Wise Word, 2/9/2022

Principal’s Message:

Hello Golden Owls,

Please note that Friday, February 18th marks the end of the trimester and it will be a minimum day. School will end at 11:55am. Monday, February 21st through Friday, February 25th will be a Winter Break. School will resume again on Monday, February 28. 

The District has begun its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). The input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2022-23 school year. You participating in the process will help our school by ensuring that our school's needs are considered as the LCAP is revised for the 2022-23 school year

If you have not already, please take a moment to complete the survey about the plans' goals. Access the survey here: http://mvw.sd/LCAPParent


Please join me to learn more about the LCAP process at  today’s office hours. To register, click here.


More information about LCAP is here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap

In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor

Events Calendar

  • February

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

9th - Cafecito con el Superintendente, 5:30 - 6:30 - Register here

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

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

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

16th - SSC Meeting - Virtual, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Register Here

18th - Principals Coffee, 8:30am - 9:30am - Register Here

18th - End of Trimester - Minimum Day 

21st - 25th - Washington & Lincoln’s Birthday / Winter Break - No School 

  • March

1 - Spring Picture Day

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

1 - ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Register Here

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

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

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


In this Newsletter

School News:

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • After School Classes

  • Returning for 2022-2023 School Year

  • Coaches Corner - Routines: Create a special space for your child to read, write, and draw

  • Water Bottles

  • Absences

  • Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

District News:

  • February Better Together Infographic - Flier

  • Cafecito con el Superintendente

  • Board meeting Preview: Feb. 10

  • Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Feb. 11

  • Parent University: Bullying Prevention

  • Resources for afterschool and school break care - Flier

  • February CAC Announcements - Flier

  • 2022 Silicon Valley Reads K-8 Career Fair: Feb. 26th - Flier

PTA News:

  • PTA Positions for the 2022-2023 School Year 

  • Teacub Boba & Snack -  Fundraiser 2/17 10am-8pm

  • Konstella

Golden Ticket Winners - Week of 2/7/2022
Misha T.        RM: 1       Juliette B.R.    RM: 10
Viraj S.          RM: 2      Jon A.              RM: 11
Brian G.        RM: 3      Gavin W.          RM: 13
Meilani M.   RM: 4       Layla A.S.        RM: 14
Miles C.       RM: 5       Katalina K.      RM: 15
Ellie K.        RM: 6       Kashish S.        RM: 17
Keaton M.   RM: 8       Mr. Gorman      RM: 17

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. 


After school Classes
Thank you to all who signed up. If you signed your child up, please look for a confirmation email for classes by the end of day Thursday. In cases where classes are full, we will also inform parents.

Returning for 2022-2023 School Year:

If you plan on moving during the summer or know your child will not return to our District for the 2022-2023 school year, please email our school secretary at [email protected].

Coaches Corner - Routines: Create a special space for your child to read, write, and draw

Would you like to see your student reading, writing, or drawing more at home? One way to encourage students to do these activities is to give them a special space at home to do so. Whether it’s a cozy corner with pillows and a lap desk, or a tiny desk set-up in their room, or a special blanket to lay down on the floor, your student will be excited to use their “special space”. Creating a comfortable and distinguished space for your student will help them relax and become more open to exploring literature, creative writing, or art. Try this with your student at home, and ask them what they’d like to have in their special space. Watch their excitement when you set aside a dedicated space for them and encourage them to use this space for reading, writing, and drawing!

Water Bottles

Please send  your child with a water bottle daily.  Because of our COVID precautions, we do not allow students to drink directly from our water fountains. They can refill their water bottles, but we do not have extras to hand out. In case it is lost at school, please write your child’s name to ensure we return it. 


If your child has an upcoming doctor, dental, or any other appointment, and you know ahead of time, you can email [email protected] . We will not call you to inquire about the absence. 

Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

Join me on Wednesday 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. 


District News

February Better Together Infographic - Flyer

In the month of February, there is much to celebrate and acknowledge. The Lunar New Year reminds us of the power of rebirth and renewal, while Black History Month gives us the opportunity to recognize the resilience of those on the shoulders we stand, along with the cultural richness of those identifying as Black in America and across the world. Heritage months grant us the opportunity to highlight the history of oppressed groups and their fight towards equality, but renewal and Black excellence transcend just this month. However we celebrate, we are #BetterTogether.

Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

Cafecito con el Superintendente

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5:30 – 6:30pm

This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: http://mvw.sd/C29

Board meeting Preview: Feb. 10

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • 2022-23 school year calendar

  • Tentative agreement with California School Employees Association

  • 2020-2021 Financial Audit Report

  • Supplement to the Local Control Accountability Plan Annual Update

  • Monta Loma Field and Site Improvements Project update

  • Health & Wellness Survey update

  • English Learner Reclassification overview and update 

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Feb. 11

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC211. Please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates and for video recordings of past meetings. https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community

Parent University: Bullying Prevention

Date: 2/16/22   Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu021622

“Bullying” is a serious, yet often misunderstood concept. What does it really mean and how can we stop it? Better yet, how can we prevent it? This presentation will:

  • Identify basic concepts of bullying: definition, types of bullying, basic data

  • Provide tips for bullying reduction

  • Explore relationship-building to prevent bullying as we work to create new standards of acceptable behavior

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Resources for afterschool and school break care - Flier 

Looking for afterschool, February break or spring break activities for your children? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view. Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.

Additionally, the City of Mountain View provides eligible, low-income Mountain View families with financial assistance to register children for recreation classes. Applicants must be a Mountain View resident and qualify through the Community Services Agency screening process. Contact the Community Services Agency at (650) 968-0836 to schedule an appointment to see if you are eligible. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

February CAC Announcements - Flier

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

2/7 Monday 4 pm- 5 pm 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

2/8 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.

2/15 Tuesday 10-11:30am  Morning 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

We are excited to announce our March 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.

2022 Silicon Valley Reads K-8 Career Fair: Feb. 26th - Flier

Join the Santa Clara County Office of Education for the upcoming 2022 Silicon Valley Reads K-8 Career Fair on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The virtual event is geared towards K-8 families and will feature guest speakers from a variety of career fields. Participants can register at https://tinyurl.com/Career-Fair.


PTA News

PTA Positions for the 2022-2023 School Year 

The PTA needs to fill some positions on our board for next year and we would love to welcome more interested parents to our group! We have a variety of positions available and will vote on the positions at our Association Meeting on March 23. We need to announce the names of parents intending to run by February 28, so we need to hear from you soon.  

The open positions are treasurer, secretary, historian, and parliamentarian. Please refer to this document that describes the responsibilities of each position. The training for these positions can be done in house or through district support. Please contact kinder parent and nominating chair Lara Gill ([email protected]) if you are interested in knowing more about the positions and job descriptions. Parents Franziska Romanovsky, Sukie Grewal, Imelda Chin, and Anna Du are on the nominating committee and are happy to talk with interested parents too. Thank you for reaching out to us if you are interested!  


Teacub Boba & Snack -  Fundraiser 2/17 10am-8pm - Flier 

175 E El Camino Real, Mountain View

20% of the proceeds from the purchase towards the donation will be donated to the Jose Antonio Vargas PTA. Orders placed through doordash, ubereats, grubhub are not valid for the fundraiser. 



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]

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