Wise Word, October 16, 2019


Dear Golden Owls,

Halloween Clarification:

How schools celebrate special occasions and holiday is often a balance to ensure all students and families feel comfortable and included, however they observe the day. This year, Jose Antonio Vargas will celebrate Halloween with a Monster Bash at school on October 25 from 5-7 pm. This event will be family-centric and outside the instructional day. 

Our school does not have any school-wide events that ask students to wear costumes during the day of Halloween; however, if students want to wear costumes on Halloween they can. We are asking them, as is standard, not to wear masks or overly gruesome or violent attire.  We are also asking that they do not bring any accessories that would distract from regular classroom instruction. 


College Day:

Our goal is to create a college-going culture among students, and to inspire them in their pursuit of a college education. Even though your student is in elementary school, there are a lot of things you can be doing right now that will help your student be ready for college. Doing your homework every night, learning about what jobs you are interested in, studying for tests, and talking to your student about college are all ways to get prepared.

During the week of October 14th-18th teachers will engage students in age-appropriate conversations about college. Students will also complete a scavenger hunt. All students who turn in their completed scavenger hunt will receive a college day pencil. Finally, Join our school-wide celebration by having your kids wear their college attire on Friday, 10/18 -WEAR COLLEGE ATTIRE


Our Read-a-thon runs through October 25. Please remember to log your reading times. Our goal is for Kindergartners and 1st graders to read at least 800 minutes and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders read at least 1000 minutes.  During our second week 10/21-10/25, we will have the following spirit days:

10/21 Read in Green (Wear school Colors)

10/22 Read in Pajamas 

10/23 Read with Crazy hair 

10/24 Read with stuffed Animals

10/25 Read in Disguise/Costume (Wear a disguise or costume)


Monster Bash: 

Please join us for our first Monster Bash, please scroll down under PTA news for further information.


End of Trimester:

Parent conferences have finished and the end of the trimester is fast approaching! The trimester ends on Friday, November 1st. Students are being assessed from now until the end of the trimester, teachers then complete the report cards, have them translated if necessary, and then report cards are sent home on Friday, November 15th. Please be sure to review them thoroughly and if you have any questions at all, please contact the teacher. We are happy to help you with this contact through the office personnel or the School Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF). 


We appreciate your understanding,

Mr. Taylor

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Parking 

  • Need Noon Duty Supervisors

  • Lost and Found


District News       

  • Preschool Openings

  • MVLA Parent Education Speaker - Max Stossel

  • Right At School - Open House

  • MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

  • MVEF News


PTA News

  • Resume of upcoming events

  • After School Enrichment Survey

  • Konstella

  • Amazon

Golden Ticket Winners - Week 10/14

Week 10/14                   

Annie      RM: 2

William   RM: 5

Aadit       RM: 9

Tamar      RM: 19

Alex        RM: 20



  1. Our apartment neighbors have requested we remind our parents you cannot park in their complex during morning drop-off or after school pick-up. If you park your car next door you are at risk of having your vehicle towed and ticketed. Please do not park in the apartment complex.

  2. Additionally, when parking in our parking lot please do not take up the handicap spaces unless you have a handicap sign visibly in your rear view mirror. 


Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing again with sweaters, water bottles, food containers and so forth. Please check the lost and found for items that may belong to your child. Lost and Found is located right outside the office by the gate in the mornings at drop off and pick-up in the afternoon. All items left will be donated at the end of this month.


Noon Duty Supervisors

Golden Owls, We are in need of some wonderful individuals to help with Noon Duty supervision.  If you are interested please Apply Here.

  • 10/17/19 - Meeting with EL Families - 6:00pm - 7:00pm, MUR

  • 10/21/19 - Third Grade Field Trip

  • 10/22/19 - Right At School (RAT) Open House, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

  • 10/23/19 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Conference Room 

  • 10/25/19 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR

  • 10/30/19 - CSMA Fall Concert, 1:00pm - 1:50pm - MUR

  • 11/01/19 - End of Trimester - Minimum Day

  • 11/11/19 - Veterans Day Holiday, No School

  • 11/20/19 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Conference Room

  • 11/22/19 - Principal’s Coffee, , 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR

  • 11/27 - 11/29 - Thanksgiving Recess, No School

Preschool Openings

Spaces available in MVWSD's preschool program

There are still spaces available this year in MVWSD's award-winning preschool program (flyer attached). 

Registrations are being accepted for fee-based, full-day spaces located at Preschool at Theuerkauf for children who will be at least 3 years old by December 2. The full-day session is Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 


MVWSD Preschool is a high quality, award-winning, early education program

* 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient 

* Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating

* High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year


For information, cost and applications, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call (650) 526-3500 ext. 1844.


MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Max Stossel

Education in the Age of Distraction" on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA


Max Stossel, Head of Education at the Center for Humane Technology, will explore the ways technology is designed to be addictive and distracting, highlights how social media is impacting adolescent minds, and recommends ways to help our kids build a healthier relationship with technology.


To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2019-20-maxstossel.eventbrite.com


Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.


Right At School - Open House

Right at School, a before and afterschool care program, will be hosting an open house for current and prospective families on October 22. Please see the attached flyer for more information. For information on MVWSD after school programs, please visit: https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/supporting_learning/before__afterschool


MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics

Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Graham MUR

A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for this event. Please click here to reserve your seat. 



MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! Save MVEF a call and make your donation today. Your donation brings art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more to every child in the district! Donate now at mvef.org/donate or contact MVEF at contact@mvef.org if you would like to help at the upcoming Phonathon! Your donation makes a difference for your child and every child in our schools.



Preschool Openings


Decoding Dyslexia


MVLA Parent Education Speaker - Max Stossel


Right At School - Open House


MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics


City of Mountain View Monster Bash

The PTA has been very busy this month!  Check out our upcoming events for community building, fun, and so much more!

1.       Read-A-Thon is underway! The Read-A-Thon is our big fundraiser for our school this year so please ask friends and family to be a reading sponsor! Remember to log your minutes and collect those donations to win prizes! We will end the Read-A-Thon by celebrating with each other with a Monster Bash! There will be food available, but you must pre-order dinner using this link https://forms.gle/818ZpK5fkgn84DKJ9 . There will also be games, activities, and a costume contest! Come and join the fun! 

2.       Thursday, Oct 17th – Dine out at Sweet Tomatoes.  Our last dining out night contributed about $350 to the PTA for the school.  Head to Sweet Tomatoes from 12:00-9:00pm and skip cooking to contribute with little effort. Please click here to view our flyer.

3.       Monday, Oct 21st – Friday, Oct 25th – Read-A-Thon Continues with SPIRIT WEEK and GUEST READERS!  There are many special guest readers from the community coming in to read to our students and add to everyone’s minutes read. 

4.       Wednesday, Oct 23rd - Look forward to seeing some of your child’s works of art from Art After School come back with stickers highlighting their work and the chance to order keepsakes featuring the creations!

The PTA at Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School is very excited to end the first trimester on such a high note with everyone’s contribution of time and donations.  We look forward to working together for the rest of the year and building a fantastic experience for our students.

After School Enrichment Survey

The Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School community is looking to establish a useful and desirable on-site after school enrichment program for it students.  Your participation in the survey below will help us create a program that meets you and your children's needs.  




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



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