October 23, 2019

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Core value of the month: compassion



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Fall Festival

It was a thrill to see you at Fall Festival on Friday. We greatly appreciate your participation and enthusiasm in our community events, and we are ever impressed by your generosity with time, effort, and donations.  Because of your fun attitude, and hidden talent as carnival barkers, we raised more than $5000 to support field trips, assemblies, after school programs, and so much more. So many volunteers made this event successful that I couldn’t possibly name them all here, but special thanks go to Elizabeth Jones for her leadership of the event.

If you haven’t yet joined our PTA, please do so at montalomapta.org. Just click on the membership link and follow the steps. While your there, check out the other ways to get involved. 

Attendance Reminders

Monta Loma’s attendance rate for the year so far is 97.11% Our goal this year is 97% which is right on track. You can help us keep on track by making sure your student comes to school on time every day. Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excusable absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list.  All other reasons are not considered excused.

As we head into the cold and flu season, you can help us stay on track by making sure students eat healthy foods and practice good hygiene. Talk to them about the importance of washing hands before eating and after using the restroom.

In partnership,




Friday, October 25, 2019

  • Picture Day Retake

Friday, November 1, 2019

  • CSMA Music in Action Concert 3rd-5th @ 11:30am

  • End of 1st Trimester - Students end school day at 12:30pm

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 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.



Did your child loses a jacket, lunch box, or a sweatshirt? Please stop by the Lost and Found Cart next to the MUR. If the items are not picked up by November 1st after school, they will be donated to charity.

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: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Location: In front of the school bus parking on Thompson Ave. at Monta Loma

 The food is free. More details at the event.


Are your children enjoying the Community School of Music and Art lessons at their elementary schools? Do you love watching your child compete in middle school sports? These are just two of the programs funded by the Mountain View Educational Foundation- all thanks to donations from parents like you. MVEF’s annual phonathon is just around the corner and they need your support. Save them a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate. Your donation ensures that your child, and every child in the district, have access to these programs as well as Living Classroom, environmental science field trips and more. Donate today!


CAASPP results: Paper reports

If your child is currently in grade 4-8, your child’s 2018-19 CAASPP score result report in paper form will be sent to you at home the week of Oct. 21.


Your child's report has been available online. To access the English Language Arts and mathematics scores through PowerSchool, click on https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. After logging in, click on "score reports" in the lefthand column. If you are unable to access the Parent Portal, please contact your school secretary for assistance.


Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School (ticket order form attached)

Nasty will be nice and Mountain View will be ogre-the-moon when Crittenden students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. on November 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 18th. 

This family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of Shrek, an ogre who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.   

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at Crittenden Middle School in the front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at lrzepiela@mvwsd.org.


MV Parent U presents "Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy" on Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden MUR. Flyer here


Presenters: Sharon McClintock, The Mountain View Library; Heidi Galassi, Landels Elementary, Principal; and Karen Gordon, Landels Elementary, Instructional Coach.


Please join us to learn several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, and math at home:

• Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement

• Creative ways to encourage and support writing

• Ideas for math games that build math skills

• Practical ways to use math in everyday life


In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

• Ebooks and online library resources

• Information on library programs and services for the entire family


RAFFLE: Books and two bikes. Childcare provided.


Click here to RSVP for this session: https://readingmath.eventbrite.com


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Vaping Crisis:  What Is It Doing to Our Kids?" with Bonnie Halpern-Felsher on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre | 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, will discuss the harmful impacts vaping has on the minds and bodies of adolescents. 

Dr. Halpern-Felsher will provide an overview of current tobacco/nicotine products, including vapes, Juuls and other pod-based systems, which are more commonly used among teens than combustible cigarettes.  Drawing upon on-going research, Dr. Halpern-Felsher will address why adolescents are drawn to using these products, dispel common misperceptions held by both adults and teens, and share effective, evidence-based strategies that parents, caregivers, and teachers, can leverage to help prevent and reduce the use of these addictive products.


The talk will be followed by a panel of local administrators and a mental health professional.

To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2019-20-bonniehalpern-felsher.eventbrite.com 

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 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.



Free Robotics Class

Free Teen Cooking Classes

Free Teen Art Classes 

Monster Bash

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation 


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