December 4, 2019

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Core value of the month: courage



Dear Monta Loma Families

i-Ready Updates

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Starting this week, students will be taking i-Ready Diagnostic #2. i-Ready diagnostic assessments are administered three times a year in place of the district benchmark assessments used in the past. 


New, and important for parents to know:

  • In January, parents will receive four reports (two for math and two for English language arts): One report will show your student’s overall score and growth since August (take a look here), and a detailed report (look at the report here) will show how your student performed on each grade-level standard, in math and language arts. You can review this information and talk with your teacher about how to support and enrich your child’s learning.

  • Your child can access i-Ready instruction at home online anytime through Clever to supplement, reinforce and enrich his/her classroom learning (exception: i-Ready instruction is not available at home during diagnostic testing). These lessons supplement core instruction, and support and enrich students' learning. They are tailored to students, based on information from their i-Ready assessments. Please ask your teacher if you have trouble accessing i-Ready. 

Please visit to view sample reports and frequently asked questions. Thank you for your partnership with us in your student’s success.

New Garden on Campus

With grant support, @LivingClassroomCA is designing a unique garden at Monta Loma Elementary‚Äč for students to use as part of their native peoples studies. Monta Loma is near a major Muwekma Ohlone Tribe ancestral heritage mortuary mound that was located on Middlefield Road.

The garden showcases the plants that have been used by the Ohlone people, past and present. The Ohlone people were very knowledgeable land managers who understood the migration patterns of animals and the seasonal patterns of plants. An interpretive sign describing the plants and their uses, as well as the significance of the garden, will be installed.

Watch this new garden grow!

In partnership,





Thursday, December 05, 2019

  • ML Military Family Coffee @ Moffett 8:30am 

  • TK Info night @ Theuerkauf 5PM

  • PYT Alice in Wonderland performance @ 2pm in the MUR

Monday, December 09, 2019

  • Dual Immersion Info Night @ Mistral 5:30pm

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • 2020-2021 Kinder Information Night @ ML 6PM 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • New Family ML Tour @ ML 8:45am 

Monday, December 16, 2019

  • Stevenson Info Night @ Stevenson 5:30pm

Friday, December 20, 2019

  • Spirit Day: Pajama Day 

Holiday Break: December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020 

  • First day back to school is Tuesday January 7th 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

  • School Site Council @4:30 pm in the library 

Monday, January 20, 2020

  • No School 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • ELAC @ 5:30 in the library 

Friday, January 24, 2020

  • PTA meeting/Principals Coffee @ 8:45

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Spirit Day: Sports Day 

  • Game Night @ 5:30pm in the MUR 


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.


We continue to be thankful for your generosity! Movie night was a success, because of our amazing volunteers. Thank you so much for supporting the school. 

Starting today through December 13 remember to bring non-perishable food items to your classroom.


Upcoming Events:

  • Monta Loma's Food and Winter Coat Drive will take place December 2 through December 13. Remember to drop the winter coat that you chose, with a gift tag attached to it, into our gift box at the front office. The tag should have the following information: (Boy or girl/Name/Age/Size), for example: (Girl/Star/8/10)

  • Join us on Thursday, December 5th on Moffett Airfield Clubhouse for the Principal’s Coffee at 8:30.


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. Contact Kara Chambers at or Dafne Minera at if you have any questions.  


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.


Don’t forget to come to the Lost and Found to claim your lost or forgotten belongings.



Saturday with the Superintendent: Please join Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Saturday, December 14 from 2:00- 3:30 p.m. at Panera on El Camino and El Monte (1035 El Monte Ave) for informal conversation. Bring your questions and comments.


Right at School: Winter Break Camp

Right at School is offering Winter Break Camp from December 23 - January 3 from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm, hosted at Stevenson Elementary. There is no camp 12/24, 12/25 ,12/31 & 1/1. Cost is $45/day. You are not required to have a child currently enrolled with Right at School to participate in winter break camp. See for registration and information.

Thanks to parents like you, MVEF is making great progress towards their $800,000 fundraising goal. Don't miss your chance to do your part to bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child in the district.There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to MVEF this year.  The more MVEF raises, the bigger the impact! Last year, MVEF exceeded our fundraising goal, enabling us to fund science materials for the new elementary science classrooms and professional development for teaching staff. Help MVEF surpass their goal and make your tax-deductible donation today!

Check your students: PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to prepare for open enrollment

On November 21, you received an email with your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with your username and instructions. Please check now that you have access and that all your currently enrolled students are linked in your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Only one PowerSchool Parent Portal account is needed per family. If not all of your children are currently linked on your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school office.

Beginning January 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.


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


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

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for neighborhood elementary schools. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.


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.


The District has two choice schools:  Spanish-English dual immersion at Gabriela Mistral School and a parent participation program at Stevenson Elementary School.  These schools can be requested when you register your child. Gabriela Mistral's information night is Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson's information night is Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. 


There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.


For NEW and CURRENT students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here: . 


For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to


Right at School Winter Break Camp

YMCA School Breaks

PYT Performance 12/05

Parents’ Guide to Emergency School Evacuation 

MVWSD 2019-20 calendar


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