Spotlights, May 1, 2019

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Core value of the month: Hard Work



Dear Monta Loma Families,

One of our site plan goals is to increase our attendance to rate to 97%.

You can help us meet our goal by making sure your student is at school on time every day unless they are sick. Here are a few tips that may help you.

  • Let your child know that you think attending school daily is important.

  • Give yourself and children enough time to get ready. No TV on school mornings

  • Plan ahead the night before by having kids choose clothes and shoes and pack their backpacks.

  • Set a regular bedtime schedule.  

  • Have a back-up plan for traffic or car trouble.

  • Plan your family vacations and appointments during school breaks.

Together we can ensure your student gets the full benefit of education by being at school every day.

In partnership,



Friday May 3, 2019

  • PTA General meeting with the Superintendent @ 8:45am in the MUR

  • PTA Movie night! @ 5:30pm in the MUR

Week of May 6 - 9, 2019

  • Staff appreciation week

Tuesday May 7, 2019

  • Right at School info night @ 6:30pm Graham

Wednesday May 8, 2019

  • Parent U @ 6:30pm Graham

Monday May 13, 2019

  • DELAC @ 5:30 Theuerkauf

Monday May 20, 2019

  • Fun Fitness Day

Tuesday May 21, 2019

  • ML Site Council @ 4:30pm in the library

Friday May 24, 2019

  • 5th grade to visit middle schools

Monday May 27, 2019

  • Memorial Day - No school

Wednesday May 29, 2019

  • DELAC @ 5:30pm Theuerkauf

Week of May 28-31, 2019

  • 5th grade Science Camp

Friday May 31, 2019

  • Spirit Day Sunglasses Day


Monta Loma Talent Show

The Student Council is hosting the annual Monta Loma Talent Show in our new Multi on Tuesday, June 4! If your child has a talent that (s)he would like to share please fill out the application form (available here attached and in the Office). They may perform as an individual or as a group. Each performance will be limited to approximately 3 minutes. This is not a competition, but a chance to share your skills. All applications are due to your child's teacher by Friday, May 24. We look forward to seeing your talents on display!  


Movie Night Volunteers Request

Monta Loma's last movie night of the year is this Friday, May 3rd from 5:30-8pm.  The PTA is counting on the 1st and 2nd grade families to help run the event. I know you have been asked by your teachers for help, so this may be repetitive, but with only 4 volunteers as of today, we will not be able to offer the event on Friday.

This is a super fun event that helps raise money for our teachers and the school.  If you can offer an hour of your time to help with set up or selling concessions, we would really appreciate it.  If we don't get enough volunteers by Wednesday afternoon, the PTA will have to cancel the event.

I have attached the google doc for volunteer sign-ups here, please do try to join me in running this fun event.


PTA meeting

Join us this Friday, May 3 at 8:45 am for SUPERINTENDENT'S COFFEE and our last PTA meeting.

Staff appreciation week is next week, May 6-9

If you’d like to share your love for a staff member, you can help in the following ways.

  • Monday: Bring a Sweet Treat

  • Tuesday: Bring a card

  • Wednesday: Bring flowers

  • Thursday: PTA Catered lunch

If you’re a parent interested in volunteering to help with staff appreciation, please contact Michelle Bessler 7086558925

16th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament Registration

The registration for the Chess Tournament is now open and is available at

16th AMICT will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Monta Loma Elementary School.

The registration deadline is May 15, 2019.

Notes for all players and parents:

  • Lunch: Only light snacks will be served. All participants and spectators should have lunch before coming.

  • Child Care: There is no supervised child care on site.

  • Open Section: Players arriving late, leaving early, or who cannot checkmate on their own must play in the open section.  No results will be kept, and players may ask for assistance with their moves. Special variants may be played as well.

Notes for competitive players only:

  • Check-in: Please check in between 11:30 and 12:00. Late players may play competitively only at the discretion of the tournament director.

  • Duration: Players must play all 5 rounds (approximately 4:30). Do not play competitively if you must leave early.

  • Time controls: All games are technically G/15 (15 minutes for each player).  Clocks will be used for each player's last 5 minutes after 20 minutes have elapsed.

  • Skill: Players must know all the rules of chess and be able to checkmate opponents without assistance.

  • Level: Talented juniors may play in the senior section.

For any questions contact

Adult volunteers needed for Robotics club 

Our final Robotics group of the year is underway and we are in need of adult volunteers. No experience needed! Assist Coach Jerry engaging with students as they build and program their robots. Meets Mondays from 3-5pm. Contact for more info.


Electives selection for grades 5-7 opens at 4 pm on May 1

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students (grades 5-7) choose their electives courses for next year. All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by May 10, 2019 through the PowerSchool portal.


Parents, please look for an email in your inbox from April 26 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please talk with your student and then log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) to help your student select his/her electives.  If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you need help, please call or visit your school office or attend the registration support time on Thursday, May 2 from 3-4 pm, and 6-7:30 pm; and Coffee with the Counselor on Friday, May 3, 8-9 am. More information at

On-campus before- and after school care programs registering students now

We know that finding reliable, high-quality, affordable childcare is a challenge for many of our families and staff members. Increasing these offerings at our schools to meet demand has been a priority for MVWSD. On campus, our schools host several long-standing programs -- Beyond the Bell and the YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare --  in addition to a new one planned to open this fall, Right at School.

Right at School (flyer here) is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- an after school program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. It is planned for all MVWSD schools, including middle schools and the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 day pricing options.

A parent information meeting for the new Right at School program has been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in the Graham Middle School multi-use room (1175 Castro St.).  This meeting will help answer any questions you have about the program.  The meeting is not mandatory. You may also go to for registration and this webpage for information and fees.

MVEF, together with numerous educational foundations throughout the Bay Area, is recognizing May 9th as a day to Stand Up for Public Schools.  Our public schools are integral to the development of our future leaders and citizens, and their excellence is dependent on every child, at every school, having access to a competitive, well-rounded education.  

If you have not donated this school year to MVEF, please consider doing so today.  Your child has access to art, music, science, field trips, athletics and more thanks to parents like you who generously donate.  CodeRev has committed to matching $1000 for first-time donations this May. Help us reach our annual goal to raise $750,0000 to get this matching donation, and support your child and every child.

MV Parent U presents “Media in the Middle: Parenting in the Age of Technology and Social Media.” (Flyer click here)

When: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 PM, Graham Middle School multi-use room.

Presenters: My digital TAT2. Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, PPSC, LCSW was a university lecturer for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker, specializing in the social emotional well being of children and teens.

Topics include the evolving digital landscape and current trends, emotional and psychological responses to technology and social media, responding to challenging issues, such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, and sleep strategies to engage your child with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family.


* Interpretation (Spanish support)

* Child care

* Live streaming on the internet at

* Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here



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 13 & 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



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