Wise Word, September 25, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

Each year, elementary schools create a School Plan for Student Achievement that guides the work for our school for the coming year. In the fall, elected parent representatives from the Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School, School Site Council, and English Language Advisory Committee work with me and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees.  This plan helps us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. It lays out each school’s plan for achieving its goals, and connects with the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out goals for the entire district.

To learn more about the overarching goals and efforts that will be included in this year’s Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School School Plan for Student Achievement, please:

  1. Join me for a Principal’s Coffee on September 27 at 8:10AM
  2. Read more in our school newsletters as I highlight these plans
  3. Join one of our PTA, SSC, or ELAC meetings.

If you would like to get involved, please contact me or attend the next joint ELAC and School Site Council (SSC) meeting on September 25 at 5PM in the MUR.

Thank you for your help and support.

Mr. Taylor

Events Calendar

  • 9/25/19 - ELAC & SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - MUR
  • 9/27/19 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR
  • 9/30/19 - The Vargas Way Morning Assembly, 8:00am-8:15am - Blacktop
  • 10/2/19 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Conference Room
  • 10/4/19 - Coffee with the Superintendent, 8:15am - 9:15am - MUR 
  • 10/7 - 10/11 - Minimum Day all Week due to Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 10/16/19 - Picture Retakes 
  • 10/23/19 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Conference Room 
  • 10/25/19 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR



In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners
  • Right At School
  • Need Noon Duty Supervisors
  • Lost and Found


District News

  • Practical tips for attendance
  • Cafesito coming up
  • MVLA Parent Education Speaker 
  • MVEF News
  • MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics


Golden Ticket Winners - Week 9/23


Week 9/23                   

Noelle      RM 1

Aylin        RM 6

Jiwoo      RM 8

Kashish  RM 10

Meiki       RM 21


Right At School

Attention parents: Morning Care is now available with Right At School! Morning Care begins at 6:30am and runs until school starts! Drop-in's available! You may find more information and/or register at Right At School or you can email Ms. Christina Wong at joseantoniovargas@rightatschool.com 


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.


Lost and Found Items

Please stop by the front office to check our Lost and Found box. Our box is starting to overflow, any items not claimed by Friday, September 27th will be donated. 

Vargas PTA

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.  


Join PTA

Popsicle Party! YAY! 

Everyone succeeds when we help each otter because anything’s popsicle when everyone’s involved. Everyone’s close to 80%! Once we reach the 80% goal, the whole school will have an Otter Pop party. Tell everyone you know that they otter join the Vargas PTA.


Art After School

Join the PTAs Art after School Event THIS Thursday 9/26, 12-2:30pm @ MUR.

We will have a couple parent guided art projects as well as opportunities for your kids to create their own creative work.

The event is free for everyone and supplies will be provided.


Please hand in permission slips in the office by Wednesday morning so we can properly account for the number of children participating.

Hope to see everyone there!!



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


Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming up and we need your help with setting up the books and cashiering shifts. Please sign up on Konstella!



District News


We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:


  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Cafecito coming up

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Graham Middle School staff room. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: "The Orchid and the Dandelion:  Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive" with W. Thomas Boyce, M.D. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA.

Developmental pediatrician, Dr. Thomas Boyce, will delve into results from four decades of research and clinical practice – exploring his major discovery that reveals how both genetic make-up and environment shape behavior.


Dr. Boyce will explore how the “dandelion” child (hearty, resilient, healthy) is able to survive and flourish under most circumstances and the “orchid” child (sensitive, susceptible, fragile) when given the right support, can thrive as much as, if not more, than other children. Dr. Boyce will share how we as parents can better nurture and support the unique characteristics of both types of children.

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

CR performing arts luau

Crittenden Middle School will hold its annual Music Department Hawaiian Luau on Thursday, October 3rd- 5:30-8:00 in the M.U.R. at Crittenden Middle School. Tickets are $20.00 adults (pre-order) $25 adults at the door. $10.00 for students. Ticket order form is attached.

MVEF news

MVEF is thrilled to have their new signs up at most of MVWSD schools, and even more excited to mark their fundraising progress on them! Thanks to parents in our community we are on our way to raising $800,000 to fund programming across the district. Elementary students are enjoying hands-on science, standards-based art and music instruction, 4th and 5th-grade environmental science field trips, and more. Middle schools receive funding for afterschool athletics, science materials, electives and an environmental science field trip for every 6th-grade student. MVEF cannot do this without your help! Donate today at mvef.org.

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. 



The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: "The Orchid and the Dandelion:  Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive" 


Crittenden Annual Luau


MV Parent U: Mental Health Basics
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