Wise Word May 27, 2020


Dear Golden Owls,

Can you believe this year is coming to a close already? Friday, May 29 is the end of the trimester, and the school year officially ends on June 5, 2020. It was almost one year ago when I first started this journey as the Principal of Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School. Boy, has it been a journey! I can say that without a doubt, I have never experienced a year quite like this one. While there have been many bumps in the road, the highs far outnumber the lows. I am so grateful to be part of THIS community. Thank you for all of your support, input, and positive energy. I can’t wait for another year!

In partnership,

Principal Vern Taylor

Principal’s Coffee Solar and Shade Structure: 

Last Friday Engie presented at the Principal’s Coffee. You can review the meeting here.

PTA Meeting:  Wednesday, May 27, 2020, @ 7:00 PM

Please join us online for our last PTA meeting of the school year. Register in advance for this meeting:

Agenda can be found here: https://www.javargaspta.org/calendar/information

Principal’s Coffee LCAP Survey Results:  Friday, May 29, 2020, @ 11:00 AM

Next Friday at 11:00 AM we will have another principal’s coffee to discuss the Survey results from the LCAP. Register in advance for this meeting.

ELAC Meeting LCAP Survey Results: Friday, May 29, 2020, @ 3:00 PM

Next Friday at 3:00 PM we will have another ELAC meeting to discuss the Survey results from the LCAP. Register in advance for this meeting:


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 8:00 AM-3:00 PM. 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.


Week of June 1st

Please know that as we get ready for the close of the school year, The week of June 1st will be modified to allow for end-of-year work and activities. Teachers will schedule a Zoom end of year celebration check-in sometime Monday through Wednesday.  Teachers will not hold office hours during the week of June 1st.  Teachers will still post the week’s instruction agenda on Friday, May 29th for the week of June 1st. 


Report Cards

Due to COVID-19 school closure beginning on March 18, 2020, and per the direction of the MVWSD Board of Trustees, students will not be given grades for the last trimester of the 2019-20 school year.   However, parents will receive a report on June 5 by email with short comments from teachers and information about children’s participation in online learning.


Virtual Promotions and Reclassification Ceremonies, June 4 and 5

Mark your calendar for video celebrations presented online that we hope you and your students will enjoy. Login information and times will be sent to parents and staff members soon. In order to better secure the videos and protect students’ privacy, the virtual ceremonies will be available for viewing on the ceremony date only.


Thursday, June 4:

 - Morning - Fifth-Grade Promotion: Bubb; Castro; Huff; Mistral; Monta Loma


Friday, June 5: 

- Morning - Fifth-Grade Promotion: Landels; Stevenson; Theuerkauf 

- Morning - Middle School promotion: Graham; Crittenden

- Afternoon - Reclassification of English Learners 


Summer Learning

MVWSD will be offering a Summer Learning Plan for all grade levels. This student/parent-directed program will help students keep their skills up over the summer, as well as enrich them in areas of our Profile of a Graduate. We encourage your child to participate.  More information will be coming soon!


  • 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 27, 2020

    • PTA Meeting 7:00PM Register in advance for this meeting: Click Here

  • Thursday May 28, 2020

    • Virtual Spirit Day: Bring a book to share

  • Friday, May 29, 2020

    •  Principal’s Coffee 11:00AM Register in advance for this meeting: Click Here

ELAC 3:00PM Register in advance for this meeting: Click Here

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.

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.


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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