Spotlights, Sept. 19, 2018

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,

What is SIOP?

You might have heard us using the term SIOP. It stands for Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. SIOP is a collection of instructional strategies and tools that supports educators in addressing the academic and linguistic needs of English learners while enhancing the overall learning environment for all students.

Last year, we focused our efforts on Language Objectives, Vocabulary, Supplementary Materials, and Linking Past and New Learning. This year we are continuing those features and adding four more to our repertoire: Frequent Interactions, Scaffolding, Meaningful Activities, and Higher Order Questions and Tasks. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a little information about one of the SIOP features. SIOP will also be the topic of the next Principal’s Coffee on October 12th. I hope you can make it.

Frequent Interactions

Research clearly supports the idea to provide more opportunities for students to talk and interact with each other in ways that integrate language skills and academic concepts. For example, the teacher may prompt students to tell a partner the steps to adding two digit numbers using the terms addend and composing a ten”  By having students work in partners, more students get to practice the academic language and concepts at a time. Everyone gets an opportunity and has a responsibility to practice. As an added bonus, these opportunities help promote strong collaboration and relationships for our students.

Up next week: Scaffolding

In partnership,



If your student is tardy…

Please come with your child to report your late arrival at the front office if you have arrived after 8:35am to get a tardy slip. Students should arrive no later than 8:30am.

All tardies are considered unexcused with the exception of doctor/dental appointments accompanied with a note from the doctor/dentist.

Reporting an absence

All student absences must be reported to the school. You may send an email message to or call the student absences line at 650-903-6915 ext. 3880. Please include in your message student’s first and last name, room number, and reason for absence. You must call the absence line by 8:45am to avoid receiving an auto dialer message requesting you to contact the school to verify your child’s absence.




Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • Board meeting @ Graham 7:00


Monday September 24, 2018

  • Food Distribution @ 4:00-6:00pm School bus circle at Monta Loma


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

  • Site Council and ELAC meeting @ Monta Loma Library 5:00 to 6:20pm


Friday, September 28, 2018

  • Spirit Day - Mustache Day


Friday, October 5, 2018

  • Fall Picture Day is here!




We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick

  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.

  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.

  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

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 12:30-4:00 pm 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.

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 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 **

SELPA I CAC presents:

Let's Talk Support Group/IEP Troubleshooting, Evening Sessions!

Let's Talk is our support group for IEPs and 504s and any special education concerns or venting! Parent run and parent led, all are welcome, but all information discussed must remain confidential.

- Wednesday September 19 and Wednesday October 17

- 7-9PM Los Altos Library conference room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos


There are many opportunities to get involved and volunteer your time from just joining the PTA to volunteering from home or volunteering at school events. Membership is $15 per member. Forms are available in the office. Checks or cash can be deposited in the dedicated box in the main office. You can also pay via PayPal to Please list your name, your child’s name and homeroom.

Join the PTA Board--We are still looking to fill a few PTA Board positions! Email if you are interested in/have questions about these positions.

Auditor – Prepare a midyear and year-end audit. Verify Audit Report. Forward Audit reports to Council.

Historian – Preserve record of activities, achievements and volunteer hours of the association. Assist president with the association’s annual report.

Parliamentarian – Oversee elections. Be available for guidance on state and national PTA policies and procedures. Oversee bylaws committee.



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: September 24, October 8 & 22, 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.

YMCA Early Readiness Program

Do you have a child between 2-5 years old? Come join the YMCA Early Readiness Program in Monta Loma Elementary School! It’s a caregiver and child engagement program. It’s free! Come, learn, play, and grow with us! Register now. 1st come, 1st serve! Program starts on Wednesday, September 26! Program meets Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-12pm

For more information about the program click here:

Please email the enrollment packet to: For any questions or concerns: Email: Phone Number: 408-512-8034

YMCA Basketball Clinic

We have partnered up with El Camino YMCA, to run a “Telkamp Basketball Clinic” after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program is free for our students Kinder to 5th grade. The basketball clinic will focus on basic fundamentals with some scrimmaging to introduce youth to sportsmanship and teamwork.



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