Wise Word, 5/4/22

Principal’s Message:

Hello Golden Owls,


Staff Appreciation Week began this week. We are very fortunate to have wonderful teachers and staff that make Vargas a great place for our students. Our staff has been working tirelessly this year to support our students and help them progress this school year. Please join me and giving a big thank you to our staff. If you haven’t already, I’m sure our staff would greatly appreciate a brief message of encouragement, support, or thanks! 

May marks 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. This month, our teachers will be emphasizing the diversity and richness of AAPI identity and culture. Additionally, Ms. O, our librarian, will be sharing books about various influential AAPI individuals and their contributions. Additionally, students can use Clever through their Chromebooks to access the AAPI Picture Book Collection. (Click here)

2022-2023 School Year

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

In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor


Events Calendar

  • May

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

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

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

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

18 - 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

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

  • Congratulations to our Reclassified students

  • Composting

  • Science Night

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

  • Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

District News:

  • Board meeting preview: May 5

  • Superintendent's Community Check In: May 6

  • Interpreters and Translators Needed!

  • Parent University: High School Readiness 

  • District Chess Tournament Registration Open

  • Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

  • MVEF “Buy Now” Auction Items

PTA News:

  • PTA Elections

  • Konstella

Golden Ticket Winners - Week of 5/2/2022
Mrs. Dux          RM: 1        Mr. Green       RM: 9
Ms. Suryan       RM: 2        Ms. Kwon      RM: 10
Mrs. Ragas       RM: 3        Mr. Dechter    RM: 11
Mrs. Leopold    RM: 4         Ms. Mai         RM: 13
Mrs. Chavez     RM: 5        Mrs. Hamor    RM: 14
Ms. Valle          RM: 6        Ms. Barrie      RM: 15
Mrs. Bisbee      RM: 7        Mr. Hillman    RM: 16
Ms. Hanneman 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. 

Congratulations to our Reclassified students
Last Thursday, MVWSD celebrated our students who have successfully reclassified as English Proficient this school year!. We were proud of our 10 students. Please join me in celebrating Chelsea, Miles, Narek, Brandon, Phillip, Malika, Peyton, Peter, Noam, and Lance on their reclassification this year!. We are all so proud of you!


Last week, our Golden Owls started composting on campus. Students will be sorting their waste into liquids, recyclables, compost, and trash.  As students are sorting, they are learning how to tell the difference between what can be reused, and what has to go to the landfill. As part of the program, we have over 50 Golden Owls volunteering to be part  of our Supreme Green Team. During recess, these students volunteer to help other students sort their waste correctly. Thank you to our wonderful students who are making Vargas and the world a better place. 

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.

Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion (Update from last week)
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) on Wednesday, May 11th 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: May 5

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

* Dyslexia Plan

* Federal Program Monitoring Results and Next Steps

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

Superintendent's Community Check In: May 6

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/cc56

Interpreters and Translators Needed!

Looking for a part-time job with a positive social impact? Are you bilingual in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or ASL (Sign Language)?  MVWSD is now hiring organized and friendly individuals to become interpreters and translators for school and district events, documents, and parent meetings.  To find out more, click here: http://mvw.sd/translators

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.

District Chess Tournament Registration Open

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].

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who reside in the Mountain View Whisman School District are eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/parcel tax.

An exemption from Measure B/the parcel tax will be made available, upon application, to any owners of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes who:

* are receiving Social Security Income for a disability regardless of age;

* are 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year; or

* are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services

For application and information, call 650-526-3500 or visit https://www.mvwsd.org.

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].


PTA News


PTA Elections

Our next association meeting will be May 25 @ 7:00 pm out (zoom link and agenda to come) and we will hold our PTA elections. Our nominating committee has prepared a list of nominees to present to the association prior to the elections: 

President: Shannon Lundin (2nd term)

Vice President: Kimberly Cheng (2nd term)

Treasurer: Sandy Wen

Secretary: Aslihan Gevrekci

Auditor: Gulay Samatli-Pac (2nd term)

Thank you to the nominating committee and new and returning candidates! We still have other PTA roles to fill so please reach out if you are interested in getting involved next year!



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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