The Wise Word, April 22, 2020

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary

April 22, 2020

School logo, golden owl

 link to picture of Vargas School


Dear Golden Owls,


We miss you! Click here to see the video we made to let you know how much we miss you. Being able to see you guys briefly on Wednesday reminded me of how much I love this community. 

I would also like to take a chance to thank our wonderful staff, who have been working tirelessly to ensure students’ transition to distance learning in these difficult times. Thank you for all that you do to help our wonderful Golden Owls!


Stay Healthy, 


Principal Taylor

Google Classroom

Your child’s weekly assignments will be posted on Google Classroom. Many Vargas students have already been using Google Classroom through Clever. Here is information about how to download the Google Classroom App that will make mobile access easier, both for parents and for students, to view lesson videos on mobile devices, if preferred.  We will post each classroom’s weekly agenda/learning plan and school announcements on a schoolwide Distance Learning Dashboard


  • Monday - Friday: Breakfast and lunch available to youth 18 or younger from 11:30 AM to 1 pm at Gabriela Mistral Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave.

  • April 23, 2020: Sports Day

  • April 28, 2020: Wear your Vargas Green

  • April 30, 2020: Wacky/Mismatched Day

2020 Census Paper Questionnaires are on their way to Californians!

If you’re among the 70+ million households who have already responded to the 2020 Census, thank you! If you haven’t completed it yet, paper questionnaires are in the mail headed your way. Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. To respond now, go to


Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete it too. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow, and the next 10 years.

Chromebooks and WiFi

Chromebooks are currently available for families with no devices in the home. Families will be notified by the Technology department when their Chromebook is ready to be picked up. If you have issues with the Chromebook, please refer to this help sheet for How to fix basic Chromebook issues (includes Spanish). For more complicated issues, please contact MVWSD Technology at 650-526-3252 or

Outdoor wifi in the parking lots at Monta Loma, Crittenden, Graham, Landels, Mistral, and the District Office is available for student use. Families will be able to park in the lot to access wifi. While using parking lot wifi, you must remain in your car in order to practice social distancing. Students must have an adult accompanying them.


Free, low-cost internet for students

We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc)  in their house for distance learning schoolwork.  There are several ways you can access free/or low-cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks.  Please see the attached flyer or click on


Please sign up for Konstella at This is the main parent-communication tool for the whole school. 


If you shop through Amazon, please shop through the Amazon Smile portal for Vargas: A percentage of sales through this link goes back to the school.

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