Spotlights, March 6, 2019

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Thank You Volunteers!

We have great reason to be proud of the family engagement and volunteerism at Monta Loma. Our deepest appreciation goes to the volunteers who made VIP Reading Day and the Used Book Sale a smashing success this week. Special thanks go to Crystal Nanavati, Katie Purcell, Michelle Bessler, and Debbie Chin who spearheaded the events. You are the best!

The annual Used Book Sale put over 1000 books into the hands of our students. It was thrilling to see students browsing and talking with the volunteers about their favorite books and genres.

VIP Reading Day on Friday brought community members from NASA, Mountain View City Council, the Mountain View Public Library, MVWSD School Board, Police and Firefighters, the Humane Society, the 129th Air Rescue Wing, and so much more. All were pleased to share their love of reading.

More Volunteer Opportunities.

Events like VIP Reading Day and the Used Book Sale show students the power of literacy and strengthen their connections to caring adults. They are only possible with the support of volunteers just like you.

In the next few months, volunteers are needed for the following events. Any time or energy you can offer is greatly appreciated.

  • March 25-Spring Picture Day

  • April 5-Walk-a-thon

  • April 11-Open House/Science Fair/Art Show

  • May 3 PTA Movie Night

  • May 20- Fun Fitness Day

You can get more information at this Friday’s PTA meeting or in the office.

In partnership,



 Wednesday, March 13, 2019

  • Parent U: Getting Ready for High School @Graham Auditorium 6:30pm


Monday and Tuesday March 18-19, 2019

  • No school


Monday March 25, 2019

  • Spring Picture Day

  • DELAC @ Theuerkauf Elementary 5:30pm


Tuesday March 26, 2019

  • ML School Site Council Meeting @ Library 4:30pm


Thursday March 28, 2019

  • Student Site Council @ 12:30pm


Friday March 29, 2019

  • ML Spirit Day - Superhero Day 

Parent Volunteer Opportunity

If you are interested in helping CSMA Art teacher Mary Ann Girard you may contact her at There is a need for volunteers to come in every Wednesday; March 13, 20, 27, and April 3. You may come into the art room after you drop off students, or come in anytime after drop off till noon. We need help labeling and mat art work to be displayed. 

Save the Date: Castro Open House

All families attending Castro Elementary School are invited to the Castro Open House on March 28th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. 

Yoga returns Tuesdays Mar 5 - May 28

Kinder 2:15-3:15pm

Gr 1-5 3:15-4:15pm

Benefits of Yoga for Kids:

Develop strong, flexible, healthier bodies

Cultivate peaceful, relaxed state of mind & body

Increase concentration, focus and attention

Signup links: 1-5 Graders-




March 8 - PTA All Members meeting including elections for next year’s board. If you would like to have a voice in decisions regarding school events, where PTA funds are allocated and other important issues, please consider joining the Monta Loma PTA Board for the 2019-2020 school year. There are many opportunities big and small, on and off campus, to enrich students’ lives.

It is important that our Board reflect our diverse community so please consider attending the Election Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 8th at 8:35am or email us at if you are interested in more details on board positions and activities. Click here for more information on the PTA Officer Positions and the duties and responsibilities.


Walk A Thon is coming!  Friday, April 5th, from dismissal to 6:00pm.  Students will start walking the last hour of their school day with their class, then they will return to their classrooms for a normal dismissal.  Then can return with their adults and continue walking for the remainder of the event!

Pledge envelopes will be going home this week and are due Tuesday, April 2nd. These are also your child’s permission slip to walk. Please be sure to sign and return this to your teachers!  

We are also using Walkstarter again, a safe, secure online donation platform created by a Mountain View parent. Flyers will be coming home with your child’s pledge envelopes or use these links to get started:

Monta Loma Walkstarter website:


Quick Start guide

Setup your avatar at: Walkstarter - Monta Loma Elementary School , then share the link with family and friends.  

We will be offering delicious food for sale from 3pm. There will also be many amazing raffle prizes to win. Help us raise money for our kids, teachers and school!  Bring the family and enjoy our yearly Monta Loma fundraising event.

Remember: Friday, April 5 from Dismissal - 6pm 

See you there!! 

New Spiritwear is available for purchase! Black Monta Loma Pencil $0.25 – Black Tote Bag w/White Monta Loma Logo $3.00 – Metal Keychain w/Full Color Monta Loma Logo $3.00. Please fill out a Spiritwear Order Form. Forms are available in the office or please use the attached soft copy.


Please join us for a wonderful event next month as we celebrate the second annual MVPD Women’s Day event. It has been renamed to #SheCan to incorporate and include all who would like to participate, regardless of age.

Much like last year, the goal of this event is to encourage and inspire girls – middle and high school-age specifically – as well as young women to consider the possibility of a career in fields such as public safety and public service and all that these career have to offer.  We are thrilled to announce that the Mountain View Fire Department, the City of Mountain View, the 129th Rescue Wing, and Girls on the Run will be joining us this year.

Here are more of the event details
·         Date: Saturday, March 30th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
·         Where: MVPD front lot, auditorium and foyer
·         Who: You, and your family!

To learn more about the ‘why’ behind this event, check out our mission statement!

We have a vision.  A vision as police officers, firefighters and government leaders to connect with women and girls as mentors, advocates and sponsors. Out of this vision came the slogan #SeeStrongBeStrong.  We believe that when young women and girls see what’s possible in any career they are encouraged, inspired and supported to strive to find their highest potential. We want all young women and girls to know that they can become anything they set their minds to.  Because they are stronger, smarter and more capable than they think, and WE HAVE THEIR BACK.

We believe that when we engage with young women and girls and tell our stories of perseverance and resilience we are planting seeds of the same kind for them.  We understand that when men stand up with women and girls, we are partners in equality and share the same dream of a better world.

We created this event to inspire, empower and embolden our female youth to see themselves as future leaders in public safety and public service.  #SheCan, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department, will offer an inside look at the joy and purpose behind the work public servants do in the world.  

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents : Kristin Neff, Ph.D. : Self-compassion:  A proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theater |201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing.  Dr. Kristin Neff will discuss how self-compassion is a crucial skill for all caregivers, allowing us to care for others without losing ourselves.  

A simple self-compassion practice that can be used in daily life, will be taught.

Spanish translation will be available. Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

MV Parent U presents “Getting Ready for High School,” a guide for middle and elementary school families, on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 6:30-8 PM at the Graham Middle School Auditorium.


Please join us to learn :

* What to expect in high school from the student, staff and parent perspective

* What resources are available to teachers and parents to help ease students' transition

* What skills to focus on in elementary and middle school to prepare for high school


Students, administrators, parents and school counselors from MVWSD and Mountain View Los Altos High School District. Interactive, question and answer format


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here


Soccer with coach Ken - Spring Session

Our soccer program will now be 3:30-4:30 pm for all kids K-5, and all levels are welcome. 1 scholarship is available for every 9 sign ups. Supervision and help changing into soccer gear is provided from 3:10 pm to start of soccer (3:30 pm). Parents should pick up K kids from class and return them for soccer unless they go to the YMCA. Aftercare (YMCA and Beyond the Bell) kids will be walked to and from the field by coaches. Grade 1-5 kids should meet coaches at the lunch time tables. All participants get a tshirt. Participants must bring shin guards, closed-toe athletic shoes or cleats and water/drink bottle. Sign up is open here:

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: 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 to see the Flyer 

Monta Loma YMCA news

Science Raffle for Annual Campaign Flyer

Monta Loma Kids Place Family FUNdraiser

Building Bright Futures




MVLA Parent Education- Self Compassion with Kristin Neff, Ph.D

Volunteer Fair

Spartans Sports Camp

Spring Break Art Camps

Spring Art & Preschool Classes

CSMA art and music summer camps

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar


The 2019-20 District calendar is here!
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