Spotlights, Oct. 10, 2018

Monta Loma Spotlights Header Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Core value of the month: Responsibility



Dear Monta Loma Families,
What is SIOP?
This week, I’m describing another feature of our Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP):
Meaningful Activities
SIOP research shows us how important it is for student activities to include authentic opportunities to practice using content skills and language skills. While worksheets are helpful and have a place in the classroom, we must also engage students in learning activities that bring concepts to life. Hands on science experiments, recess activities like garden club and the student store, and classroom presentations and projects are all examples of meaningful activities where students relate school to life and find purpose in communication of ideas.

This is the last of the series describing our Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) features, but you can help at home. Here are some meaningful activities you can do in any language.

Tell or read stories
Sing songs
Have a conversation
Go to the library
Watch and talk about educational television programs.

The more you talk and listen to your students, the more language skills they acquire.

In partnership,


Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Parent U: Cyber Bullying @ 6:30pm Graham Auditorium
Friday, October 12, 2018
Principal Coffee @ 8:30am ML MUR
Monday, October 15, 2018
DELAC meeting @ 5:30pm at the ML library
Wednesday, October 16, 2018
Project Cornerstone: Take it personally @ 6pm ML MUR
Friday, October 19, 2018
Monta Loma Fall Festival @ 3:00pm
Monday, October 22, 2018
Leopard Leader Recognition @ 8:30 Blacktop
Monday, October 22, 2018
ELAC @ 5:30pm
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
ML Site Council Meeting @ 4:30pm
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Project Cornerstone: Take it personally @ 6pm ML MUR
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Unity Day - Wear Orange
Friday, October 26, 2018
Spirit Day - Leopard Day

Drop Off and Pick Up

Monta Loma has worked diligently with the MVPD and the neighborhood to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety
during drop off and dismissal sessions. We ask for your patience and cooperation during drop off and dismissal.
Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Dismissal
• Drop-off is from 7:45 am – 8:30 am
• There is NO PARKING in any of the drive through loops-Parking is only available in striped spaces.
• The Bus Loop near the Kinder classrooms is for buses only.

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

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

On October 24th we will be celebrating Unity Day by asking everyone to wear orange.


Monta Loma will have its annual costume parade on Wednesday, October 31st at 8:35am on the blacktop. Classroom activities for Halloween vary by teacher and grade level. See your child’s teacher for details. Alternative activities are available for anyone not wishing to participate in the costume parade or classroom activities.

Please note these rules for costumes.
Students must be able to put on and take off their own costumes.
Keep it friendly-No weapons, violence, gore, or vulgar messaging.
Masks are allowed only if they don’t obstruct vision.


We strongly encourage you to keep your student’s lunch account balance current. Overdrawn student meal accounts have a negative impact on the District’s budget, which in turn, reduces the educational resources available to all of our students.

We have several simple payment options for you to choose from. No matter which payment option you choose, please know that negative balances must be paid as soon as possible.

1. Pay online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM: Add money to your student's account.
2. Drop off a check at the school office: Checks should be made payable to MVWSD Food and Nutrition. Please include your child’s name and student ID number.

After paying your outstanding balance, we encourage you to create a “safety net” for your child. Pre-paying for your child’s meals is a simpler way of managing their account, and prevents unpaid meal charges. Paying for meals before the meal service also helps lunch lines move more quickly, giving children more time to enjoy their meal.

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help. We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits. You may do this at any time during the school year, and must apply each year. Applications are available at your child’s school office or online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.

Earthquake Drill coming up

The District will be conducting its annual earthquake exercise sometime during the week of Oct. 15. This is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements. Oct. 15 is also the week of the Great ShakeOut, which is a good time to go over your family's emergency procedures. We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents an evening with Dr. Rafael Pelayo.
Sleep: Crucial Key to Wellness and Success
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm, LAHS Eagle Theatre, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA
Why is sleep so essential to good health? What are signs of poor sleep and how can you address them? Join us as Dr. Rafael Pelayo explores the crucial role sleep plays in healthy child and adolescent development and shares the latest research in sleep science at Stanford—where sleep medicine began.
Dr. Rafael Pelayo is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.

Register for this free event at Spanish translation will be available. Please indicate interest on Eventbrite when registering."Let's Talk" is a new video series that addresses topics that our parents have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think. The first topic is parent engagement and what it looks like in MVWSD. Click here for the Let's Talk Parent Engagement video

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - October 23rd

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: October 23rd
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room
1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Family Talk: Puberty program

Health Connected, in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is holding "Family Talk: Puberty program designed to promote healthy communication within families that lasts a lifetime!" Through drawings, multimedia, and activities, Health Connected parent-child communication expert, Vanessa Kellam, will guide families as they explore the physical changes that many youth experience during puberty. In a relaxed setting, families will learn, laugh and share, making a potentially sensitive subject more comfortable.
Date: Oct. 24, 2108
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: PAMF Palo Alto Center, Third Floor, Jamplis Building, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301
This 90 minute program is recommended for children between 10-12 years old and their families; however, adults may bring children younger or older, depending on their maturity level. Families of all structures - moms, dads, grandparents and trusted adults - are welcome! Tickets are $25 per family (plus handling fees).
To register:
For questions, call PAMF Health Education at: (650) 853-2960.


MVEF’s phoneathon is coming soon! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phoneathon signs at your school and donate today at
Save us both a call and donate today! Help us bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child!

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, Friday, October 19th from 3 - 6pm!
This is the PTA's Fall Carnival and first major fundraiser for our school. We will need LOTS of volunteers to help make this event a success. Please sign up with your child's teacher or on their classroom sign up sheet.

Ways to volunteer:
1. Be your classroom's game leader and create a carnival game for your class. This can be as simple as a corn hole game or as complex as a trivia game. The classroom that collects the most raffle tickets will win a class party! For the 4th/5th grade parents, you should work with your child's straight class teacher.
2. Volunteer to help work your class game/booth. This is a fun way to help the kids enjoy the festival! Time slots are 30 minutes to an hour. Many hands make light work.
3. Donate prizes to your classroom's game. Leftover party favors are great prizes for the kids.
4. Be a general volunteer and help with set-up, clean-up or selling food during the event.
5. Bake items for the bake sale! Anyone interested in donating food or volunteering at the PTA bake sale should email Michelle Bessler at
Please ask your teachers how you can help or email the PTA ( if you are able to help. You do NOT need to be a PTA member to volunteer.
6. Please ask your teachers how you can help or email the PTA ( if you are able to help. You do NOT need to be a PTA member to volunteer.
This is a family friendly event and one of our most popular. Please join us!

It's still not too late to join the PTA! Membership is $15 for each adult. Forms are in the office and you can pay by cash/check or PayPal (send it to and don't forget to include a note stating your name, your child's name, and their homeroom). Your membership puts books in our library, sends our kids on field trips, donates classroom supplies, funds after school activities and a myriad of other things.

Lego Robotics - now accepting registration for Advanced course for 4th and 5th graders with previous experience. See attached flyer.


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 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.
Click here for flyer.


CSMA Chorus
Family Talk: Puberty
Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation
MVLA Speaker Education Flyer
Project Cornerstone for parents
CHAC Parenting Program
MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar

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