Wise Word 03/02/2022


Hello Golden Owls,


Today is the 120th day of school for this school year. Can you believe we are already in our final Trimester? Our students have been working extremely hard, and we hope to continue even stronger in our last trimester. Again, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support during this year. Everyone-- teachers, students, staff, parents, community partners have been working so hard to guarantee our students receive the best experience possible. 


A few updates and reminders:


Report Cards Go Home, March 11, 2022


Second trimester report cards will be sent home by email Friday, March 11th. If you do not receive them or need help accessing the report card, please email us at [email protected].  If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please contact your child’s teacher.


No Open House events this year

Our MVWSD schools will not be holding Open House events on March 30 and 31, as we traditionally do. COVID precautions prevent us from bringing many additional people on site, and we are not able to provide a robust virtual Open House experience.


We certainly will miss seeing all the amazing work from our students and teachers, and look forward to a time we can gather to celebrate students’ work.



Mark your calendars! The annual Read-A-Thon is set to kick off the week of 3/21/22.  More detailed information will be coming out in the next few weeks.


More After School Enrichment Classes 

We will begin signups for more classes. Please look for an email this Friday with information regarding additional classes.


In Partnership, 


Principal Vern Taylor

School News:

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Coaches Corner - Punctuate your reading! Practice reading with expression. 

  • Principal’s Virtual Office Hours


  • 2022-2023 School Year Calendar - Here


District News:

  • Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Calming Your Mind

  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee seeks community representatives

  • Parent Involvement Board Policy

  • Summer Camp Fire - Flier

  • Self Care and Resilience - Flier

  • March CAC Announcements - Flier

PTA News:

  • Konstella

  • PTA Roles

  • Readathon

Golden Ticket Winners - Week of 2/28/2022

Ahmet    O.    RM: 1        Nerea R.    RM: 09   

Eli C.        RM: 2        Austin A.    RM: 11

Zephyr K.    RM: 3        Jezebel A.    RM: 13

Jinu A.        RM: 4        Nil B.        RM: 14

Martin D.     RM: 5        Engela J.    RM: 15

Adrian F    RM: 6        Noam S.    RM: 16

Caralena D.   RM: 8        Mrs. Ragas    RM: 03


The Vargas Way - Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be an Upstander.


What are Golden Tickets?

Students earn Golden Tickets from teachers and staff when they are following the Vargas Way. What is 

The Vargas Way? Click here for an in depth view.

Punctuate your reading! Practice reading with expression. Read out loud with you child. Encourage them to put on a play (simple scripts). 

It’s time for Reader’s Theater! 

Want a creative way to practice fluency at home with your child? Read a script! This website contains over 60 scripts appropriate for students in elementary school. Have your student pick a script, print it out, and assign characters to different readers. Practice your line out loud, and get creative with your expression! Students can even create props for the scene and costumes. 

Reader’ Theater is an easy, effective way to get your student reading out loud with lots of expression. It’s also a simple way to get creative at home! 

Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

Join me on Wednesday, March 9th for our informal Principal Office Hours (virtual) from 4pm - 5:00pm. Feel free to drop in if you have any questions or if you just want to chat. For office hours, there is no formal agenda, it is a time for you to stop in to say hello, and for us to get to know each other better! I look forward to meeting you!


Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


  • March

    9 - Principal Office Hours - Virtual, 4:00pm - 5:00pm -Register Here

    10 - MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

11 - Report Card go home electronically    

11 - Superintendent Community Check-in, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    14 - Teacher Service Day - No School 

    16 - Principal Office Hours - Virtual, 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Register Here

    21- Read-A-Thon Kick Off

    23 - Principal Office Hours - Virtual, 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Register Here

    23 - SSC Meeting - Virtual, 5:00pm - 6:00pm 

    24 - MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

    25 -  Principals Coffee, 8:30am - 9:30am

    25 - Superintendent Community Check-in, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

No Open House events this year

Our schools will not be holding Open House events on March 30 and 31, as we traditionally do. COVID precautions prevent us from bringing many additional people on site, and we are not able to provide a robust virtual Open House experience.

We certainly will miss seeing all of the amazing work from our students and teachers, and look forward to a time we can gather to celebrate students’ work.

Update on mask mandate

Even though the state will be downgrading face-mask requirements to a strong recommendation for indoor areas (with some exceptions) beginning on March 12, our students will still be required to wear masks for the near future. To learn more about the timeline and factors MVWSD is considering to determine when/if we make changes to the mask requirement, please click here.

Parcel Tax Oversight Committee seeks community representatives

MVWSD needs your volunteerism and time. Please consider serving on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for the Measure B Parcel Tax.  

The District is seeking two individuals to monitor, provide oversight, and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043 or emailed to [email protected]. Application: http://mvw.sd/PTOC

Questions? Please e-mail Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at [email protected].

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Calming Your Mind

When we feel stressed, our minds tend to jump to the past (I should have...) or to the future (What if...?). The problem is that we cannot change the past nor control the future. Focusing on the present can help us take control of our current situation and help us feel calmer and more relaxed.

Watch this video to learn more about how mindfulness can help you (or your child) be more present and relaxed. 

To calm your (or your child’s) mind:

  1. Look around you, and name five things you see. Pick one object, and describe what it looks like, what color, what size, and what shape it is. 

  2. Look for four things you can touch. Pick one of those items to touch, and describe how it feels. 

  3. Name three things that you can hear. At first, it might seem that there is not much to hear, but listen carefully. Focus on one sound, and describe it. 

  4. Look for two things you can smell. Focus on one smell, and describe it.

  5. Find one thing you can taste. Focus on the taste and describe it.

You can repeat these steps every time you feel stressed to come back to the present moment. 

Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at https://www.mvef.org/ or https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mvefgala/

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - March 8th

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. Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future! There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

    Date:           Tuesday, March 8th

    Time:           5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Location:     Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

    Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

    Questions:    [email protected]mentortutorconnection.org

    Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org

If you are interested in learning more about the program but cannot attend the information session, please email [email protected]mentortutorconnection.org for information on how to proceed.

March CAC Announcements (flyers attached to email on 2/28)

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org

3/7 Monday 9 am General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:10 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfuqqrDIpG9adTFakjeylekd_SlDHtlCb

3/8 Tuesday 10 am - Parent Chat - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact [email protected] for Google Meet invite.

Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations. Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.

3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI

City of MV Summer Camp Fair (flyers attached to email on 2/28)

The City of Mountain View is holding a Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, March 5 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center. Learn more about summer camps & swim lessons, meet camp staff and drop-off registration for spring & summer programs. Please see the attached flyer for information.

Free CHAC Self-Care and Resilience Workshop (flyers attached to email on 2/28)

CHAC Family Resources Center is holding a free online Self-Care and Resilience workshop for parents and caregivers on Fridays from March 4th to April 22nd from 1:00-2:00 PM. This course will provide participants guidance and strategies regarding how to guide children to express their feelings in a nonaggressive way, be more resilient, and teach children to build up relationships. To register, contact Lin Xu at [email protected] or (650) 967-4813.


Konstella is our main communication tool. The PTA will post information about meetings, events and volunteer opportunities. You will also be able to communicate with other families from your child's classroom.

Use this link to register: https://www.konstella.com/cd/XGJHYL


Shannon Lundin, and the Executive Board 

[email protected]


PTA Roles

The PTA needs to fill some positions for our spring elections. The open positions are treasurer, secretary, historian, and parliamentarian.  Please refer to this document that describes the responsibilities of these roles and other volunteer options. Please contact myself or kinder parent and nominating chair Lara Gill ([email protected]) if you are interested in knowing more about the positions and job descriptions.



Please mark your calendars for Jose Antonio Vargas’s third annual Read-a-Thon from March 21-April 3! The Read-A-Thon aims to increase students' love for reading through literacy-focused events. It also fundraises 50% of next year's PTA budget, which goes towards classroom supplies, school subscriptions, after-school activities, assemblies and author visits, 5th grade promotion, special treats, and so much more! 


Look out soon for more information on Read-A-Thon fun activities and events, including an in-person used book exchange on March 14, outdoor movie night and book fair. There will also be author and community reader visits, and lots of prizes!


Interested in helping with the read-a-thon? Visit our website: https://www.javargaspta.org/read-a-thon-2022/how-to-help


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