Wise Word, 2/3/2021

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

Please note that Friday, February 12th marks the end of trimester and there will be a minimum day. School will end at 11:30. Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th will be a Winter Break. School will resume again on Monday, February 22. 


Parents: We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

 

Golden Owls, we want to hear from you: Please click here -  http://mvw.sd/ParentLCAP - to give input through February 12 in a survey. We recognize that the wording of some of these questions might seem a little awkward because we are in a pandemic, distance-learning year. Please answer as fully as you can based on the experiences you've had this school year. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office at 650-903-6952


Mr. Taylor will be presenting LCAP information on the following dates:

  • February  3, 2021  5:30PM at the School Site Council (SSC) meeting Register Here

  • February 5, 2020 4:00 PM at the English Language Advisory Committee ELAC meeting Register Here


At these meetings, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about this survey and/or give your input in person.


More information and the LCAP presentation can be found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/LCAP


We appreciate you for supporting our school and students.


In Partnership,


Principal  Taylor


Events Calendar

  • 2/3 - SSC Meeting, 5:30pm - 6:30pm Register Here

  • 2/4 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm 

  • 2/5 - Superintendent's Community Check In, 3:30pm Register here

  • 2/5 - ELAC Meeting, 4:00pm Register Here

  • 2/10 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 2/11 - Vargas PTA - Dine-out Pizza My Heart @ El Monte, 4pm - 8pm

  • 2/12 - End of 2nd Trimester - Minimum Day

  • 2/15 - 2/19 - Winter Break - No School 

  • 2/24 - Read-a-Thon Material Kit Pick-up, 11:00am - 1:30pm

  • 2/24 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 2/24 - SSC Meeting - 5:30pm - 6:30pm 

  • 2/26 - Principal’s Coffee (Virtual), 4pm 

  • 3/2 - PTA - Read-a-Thon Kick-Off - Dr. Seuss's Birthday

  • 3/3 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm 

  • 3/4 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm 

  • 3/10 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm 

  • 3/12 - PTA - Read-a-Thon Last Day


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Material Distribution - Kinder, 1st, 2nd, & 5th grade

  • Read-a-Thon

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours 

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Feb 5th - Register here

  • Black History Month - Flyer

  • District hotspot 

  • “Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event: Feb. 1-Mar. 31 - Flyer

  • Author Talk with Ben Clanton on Feb. 8 - Flyer

  • February CAC Events

  • The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race” with Nicole Lee on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online - Flyer

  • MV Library Valentine’s Celebration - Flyer

  • Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students - Feb 24th

  • MVEF  Virtual Gala: Save the date - March 6, 2021!


PTA News

  • Announcement

  • Spirit Wear!

  • Amazon


Golden Ticket Winners - Week  2/1/2020
Novo A             RM: 1          Bellnue L          RM: 11
Jeremy M        RM: 2          Nil B                  RM: 12
Liam P             RM: 3          Elaina P            RM: 14
Ethan M          RM: 5          Tom R               RM: 15
Anjali D           RM: 6          Andy R             RM: 16
Akshara B       RM: 8          Maritza G        RM: 17      
Javier S           RM: 9          Ms. Mai            RM: 13
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.

Material Distribution - Kinder, 1st, 2nd & 5th grade

Material distribution on Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February 5th from 8am to 2pm. Please come at any time during the allotted time on either Thursday or Friday to pick up your child's materials.

Please write your child’s first and last name, room number, and grade level on a piece of paper and place it on your passenger window. Please drive up to the MUR; a staff member will greet you with a mask and gloves, and place the items in your trunk.


Read-a-Thon

Please mark your calendars for Jose Antonio Vargas’s second annual Read-a-Thon!


  • Read-A-Thon Pickup Kit Day- February 24th 11:00 am - 1:30 pm 

  • Read-A-Thon Kick Off -Tuesday, March 2nd 

  • Read-A-Thon Activities Week- March 8-12


What is a Read-A-Thon

A Read-a-thon Fundraiser is a way to raise money by getting people to support students who spend a few weeks focusing on reading. It is the perfect school fundraiser because it does not require students to do anything other than what they are already doing at school.

The best schools allocate specific reading time already being done and use that reading time as reading sessions. Others might ask students to read at home. Where and when the reader reads is not extremely important. The fundraiser is based on the fact that a student is committed to reading more than normal.


Principal’s Virtual Office Hour  

Today’s office hours will be cancelled.


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

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Feb 5th

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish translation is provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/Daa1s


Black History Month - Flyer

Even before children can talk, they are learning about the world and about race through the words and actions of others. Parents, teachers, and caregivers have the unique opportunity to frame their child's first attempts to understand and talk about race. Talking about race matters because (1) everyone has a racialized identity, (2) racialized identity significantly impacts a person's life, and (3) race is a defining social construct in America.

 

This Black History Month, use the Better Together infographic to begin racially-focused conversations with children acknowledging that conversations about race will look different for each family and classroom and there is no single way to talk to children about race. Have honest conversations with your students about the history of privilege and oppression as it relates to Black History and, where appropriate, connect this to local community and larger global issues.

 

Together, we can explore Black History. Together, we can become anti-racist.


For a closer look at the graphics, click on the attached flyers or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD


If you have a district hotspot that you’re not using anymore...

Please return it to our technology department at our district office. Due to changes in individual circumstances and needs, we need every hotspot for families and students in need. If you have a non-working hotspot, please bring that back as well. Thank you in advance!


“Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event: Feb. 1-Mar. 31 - Flyer

SCCOE’s Parent Engagement Program will present the “Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event for 6th – 12th grade students and their parents. From February 1 to March 31, students will be able to access the “Keeping the Dream Alive” website to participate in interactive activities, webinars, and more to learn about college and career options. 


Visit the "Keeping the Dream Alive" event website at parentengagement.sccoe.org for more information and students can currently pre-register at http://bit.ly/KTDARegistration.


Author Talk with Ben Clanton on Feb. 8 - Flyer

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a live Zoom talk with Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly books. The event will be held on Monday, February 8, from 4:00-4:30 pm. Register at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.


February CAC Events

Happy New Year! SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org


We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet


February 9 Parent Chat, 10 am - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact trudy.palmer@me.com for Google Meet invite.


February 10, 7 pm Evening Let’s Talk  - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the Zoom link for this meeting or sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-iep504-support-tickets-135554074887


The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race” with Nicole Lee on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online - Flyer 

Raising antiracist kids is imperative in today’s society, yet most of us are not well-equipped for the challenges of talking with our kids about race and racism.  Join us for an engaging discussion with Nicole Lee, diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, as she shares research about the impact of talking - or not talking - to our kids about race and sheds light on common discomforts and misconceptions causing parents and other caregivers to avoid these important conversations.  

Audience:  Parents, caregivers, and educators

Register:  To register for this free event at https://mvla2020-21-nicolelee.eventbrite.com


MV Library Valentine’s Celebration - Flyer

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Valentine’s Celebration for families with young children on Friday, February 12, on Zoom. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.


Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students. 


Arianna Mayes (Director) and Acantha Ellard (Coordinator) of MVWSD's Special Education Department will facilitate a panel discussion with Special Educators and professionals who support MVWSD schools and students. The discussion will include who and what the team does and how students are supported both in-person and during distance learning. Additionally, you can submit your own questions beforehand via this Google Form

Spanish interpretation will be provided. 


**Please also take a look recordings and materials from our previous Parent University sessions at www.mvwsd.org/parentu


MVEF  Virtual Gala: Save the date - March 6, 2021!

We wish we could be together with you! Nonetheless, the MVEF gala committee is hard at work ensuring that our Virtual Gala on March 6th will be a fun evening even in the midst of Covid19 concerns. Stay tuned for details!

We will also be having a raffle.  You could win an Oculus Quest 2, a one year license for the entire Adobe Creative Cloud or an Online CSMA art class!  Stay tuned for details on how to buy tickets!


Vargas PTA

Announcement

Parents! It's that time of year again to search for new officers for the PTA Executive Board! If you are looking to take on a more active role and have more say about what happens at JA Vargas next year, this is for you! No experience is necessary, we will help you! It is a great way to meet other families within the school community as well as take on an active role in your child's education! There are several positions on the board that need to be filled for next year! We have a few returning parents but several "retiring" parents and without YOU there simply won't be a JA Vargas PTA! 

If you have any interest, please complete this formhttps://forms.gle/nQfpsMCv2y5BUBSG8 and the PTA will be in touch to discuss how best you can help!  


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.)


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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