Spotlights, May 29, 2019

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Core value of the month: Hard Work



Dear Monta Loma Families,

As we enter that last weeks of the 2018-19 school year, our thoughts turn to next school year. I want to let you know about changes that will occur in our staffing and programming.

We will bid fond farewells to some of our staff at the end of this year as they move on to new life adventures in differents schools, different cities, or different phases in their lives. Mrs. Mixon, Mr. Dechter, Mr. Stribling, and Mrs. Tellez will bring their talents to other schools in our district. We are grateful they will not be too far from us. Mrs. Fetroe, Mrs. Satterfield and Mrs. Azofeifa are moving a little farther away. Our loss is another city’s gain, but email and social media will keep is in close contact. And we can’t wait to see postcards from Mrs. Burris’ travel adventures as she enjoys her well deserved retirement. We thank each of these Monta Loma family members for the joy they brought to our school.

We are fortunate to have some greetings as well. Welcome back to David Harris, who will re-join the Monta Loma team as our instructional coach. Mr. Harris comes back to us with a wealth of experience in teaching, coaching and educational technology. Welcome to Corina Ruiz who will be joining us our SCEF next year. As a former Monta Loma parent, she knows our school well. As the current SCEF at Crittenden, she has a valuable perspective on where our students are heading. We are looking forward to learning from them.

Monta Loma will also have some familiar faces in new places next year. We’re excited to have Mrs. Gunshor teaching a K/1 combo class, Mrs. Fletcher-Perry teaching 4th grade, and Ms. Fassiotto teaching STEM. We know they will do great things in these new roles. We are also excited to welcome Yasmeen Ghazzawi as a teacher in Kindergarten. Ms. Ghazzawi comes with years of experience in dual immersion school in Monterey.

Based on our enrollment we are currently planning on the following classroom configurations for next year. Enrollment continues through the summer, so it is possible that this can change.

  • Two Kinder classes

  • One Kinder/First Grade combo class

  • Two First Grade classes

  • Two Second Grade classes

  • One Two/Three combo class

  • Two Third Grade classes

  • Two Fourth Grade classes

  • Two Fifth Grade classes

Changes to our WIN program will allow us to provide two periods of STEM instruction a week for each student.  Supports and extensions through WIN time will be provided for Math and/or Literacy during dedicated RtI times for each grade level. Special education services will continue through our Resource and Speech teachers as well as other service providers.

I continue to monitor enrollment and staffing throughout the summer. Stay tuned for details.

In partnership,



Wednesday May 29, 2019

  • DELAC @ 5:30pm Theuerkauf

Friday May 31, 2019

  • Spirit Day Sunglasses Day

Tuesday June 4, 2019

  • Talent show 8:45am

  • Poetry Jam 1pm

Thursday June 6, 2019

  • Kindergarten Ceremony 8:45am

  • 5th grade Promotion 9:00am

  • 4th grade play 5:30pm

Friday June 7, 2019

  • Last day of school - ends at 12:30pm 

Message for incoming Crittenden Panthers

Attention incoming Crittenden Panthers! This summer we are offering an easy way to earn Panther chips, gift certificates, and other prizes when you complete our Summer Learning Challenge. Simply complete the Math Khan Academy challenge and one of the Literacy Challenges and bring the completed form back with you in August. It's an easy way to keep up our school skills over the summer and start participating in our Panther community. Look for the challenge card to come home after the Crittenden visit and see Crittenden's website for more details. Gooooo Panthers!

Attached is the pdf with the worksheet. We will upload the links to Khan Academy and Newsletter on our website after June 7th.

Lost and found

Did your child lose a jacket, lunch box, or a sweatshirt? Please stop by the Lost and Found Cart next to the MUR. If the items are not picked up by June 7th after school, they will be donated to charity.



Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently enrolling students in full-day, fee-based spaces for the 2019-20 school year. The program is for children who will be 3 years old by December 1, 2019 until they are age eligible for kindergarten.  

We are a high quality, award-winning, early education program:

* 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient

* Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating

* High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year

Spaces are limited and will fill fast, so apply now!  The preschool also is enrolling students in free, part-day state preschool spots and accepting waiting list applications for reduced cost, full-day spaces. For more info go to

Flyer here: Award-Winning Preschool

LCAP draft ready for review; Public hearing on May 30

The District has completed the draft of the 2019-20 LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) (click here for the link). The draft LCAP was developed in tandem with the District's Strategic Plan using data collected from the following:

· District and site input meetings

· Input collected from staff, student and parent surveys

Please provide your input about the plans' goals, actions, services and expenditures in this online form. Input will be collected through Friday, May 21 and the District will review and respond to all input during the week of May 27.

A public hearing for the LCAP will be held during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at Stevenson Elementary, 750 San Pierre Way.


Food distribution program at Monta Loma Elementary

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing bags with food items, such as bread, canned goods, fresh produce, pasta, etc. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

  • Dates: May 27

  • Time: 3:15 pm - 5:30pm

  • Location: In front of the school bus parking on Thompson Ave. at Monta Loma

The food is free. More details at the event. Click here to see the Flyer



Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series

Teen Center Open House

Mt. View Public Library Summer Reading Program

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar


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