Spotlights, May 02, 2018

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018.

Core value of the month: Hard Work


Dear Monta Loma Families,

Parent Volunteers Needed for Next Year

We are grateful for the dedication of our parent and guardian volunteers. Next year we are hoping to bring Project Cornerstone and Los Dichos to Monta Loma. These programs to create positive connections between adults and youth in the community while volunteering at to read specially selected books in English or Spanish and leading activities that help teach valuable lessons.

We need you to make the program work. Contact the office if you would like to be a Project Cornerstone Champion. Training is available.

PTA Officers and Board Members

 PTA Officers and Board Members are a wonderful group of parents who support enrichment and positive school climate. We’d love to have you join in the fun. Don’t miss out.

There are only a few positions open for next year and some of them can be done from home. Training is available. Contact Shanna Bengtson if you are interested in any of these positions

  • Auditor-Prepare a midyear and year-end audit. Verify Audit Report. Forward Audit reports to Council.

  • Communications chair - prepare weekly PTA message for Spotlights, keep parents

  • updated on current events across multiple communication paths.

  • Historian-Preserve record of activities, achievements and volunteer hours of the association. Assist president with the association’s annual report.

  • Parliamentarian-Oversee elections. Be available for guidance on state and national PTA policies and procedures. Oversee bylaws committee.

  • Spiritwear Chair - Take and deliver orders for Spiritwear. Inventory and order replacements.

Please join me in thanking next year’s slate of officers and board members. You definitely want to be part of this group!

  • President - Cere Fingerhut

  • Vice President - Kara Chambers

  • Treasurer – Mary Ann Casuga

  • Executive Assistant. to Treasurer - Jennifer Coogan

  • Secretary - Debbie Chin

  • VP of Fundraising - Chenoa Trout and Elizabeth Jones

  • VP of Membership - Bhairavi Shangavi and Ruby Solorzano

  • VP of Child Advocacy - Sarah Anderson

  • ELAC Liaison - Jen Manson

  • Military Liaison - Katie Kirsch and Ruth Schreiner

  • Activities Chair – Cheryl Villareal and Elizabeth Jones

  • Hospitality Chairs - Michelle Bessler and Chenoa Trout

In partnership,



Word of the Week

Previousmeans coming before. This one has an interesting Latin root. Pre- means before of course, and vious has the root vi- which means way. So Previous literally means the way before. We use it in math for sequencing or solving multi step or two part problems.

The Student Council is hosting the first Monta Loma Talent Show in our new Multi!   If your child has a talent that they would like to share please let us know by filling out the attached permission slip. They may perform as an individual or as a group. Each performance will last 3-4 minutes. This is not a competition, but a chance to share your skills. Show us what you've got, Leopards!

Permissions slips are due to your child's teacher before Friday, May 18th.  Please find them on the Flyers section at the end of this newsletter.

Mrs. Kerri Fox and Mrs. Rachel Fetroe, Student Council Advisors

Want to register for the Chess Tournament? Please go to


Dear Families and Friends of Monta Loma Elementary School,

Our school is participating in collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters (and even dollars!) to help support Magical Bridge Playground Mountain View at Rengstorff Park from May 7-18, 2018

Magical Bridge is a playground for children and adults of all abilities and disabilities, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, hearing and visual impairments, those with sensory challenges, and even our aging population.  

The funds collected during our coin drive will go directly to fund this community project.  The grade that collects the most funds will "win" a private playdate at Magical Bridge Playground Mountain View a week before it opens to the public!

Giving is Magical!!!

If so inspired by this project, please consider making an contribution (in any amount) through our dedicated donation page online here:

When making a donation, kindly note what grade your child attends, so they can receive "credit" for this tax deductible donation.  Donations of $300 or above will be recognized with a tile on the donor wall inside the new playground. 

For more information about Magical Bridge coming to Mountain View:

CLICK HERE to see a video about Magical Bridge.

The Monta Loma Elementary school drive runs from May 7-18, 2018.


Leopards love their Teachers and Staff!!

* Appreciation Week is May 7th - 11th *
Monday and/or Tuesday: Bring a card or letter
Wednesday: Bring a flower
Thursday: PTA-catered lunch
Friday: Bring A Sweet Treat

If you’re a parent interested in helping with staff appreciation, please contact Michelle Bessler 708-655-8925

WALKATHON is coming! Mark your calendar and join us May 18 from 3-6pm
Please sign up to volunteer outside your student’s classroom or return the form found in pledge envelopes sent home last week. Envelopes must be signed and returned by May 11 to allow your student to participate, even if no money is raised. Students are encouraged to set up avatars on Walkstarter to request donations online. See attached flyer or use these links to get started:
Quick Start guide
Setup avatar at then share the link with family and friends.  

WALKATHON BAKE SALE - We need volunteers to help bake for the SALE! Deliver them to Room 4 on Friday, May 18th after 8:30am

 *Please put in individual bags and mark each item if nut or gluten free


*Please help make Walk A Thon a delicious success this year!*

Walk A Thon is coming up fast!  Please consider dropping a cash or gift card donation to help with our exciting food purchases in the PTA slot at the office.  We will accept cans of coke, sprite, diet coke and juice boxes also.  Please DO NOT bring extra food items to the event without contacting Chenoa at 650.776.8052

Looking for anyone interested in making or bringing in coleslaw, please contact asap if you're interested.  THANK YOU!


It is time for the annual distribution of MVWSD policies.  Below are links to MVWSD sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and uniform complaint procedure policies and statements.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal, State & Strategic Programs at 650-526-3500.

The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. 

The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 750 A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043, or

Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment

5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment
1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
4144 BP - Complaints 
4144 AR - Complaints
1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures 

1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures
4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment 
4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment 

It is CSMA Concert season at our elementary schools! Thanks to donations from parents and community members, the Mountain View Educational Foundation is able to fund in-class music lessons led by Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) music teachers at every elementary school. A 5th-grade teacher had this to say about the program, “The music program helps build confidence, responsibility, and is a great part of our curriculum. The music teachers are knowledgeable, passionate, and they have consistently inspired many students to continue to play their instruments.”  Thank you, donors, for your generosity and support. You can learn more and make a donation at Let the music play!


Parents, would your child benefit from a two-week, $10 camp?  Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) is a soccer camp where motivated high school students (KLD Coaches) volunteer to become role models, to provide underserved or low-income kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools (KLD Campers) the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream BIG! Campers are provided with free refreshments and camp t-shirts. KLD's goal is to make the camp experience something campers will always remember. Free round-trip bus transportation, from select pick-up points in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to camp is also provided.  Sunnyvale bus pick ups are expected to be at Lakewood School, Columbia Middle School and Vargas School. Mountain View pick-ups will be Crittenden and CastroSign up online now to participate in this 2-week, $10 camp!


DATES:  June 11 - June 22, 2018

DAYS: Mondays - Fridays, no weekends

TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Cooper Park, Mountain View, CA

PARK ADDRESS: 500 Chesley Ave, Mountain View

​FOR: Underserved/low-income students from public schools in Mt. View & Sunnyvale, Current 2nd through 8th grade for the 2017/2018 school year.

COST: $10 per Camper (bring on first day)


MV Parent University presents “Suicide Prevention: What Parents Need to Know” on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Crittenden Middle School – Multi-Use Room.

Presented by: Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, parents will learn to ask the right questions and resources to help, as well as about the QPR/ Question, Persuade, Refer, Suicide prevention gatekeeper training.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to check out the resources!


·  Interpretation (Spanish)

·  Child Care

·  Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please register here


April 16 – May 18, 2018

Window for CAASPP Tests for 3re4th, and 5tGrade

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2nd Grade Field Trip to Exploratorium Pier 15, San Francisco, 8:30 am – 2:00pm

 Thursday, May 10, 2018

Student Council @ Room 3, 12;30 – 1:15pm

Chorus Concert @ Library, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Monday, May 14, 2018

3rd Grade field Trip to Baylands Nature Preserver Palo Alto (Mrs. Burris’ Class), 8:30am – 1:30pm

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ML School Council @ Conference Room, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ML ELAC @ Library, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 18, 2018

ML Malk-a-thon @ ML’s Soccer Field, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018

ML Bike it! 9:00 – 11:00 am

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

3rd Grade field Trip to Baylands Nature Preserver Palo Alto (Mrs. Satterfield’s Class), 8:30am – 1:30pm

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

3rd Grade field Trip to Baylands Nature Preserver Palo Alto (Ms. Mai’s Class), 8:30am – 1:30pm

Thursday, May 24, 2018

4th Grade Gold Rush Play @ MUR, 11:00am – 12:30pm

4th Grade Gold Rush Play @ MUR, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 25, 2018

End of 3rd Trimester

ML Sunglasses Day

5th Grade visit Middle School

Final ML PTA General Meeting @ MUR, 8:45– 9:45am

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day/No School Day

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

ML Fun Fitness Field Day

 Thursday, May 31, 2018

ML Talent Show @ MUR, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Friday, June 1, 2018

Last Day of School/ Minimum Day

Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. Please pick up your student on time!

Report Cards will go home via e-mail. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the report card, please let the school secretary know.


​​​​​​​ML Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

ML Talent Show Permission Slip

ML Chorus Concert

ML Walk Starter / Walk-a-thon

ML Bike it!

April Menu

Uniform Complaint Procedures

Preschool Enrollment

MV Parent U

Los Altos Basketball

Summer Swim Lessons


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