January 8, 2020

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Core value of the month: courage



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Happy New Year!

I want to take this opportunity to wish all our Monta Loma Families a happy and

healthy new year. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing break filled with memories to cherish. 

I feel lucky to have two new years every year, one in August and one in January. I take the chance to think about resolutions. As educators and parents or guardians, we are all interested in helping students develop a strong sense of efficacy. The research is clear that students with a growth mindset do better in school and in life.  Perhaps it was best expressed by Henry Ford when he said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Please allow me to suggest two resolutions for all of us this year. 

  1. Resolve to praise the process, not the ability or talent. When we say “You are good at math.” students think they got a correct answer because they are naturally talented. Then when they get an answer wrong, they may think their talent is limited. Instead say, “ You worked hard on solving that problem. You found a strategy that worked for you.” This helps them learn that effort matters. 

  2. Resolve to talk about setbacks as opportunities to learn. Students who think of setbacks as limit of their ability tend to give up or stick to what they know. Students who can reframe setbacks as opportunities tend to persevere and try new challenges.

We all have the power to promote a growth mindset in our children. Let’s work together on these simple actions. 

In partnership, 




Monday January 13, 2020

  • Open enrollment begins. Confirm your students registration for next school year. Questions? Contact the office. 

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 info@arts4all.org

  • 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. 

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.


MVEF Winter Gala and Auction- Get your Tickets Today!   

MVEF’S Winter Gala and Auction is on Saturday, February 8th! You don't want to miss this fun evening as MVEF goes Full STEAM Ahead to support all MVWSD schools. Attendees will celebrate the new dedicated STEAM classrooms and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!


The event will be held at the new Mountain View Community Center from 5:30-10:00 pm.

  • Doors open at 5:15 pm, followed by champagne, appetizers, and silent auction preview.

  • Sit-down dinner will be served at 6:15 pm, followed by a live auction, and paddle raise for STEAM.

  • The evening concludes with silent auction bidding and dancing until 10:00 pm.


The menu is incredible, and the live and silent auctions are filled with amazing items, experiences, and one of a kind opportunities. MVEF anticipates a sellout event so get your tickets today!


All admission tickets are for the entire evening. Gather your friends to make a table, purchase individual tickets or if you know a teacher or staff member who you would like to send, you may choose a Teacher/Staff Ticket and send their name to Melissa, at melissa@mvef.org. Learn more and purchase tickets here!


Open Enrollment for new and current MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

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: www.mvwsd.org/register.


To make sure you're ready, please check your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access now. 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 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.

Come to the 5th Learning Challenges Resource Fair, a joint project between SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee. (Click here for Flyer)

The Fair is on January 21, 2020 from 6-8 pm at the MUR in Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.

All families are invited! We have providers from a wide variety of areas, from tutoring services to summer camps, speech therapists to art and music programs, social skills programs to lawyers and advocates and many more!

Please let everyone know! Every family can benefit, for students from preschool through high school and beyond!

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - January 15th

You can change the life of a student! Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. All volunteers must be high school graduates.

Date: Wednesday, January 15th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA


Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

You may qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. In order to qualify for the EITC, households must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.


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