September 4, 2019

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Core value of the month: Respect



Dear Monta Loma Families,

You already know that regular attendance at school helps students keep up with day to day lessons and meet academic standards. Regular attendance has social benefits as well. Students who come to school everyday have opportunities to develop social skills and participate as members of a community. 

As part of the State of California’s Pupil Engagement priority, local accountability plans

are required to establish goals for improving overall student attendance. You can help us meet our goal of a 97% attendance rate by making sure your student comes to school on time every day. Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences.

If it is unavoidable that your student will miss at least 5 consecutive days while school is in session for an unexcused reason such as a family trip,  an Independent Study Contract may be available for you. You must give the office at least one week’s notice and get principal approval in advance. Let us know if you think you may need this support. 

In partnership,

Gloria Higgins



Monday, September 9, 2019 

  • Project Cornerstone Training meeting @ 9am in Rm. 22

  • DELAC BBQ @ 5:30pm District Office 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

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

Monday, September 16, 2019 

  • Recognition Leopard Launch @ 8:35am on the blacktop

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

  • ELAC meeting @ 5:30 in the Library 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

  • Picture Day

  • Parent U: Film “Like” @ 6pm Crittenden Middle School

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 

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


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:

  • 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.

Please come and join us to learn more about Project Cornerstone and be trained to read in a classroom Monday, Sept 9th from 9-11:30am in Room 22

Project Cornerstone is committed to helping all children and teens in Silicon Valley feel valued, respected and known. Cornerstone helps individuals and communities build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring, and responsible adults. 

Asset Building Champions Program (ABC) – ABC volunteers read specially selected books and lead discussions in the school classroom that are designed to create a common language and vocabulary about student respect for the entire school. The stories and activities focus on building social skills and increasing student-to-student respect. Students also learn about values such as honesty, caring, responsibility, and friendship. 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Denise Tosh at


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


Upcoming events - mark your calendar

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

  • Sat Oct 5 - Campus Beautification Day

Board positions -  Teamwork is high among our robust board - no one ever has to "go it alone" Do you see yourself in one of the below roles? Either are perfect for teaming with a friend. Contact if interested.  

  • Communications Chair - oversee promotion of our events via Spotlights and other channels 

  • Spiritwear Chair - coordinate spiritwear sales to keep our families in leopard gear

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



CAASPP student score reports are in! 

If your child is currently in grade 4-8, you may access your child's English Language Arts and mathematics scores through PowerSchool ( After logging in, click on "score reports" in the left hand column. If you are unable to access the Parent Portal, please contact your school secretary for assistance.



As our schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their child's education.  Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View, that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts, middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you!  The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy! Or you can donate online at Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!  

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 10th

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: Tuesday, September 10th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: El Camino YMCA

2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA 





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 come pick up a registration form to the school’s front office.


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):



Spartans Sports Camp: Basketball


Parent U: Join us to see the film “Like”
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