Wise Word, October 9, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

This week, I'd like to talk about attendance. It is an essential element in a child's educational journey!

Independent study - This is an option for students who will be gone 5-15 days. The family must apply for this option two weeks in advance of the proposed absence. The student must be in good academic and attendance standing in order for the absence to be approved. If the absence is not approved, the days will be counted as unexcused and the student may be considered truant. I have received 16 independent study requests  already. Some are falling within this Conference Week, which means teachers will have to make arrangements to hold conferences outside of this week. While we know that some absences cannot be helped, it is important to try to have your child in school as much as possible. Whenever you can, try to avoid taking trips during the school year or make efforts to take trips during District holidays.


As part of our school equity, Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary is focused on building community and creating inclusive, welcoming environments for all. While we recognize that Halloween is a fun tradition for many, it is not a holiday that is celebrated by everyone for various reasons and we want to honor that. We are also aware of the range of inequities that are embedded in Halloween celebrations that take place as part of the school day and the unintended negative impact that it can have on students, families, and staff.

While we won’t be holding Halloween celebrations during the school day, we will have opportunities for students to build inclusive community during the month of October. 

During our Read-a-thon week, we will have an entire week of themed spirit days. Additionally, many classrooms will host Harvest parties during the month of October and November.

For those who want a more traditional Halloween experience, Please join us for our PTA sponsored Monster Mash on October 25 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm. 

We appreciate your understanding,

Mr. Taylor

In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners
  • Need Noon Duty Supervisors


District News

  • MVLA Parent Education Speaker - Max Stossel
  • Right At School - Open House
  • MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics
  • MVEF News  

PTA News

  • Read-a-thon
  • Book Fair
  • After School Enrichment Survey
  • Konstella
  • Amazon

Golden Ticket Winners - Week 10/7

Week 10/7                   

Frida        RM: 2

Duke        RM: 4

Elias        RM: 9

Danna      RM: 19

Fiona       RM: 20


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.

  • 10/7 - 10/11 - Minimum Day all Week due to Parent Teacher Conferences 
  • 10/16/19 - Picture Retakes 
  • 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

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! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phonathon signs at your school and save us both a call and donate today! Help us bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child! Mvef.org/donate.


MVLA Parent Education Speaker - Max Stossel


Right At School - Open House


MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics


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.

For more information please click here.

Book Fair

Come visit our school’s first Book Fair next week, October 7th-11th  in the library. 

Our Book Fair is scheduled during the Parent – Teacher Conference week, which gives you the perfect opportunity to stop by and choose some great books.


Shopping hours are 11:30-3:30 everyday.  We also have special events:

Coffee & Doughnuts -Tuesday morning 7:30am-9:00am

Family Fun Night- Friday evening 4:30pm-7:00pm with food trucks and activities for the kids.

We hope to see you there.  Remember, all purchases benefit our school and help to build our new library.


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.


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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