December 18, 2019

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Core value of the month: courage



Dear Monta Loma Families,

As 2019 comes to an end, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you. It is a privilege to share in the many gifts you and your students bring to our community. Your support for community events, donations to charitable efforts, and passion for enriching the educational experience for our students make Monta Loma a truly exceptional school. The 1,394 items collected for our food drive is just one example of your compassion. This is even more than we donated last year! Most of all, I am grateful for the curious, thoughtful, and creative students you send us every day. We learn from them as they learn from us. 

Wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday break. We’ll see you again on January 7th. 

In partnership,




Friday, December 20, 2019

  • Spirit Day: Pajama Day 

Holiday Break: December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020 

  • First day back to school is Tuesday, January 7th 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

  • School Site Council @4:30 pm in the library 

Monday, January 20, 2020

  • No School 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • ELAC @ 5:30 in the library 

Friday, January 24, 2020

  • PTA meeting/Principals Coffee @ 8:45

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Spirit Day: Sports Day 

  • Game Night @ 5:30pm in the MUR 


Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences?:  Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 

CSMA Art Club - Registration now open 

Join us for a 16-week spring art club session where we will explore the theme: Our Natural World. Students will paint, draw and build with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session. We will study artists that examine and reflect on the many things that make up our world and contribute to the future. From the tiniest insects and plants to the glaciers and unique features of the earth, students will create projects based on these reflections and examinations.

Kinder - 2nd grade click here

  • Thursdays, Jan. 16 – May. 21 (No class on Feb. 20, Apr. 9 & Apr. 16)

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

3rd grade - 5th grade click here

  • Tuesdays, Jan. 14 – May. 26 (No class on Feb. 18, Mar. 17, Apr. 7 & Apr. 14)

  • 3:20pm - 4:20pm

Additional information

  • Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 7/18

  • Questions: call CSMA (650.917.6800, ext. 0) or email

  • Financial aid: In keeping with our mission of providing Arts for All, CSMA offers tuition assistance. If your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch please attach a copy of your lunch letter with payment of $50.

  • Course number: 70216

  • Link to register click here. 

CENG Hour of Code Update and FREE After School Beginning Scratch Class Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 26 from 3:15 - 4:45 pm

Congratulations to our Monta Loma students who have completed the second annual Hour of Code! The Hour of Code is a global event that introduces students to an hour of coding classes. 15 high school students from Computer Science of the Next Generation (CENG) hosted the Hour of Code with the help of 22 junior mentors. Junior mentors are third to fifth-grade students who have taken our Scratch and JavaScript coding classes. They were excited to teach their peers how to code. Check out our pictures here.


To encourage your children to continue their coding journey, please go to or to learn from their tutorials. We are also offering a new FREE after school Beginning Scratch class for third to fifth graders on Wednesdays, January 8 - February 26 from 3:15 - 4:45 pm. (No class on 2/19) The class is limited to 20 students. Please register in the link here:  Registration closes on December 20 or when all spots are filled.


Computer Engineers of the Next Generation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire underrepresented students to explore and develop an interest in Computer Science. For more information, please check out our website at  Please email Alice Lee at for any questions.

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:

  • Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Location: In front of the school bus parking on Thompson Ave. at Monta Loma

 The food is free. More details at the event.


Happy Holidays to all. Please remember to support Monta Loma PTA when you shop online this holiday season! Use our link when buying on Amazon to help raise money for PTA programs that support our kids, staff, and community.  For those who enjoy using the Amazon App, you can shop and place items in your cart on the App, then come click on our link when purchasing.

And thanks to EVERYONE who helped make the Food and Clothing Drive so successful! 31 warm winter coats were donated to keep our kids cozy this season. And the Monta Loma community donated a total of 1,394 items for our Food Drive...amazing!  The winning classroom is Room 18 (Ms. Rodriguez) with 199 items! Congratulations!

What is UpToUs?

UpToUs is a parent communication platform for all Monta Loma families, no PTA membership required. See this link for more details. Sign up here:

Visit our website for membership, spiritwear, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and Amazon link.


Open Enrollment for new and current MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW and CURRENT students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here:


To make sure you're ready, please check your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access now. On November 21, you received an email with your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with your username and instructions. Please check now that you have access and that all your currently enrolled students are linked in your PowerSchool Parent Portal. 

* Only one PowerSchool Parent Portal account is needed per family. 

* If not all of your children are currently linked on your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school office.


Beginning January 13, parents with students in grades TK-7 will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21. Current eighth-grade parents should check their mail for Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District registration information.

MVEF news

The Mountain View Educational Foundation MVEF wishes you the happiest of holidays this season. Please think of MVEF of for your end of year giving. Your donation funds Community School of Music Art and Music classes, Living Classroom, hands-on science field trips for every 4th , 5th and 6th graders, middle school athletics and more. We need your help to ensure that your child, and every child, have access to these amazing programs. Make your tax-deductible donation today at

Middle School Electives Interest Survey coming the week of 12/16

As we enter the third year of the inclusive middle school schedule, our middle schools are currently working to provide quality elective offerings that are a great complement to our core academics. It's our goal to align electives with students’ interests and teachers’ credentials.

In order to gauge students’ interests, and inform the development of the elective catalog for the next school year, students in grades 5-7 will be asked to complete a survey in class the week of December 16th. This survey will list possible electives for 2020-21 and ask students to indicate the top three electives they may be interested in taking.  The purpose of this survey is to understand student interests. Students will not be committed to taking the electives they express interest in. Incoming and current middle school students will not formally request electives until the spring of 2020.

For more information on the process, and to view last year’s electives catalogs, please click on


Dance Outreach Workshop

YMCA School Break - Camp @ Huff Elementary 

Right at School Winter Break Camp

YMCA School Breaks

Parents’ Guide to Emergency School Evacuation 

MVWSD 2019-20 calendar

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