Spotlights, Jan. 30, 2019

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Wednesday, January 30, 2018

Core value of the month: Hard work



Dear Monta Loma Families,

February’s Project Cornerstone Asset is The Importance of Youth as Resources.

People of all ages want to feel that that they make a contribution and play a

meaningful role in their community, whether at home, at school, or in the

neighborhood. Research shows that youth who feel valued and useful have higher

self-esteem, a greater sense of personal control, reduced delinquency, greater social

and personal responsibility, reduced substance abuse, and better social skills.

Most youth in Silicon Valley don’t feel that they have opportunities to contribute to

their community.  To help address this problem, February is Youth as Resources month This asset focuses on including youth in decisions that affect them and creating

participation and leadership opportunities where their contribution makes a difference.

The following discussions can help youth recognize opportunities to serve as resources. I hope you’ll ask your students some of these questions.

• What would you like to share with adults about your experiences in your home,

school, neighborhood or faith community?

• Who are some adults that you could talk to about making positive changes?

• How would you like to be recognized for your contribution?

Keep in mind that serving as a resource doesn’t have to be a large effort. Adults can

help youth serve as resources simply by asking them to share their opinions, skills, or

knowledge, such as how to play a game or use technology such as text messaging.

Remember, it’s important that young people’s efforts be recognized and celebrated!

Be sure to create opportunities to show that you value each individual’s unique


This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. For more information, visit

In partnership,



Thursday, January 31, 2019

  • Help for registering students for 2019-2020 school year. Please come by the school office and ask for Brenda or Lisset.


  • Information night for incoming 6th grade @ Graham and Crittenden 6:30pm


Friday, February 1, 2019

  • Game Night: 5:30pm - 7:30 PM. Concessions sponsored by the PTA and Kinder/3rd grade parents.


Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Free food pick up (no income requirements) @ 3:15pm - 5:30 pm

  • ELAC - in the library @ 5:30pm


Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Last day of the 2nd trimester - Minimum day. School ends at 12:30pm.

  • Spirit day - Hat Day


February 18 through the 22nd, 2019

  • No school - Winter break

 Postponed Ability Awareness Week

We will be postponing our Ability Awareness Week to a future date pending more volunteer sign ups. 

Free 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.

 Graham’s Incoming 6th Grade Information Night

Date: January 31st, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.   


We invite you all to come and join us at this fun and informative event. It is an opportunity for you and your student to learn about middle school life here at Graham.


If your last name begins with A-K, please start in our Multi-Purpose room (located at the back of the school).

You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask any questions you may have.


If your last name begins with L-Z, please start in our Auditorium (at the front of the school). You will have the opportunity to hear students from our amazing performing arts. You will also hear information about electives, student clubs, and other enrichment opportunities.


 At 7:10pm we will rotate the groups so everyone can see both presentations.


We are looking forward to showcasing our wonderful school and meeting all of you. Our future Graham Bear students are encouraged to join!



Mr. Hermosillo


Crittenden Incoming 6th grade Information Night!

Save the date: Thursday, Jan. 31st at 6:30pm in the MUR

Our 6th grade parent information night is Thursday, Jan. 31st from 6:30-8pm in the MUR.

We will give the incoming 6th grade parents an overview of curriculum covered for each core classes and some of our electives. In addition, we will introduce our some of the 6th grade teachers and PTA president.

We are also thrilled to announce that we will have our 1st annual WEB Winter Wonderland Carnival on the same day Th, Jan, 31st from 4:30-6:30pm. This will help us build community with our 5th grade families earlier in the year. This is an event organized by the WEB students and their teachers. They are very excited to enjoy fun activities with your families. WEB (where everyone belongs) is a middle school transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the 1st year of their middle school experience.


The annual Used Book Sale will run from 2/27-3/1. We are looking for your gently loved books--please bring them to the office. We especially need chapter books for our upper elementary kids, but all books are welcome. No adult or religious books, please.

Our annual Walk-a-thon is coming up on April 5.  This is a huge fundraiser for Monta Loma and the PTA really need parents to help.  We are looking for volunteers to help solicit businesses for raffle items, which can be done at home.  We would also gladly take any donations for raffle items too. Please contact Macey Taylor at

Help support our school while shopping on Amazon. Use this link to shop.

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.


We want to hear from you! LCAP parent survey

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2019-20 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 1 in a survey about the plans' goals. (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:

More information found here:


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

When: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 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. Click here for flyer.


* Interpretation (Spanish support)

* Child care

* Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

 We Are Fighting the Flu!

Our schools are seeing more cases of flu in both staff and students. With seasonal flu circulating at our schools and in the community, here are a few reminders about what you should do. 

  • If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), keep him or her home until they no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.  If your child has other health issues, you may want to call your health care provider for advice. 

  • Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).

  • Keep him or her comfortable. Rest is important.

  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.

  • Use good health habits such as covering coughs and/or sneezes in sleeves, or to cover coughs/sneezes with tissues.  Wash hands often and keep them away from your face.

  • Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.

  • Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places if you are sick.

  • If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

 Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing

  • Bluish or gray skin color

  • Not drinking enough fluids

  • Not waking up or not interacting

  • Feeling extremely irritable

  • Not urinating

  • Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

 SELPA 1 CAC General Meeting

Our next general meeting will be Thursday, February 7, 9:30 am in MVLA Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View

We will be confirming dates and details for “make and take” nights for useful tools for students with learning challenges 

Resource Fair for Summer Camps, After School Activities and Educational Resources.

Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 PM, JLS Middle School, 480 East Meadow Drive Palo Alto

Join us to meet 40+ providers of summer camps, after-school activities, and in-school programs who will present information about their programs and be available to talk 1:1 with parents. All providers can accommodate some special needs kids, either in an inclusive environment or a special program, and can discuss specific accommodations. Some offer onsite enrollment. Information on financial assistance available, and many providers offer fee waivers based on need.

Let’s Talk … Safety

"Let's Talk" is a video series that addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them.

The fifth topic is safety. MVWSD continues to work to ensure the safety of its students and staff members on its campuses.

Click here to view the video.

For more information about current safety initiatives, MVWSD safety planning, middle schools’ active shooter drills coming up and to read Dr. Rudolph’s recent safety letter, please visit 

With the 2019-20 school year just seven months away, we are building the foundation for the community of our school. Now is the time to come together with your ideas and input for the activities of the school by becoming a founding board member of the Vargas Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). The Steering Committee is looking to fill the positions of President, Associate Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Auditor.  If interested, please send an email to by February 13, 2019.  Previous PTA experience is not required and you’ll be trained in these roles, so please let us know if you’d like to contribute to the successful launch of our new school. Please note that your email will only been seen by the Nominating Committee and will be confidential.

 School Accountability Report Card

All public schools receiving state funding are required to prepare and distribute a SARC (School Accountability Report Card). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. SARCs are published each year and contain data from the previous school year.

There are several ways to view your school’s SARC:

  • Visit the MVWSD elementary schools’ and middle schools’ webpages on and click on your school’s SARC links, for both English and Spanish.

  • Go to the CDE Find a SARC Web page. This CDE Web page provides actual SARC reports or SARC Web links to the school or district website where the school's SARC is located.

  • If you would like to obtain a printed copy in Spanish or English, please see your child’s school.

Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2019-20

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

For NEW students: Through February 3, you can 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 can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2019-20 through February 3. To check your access, log on to If you have difficulty with registration, please call 650-526-3500 ext. 1213 or email

*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


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: 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



Elevate Mixer Space Party

Winter Break Basketball Camp

CSMA Winter Break Art Camp

Parents Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

MVWSD 2018-2019 School Calendar


The 2019-20 District calendar is here!

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