Wise Word, 6.1.2022

Principal’s Message:

Hello Golden Owls,

 

It’s the last Wise Word of the 2021-22 school year, and I can't believe it. This has been one of the most demanding and challenging years of my career in education, yet it has also been one of the most rewarding. My goals this year were to keep people safe, support students emotionally and academically recover from the effects of the pandemic, and have fun along the way. As I reflect on this year, I truly believe that those goals were achieved. As a relatively new school community, I am grateful for all the hard work, dedication, and positive energy that each of you contribute. I hope everyone has an enjoyable, restful summer!

 

For anyone who missed it, click here for  the recording of the Principal’s Coffee from Friday. In it, review our iReady Data, LCAP Data, and talk about some next steps for next year. 

 

Important reminders for our last week:

Minimum Days:

  • Thursday, June 2 - Minimum Day - Dismissal at 11:55am

  • Friday, June 3rd - Last Day of School Minimum Day - Dismissal at 11:55am


Check out:

  • Please return your child Chromebook if you haven't already done so.

  • 2022-2023 School Year: If your child will not be returning to MVWSD next school year, please contact Mrs. Antunez at [email protected] or by calling at (650) 903-6952 to request your student withdrawal form that needs to be filled out and turned in.


In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor


Events Calendar

  • 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

  • Reminders - Please Read

  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion - June 2 

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

  • Summer Learning Menu

  • Staffing Updates

  • Measure T-funded Projects

  • Summer Meals at schools and on the move

 

Flyers:

  • 2022 -2023 School Year Calendar - Here

 

District News:

  • Board meeting preview: June 2

  • MVWSD’s Summer programs

  • Summer Reading at MV Public Library - Flyer

  • Covid vaccines and testing locations

  • School construction this summer

  • Families of English Learners: Look for Summative ELPAC results in the mail

  • Supporting neighbors in need: CSA

  • MVEF: Additional ELA Teachers Next Year!


PTA News:

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

  • Kinder Play Dates


Golden Ticket Winners - Week of 5/31/2022
Keily M.          RM: 1         Justin W.        RM: 11
Isabella A.       RM: 3         Ismael R.        RM: 13
Steve C.           RM: 4         Caleb C.         RM: 13
Carter B.M.     RM: 5         Sharon L.        RM: 14
Mira G.           RM: 6          Liz W.            RM: 15
Julian M.        RM: 8          Hayk D.          RM:16
Moises M.      RM: 9          Ceidy G.         RM: 17
Alice B.          RM: 10        Mr. Taylor      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. 


Reminders:
 
SSC Vote (Please vote by Thursday, June 2, 2022)
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.

Lost and Found

The lost and found rack is getting full again, please take a look to see if any items belong to your child. Last day to claim any items is Friday, June 3rd. Anything left after dismissal will be donated. 

 

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. 

 

Report Cards, iReady Reports

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


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.


Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion - June 2 

Kinder and 5th grade families, We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

 

This is a reminder to Kinder families our promotion celebration is  Thursday, June 2 from 10:30-11:30am. Because we are hosting this event during the school day, all visitors need to check in at the front office, and provide an updated proof-of Vaccination. For adults, this means that you must have a booster. Masks are required for all visitors, both inside the classroom and outside. 


Fifth grade families our celebration is Thursday, June 2 from 12:30-2:00pm, we will celebrate after school. You do not need to check in at the front office, and you can go straight to the MUR. We will have a short celebration inside the MUR, and then have refreshments and social time outside the MUR. Masks are required while inside the MUR. 

 

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.


Summer Learning Menu

Summer is just around the corner, which means lots of outdoor play, family time, and daily academic practice!  We know from brain research and our own lived experiences that skills that are not practiced, or periodically reviewed, can be forgotten.  Students have worked so hard this year to learn and grow. We want to make sure they maintain these skills over the summer!  We know that convincing students to do daily academic practice may be tricky, so we’re helping with an optional

Summer Learning Menu: Menu and Work Log

# of completed Activities for

First-Second grade in the fall

# of completed Activities for

Third-Fifth grade in the fall

Prize

1-5

1-10

10 Minutes extra recess

6-15

11-30

Popsicle party

16-30

31-45

Book Prize

31-45

46-60

Pizza Party

46-55

61-75

Popcorn and Movie Night

56-65

76-90

Vice-Principal for a Day

66-75

91-100

Pie Mr. Taylor in the face


Staffing Updates

We will bid fond farewells to a few of our staff at the end of this year as they move on to new life adventures. Thank you for everything you do to support our students, Ms. Kamigaki and Ms. Phillips. We will miss you next year! 

 

We will also bid fond farewell to Mrs. Chavez. Mrs. Chavez has been a dedicated teacher in MVWSD for 15 years. We were fortunate to have her end her career as a Golden Owl, and we wish her the best of luck in her newly retired life adventures!

 

Enrollment:

Based on our enrollment, we are currently planning on the following classroom configurations for next school year. Enrollment continues through the summer, so it is possible that this can change. I continue to monitor enrollment and staffing throughout the summer. Stay tuned for details. 

 

  • Three K classes

  • Three 1st Grade classes

  • Three 2nd Grade classes

  • Two 3rd Grade classes

  • Two 4th Grade classes

  • Two 5th Grade classes

  • One and a half STEAM teachers

 

Measure T-funded Projects

Please click here to learn more about the Measure T- funded projects that are happening at Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary over the summer, including a June 28 community meeting about the tree replacement project.  Postcards with this info are also being mailed to the residents in the Vargas neighborhoods, so check your mailbox. Thank you for your support of our schools.


Summer meals at schools and on the move

MVWSD is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide FREE summer meals to children, 18 years old and younger. The summer meals program reaches children who need good nutrition when school is out of session. 

 

Rengstorff Park

June 13-July 29, 2022 (No service June 20 and July 4)

11:30 AM-1:00 PM  Children 18 years and under


Castro/Mistral Schools (500 Toft St.)

June 13- July 8, 2022   (No school/meal service on June 20 and July 4)

Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 AM

Lunch, 11:30 AM -1:00 PM

 

Mistral Elementary School (505 Escuela Ave)

Meal pick up

July 11-July 29, 2022

11:30 AM -1:00 PM


Please spread the word to children who may benefit from a FREE meal, For information, call 650-903-6965 ext. 1223 or visit mvwsd.org/parents/nutrition

 



District News


Board meeting preview: June 2

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. Topics include:


* (6 p.m.) Staff members’ years of service and retirements

Please join us in recognizing our staff members’ years of service and retirements. We are grateful to our MVWSD staff members for their years of dedication and commitment to our students and families. On June 3, check out tributes to these staff members in district social media and the June 3 ad in the Mountain View Voice Express email!


Other meeting topics include:

* Universal PreK initial plan

* LCAP and Public Hearing

* Health and Wellness Policy

* Governor's May Revision to the Proposed 2022-2023 State Budget 

* Public Hearings: 2022-2023 Budget Overview and Adoption


For meeting details and agenda, please click here: mvwsd.org/trustees. Note: There will be no Community Check In on June 3.


MVWSD’s Summer programs

Click here for information about free meals and resources for students to practice their academic skills this summer. mvwsd.org/summer


Summer Reading at MV Public Library - Flyer

Read, learn, and earn rewards with the Mountain View Public Library this summer! The summer reading program will run from June 4 to July 31, 2022 and is free for all. Register the whole family at mountainview.gov/summerreading.


Covid vaccines and testing locations

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. To get a COVID vaccine for yourself or your child, see the county’s drop-in clinics here or schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider or pharmacy.


COVID testing remains an important tool to keep yourself and our community safe this summer. Schedule a COVID PCR test with your healthcare provider or at a county facility here. Additionally, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home rapid tests if you have not already done so at covid.gov/tests.


School construction this summer

Please click on your school below to learn more about what Measure T- funded projects are happening at each site over the summer. Postcards are also being mailed to the residents in the neighborhoods surrounding each school.  Thank you for your support of our schools.

Bubb Elementary

Castro Elementary

Crittenden Middle

Graham Middle

Imai Elementary

Landels Elementary

Mistral Elementary

Monta Loma Elementary

Stevenson Elementary

Theuerkauf Elementary

Vargas Elementary

 

Families of English Learners: Look for Summative ELPAC results in the mail

MVWSD has begun to receive scores for English Learner students who took the Summative ELPAC assessment this spring. Due to the nature of the assessment, scores will come in on a rolling basis and will be sent to families over the course of the summer. Families should also look for an email this summer detailing how to download the score reports on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Leticia Corcoran at [email protected]


Supporting neighbors in need: CSA

Community Services Agency (CSA) provides safety-net services to the most vulnerable members of the Mountain View/Los Altos community. They offer emergency rental assistance, short-term hotel stays, car repairs, senior case management, a food pantry, and many other essential services. In order to support the community, CSA holds events like the upcoming Back-to-School Program on July 29 and 30, when parents and children from the Mountain View Whisman School District who are in need can get gift cards to buy school supplies for the 2022-23 school year. If you are interested in learning more about the Back-to-School Program and how you can help, click here. If you are in need of services, contact CSA at 650-968-0836. 

 

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!

 



PTA News

 

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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