The Wise Word, April 29, 2020

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Hi Golden Owls,

As we are nearing the end of the second week of distance learning, I wanted to thank you, the parents, for all of your flexibility and support in helping our students. Now that we have moved officially into distance learning, I have received a few questions from parents regarding expectations and guidance for the workload. Please see my responses.

Is the work mandatory?

While we are not physically in school, please remember that school is in session. Students are expected to complete assignments, and teachers will be providing feedback and support to students. This feedback and support can take various forms. We will follow up with families who are not engaging to provide support in getting the resources needed to have a successful 2019-2020 school year.

My family is finding it hard to complete all the assignments, what should we do?

We know that for many families, it is difficult to complete all the work. Please reach out to your child’s teacher for suggestions in prioritizing workload and assignments.

Do you have any more Chromebooks?

Families without one functional, internet-ready device in their home should contact me or our  School and Community Engagement Facilitator, Ms. Bea, at

Will my student be ready for the next grade level?

We know that school closures have created a scenario where many students will be behind where they typically are for the upcoming school year. Please know that MVWSD is working hard to develop a learning gap plan. In this plan, we will address the learning lost due to Covid-19 and our plan to identify and address those needs.

If you have any other questions feel free to email me.

Stay Healthy, 


Principal Vern Taylor

Principal’s Coffee

Starting May 8, I will be hosting a series of Principal’s Coffees. During these coffees, I will be providing updates, gathering feedback, and providing parents an opportunity to connect with each other. 


Emotional, logistics support resources for families

Our School Community Engagement Facilitators have teamed up to provide a list of resources for families. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments, and other typical activities. Please see attached flyer.


Gift Card Donation

I hope you and your families are staying healthy during this unprecedented time    As you may know, there are several families in our district that need help to meet some basic needs.  The district is providing 2 meals a day M-F.  With kids being home from school, some families need more support for providing dinner and weekend meals.  There is a critical need for gift cards for these families to use for food.  If you are able, please consider donating a gift card to families in our own district.  Thanks so much for your help!  Let’s show these families how strong and supportive our Vargas community really is!

Things to remember:

Gift cards should only be for Safeway and should be electronic.  (

Electronic gift cards should be sent to our school and community engagement facilitator, Ms. Bea, at

Families are welcome to donate more than 1 gift card. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bea at


  • 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 28, 2020: Wear your Vargas Green

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020: Wacky/Mismatched Day

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Wear your Vargas Green

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020: Costume Day

  • Friday, May 8, 2020, Principal’s Coffee,  Zoom @ 10:00AM

Google grants $200,000 for MVWSD students

MVEF is grateful for Google’s longtime commitment to public education and partnership with our District and foundation. Google recently donated $200,000 during COVID-19 school closure to ensure MVWSD students stay on track with their learning.


As MVWSD assessed the technological needs in our community made even more clear by the COVID-19 school closure, it’s clear the digital divide still exists. Even after the District distributed 900 Chromebooks this year, almost 10% (615) of our students still need a device, and 5% (247) students still need internet access. Google immediately stepped up with a $100,000 grant to provide technology for students, primarily internet hotspots and laptops, to enable our students to access assignments and online conferences with their teachers during distance learning.  


Additionally, MVEF was awarded an additional $100,000 grant from Google to fund STEM initiatives next year at MVWSD’s schools, ensuring MVEF can continue to help fund essential Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on science programming at every school.


Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph shared his gratitude. “We are in uncharted waters in which our daily methods of instruction look very different.  Our students and parents continue to look for a sense of normalcy during remote learning and sheltering in place.  Despite all of the uncertainty, I am grateful that we can continue to count on MVEF and Google as great community advocates and corporate sponsors.  They not only answered our call to reduce the digital divide in our community but also demonstrated that our path forward through these trying times is together.  On behalf of all of our students, I want to thank MVEF for their continued advocacy, and Google for their continued commitment to our students and community,” he said.


MVEF and MVWSD express its deep appreciation for Google, and for the company’s willingness to help provide an excellent education to all of our children in Mountain View.


MV Parent U: Online film screening of “Angst,” raising anxiety awareness


MV Parent U presents "Angst," a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and treatments on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 PM.


Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.


To reserve your free spot for this online event, please register here by May 6 at noon:


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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