November 6, 2019

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Core value of the month: compassion



Dear Monta Loma Families,

On Veteran’s Day we honor the men and women who have served our country in war and in peace. We also thank future veterans who are serving our country now.  It’s in that spirit of honor and appreciation I share with you the faces and stories of some important veterans in my life. 

pic1My father served in the United States Air Force for 26 years, rising through the ranks from private to Chief Master Sergeant. He joined the Air Force before graduating from high school, but he proudly earned his diploma as he served. He and my mother even more proudly put all of their children through college. I was just an infant when he served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. When he came home two years later, I didn’t recognize him because he had grown a moustache and the photo I knew him from featured a clean shave. 

pic2My brother followed my father’s footsteps to military service.  His chosen branch was the United States Army, which he joined as an officer having participated in ROTC through college. His service brought him overseas for both Gulf Wars. The eldest of my siblings, he sets the bar high for the rest of us, and models perseverance and pride. 

pic3 My cousin served as an enlisted member of the Army for a couple of tours in Germany. I was in high school when she returned home and regaled us with stories of adventure and humorous misadventure. I thought she was the coolest thing in town and I owe my driving skills to her. 

You most likely have stories about your own family and friends who served in uniform. Some of you ma

de a commitment to do so yourselves. To all our veterans and future veterans, thank you most sincerely for your service. 

In partnership,



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

Monday, November 11, 2019

  • Veterans Day - No school

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • School Site Council @4:30pm in Library

Friday, November 15, 2019

  • ML Parent Technology Workshop @6pm in Library

  • Movie Night! Join us in the MUR @ 5:30pm

Monday, November 18, 2019

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

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

  • PTA meeting & Principal Coffee @8:45am 

November 27 - 29, 2019

  • No School - Thanksgiving Break


Smartphones and Communications Workshop 

Friday, November 15th from 6:00 - 7:00pm

The TechBridgers Club run by Los Altos High School students will be offering a Smartphone and Communications Workshop on Friday, November 15th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the school library.  We will teach parents how to use your smartphone to connect to school website and programs, use Google Translate and check your email. Childcare will be provided in the MUR during our Movie Night.  Please register online at or via the form attached by November 8th. Questions?  Please contact Corina Ruiz at


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 or


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!

 Movie Night Volunteer Sign Up Sheet - 4th & 5th Grade.xlsx 

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:
Visit our website 
For membership, spiritwear, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and
Amazon link


Donate and Dine Out to support MVEF!

MVEF’s Phonathon is just around the corner!  Donate today at and help MVEF reach its $800,000 goal. Your donation funds art, music, science, athletics and more for your child and every child in the district.  On November 13, take a night off from cooking, and head to PIZZA MY HEART, at the corner of El Camino and El Monte (1037 El Monte), in Mountain View from 4pm to 8pm!  Mention MVEF and 30% of your bill goes to MVEF!


Parent Education event Adolescent Wellness Series with Dr. Moira Kessler. November 13 and November 20, 6:30-8 pm. Springer Elementary. Click here to see the flyer. 

Session 1 on 11/13: Learn tools on how to communicate effectively with your child, how to validate yourself and your child, and how to increase desirable behaviors and decrease undesirable behaviors

Session 2 on 11/20: Learn about typical and atypical adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in teens, and about risks factors for and protective factors against suicide


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 

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


PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to prepare for open enrollment

The time for you to confirm your child’s enrollment for the next school year is coming up. Beginning Jan. 13, parents with students in grades TK-7 will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21. Current eighth-grade parents should check their mail for Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District registration information.

By mid-November, you will be receiving an email containing your username for your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with instructions. Many middle school parents currently use PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection and grades, assignments and attendance monitoring. Some elementary parents have accounts from past student enrollment processes. 


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: 

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


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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