Spotlights, Jan. 23, 2019

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Wednesday, January 23, 2018

Core value of the month: Hard work



Dear Monta Loma Families,

Thank you so much for your partnership through this busy season in the school year. There are so many important ways to stay engaged and informed. I’m repeating last week’s blurbs about registration, Ability Awareness Week, and resources for families who may need financial support. I’m also adding items from this week’s Board Meeting that may be of interest.

MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting

At this week’s Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Rudolph will present information about next year’s budget and the Prop 39 request for Bullis Charter School. See the agenda for more information.

Registration for Next School Year

It is very important you complete your child’s registration for next school year 2019-20. The window for registration closes on February 3, 2019. Office staff will be calling families to offer support. You can log on to your PowerSchool Parent Portal (link here) to complete the registration. If you need help, please call Brenda or Lisset at the school office.

Ability Awareness Week

Our PTA Council is sponsoring Ability Awareness at Monta Loma on February 7. In this exciting, fun-filled assembly 1st, 4th, and 5th graders will have the chance to experience what it’s like to have differences in abilities. Volunteers are needed to lead activities. Please let the office or your child’s teacher  know if you can help. We’ll train you with everything you’ll need.

Support for Families

Monta Loma is lucky to have partners like the Community Services Agency in Mountain View. They provide free groceries for anyone who would like them. Bring your own grocery bags or ask Ms. Tellez for one. They will be at Monta Loma from 4:00 to 6:00 on January 28th, February 11th, and February 25th.

For any families affected by the federal government shutdown, MVWSD's Food and Nutrition Services Department encourages you to apply for school meal benefits for your children. It is easy and confidential! You may now qualify during this difficult financial time.

As always we are here to help.




 Thursday, January 24, 2019

  • MVWSD Board meeting @ Graham Library 5:30- 7:30PM


Friday, January 25, 2019

  • Smartphones and Communications Workshop @ 6pm


Tuesday January 29, 2019

  • Noche informativa de ciencias @ Biblioteca 6pm


Thursday, January 31, 2019

  • Noche de información para 5to grado @ Graham y Crittenden 6:30pm


Friday, February 1, 2019

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

For any families affected by the federal government shutdown, MVWSD's Food and Nutrition Services Department encourages you to apply for school meal benefits for your children. It is easy and confidential! You may now qualify during this difficult financial time.

Applications are available at your child’s school office during regular school office hours Monday through Friday.  Online applications are available anytime at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.  


 Smartphones and Communications Workshop

Friday, January 25th from 6:00 - 7:30pm

The TechBridgers Club run by Los Altos High School students will be offering a Smartphone and Communications Workshop on Friday, January 25th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the school library.  We will teach parents how to use your smartphone to connect to school website and programs, use Google Translate and check your email. Light refreshments and child care is provided.

Please register online at or via theform attached by January 23rd. Questions?  Please contact Mrs. Tellez


 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 5th grade Information Night!

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

Our 5th grade parent information night is Thursday, Jan. 31st from 6:30-8pm in the MUR.

We will give the incoming 5th 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.

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.


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

*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 residenceFor more information, call 650-526-3500 or go

Let’s Talk … Open enrollment

"Let's Talk" is a video series that addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think.

The fourth topic is open enrollment. It’s happening now. Here’s what parents can expect when they enroll students for the fall 2019-20.

Click here to view the video.


 SELPA 1 CAC Let's Talk: How to Advocate for your child

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

  • Tuesday, February 26, 10AM-12PM, in front of Whole Foods Los Altos

  • Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd. 

 Celebrate education and science by attending the MVEF Winter Gala and Auction

Join the Mountain View Educational Foundation at the full dinner and live auction, followed by dessert, dancing, and a silent auction, or, come later in the evening for the dessert, dancing and silent auction portion of the evening. The live auction includes a private flight for two above the bay, tickets to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, dinner at the Mountain View Firehouse, and a trip to DC! Our silent auction is loaded with summer camps, a Tesla tour, cooking lessons, jewelry, floral bouquets, vacation homes, parties and much more! Join MVEF and show you are Mad About Science!

MVEF's goal is to raise over $100,000 to support our schools, including a specific goal to raise $30,000 dedicated to funding science field trips!

You can learn more, read our amazing menu, and buy tickets at

Can’t make the event? Show you are Mad About Science by donating to fund science field trips at


 The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Myths of Happiness:  The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being" with Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View,  CA

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. Sonja Lyubomirsky gives parents insight to:

  • discuss and debunk common misconceptions about what life changes will make us truly miserable or truly happy

  • brand new research on the “how” of happiness—that is, when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work “best”

  • how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals

Sonja Lyubomirsky (AB Harvard, summa cum laude; PhD Stanford) is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness, published in 34 countries. Lyubomirsky’s research focuses on the benefits of happiness, why some people are happier than others, and how happiness can be durably increased.

Register for this free event at

Spanish translation will be available.


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.


 Food distribution program at Monta Loma Elementary

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View andSecond 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 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



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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