September 11, 2019

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Core value of the month: Responsibility



Dear Monta Loma Families,

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick

  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.

  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.

  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

In partnership,

Gloria Higgins



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.


Hearing and vision screening

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at Monta Loma Elementary on Friday, October 4th.


Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.


If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3500.


Have you joined UpToUs yet?

UpToUs is a parent communication platform for all Monta Loma families, no PTA membership required. See this link for more details. Get started here:


Robotics is back! See attached flyer for registration and session info. Click here to register


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". Team up with a friend and join our Spiritwear team to keep our families in leopard gear . Contact if interested.  


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.   



My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, California is monitoring and working to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronically absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.


Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent.  If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state.   For more information, click here. 

MVEF news

Donations from parents like you are already making an impact in our schools and your child’s school day. Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) art and music lessons are beginning this month at all elementary schools. Their curriculum meets the California content standards for music and art, ensuring that elementary students have the opportunity to experience quality art and music programming, entering middle school prepared for band and art electives. These art and music teachers are paid by MVEF thanks to your generosity.  Middle school athletes also benefit from your support. The fall sports season kicked off with both middle schools fielding cross country, girls softball and boys volleyball teams. MVEF helps pay for transportation, coaches and officials to make sure every athlete can compete. Support your child and every child in the district. Donate today at



Education Française Bay Area (EFBA)

EFBA is a non-profit school founded in 2008 that provides French after-school classes and summer camps. We're active all over the Bay in about 25 schools.

More info about our program: EFBA - Education Française Bay Area

Days: Monday & Wednesday

Playtime: 2:45-3:15pm

Class: 3:15-4:45pm

Start date: Sept. 16

End date: May 20


Free YMCA Basketball Clinic

We have partnered up with El Camino YMCA, to run a “Telkamp Basketball Clinic” after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program is free for our students 2nd to 5th grade. The basketball clinic will focus on basic fundamentals with some scrimmaging to introduce youth to sportsmanship and teamwork. Please see the registration form here. 

Days: Tuesday and Thursday

Dates: September 17-November 7

Grades: 2nd-5th 

Time: Tues. 3:15pm - 4:15pm, Thur. 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: Basketball Courts


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 - (9/11 There is still room!)

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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