Wise Word, January 9, 2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

Welcome back! I hope your break was relaxing and filled with quality time with friends and family. 

Abilities Awareness Week

The Learning Challenges Committee of the PTA Council is excited to bring AbilitiesAwareness Week to Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School next week.

What is AAW?

  • A fun-filled and inspiring program designed to build empathy, understanding, and respect for the challenges of all students

  • Targets the whole school community

  • Yearly event integrated into the school culture

What does it look like?

  • For 1st and 4th graders

    • Grade-specific activities designed to simulate different challenges (e.g. learning disabilities, ADD, physical disabilities, autism…)

  • For all other grade levels

    • A short talk about the Rainbow of Abilities supported by an age-appropriate book reading and discussion

    • Fits well with the Project Cornerstone framework

Volunteers are needed to lead activities. Please let the office or your child’s teacher  know if you can help. The Learning Challenges Committee will train you with everything you’ll need.

Author’s Visit  Thursday 1/16/2020

Next Thursday we are fortunate to have L. Kobie Wilkerson visit our school. 

L. Kobie Wilkerson a.k.a L. Kobie Da Wiz is an award-winning author, poet, speaker, presenter, storyteller, edutainer, master teacher, and powerful transformer of schools and organizations. He ingeniously converts resistance to change into receptiveness for growth. He is a leading authority on helping schools and organizations cultivate relationships that support a healthy culture and climate. Kobie works with schools and organizations where it is his goal to see them systematically operate at their best, so they can effectively impact those they serve.

Message from Author

I’m super excited about being with you all. I am an author, but I’m also an educator and I don’t know what your previous author visits have been like, but this one is full of music, movement and memorable stories. Here is what you can expect in the L. Kobie Da Wiz experience.


Construction updates:

As you know, our school is now on permanent power and the generator has been removed. That area will get concrete and become the permanent enclosure for trash.

Over the break, fire alarm final testing was completed and we are working to schedule the inspection for the elevator. Once the elevator inspection is successfully completed, we will develop a schedule for moving third- and fourth-grade classrooms to the second floor. 

You’ll notice more visible work on fields this week. Landscaping at the field's perimeter is in progress. Base rock and fabric at the turf area is scheduled to begin this week. The field is on schedule for completion in February. 

The work on the traffic signal in front of the school is in progress, with anticipated completion this spring.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to put the finishing touches on our new school. We have come a long way since this summer.

We appreciate you for supporting our school and students.

Mr. Taylor

Events Calendar


  • 1/10/2020 - Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:15am - 9:15am, MUR

  • 1/15/2020 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Conference Room

  • 1/20/2020 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, No School

  • 1/21/2020 - First Grade Field Trip

  • 1/22/2020 - Fourth Grade Field Trip

  • 1/23/2020 - ELAC Meeting, 8:30am - 9:30am - MUR

  • 1/23/2020 - Family Math Night, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, MUR

  • 1/31/2020 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR

  • 2/7/2020 - Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:15am - 9:15am, MUR


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • CSMA


District News

  • Open Enrollment for new and current MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

  • Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - January 15th

  • SELPA 1

  • MVEF Winter Gala and Auction

PTA News

  • Permanent Power Party - CANCELLED

  • Konstella

  • Amazon


Golden Ticket Winners -  Week 1/7                  

Josh S.         RM: 2

Chloe G.       RM: 3

Gia R            RM: 5

Adya I.         RM: 6

Cruz             RM: 8

Sam K.         RM: 9

Emiliano     RM: 10

Kateryna     RM: 19

Misha          RM: 20

Jayden        RM: 21


CSMA Spring Art Classes

Spring Art Classes continuing at Jose Antonio Vargas. Spring theme Our Natural World, on Tuesday’s starting January 14th 2020 to May 26th 2020. (No class on Feb. 18, Mar. 17, Apr. 7 & Apr. 14) 

For more information and registration please click here to view flyer.


Vargas PTA

Permanent Power Party - CANCELLED

The Permanent Power Party that was to take place this Friday has been cancelled due to scheduling issues. Please join us for the next PTA event, the General PTA meeting on January 22. We will be voting in members of the Nominating Committee, who will be putting together the slate of candidates for next year’s PTA Executive Board.



Please sign up for Konstella at www.Konstella.com. 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: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-1257353 A percentage of sales through this link goes back to the school


District News

Open Enrollment for new and current MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW and CURRENT students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here: www.mvwsd.org/register.

To make sure you're ready, please check your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access now. On November 21, you received an email with your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with your username and instructions. Please check now that you have access and that all your currently enrolled students are linked in your PowerSchool Parent Portal. 

* Only one PowerSchool Parent Portal account is needed per family. 

* If not all of your children are currently linked on your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school office.

Beginning January 13, parents with students in grades TK-7 will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21. Current eighth-grade parents should check their mail for Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District registration information.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - January 15th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

     Date:                 Wednesday, January 15th

     Time:               12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

     Location:         El Camino YMCA

2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA 

     Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

     Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Come to the 5th Learning Challenges Resource Fair, a joint project between SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee.

The Fair is on January 21, 2020 from 6-8 pm at the MUR in Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.

All families are invited! We have providers from a wide variety of areas, from tutoring services to summer camps, speech therapists to art and music programs, social skills programs to lawyers and advocates and many more!

Please let everyone know! Every family can benefit, for students from preschool through high school and beyond! Please click here to view flyer.

MVEF Winter Gala and Auction- Get your Tickets Today!

MVEF’S Winter Gala and Auction is on Saturday, February 8th! You don't want to miss this fun evening as MVEF goes Full STEAM Ahead to support all MVWSD schools. Attendees will celebrate the new dedicated STEAM classrooms and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!


The event will be held at the new Mountain View Community Center from 5:30-10:00 pm.

·       Doors open at 5:15 pm, followed by champagne, appetizers, and silent auction preview.

·       Sit-down dinner will be served at 6:15 pm, followed by a live auction, and paddle raise for STEAM.

·       The evening concludes with silent auction bidding and dancing until 10:00 pm.


The menu is incredible, and the live and silent auctions are filled with amazing items, experiences, and one of a kind opportunities. MVEF anticipates a sellout event so get your tickets today!


All admission tickets are for the entire evening. Gather your friends to make a table, purchase individual tickets or if you know a teacher or staff member who you would like to send, you may choose a Teacher/Staff Ticket and send their name to Melissa, at melissa@mvef.org.


Learn more and purchase tickets here!


You may qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. In order to qualify for the EITC, households must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.


MVWSD Open Enrollment 


January Lunch Menu


Family Math Night - January 23rd

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