November 20, 2019

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Core value of the month: compassion




In observance of Thanksgiving Break, there is no school on Wednesday November 27, Thursday November 28 and Friday November 29. 

Dear Monta Loma Families, 


Our Monta Loma Family wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you will be able to spend time with your loved ones and share all you have to be thankful for. We are thankful for you and the special gifts of time, generosity, and good cheer you bring. 

November’s Asset of the Month: Positive Cultural Identity

This time for family and friends provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us to build positive cultural identity.

Positive identity brings self-assurance, a sense of belonging, a positive view of personal future, and better success in school. 

Developing a positive cultural identity—a critical element of personal identity—can be difficult

for young people, especially if they are bridging more than one culture. The way that youth are treated in regard to their ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender directly affects their ability to develop a positive personal identity. As adults, it’s critical that we model recognition, understanding, and celebration of all cultural identities.

Sharing and celebrating different cultural identities increases self-esteem and promotes

cultural competence among all young people. 

The following discussion topics* can help families talk about cultural identity:

  • What is our cultural background?

  • What do you value about our culture?

  • What would like other people to know about our culture?

  • Who do you know from a different culture? In what ways are your cultures similar and different? 

  • How can you share your cultural differences in a positive, non-evaluative way?


This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. For more

information, visit and was*Adapted from the Canadian Child Care Federation’s “Supporting Our Children’s Social Well-Being…It’s a Team Effort!” workshop

In partnership,




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


Are Vacations / Travel Excused Absences?:
 Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This may come as a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. For more information, click here. 

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 to all the parents who have volunteered to help support our school, we are grateful for your help.

Upcoming Events:

Student Site counsel: Thursday November 21 at 12:30

PTA Association Meeting Friday, November 22 at 8:35 to 9:40


Principal Higgins will not be able to attend, however we warmly welcome all members of our Monta Loma Community to attend our PTA Association Meeting!

Movie Night at Monta Loma!

Friday, November 22

Toy Story 4

5:30 to 9:00


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. 


Monta Loma's Food and Winter Coat Drive  

December 2 through December 13

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Let’s get together to collect non-perishable food items and winter coats for our local families!

  • How can I participate in the ML’s Winter Food Drive? Bring non-perishable food items to your classroom. Click here for the suggested donation items. The classroom that donates the most items will get to pick an animal to be donated to a family through Heifer International.

  • How can I participate in the ML’s Winter Coat Drive? Grab a tag from the gift box at the front office. Purchase a winter coat for the age and size specified in the tag. Drop the winter coat with the tag attached to it into the gift box at the front office.

Contact Kara Chambers at or 

Dafne Minera at if you have any questions.  

ML's Food and Winter Coat Drive Flyer


Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: "Navigating Mental Health Support: A Panel Discussion" on Wednesday, December 4 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School Auditorium. (click here for flyer) 


Christine Wang, EdM, Heard Alliance,

Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D Professor, Palo Alto University, Director, Master of Science in Psychology

Dr. Moira Kessler, Md Clinical Assistant, Professor Stanford Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Alicia Carter, MVWSD School Counselor, Crittenden Middle School

Kristin Castillo, Student Services Coordinator, Los Altos High School

Explore these topics, questions and more with our panel of experts:

What is typical development and behavior? Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, Mental health at different developmental stages, What are the schools doing to reduce stress, provide support, and promote mental health? If a child/adolescent is experiencing an issue, how can you determine if it’s a typical behavior or something more serious? When should a parent be concerned? How can parents have an open conversation on difficult topics with their kids? What types of wellness strategies can parents use at home?

Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat:


The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking Mountain View residents to serve on a committee of community leaders : Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.


Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, and include an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.


Applications are due December 9, 2019. Applications can be mailed to Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043, or faxed to 650-964-8907. Applications are available online at


Questions? Please call Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500 or email


Write a letter to Santa

Turkey Trot 2019

Breakfast with Santa 

Jingle Ball

Tree Lighting Celebration

Parents’ Guide to Emergency School Evacuation 

MVWSD 2019-20 calendar


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