February 5, 2020


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Core value of the month: Hard work



Dear Monta Loma Families,

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

The survey has been revised to include questions about school and District climate. We will be discussing the  LCAP/Strategic Plan process at our combined site council and ELAC meeting on February 25th and at our PTA Board Meeting on February 11th.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through February 28 in a survey. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey: click here


More information found here: LCAP/LCFF

In partnership,



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. 

Volunteer Tutors Wanted (JustREAD/JustMATH Tutoring Program)

Would you like to contribute some time to improving the education of students at Monta Loma Elementary School? JustREAD/JustMATH tutoring program invites parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors to volunteer one hour a week during the school day to tutor students in reading and/or math. Each tutor is matched with one student to provide individual support. The tutor works with that same student each week throughout the school year. 

Tutors work with students who will most benefit from individualized academic support.

Teaching experience is not required. All you need is a love for reading or math and a positive, caring attitude to help students develop self-confidence as they gain new skills.

To get more information about becoming a volunteer tutor with JustREAD/JustMATH, or to sign up for an orientation class, please visit our website: https://www.justreadcenters.org or contact JustREAD/JustMATH Volunteer Manager: volunteer@justreadcenters.org.


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 

Please donate books for Used Book Sale

Please donate gently loved books appropriate for K-5 in the office between now and Monday, March 2nd. We are most in need of chapter books from grades 2-5, but all the books are welcome. 


We are happy to report that we found our Book Hero!  Thanks to Vanessa Bernegger who will be leading the charge for our Used Book Sale.  Stay tuned for dates and sign-ups for volunteers to help sort the books before the sale and to help the kids pick out their books during the sale.


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 Raffle Chair for our Walk-A-Thon Friday, April 17

Thanks to the wonderful parents who have offered to Chair Food Donations, Field Set Up, and T-Shirts.  PTA is still seeking a volunteer to lead the Raffle effort for Walk-A-Thon. No experience necessary, only the willingness to help!  We have documentation from previous Raffle Chairs so no one needs to reinvent the wheel.  


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


Tea and Cookies 02/13/2020

Hi ML friends!

This coming Thursday, February 13, we will treat our special ML staff to some tea and cookies. If you would like to donate one box of your favorite aromatic tea or a platter of cookies, please sign up on the attached spreadsheet. Tea and Cookies on Thursday, February 13, 2020. I will be in front of the school at drop off time on Monday (Feb. 10) , Tuesday (Feb. 11), and Wednesday (Feb. 12) to collect the tea boxes. If you are collaborating with a platter of cookies, please bring them to the staff lounge at drop off time on Thursday, February 13.

Have a happy month celebrating love and friendship!


Dafne Minera


Hospitality Chair



Coronavirus update

It is worrisome to hear the news of the novel (new) coronavirus. While there are many factors we cannot control, please know we are closely monitoring it and working to make our schools as healthy as possible. Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus as well as the seasonal flu, and we need your assistance. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/coronavirus to read the latest information, learn about the District's actions, and how parents can help.


Saturday with the Superintendent: Feb. 8 - Note new time!

Saturday with the Superintendent: Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Saturday, February 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread at El Monte and El Camino. Bring your questions and comments.


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.



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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