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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Core value of the month: Courage



Dear Monta Loma Families,

As 2018 comes to an end, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you. It is a privilege to share in the many gifts you and your students bring to our community. Your support for community events, donations to charitable efforts, and passion for enriching the educational experience for our students make Monta Loma a truly exceptional school. The 1,286 items collected for our food drive is just one example of your compassion. Most of all, I am grateful for the curious, thoughtful, and creative students you send us every day. We learn from them as they learn from us.

Wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday break.




Friday, December 21, 2018

  • Monta Loma Spirit Day - Pajama day

December 24, 2018 through January 7, 2019

  • Holiday break - No school



Did your child lose a jacket, lunch box, or a sweatshirt? Please stop by the Lost and Found Cart next to the MUR before our winter break begins.

 Nibble n Gobble

Making healthy eating simple & fun (For grades K - 5)

Think farm to table, tailored for kids! At these hands-on cooking workshops kids are encouraged to touch, smell, feel, explore, taste and play with food. They make simple and colorful dishes and through color, interesting plating and fun food-related activities they learn about making smart food choices. At the end of every class they sit down together to enjoy their creations. Research shows that if kids feel empowered around food, they are more likely to eat it. Repeated positive exposure away from mealtimes leads to fewer dinner-table battles, less waste and more enjoyable dining experiences for the whole family. Bonus - eager little helpers in the kitchen!   

We will be cooking nut-free, vegetarian dishes made with fresh, seasonal & as far as possible, organic ingredients - easy enough for kids to replicate at home.

Kid-safe cooking equipment provided.

Thursdays: 12 :55 pm - 1:55 pm

Dates: 01/10, 01/17, 01/24, 01/31, 02/07, 02/14, 02/28, 03/07, 03/14 (9 sessions).

No classes: 02/21

Cost: $245 per child

Registration will be open through 12/25/2018. Register here:



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Want to make an end of year donation to the PTA? Drop off checks in the office, or use this link to donate online via Paypal.

Register Now for Free After School Intermediate Scratch and Intermediate JavaScript Classes at Monta Loma

Los Altos High School volunteers from the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation Club is offering two free afternoon coding classes on Wednesdays starting January 9 till February 27  from 3:15 - 4:45 pm. We have a few spots left for our coding classes.

  • Intermediate Scratch class is for beginning coders in 3rd - 5th grade with some Scratch coding experience.  Intermediate Scratch Class Registration Link:

  • Intermediate JavaScript class is for advance coders in 3rd - 5th grade who have at least one year of Scratch and JavaScript experience.
    Intermediate JavaScript Class Registration Link:

Our classes are limited to 20 students. Please register now. Parents will be notified by Friday, December 21st. Questions? Please contact Alice Lee at 650-996-4821 or email



Starting Jan. 7: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2019-20

The Mountain View Whisman School District's open enrollment for next fall will open online on Jan. 7.

For NEW students: January 7 - February 3, you will be able to register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2019-20 school year here:

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:  Parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20 January 7- February 3. To check your access, log on to If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office or call 650-526-3252 and press 3 between 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming choice school information sessions are:

  • Gabriela Mistral (Spanish-English Dual Immersion) info night: December 17 at 5:30 PM; and tour: January 11 @ 8:45 AM

  • Stevenson (Parent and Child Teacher) kinder info night: January 10 6:00-7:00 PM; and Arts Focus tour: January 17 @ 9:00-10:00AM

*Important: MVWSD’s elementary school boundaries have changed for the 2019-20 year. If you are new to the District, please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to 

 MV Parent U presents Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader, on activism, feminism and education.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8 PM at the Graham Middle School, Auditorium

Ms. Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. She will talk about the importance of education, parents' role in students’ success and how they can advocate for their children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. She continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children.


* Interpretation (Spanish support)

* Child care

* Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:!5 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here


 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: January 15

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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





PYT Drama Class

Come join PYT for a free After School Drama class at Monta Loma Elementary School! Students will work together to learn the essential elements of storytelling, performance, and important theatre terminology as they have fun rehearsing a short play. In addition to theatre specific terminology and techniques, students will also utilize and improve life skills like responsibility, confidence, projection, and team building. Please click here for the registration form and more details. If you need a paper copy, you may come to the school’s front office.


 CSMA Art Club

Join us for a 16 week spring art club session where we will experience Whimsical Worlds of Art. Students will paint, draw and build with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. For this session, students will learn about artists that create worlds both real and imagined and then create projects based on these artists. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session.

CSMA Chorus

Over the course of 16 weeks, students will learn many fun songs while gaining the fundamentals of singing and performing, culminating in a Spring performance for families. Chorus is brought to you by the Community School of Music and Arts and is taught by CSMA Faculty. Minimum Size: 20 students. Click here to view flyer.

  • Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 PM for Grades 2–5, Fee: $160/16 weeks

  • Classes begin January 17 and end May 16 PLEASE NOTE: Class will not be held during school holidays.

  • Register by January 14 at

  • We will not turn any student away due to income level. Financial Aid is available through CSMA. For info see:

  • QUESTIONS? Please contact Ivor Holloway, Music4Schools Program Coordinator, at 650-917-6800 x324 or


Coach Ken Soccer

Soccer program is open to all kids, all levels, for K-5. Supervision and help changing into soccer gear is provided from school end time to start of soccer. Aftercare kids will be walked to and from the field by coaches. Kindergarten kids will be picked up from class by the coaches and taken to the field. Other kids meet coaches at the lunch time tables. All participants get a tshirt. Participants must bring shin guards, closed-toe athletic shoes or cleats and water/drink bottle. Sign up is open here:


 Mobile Library

The Mobile Library's last visit in 2018 will be this Friday from 4:15pm to 5:00pm. The bookmobile will not visit on Dec. 21 or 28, or on Jan. 4 It also will not make a morning stop on Jane at Fay (Hobbledehoy Preschool) on Dec. 21. After the winter break, the bookmobile will change its visits to Thursdays, beginning on January 10. The time and location will remain the same, from 4:15pm to 5:00pm, at Monta Loma School.

For information or special requests, email or call 526-7029. The bookmobile calendar is at

 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:

  • Dates: January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13

  • Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

  • Location: In front of the school bus parking on Thompson Ave. at Monta Loma

The food is free. More details at the event. Click here to see the Flyer


Spartans Sports Camp

Free dance workshop

CSMA Holiday Art Camps

CSMA Art and Music classes

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar

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