Spotlights, Sept. 26, 2018

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,
What is SIOP?
This week, I’m describing another feature of our Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP):
Just as construction scaffolds are used to help people reach what is high up, instructional scaffolds help students practice new skills. Scaffolding could include graphic organizers, visual supports to go with new vocabulary, teacher guidance, audiobooks, and much more. As students become more proficient with skills, the scaffolds are gradually removed. Gradual release of responsibility is an example of scaffolding in lessons. First the teacher models how to complete a skill. Then students work with the teacher through some guided examples. Finally, students are released to complete the task independently. Through these supports and feedback from the teacher, students gain proficiency and confidence in their work.

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.

Up next week: Meaningful Activities

In partnership,


Friday, September 28, 2018
Spirit Day - Mustache Day

Friday, October 5, 2018
Fall Picture Day is here!

Monday October 8, 2018
Food Distribution @ 4:00-6:00 pm School bus circle at Monta Loma

Week of October 8-12, 2018
Students get out at 12:30pm all week
Parent-Teacher Conference Week @ Monta Loma during the time and day your teacher has scheduled with you

Monday, October 15, 2018
DELAC meeting @ 5:30pm at the ML library

Project Cornerstone – for parents and caregivers!

The Mountain View-Whisman School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers. Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting on Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Monta Loma Elementary School. You do not need to be a parent from Monta Loma, just an adult who cares about all kids.
We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children's success. Parents and caregivers need fresh ideas that work to keep families close, as children grow. Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in this 6-week workshop facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships, and life!
Learn tools you can use now – to strengthen your family connections and help young people thrive.
Class Title: Take It Personally
Dates: Tuesdays: October 16, 23, 30 & November 6, 13, *27 (*Skip November 20)
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Place/Host: Monta Loma Elementary School
Workshop paid for by District & donations.
Free childcare and snacks provided.
Spanish interpretation available. Workshop facilitated in English.
Sign Up today:
Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at


TB Clearance Requirement – California State regulations mandate that parent volunteers who serve students in our schools be cleared for tuberculosis. Volunteers may choose to either have a TB risk assessment or a TB skin test done at the volunteer's expense for the required clearance, which is valid for four (4) years. If tuberculosis risk factors are identified during a tuberculosis risk assessment done by a health care provider, the volunteer will be required to submit a certificate from a health care provider that he/she has been examined and is free of infectious tuberculosis (Ed Code 49406). Please bring this Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form to your health care provider found here:

When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. For more information, click here.

The Mountain View Educational Foundation funds great programming benefitting your child, and every child! Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you and we need your help!
Did you know that MVEF pays for CSMA art and music teachers? Or that 22 middle school athletic teams have refs, coaches and transportation thanks to MVEF funding? We need your help to fund these programs, as well as hands-on science, Living Classroom, environmental science field trips and more!
Help us reach our goal to raise $750,000 and donate today at

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, 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 October 17th
- 7-9PM Los Altos Library conference room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos


Fall Festival is coming October 19! The PTA needs your help to make this event a success. We'll need volunteers to bake and sell food, to help with our raffle and so much more. Keep an eye on this space for more specifics.
If you haven't, you can still become a member of the PTA. There's no obligation to us - - it's an investment in our school. The PTA gives money to every teacher for classroom supplies, we pay for field trips and assemblies, we run charity drives, and support our school in a thousand ways. Join us in supporting Monta Loma!
Membership forms are 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 and child's name/homeroom

Join the PTA Board--Want to get even more involved? 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: 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.


CHAC program

Project Cornerstone for parents

MVLA Speaker Education Flyer

MVWSD School Calendar

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