Spotlights, February 13, 2019

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Wednesday, February 13, 2018

Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,

This Friday marks the end of the 2nd trimester. Students have been working hard all year. Teachers are preparing report cards to go home in early March. We are excited to share your student’s progress.

While it may seem like a long time way, our testing window for California State Standardized Tests (CAASPP) tests for 3rd through 5th graders is approaching. Our window for assessments this year is between April 22nd and May 24th.

Please mark these dates in your calendar so you can avoid any unnecessary absences.

Parents often ask what they can do to help students do their best on assessments. Believe it or not, the simplest steps can make a big difference. And if you think about it, these practices are important for students every day, not just testing.

  • Make sure that your student attends school regularly. The more students are in school, the more likely they will do well on assessments.

  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9 to 12 hours of sleep for elementary aged students.  

  • Make sure students get proper nutrition. Brains need energy from food to work effectively. A balanced diet with protein, carbs, and fats is important for student success.

  • Emphasize the importance of doing your best.

In partnership,



 Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Last day of the 2nd trimester - Minimum day. School ends at 12:30pm.

  • Spirit day - Hat Day


February 18 through the 22nd, 2019

  • No school - Winter break


Safety Video

We take the safety of your child seriously, and that includes teaching students about how to be safe in a range of situations. While we wish we didn’t have to, the reality is that just as we practice for earthquakes and fires, MVWSD needs to provide training for students on what they should do in the event of a dangerous intruder or similar event on campus.

On Friday, February 15th, all classrooms at Monta Loma will show a brief video which you can preview here. You can also visit for more information.

Thank you to those that have already taken the LCAP survey. As of now only 23 parents from Monta Loma school have completed the survey.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey before March 1st using the link below.

Parent link:

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.


Interested in the Yoga classes provided for students at Monta Loma? Click here to find out more information and how to sign up.

The PTA is collecting your gently used books for our annual Used Book Sale. Donations of children's books can be left in the office between now and February 26. Please no adult, religious, or adult books. We need volunteers to sort books between 2/12 and 2/26, and help students select their books between 2/27 and 3/1---sign up here

Book prices are 25 cents paperback /50 cents hardback

Our annual Walk-a-thon is coming up on April 5.  This is a huge fundraiser for Monta Loma and the PTA really need parents to help.  We are looking for volunteers to help solicit businesses for raffle items, which can be done at home.  We would also gladly take any donations for raffle items too. Please contact Macey Taylor at

Help support our school while shopping on Amazon. Use this link to shop.


We want to hear from you! LCAP parent survey

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2019-20 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 1 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey:

More information found here: 

Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the 2019 State of the Schools event (Flyer here).

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 27 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Auditorium, Graham Middle School, 1175 Castro St.

Dr. Rudolph will speak about the past year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. The event will feature student performances.

All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Please reserve your free seat 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: February 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 to see the Flyer

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - February 28th

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: February 28th

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA





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