August 28, 2019

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,

At last week’s coffee families asked some great questions about assessment. As partners in your child’s education, it is important to us that you know how your student is doing. We share this information with you through parent teacher conferences, report cards, and assessment reports. 

It’s also important that you know about the types of assessment we use. Throughout the year, students participate in three kinds of assessment. Classroom assessments like checks for understanding, assignments, and quizzes help teachers monitor and adjust along the way. 

Diagnostic benchmarks are taken three times a year and give a bigger picture overview of student progress throughout the year. The first assessment window for these tests is now through September 19th. 

State assessments are used to monitor proficiency in grade level standards and help us evaluate our effectiveness. Students in 3rd through 5th grade take English Language Arts and Math assessments in the spring. 5th graders also take a Science assessment in the spring. Students whose primary language is a language other than English take a language proficiency assessment when they first enter our school and then annually until they gain fluency. 

The ultimate goal of assessment is always student growth and learning. Our staff is committed to preparing students for assessment with standards based instruction and with the social/emotional skills to persevere and maintain a growth mindset. You can help too by making sure your student gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and comes to school on time every day. 

In partnership,

Gloria Higgins



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



Robotics is back! See attached flyer for registration and session info.

Upcoming events - we'd love to see you

  • Wed Aug 28 - Back to School Night - visit our table for info on Robotics registration, Box Tops, UpToUs communication platform and more. 

  • Fri Sep 27 - Next Principal's Coffee and PTA Association Meeting 

  • Sat Oct 5 - Campus Beautification Day

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



SELPA 1 CAC Announcements

SELPA 1 CAC is here to help families of students with special education and learning challenges through awareness, support and education.

Here are upcoming events for late August and September:

  • General Meeting: Monday 8/26, 9:30 at MVWSD Office at 1400 Montecito Ave in Mtn View. Next meeting is on Oct 7 (same time same place).

  • Decoding Dyslexia Support Group Wednesday 8/28 7-8:30 pm Willow Room Mountain View Community Center, 201 Rengstorff Mtn View. Next meeting is on September 25.

  • Parent Chat Support Group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 PM Los Altos Library.

  • Let’s Talk, IEP/504 Support Group Tuesday September 17, 10am -12pm in front of Whole Foods Los Altos.

  • Fall Family BBQ -  September 21 11-2 pm, Rengstorff BBQ area. A fun event to meet parents and staff involved in special education. More info: FREE burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options will be provided. Please bring a beverage or snack to share.


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. 


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 here 

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): 


Spartans Sports Camp: Basketball

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