Spotlights, August 29, 2018

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Core value of the month: Respect

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Project Cornerstone is returning to Monta Loma. This program to creates positive connections between adults and youth in the community. It relies on volunteers to read special books and lead activities that help teach valuable lessons about empathy and other social/emotional skills. If you are interested in volunteering for this vital work, please contact Michelle Bessler at michelle1bessler@gmail.com

The Importance of Parent Involvement in Schooling
Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school. Students are less likely to be absent or drop out, and more likely to achieve higher grades and standardized test scores. Parent involvement helps overcome barriers that children with additional challenges (such as poverty) face.

Parents whose schedules don’t allow volunteering can still support their children’s academic success through parenting, communication, and learning at home. The activities below are great ways to be involved at Monta Loma
• Make a point of staying in touch with your children’s teachers, even if when things are going well.• Make sure that your children have an organized time and place for homework.• Instead of asking “How was your day?” ask open-ended questions like “What was the best part of your day?”• Help your children maintain a positive attitude about school. Make sure they know you will help them resolve challenges that they encounter. About the Asset-a-Month ProgramThe goals of the Silicon Valley Asset-a-Month program are to help align adults throughout our diverse community in their efforts to promote positive youth development by fostering developmental assets. For more information about the Asset-a-Month program, contact Project Cornerstone at (408) 351-6482 or info@projectcornerstone.org.Gloria

CALENDAR

  • Monday, September 3, 2018
       Labor Day/No School Day
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018
       Back to school night @ MUR 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
       MVLA Parent Education – Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price @ Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
       Parent U @ Crittenden MUR 6:30- 8:00pm “Super Readers!” Growing your child’s skills

NEWS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE

Welcome from MVEF and Aug. 30 Night at the Counter
Welcome back from the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)! MVEF is a non-profit that raises funds to provide a competitive, well-rounded education that would not be possible without this additional funding. Thanks to tax-deductible donations from parents like you, MVEF funds programs like weekly art and music classes at every elementary school led by Community School of Music and Arts teachers, hands-on science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, garden-based lessons led by Living Classroom, middle school athletics, instrument repair and purchase and more! We need your help to meet our goal to raise $750,000. Learn more at your school’s back to school night or donate today at mvef.org. We have some great community events planned this fall, including next week’s giveback at The Counter! On Thursday the 30th, The Counter will be donating 15% of your bill to MVEF – just mention MVEF or show the flyer!

Interpreters needed

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking interpreters for parent teacher conferences and translators for report card comments for the 2018-19 school year. Interpreters are needed for Spanish. You must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00pm between October 1 -12th for interpreting at conferences. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis. Interpreters receive $24.00 per hour for their service and $29.00 for IEP’s. Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Email Arline Siam (asiam@mvwsd.org) for more information.

MVLA Parent Education: Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price
MVLA Parent Education Speakers Series presents “Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price” with Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college journalist, speaker, educator, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Avenue. Admission: Free. Register: https://mvla2018-19-lynnoshaughnessy.eventbrite.com

MV Parent U: “Super readers!” on Sept. 12
MV Parent U presents: “Super Readers! Growing Your Child's Skills, One Book at a Time” Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.
Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Julie Jackson, Librarian Youth Services) and Patricia Girardi (Former Principal and District Literacy Coordinator)
Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home:
• How to boost your child’s reading engagement and make reading fun
• Ways to encourage and support writing
• How to have conversations with your child and build language that supports academic success
In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:
• Ebooks and online library resources
• Information on library programs and services for the entire family
Provided:
• Interpretation (Spanish support)
• Child care
• Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
• Raffle prizes!!!

MVEF

Look for the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) at the District’s Back to School nights over the next two weeks. We have new posters on campus, along with an updated brochure. Donate to MVEF to enable us to continue funding arts, music, athletics and more at every school in the District! You can learn more at mvef.org.

This Thursday, the 30th, you can dine out and support MVEF! The Counter restaurant is giving 15% of your bill back to MVEF. Just make sure to mention MVEF or show them the attached flyer!

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 12th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

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

All volunteers must be high school graduates.
Date: Wednesday, September 12th
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: El Camino YMCA
2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA
Register: REGISTER ONLINE
Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

NEWS FROM THE PTA

The Monta Loma PTA is a dynamic and active group--we'd love for you to join us. There are many opportunities to get involved and volunteer your time. Membership is $15 per member. Membership forms are available in the office. Checks or cash can be deposited in the dedicated box in the main office.

PTA is excited to announce Lego Robotics has been expanded to include 2nd graders thanks to partnership with Robotics for All. Please check out the amazing high school student who started Robotics for All.
https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/07/04/gunn-underclassmen-aim-to-change-educational-outcomes-through-robotics

If you ordered school supply kits last spring, they were delivered directly to your child's classroom the first week of school.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Coach Ken

Sign up for Coach Ken Soccer Monta Loma class on Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm for K kids and 3:30-4:30 pm for grades 1-5 Here:
http://www.coachkensoccer.com/mountain-view-after-school-programs/
Pick up and supervision offered from school end until soccer begins.

CSMA Art

Art is here! If you are interested in registering your child to join art club please register them online: https://register.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=10998
For more information here is the flyer K-2nd grade and 3rd to 5th grade.

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