November 13, 2019

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Core value of the month: compassion



Dear Monta Loma Families, 

Thank You Volunteers!

We have great reason to be proud of the family engagement and volunteerism at Monta Loma. Our deepest appreciation goes to the volunteers who continue to participate in our daily activities like Project Cornerstone and STEAM. Events like this are only possible with the support of volunteers just like you. 

Here’s a couple of opportunities for anyone to get involved on Monday November 18 and Friday November 22. 

  • Lawrence Hall of Science is presenting their Build, Engineer, and Invent hands-on exhibits allowing young minds to blossom. 

No experience or science background required! Please sign up for a time slot in  UpToUs (Click here) or with your child’s teacher. On the day of the assembly, check in at the office and arrive at the MUR 30 minutes before orientation. You can volunteer for one or more of these sessions. 

Session 1:  Time: 9:40-10:30 Grades: K-2       

Session 2:  Time: 10:55-11:45 Grades: 2-3   

Session 3:  Time: 1:20-2:10 Grades: 4-5



In Partnership,



Friday, November 15, 2019

  • ML Parent Technology Workshop @6pm in Library

Monday, November 18, 2019

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

  • CSA Food Pantry 3-5pm

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Spirit Day - Mismatch Day

  • PTA meeting & Principal Coffee @8:45am 

  • Postponed to 11/22: Movie Night! Join us in the MUR @ 5:30pm

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


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.


Thank you for coming to the Superintendent coffee! It was great to see all of you there!

Important Update: Movie Night is Postponed to Friday, November 22nd!!!

Unfortunately, due to several factors, we have not been able to secure enough volunteers to help run Movie Night this Friday. Rather than cancel the event, we are going to postpone it by one week to try to recruit more help!  We will be showing Toy Story 4!


Please consider volunteering for this fun community event on Friday, November 22nd. The link for volunteer sign ups is here: Movie Night Volunteer Sign Up Sheet - 4th & 5th Grade.xlsx


If we don’t have enough help by Tuesday, November 19th, we will have to cancel Movie Night, which will be disappointing for all.

Thank you for helping us make this event a success!

Upcoming Events:

  • Student Site counsel: Thursday November 14,12:30 to1:15

  • ML Parent Technology Workshop Friday, November 15 6-7 ML Library 

  • Monday November 18 - Lawrence Hall of Science presents - Build, Engineer, and Invent – great hands-on exhibits allowing young minds to blossom. Parents needed! No experience or science background required!

As one parent mentioned, "I wish more parents knew how fun this volunteer event was -- so they’d come help out!" 

Please sign up for a time slot in UpToUs (Click here) . Check in at the office and arrive in MUR 30 minutes before for orientation:

  • Session 1:  Time: 9:40-10:30 Grades: K-2        

  • Session 2:  Time: 10:55-11:45 Grades:  2-3    

  • Session 3:  Time: 1:20-2:10 Grades:  4-5

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


Resources for helping students with math homework

Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on


To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math

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.



Breakfast with Santa 

Jingle Ball

Tree Lighting Celebration

Turkey Trot 2019

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation 

MVWSD 2019-20 calendar

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