Spotlights, April 3, 2019

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Core value of the month: Courage



Dear Monta Loma Families,

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. Our schedule includes opportunities to practice sample questions and to become familiar with the testing interface students will use during the test. It also includes opportunities for students who need additional time to complete the test. You can also see these practice questions and tools by going to and clicking on the practice and training test link.

For more details, be sure to read this letter for parents.  

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

  • Make sure that your student attends school regularly. The more students are in school, the more they will achieve and the more they will be able to show what they know. Should students arrive after testing sessions begin, they will remain in the office until the session is over for the day.

  • 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 their best. We are proud of our Leopards and their hard work. They can be very proud of themselves!

In partnership,



Friday April 5, 2019

  • Walk - a - thon @ dismissal

Monday April 8, 2019

  • Kindergarten (10:45am) & 4th Grade (11:20am) CSMA Spring Concert

Thursday April 11, 2019

  • Open House @ 6 pm in the library

  • Parent U: Positive Parenting Strategies @ 6:30pm Crittenden

Friday April 12, 2019

  • 1st grade (8:45am), 2nd grade (9:30am) & 3rd grade (10:45am) CSMA Spring Concert

April 15 through 19, 2019

  • Spring Break - no school

Tuesday April 23, 2019

  • Pre-Camp Visit for 5th graders @11am in MUR

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

Wednesday April 24, 2019

  • DELAC @ 5:30pm in Theuerkauf

Friday April 26, 2019

  • Spirit Day- Crazy hair day

 Monta Loma Open House

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Art4Schools Art Show* - In the Library 6–7:30 pm

Lego Robotics Exhibit - In the computer lab 6–7:30 pm

Science Exhibit - In the Multi 6–7:30 pm

Visit your child’s classroom 6:30–7:30pm

* See artwork created by your child in the Art4Schools program.


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 help set up the art show on Wednesday, April 10, any time after 8:30 till noon. Also, we have a need for parent volunteers to break down the show on Friday, April 12, 10:00 am till noon.


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!

Volunteer! We need support to make this event the best of the year. Sign up here!


We are accepting gift cards to Safeway, Costco, and Smart and Final stores to help purchase food and associated supplies.  Please leave at the front desk for Chenoa or in the PTA box. If you would like to help at the event please contact Chenoa or Lisset.

If you wish to donate baked goods, deliver them to Room 4 on Friday, April 5th after 8:30am (Please put in individual bags and mark each item if nut or gluten free)

Pledge envelopes—

If you have not brought in your pledge envelope, it is important you do so. Pledge envelopes are the permission slip to walk. Students who do not have a signed permission slip will not be allowed to walk during the last hour of school.

Walk starter donations may be made through the end of the year.

Monta Loma Walkstarter website:

Many companies will match your donation! Check to see if your company is on the list when you donate on Walkstarter, and increase your donations to help reach our goal!

Remember: Friday, April 5 from Dismissal - 6pm 

See you there!!

New Spiritwear!

We have new ítems available for sale! Check out our Facebook page for pictures of Black Monta Loma Pencil w/Yellow Paw Prints & School Name $0.25, Black Tote Bag w/White Monta Loma Logo $3.00, Metal Keychain w/Full Color Monta Loma Logo $3.00


From the County: Measles notice

On March 26, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirmed one case of measles in an international traveler visiting the county. Individuals who are not immune to measles AND who visited certain sites may be at risk of developing measles due to exposure.

Santa Clara County benefits from very high rates of vaccination against measles. Most people received two doses of measles vaccine (“MMR vaccine”) as children and are protected. However, parents of unvaccinated children, unvaccinated adults, and those with weakened immune systems are advised to review the list of sites and times individuals may have been exposed below. Children at risk may include infants who are too young to receive the vaccine, children who cannot receive measles vaccine due to weakened immune system (for example, due to organ transplant or chemotherapy), or other unvaccinated children.

For a list of exposure sites and more information, visit If you have concerns or questions about your or your child's health, please contact your healthcare provider.

New, updated District calendar

Please click here for the updated 2019-20 District calendar. This version, with the approval date of March 21, 2019 at the bottom, aligns spring break with Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and eliminates a recess day initially planned for October.


Don’t miss the chance to see the incredible art work created by MVWSD students at the upcoming open houses. The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) will be showcasing student art projects at every school. The District's portion of art instruction is funded entirely by MVEF thanks to donations from parents like you!  If you have not donated this year you can do so at

Take a break from the kitchen and help fund art, music, science, and athletics in our schools. The Counter Restaurant, located at 2850 W. El Camino Real, will donate 15% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation, Monday April 8th- Thursday 11th. Just mention MVEF or show the attached flyer!

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "There is Life After College: Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow" with Jeff Selingo

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Join us for an evening with higher education expert and author, Jeff Selingo, the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education as he explores what happens to our children after they graduate from college and how the path today looks very different from the journey we, as parents, took a generation ago.

Jeff’s talk will address:

what parents (and students) need to know so students can be better prepared to both thrive in college and beyond  

what students need to know and how to prepare for the changed landscape of college and employment recruiting.

Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and a professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University.

Register for this free event at Please bring your ticket, it will be checked at the door.

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

MV Parent U presents “Positive Parenting Strategies,” on Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Auditorium. (Flyer here)

As parents we seek to have the most positive impact that we can on our children.  How can we tell if we are doing enough, or doing too much, to help?

Parents will learn…

  • approaches parents can use to understand the impact that we are having today

  • techniques and approaches parents can use to have an even more positive impact in the future.  

Presenter: Tracy Greene is a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She specializes in supporting individuals and families in crisis; helping sort through the emotional impact while developing strategies to move forward.  


  • 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

In Play - Find your fun!

Summer is around the corner! Here's a time-saving way for parents to find local and affordable summer camps for your kids. Click here for a FREE list of programs: InPlay is a non-profit working with MVWSD and Santa Clara County to offer you a free online search service with hundreds of local after-school/summer camp programs. Attached is a flyer. If you have any questions or need help with using the site contact:

Children's Business Fair at Huff: Saturday, April 6

Join us at the first-ever CHILDREN'S BUSINESS FAIR at Huff Elementary School on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.! Come and peruse over fifty student-run shops selling all manners of crafts, products, and services. Customers will also enjoy free snacks as they shop, and there will be a free drawing to win awesome prizes such as a new bicycle. RSVP here by March 29 and you automatically earn an extra entry into the drawing. Our proprietors aren't too keen on paying credit card fees, so please, *cash only*. The Children's Business Fair promises to be a fun, inspirational, and educational time for all. See you there!


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: April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27

  • 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

Summer Programs 2019

Club Rec Elite: Ages 11-13

Club Rec Explorers: Ages 8-10

Club Rec Juniors: Ages 6-7

H2O Adventures: Ages 8-10



Science Fair Packet 2018-19

Spartans Sports Camp - Spring break

Club Rec - Spring Break

Los Altos Basketball Camp

CSMA Spring Concert for Kinder - 4th

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar

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