October 16, 2019

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Core value of the month: Responsibility



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Thank you for your support throughout the year and especially this past week during parent - teacher conferences. Our partnership is an essential part of all of our students’ learning. We appreciate all you do for Monta Loma.

Thank you also for being mindful of parking and traffic during pick up and drop off. As a reminder, parking is not allowed in any red zones, and the speed limit in school zones is 25 MPH. Your consideration keeps everyone safe.

Project Cornerstone’s October Asset of the Month is Positive Family Communication.

Young people who experience positive family communication experience higher self-esteem, decreased substance use, less anxiety and depression, and greater school engagement. However, in Santa Clara County, only 63% of 4th-6th grade students and 33% of 7th12th grade students reported in Project Cornerstone’s 2011 survey that they and their parents communicate positively and that they are willing to seek advice from their parents. To help promote this valuable asset, October is Positive Family Communication month in Silicon Valley.

For positive family communication to occur, all family members must be comfortable sharing their needs, wishes, and concerns in an honest and trusting environment without fear of rejection. Establishing positive communication when children are young may help keep the channel open in adolescence. No matter how old your children are, it’s never too late to start! The following questions can help your family. Encourage your child to answer these questions honestly:

• Who do you enjoy talking with, and why?

• What makes it easier to talk to family members, and what makes it more difficult?

• Which topics are easiest for you to talk about with your parents, and which are more

difficult? Why?

The communication skills that young people develop in their families help set the pattern of how they’ll communicate for the rest of their lives. Teaching your children to communicate effectively with friends, teachers, co-workers, parents, peers, and others is a lasting legacy that parents can give to their children. 

This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. For more information, visit www.projectcornerstone.org. 


Gloria Higgins



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

Friday, November 1, 2019

  • CSMA Music in Action Concert 3rd-5th @1:30pm

November 5th - 8th

  • Walden West Science Camp. (Returning at noon on Friday 11/8)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Superintendent’s Coffee @ 8:45am in MUR

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • School Site Council @4:30pm in Library

Friday, November 15, 2019

  • ML Parent Technology Workshop @6pm in Library

Monday, November 18, 2019

  • DELAC @5:30pm @ 5:30 at District Office

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

November 27 - 29, 2019

  • No School - Thanksgiving Break


Monta Loma Student Council:  The following 4th and 5th grade students have been elected to Student Council for the 2019-20 school year:  Logan O. M., Miraslava M., Bijan A., Alex M., Angel L., Tavia B., and Alan R. Congratulations! We look forward to working with you this year.  ---Mrs. Fox & Mrs. Gomes



Monta Loma will have its annual costume parade on Thursday, October 31st at 8:35 on the blacktop. Classroom activities for Halloween vary by teacher and grade level. See your child’s teacher for details. Alternative activities are available for anyone not wishing to participate in the costume parade or classroom activities.


Please note these rules for costumes.

  • Students must be able to put on and take off their own costumes.

  • Keep it friendly-No weapons, violence, gore, or vulgar messaging.

  • Masks are allowed only if they don’t obstruct vision.

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.


This Friday - Fall Festival - Oct 18 3-6pm – our biggest fall fundraiser is almost here! Volunteers opportunities: staff your classroom’s game, donate prizes, help with setup, cleanup, or food sales. Middle schoolers and upward welcome to earn service hours too.  This is a festive carnival with booth games for prizes, delicious food, music and fun!

Don’t miss our first ever Bake Sale contest during Fall Festival
Great ML Bake Off details  

Fall Festival details  

Upcoming event: Superintendent Coffee – November 7th from 8:35-9:40 am at Monta Loma Elementary School 

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: http://www.uptous.com/

Visit our website https://montalomapta.org/ 
For membership, spiritwear, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and
Amazon link


Spaces available in MVWSD's preschool program

There are still spaces available this year in MVWSD's award-winning preschool program (flyer attached). 

Registrations are being accepted for fee-based, full-day spaces located at Preschool at Theuerkauf for children who will be at least 3 years old by December 2. The full-day session is Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

 MVWSD Preschool is a high quality, award-winning, early education program

* 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient 

* Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating

* High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year

For information, cost and applications, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call (650) 526-3500 ext. 1844.


MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! Save MVEF a call and make your donation today. Your donation brings art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more to every child in the district! Donate now at mvef.org/donate or contact MVEF at contact@mvef.org if you would like to help at the upcoming Phonathon! Your donation makes a difference for your child and every child in our schools.


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. 


Right at School, a before and afterschool care program, will be hosting an open house for current and prospective families on October 22. Please see the attached flyer for more information. For information on MVWSD’s after school programs, please visit: https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/supporting_learning/before__afterschool



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 www.efba.us

Days: Monday & Wednesday

Playtime: 2:45-3:15pm

Class: 3:15-4:45pm

Start date: Sept. 16

End date: May 20

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.



Dyslexia Awareness Month 

Free Robotics Class

Free Teen Cooking Classes

Free Teen Art Classes 

Monster Bash

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation 

MVLA Parent Education: October 17, 2019

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