Spotlights, Oct. 17, 2018

Monta Loma Spotlights Header Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Core value of the month: Responsibility



Dear Families,
Thank you for your support throughout the year and especially this past week during parent - teacher conferences. Our partnership is an essential part of all of our students’ learning. We appreciate all you do for Monta Loma.
Parking Reminder
Thank you also for being mindful of parking and traffic during pick up and drop off. As a reminder, parking is not allowed in any red zones. Your consideration keeps everyone safe.
Digital Citizenship Week
October 15th through 19th is Digital Citizenship Week. Being a good digital citizen means following rules to protect yourself and others when using technology. Monta Loma students are learning about safe and responsible ways to use technology with lessons about privacy and preventing cyberbullying. These resources are helpful for understanding the importance of Digital Citizenship.

Video - What is Digital Citizenship?
An introduction to Digital Citizenship and its importance.
Family Media Agreement
An agreement between students and parents which leads to a rich conversation on the topic of Digital Citizenship at home.
Family Engagement Resources
Research-backed resources covering a range of topics -- from online safety and cyberbullying to media balance and learning with technology -- you can easily find and share articles, videos, printable handouts, ready-made presentations, and more in your classroom, on your school's website or social feed, or at your next parent night.

In partnership


- 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 library
- Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Unity Day - Wear Orange
- Friday, October 26, 2018
Spirit Day - Leopard Day

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 23, 30 & November 6, 13, *27 (*Skip November 20)Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Place/Host: Monta Loma Elementary SchoolWorkshop 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.


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: Curriculum Adoptions

MVWSD has a new video series called "Let's Talk" that addresses topics that are important to parents and the community. "Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions" explains how we choose the materials our student use to learn and how often and why we make changes.

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 phonathon 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 Phonathon 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!

STEMtastic Saturday

An event for parents, students & teachers with digital learning, hands-on activities and prizes.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.
MVWSD is partnering with Discovery Education on a fun-filled afternoon of exploring real world problems through hands-on and digital activities. Experience first-hand how students today use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to tackle issues that impact their future and prepare them to be successful in college or the careers of their choosing.
Space is limited. Registration is required to confirm your attendance. Please register now at


Fall Festival is only a few short days away on Friday Oct 19, 3-6pm so mark your calendars and get ready for games, fabulous food, music, and much more. Teachers have sign-ups posted outside their classrooms. It's not too late to volunteer. Your support is critical to this event's success.

Anyone interested in donating food or volunteering at the PTA bake sale should email Michelle Bessler at

Be kind to the Earth! Please remember your water bottle. Water refilling stations will be available.

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, MS 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. Help support Monta Loma!

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. (urgently needed)
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.
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.

Kids Yoga & Mindfulness on Tuesdays after school

10/23-12/18 (8 weeks) Tuition: $200
Kinder from 2-3pm
Grades 1-5 from 3:15-4:15pm

Come join our circle of friends in a fun and engaging Kids Yoga class. Kids will have fun exploring yoga poses as they stretch and strengthen their bodies. Kids will also cultivate stronger self-awareness, focus and ease in their bodies using simple mindfulness techniques. Each class will incorporate music, movement, creative expression and will include Yoga Asanas (Yoga postures), Pranayamas (breathing and relaxation exercises), Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), Yogic games, Meditation and Mindfulness exercises. Please send your child in comfortable clothes, with a yoga mat and a water bottle.
Click here for Flyer


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

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