Wise Word, 5/25/2022

Principal’s Message:

Hello Golden Owls,

 

Words cannot begin to express the overwhelming sadness that fills me thinking about the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Unfortunately, mass shootings like this are a frequent part of our news cycle, and I want to emphasize a resource that Dr. Rudolph shared last night. Talking to Children About Violence (NASP) (Spanish). While we don’t want to necessarily draw attention and overfocus on these events, we do want to allow our students space to express their feelings and emotions, and also reassure them of their safety. 


A few weeks ago, our students experienced a shelter-in-place because there was a possibility of something unsafe in their neighborhood. Our staff and families followed our procedures and protocols to keep us all safe. I want to take this time to remind you that we will do everything in our power to make sure your students are safe.  


Again, I know this can be a scary time for us all, but we will persevere together. 


In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor


Events Calendar

 

  • May

25 - Pescadero State Beach Field Trip

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

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 - Register Here

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 - Report Cards go home - electronically

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

3 - End of Year Ice Cream Social, 12:00 - 1:30pm

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



In this Newsletter

School News:

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Important Reminders 

  • Vargas Field Days - May 26 & 27

  • Crittenden Musical: Lion King Jr - May 26 & 27

  • COVID vaccines for ages 5 to 11 at the MV Community Center

  • Attention 5th grade Parents

  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion - June 2 

  • End of Year Ice Cream Social - Friday, June 3 (12:00-1:30PM)

  • CSMAA Art4Schools Digital Art Show

  • Grades K-4 Chromebooks (Students in 5th grade not returning to MVWSD)

 

Flyers:

  • 2022 -2023 School Year Calendar - Here

 

District News:

  • MVEF: Additional ELA Teachers Next Year!

  • In your inbox: Tutoring survey: We want to hear from you!

  • Parent U Recording Available: Preparing for High School

  • View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan draft 


PTA News:

  • PTA Positions

  • End of Year Ice Cream Social - Friday, June 3 (12:00-1:30PM)

  • Kinder Play Dates


Golden Ticket Winners - Week of 5/23/2022
Anh V.             RM: 1       Elliot R.      RM: 10
Perla G.           RM: 2       Yuan L.       RM: 11
Levi J.              RM: 3      Sharon L.    RM:14
Sebastian M.    RM: 4      Liz W.         RM: 15
Jacob C.           RM: 5      Jaime W.     RM: 16
Carlos M.         RM: 6      Kashish S.  RM:17
Adam M.          RM: 8      Mr. Pham   P.E.
Kayli L.            RM: 9

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. 


Important Reminders:
This past Monday, we had our last school Monday of the 2021-2022 school year. It has been a year like no other, I am so proud to see the growth of all of our Vargas students. As the year really starts to wind down, here are a few reminders:

Early Dismissal

Early dismissal, Friday, May 27th and Friday, June 3rd are minimum days, dismissal is at 11:55am. 

 

Water Bottles

Please remember to send your child to school with a water bottle. It has been really hot, and we want to keep our Golden Owls safe. Our staff will also be reminding students to drink water often as well. 

 

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day. There is no school

 

Last Day of School, Report Cards, iReady Reports

The last day of school is Friday, June 3, 2022. It is a minimum day and students will be dismissed at 11:55. 


Parents can access their children’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score via their Powerschool Parent Portal on June 3 at 3:00 pm. Parents will have access to three reports for their child - For Families Report, Common Core State Standards Report (CCSS), and the Diagnostic Growth Report. Here’s how to access PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports. Please contact your child’s school office if you have any trouble accessing reports.


Parents should expect to receive a copy of their child’s report card on June 3rd at 3:00 pm. 

 

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].

 

Summer Learning Menu

Later today, parents should expect a letter regarding an optional Summer Learning Menu. This will offer a way for students to continue their learning throughout the summer. Parents should also expect to receive a packet of materials which include,  information about how to access Clever during the summer, students’ username and passwords, Clever badges for students in K-2, and a 2022-23 school year calendar for planning holidays. The packet will also contain an incentive chart for students who complete summer work.


SSC Vote

Please vote for the School Site Council representatives. We need three new members for 2022-23. You can vote online here (Vote online) If you prefer a printed ballot, please contact us at [email protected] or call the front office.


Science Night

We look forward to seeing all of you this Thursday at 5:30 for our Science night. The food truck will start to sell food  at 4:45. If you are not able to make it to science night, we will be sending a science kit home with your child in


Vargas Field Days

On Thursday, May 26  and Friday, May 27, Vargas will be conducting  field days. To ensure this day is safe and fun for your child, the following items are recommended:


T-Shirt: color of the team assigned to as noted below

Sunscreen

Hat or Visor

Shorts and Sweatshirt

Tennis Shoes

Water/Water bottle

 

Crittenden Musical: Lion King Jr - May 26 & 27

Crittenden Middle School presents the musical Lion King, Jr. on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, May 27 at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m in the Auditorium (1701 Rock Street). The last day to complete your ticket order and drop off payment is Friday May 20th at 2:30 p.m.

 

COVID vaccines for ages 5 to 11 at the MV Community Center

The Food and Drug Administration last week authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The County-operated vaccination site at the Mountain View Community Center has been extended to Saturday, May 28. Parents can make a vaccine appointment for their children at https://covid19.sccgov.org/covid-19-vaccine-information.

 

Attention 5th grade Parents:

If you borrowed an instrument from MVWSD for your child to participate in the 5th grade instrumental music program during the 2021-22 school year, we will be collecting the instruments beginning May 31st through June 10th. Instruments will be collected at the District Office portables, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, Room #3. 

Please follow the steps outlined below to return your child’s instrument: 

  • Please make an appointment on the following link: http://mvw.sd/instruments

  • At the time of your appointment, please bring the instrument without any personal belongings (e.g., pencils, papers, clips, cleaning rugs, etc.). 

  • Before you arrive, please ask your student to make sure that all pieces of the instrument are in the case. 

  • For your safety and the safety of our staff, please be sure you wear a mask during your appointment. 

  • You’ll have only a 5-minute slot so please be on time. 


PLEASE NOTE: If your student is in the Honors Summer program with CSMA, please do not return the instrument. We will email you the date the instruments should be returned upon completion of the program. 

If your child has selected an instrumental elective in 6th grade, the middle school will send information about instruments in August 2022. 


Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns to Raquel Hernandez at [email protected].

 

Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion - June 2 

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!

 

End of Year Ice Cream Social - Friday, June 3 (12:00-1:30PM) 

The PTA is hosting an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the end of the school year on Friday, June 3rd from 12:00-1:30PM  on campus. Donations of ice cream toppings (chopped fruit, small candies, sprinkles, crumbled cookies, flavored syrups, or your favorite topping) are welcomed! Either drop them off in the school office ahead of time or bring them to the social.


CSMAA Art4Schools Digital Art Show

The CSMA Art lessons have concluded for the school year - please click here to view the completed Art4Schools Digital Art Show showcasing your students’ work from throughout the school year.


This digital exhibition includes artwork curated by each young artist, who was given the opportunity to select the piece they most wanted to share and to reflect on their progress throughout the program. We hope you enjoy these wonderful works of Art created by our Golden Owls!

 

Grades K-4 Chromebooks (Students in 5th grade not returning to MVWSD)

Chromebooks: all students will need to turn in their chromebook before the end of the school year. We need both the chromebook and the charger. Please be on the lookout for the schedule. Chromebooks will be updated and repaired during the summer. Students will get them back in August.

 



District News


MVEF: Additional ELA Teachers Next Year!

Due to increased support from our donors, MVEF has nearly met the stretch goal to raise an additional $300,000 to hire two additional English Language Arts teachers next year, one at each of the MVWSD middle schools. We are happy to announce that MVEF has committed the funds to the District so they can hire the ELA teachers. We are so grateful for the support we have received, and are looking forward to seeing the benefits of smaller class sizes to our students’ education next year!


In your inbox: Tutoring survey: We want to hear from you!

Approximately 3,000 students enrolled in academic support this year beyond the regular school day using an array of tutoring models. Our schools partnered with 8 agencies/programs to serve our students’ needs as part of the Learning Recovery Plan. For those of you who had students participate in the program, please tell us about your experience by completing the Tutoring Survey in your inbox before May 25. Thank you!


Parent U Recording Available: Preparing for High School

Recordings of the last Parent University event of the year, “Preparing for High School,” are available if you missed the presentation: English (https://vimeo.com/709681000) and Spanish (https://vimeo.com/709929410). Find recordings of past Parent U presentations at https://www.mvwsd.org/parentu.


View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan draft 

The District is finalizing its draft of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the District’s three-year plan that corresponds with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.


Beginning May 18, stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan. You may read the presentation and supporting materials at mvwsd.org/lcap and make comments. The comments form closes on May 25. Stakeholders may also attend the public hearing during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. on Zoom (the link is: mvwsd.org/trustees).

 



PTA News

 

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

 

End of Year Ice Cream Social - Friday, June 3 (12:00-1:30PM)

The PTA is hosting an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the end of the school year on Friday, June 3rd from 12:00-1:30PM  on campus. Donations of ice cream toppings (chopped fruit, small candies, sprinkles, crumbled cookies, flavored syrups, or your favorite topping) are welcomed! Either drop them off in the school office ahead of time or bring them to the social.

If you would like to volunteer to set up, scoop ice cream, or clean up, please sign up in the Konstella sign-up sheet (linked here), or contact Jennifer ([email protected]). We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Kinder Play Dates

If you have an incoming Kindergartener and would like to help out with a Kinder Play Date this summer it would be great to have some current Vargas families to meet new Vargas families and have their kinders meet each other. Contact Shannon: [email protected]

Jose Antonio Vargas PTA 

[email protected]

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