August 21, 2019

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families

We’ve had a fantastic few days at school. Thank you for your participation and engagement in our social and informational events. 

Monta Loma follows the Project Cornerstone Developmental Assets Program. September’s Asset of the Month is Parent/Guardian Involvement in Schooling. Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school, less likely to drop out, and more likely to achieve at high levels.  Studies also show that parent involvement reduces achievement gaps for students with fewer resources.   

There are so many ways you can be involved in your student’s education. Here are just a few ways we encourage parents to get involved at Monta Loma.

  • Become a Project Cornerstone reader. Visit a classroom once a month to share a book and activity that teaches about social emotional skills. 

  • Chaperone on field trips.

  • Serve on a parent leadership group. Our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), School Site Council (SSC), and PTA are vital supports for our school. We are especially looking for ELAC members and one SSCl member. See the office for details. 

  • Make sure students have a place to do homework and get a good night’s sleep.

  • Volunteer in class or at home to prepare materials for teachers. 

Families are the first and most important teachers. Thank you for all you do.

In partnership,

Gloria Higgins

Principal, Monta Loma Elementary School


Friday, August 23, 2019

  • Principal Coffee @ 8:45am

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

  • Back to school night @ 6:00pm

  • Minimum day - Students day ends at 12:30pm

Monday, September 2, 2019 

  • No school - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

  • ELAC meeting @ 5:30 in the Library 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

  • Picture Day 



Join the Monta Loma PTA

The PTA welcomes all parents, teachers, and interested community members who want to get involved and support our school. To join, fill out the form a membership form and return it with your membership fee to the PTA box in the main office or sign up online. Member discount cards are available upon request.  

Check out our new website to order spiritwear, become a member, view upcoming events, or see how PTA enriches the lives of all students at Monta Loma.   

Visit us at Principal's Coffee this Friday or next Wednesday at Back to School Night.


Meal payments

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help.  We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program. The 2019-20 online application deadline is September 20, 2019.  No citizenship information is collected during the application process. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Please go to the following website to apply online today. (or applications are available at your child’s school office). 


Meal payment:  Full or reduced price meals can be paid online throughout the year at  For 2019-20, full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast).  You can pay in advance (online, check, or cash) or at the time of purchase. 


Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at (650) 903-6965 if you have any questions. 


Lunch menus

Menus are found here:


CAASPP Student Reports

CAASPP student score reports are in! If your child is currently in grade 4-8, you will be receiving information about how to access your child's English Language Arts and mathematics scores through PowerSchool. Please watch for the message coming to your email with directions and details. 

MVEF cannot wait to welcome you back at our District’s back to school nights. Look for our brochures at your child’s elementary schools and take a moment to learn how MVEF funds the art and music in your child’s classroom and read about the amazing field trips your 4th and 5th graders will experience.  MVEF also funds science labs and instruments at the elementary schools. At Graham and Crittenden’s back to school night, you can find our brochure in your child’s first period class. Learn how we fund after school sports at our middle schools, including transportation, coaches and referees. We also support science labs, electives, musical instruments, and fund an environmental science field trip for every 6th grader. MVEF needs to raise $800,00 this school year. We cannot do it without your donations. Make your tax-deductible donation today at


Coach Ken

Sign up for Coach Ken Soccer Monta Loma class on Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm for K- 5 Here:

Pick up and supervision offered from school end until soccer begins. 

Click here to see flyer


CSMA Art Club

Join us for a 12-week fall art club session where we will explore the theme: The Art of Food. Students will paint, draw and build with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session. This session we will explore the many ways that food is connected to art. We will look at artists that use food as a medium or theme in their artwork and create projects based on these.

Register online at:

Click here for Kinder - 2nd grade Flyer 

Click here for 3rd - 5th grade Flyer 


Register Now for Free After School Beginning Scratch and Beginning JavaScript Classes at Monta Loma

Los Altos High School volunteers from the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) is offering two free afternoon coding classes on Wednesdays starting September 4 (new start date) till October 16 from 3:15 - 4:45 pm. We will have no class on August 28 and October 9th due to minimum days.

Parents are invited to come on October 16  from 4:15 - 4:45 pm to see students’ projects.


Our class is limited to 20 students. Priority registration is given to students who are historically underrepresented in the computer science field like girls, Hispanics, African Americans and students who are receiving free and reduced lunch.  We are proud to announce that this program is made possible due to the generous grant from AI4All and the Los Altos Community Foundation. For any questions, please call Alice Lee at 650-996-4821 or email


The Computer Engineers of the Next Generation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to inspire historically underrepresented minorities to pursue Computer Science.  For more information, please check out our website at

Lunch Chess Club

BayAreaChess combines fun and learning while promoting a team spirit where everyone helps each other succeed and improve. Our chess program will cover the very basics for new students to the game and we can challenge experienced players with more advanced concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn the moves of the pieces, opening strategy, tactics, checkmates and endgame play. Students will also learn valuable life skills through chess, such as winning and losing with grace, sportsmanship, planning and team spirit. Our mission is to transform and enrich the lives of students through chess.

Register Online Here (Fee $270):


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