September 25, 2019

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Core value of the month: Responsibility



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Each year, Monta Loma creates a School Plan for Student Achievement that guides the work for our school for the coming year. In the fall, elected parent representatives from the Monta Loma School Site Council and English Language Advisory Committee work with me and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees.  This plan helps us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. It lays out each school’s plan for achieving its goals, and connects with the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out goals for the entire district.

To learn more about the overarching goals and efforts that will be included in this year’s Monta Loma School Plan for Student Achievement, please:

  1. Join me for a Principal’s Coffee on September 27, at 8:45

  2. Read more in our school newsletters as I highlight these plans

  3. Attend School Site Council or ELAC Meetings 

If you would like to get involved, please contact me or attend the next School Site Council (SSC) meeting.


In partnership,

Gloria Higgins



Wednesday, September 25, 2019 

  • Coffee with Superintendent Dr. Ayinde Rudolph @ 6:30 in Graham

Friday, September 27, 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 – we’d love to see you!

  • This Friday Sep 27 - Principal's Coffee and PTA Association Meeting 

  • Sat Oct 5 9am-1pm – grab your work gloves, rakes, trowels and shovels 

and join us for Campus Beautification Day – fun kid activities included!

  • Fri Oct 18 3-6pm – our biggest fall fundraiser is almost here! Fall Festival

Sign up with your teacher to staff your classroom’s game, donate prizes or help with setup, cleanup, or food sales.


Click here for Fall Festival info  


Great ML Bake Off details 


What is UpToUs?

UpToUs is a 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 



Cafecito coming up

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Graham Middle School staff room. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.



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. 

Decoding Dyslexia CA – Support Group, South Peninsula

Topic: Dyslexia Resource Share

When: Wednesday, September 25th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Where: Mountain View Community Center, Willow Room

201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA 


This group is parent-moderated and free.

Workshop on IEP( Individual Education Plan ) for Special Education & 504 Plan 

FREE. This workshop covers the basics of the IEP/ 504 plan including some common problems, complications, solutions and suggestions. There will be a discussion about common accommodations and parental rights, and a Q & A session during this workshop. Organized by Palo Alto CAC (, presented by H.E.A.L. (Hospital Educational Advocacy Liaisons Program from Stanford Children’s Health), and co-sponsored by PTAC. Please use this form to let us know if you are coming, especially if you would like childcare or Spanish translation.

Sat, Oct 5th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

JLS Middle School Room 730 , 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

General Meeting: Monday 10/7, 9:30 at MVWSD Office at 1400 Montecito Ave in Mtn View. 

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 Wednesday October 9, 7PM - 8:30 PM Los Altos Library

Exciting Parent Education Event!

Decoding Dyslexia CA Please come join SELPA 1 CAC as we talk about what dyslexia is, the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines and the importance of early identification. The presentation will include an abbreviated dyslexia simulation so participants can gain an understanding of what it is like to be dyslexic. 

Wednesday, October 16

7:00pm - 8:00pm, Springer Elementary Multi

1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View, CA


MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Graham MUR. (Flyer here) 

A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for this event. Please click here to reserve your seat. 


Hawaiian Luau

Crittenden Middle School will hold its annual Music Department Hawaiian Luau on Thursday, October 3rd- 5:30-8:00 in the M.U.R. at Crittenden Middle School. Tickets are $20.00 adults (pre-order) $25 adults at the door. $10.00 for students. Ticket order form is attached.


MVEF is thrilled to have their new signs up at most of MVWSD schools, and even more excited to mark their fundraising progress on them! Thanks to parents in our community we are on our way to raising $800,000 to fund programming across the district. Elementary students are enjoying hands-on science, standards-based art and music instruction, 4th and 5th-grade environmental science field trips, and more. Middle schools receive funding for afterschool athletics, science materials, electives and an environmental science field trip for every 6th-grade student. MVEF cannot do this without your help! Donate today at


MVLA Speaker Series

Join us as developmental pediatrician, Dr. Thomas Boyce, delves 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. Flyer here.



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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