. Concepts can also be abstract ideas. Values like compassion and courage, or feelings, like love or happiness are concepts too. Spanish speakers can think about the cognate concepto to help remember the meaning of concept.

Spring Picture Day, April 20, 2018.

Hello! We need parent volunteers for the Spring Picture Day. If you are available to help us, please sign up here. Thank you!




Walkathon preparations are underway! Our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming May 18
Volunteers still needed for our raffle and food/supplies donations. Contact Macey Taylor We are also looking for a field setup co-chair to handle logisitcs. 
Please contact Tiffany Dale to help with Walkathon.

Thank you, awesome volunteers! Many of you pitched in for Lawrence Hall of Science and the Art Show last week – many of you help regularly in the classroom and at our events. We are grateful to all of you for enhancing our school community!

Looking for a way to contribute to our school community? PTA has many opportunities big and small, on and off campus, to enrich our students’ lives. Contact for more info.


All public schools receiving state funding are required to prepare and distribute a SARC (School Accountability Report Card). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. SARCs are published each year and contain data from the previous school year.

There are several ways to view your school’s SARC:

  • Visit the MVWSD elementary schools’ and middle schools’ webpages on and click on your school’s SARC links, for both English and Spanish.
  • Go to the CDE Find a SARC Web page. This CDE Web page provides actual SARC reports or SARC Web links to the school or district website where the school's SARC is located.
  • If you would like to obtain a printed copy in Spanish or English, please see your child’s school.

School Safety Town Hall, Wednesday, April 18 -- 6:30 p.m., Graham Middle School Auditorium

With Mountain View Police Department, El Camino YMCA, and CHAC.

How can we we all work together to keep our schools safe? Join us for a community conversation about school safety hosted in conjunction with our partners.

Please reserve your free seat here.


Tue. Apr. 10, 2018, 7PM-8:30PM, Los Altos LibraryParent Chat Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health 
Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC. 

SELPA 1 CAC Steering Committee Meeting Come on and help us finalize Parent Education selections and plan for next year. SELPA 1 CAC helps families of students receiving special education services and educates the public about disabilities and inclusion. Monday, April 16, 9:30-11, Los Altos School District Office, 201 Covington Rd

Mon. Apr. 16, 2018, 7PM-9PM, Los Altos Library
Let's Talk
 A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.
All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.


Wed. Apr. 18, 2018, 7-9PM, Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos Taking Care of You: Mindfulness and Parenting with Challenges

With Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor. Parenting a child with disabilities can lead to difficult emotions and stress. 

The practice of mindfulness, including meditation, can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and allow you to better manage these emotions. 

Learn to move from coping to living a more meaningful life in the present moment, while still planning for the future.


Monday, April 9- Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Break/No School Days


Monday, April 16, 2018

Back to School


April 16 -  May 18, 2018

Window for CAASPP Test for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ML School Site Council @ Conference Room, 4:00 – 5:30pm


Friday, April 20, 2018

ML Spring Picture Day


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ML 5th Grade Gala Concert (Band) @ CSMA, 7:30 – 8:30pm


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ML ELAC @ Library, 6:00 – 7:30pm


Thursday, April 26, 2018

ML 5th Grade Gala Concert (Strings) @ CSMA, 7:30 – 8:30pm


 Friday, April 27, 2018

Crazy Hair Day



5th Grade Gala Concerts


April Menu


School Safty Town Hall




Preschool Enrollment


Spring Camp


Los Altos Basketball


Spartans Sports Camps


Volunteer Fair


Pedal in the Park

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