Spotlights, Oct. 24, 2018

Monta Loma Spotlights Header Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Core value of the month: Responsibility


Dear Families,
Thank you for your support throughout the year and especially during parent - teacher conferences. Our partnership is an essential part of all of our students’ learning. We appreciate all you do for Monta Loma.

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.

Project Cornerstone’s October Asset of the Month is Positive Family Communication.
Young people who experience positive family communication experience higher self-esteem, decreased substance use, less anxiety and depression, and greater school engagement. However, in Santa Clara County, only 63% of 4th-6th grade students and 33% of 7th12th grade students reported in Project Cornerstone’s 2011 survey that they and their parents communicate positively and that they are willing to seek advice from their parents. To help promote this valuable asset, October is Positive Family Communication month in Silicon Valley.

For positive family communication to occur, all family members must be comfortable sharing their needs, wishes, and concerns in an honest and trusting environment without fear of rejection. Establishing positive communication when children are young may help keep the channel open in adolescence. No matter how old your children are, it’s never too late to start! The following questions can help your family. Encourage your child to answer these questions honestly:
• Who do you enjoy talking with, and why?
• What makes it easier to talk to family members, and what makes it more difficult?
• Which topics are easiest for you to talk about with your parents, and which are more
difficult? Why?
The communication skills that young people develop in their families help set the pattern of how they’ll communicate for the rest their lives. Teaching your children to communicate effectively with friends, teachers, coworkers, parents, peers, and others is a lasting legacy that parents can give to their children.

This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. For more information, visit

In partnership,


Friday, October 26, 2018
Spirit Day - Leopard Day
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Project Cornerstone: Take it personally @ ML Library 6-7:30pm
Friday, November 2, 2018
End of First Trimester
Minimum Day - All students released at 12:30pm
Make Up Picture Day
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Project Cornerstone: Take it personally @ ML Library 6-7:30pm
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Parent U @ 6:30-8pm Crittenden Auditorium
Monday, November 12, 2018
No school - Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Project Cornerstone: Take it personally @ ML Library 6-7:30pm
Monday, November 19, 2018
DELAC @ Theuerkauf Elementary 5:30pm-7:30pm
November 21, 22 and 23, 2018
Thanksgiving Break - No School
Monday, November 26, 2018
ML ELAC @ Library 5:30-6:30pm
Friday, November 30, 2018
Monta Loma Spirit Day - Mismatch 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 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


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.



Cafecito with the Superintendent: Thursday

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Thursday, October 25 from 5-6 p.m. at Castro. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.

Boundaries Information

The Board of Trustees last spring approved new school boundaries, to be enacted next year/in the 2019-20 school year, to redistribute student enrollment among the District’s elementary schools and facilitate students attending their neighborhood schools.

Next year, in the fall of 2019-20, kindergarten-4th grade students in transition neighborhoods may be attending new neighborhood schools, including the newly constructed Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Students entering grades 5-8 and students enrolled in Stevenson Elementary or Mistral Elementary in 2019-20 will not be affected.

Students currently in transitional kindergarten through third grade in affected neighborhoods will be impacted by a change in attendance area. The few exemptions will be younger siblings of 2019-20 fifth-graders in these transition neighborhoods who have the option of staying at their current school for the 2019-20 year only and students currently enrolled at Stevenson Elementary and Mistral Elementary.

Parents received information by mail and email last week. You were notified if your student in transitional kindergarten through third grade will be affected by a change in school attendance area. No action needs to be taken by you at this time.

In the coming months, the District and school communities will be working to ensure student transitions to new neighborhood schools are as smooth as possible. Please visit for information about welcome and informational events for parents and children.

For questions about boundaries and residency, please see or call 650-526-3500. On this webpage, you may view the 2019-20 school boundaries map and use the SchoolLocator to search for your home address.

We appreciate your patience and support during this process.


MVEF’s phoneathon is coming soon! Save MVEF a call and make your donation today. Help MVEF fund art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more! Donate now at

MV Parent U presents - Dr. Francisco Jiménez, Author: "The Transformative Power Of Education"

Wednesday, November 7
6:30-8pm, Crittenden Auditorium, 1701 Rock St.
Author and educator Francisco Jiménez has been an agent for change in academia and public education for the last thirty years. He emigrated with his family from Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is a professor and administrator at Santa Clara University. His four-book series—The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold--has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.
* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care
* Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
* Raffle prizes!!!
Please register here

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

Crittenden Middle School cordially invites everyone to attend the student production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Shows are at 7 pm on November 15th through 17th. A 2 pm matinee is also available on November 18th.

Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers.

Tickets can be purchased using the attached order form.
Click here for flyer.


Thanks to everyone who came out to Fall Festival! We hope you and your families had as much fun as we did.
Calling all 4th and 5th graders! Spots are still open in Lego Robotics's Advanced course for 4th and 5th graders with previous experience. See attached 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
1-5th grade

Want to be more active in the PTA? 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.


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: 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.


Parent U Workshop
YMCA: Lights on after school
Monster Bash Event
Project Cornerstone for parents
CHAC Parenting Program
Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation
MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar

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