Wise Word, 5/11/2022

Principal’s Message:

Hello Golden Owls,


This year all  students in grades K-4 will return their Chromebook at the end of the school year in order for the technology department to update them, clean them and replace broken parts. Please be on the lookout for the schedule. Fifth grade students will get to keep theirs or return it if attending private school next school year. 


Library Books:

Please turn in all library books, if your child has lost/damaged the book fees will be due next week? If you have any questions, email Ms. O at [email protected]


Be a parent leader at Vargas!  If you are interested in being part of our School Site Council (SSC), please visit this webpage to view SSC overview videos in English and Spanish and the SSC handbook.  You may nominate yourself as a candidate by filling out this electronic Google form OR print and return this form. There will also be forms available in the front office. Self-nominations for School Site Council are due May 17th.  Elections will take place from May 18-May 25.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation:

In honor of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Weeks, parents, students and colleagues made appreciation videos for our staff members. Please see ours here:  https://vimeo.com/706634583

In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor

Events Calendar

  • May

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

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

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

20 - Children’s Discovery Museum Field Trip

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

24 - 5th Grade Middle School Visit

25 - Marine Science Institute Field Trip

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

26 - Family Science Night, MUR, 5:30pm - 7:00pm 

27 - End of Trimester - Minimum Day - Dismissal at 11:50am

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

30 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School 

  • June

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

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

2- Kinder and 5th Promotion Ceremonies

3 - Last Day of School - Minimum Day - Dismissal at 11:50am

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

In this Newsletter

School News:

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • We need your HELP - 2022-2023 School Year

  • Recording available: "Preparing for Middle School"

  • Science Night

  • Crittenden: The Lion King Performance

  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion (Update from last week)

  • Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

District News:

  • City of MV Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance

  • Parent University: High School Readiness

  • Citywide Bike Rodeo: Saturday, May 2 - Flyer 

  • Registration Open for Chess Tournament for MVWSD students

  • May Better Together Infographic - Flyer

  • MVWSD seeking District Equity Advisory Committee members

  • MVEF “Buy Now” Auction Items

  • School Board Candidate Workshop: Registration Open

PTA News:

  • PTA Elections and Association Meeting: Wednesday May 24 @ 7pm on Zoom

  • PTA Elections

  • Konstella

Golden Ticket Winners - Week of 5/9/2022
Ms. Natasa          Aide                    Ms. Cherry              Food Services MUR
Ms. R                  Aide                     Mr. Joseph              Noon Duty
Ms. Shams          Aide                     Mr. Austin               Noon Duty
Mr. Damion        At-Risk Sup         Ms. Beatriz              Office
Mr. Luis             Day Custodian      Ms. Coach Casey    Office
Mr. Simmons     Night Custodian    Ms. Evelyn             Office
Ms. O                 Librarian               Ms. Silvia               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. 

We need your HELP - 2022-2023 School Year
We are continuing to plan our classes for next year. If you are not returning to Vargas for the 2022-2023 school year, please let us know by calling 650-903-6952 ext. 0 or email Mrs. Antunez at [email protected].

Recording available: "Preparing for Middle School"

Did you miss the last Parent University event, "Preparing for Middle School"? Recordings of the presentation are available here: English (https://vimeo.com/705514227) and Spanish (https://vimeo.com/706613834). There is some great advice from teachers, students, counselors and other school and district staff members to make the transition easier. Find recordings of past Parent U presentations at mvwsd.org/parentu.

Science Night

We are currently planning a Science Night for Thursday, May 26th from 5:30-6:30 pm. Students and families that attend will receive and build a Kiwi Kit together. Alternatively, if you are not able to attend or if you do not feel comfortable attending an in-person event, your child will receive a Kiwi kit, and we will send video instructions facilitated by our STEAM teachers, Mrs. Bisbee and Mrs. Butchko.

Please complete the survey by 5/20 and select either the Science Night for your family OR at home option.

Crittenden: The Lion King Performance

Performances will be held at Crittenden Middle School - Auditorium 

Thursday, May 26th at 7pm

Friday, May 27 at 4pm & 7pm

Ticket order form can be found here - last day to order May 20th. 


Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion 

Due to  conflict with the Crittenden promotion ceremony, we have updated the time for our Kinder promotion ceremony. Kinder parents, please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 2 from 10:30-11:30 am. 

Fifth-Grade parents, please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 2 from 12:30-2:00pm, we will celebrate our Fifth-graders with a promotion celebration!

Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

Join me for our informal Principal Office Hours (virtual) today 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

City of MV Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance

Mountain View’s Safe Storage of Firearms ordinance went into effect Saturday, May 7. The new ordinance, which was adopted in March by the Mountain View City Council, aims to reduce the risk of firearm-related injuries and deaths by requiring the safe storage of firearms in residences and vehicles. For more details about the ordinance, please see the City’s website.

Parent University: High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 11, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu051122

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out! 

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Citywide Bike Rodeo: Saturday, May 2 - Flyer 

Mountain View is hosting a Citywide Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 21st, 2022 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Rengstorff Basketball Court. Bring your bike and helmet and learn bicycle riding skills. To register and/or sign up to volunteer for this event, click here.

Registration Open for Chess Tournament for MVWSD students

After two years of online tournaments, the 19th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held in person at Bubb Elementary on Sunday, May 22, from 12:00 to 5:00.  The registration form and complete instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline is May 21.  Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at [email protected].

May Better Together Infographic - Flyer

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. May 7, 1843, marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States. And May 10, 1869, or Golden Spike Day, recognizes the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which had significant contributions from Chinese workers. AAPI Heritage Month gives us a chance to celebrate and center the unique journey of all AAPI immigrants and citizens in the United States and their unique life experiences, traditions, and cultures. Please see the attached flyers or visit http://mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

MVWSD seeking District Equity Advisory Committee members

MVWSD is continuing our work by engaging meaningfully with the community on issues of equity through the District Equity Advisory Committee (DEAC). The goal of the DEAC is to provide feedback to the Superintendent on how to support MVWSD towards achieving its goals of becoming a more equitable and inclusive school district.

We are seeking a combination of district-level leaders, principals, teachers, staff members, and parent participants who represent the interests of both elementary and middle schools. Committee members will be expected to attend and participate virtually in meetings held monthly (on average) online during the 2022-23 school year in the evening hours. The average commitment will be approximately 20 hours per academic school year. 

Applications are due by June 3 and found at this link. More information is at https://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees.

MVEF “Buy Now” Auction Items

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gala, we were able to exceed our goal and to raise just over $90,000, helping us closer to our year-end stretch goal of raising $1.1 Million. We have a few items left from our auction which are now posted at "buy now" prices! Please take a look and spread the word to your friends! There are still some great items left, including some summer camps! If you have any questions or need help purchasing an item, please reach out to Dena Seki at [email protected].

School Board Candidate Workshop: Registration Open

The Santa Clara County School Boards Association is holding a school board Candidate Workshop on Sat, June 11 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT at the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose. Come and learn about running a campaign from the Registrar of Voters and a panel of experienced school board members. Register here: http://2022candidateworkshop.eventbrite.com/


PTA News


PTA Elections and Association Meeting: Wednesday May 24 @ 7pm on Zoom

Please join us for our last PTA Association meeting of the year. We need the help of  PTA members to elect  the PTA officers for next year and review our budget for next year. 

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuf-2prj4iEtaxrtXuXns2MnedMSuzJDNl

Agenda to follow


Candidates for 2022-2023 PTA 

President: Shannon Lundin

Vice President: Kim Cheng

Treasurer: Sandy Wen

Secretary: Aslihan Gevrekci

Auditor: Gulay Samatli-Pac


PTA Positions

Thank you to the nominees who have volunteered to be on next years’ board. We have many opportunities to participate next year from membership, community events, project cornerstone etc…please reach out if you are interested.

PTA role descriptions


Jose Antonio Vargas PTA 

[email protected]



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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