Wise Word, 3/23/2022

Principal’s Message:

Hello Golden Owls,

 

As I’m sure many of you are aware, last week, we lost one of our MVWSD students to a tragic bicycle accident. Words cannot begin to express the sadness that the student’s family and friends are feeling at this moment. I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of this student.

 

I do not know all the details of the bicycle accident, but I know that we have to do what we can to make sure that our children stay as safe as possible. MVWSD has updated our website with information about safe walking and biking routes to school. (Click Here). The link has the preferred biking routes to avoid major streets, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety guide, and other tips for getting to school safely. If your child bikes, skateboards, scooters or walks, please review with them the preferred routes and other safety measures. If your child bikes, skateboards uses a scooter, please make sure they wear a helmet. If you need a helmet, please reach out to our school, and we can assist in getting you access. 

 

Again, thank you for your support in keeping our children safe. 

 

In Partnership, 


Principal Vern Taylor

 


Events Calendar

 

  • March

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

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

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

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

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

29 - Story Time with Principal Taylor, 7:00PM  Register Here

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

 

  • April

1 -Outdoor Movie Night: Encanto,  7:00PM, Vargas Field

6 - Principal Office Hours - Virtual, 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Register Here
7 - MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm - 10:00pm -
8 - Superintendent Community Check-in, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

11 to 15 - Spring Break - No School 

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

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

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

 



In this Newsletter

School News:

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • COVID Updates

  • CAASPP Testing in Grades 3-5

  • Parking at Google School and Respectful Parking Behavior

  • For grades 5-7: Middle School electives selection coming soon

  • Scholastic Book Fair - March 28 - April 1 

  • Speaking respectfully about mask choices - Flyer

  • Water Bottles

  • Coaches Corner: Themed Book Day

  • Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

Flyer:

 

District News:

  • Board meeting Preview: March 24

  • Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, March 25

  • The Talk: The Culture of Success recording

  • InPlay Summer Program Guide - Flyer

  • SCCOE Career Exploration for Middle School Parents - Flyer

  • City of MV: Multicultural Festival and Summer Camps - Flyer

  • MV Public Library: Intro to Game Design Workshop - Flyer

  • March CAC Let’s Talk Support Group: Date Change to 3/31

  • MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open - Flyer

  • In addition to the MVEF "Art of Words" Gala, MVEF is having a Raffle 


PTA News:

  • Readathon 3/21-4/1

  • Movie Night 4/1 6:45-9pm

  • Scholastic Book Fair - March 28 - April 1

  • PTA Roles

  • Konstella

 


Golden Ticket Winners - Week of 3/21/2022
Josephine K.       RM: 2        Ariel F.             RM: 11
Maya K.             RM: 3         James C.          RM: 13
Daniel N.            RM: 4        Pravara D.        RM: 14
Aiden D.             RM: 5        Allison Z.         RM: 15
Adrian W.           RM: 6        Alejandra R.     RM: 16
Milana K.           RM: 9         Boyuan C.       RM: 17
Dulce G.             RM: 10       Mr. Damian     Office

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. 


COVID Updates
Dr. Rudolph will be presenting updates for COVID protocols at tomorrow's board meeting. Please join me for the principal’s coffee on Friday to hear more and ask your questions! Register Here

CAASPP Testing in Grades 3-5 

Mark your Calendars! Our 3-5 grade students will be taking the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) From April 25-May 13. Students in grades in 3-5 will be testing in both English and Math. Students in grade 5 will also be testing in Science as well. This will be the first time any of our students will have tested using the CAASPP assessments, and we look forward to our students showing what they know. As we get closer to the testing days, we will provide more specific information. 


Morning Drop off /Afternoon Pick up

A gentle reminder to slow your speed when driving in our drop-off / pick up areas in the morning and afternoon. Please allow extra time in the morning for any detours or traffic. Be respectful to others and our staff when they are directing traffic.

 

Parking at Google School and Respectful Parking Behavior

  1. Our neighbors at Google have requested that parents  not park  at the Google parking lot on Gladys Street during morning drop-off or after school pick-up. 

  2. Our School maintains accessibility for people with mobility challenges in accordance with Mountain View’s guidelines. That includes blue reserved parking zones in our parking lot, for physically challenged drivers and passengers.  Blue zones are areas reserved for parking by disabled persons. Blue means no standing or parking except by vehicles which display a distinguishing license plate or a placard issued pursuant to Section 2251.5 ("Disabled Persons' Exemption"), or Section 9105 ("Disabled or Blind Veterans"), of the California Vehicle Code

 

Thank you for your cooperation!

 

For grades 5-7: Middle School electives selection coming soon

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students choose their electives for next year. Our middle schools are currently working to finalize quality offerings that we hope will pique students’ interests and be a great complement to our core academics. Look for an email on March 25 with the course descriptions. All 5th-7th graders will preference their course electives online through Powerschool on March 28-April 8, 2022. 


Scholastic Book Fair - March 28 - April 1

Our spring Book Fair is only one week away! We are excited to host our Book Fair in person in the MUR, starting on Monday, March 28.

 

Outdoor Movie Night: Encanto

Students and their families are invited to celebrate the end of the Read-A-Thon with Encanto! Please join us on the Vargas Field for an enchanting night of movie watching! The movie will start at 7:00PM. 


Speaking respectfully about mask choices - Flyer

As mask mandates change at MVWSD, it is important to respect the decisions of individuals and families as they choose to mask or not mask while outdoors at school (indoor masks are still required). Staff members will support students with respectful conversations on campus. We encourage you to talk with your children about your family’s choices, and about communicating empathy and understanding for others’ choices. For tips on how students can respectfully speak up and speak out, see this helpful infographic. We know our students will be upstanders and take care of each other!


Water Bottles

Please send your child to school with a water bottle daily. Due to 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. Please write your child’s name on the bottle, so it can be returned if misplaced.

Coaches Corner: Themed Book Day

A Themed Book Day is one way that you can use your child’s favorite books for fun at home! 


For example, does your child love Harry Potter? Create wands at home and write down your own spells. Make Harry’s glasses or a life size owl replica from recycled materials! 


 Does your child like Dr. Suess? Fill your day with activities based on the series! Make a list of “All the places you’ll go” and talk in rhymes for an hour! Do arts and crafts of your favorite characters from the series and dress up like The Cat in the Hat! 

 

Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

Join me for our informal Principal Office Hours (virtual) on March 30th 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


Board meeting Preview: March 24

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • Child Nutrition Overview

  • Future Growth Considerations and Solutions 

  • COVID Protocols Update

  • Strategic Plan Update

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


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, March 25

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC325. 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


The Talk: The Culture of Success recording

Did you miss “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday? A panel of parents and community members reflected on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. You can still watch it. Click here to watch a recording of the event.


InPlay Summer Program Guide - Flyer

Looking for summer fun and out-of-school opportunities? MVWSD partners with nonprofit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including free and reduced-cost programs and those that serve students with special needs or English learners, are nearby and can be found through this free, searchable site. Check out MV.inplay.org


MVWSD has not reviewed the programs and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.


SCCOE Career Exploration for Middle School Parents - Flyer

Join the Santa Clara County Office of Education virtually on March 24th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.to explore future career options for your middle schooler. Parents will learn about the 15 Industry Sectors and the courses designed for career success, in addition to the Career Pathways at Santa Clara County High Schools and Community Colleges including Early College Credit. The session will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation available. Registration for this free event: https://na.eventscloud.com/670621


City of MV: Multicultural Festival and Summer Camps - Flyer

Join the City of Mountain View for their Multicultural Festival on Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza (500 Castro Street). The free community event will celebrate the cultural diversity of the City of Mountain View with performances, music, and activities. See MountainView.gov/CultureFest for more information.


The City is also offering a variety of summer camps for children and teens through the Recreation Division. See attached flyers for camp details and register at MountainView.gov/ActiveNet.


MV Public Library: Intro to Game Design Workshop - Flyer

Want to create animations, stories and games? Learn the basics of Scratch, a block-based programming language, at this MVPL workshop with Pixelators Education on Thursday, April 21 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. Workshop recommended for programming beginners in grades 1-3. Parent/guardian assistance welcome. Register in advance at: https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/8915612.


March CAC Let’s Talk Support Group: Date Change to 3/31

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


Thursday March 31, 7-8:30 pm. (Note: date has changed from Mar. 30) 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 at the new link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsf-2gqDsiH9JitJ2mQGEKBq5Nq2dvSM25


MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open - Flyer

Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce that registration for Summer Camp 2022 is now open. Camp will run Jun 13-July 29 this summer, and include sports, performing arts, and academic enrichment camps. Spartans Sports Camp is operated entirely by the MVHS Athletic Department and all proceeds go directly to support the sports programs at MVHS. For more information and registration, visit www.SpartansSportsCamp.com.


In addition to the MVEF "Art of Words" Gala, MVEF is having a Raffle 

Take your chance at one of 3 great prizes!


1 year subscription Adobe Creative Cloud:

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps and services so you can make anything you can imagine.  Get all 20+ creative desktop and mobile apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat.  Retail Value $599


Apple AirPods Pro:

These in-air earphones combine comfort and a customizable fit that forms an exceptional seal for Active Noise Cancellation. Use the force sensor to easily control music and calls, and switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. Value $249


San Jose Earthquakes Tickets:

Win 4 tickets to ANY regular season game to the 2022 season for the San Jose Earthquakes. The first home game is 4/2/2022 and the last 10/1/2022. Certificate must be redeemed by 9/1/2022. Value $120


Ticket Cost:  1 ticket - $5, 5 tickets - $20, 20 tickets - $60, 50 tickets - $100

The winners will be drawn at the gala, but you need not be present to win!


To buy tickets please send an email: [email protected]

 



PTA News

 

Readathon 3/21-4/1

The Readathon has begun!The Readathon is our main fundraiser for all the programs PTA supports at our school including student enrichment programs, teacher appreciation and classroom stipends and community engagement events. It is also a great way to get kids reading and build community spirit!

 

You can find all the information on our website: https://www.javargaspta.org/read-a-thon-2022

 

If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact us at [email protected]

 

Read on Golden Owls!

 

Movie Night 4/1 6:45-9pm

Join us for an outdoor movie night to celebrate the end of Readathon! We will watch Encanto starting around 7pm. Concession snacks (popcorn, candy, hot chocolate) will be available for purchase.

 

Scholastic Book Fair - March 28 - April 1

Our spring Book Fair is only one week away! We are excited to host our Book Fair in person in the MUR, starting on Monday, March 28.

Support our kids' love for reading AND earn rewards for our school. You’ll have access to best-selling books, collections, educational toys, games and more.  

 

We hope to see you there. Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

 

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.

 

Konstella

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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