Wise Word May 20,2020

Dear Golden Owls,

It was nice to connect with so many of you at our recent Principal’s Coffee and ELAC meeting. Thank you for sharing your experiences. At those meetings, we discussed how distance learning has been going for everyone so far. It was good to hear that having everything in google classroom was helpful for you and that allows parents and students more control over the flow of information. I was also able to hear some of your concerns as well. Our staff is working to address your concerns as best as we can. We thank you for your patience as we adapt.  Please know that we are available for help if you have questions or need some individual time with teachers. At the meeting, we also discussed planning for reopening schools. There will be four Vargas community members who will serve as representatives on our reopening plan task force. If you are not able to participate, please know that you can always send feedback directly to me.

Stay Healthy, 


Principal Vern Taylor

Classified School Employee Week

This week is Classified School Employee Week. During this week I want to thank all the food service employees, bus drivers, office staff members, custodians, maintenance and landscaping staff members, instructional assistants, therapists, tutors, psychologists, testers, EL coordinators, library technicians, nurses, at-risk intervention supervisors, school and community engagement facilitators, and noon duty assistants. Vargas is grateful for all of the essential services you provide for all of our families and students.

Principal’s Coffee Community: Feedback Session on Solar and Shade structures

At this week’s Principal’s coffee, we will have John Paul Jewell, project manager from Engie. Engie is the firm tasked with designing our solar system. Mr. Jewelll will present to the community the initial placements and constraints, and then we will collect feedback.  Please click here to register in advance for this meeting:

Friend Information Exchange

At our most recent Principal’s Coffee, we discussed a desire for students to be able to connect with each other in a more unstructured way. We discussed many of the constraints with security and supervision, and whether whole class Zoom sessions is the correct platform to fulfill this need.  In an effort to fill the need, Vargas would like to facilitate the exchange of contact information. Because of privacy rules, we cannot simply provide you a list of student contact info. If there are classmates that your student would like to communicate with (but that you lack contact information for) please reach out to the school. Vargas will contact the other family for you.  If they agree, Vargas will share contact information between you and the other family.

Library Book Return

If your child still has a Vargas Library book, we will be collecting them on the following dates 5/27 and 5/29 from 8:00AM-3PM. To ensure safety, we will use a contactless drop-off. Parents will use the drive-through loop to drop books on a cart outside the main office.


  • Monday - Friday: Breakfast and lunch available to youth 18 or younger from 11:30 AM to 1 pm at Gabriela Mistral Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave.

  • Wednesday, May 20

    • PE Virtual Field Day: Pattern Day

    • SSC Meeting 5:00 PM 

  • Thursday, May 21

    • Virtual Spirit Day: Vargas’s Got Talent

  • Friday, May 22

    • Virtual Field Day 2: Jersey Day

    • Principal’s Coffee 10:00 AM

      • Register in advance for this meeting: Click Here

  • Tuesday, May 26 2020

    • Virtual Spirit Day: Vargas Green

  • Thursday May 28, 2020

    • Virtual Spirit Day: Bring a book to share

  • Friday, May 29, 2020

    •  Principal’s Coffee 10:00AM

Coffees with the Superintendent

Check this webpage for events in which we can connect on topics that are important to students’ education. Here are two that are upcoming:

Check in with the Superintendent

Friday, May 22, 3:30 pm

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cafecito con el Superintendente

These are informal meetings for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided.


Wednesday, May 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Distance Learning Tips

Here are a few tips that might help you and your student with Distance Learning. Do you have any tried and true methods of helping your students’ school days be more efficient and your family’s life a little easier? Share them here. http://mvw.sd/37PbG

 “Caught you being good!”  Set a timer for yourself (15-45 minutes, depending on the age of your kids).  When the timer goes off, positively reinforce your child by noting their focus, independence, and/or perseverance through a challenge.  If you can periodically name, celebrate, and give attention to what they are doing right, they are more likely to keep it up, and less likely to get our attention with undesired behaviors.

Multiple kiddos? Go incognito! If you have multiple kids or are trying to access your own Google account while checking out theirs, here is a tip: Hold down COMMAND + SHIFT + N when you are in Chrome. This creates an incognito window, where you are not signed in. This means you can sign in with one account in one window and another account in another. You can do this for as many accounts as you like so that you can flip between windows to look at information from multiple accounts simultaneously.

Ask your student for high & lows for the day. Not everything is fixable, but asking and talking about schoolwork will help your student feel supported and understood. 

Food benefits

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving sometime this month


Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt


17AMICT is forging ahead and will be held this year despite COVID-19!  The tournament will be online this year and will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.  Full instructions and registration are at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess.  The registration deadline is May 29.  Come take part in one of the few events this school year going on as scheduled.  Contact Mark Ruzon, Tournament Director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com with any questions.

InPlay home activities

With extended time sheltering-in-place, InPlay, MVWSD's partner for out-of-school learning, has created a list of home-based, instructor-led programs offered by your favorite local providers to keep your students active and engaged! Please check it out. https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/discover

SCCOE Announces New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order

In addition to this childcare resource, we have a list of resources for families developed by our School Community Engagement Facilitators. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult. Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more.

SCCOE webinars

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has developed a Parent Support Webinar series just for parents who have questions on how they can support their kids with learning. 

Free Parent Support Webinar series:

May 21    Episode 3: Writing Development Support

May 28    Episode 4: Academic Content Support

Audience: Parents & Educators

Dates: Thursdays in May 2020

Time: 1-1:30 PM, PST

Join Live: bit.ly/sccoeparents

Cost: Free

Free, low cost internet for students

We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc)  in their house for distance learning schoolwork.  There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on www.mvwsd.org/technology.

2020 Census Paper Questionnaires are on their way to Californians!

If you’re among the 70+ million households who have already responded to the 2020 Census, thank you! If you haven’t completed it yet, paper questionnaires are in the mail headed your way. Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. To respond now, go to https://go.usa.gov/xdKjk.

Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete it too. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years.


Hello Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary families,

Please join us for our last General PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 7:00pm. We will elect next year’s PTA Executive Board and approve activities and budgets for summer and early fall.

This meeting will be online. Zoom info will be announced soon.


Sarah R.


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



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