January 29, 2020

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Core value of the month: Hard work



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Monta Loma thrives on the participation and engagement of our wonderful volunteers. We know from the great work of Project Cornerstone that relationships with caring adults beyond family members enhances a child’s social, emotional, and academic success. 

We also know there are so many different ways to support student learning. Whether you have 1 or 100 hours a month to share with us, your contribution is invaluable. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

There is something for every kind of volunteer at Monta Loma. Take a look at the opportunities below and let us know if you can help. 

Upcoming School Events: Game Night, Walk-a-Thon, Board Positions, VIP Reading Day, and more. Contact montalomapta@gmail.com

Ability Awareness Week: This wonderful assembly and classroom event promotes empathy. Contact ghiggins@mvwsd.org

Project Cornerstone: If you love reading to kids, this is for you. Contact Denise at montalomaprojectcornerstone@gmail.com

PTA Officers and Board Members: Now is the time we start thinking about positions for next year. Training is available, and you won’t find a better, more dynamic group of friends to work with. Contact montalomapta.@gmail.com

Just Read/Just Math: This is for you if you love working one on one with a student and seeing them make strides with their learning. Contact volunteer@justreadcenters.org

Living Classrooms: Is gardening your thing. This group supports our garden club and classroom gardening and life science activities. Talk to your child’s teacher for details. 

ELAC: If you are the parent of a language learner, we need you for ELAC. You’ll learn about our language supports and district events. Contact coruiz@mvwsd.org.

School Site Council: We have an open position on this team that provides input into the School Site Plan. Contact ghiggins@mvwsd.org for details. 

In partnership,



Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Spirit Day: Sports Day

  • Game Night @ 5:30pm in the MUR

Monday, February 3, 2020

  • DELAC @ 5:30pm in the District office

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

  • Monta Loma Parent U - Mental Health @ 6pm

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  • Monta Loma ELAC @ 5pm in the library 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

  • Parent U @ Graham 6pm

Friday, February 14, 2020

  • End of trimester - School ends at 12:30pm

Week of February 17 - 21, 2020

  • Winter Break - No School

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 

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

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Spirit Day: Hat Day 


School Site Council
We have an open position on this team that provides input into the School Site Plan. Contact ghiggins@mvwsd.org for details. 

Monta Loma Parent U: Navigating Mental Health and Support

Tuesday February 4th in the library 

Explore these topics, questions and more with our

panel of experts:

  • 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?

  • And more! See flyer for more details

It's flu season: Tips for keeping your family healthy

Just a reminder that it's flu season. Please see the attached information for flu symptoms and tips on how to prevent the flu. Sick children should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). Wash your hands and take care of yourself! See further information here. 


Click here to view a letter from the Santa Clara County Office of Education

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: Between the MUR and Room 1at Monta Loma. 

 The food is free. More details at the event.

PTA News 

Game Night Friday, January 31 5:30pm in MUR

Please join us in the MUR for some good old-fashioned board games with your teachers and other families! Enjoy some pizza, hot dogs, and popcorn while you play.  Come for the games, stay for the community. Hope to see you there! If you are able to help out, we could use a few more hands. Many hands make light work! Sign up here: 2020 Game Night - Volunteer sign up sheet. 


Be Our Book Hero!

The Used Book Sale is among the most popular and beloved events that PTA does every year.  We hope to get at least one book into the hands of every child at Monta Loma, but we need someone to coordinate this event.  Please consider leading the effort to collect, organize, and sell books for our kids.  You'll have a lot of help in the form of volunteers. We have a lot of documentation to help and past coordinators to support and assist.  Please consider being our Book Hero this spring! Contact Kara Chambers kdworak@yahoo.com


PTA Board Elections March 27

Please consider serving on the PTA Board for 2020-2021.  We are a friendly group who come from diverse experiences, opinions, and backgrounds who are unified in wanting to support our faculty and staff, enriching the lives and community of our kids and their families. 


Please reach out to anyone of us to ask questions as you think about how you might like to become more involved. Some positions take more of a commitment than others, but all positions will give you a voice and an opportunity to impact what we do here at Monta Loma.


Feel free to contact us at montalomapta@gmail.com for more information.


Click here to see the PTA Office Positions descriptions. 


Seeking Volunteers to help Organize our Walk-A-Thon Friday, April 17

PTA is seeking volunteers to help organize Walk-A-Thon, our biggest fundraiser and community event of the year!  In the coming months, we need help seeking donations for food and the raffle, seeking and organizing volunteers for the day of WAT, and assembling a crew to set up the field.  No experience necessary, only the willingness to help! We have documentation of previous WATs so no one needs to reinvent the wheel.  


Please reach out to our VP of Fundraising/Events Elizabeth Jones bisajones@gmail.com


Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Guardians,

Crittenden and Graham both will be welcoming 5th grade families to an Incoming 6th Grade Information Night on Thursday, January 30 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the multi-use room.  Each site will host its own information night. This is a great opportunity to learn about our Middle Schools’ academics, a chance to meet our staff, and learn about the exciting opportunities your incoming sixth-grader will have at Crittenden or Graham.

Please contact Crittenden or Graham Middle School if you have any questions.

Thank you and we hope to see you on January 30 at 6:30pm.


Sonia Gomez

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

Michael Hermosillo

Principal, Graham Middle School

General CAC meeting. Monday February 3, 9:30 am at MVWSD Office on Montecito Blvd. 9:00-9:30 am will be for the Learning Challenges Committee and MVWSD specific issues.

Let's Talk IEP/504 Support Group. Tuesday February 11 10am-12pm, Cafe Tables in front of Whole Foods in Los Altos.

Parent Chat, a Support group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Tuesday February 11, 7-8:30. Los Altos Library.

>>Parent Education event: Crisis Prevention Strategies with Special Education Director Arianna Mayes. February 26 Graham Middle School Auditorium 7-8:30 PM

Learn how de-escalation can help create a safe place for kids to express their emotions and solve problems. How managing your own emotions, staying calm, allowing feelings to happen, creating connection, self-awareness and self-advocacy can allow your child your thrive and your household to feel like a safe place for all. See flyer here. 

Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group February 26, 7-8:30 pm, Mountain View Rengstorff Community Center.

Happening now:
Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21

Mountain View Whisman School District student enrollment for next fall is open online now.

For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office. 


You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.


In conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2020: Women Making It Happen, youth in grades K-8 are invited to explore career opportunities with women who have excelled in their fields. After a brief opening, attendees will be able to visit with Career Guests who will share information about their careers and answer questions. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Career Guests include women working in these jobs and industries: Airline Pilot, Bank President, Chef, Civil Engineer, Cybersecurity, Dentist, Doctor, Firefighter, Landscape Architect, Lawyer, Law Enforcement, Software Engineer, Television Broadcasting, and more.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

Cost: Free. For more information and to register, go to: www.eiseverywhere.com/sccoesvrcareerday



There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.


The District provides inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and after school classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.


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