Wise Word - 08/05/2020

Principal’s Message


Golden Owls,


My name is Principal Taylor,  and I am excited to officially welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. I look forward to partnering with you to support your child have a successful school year.  With all that is going on in the world, I know that many of you are anxious about the upcoming school year. Please know that MVWSD has been working hard during the summer to ensure that our schools are safe and ready to provide your students with a high-quality, equitable learning experience. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, or join me at today’s Principal’s Coffee. 


Mr. Taylor

 


 

Events Calendar

  • 8/5/20 - Principal’s Coffee, 5pm

  • 8/6/20 - Kinder and New Family Welcome, 5pm

  • 8/13/20 - Materials and Supplies Pickup, 8:30am - 2:30pm

  • 8/14/20 - Materials and Supplies Pickup, 8:30am - 2:30pm


 

In this Newsletter

School News

  • Principal’s Coffee

  • Materials and Supplies Pickup

  • Kinder and New Family Welcome

  • Non-returning Students


District News

  • Board of Trustees Meeting, August 6, 2020 - 6:30 pm

  • Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, August 7, 2020

  • Childcare Registration is Open

  • Grab and Go Meals 

  • Free COVID testing at El Camino Healthcare


PTA News

  • Konstella

 


 

Principal’s Coffee: Wednesday, August 5, 5:00 PM

At the principal’s coffee, I will be discussing our school reopening plan for the upcoming school year. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Academic Materials and Supplies Pickup

As you know, we will be in distance learning for the start of the school year.  During the first weeks of school, our school sites will prepare and distribute a district-standard general school supply kit to every student. The kit will include the following items (see here).

  1. Other supplies that will be distributed to students are:

    1. Chromebooks 

    2. Instructional materials, such as Eureka Math workbooks, (varies by grade level)

    3. Other materials to be determined, such as art supplies 

  2. Please know that some of our items are on backorder, and we will also be organizing another day for complete distribution.


Please plan to pick up your child’s materials during the following time blocks on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Time

8:30-10:15

10:15-11:30

11:30-12:15

12:15- 2:30


Last Name

Last Name A-D


Last Name

E-L

Last Name M-R


Last Name

S-Z

*The names and times are spaced such that we do not have all families coming to campus at one time. This serves to limit the number of interactions.


Please plan to pick up your child’s materials during the following time blocks on Friday, August 14, 2020

Time

8:30-10:15

10:15-11:30

11:30-12:15

12:15- 2:30


Last Name

Last Name A-D


Last Name

E-L

Last Name M-R


Last Name

S-Z

*The names and times are spaced such that we do not have all families coming to campus at one time. This serves to limit the number of interactions.


Pick-up Procedure (Preferred Method)

We will be doing a "drive-through" pick-up. Before arriving write down your child's first and last name on a piece of paper and place it on the passenger window. Please pull into the front parking lot in front of the office/MUR and a staff member will be there (masked and gloved) to distribute materials.  Please open your trunk or back hatch and we will place them in the car for you. 


Walk-up Procedure

If you are not using a car, Please walk up to the designated spot in front of the Front Office/MUR. (We will have signs indicating the correct location and appropriate spacing.) A staff member will be there (masked and gloved) to distribute materials.   


Before coming to campus please do the following Self-check:

1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition? 

• Fever or chills         • Recent loss of taste or smell    • Cough      • Sore throat 

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing      • Congestion        • Fatigue       • Nausea or vomiting      • Muscle or body aches   • Diarrhea     • Headache 


2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on). 


3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days? 4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, please contact the school, and we will arrange for an alternate delivery method for your family.


New Families and Kindergarten Welcome: Thursday, August 6, 5:00 PM

Our new family and Kinder welcome event will be co-sponsored by our PTA. This is a time to ask questions about the school and meet new families. Our PTA president will also be able to answer questions as well.  Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Non-Returning Students

If you are not returning for the 2020-21 school year, please contact our school secretary, Evelyn Tellez (etellez@mvwsd.org, 650-903-6952) as soon as possible. Please take a moment to reply ONLY if your children will NOT be attending Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School no later than Sunday, August 9, 2020. It will be a great help to our staff and other students and their families as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year.


Important notes: 

  • The first day of school is Monday, August 17. Please note that it will be a minimum day for students although we are in Distant Learning. Our day will end at 11:55am.

  • Stay current with the latest Vargas news and updates: read the weekly newsletter sent home every Week and posted on our website, follow us on Facebook, check out the PTA’s Facebook Page and PTA’s website.


District News

Board of Trustees Meeting, August 6, 2020 - 6:30 pm, Agenda
MVWSD community members are welcome to view the meeting on our District youtube channel: youtube.com/mvwsd

Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, August 7, 2020, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Childcare Registration is Open

During the time of COVID-19 and Distance Learning, MVWSD has partnered with providers Right at School, YMCA and Newton to provide on-campus, fee-based childcare with prioritization for the children of full-time essential workers. MVWSD students in grades TK-5 may enroll. 

 

Please note that these are District partners, not MVWSD programs. You may contact the providers with specific questions about their programs and their health and safety protocols. Childcare subsidies may be available for parents through the state of California. Please ask Right at School, YMCA and Newton at time of registration. 

 

Registration for these programs is open the week of August 3, 2020. For registration information, please click on https://www.mvwsd.org/childcare.

 

Grab and Go Meals 

Our Food Service Department will provide grab and go meals at all sites.  Free and reduced price lunch applications available.  Starting August 17th, paid and free and reduced price meals (grab and go during MVWSD Distance Learning) will be available at all school sites for students. 

 

Free or reduced price meal benefit status from last year can be used to pay for lunches until Sept. 30. We can assist new applicants in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program and can process applications quickly. Applications are at http://www.ezmealapp.com.  Deadline is Sept. 21st. 

 

Full price meals will be available for students who have paid in advance online at https://www.ezschoolpay.com or have sent a check (including child’s school, child’s name, grade, teacher) to Food Service, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043. Please call https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition at (650) 903-6965 if you have any questions.

 

Free COVID testing at El Camino Healthcare

El Camino Healthcare District is offering free COVID-19 testing in Mountain View for anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in the healthcare district. You do not need to have insurance to get tested or provide proof of residency.  

Note that this is NOT the antibody test. This is a test that tells you whether or not you are positive for COVID-19 on the day of the test. Tests are required to be scheduled in advance and are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 650-940-7022 to schedule your free test. For more information on testing and locations, go to elcaminohealth.org/covid19testing.

 


PTA News

Konstella

This is the communication network for Vargas families. It will be used by room parents for class-specific announcements, by school program leaders for announcements and volunteer opportunities; and it will serve as the school directory for parents.

Please sign up on konstella.com and click on “Find Your School” in the top right.

Questions? Email Nayema DiFazio at communications@javargaspta.org.

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