Wise Word 1/10/24

Principal’s Message:

 

Hello Golden Owls,

 

Welcome back! I hope your break was relaxing and filled with quality time with friends and family. 


January is named for Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. He is depicted as having two faces looking in opposite ways, one towards the past and the other towards the future. This is a perfect metaphor for what January represents to educators. We set goals at the beginning of the academic school year. We use January as an opportunity to reflect on the past 5 months, so we can course correct to have a successful finish. On Monday, our teachers worked diligently, analyzing data and making plans to support each of the students to meet their goals. We look forward to finishing off this year strong and seeing the growth in our students.   


Additionally, Please mark your calendars for Jan. 22.  Open enrollment for ALL students (including returning students) for the fall starts on Jan. 22. Click on https://www.mvwsd.org/register for all the details.

 

In Partnership, 

 

Principal Vern Taylor

 

 


 

 

Events Calendar

 

January 2024

10th New Students Information 6:30 pm at Vargas

15th MLK - No School

16th ELAC Meeting (ELPAC Info) 8:00 - 9:00 am MUR

18th Parent U Extension: Parenting in the Digital Era

 6:30pm (zoom)

22th Open Enrollment for current students

 

 


 

 

In this Newsletter

School News:

Golden Ticket Winners 

Reminders for drop off

Parent U Extension: Parenting in the Digital Era 

 


 

Flyers:

January Menu Here

Parent U Extension: Parenting in the Digital EraHere

2024-2025 School Year Calendar  Here

 

District News:

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 12

Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year and school info meetings coming up!

For Fifth-Grade Families: Middle School Info Night on Jan. 22

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

The 2024-25 district calendar is available

Mentor Tutor Connection - VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION. (Flyer)

SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology

The View Teen Center: January (Flyer)

City of MV: Community Meetings for Homeless Response Strategy (Flyer)


 

PTA News

ACE After-school Programs Starting Jan 2024

Nominating Committee

 

 


 

Golden Ticket Winners December 21 , 2023

Catherine L.     RM: 1            Narek D.             RM: 11

Davi Dos Santos   RM: 2            Victor M.            RM: 12

Gurjot S.               RM: 3            Morgan W.          RM: 12

Seowon H.            RM: 4           Sarah G.              RM: 14

Astrid R.   RM: 5           Vika M.       RM: 15

Parker H.   RM: 6           Isabella L.            RM: 16

Mira D.                 RM: 8            Aaron V.              RM: 17

Bianca F.      RM: 9 Julio R.    RM: 18                            

Marco S.   RM: 10            Ms. Zelenka                                                                         

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A few reminders for morning drop-off 

When dropping off students in the front driveway of the school in the morning:

 

  • Drivers should pull forward as much as possible. All gates lead to the classrooms, so parents and drivers can drop off at any of them.  

 

  • Drivers should only allow students to open the door in the drop-off zone. Please do not open the car door and allow students out on N. Whisman Rd.

 

  • Drivers need to stay in the vehicle in the drop-off lane. Stopping and getting out of the vehicle can be unsafe and slows the flow of traffic. If a student needs help getting out of the car, PULL FORWARD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. A staff member can assist if needed.

 

  • Students should be ready to leave their car without driver assistance. This means having backpacks, lunch boxes, and water bottles easy to grab, so they can exit the vehicle quickly.

 

  • It is recommended that parents use the drop-off lane, instead of parking, to walk students through the parking lot. 

 

If you must park, use the crosswalk to get from the parking lot across the driveway. Wait for a staff member to help cross.



Parent University: My Digital Tat2: Parent Education for Setting Healthy Boundaries Around Technology Use

Date: 1/18/24  

Time: 6:30-7:45 pm Registration Link: Click here to register!

Kids are online more than ever in this post-COVID world, with increased use of digital technology for academics, entertainment, and social connection.

 

Join My Digital TAT2 for an engaging and informative live webinar on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30–7:45 PM. 

 

Hear what young people are doing online and how they are affected by the latest apps and trends from the world of technology. Get strategies for how to support responsible, mindful, and healthy use of the internet, social media, and gaming. Learn what you can do to stay connected with your child as their online lives expand.

 

Recommended for all adults who support youth and want to learn thoughtful and supportive ways to navigate media together. For more information about My Digital TAT2 visit: www.mydigitaltat2.org


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DISTRICT NEWS

 

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

* 2023 California Dashboard Update

* United Against Hate Week and #BetterTogether 

* Joint Use Agreement Update 


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


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 12

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC112 



Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year and school info meetings coming up!

Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be open in two weeks.


For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.


Please encourage families who are enrolling NEW students in grades TK-8 to attend one or more of these upcoming meetings:

  • Jan 10: Virtual school information nights for neighborhood schools (Click here for meeting links: http://mvw.sd/meetings)

  • Jan 11: Virtual school information nights for choice schools - Mistral and Stevenson Elementary Schools  (Click here for meeting links: http://mvw.sd/meetings)

  • Jan: 18: Virtual school information night for Transitional Kindergartners (Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/TK118)

  • Jan 17: At Theuerkauf Elementary, 1:30 - 4 p.m.: In-person school exploration event for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.

  • Jan 24: At Castro Elementary, 2-4 p.m.: In-person school exploration events for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.


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 www.mvwsd.org/register  to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9.   


For Fifth-Grade Families: Middle School Info Night on Jan. 22


Please join us at this fun and informative virtual event. It is an opportunity for you and your fifth-grader to learn about middle school life. You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask any questions you may have. Future 6th grade students are encouraged to join!


Date: January 22, 2024

Crittenden at 5:30 p.m. Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/CR122

Graham at 6:30 p.m. Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/GR122



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. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.


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: mvwsd.org/LCAP



The 2024-25 district calendar is available

The school-year calendar for next year is now available online here. 

Mentor Tutor Connection - VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION. (Flyer)

Join us for a lively volunteer event, and learn how you can become a mentor and/or tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Wednesday January 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Find out how you can help a local student to a brighter future. To register go to www.mentortutorconnection.org/events  - or email [email protected].



SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology

SELPA 1 CAC, Palo Alto CAC and the PAUSD PATCH team are pleased to host a Zoom panel on Assistive Technology! Assistive Technology (AT) can help with communication and accessing curriculum for a wide variety of students, from those who have specific learning disabilities to dyslexia, ADHD to hearing challenges, unique visual needs or those students who are non-verbal. Learn more about this key part of your student's educational toolkit from the Assistive Technology specialists from PAUSD.

Meeting Live on Zoom: January 17, 9:30 AM. Register here

Have a question about Assistive Technology for the panel? Submit here


Interested in more of our past Parent Education events? Check out our Youtube Channel



The View Teen Center: January (Flyer)

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. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 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 upcoming events and programs in January or visit their webpage for more information.



City of MV: Community Meetings for Homeless Response Strategy (Flyer)

The City of Mountain View is seeking your input to create a Homelessness Response Strategy to address homelessness, assist the unhoused and respond to community needs. Take part in defining a clear vision and action plan to guide decisions about goals, actions, funding and programs!


The City is hosting two community forums to give all community members the opportunity to learn more about homelessness in our community and the City's planning process. The forums will be January 18 (In person at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.) and January 25 (via Zoom, register here).  For the January 18 in-person forum, light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. Interpretation services are available in Spanish, Chinese and Russian for both meetings.

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PTA News

 

ACE After-school Programs Starting Jan 2024

Planning for after school enrichment programs, starting in January, have begun. While some programs are still being finalized, you can begin registering here: https://www.javargaspta.org/after-school-programs

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

 

Nominating Committee

We are looking for five volunteers to form our Nominating Committee. This is an important part of our PTA Association with very minimal time commitment. Committee members will help to find candidates for next year's open board positions. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Kimberly Cheng, and the PTA Executive Board

[email protected]

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