The Wise Word 1/24/2024

Hello Golden Owls,

Today, January 24 is the 100th day of school. Our students, staff, and parents have engaged in 100 days of learning and growing our minds and skills. I feel honored to celebrate these first 100 days of the 2023-24 school year with our fabulous Golden Owl community! As we work to finish the rest of the school year, I wanted to take some time to thank you for all your cooperation and partnership these first 100 days. 

I would also like to remind everyone that the end of the second trimester is fast approaching. Friday, February 16, 2024, marks the end of the second trimester for this school year! 

Just a gentle reminder that during that week we have 2 minimum days, Thursday is our normal minimum day with dismissal at 11:55am. Friday, February 16, 2024, the last day of the trimester, will also be a minimum day with an 11:55am dismissal.  

In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor

Events Calendar

January 2024

25th The Board of Trustees meeting 6:00 pm Agenda

31st Student Registration Help Night (In Person) 5 to 7 pm

February 2024

1st. Principal’s Coffee and ELAC meeting 9:00 to 10:00 am Register here

1st. ELAC Meeting 9:00 am 

2nd CSMA Music in Action Concert 3rd - 5th Grades @ Fri Feb 2, 2024 8am - 8:50am

7th Kindergarten field trip MV Library

7th Lunar New Year celebration 12:00 pm

9th CSMA Music in Action Concert 3rd through 5th graders 8:50 am

12th Vargas 5th Grade Field Trip to Walden West 

16th End of Trimester - Minimum Day

19th - 20th Washington & Lincoln Day (Holiday- No School)

21st - 23rd Winter Break - No School

In this Newsletter

School News:

Golden Ticket Winners 

Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year is open now!

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)

January Hoot Loot Store is open next week

Walden West for Fifth Grade Parents

Lost and Found


January Menu Here

School Year Calendar  2024-2025 Here

District News:

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 p.m. Agenda

Better Together: January


PTA News

PTA Association Meeting - Jan 24th, 6:00-7:00 PM

See’s Candies Fundraiser (ONLINE) - Ends Jan 26 

Family Art Night - Feb 1 (6:00-7:00 PM) - Save the date!

ACE After-school Programs - Not too late to sign-up

Golden Ticket Winners January 18 , 2024

Ethan G.     RM: 1            Hunter S.   RM: 10  

Sebastian R.          RM: 2            Aveer S.                RM: 11

Mateo V.               RM: 3            Abigail K.             RM: 13

Joel G.                  RM: 4             Elliot R.                RM: 14

Jooahn L.    RM: 5           Caralena D.           RM: 15 

Griselda O.   RM: 6           Ian L.         RM: 16

Goldie N.              RM: 8            Hannah C.             RM: 18

Levi J.      RM: 9 Mrs. Butchko                           



Student Enrollment in MVWSD for next year is open now!

Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District is open now at

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents, click on the link in your email to confirm enrollment before February 9.

For families enrolling NEW students, please prepare to register your student:

Learn more about the documents you’ll need. Click here for the video. Please check  to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register before February 9.   

Do you need in-person help to register your child? Sign up at and attend any of the help sessions:

  • Castro Elementary, January 24 @ 5-7 p.m. and January 30 @ 5-7 p.m.

  • Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, January 31 @ 5-7 p.m.

  • Theuerkauf Elementary, February 1 @ 5-7 p.m.

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)

This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. 

Please click on your unique survey link sent to your email on Jan. 29. Your responses are confidential. Students in grades 4-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey. More information found here:

Mr. Taylor will be presenting LCAP information at the upcoming Principa’s Coffee and ELAC Meeting

Principal’s Coffee and ELAC Meeting, February 1, 2024, 9:00-10:00 am  Click here to register (zoom meeting)

January Hoot Loot Store is open next week

Next week, the virtual Hoot Loot store will be open for students to make their purchases. Thank you, families, for supporting your child in reading each night to continue earning those dollars. Teachers will be providing students time to make their month purchases and we will try to deliver that goods by the end of the week. 

Walden West for Fifth Grade Parents

We are so very excited for your students to go to Walden West. As you know, students will be returning to school on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at around 11:55. This is a minimum day for students and at the same time as dismissal. The buses will need time to unload, and we will need to manage the traffic from dismissal as well. 5th grade parents, please plan to start picking your student up at 12:20PM instead of the normal minimum day pick up time

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 Thursday, February 15. Anything left after dismissal will be donated.



The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

* Black History Month Resolution

* i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Assessment Update

* Artificial Intelligence (AI) Impact on Our Schools

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:

Better Together: January

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sometimes, being a good ally might mean standing up to our friends to protect someone else. In the month of January, MVWSD students will explore the essential question: How do I have a difficult conversation with someone? A thoughtful ally finds a way to express themselves respectfully and with an open mind. For more information about Better Together, visit


MVEF will hold its Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The MVEF Gala is an opportunity for parents, teachers, business leaders and community members to come together to support local schools. Come be part of an awesome community building evening with dinner, fundraising activities, music and fun! Save the date Saturday, April 27 in Mountain View.  Tickets go on sale soon.


PTA News

PTA Association Meeting - Jan 24th, 6:00-7:00PM

Everyone is invited to join the next PTA Association Meeting, happening Wednesday Jan 24th, in-person at the Vargas Library. Hear about upcoming events, fundraisers, and adjustments to the budget. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided. 

See’s Candies Fundraiser (ONLINE) - Ends Jan 26 

  • Our virtual See’s Candies store is still open. Every purchase of See’s heart assortments, boxed chocolates, gift certificates, and more goes toward supporting the Vargas PTA. You get delicious candy while giving back to a good cause! 

  • Last day to order is Friday, January 26th.

  • To order, simply go to our online store:

Family Art Night - Feb 1 (6:00-7:00PM) - Save the date!

Join us on Thursday, Feb 1, for our first ever PTA sponsored Family Art Night! There will be multiple art stations to rotate through. Volunteers needed– please sign up on Konstella if you are available to volunteer or email [email protected]

ACE After-school Programs - Not too late to sign-up

Vargas After-school Creative Enrichment (ACE) programs have started, but you can still join! If classes have started already, check with the vendor about prorated fees.

Kimberly Cheng, and the PTA Executive Board

[email protected]


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