The Wise Word 05/10/2023

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 give 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! 

CAASPP Testing (3-5) and i-Ready Testing (K-5)

Thank you for all your support with testing over the past few weeks. Our 3rd and 4th graders finished last week, and we are completing makeups for those who missed it. Our 5th graders are finishing science assessment this week and will complete makeups early next week. 

While we are finishing up CAASPP testing, All students (K-5) will take their end of year iReady assessments on May 16th (Math) and 18th (Reading). Thank you for your continued support in ensuring your child is ready by providing 

In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor

Events Calendar

May 2023


Reclassification Ceremony at Crittenden Middle School from 5:00 to 7:00 pm


CSMA 5th Grade Concert 11:00 to 11:45 am


Choir Performance MUR 3:15 - 4:00 pm


The Board of Trustees Meeting at 5:00 pm Here


ELAC Meeting 6:00 to 7:00 pm


End of Trimester - Minimum Day 11:55 am


Principal’s Coffee, 8:00 am 


VA Field Day 8:00 - 9:00 am


Monday - Memorial Day - No school


Whisman Park Field Trip 9:00 - 12:00 pm

June 2023


VA Talent Show


The Board of Trustees Meeting at 5:00 pm Here


Kinder Promotion Ceremony 1:00 - 1:30 pm


5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 2:45 to 5:00 pm


Last Day of School - Minimum Day 11:55


The Board of Trustees Meeting at 5:00 pm Here

In this Newsletter

School News:

Golden Ticket Winners

School Site Council Vote

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Summer Construction Projects at Vargas

Reclassification Ceremony

Library-Time to return Books

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

5th Grade Music Concert

Promotion Kinder and 5th Grade

5th and Kinder Promotion

Not Returning Students for 2023-2024 School Year


May Menu Here

2023-2024 School Year Calendar - Link here

Talent Show - Flyer here

District News:

May Better Together Infographic Flyer here

Replay: Vaping Education and Prevention

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

Free and low cost summer programs - InPlayKids Flyer here

MVEF Update

CHAC summer sessions for Students Flyer here

The View Teen Center: May Events Flyer here

The View Teen Center: 5th Grade Open House Flyer here

City of Mountain View: KidStock Flyer here

PTA News:

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8th to May 12th

Ice Cream Social - Save the date June 06 12-1:30 pm details to follow

Golden Ticket Winners May 03, 2023

Tehara A.             RM: 1        Liam P.                 RM: 10

Jaiden O..                RM: 2        German L.       RM: 11

Olivia M. RM: 3        Milana K.             RM: 13

Alexa P. RM: 4        Sachika M.           RM: 14

Connor D. RM: 5        Sofia R.                RM: 16

Frida O.. RM: 6        Ashley B.             RM: 17

Josh (Chun-Hao) C.RM: 8        

Steve C. RM: 9        

School News

SSC Vote

Please vote for the School Site Council representatives. We need three new members for 20232-24. You can vote online here (Vote online) If you prefer a printed ballot, please contact us at [email protected] or call the front office.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

On Friday, May 19th, we will be having a Volunteers Breakfast from 7:30- 8:00 am to celebrate our fabulous parent volunteers this year. If you have volunteered this year, please join us at the picnic tables on the blacktop.

Summer Construction Projects in Vargas

Please click on the link below to learn the latest about upcoming construction projects at our school. 

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary 

Construction has been scheduled to minimize disruptions for students, staff and neighbors. Thank you in advance for your patience. We appreciate your support of our school.

Reclassification Ceremony 

It's time for our Annual celebration of former English Learner students who have successfully reclassified as English Proficient this school year! We are extremely proud of all the students as well as all the families, teachers, and school staff who have supported them along the way. Families of newly reclassified students should have received email invitations and formal paper invitations last week to the event to take place at Crittenden the evening of May 11, 2023. If you have any questions, or believe you should have received an invitation but didn't, please contact your child's school or Leticia Corcoran at [email protected] or (650) 526-3500 x1121. Congratulations!

Library - Time to return Books 

Another year is coming to a close. I want to thank all the Golden Owl families for your help to make it a great year in the library by buying or donating books.

It is also time for me to collect all the library books and/or fees due to our school.

We will have a little competition among each grade the week of May 15th to 19th: the first class for each grade level that returns ALL library books and fees by May 19th, will earn extra recess time.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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)

5th Grade CSMA Music Concert (5/17/2023)

Our fifth grade students are excited to perform for you!  As a culmination of their weekly music lessons provided by Community School of Music and Art (CSMA), students who are in the music program will hold their concert in the MUR on May 17 at 11:00 am.

**Please plan ahead!  

In order to view these performances, visitors will need to sign in the office with their picture IDs. The concert will begin promptly at 11:00, so please make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking, and sign-in. We suggest arriving at least 15 minutes before the start of the concert to ensure you can view your child’s full performance.

(Repeat) Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion (Save the Date)

Kinder parents, please mark your calendars for Monday, June 5 from 1:00-1:30 pm. We will have a celebration for Kindergarten Promotion.

Fifth-Grade parents, please mark your calendars for Monday, June 5 from 2:45-5:00 pm, we will celebrate our Fifth-graders with a promotion celebration!

(Repeat) Not Returning Students for 2023-2024 School Year

If you plan on moving during the summer or know your child will not return to our District for the 2023-2024 school year, please email our school secretary at [email protected].

District News

May Better Together Infographic Flyers Here 

Happy AAPI Heritage Month! This May, we celebrate and honor the diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As we reflect on this important month, let us also remember the importance of being proud - having pride in who we are, where we come from, and what we bring to the world. Let's take this opportunity to stand in solidarity with our AAPI friends and family and celebrate our shared values of inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance. Please see the attached flyers or visit

Replay: Vaping education and prevention

E-cigarette use and vaping is on the rise among adolescents with serious health consequences. Watch the replay of the very informative session sponsored by Graham Middle School about vaping education and prevention in collaboration with the MVPD Youth Services Division featuring Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher of Stanford University. Workshop recording link is here. For Spanish, go to settings (the wheel icon) at the bottom right of the screen and click subtitles/cc > Auto translate > Spanish

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption!
Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/ Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/the parcel tax. For application and details, visit

Free and low cost summer programs  Flyer Here

Summer is around the corner, so it’s time to explore ways to keep your children engaged when school ends! Check out InPlayKid’s free online search service sponsored by Santa Clara County and our school district. You’ll find thousands of local and affordable programs that will challenge, inspire, and entertain your children to minimize summer brain drain.

MVEF Update: 

Continuing the incredible momentum sustained throughout this school year, the 2023 MVEF Spring Gala raised approximately $130,000! THANK YOU to everyone in the community who supported the MVEF Gala! To view the Gala Photo Album, click here: Whether you attended, or helped spread the word, or donated an item, or volunteered, or found a sponsor, or helped in any other way with the MVEF Spring Gala, your help made a difference! Community support of MVEF reaches every single student in MVWSD schools each year. 

MVEF is very close to achieving the $1.2 MM goal for the 2022-23 school year. If you have not yet donated or if you have the ability to help us stretch to the finish, then we'll finish this school year stronger than ever before! To donate now, click here:

CHAC Summer Sessions for Students Flyer Here

CHAC is offering fee-based classes in July for students covering topics such as healthy friendships, anxiety management and play-based social-emotional learning. For more information, see the attached flyers or click on

The View Teen Center: May Events  Flyer Here

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. The center is open Monday through Friday: 3:30 - 7 p.m. and Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m, and features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about the upcoming events and programs in May or visit their webpage for more information.

The View Teen Center - 5th Grade Open House Flyer Here

The View Teen Center is the place to be if you're in 6th - 12th grade! Incoming 6th graders can visit the Teen Center starting June 5, 2023. Current 5th graders and their families can stop by The View from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 12 for an Open House. No registration is required, just drop by!

At the Open House, 5th graders and their families can explore The View, participate in games and crafts, get a FREE membership and gift, meet the staff, preview summer programs, enjoy ice cream and more. 

Questions? Please call 650-903-6404 or email [email protected]. See you there!

City of Mountain View: KidStock Flyer Here

The City of Mountain View will be hosting KidStock, a kid-centric festival featuring live children's music from popular Bay Area performers, plus games, arts and crafts, and more! All events are from 10 a.m. to noon and take place on the Civic Center Plaza. Schedule is below.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | Performer: Andy Z

Saturday, June 17, 2023 | Performer: Lori & RJ

Saturday, July 15, 2023 | Performer: Sean's Music Factory

PTA News

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8th to May 12th

It’s almost time to show our teachers how much we appreciate them! PTA and room parents are planning some special activities:

Decorations: Come and help decorate teacher doors and campus on Sunday, May 7th 3-6pm.

Daily Activities: Different grades will have a day they can contribute food for the teachers. See a list of all the activities and sign ups for each day here 

Kudo Board: Leave a message for teachers by May 10th here.

End of Year Ice Cream Social - Tuesday, June 6 (12:00-1:30PM)

Save the Date - The PTA is hosting an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the end of the school year on Tuesday, June 6th from 12:00-1:30PM on campus. More details to follow.

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