The Wise Word 05/31/2023

Dear Families,

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

  • Students can complete i-Ready Reading or Math, Zearn Math, or Khan Academy lessons.  The self-paced i-Ready lessons are tailored to students’ individual levels, based on their third trimester diagnostic assessments.
  • Students can read.  Daily reading is the most effective way to become a better reader. We read by reading the words, reading the pictures, retelling familiar texts, and listening to others read. We also read a variety of text types: picture books, novels, newspapers, magazines, blogs, graphic novels, comic books, etc.
  • Students can complete Math Fluency Activities. Students can play a math fluency card game with a deck of cards, practice with some flashcards, or complete a math learning game on i-Ready.
  • Students can complete STEAM or Profile of a Graduate challenges.  Students can complete these challenges on their own, with a friend, or with their families!

# of completed Activities for 

First-Second grade in the fall

# of completed Activities for 

Third-Fifth grade in the fall




10 Minutes extra recess



Popsicle party



Book Prize



Pizza Party



Popcorn and Movie 



Vice-Principal for a Day



Pie Mr. Taylor in the face

As a reminder, current grade 2 and 4 students will not have their school-issued Chromebooks this summer because they need to be serviced to keep them in good working order. Students can still access their Clever dashboard from any non-school issued device. 

Please see “How to access summer learning on home devices” here: Students in grades TK-2 will receive their printed Clever badge (QR Code) from their teacher by Wednesday, May 31. 

Thanks for supporting your children with maintaining their skills over the summer!

In Partnership, 


Principal Vern Taylor



Events Calendar


June 2023


Talent Show 

Performance 1 at 8:30 am 

Performance 2 at 10:40 am 


The Board of Trustees Meeting at 4:30 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 Tickets

Kinder and 5th Grade Promotion

Chromebooks Returns

We need your HELP - 2023-2024 School Year

2023-2024 Kinder and New Families Meet and Greet

Lost and Found 

Report Cards, iReady Reports

Ice Cream Social

Summer Reading Program

How to apply to be a Regular Volunteer Next School Year



May/June Menu Here

2023-2024 School Year Calendar - Link here

Talent Show - Flyer here


District News:

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. 

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, June 2

Check out the MVWSD “Summer Menu” for at home learning activities you can do at home this summer. 

Summer Meals at Schools and on the move 

MVWSD + After school Applications for 2023-24 School Year

Look Around, Look Within: Mental Health Awareness Month

Free and Low Cost Summer Programs Flyer here

With days left in the school year, MVEF has raised 95% of the stretch goal!!

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Youth Depression

CHAC summer sessions for students Flyer here

MV Public Library: Summer Reading Program & Upcoming Events Flyer here

MV Technology Showcase: July 20th

The View Teen Center: June Events and Summer Hours 

CSA's Back to School Event


PTA News:

Summer Kinder Play Dates

Golden Ticket Winners May 25, 2023 

Aya S.                          RM: 1        Santi R.     RM: 10 

Violet P.                       RM: 2        Sarah G.    RM: 11

Faith T.           RM: 3        Hana U         RM: 13

Viraj S.           RM: 4        Naoto H.       RM: 15

Sofia C.           RM: 5        Teo P.            RM: 16

Alondra L.           RM: 6        Izzy M.         RM: 16

Matthew R.           RM: 8        Pasha P.        RM: 17

Emma Y.                     RM: 9   


School News


Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion 

We will have a celebration for Kindergarten Promotion on Monday, June 5 from 1:00-1:30 pm.

**Please plan ahead!  

Visitors will need to sign in the office with their picture IDs. The celebration will begin promptly at 1:00, 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 ceremony to ensure you can participate in the full celebration.

We will celebrate our Fifth-graders with a promotion celebration Monday, June 5 from 2:45-5:00 pm, we will celebrate our Fifth-graders with a promotion celebration! Because the ceremony takes place after dismissal, parents will not need to check into the front office. As you know, parking is limited, so please plan ahead.  Please arrive early if you need parking. 

Chromebooks Returns

Students in 2nd grade, 4th grade, and any student not returning next year need to turn in the Chromebook assigned to them by the last day of school. Students attending the summer programming can keep their device to use during that program.

We need your HELP - 2023-2024 School Year

We are continuing to plan our classes for next year. If you are not returning to Vargas for the 2023-2024 school year, please let us know by calling 650-903-6952 ext. 0 or email Mrs. Antunez at [email protected].


2023-24 Kinder and New Families - Meet and Greet Flyer

Our team would like to welcome you to join our first Meet and Greet for incoming Kinder and new families. Please join us on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 10:00AM. It will be a great opportunity to connect with other Kindergarten families, and get a glimpse of what it is like to be a Vargas Golden Owl. If you have green, please wear it!

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. The last day to claim any items is Tuesday, June 6th. Anything left after dismissal will be donated. 


Report Cards, iReady Reports

Parents should expect to receive a copy of their child’s report card on June 6th by 4:00 pm.

Parents can access their children’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score via their Powerschool Parent Portal on June 6 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.

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

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. 

Volunteer sheet:

Toppings sign up:

(Repeat) Summer Reading Program: Mountain View Public Library

The Mountain View Library Summer Reading Program will begin June 1 and end July 31. Registration is online and also begins June 1. To participate, Kindergarten through Rising 5th graders are to read 15 minutes per day for 25 days. Listening to audiobooks or being read to can count toward daily minutes. Upon completion, participants will get a free book and a coupon for one book at a Friends of the Library sale. A bilingual activity and badge book will be issued to each participant (must be obtained at the library). Check out this video from Ms. O with more information.

Other summer activities will include, but are not limited to

  • STEAM Fridays; dates TBA
  • Summer Solstice celebration
  • Drop Everything and Read on June 10 and one date in July (TBA)
  • Kindergarten Readiness; dates TBA 
  • Let’s Create – 4-5 drop-in crafts sessions; dates TBA
  •  End of Summer Reading celebration on July 31

For additional information, go to The library is located at 585 Franklin St. in downtown MV.

(Repeat) How to Apply to be a Regular Volunteer Next Year

Start collecting documents now to avoid delays at the beginning of the school year. For all the details and documentation required, please see

If you have never had a badge before, please read the fingerprinting fact sheet and then ask your principal for the fingerprint request form. After you complete the form, your school will give you the link to the Raptor volunteer application.

If you want to renew your volunteer badge, ask your school for the link to the Raptor volunteer application. TB tests are good for 3 years, although you will still need to upload proof in the online application. Fingerprint checks are good for a few years. In the online application, you will provide the last school year you completed a check or the ATI number.



District News


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. 

Some of the topics include:

  • Teacher of the Year Recognition
  • Classified Employee of the Year Recognition
  • Honoring Employees' Years of Service and Retiring Employee
  • School Safety Update and Recommendations
  • Strategic Plan Update and Dashboard
  • Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) update
  • California Dashboard Local Indicator
  •  Public Hearings: Budget Overview and Adoption

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, June 2

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. This is the last check in for the 2022-23 school year! Click here to register:

Check out the MVWSD “Summer Menu” for at home learning activities you can do at home this summer. Flyer here

Click here - - for information about free meals and a handy list of resources for students to practice their academic skills this summer.

Summer Meals at Schools and on the move Flyer here

Free meals provided by MVWSD and Second Harvest Food Bank are available to everyone throughout the summer at these locations. No questions. No age limit. No IDs required. The summer meals program reaches children who need good nutrition when school is out of session.

Rengstorff Park

June 12- July 28, 2023 

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

(No Meals June 19 &  July 4)


Mistral Elementary 

June 7 -July 28, 2023 

11:30 AM -12:45 pm

(No meal pick on June 19 & July 4) 

505 Escuela Ave., Meal pick up in front of school

MVWSD + Afterschool Applications for 2023-24 School Year

Free MVWSD+ Afterschool childcare will be available for qualifying students next school year. To learn more about the program, including whether your child may qualify, go to Applications have now been sent to qualifying students’ families via email. Please respond promptly to ensure a spot for your child starting on the first day of the new school year! If you have any questions, please contact your school’s office, SCEF, or email [email protected].

Look Around, Look Within: Mental Health Awareness Month

This month we’ve been sharing about ways to prioritize our mental health. As we look toward summer, strong connections with our neighbors can play a vital role in supporting our mental health. Building a supportive and inclusive community helps reduce feelings of isolation and fosters a sense of belonging. Get involved with local events, volunteer opportunities, or simply start a conversation with a neighbor. 

The City of Mountain View offers a variety of opportunities to contribute your time and skills to your community. Learn more here:

VolunteerMatch is an additional resource for learning about volunteering opportunities in and around our community: Volunteer Opportunities in Mountain View

Let’s prioritize mental health and connectedness in our communities! 

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 InPlay’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.

With days left in the school year, MVEF has raised 95% of the stretch goal!!

This year, and every year, MVEF-funded programs have enriched the experience of every student in MVWSD. As the last day of school approaches, student performances are wrapping up, art portfolios are coming home, final papers are being written, and garden beds are being prepared for the summer.

With 95% raised and just $55k left to go, we are SO CLOSE to achieving the $1,200,000 stretch goal for 2022-23! Can you help us pass the finish line?

MVEF Volunteers needed for Summer and Back-to-School Activities

MVEF is seeking additional volunteers from every MVWSD school and in every neighborhood. Volunteering with MVEF is a great way to learn more about Public School Funding in California and to meet families from every neighborhood in MVWSD! MVEF volunteers work collaboratively with PTAs, school communities, and neighborhoods to ensure that information about our mission and impact reaches everyone in the right way. We are coordinating training for MVEF volunteers so sign up soon! To learn more:

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Youth Depression

All children feel sad or moody at times. But when a sad or bad mood lasts for weeks or longer — and when there are other changes in how a child acts — it could be a sign of depression. If you think your child is depressed, talk with them. Let them know you want to understand what they are going through. Listen if they want to speak.

To learn more about depression, click here.

Here are some signs that your child may have Depression: 

  1. Negative outlook. Children who feel depressed may be hard on themselves or on others. They might focus on failures and setbacks. It may be hard for them to see the good parts of things, or the good parts of themselves.
  2. Low energy, effort, interest, enjoyment. Your child may lose interest in things they used to enjoy. They may not seem to care. They may put less effort into schoolwork or tasks at home. Things seem to take too much effort. Nothing seems fun or enjoyable.
  3. Doing poorly at school. When a child feels depressed, schoolwork can seem harder. They may not complete their work, show effort, or study as much for tests. Their grades may drop.
  4. Pulling away from friends and family. Your child may spend more time alone, less time with friends, or seem distant.

Keep in mind that these are NOT ALL the signs of Depression. There are many more signs that a parent can find in their child. Identifying the signs of Depression is the first step to understanding our child. If your child is thinking or talking of suicide, please visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline website, call 1-800-273-8255, or call or text 988.
To view more parenting tips, click here. These tips came directly from the free, online website of Nemours Children’s Health, reviewed by Dr. D'Arcy Lyness, Ph.D.

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

MV Public Library: Summer Reading Program & Upcoming Events Flyer here

Registration is now open for the Mountain View Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 1-July 31, 2023. Read, learn and earn rewards! Register the whole family for this free program here.

Upcoming Public Library events include a Summer Reading Program Kickoff Concert on June 3 and a Chibis and Monsters Drawing Workshop on June 7. Visit for more events and information.

MV Technology Showcase: July 20th Flyer here

The City of Mountain View in partnership with Mountain View Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 8th Annual Technology Showcase on Mountain View Civic Plaza on July 20th, 2023 starting at 11:30 am.  This free event is open to the public and it’s a great opportunity to see technology in action with interactive product demos, panels, food vendors, and more. Click here for more information.

The View Teen Center: June Events and Summer Hours 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. 2023 Summer Drop-In Hours (June 5 - August 5) are Monday - Saturday from 1 - 6 p.m., and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flier for details about the upcoming events and programs in June or visit their webpage for more information.

CSA's Back to School Event

CSA is seeking donations to purchase gift cards for this year’s Back to School event in July. Unhoused families will receive gift cards to buy what they need most so their children can have a successful school year. You can drop off Target gift cards in $25 denominations to our office at 204 Stierlin Rd or donate on our website at


PTA News


Summer Kinder Playdates

Friday 6/23 - 9:30AM @ Magnolia Park

Friday 7/21 - 5:00PM @ Whisman Park

Join Konstella for updates

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