Spotlights, Nov. 7, 2018

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Core value of the month: Compassion



Dear Monta Loma Families,
On Veteran’s Day we honor the men and women who have served our country in war and in peace. We also thank our future veterans who are serving our country now. It’s in that spirit of honor and appreciation that I share with you the faces and stories of some important veterans in my life.

My father served in the United States Air Force for 26 years, rising through the ranks from private to Chief Master Sergeant. He joined the Air Force before graduating from high school, but he proudly earned his diploma as he served. He and my mother even more proudly put all of their children through college. I was just an infant when he went to Thailand during the Vietnam War. When he came home two years later, I didn’t recognize him because he had grown a moustache and the photo I knew him from featured a clean shave.

My brother followed my father’s footsteps to military service. His chosen branch was the United States Army, which he joined as an officer having participated in ROTC through college. His service brought him overseas for both Gulf Wars. The eldest of my siblings, he sets the bar high for the rest of us, and models perseverance and pride.

My cousin served as an enlisted member of the Army for a couple of tours in Germany. I was in high school when she returned home and regaled us with stories of adventure and humorous misadventure. I thought she was the coolest thing in town and I owe my driving skills to her.

You most likely have stories about your own family and friends who served in uniform. Some of you made the commitment to do so yourselves. To all our veterans and future veterans, thank you most sincerely for your service.

In partnership,


Thursday, November 8, 2018
Student site council meeting @ 12:30 - 1:15pm Room 3
Friday, November 9, 2018
Movie Night: Hotel Transylvania 3 @ 5:00 - 8pm ML MUR
Monday, November 12, 2018
No school - Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Project Cornerstone: Take it personally @ ML Library 6-7:30pm
Monday, November 19, 2018
DELAC @ Theuerkauf Elementary 5:30pm-7:30pm
November 21, 22 and 23, 2018
Thanksgiving Break - No School
Monday, November 26, 2018
ML ELAC @ Library 5:30-6:30pm
Friday, November 30, 2018
Monta Loma Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

Smartphones and Communications Workshop
Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30pm
The TechBridgers Club run by Los Altos High School students will be offering a Smartphone and Communications Workshop on Friday, November 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the school library. We will teach parents how to use your smartphone to connect to school website and programs, use Google Translate and check your email. Light refreshments and child care is provided. Please register online at by November 13th. Questions? Please contact Lisset Tellez at

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


Crittenden Annual Luau
The Crittenden Music Department’s Annual Hawaiian Luau is Friday, November 9th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Crittenden Middle School M.U.R. at 1701 Rock St. in Mountain View. Proceeds benefit the Crittenden Music Department.

Come check out Hawaiian dancers, our Crittenden music ensembles, a silent auction and really good Hawaiian food. It’s a Hawaiian party you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children under 12 if ordered by before November 9th using the order form attached.

Parent Coffees for Special Education and Learning Challenges will be held at Stevenson Elementary on 11/5 at 8:40, Theuerkauf Elementary on 11/9 at 8:45, Egan Junior High on 11/14 at 9. SELPA 1 CAC will be presenting at Springer PTA meeting on 11/8 at 7:30 pm.

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

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.


Operation Gratitude is here again!
Bring your leftover Halloween Candy or buy up some of your favorite store's clearance aisle and bring it to the front office. These candy donations (and any letters, cards or artwork that students would like to include) will be shipped to U.S. Troops. We will accept donations through Nov 16th. PTA will collect and pay for shipment costs. With Veteran's Day approaching, this is a sweet way for our community to show our appreciation to our veterans.

Movie Night is Friday, November 9th
Grab your blankets, sleeping bags and pillows and join your family and friends for a fun viewing of the summer hit Hotel Transylvania 3 in the Monta Loma MUR! Pizza and Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Cotton Candy will be for sale starting at 5:30pm. Movie starts at 6pm.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Families are asked to help sell concessions. Please sign up to volunteer here:
We hope you can join us!


Art4Schools Art Show
We’re excited to announce that Monta Loma students will be featured in a community art show, presented by the Community School of Music and Arts. See their work at the Mountain View Public Library from November 5- January 31st, 2019. The Library is located at 585 Franklin Street in Mountain View. You may visit during the hours of 10am-9pm, Monday – Thursday, 10am -6pm, Friday – Saturday and 1pm – 5pm on Sundays.
Featured students are:
Andrei S., 5th grade, room 12
Yotzin A., 5th grade, room 22
Karina B., 5th grade, room 13
Vinhson K., 5th grade, room 13
Kaylie T., 5th grade, room 12
Kevin W., 5th grade, room 12
William S., 5th grade, room 14
Phoenix B., 5th grade, room 14
Daysy S., 5th grade, room 12
Michelle E., 5th grade, room 13
Michael C. M., 5th grade, room 12
Jordan L., 5th grade, room 14
Kaitlyn G., 5th grade, room 12
Art4Schools, from the Community School of Music and Arts, gives our students regular in-depth, skills-based art lessons as part of the regular school day.

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: November 12, December 10.
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.

Project Cornerstone for parents
CHAC Parenting Program
Turkey Trot
LAHS Fall Finale
Breakfast with Santa
Crittenden Luau
Community Tree Lighting
Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation
MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar
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