Wise Word, 11/18/2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

We have successfully completed the first trimester of the 2020-2021 school year!


November is the time of year when we reflect and think of those whom we are grateful for. Teachers, school staff and parents all have an important role in the success of all our students. MVWSD would like to show our gratitude to everyone for their dedication and commitment over the past several months. 


On Tuesday, November 24th, MVWSD will have a district-wide staff / team building day.  To accommodate this, Tuesday, November 24th will be an asynchronous day for students. This means that, instead of live lessons, we’ll have a day that looks more like our typical Wednesdays. Students will still have morning check-ins, art, music, and PE classes that are live sessions and have been previously scheduled. The rest of the day will feature fun learning activities that students can do at their own pace. 


The intention is that this day of thankfulness is a little more fun and relaxed, and starts off our Thanksgiving holiday during which we will count our many blessings for health, family, friends, and all who support us in every way.


Thank you so much for supporting our teachers and staff. 


In Partnership,

 

Mr. Taylor


Events Calendar

  • 11/18 - Principal’s Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 11/18 - Cancelled - SSC Virtual Meeting, 5:30pm -6:30pm

  • 11/19 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm - Agenda 

  • 11/20 - Report Cards sent home electronically

  • 11/20 - Principal’s Coffee (Virtual), 4pm - 5pm Register here

  • 11/23 - Spirit Day- Pajama and Stuffed Animal Day

  • 11/24 -  Tuesday - Asynchronous Day

  • 11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Recess - No School 

  • 12/1 - District New Student Info Night, 5:30pm Register here

  • 12/2 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 12/4 - ELAC Virtual Meeting, 4pm - 5pm

  • 12/9 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 12/9 - Kinder Info Night, 6pm Register Here

  • 12/14 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm

  • 12/16 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 12/18 - Principal’s Coffee (Virtual), 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 12/21 - 1/1/2021 - Holiday Break - No School 

  • 1/4/2021 - Teacher in Service Day - No School

 


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners 

  • Report Cards 

  • Student Council Announcement

  • School Spirit Day- Pajama Day and Stuffed Animal Day

  • Kinder Info Night - December 9th - Register here

  • Book Return - 3rd and 5th grade

  • Shutting Down Chromebooks

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • Community Check In on Friday, November 20th - Register Here

  • Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history - Flyer

  • Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

  • Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

  • MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk - Flyer

  • School meetings coming up in December - District New Student/Kinder Info Night Register Here

  • MVLA holiday tree lot - Flyer

  • LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens - Flyer

  • Parent University


PTA News

  • THE BOOK FAIR IS HERE!

  • Spirit Wear

  • Amazon

 


Golden Ticket Winners - Week  11/16/2020
Bryanna Z           RM: 1           Alex K            RM: 11
Alivia R               RM: 2          Mateo R         RM: 12
Mihir S                RM: 3         Boyuan C        RM: 14
Nico M                RM: 4         Leah A             RM: 15
Ishkirat S           RM: 6          Leryn C          RM: 16
Angelina Y         RM: 9          Nico B            RM: 17
CJ C                    RM: 10        Ms. Annie      RM: 8

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.

 

Report Cards

First trimester report cards will be sent home by email this Friday, November 20th in the afternoon. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Student Council Announcement 

Attention upper-grade Golden Owls! Are you someone who wants to become a leader at school? Do you have ideas for how to make our Vargas community more joyful, helpful, and awesome? If so, apply for student council! Ms. Mai and Ms. Kwon are looking for 7 responsible student leaders who can help think of creative activities and ways for students at Vargas to grow closer as a community and help our community. 

 

See the flyer for more details! Applications are open through the end of November.

 

School Spirit Day- Pajama Day and Stuffed Animal Day

Join us for Spirit Day this coming Monday, November 23rd. Wear your Pajamas and bring a stuffed animal. Here is some encouragement from our teachers please click here for the video.


Kinder Info Night - December 9th - Register here

School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. 


For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.


For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


Book Return - 3rd and 5th grade

Families of 3rd and 5th grade students: We have a black container outside the MUR from 8am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Please stop by anytime within those times to return Riding Freedom and/or Sign of the Beaver


Powering Down Chromebooks Daily

Reminder to please power down your child's chromebooks daily. Powering down Chromebooks daily or every other day helps the system update and run smoother. Please remember to close all tabs then shut down. 


Principal Virtual Office Hour  

Please drop in my Principal Hours today to ask your questions. Register Here. (Translation is available)


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.

 


District News

Community Check In on Friday, November 20th - Register Here

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/wq0ZK


Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history - Flyer

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond. 


MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:

  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 

  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th

  • Support your child at home with math homework

  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts

  • Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvdOqorTgtGtXg5trN1qiFh5EefCHgIAm1


Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!


We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!


Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate.


MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk - Flyer 

See the attached flyers for registration information.


School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of these events and for login information.


  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/info.

  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.

  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).


For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.


For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


MVLA holiday tree lot - Flyer

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.


LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens - Flyer

Thursday December 3, 7-8:30 PM. A talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP


How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.  


Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distance-learning-toolkit-increasing-focus-through-a-sensory-lens-tickets-128302360815


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

 

THE BOOK FAIR IS HERE!

Our first Scholastic Book Fair of the school year is here!  All orders over $25 ship to your home for FREE!  Not sure you  are going to get $25 in books?  Pair up with another family or two!  Shop the link from today until Sunday, November 22nd!  Here is the LINK!

 

The PTA is planning on using money raised from the book fair and other upcoming fundraisers for an all inclusive reading program in the spring as well as other student enrichment projects.  Please support us, support your students all year long.

 

Spirit Wear!  

Do you have your JA Vargas Sweatshirts to keep warm this winter?  Order by Thursday any week and pick up that Friday curbside across from the school!  Place your order HERE!


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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