Wise Word - 10/21/2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

Assessments and End of Trimester:

The end of the trimester is fast approaching! The trimester ends on Friday, November 6th. Please take note that this will be a minimum day. Our school day will end at 11:55AM. Our students are being assessed from now until the end of the trimester. Similarly to when we took the iReady assessments,  you play a very important role in supporting your child. Here are a few reminders of ways you can support your child:

  • Make sure your child has a distraction-free area to take the assessment

  • Do not help your child during the assessment

  • Encourage your child to stay steady, focused, and do his/her best.

 Some reminders and updates:

  • On October 24th, the PTA will be passing out some AWESOME and EXCITING materials for EVERY STUDENT! Please make sure you come to campus to pick up a special activity box for your student! Teachers may be utilizing these materials in class as well! It will be a fun activity for your child to complete! Due to COVID-19, the PTA was unable to fund the after school enrichment opportunities we had planned to fund for the school. This special activity box will serve for at home enrichment for your child! 

  • Vargas will have our first Spirit day on October 30, 2020. Come to your Virtual classroom dressed as your favorite book character. For some inspiration from our teachers, Click here!

  • We are putting together a Virtual Halloween parade!  For those wanting to participate, submit pictures of your children in their costumes to smcelyea@mvwsd.org by October 23rd. Please include your child’s grade level when submitting your picture. The virtual Halloween parade will take place afterschool at 2:45pm on October 30, 2020. Our teachers will include the link in the Google classroom. Can’t wait to see OWL of you!      

  • Remember that all students can get free meals during Distance Learning!  Come to the MUR during lunch break 11:30-12:30 to pick up a grab and go lunch and breakfast.

 

Thank you for supporting our school and students,

Mr. Taylor


Events Calendar

  • 10/21 - Principal’s Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 10/22 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm

  • 10/23 - Superintendent Community Check-in, 3:30pm Click here to register

  • 10/28 - Principal’s Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 10/28 - SSC Virtual Meeting, 5:30pm -6:30pm Register Here

  • 10/30 - Vargas Spirit Day - Dress as Favorite Book Character

  • 10/30 - Afterschool Virtual Halloween Parade, 2:45pm Link will be in Google Classroom

  • 10/30 - Principal’s Coffee (Virtual): Afterschool Enrichment - 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 11/4 - Principal’s Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 11/5 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm

  • 11/6 - End of Trimester - Minimum Day

 


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners 

  • Please consider substitute teaching: Info fair on Oct. 29

  • Spirit Day: October 30, 2020 - Favorite Book Character

  • After School Virtual Halloween Parade 10/30 @ 2:45pm

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • CHAC Invites You to Virtual Stress Management for Parents and Teachers During COVID

  • Check-In with the Superintendent on Oct. 23

  • Library Fall Festival: Oct. 23  - Flyer

  • Get a flu shot: Not the flu!

  • The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success on  Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online - Flyer

  • MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording

  • Application help for free healthcare coverage  - Flyer

  • Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Special edition: ELECTION! - Flyer

  • How you can protect yourself from COVID: Know the signs and symptoms

  • Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

  • MVEF is proud to help bring Living Classroom to all of our school campuses

  • Parent University


PTA News

  • October is for Membership and Super Powers!  Click to watch our VIDEO!

  • Vargas Spirit Wear

  • Amazon

 


Golden Ticket Winners - Week  10/19/2020
Saleem F          RM: 1              Eli L              RM: 13
Lance W           RM: 3             Jesus M        RM: 14
Alexander S     RM: 5             Jai R              RM: 15
Devika M         RM: 6             Vilmer B       RM: 16
Aylin G             RM: 9             Leon L          RM: 17
Ian L                RM: 10            Ms. Valle      RM: 6
Sophie W        RM: 12              
You can stop by the office to pick up your prize! You may stop by on Monday or Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:00pm.

Please consider substitute teaching: Info fair on Oct. 29

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking substitute teachers. We need you! Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!


Join us to learn more about how you can become qualified to substitute teach.


Substitute Teaching Fair

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 9:30-11 AM.

Register in advance for this meeting: http://mvw.sd/yrhZ4


Click here to learn more about substitute teaching. We can help you through the steps.


If you are already qualified, you may view jobs and apply online on our website. For information, call 650-526-3555.


Spirit Day: October 30, 2020 - Favorite Book Character

As a way to build community, Vargas will have our first Spirit day on October 30, 2020. Come to your Virtual classroom dressed as your favorite book character. For some inspiration from our teachers, Click here


Afterschool Virtual Halloween Parade 10/30 @ 2:45pm

We are having a virtual Halloween parade! For those wanting to participate, submit pictures of your children in their costumes to smcelyea@mvwsd.org by October 23rd. Please include your child’s grade level when submitting your picture. The virtual Halloween parade will take place afterschool at 2:45 on October 30, 2020. Our teachers will include the link in the Google classroom. Can’t wait to see OWL of you!


Principal Virtual Office Hour  

Please drop in my Principal Hours today to discuss how to view your child’s i-Ready scores or other questions . Register Here


Technology Support:

If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact: support@mvwsd.org to create a ServiceNow ticket or call the Tech Department at

(650) 526-3252.


If it's not device/hardware related or account related, and more about using a program, please contact Marissa Hamaguchi, Tech Coach, (techcoach@mvwsd.org) or call/text (650) 336-5863.

 


District News

CHAC Invites You to Virtual Stress Management for Parents and Teachers During COVID

“How to Keep Calm and Carry On” on Thursday, October 22nd 5 to 6pm

CLICK HERE https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YxX83QP9S7mBBvt4jZ384w to pre-register or join the event on the day of at chacmv.org

Please email your questions in advance to njeans@chacmv.org. This event will be translated into Spanish.

In this talk, followed by Q&A, Dr. Jodi Cushman and Dr. Angela McBride will help us understand the toll that the stress of the coronavirus pandemic is taking and offer strategies that may help us cope more effectively during this time.


Check-In with the Superintendent on Oct. 23

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions.  Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/ev8pb

 

Library Fall Festival: Oct. 23  - Flyer

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Fall Festival for families with young children on Friday, October 23, on Zoom. The festival includes live music with Charity Kahn, storytime with librarians Alex & Sharon, craft & snack activity and costume parade. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration details. 

 

Get a flu shot: Not the flu!

Free flu Shots on Saturdays at the Fairgrounds in San Jose on Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and every Saturday through mid-December

  • Car entrance for general parking: Gate D, 2542 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111

  • No appointment needed

  • All are welcome regardless of immigration status

  • No cost

  • Shots available at this location for everyone age 3 years and older. Children aged 3 - 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger children should get a shot from their regular pediatrician.

  • Right next door to free County COVID-19 testing. Get a COVID-19 test at the same time!

 

More Free Flu Shots in Your Neighborhood

 

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success on  Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online - Flyer

Join us for an insightful evening with Marc Brackett, as he explores the value of our emotions and why what we do with our emotions is especially important. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.


The goal of this presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) describe the five key underlying skills of emotional intelligence, known as the “RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies and tools for developing emotional intelligence so that our emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, in school, at work, and in everyday life. 


Audience:  Parents with children K - 12; teachers, and counselors

Register: To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2020-21-marcbrackett.eventbrite.com  


Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.


MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording
We would like to share the recording of our first event, Jeff Selingo speaking about Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.  Mr. Selingo has graciously allowed us to share the recording with our community for those who were not able to attend.  It will be available for six weeks.  


The link is https://youtu.be/lj5HNmFd_6Y

 

Application help for free healthcare coverage  - Flyer

Free application assistance for healthcare coverage for families in Santa Clara County is offered by the Healthier Kids Foundation. Your family may qualify for medical, vision, dental, prescription and mental health services. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Special edition: ELECTION! - Flyer

Mountain View Whisman School District embraces its role in establishing its commitment to equity in our district. As part of our "Together We Are a Better MVWSD" series, here is a special edition on the Nov. 3 election.


Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. We celebrate the upcoming election cycle by publishing materials for teachers and parents that promote civic engagement amongst students and give resources to parents about how to secure their participation in this year's election. Both the links and QR codes will take you directly to the recommended resources.


For a closer look at this graphic, please see attached flyers or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD


How you can protect yourself from COVID: Know the signs and symptoms

Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is an important step to quickly getting care to people who need it, and in isolating those who are ill, preventing further transmission. Our own MVWSD school nurse Daniel gives important tips in this video. Please review and practice with your family.


COVID signs video thumbnail Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

 

Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/talk

 

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. Join MVWSD for a panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. 

 

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about the City’s racial equity and inclusion efforts, please click here


MVEF is proud to help bring Living Classroom to all of our school campuses

Living Classroom brings environmental education for students in elementary and middle school.  Living Classroom started teaching students on 9/8 and taught 62 online lessons in September. 


Living Classroom continues to maintain the school gardens for when garden-based outdoor learning can return to MVWSD, making education come alive and deepening students' connection with nature. Living Classroom lessons empower the next generation by growing environmental champions, inquisitive learners, and healthy eaters.  There are over 200 lessons planned for the fall in our schools.


Your donations to MVEF bring Living Classroom to every school in MVWSD! Donate today!  https://www.mvef.org/donate


Parent University 

Missed the last one? Fear not: all of our 2020-21 events are recorded and posted online. Come check out our learning sessions - mental health, distance learning, literacy at home, raising digitally resilient kids - at www.mvwsd.org/parentu. And, mark your calendars for the next event on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. about supporting math at home, featuring former math teacher and coach, Principal Heidi Galassi of Landels Elementary. Details to come soon!

 


Vargas PTA

October is for Membership and Super Powers!  Click to watch our VIDEO!

This month we will be celebrating our Members with FREE coffee and donut holes from Clocktower Coffee on Saturday, October 24th.  How do you get it?

  1. Become a Member of the PTA before 10/24.

  2. Print your student a Vargas Owl to Join the Nest at our school!

  3. Pick up your Clocktower coupon & drop off your owl.

  4. Walk, bike, or drive to Clocktower and enjoy treats on us!

 

Did you know that Saturday, October 24th is also a way to give your student SuperPowers!?!  These activity kits are for ALL STUDENTS so please come and pick them up.  We prefer pick up to be as follows but anytime that works for you is great too!

 Last Names A-M 9:30a-10:30a and Last Names N-Z 10:45a-11:45a

 

Have questions? Please feel free to reach out to Angela @ president@javargaspta.org or Sara @ vicepresident@javargaspta.org


Do you have your JA Vargas Spirit Wear yet?

Do you have your JA Vargas Spirit Wear yet? Lots of great options and make sure your students wear Vargas Green on Mondays to show our school spirit! Here's a link to purchase spirit wear that supports your school! Easy and flexible curbside pickup!


Amazon

If you shop through Amazon, please shop through the Amazon Smile portal for Vargas: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-1257353 A percentage of sales through this link goes back to the school.
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