Spotlights, February 6, 2019

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Wednesday, February 6, 2018

Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Please take some time to consider the following reminders from the front office.

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.

When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  For more information, click here.

In partnership,




Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Free food pick up (no income requirements) @ 3:15pm - 5:30 pm

  • ELAC - in the library @ 5:30pm


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


Free PYT Drama Class

Come join PYT for a free After School Drama class at Monta Loma Elementary School! Students will work together to learn the essential elements of storytelling, performance, and important theatre terminology as they have fun rehearsing a short play. In addition to theatre specific terminology and techniques, students will also utilize and improve life skills like responsibility, confidence, projection, and team building. Please click here for the registration form and more details. If you need a paper copy, you may come to the school’s front office.


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

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

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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:

SELPA 1 CAC General Meeting

Our next general meeting will be Thursday, February 7, 9:30 am in MVLA Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View

We will be confirming dates and details for “make and take” nights for useful tools for students with learning challenges

Resource Fair for Summer Camps, After School Activities and Educational Resources.

Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 PM, JLS Middle School, 480 East Meadow Drive Palo Alto

Join us to meet 40+ providers of summer camps, after-school activities, and in-school programs who will present information about their programs and be available to talk 1:1 with parents. All providers can accommodate some special needs kids, either in an inclusive environment or a special program, and can discuss specific accommodations. Some offer onsite enrollment. Information on financial assistance available, and many providers offer fee waivers based on need. 

With the 2019-20 school year just seven months away, we are building the foundation for the community of our school. Now is the time to come together with your ideas and input for the activities of the school by becoming a founding board member of the Vargas Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). The Steering Committee is looking to fill the positions of President, Associate Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Auditor.  If interested, please send an email to by February 13, 2019.  Previous PTA experience is not required and you’ll be trained in these roles, so please let us know if you’d like to contribute to the successful launch of our new school. Please note that your email will only been seen by the Nominating Committee and will be confidential. 

 MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Feb. 13

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

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

Register here

It is not too late to celebrate science at MVEF’s Winter Gala on February 9th. Dinner tickets are sold out, but tickets are available for the dessert, dancing and silent auction beginning at 8pm. Join MVEF for a fun night out while raising money to support every school in the district. The silent auction includes summer camps, one of a kind experiences, wine, jewelry, parties and more. Show you are Mad About Science. Buy your tickets today at

MVEF’s goal this year is to raise over $100,000 at the Winter Gala to support MVWSD schools, including a $30,000 dedicated fundraiser for science field trips for every 4th, 5th, and 6th grader! Show your support for this important program, even if you can't make it to the Gala.



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 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 to see the Flyer



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