Spotlights, Nov. 20, 2018

Spotlights Banner Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Core value of the month: Compassion
In observance of Thanksgiving Break, there is no school on Wednesday November 21, Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23.


Dear Monta Loma Families,
Our Monta Loma Family wishes all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you will be able to spend time with your loved ones and share all you have to be thankful for. We are thankful for you and the special gifts of time, generosity, and good cheer you bring.

November’s Asset of the Month: Positive Cultural Identity
This time for family and friends provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us to build positive cultural identity.
Positive identity brings self-assurance, a sense of belonging, a positive view of personal future, and better success in school.
Developing a positive cultural identity—a critical element of personal identity—can be difficult
for young people, especially if they are bridging more than one culture. The way that youth are treated in regard to their ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender directly affects their ability to develop a positive personal identity. As adults, it’s critical that we model recognition, understanding, and celebration of all cultural identities.
Sharing and celebrating different cultural identities increases self-esteem and promotes
cultural competence among all young people.
The following discussion topics* can help families talk about cultural identity:
What is our cultural background?
What do you value about our culture?
What would like other people to know about our culture?
Who do you know from a different culture? In what ways are your cultures similar and different?
How can you share your cultural differences in a positive, non-evaluative way?

This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. For more
information, visit and was*Adapted from the Canadian Child Care Federation’s “Supporting Our Children’s Social Well-Being…It’sa Team Effort!” workshop

In partnership,


November 21, 22 and 23, 2018
Thanksgiving Break - No School
Monday, November 26, 2018
ML DELAC @ Theuerkauf Elementary 5:30pm-7:30pm
Fall picture makeup day
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
School Site Council @4:30 in Library
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
ML ELAC @ Library 5:30pm
Friday, November 30, 2018
Monta Loma Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

Picture makeup day will be on Monday November 26th

Project Cornerstone – for parents and caregivers!
The Mountain View-Whisman School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers. Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting on Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Monta Loma Elementary School. You do not need to be a parent from Monta Loma, just an adult who cares about all kids.
We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children's success. Parents and caregivers need fresh ideas that work to keep families close, as children grow. Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in this 6-week workshop facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships, and life!
Learn tools you can use now – to strengthen your family connections and help young people thrive.
Class Title: Take It Personally
Dates: Tuesdays: November 13, *27 (*Skip November 20)
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Place/Host: Monta Loma Elementary School
Workshop paid for by District & donations.
Free childcare and snacks provided.
Spanish interpretation available. Workshop facilitated in English.
Sign Up today:
Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at


School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.
An information night for students new to the District to explain the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St. 

Kindergarten information nights for individual schools are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK). The info night for TK parents is December 11 at 6:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are (Click here for details):
Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 PM.
Stevenson: Parent and Child Together: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM.

There are a variety of school and program information nights, events and tours coming up in the next few weeks at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

*Important: MVWSD’s elementary school boundaries have changed for the 2019-20 year. If you are new to the District, please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3. For the Open Enrollment Packet please click here.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+
Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC
7:00-8:30 PM, second Tuesday of every month
Los Altos Library Orchard Room

13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
Click here for the flyer.

SELPA 1 CAC's December General meeting will be Thursday, 12/6 at 9:30 am at MVLA District Board Room 1299 Bryant Street, Mountain View.


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: December 10, 2018.
2019: January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
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 for flyer.

MVLA Speaker Series: Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World
Turkey Trot
Breakfast with Santa
Community Tree Lighting
CSMA Holiday Art Camps
Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation
MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar

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