Spotlights, Sept. 12, 2018

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,Student attendance is important: Help students be in school and on time
When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Read here the FAQs about MVWSD student attendance. 

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new effort through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronically 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. MVWSD will contact parents when students reach concerning absence levels. If not remedied, chronically absent students and their families may be referred to the District’s Student Attendance Review Board, in a process similar to how truancy is handled.

Thanks for your assistance and support.

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.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Parent U @ Crittenden MUR 6:30- 8:00pm “Super Readers!” Growing your child’s skills

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Board meeting @ Graham 7:00 - 10:00pm

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Site Council and ELAC meeting @ Monta Loma Library 5:00 to 6:20pm

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at your child's school site, Monta Loma Elementary on 9/19/18.

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3570 ext. 1050.


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.


This week at Monta Loma, our Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) art classes begin, joining the CSMA music curriculum that kicked off a few weeks ago. The CSMA art and music programs, consist of in-depth, skill-building and sequential lessons that meet the California State Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Art. This program is paid for by the Mountain View Educational Foundation which, thanks to donations from parents like you, brings art, music, 4th and 5th-grade environmental field trips, Living Classroom, and more to our school. Your donations to this organization pay for these incredible art and music teachers every week. Learn more and donate at
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!!!
Please register here

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 ** 
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 


We were so excited to meet so many of you on Back to School Night! If you didn't get a chance to join, 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.

We 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. Second grade spots are still available!

Please see attached registration form.
Volunteer from home opportunity--are you interested in doing English to Spanish translation for us?
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.


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.

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.


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


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