Spotlights, Feb. 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.

Core value of the month: Responsibility



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Last Chance for Parent Input on the LCAP: The District is in the middle of its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2018-19 school year. Now is the time to provide your input.

Use this link ( to give input through March 2 in a survey about the plans' goals. Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices.

NASA Downlink Event: We are beyond thrilled about our NASA downlink event on Friday. Students will get to ask astronauts on the International Space Station questions about their work and life. Parents will be able to view the event live on NASA TV at We will only be able to accommodate parents whose students have been selected to ask a question in the MUR. Parents of those students have already been notified.

In partnership,





Word of the Week

Generate. Generate means to create or make. Students might need to generate models for math problems or generate lists of strategies for solving them. Spanish speakers might recognize it’s cognate, generar.

Lawrence Hall of Science

Hi Monta Loma parents,

Lawrence Hall of Science is presenting Build, Engineer, and Invent program on Wednesday, 3/28/18 & Thursday, 3/29/18 at Monta Loma Elementary for Kindergarten through Grade 5.

To assist the students, several volunteers are needed. No experience or science background necessary for volunteers. All required information will be provided in the orientation right before the session.

The following are the session time slots and parent volunteers are needed 30 minutes before each event:

Volunteer Times9:10 to 10:00 am and/or 10:10 to 11:00 pm

Dav 1 Sessions - Mar 28, 2018 

9:10 to 10:00am 
Grade 3 (all classrooms) & Grade 4 (Rooms 22 and 23)

10:10 to 11:00am
Grade 4 (Room 24) & Grade 5 (all classrooms)


Day 2 Sessions - Mar 29, 2018 

9:10 to 10:00am 
Grade K (all classrooms) & Grade 1 (Rooms 5 and 6)

10:10 to 11:00am
Grade 1 (Room 7) & Grade 2 (all classrooms)


Vineeta Mishra (4th grader parent)



Friday March 9 @ 8:40am in the multi – Join us for PTA Association and Elections meeting and discuss upcoming events. 

Friday March 16 – Readers wanted for VIP Reading Day. Share your favorite book with a class for 15-30 mins. Email to get on the schedule.

Friday March 16 – Movie Night - Coco at 6pm in the new multi! Don’t miss it!

Running club – Are you a dad or male guardian passionate about kids and running? We are working on starting a boys and girls running club to promote self-esteem, emotional and physical wellness. Contact if this is your calling! 

Walkathon preparations are underway! Our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming May 18
Currently we are looking for:
- volunteers to collect raffle and food/supplies donations 
- volunteers to make food 
- field setup co-chair

Please contact Tiffany Dale to help with Walkathon.

Thank you Used Book Sale volunteers and donors! All books left after students visit book sale today and tomorrow will be on sale Saturday in the multi during MNLA Spring Fling.


Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 5th

Stevenson PACT School

1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room D

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12th

Duveneck School

705 Alester Ave., Palo Alto

Room 10

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19th

Stevenson PACT School

1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room D

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **

ThoughtExchange opens on Feb. 28: New school name and principal attributes

In 2015, the Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees voted to open a neighborhood school next to the former Slater Elementary. The District soon will begin construction on a new school on N. Whisman Rd. This new school will open in August 2019 for grades kindergarten through 5.

As we prepare to open this new school, we want to hear your opinions about the important attributes and contributions of the potential person/namesake for this new school, as well as the traits of its new principal.

Look for a link in your email on Feb. 28 to join the ThoughtExchange conversation or visit this link  to join in before March 16.



Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - March 1

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?  

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

Date:             Thursday, March 1

Time:             5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Location:       MVLA District Office - Board Room

                       1299 Bryant Ave,  Mountain View, CA 

Register:        REGISTER ONLINE



Wed. Mar. 21, 2018, 9AM-11AM, Los Altos School District Board Room, 201 Covington Rd, Los Altos. Inclusion for All with the Inclusion Collaborative, SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event

Inclusion will be coming to a school near you soon. The benefits for all children are remarkable. Find out more at this free public event.  The Inclusion Collaborative (IC) leads the effort to provide ALL children in Santa Clara County with quality learning environments. Its focus is the successful inclusion of children with special needs in child care, preschool programs, early learning environments, and the community through education, advocacy and awareness. Find out more about what inclusion is and how it can benefit all children. What is co-teaching and how does it change the classroom environment? How do all students grow stronger by working together? 


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ML Science Fair Info Night @ ML MUR, 6:00 – 7:00 pm


Wednesday, February 28 to Saturday, March 3, 2018

ML Used Book Sale @ ML MUR


Friday, March 2, 2018

NASA Downlink @ MUR, 9:00 – 11:00 am


BTB Parent Night @ MUR, 5:00 – 6:00pm


Saturday, March 3, 2018

ML PTA Used-Book Sale @ ML MUR, 10:00am – 12:00pm


Monta Loma Neighborhood Spring Fling @ ML MUR 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


 Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ML PTA Board Meeting @ ML Library, 6:00 -8:15 pm


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

4th Grade Field Trip to KMVT (Rooms 22 and 23)


Thursday, March 8, 2018

4th Grade Field Trip to KMVT (Rooms 24)


Friday, March 9, 2018

2nd Trimester Report Cards go home via e-mail. If you would like to get a paper copy of your student’s report card, please send an e-mail to requesting the document.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ML School Site Council @ ML Library, 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ML ELAC @ ML Library, 6:00 – 7:30 pm


Friday, March 16, 2018

ML Coffee with the Principal @ Moffett Field’s Club House, 8:45 – 9:25am


Día del Lector VIP de ML


ML Movie Night @ ML MUR


Monday, March 19, 2018

Staff Development Day / No School Day


 Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lawrence Hall of Science


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Open House/Science O’Rama @ MUR, 6:00 – 7:30pm

The students who will present science projects need to bring their project to the stage in the MUR first thing in the morning.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Superhero Day




ML Movie Night


Sign in Here to Volunteer on Movie Night (March 16)


Sign in Here to Volunteer for Lawrence Hall of Science (March 28 and 29)


ML Science O'Rama Information Packet 17-18


ML Book Sale/Gently Used Book Collection


MVLA Parent Education, Speaker Series


Arbor Day Celebration (March 10)


Swim Lessons


CSMA Spring Art Camps


CSMA Art Classes


Another Spring Break Camp


Spartans Sports Camp

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