Spotlights, Feb. 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018.

Core value of the month: Responsibility 


Dear Monta Loma Families,

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2018-19 school year.

Please use the links below to give input through March 2 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey:

More information found here:


In partnership,




THIS FRIDAY – Principal’s Coffee Topic: How will District map changes affect your family? Ask Bill on Feb 9 @ 8:45! Bring your questions and concerns as Bill Lambert joins us in the multi to discuss Enrollment Priorities. Bill is a former school board member and long time Monta Loma supporter. There will also be a short PTA meeting to pass mid-year budget changes. We need your vote to fund the rest of the year’s activities!

Used Book Sale is less than a month away. We need books! We need volunteers! Please donate gently used K-5 books in the office. We will need help sorting books anytime on Feb 26-27 and help staffing the sale Feb 28-Mar 1. More info

Book Sale this weekend @ Mountain View Library. Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-4. Sunday you can purchase an entire paper grocery bag full of books for only $5. More info

Thank you so much for making Game Night, our first event in our brand new Multi Use Room a HUGE SUCCESS!  Our community really came together tonight to share in the excitement of our new space.  Kids of all ages had fun playing games with friends, teachers and family.  Lots of little ones were dancing to the music and everyone was enjoying the evening together.  HUGE THANKS to 1st and 4th grade parents and all other volunteers for helping with set up, buying, cooking and selling our concession food and spirit wear and cleaning up at the end of the night!


Student health and safety is very important to us. Recent national events concerning the quality of public drinking water, especially for our youngest citizens, have raised awareness. For that reason, the District proactively contacted the City of Mountain View this summer and fall, and requested tests of all of the school district’s water fountains for lead. Beginning in 2019, all California schools constructed or modernized before 2010 will be required to test school water systems for lead (A.B. 746). (Monta Loma’s) water supply tested negative for lead. Thank you for your continued partnership and support of our school.

Change to 5th grade Music Progress Reports The fifth-grade music program introduces students to playing an instrument, giving them a good musical foundation, developing proper technique, and fostering a life-long love of music making. 

In order to increase the focus on these objectives, CSMA will discontinue individual testing and the 2nd and 3rd trimester detailed progress reports created for each music student. Instead, students will continue to be evaluated in class without the pressure of playing tests in so many different areas to determine their grades.   They will receive and N or S grade and teacher comments, similar to the grading that takes place in the art program. These evaluations will also be used in part to determine the students invited to participate in the Summer Honor Program. 

The main ways you can help your student succeed in band or strings is to ensure he/she brings his/her instrument and supplies to music class each week and practice at home regularly.  We look forward to sharing their musical progress with you at the spring Gala concerts at CSMA.  Concert details will be provided soon!

Feb. 8: State of the Schools Event Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the State of the Schools event.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Auditorium, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock Street, Mountain View


Dr. Rudolph will speak about this year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Performances: Graham Middle School and Crittenden Middle School vocal ensembles

Please reserve your free seat here

Now, more Mountain View families are eligible for MVWSD’s preschool program, due to recent changes at the state and county level. Through the Santa Clara Child Care Subsidy Pilot, the income eligibility ceiling for those applying for our free preschool program is now $71,065/year (a family of 4).  Additionally, children who have their third birthday on or before December 1st (as opposed to September 1st) can now enroll in preschool, though priority enrollment for 4 year olds has not changed.  

To make it even easier, families no longer have to re-certify or re-apply to the preschool program and prove income eligibility requirements in their child's second year of preschool.  Their initial application will remain valid for 24 months, without worry that income changes could affect their child’s pre-schooling.

The highly-rated MVWSD Preschool is currently enrolling for a few remaining spaces for 2017-18 and accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year.  Enrollment for 2018-19 will begin in March. for applications and details.



Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 6:30-8pm, Graham Middle School MUR. Presenters: my digital TAT2

This workshop will explore:

*Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media

*Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children

*Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to  navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!

Provided: Interpretation (Spanish support), Child care, Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

Local Resource Guide for Learning Challenges Do you need help finding summer camps to fit your child's needs? Recreational opportunities that are accepting and inclusive? Therapists, advocates, tutors? Please check out SELPA1CAC's Local Resource Guide! at We are always interested in updates and additions, let us know how we can make the Guide for useful!


Wed. Feb. 7, 2018, 7PM-9PM Santa Rita Elementary School, Better Communication with Your Teen, DBT w/Michael Fitzgerald, SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital will discuss the benefits of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Learn why DBT is so effective and how parents can use the concept to have better communication with their teens.  “Sometimes parents are unaware of how their teens are reacting to their verbal and nonverbal cues…at times teens don’t feel validated by their families...teens crave acceptance…parents can learn to avoid phrases that reinforce negative self images...both parents and teens can learn how to communicate more positively.”
DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance. 


MVEF Winter Gala and Auction is February 10th!

The Winter Gala and Auction is less than two weeks away. MVEF hopes you will join for some fun and fundraising as we "let the music play!" Our auction team has been hard at work finding experiences, items, and events that will inspire you to bid. Here is a sneak peek:
Dinner for four at the Moutain View Firehouse.
Two behind-the-scenes VIP Tesla factory tours.
A private shopping event at Anthropologie.
Tickets to museums, sporting events, summer camps and more.
We hope you will attend! Learn more at

Mon. Feb. 12, 2018, 7-9PM, 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.

Tue. Feb. 13, 2018, 7PM-8:30PM, Los Altos Library, Parent 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. 

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - March 1

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?  

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

Date:   Thursday, March 1

Time:   5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room

                 1299 Bryant Ave,  Mountain View, CA 

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE



Friday, February 9, 2018

Coffee with the Principal and PTA Meeting @ MUR, 8:45 – 9:10 am

Saturday, February 10, 2018

MVEF Gala @ MV Senior Center, 5:30 – 1:00 pm

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bike/Walk to School Day, 8:00 – 8:30 am

End of the Trimester = Minimum Day

Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23, 2018

Winter Break = No School Days

Monday, February 26, 2018

ML CSMA Music in Action @ ML MUR, 1:10 – 2:10pm 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2nd Grade Field Trip to the Levi Stadium, 8:30am – 2:15pm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ML Science Fair Info Night @ ML MUR, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 28 to Saturday, March 3, 2018

ML Used Book Sale @ ML MUR

Friday, March 2, 2018

ML VIP Reader Day 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

ML PTA Used-Book Sale @ ML MUR, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Monta Loma Neighborhood Spring Fling @ ML MUR 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ML PTA Board Meeting @ ML Library, 6:00 -8:15 pm

Friday, March 9, 2018

2nd Trimester Report Cards go home via e-mail. If you would like to get a paper copy of your student’s report card, please send an e-mail to requesting the document.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ML ELAC @ ML Library, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Friday, March 16, 2018

ML Walk, Ride & Roll to School Day

ML Coffee with the Principal @ Moffett Field’s Club House, 8:45 – 9:25am

ML Movie Night @ ML MUR


ML Science O'Rama Information Packet 17-18


ML Book Sale/Gently Used Book Collection


ML Walk, Ride & Roll to School Day


Quinteto Latino at ML


College and Career Workshop at Graham Middle School


Swim Lessons


Winter Break Basketball Camp

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