October 30, 2019

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Core value of the month: compassion



Dear Monta Loma Families,

October Safety Month

During the month of October, we focused on safety in many types of situations. 

Our annual emergency preparedness drill helped us prepare for evacuation, accounting for students and staff, parent-student reunification, search and rescue, first aid, and operations without power. Our monthly fire drill is another opportunity during which we practice evacuating and accounting for everyone. Additionally, our Kinder through Second Grade students attended a fire safety assembly with our local firefighters where they learned how to stay safe from fire and what to do if there is a fire in there home. All classes also viewed our dangerous intruder video that encourages students to stay calm and listen to the adults in charge. 

The most important way to be safe at home in the event of an emergency is to have a plan and communicate it with your children. Here are some resources that can help.

For fire prevention and fire escape planning resources, visit the National Fire Prevention Association Website

For information about how parents can talk with their children about school violence, please see Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

For earthquake preparedness, visit the The Red Cross website

Power Outage Plan

While MVWSD does not anticipate being affected by power shutoffs, please be assured we have specific plans and procedures in place to prepare for an outage, should it occur.  In the event of a power outage affecting the school district prior to the school day starting, it is likely that school will be cancelled. If an outage after school starts, the school day will continue as planned. In this scenario, parents should plan to pick up their students immediately at dismissal time as afterschool activities would be cancelled (no Beyond the Bell, Right at School, YMCA, clubs, etc.). Parents, please keep in mind that out-of-town commutes could become difficult during power shutdowns. Please make sure you authorize local neighbors and friends to pick up your student from school. You can update pickup information with your school office staff.

In partnership,



Friday, November 1, 2019

  • CSMA Music in Action Concert @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


Beyond the Bell - Monta Loma Open Enrollment 1st-5th grade 

We are currently accepting registration for Beyond the Bell Monta Loma. Beyond the Bell is a high-quality, free after-school program provided by the Mountain View Whisman School District.  We provide an inclusive, safe and caring

environment for children where they can receive homework support, play recreational games, and engage in enrichment activities.


  • Hours and days of operation: Open on school days, Monday-Friday, after class dismissal until 6pm.

  • Cost: yearly, one-time $105 non-refundable registration fee per student, per site, only.  There are no other fees for the program. Financial assistance is available upon request. 

  • Beyond the Bell Flyer


For information, regarding applications, please stop by the Monta Loma School Office.  To speak to BTB Supervisors, Erika Navarro or Perla Galeno, they can be reached by email at enavarro@mvwsd.org or pgaleno@mvwsd.org

Beyond the Bell Flyer


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.


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

Friday, November 15th is Movie Night at Monta Loma!  

MUR doors open at 5:30pm and food is for sale, Movie starts at 6pm.

Bring your pillows, blankets and sleeping bags and join us for a fun night at the movies.  Movie type food is available for purchase.

The PTA is calling on the parents of the 4th and 5th graders to help us make it a successful event.  We need volunteers for set-up and clean up as well as food sales. Please use the following link to sign up to help!


Note: We will give volunteer hours to middle school and high school students who want to help!

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


Happy Halloween from the Mountain View Educational Foundation! MVEF wants to remind you that a perfect Halloween treat is a donation to MVEF! Donations from parents like you support art and music teachers in our elementary schools, Living Classroom outdoor education, science field trips for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, afterschool sports at Graham and Crittenden, science materials, and more. MVEF needs your financial support to make this happen. Donate today at mvef.org/donate!


Non Discrimination Policy

In accordance with annual distribution of District policies requirements, below are links to the MVWSD sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and uniform complaint procedure policies and statements.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal, State & Strategic Programs, at 650-526-3500.


The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, or cghysels@mvwsd.org.


Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment

5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment

1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures

4144 BP - Complaints

4144 AR - Complaints

1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures

1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures

4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment

4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment 

Non Discrimination Policy


Mattress Sale Fundraiser Flyer

Crittenden Middle School music program is hosting a mattress sale fundraiser on Sunday, November 10th from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Crittenden M.U.R. The mattress company will be bringing a variety of quality name brand mattresses of all sizes to the M.U.R that day. There will be 30 different mattress displays to try out. The company can take your mattress order, provide mattress delivery and then haul away your old mattress. Some mattresses will be on sale for up to 50% off regular retail price. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the students attending the annual Music Department Los Angeles trip.

If there’s a mattress in your home that you need to replace, please check out this great opportunity to buy a brand new, name brand mattress, save money, and support the Crittenden Music Department! Thanks in advance for your support!


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

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 14-16 at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 17th. 

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 the Crittenden Middle School front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at lrzepiela@mvwsd.org.


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.

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online (FAQ’s click here). You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 13 - February 7.

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St. (Flyer here)

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 5 at 5:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.


There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.



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