Wise Word, 12/9/2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

Please mark your calendars, we will have a week of minimum days, January 11-15, 2021.  These minimum days will allow us to hold Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parent-Teacher Conferences are important as we partner up to support our students’ growth and development.  To sign up for a 30-minute conference time, your teacher will email you a calendar link.  You will be able to select from available time slots between 12:30pm and 2:00pm, each day of conference week. On Wednesday Jan. 13, we will have slots available from 8:30am - 2:00pm.  If none of these times work for you, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher, directly.  The scheduling window will open on 12/9/20 at 3 pm when you will receive an email link from your child’s teacher. 


If you have technical issues, please email Principal Taylor directly at vtaylor@mvwsd.org. For all other questions, please contact Mrs. Evelyn at eantunez@mvwsd.org or Ms. Silvia smcleyea@mvwsd.org.  You can also call us in the school office at (650) 903-6952.


Please click on this link on: How to Sign up for conferences (Bilingual)


Thank you so much for your support. 


In Partnership,


Principal  Taylor


Events Calendar

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

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

  • 12/11 - Community Check-in with the Superintendent, 3:30pm 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

  • 1/5/2021 - Distance Learning Resumes

  • 1/6/2021 - Principal Office Hours & ELAC Meeting, 4pm Register Here 

  • 1/11 - 1/15 - Parent Teacher Conferences Week - Minimum Day’s

 


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners 

  • Kinder Info Night - December 9th - Register here

  • Double your Donation with the MVEF December Challenge Grant

  • Virtual Art Fair at Vargas!

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours & ELAC Meeting Jan. 6th

  • Powering Down Chromebooks

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • Are you curious about the i-Ready platform and how you can support your student at home? - Click here to register

  • Community Check In on Friday, December 11

  • MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool - Flyer

  • MVEF news: Double Your Donation with the December Challenge Grant! 

  • Better Together: Together we can appreciate our abilities - Flyer

  • TK and choice schools’ meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

  • Getting Ready for the ELPAC information sessions, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12

  • Parent University


PTA News

  • Dining Out Night

  • Spirit Wear!

  • Book Fair

  • Amazon

 


Golden Ticket Winners - Week  12/7/2020
Novo A            RM: 1               Arjun S            RM: 13
Anita S            RM: 2               Soeren C         RM: 14
Connor R        RM: 3               Jaime W         RM: 14
Andrew R       RM: 4               Liliana M        RM: 15
Jesus C           RM: 5               Lauren T          RM: 16
Gabriel A       RM: 8               Sonya A            RM: 17      
Paris W          RM: 10              Ms. Kwon        RM: 12
Cruz A            RM: 11       
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.

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 


Double your Donation with the MVEF December Challenge Grant:  

Throughout December, every dollar donated will be matched dollar for dollar up to $47,000, through the MVEF December Challenge Grant.  The December Challenge Grant has been made possible by generous MVEF donors who are challenging you to join them in supporting MVEF. Donate today to get your donation matched by this challenge!  

 

https://www.mvef.org/donate

 

If your company has a matching gift program, you can triple your impact by donating this month! 

 

Each and every year we rely on generous donors like you to help MVEF fund programming and experiences at every school in the district, ensuring that your child and every child has an inspiring, well-rounded education. 

 

Every dollar donated makes a difference and allows the district-wide programs to be funded which is especially important now, during remote learning.  It takes donations of every size for MVEF to reach their annual goal of $800,000.  

 

These are the programs and activities MVEF is supporting during remote learning because of donors like you:

 

  • Music and Art: CSMA weekly online art and music classes for TK-5th, instrument purchase and repair, and art supply kits for all elementary schools 

  • Science:

    • Living Classroom environmental education for elementary and middle school.

    • Environmental Programs taught interactively for the 4th and 5th grades

    • Middle school science supplies for teachers

    • TechSmart coding programs from 3rd grade through middle school (through a grant from Tides Foundation)

    • Training for Elementary STEAM teachers with Discovery Education

    •  Additional Middle School funding to support the Elective Wheel classes, redesigned for distance learning!

    • Padlet licenses for teachers

    •  Online apps (Smart Music, Flat.io, and SoundTrap) for Music Appreciation classes, Band, Choir, and Orchestra

    • Music books 

    • Art Supplies

    • Robotics

    • Tech Smart coding (through a grant from Tides Foundation)

 

Even through distance learning, your donations to MVEF continue to fund art, music, and science for every student at every school!

 

Thank you in advance for your support!


Virtual Art Fair at Vargas!

We are having our first Virtual Art Fair at Vargas!  Although we can’t see each other’s wonderful creations on campus, we can share and experience it virtually.  As we wrap up 2020, we would love to see your creations that express

1.       How do you express your gratitude in your culture, family, community?

2.       What are you thankful for?

Please submit photos/scans of your artwork to the following google drive folder:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17EUykYJ_mxkJVGfUENxeN8uI1VL4Bf0G?usp=sharing

Make sure that you name the photo with the student’s name, grade and a short description if desired.

For those who would like to directly add their artwork to the presentation and/or have multiple creations; you can also update the following:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cJItwyM2JzsMrBnEQdktiqdd-Nb92UR8/view?usp=sharing


Principal Virtual Office Hour  

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

 

My joint Principal Hour and ELAC Meeting - Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm - Register Here

 

How to have a successful Parent/ Teacher Conference

Parent/ Teacher Conference is a great opportunity to learn more about your student's progress and how to help them to have a successful school year.  Please join Mr. Taylor for an informational virtual meeting to discuss what questions to ask your student before your conference, what questions you should ask during the conference, and how to debrief the conference with your student.  


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. 


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

Are you curious about the i-Ready platform and how you can support your student at home? 

Please join us for a virtual i-Ready parent workshop on December 10, 2020 at 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  This session will provide parents with an overview of i-Ready and answer parents’ frequently asked questions about how i-Ready elevates instruction.


Click here to register. Spanish interpretation is available for this workshop. 


We want to answer your questions. In advance of the workshop, please email questions to Ms. Swati Dagar, Interim Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at sdagar@mvwsd.org by Friday, December 4, 2020. 


Community Check In on Friday, December 11

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/Dec11


MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool - Flyer

Is now enrolling for full-day and part-day for the 2021-22 school year. Information meetings will be held in January. Please see the attached flyer or https://www.mvwsd.org/preschool for more information. 


MVEF news: Double Your Donation with the December Challenge Grant! 

Throughout December, every dollar donated will be matched dollar for dollar up to $47,000, through our December Challenge Grant.  The December Challenge Grant has been made possible by generous MVEF donors who are challenging you to join them in supporting MVEF. Donate today to get your donation matched by this challenge! 


If your company has a matching gift program, you can even triple your impact by donating this month! 


Every dollar donated makes a difference and allows the district-wide programs to be funded which is especially important now, during remote learning.  It takes donations of every size for us to reach our annual goal of $800,000 together.   https://www.mvef.org/donate


Better Together: Together we can appreciate our abilities - Flyer

In December, we are celebrating Abilities Awareness Month. To honor our commitments in moving towards equity and inclusion, help us bring the voices of people with diverse abilities into your classroom or homes, and create a learning environment that rejects ableism. From lessons on art, activism and physical disabilities to education about new developments in Universal Design, these resources will help you and your children embrace diverse abilities and understand the injustices people with disabilities often encounter. Together, we can appreciate our abilities and celebrate our common humanity. See the attached graphics or view them on https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogethermvwsd


TK and choice schools’ meetings coming up. 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.


  • 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 


Getting Ready for the ELPAC information sessions, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is administered every year to our English Learner (EL) students. To learn more about this assessment, the role it plays in the education of every EL, and how to help your child prepare, please join us for one of the following meetings: 


  • December 15 

5:00-5:30 in English: https://zoom.us/j/92673835582

5:30-6:00 in Spanish: https://zoom.us/j/94603257266


  • January 12

5:00-5:30 in English: https://zoom.us/j/93307939185

5:30-6:00 in Spanish: https://zoom.us/j/93709174683


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

 


Vargas PTA

Dining Out Night!

We are trying out a new place for our next dining out night and they do things a bit differently.

Thursday, December 17th 4:00-9:00pm.  Visit our MEAL page, RSVP we need at least 20 rsvp’s to host the event), order online, and 30% of sales goes back to our school!  https://www.groupraise.com/events/171255-jose-antonio-vargas-elementary-school-pta-at-mountain-mike-s-pizza


Spirit Wear!  

It’s getting cold out there, so don’t forget to grab your JA Vargas sweatshirts and baseball tee’s!  Click HERE to shop the JA Vargas Store.  Order by Wednesday night and do curbside pick up Friday.  (Address for pick up will be sent after you complete your order.)


Book Fair

Thanks to all who purchased books during the book fair last month!  Missed it?  No problem!  You can still shop the link and support your school all year. 😊 https://www.scholastic.com/bf/javargasfair


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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