Spotlights, Oct. 31, 2018

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Core value of the month: Responsibility


Dear Families,
This week brings the end of our first trimester. The year is flying by, but we are enjoying our time with your students.

It was a thrill to see you at Fall Festival recently. We greatly appreciated all you do for our students. This event is a huge undertaking, and we are ever impressed by your generosity with time, effort, and donations. Because of your donations, cooking, and hidden talent as carnival barkers, we raised almost $5000 to support field trips, assemblies, after school programs, and so much more. Even more importantly, our community enjoyed each other’s company. So many volunteers made this event successful that I couldn’t possibly name them all here, but special thanks go to Elizabeth Jones for her leadership of the event.

In partnership,

Friday, November 2, 2018
End of First Trimester
Minimum Day - All students released at 12:30pm
Make Up Picture Day
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Project Cornerstone: Take it personally @ ML Library 6-7:30pm
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Parent U @ 6:30-8pm Crittenden Auditorium
Friday, November 9, 2018
Movie Night @ 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

Minimum Day on Friday November 2nd
Students end their day at 12:30pm


Monta Loma Student Council
Monta Loma Student Council is now underway, and students representatives are working hard to build school spirit. They are also considering service projects to take on over the course of the year. Congratulations to the following student leaders for being elected to represent the student body as part of Student Council:
Frankie B., Benny M., Neil (Theo) S., Payton J., Amitee S., Anais O., Katie D., Sanvi M., Carolina Y., and Isabella R.
It is great to work with you!
Mrs. Fox, Mrs. Santiago, and Mrs. Fetroe, Advisors

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 6, 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 


News from MVEF- Final Phoneathon reminder and last dine out event of the year!
MVEF’s Phoneathon is just around the corner! Donate today at On November 7th take a night off from cooking, and head to PIZZA MY HEART, at the corner of El Camino and El Monte (1037 El Monte), in Mountain View from 4pm to 8pm! Mention MVEF and 30% of your bill will fund art, music, science, athletics and more! Support your child and every child!
We want to hear from you! District surveys are coming soon
The MVWSD Climate Survey opens on Monday, Nov. 5 for all staff, all parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Additionally, students in grades 6 and 8 will take a social-emotional survey of critical skills and mindsets that enable school success. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools.

This survey is administered online through Panorama Education. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Personal results will not be identifiable.

In addition to completing LCAP requirements, the data will help inform work on the District's strategic plan goals and provide longitudinal data for year-to year comparisons. The questions are drawn from an archive of research-based questions in broad theme areas of engagement, instruction, school safety and school environment. We will be asking students in grades 5 and 7, parents and staff members about their impressions of our District sites. We will be asking students in grades 6 and 8 about how they persist, think and feel about school. This is a great opportunity for us to get feedback and continue to work together to improve our schools.

We look forward to seeing the results and working with the leadership of our bargaining units and staff to look for ways we can continue to improve. Look for an email invitation in your inbox on Nov. 5. from Panorama Education. The subject line will be: "Request for your feedback!"

Thank you in advance for your input.

MV Parent U presents - Dr. Francisco Jiménez, Author: "The Transformative Power Of Education"
Wednesday, November 7
6:30-8pm, Crittenden Auditorium, 1701 Rock St.
Author and educator Francisco Jiménez has been an agent for change in academia and public education for the last thirty years. He emigrated with his family from Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is a professor and administrator at Santa Clara University. His four-book series—The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold--has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.
* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care
* Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
* Raffle prizes!!!
Please register here

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.


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.


Parent U Workshop
Project Cornerstone for parents
CHAC Parenting Program
Turkey Trot
LAHS Fall Finale
CSMA Day of the dead
Breakfast with Santa
Crittenden Luau
Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation
MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar

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