Wise Word, September 3, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Hi Golden Owls,

Thank you so much for coming to Back to School Night. We had 87%  attendance. This week we have many opportunities for parents to be engaged in what is happening at Vargas. Tonight we have School Site Council Meeting  Agenda, Thursday morning we have  PTA General Meeting in the MUR, and Friday we have an ELAC meeting Agenda.  

Hope to you see you at these events.

Events Calendar

  • 9/4/19 - Picture Day

  • 9/4/19 - SSC Meeting  5:00 PM Vargas Conference Room

  • 9/5/19 - PTA General Meeting, 8:30am - 9:30am - MUR 

  • 9/5/19 - Board Meeting, 7:00pm - 10:00pm - District Office

  • 9/6/19 - ELAC Meeting, 8:15am - 9:15am, MUR

  • 9/9/19 - The Vargas Way Morning Assembly, 8:00am-8:15am - Blacktop

  • 9/9/19 - DELAC Meeting, 5:30pm - 7:30pm - District Office Conference Room C

  • 9/16/19 - The Vargas Way Morning Assembly, 8:00am-8:15am - Blacktop

  • 9/18/19 - Hearing and Vision for Kinder & 2nd graders

  • 9/23/19 - The Vargas Way Morning Assembly, 8:00am-8:15am - Blacktop

  • 9/27/19 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR

  • 9/30/19 - The Vargas Way Morning Assembly, 8:00am-8:15am - Blacktop

  • 10/4/19 - Coffee with the Superintendent, 8:15am - 9:15am - MUR

In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Free & Reduced Lunch

  • Hearing and Vision for Kinder & 2nd graders

  • Lost and Found Items

  • CSMA Art Club

Golden Ticket Winners - Week 8/26 & 9/3

Week 8/26                        Week 9/3

Carson       RM: 1             Mary        RM: 2

Nathan       RM: 5             Adan        RM: 4

Jonathan    RM: 9             Ysabelle   RM: 8

Lucie         RM: 19           Alton        RM: 19

Tate           RM: 21            Reyna      RM: 21


Expiration of Free & reduced Eligibility Status!

The 30-day grace period for last year’s eligibility status for Free & Reduced students expires on September 20!  Unless students have submitted an application, they will be charged the full price for breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, September 30.  Please submit your applications online, please go to www.EZMEALAPP.com


Hearing and Vision 

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates.  These screenings will take place at Vargas Elementary on Wednesday, September 18th.

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3500.

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.

CSMA Art Club 1st to 3rd Grade

FALL SEMESTER after-school art club at Vargas Elementary School. 

Join us for a 12-week fall art club session where we will explore the theme: The Art of Food.

Students will paint, draw and build with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session. This session we will explore the many ways that food is connected to art. We will look at artists that use food as a medium or theme in their artwork and create projects based on these.

Questions? Call our Registration department at 650-917-6800 ext. 0

District News

CAASPP student score reports are in!

If your child is currently in grade 4-8, you may access your child's English Language Arts and mathematics scores through PowerSchool (https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/). After logging in, click on "score reports" in the lefthand column. If you are unable to access the Parent Portal, please contact your school secretary for assistance.


Food for Thought Truck

MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services is proud to introduce the Food for Thought Truck (flyer attached). This truck was made possible by a grant from Second Harvest Food Bank and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Throughout the year, your students will interact with the truck for nutritional education, as well as for food service. Please look for us!


Meal payments

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help.  We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program.   The 2019-20 online application deadline is September 20, 2019. No citizenship information is collected during the application process. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually.   Please go to the following website to apply online today. http://www.ezmealapp.com (or applications are available at your child’s school office).

Meal payment:  Full or reduced price meals can be paid online throughout the year at www.EZschoolPay.com.  For 2019-20, full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast).  You can pay in advance (online, check, or cash) or at the time of purchase.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at (650) 903-6965 if you have any questions.

Lunch menus

Menus are found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/parents/nutrition



As our schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their child's education.  Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View, that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts, middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you!  The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy! Or you can donate online at mvef.org. Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!

MV Parent U: Like movie and discussion

Mountain View Parent University presents a discussion and showing of “Like,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care… but is that what's really happening? How can parents and students gain the skills to self-regulate?


Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 PM at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.


After the film, there will be a discussion facilitated by Common Sense Media and MVWSD staff. Spanish translation will be available during the discussion panel, and the film will have Spanish subtitles. Child care will be provided. To RSVP prior to the event, and to view live streaming on the internet during the event: mvwsd.org/parentu.



Food Truck 

CSMA Art Club

SELPA Family BBQ Invite

MV Parent U: Like movie and discussion
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