December 11, 2019

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Core value of the month: courage



Dear Monta Loma Families


It was a treat to have coffee at Moffett Field last week. Thanks to the PTA for hosting with tasty treats, and thank you Katie Kirsch for organizing. Communication typically rises to the top of the list when we get together. Here’s a list of the various ways and purposes of school communication tools. I hope this serves as a good starting point when you have questions or are interested in finding out more about our school or district.


Spotlights is published weekly and emailed to families through schoolmessenger. All official school messages are announced in Spotlights. Families who prefer paper copies may request them through the office. This message goes to the email accounts attached to your students profile in our student data system.


School Messenger is used to send email or text updates and reminders about specific events or topics. Report cards and i-Ready test results are sent electronically through School Messenger. It also goes to the email accounts attached to your student profile. For directions on how to opt in for text messages visit the MVWSD communication page.


The Monta Loma Website is There you can find information about upcoming events, school programs, policies and procedures, parent groups and much more. While you’re there you can set up calendar reminders from the Monta Loma Public Calendar. 


The MVWSD Website is It has a great deal of information about events, policies, registration, transportation, child nutrition, budgets, bonds, and much more.


Social Media You can find us on Facebook @MontaLomaElem and Twitter account @MontaLomaSchool. We use social media primarily to share photos of events or classroom happenings. 


Our School Sign is updated weekly to communicate brief reminders about upcoming dates.


Grade Level or Classroom Newsletters are used to share classroom specific news. See your child’s teacher for details. 


Office Personnel are always happy to answer questions. Just stop by or call (650) 903-6915. If they don’t have the information they will find someone who does. 


The Monta Loma PTA Website is There you will find a wealth of information about events, PTA membership, spirit wear and FAQs for new families. 


Up To Us is the platform PTA uses for you to sign up for volunteering at events or communicate timely information. You can email to get information about how to sign up for Up To Us.


In partnership,



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  

CSMA Art Club - Registration now open 

Join us for a 16-week spring art club session where we will explore the theme: Our Natural World. Students will paint, draw and build with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session. We will study artists that examine and reflect on the many things that make up our world and contribute to the future. From the tiniest insects and plants to the glaciers and unique features of the earth, students will create projects based on these reflections and examinations.

Kinder - 2nd grade click here

  • Thursdays, Jan. 16 – May. 21 (No class on Feb. 20, Apr. 9 & Apr. 16)

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

3rd grade - 5th grade click here

  • Tuesdays, Jan. 14 – May. 26 (No class on Feb. 18, Mar. 17, Apr. 7 & Apr. 14)

  • 3:20pm - 4:20pm

Additional information

  • Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 7/18

  • Questions: call CSMA (650.917.6800, ext. 0) or email

  • Financial aid: In keeping with our mission of providing Arts for All, CSMA offers tuition assistance. If your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch please attach a copy of your lunch letter with payment of $50.

  • Course number: 70216

  • Link to register click here. 

CENG Hour of Code Update and FREE After School Beginning Scratch Class Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 26 from 3:15 - 4:45 pm

Congratulations to our Monta Loma students who have completed the second annual Hour of Code! The Hour of Code is a global event that introduces students to an hour of coding classes. 15 high school students from Computer Science of the Next Generation (CENG) hosted the Hour of Code with the help of 22 junior mentors. Junior mentors are third to fifth-grade students who have taken our Scratch and JavaScript coding classes. They were excited to teach their peers how to code. Check out our pictures here.


To encourage your children to continue their coding journey, please go to or to learn from their tutorials. We are also offering a new FREE after school Beginning Scratch class for third to fifth graders on Wednesdays, January 8 - February 26 from 3:15 - 4:45 pm. (No class on 2/19) The class is limited to 20 students. Please register in the link here:  Registration closes on December 20 or when all spots are filled.


Computer Engineers of the Next Generation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire underrepresented students to explore and develop an interest in Computer Science. For more information, please check out our website at  Please email Alice Lee at for any questions.

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 for joining us for the Principal's coffee on December 5th at Moffett Airfield. We are so grateful for all of you who came. Don't forget, we still have our food drive going on until Friday, December 13. Remember to bring non-perishable food items to your classroom.

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). It is the most wonderful time of the year.

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

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


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.

Middle School Electives Interest Survey coming the week of 12/16

As we enter the third year of the inclusive middle school schedule, our middle schools are currently working to provide quality elective offerings that are a great complement to our core academics. It's our goal to align electives with students’ interests and teachers’ credentials.

In order to gauge students’ interests, and inform the development of the elective catalog for the next school year, students in grades 5-7 will be asked to complete a survey in class the week of December 16th. This survey will list possible electives for 2020-21 and ask students to indicate the top three electives they may be interested in taking.  The purpose of this survey is to understand student interests. Students will not be committed to taking the electives they express interest in. Incoming and current middle school students will not formally request electives until the spring of 2020.

For more information on the process, and to view last year’s electives catalogs, please click on


Right at School Winter Break Camp

YMCA School Breaks

PYT Performance 12/05

Parents’ Guide to Emergency School Evacuation 

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