September 18, 2019

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Core value of the month: Responsibility



Dear Monta Loma Families,

It's important that students have the food fuel they need to learn, play and grow. Our child nutrition department strives to ensure every student has a nutritious and delicious meal every day. 

Lunch Menus and Payments

Lunch menus are viewable on our district website. Just check this Child Nutrition link. From that page you can also use the online resource for paying for school lunch. 

Free and Reduced Lunch

We are encouraging all families to take a look at the eligibility requirements for free and reduced lunch. You may be eligible. MVWSD uses an online application process for free or reduced-price meals. You do need to reapply annually. Please apply online for the National School Lunch Program here. Contact Corina Ruiz at for  questions or support.

School Food Policy and Allergies

Some children in our school are allergic to particular foods such as dairy products, gluten, or nuts. Please help us keep all children healthy by reinforcing with your student that they should not share food with their classmates. Students with allergies may use the allergy table at lunch time. They can invite friends to join them there as well. 

Any plans made for a classroom celebration must first be discussed and approved by the classroom teacher. Please provide healthy choices when providing food items in conjunction with celebrations. Some healthy choices include fruit, vegetables, popcorn, etc. Please avoid sugary foods such as cookies, cupcakes, donuts, candy, etc. The office will not accept any items from parents for classroom celebrations. Please arrange with your child’s teacher for delivery. If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday, instead of bringing food items to the classroom, consider recognizing your child’s birthday by providing a “Birthday Book” for the class. This is an excellent choice as

books can bring attention to the student’s birthday while at the same time incorporating literature.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students healthy.


In partnership,

Gloria Higgins



Tuesday, September 24, 2019 

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

Friday, September 27th, 2019

  • Principal coffee @ 8:40am

Week of October 7th - 11th, 2019

  • Parent teacher conference week - Dismissal is at 12:30pm all week

Friday, October 11, 2019

  • 5th grade Walden West Information meeting @ 9am in the MUR

Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Fall Festival from 3pm to 6pm. Join us!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

  • ELAC meeting @ 5pm in the library 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

  • Parent U: Mental Health Basics @ Graham Auditorium 6:30pm

Friday, October 25, 2019

  • Picture Day Retake


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.


Upcoming events – please join us!

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

  • Sat Oct 5 9am-1pm - Campus Beautification Day – Help spruce up our campus and abundant green spaces, fun kid activities included. More details coming thru UpToUs. 

  • Fri Oct 18 3-6pm – Fall Festival – carnival style games hosted by classrooms, fantastic food, prizes, music & raffle. Click here to see our flyer. 


Have you joined UpToUs yet?

UpToUs (Flyer here) is our new parent communication platform for all Monta Loma families, no PTA membership required. See this link for more details. Sign up here:


Visit our website 

- become a member    - view upcoming events

- order spiritwear          - volunteer opportunities

- find Amazon link 




When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  For more information, click here. 

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

Mountain View Parent University presents a discussion and showing of “Like,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care… but is that what's really happening? How can parents and students gain the skills to self-regulate?

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 PM at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.

After the film, there will be a discussion facilitated by Common Sense Media and MVWSD staff. Spanish translation will be available during the discussion panel, and the film will have Spanish subtitles. Child care will be provided. To RSVP prior to the event, and to view live streaming on the internet during the event:

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: "The Orchid and the Dandelion:  Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive" with W. Thomas Boyce, M.D. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA.


Developmental pediatrician, Dr. Thomas Boyce, will delve into results from four decades of research and clinical practice – exploring his major discovery that reveals how both genetic make-up and environment shape behavior.


Dr. Boyce will explore how the “dandelion” child (hearty, resilient, healthy) is able to survive and flourish under most circumstances and the “orchid” child (sensitive, susceptible, fragile) when given the right support, can thrive as much as, if not more, than other children. Dr. Boyce will share how we as parents can better nurture and support the unique characteristics of both types of children.

To register for this free event, go to 


Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.



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


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 

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.



Spartans Sports Camp: Basketball



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