Spotlights, Sept. 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Core value of the month: Respect


Core Value of the Month: Respect

Dear Monta Loma Families,

We know every child learns differently and at his or her own pace. Monta Loma continues to build time into the instructional day so teachers can provide students with academic support or challenge. This block of time is a practice called Response to Instruction (RTI). RTI benefits students through data-driven instruction and regular progress-monitoring to tailor instruction to what students need. It is not an extension of core curriculum; rather it is exposure to different forms of learning to increase or enhance student understanding. At Monta Loma, we affectionately refer to it as WIN time for “What I Need”.

Our focus for WIN time is literacy and English Language Arts standards.  Students are placed into groups based on assessments. Groups change every 3 to 6 weeks based on student growth and natural breaking points for units. WIN groups meet multiple times per week for 45 minutes. They are taught by grade-level teachers and our two RTI teachers. Students needing the most support have a smaller student to teacher ratio that allows for targeted support and practice. Students needing to be challenged have strategically-focused time to extend their literacy skills. For more information, check out the links on our District website at or ask your child’s teacher.



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

  • Back to school night @ MUR 6:00 pm

Frida, September 7, 2018

  • Parent Coffee- SELPA 1 @ MUR 9:00 am

Thursday, September 6, 2018

  • MVWSD Board Meeting @ Graham MUR 7:00-10:00 pm

Monday, September 10, 2018

  • DELAC meeting @ Theuerkauf School 5:30-7:30 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


My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new push through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronic absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent.  If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state. For more information, click here.

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 ( 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:

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


• 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 news and Hobee's Give Back Day Sept. 8th

As the schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation, (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their children's educations.  Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you!  The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy! Or you can donate online at Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!  

Spend your Saturday with your family, eating out and giving back to your schools! If are looking for an excuse to eat some of Hobee’s famous coffee cake, head to Hobee’s on Saturday the 8th. Hobee’s Mountain View will be donating 20% of your bill back to MVEF – just 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


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 6th 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 Director Mallory Traughber at We will be holding four spring training sessions:

Monday, September 10th,  17th,  and 24th

Sessions on how to lead or assist with our lessons

Mountain View Whisman School District

1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room C

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

Monday, October 1st

Session on positive and effective Classroom Management

Los Altos School District

201 Covington Road, Los Altos

iLearn Studio

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

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


We hope you had a fabulous back to school night. Thank you to all our new members--we can't wait to help you find the way to get involved that's right for you and your family. If you haven't had a chance to join, membership is $15 per member. Membership forms are available in the office. Forms are available in the main office, and checks or cash can be deposited in the dedicated box there.

Our first exciting volunteer opportunity is for someone who wouldn't mind doing English to Spanish translation occasionally for the PTA. Email for more information. This is a great way to get involved from home!

We are 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.


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:

Pick up and supervision offered from school end until soccer begins.

Parent Coffee for Special Education

Are you concerned about your child? Want to find out more about resources available for help? Want to meet other families who may be dealing with similar concerns?

Please come to our Parent Coffee for SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee! These are two organizations in Mountain View that help families of students with accommodations or who receive special education services. We also put on Ability Awareness events, have parent education events, support groups, and resource fairs.

Come find out more:

Friday, September 7th 9AM at Monta Loma MUR


Art is here! If you are interested in registering your child to join art club please register them online:

French Class

Here is the flyer to register.



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