Wise Word, October 30, 2019


Dear Golden Owls,
End of Trimester: This Friday, November 1 marks the end of the trimester. It is a minimum day. You will be receiving your child's report card on Friday, November 15th. It will be in an envelope in your students backpack. Please sign the envelope indicating that you have received the report card and return the envelope by Tues. Nov. 19th. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's grades, as always, please arrange to talk with the teacher so the teacher can give you more details. If you need interpretation, please let us know in the office and we will gladly help you.
The Read-a-Thon: Was a wonderful success! Students were so excited about reading that we extended the days to record minutes  I wanted to give a special thank you to all twenty of our Read-a-Thon special guest readers and volunteers for helping with our wonderful reading, community building and fundraising initiative. I am also thrilled to report that we collectively read 235,153 minutes, exceeding our goal. Additionally, we have raised $16,347.99 to date. The website will still be accepting donations for 8 more days. The funds raised go to help support field trips, supplemental teacher supplies, afterschool enrichment,  and family engagement evenings.
We appreciate you for supporting our school and students,
Mr. Taylor

School News
* Golden Ticket Winners
* Need Noon Duty Supervisors
* Lost and Found
* Hindi Classes 
District News
* Non Discrimination Policy
* MV Parent U presents "Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy"
* Crittenden's fundraiser
* The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Vaping Crisis”
* Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School
* School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13
* MVEF News
PTA News
* Konstella
* Amazon

Golden Ticket Winners - Week 10/28           

Jose            RM: 3

Yuan           RM: 4

Sophie        RM: 9

Rocio          RM: 10

Penelope    RM: 21


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

Check the lost and found rack before Friday, November 1, 2019.

If your student has lost any item, please come to check the Lost and Found rack before Friday, November 1, 2019, at the end of the school day. The Lost and Found rack is in the front office. We will be donating the items that are not claimed by Friday, November 1, 2019.


Hindi Classes 

Are you interested in having your child learn Hindi. Please click here for flyer details. 

  • 11/01/19 - End of Trimester - Minimum Day

  • 11/11/19 - Veterans Day Holiday, No School

  • 11/15/19 - Report Cards go home

  • 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

  • 12/5/19 - ELAC Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00pm - MUR

  • 12/20/19 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR

  • 12/23/19 - 01/07/2020 - December Recess/Break

Non Discrimination Policy

In accordance with annual distribution of District policies requirements, below are links to the MVWSD sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and uniform complaint procedure policies and statements.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal, State & Strategic Programs, at 650-526-3500.


The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, or cghysels@mvwsd.org.


Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment

5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment

1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures

4144 BP - Complaints

4144 AR - Complaints

1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures

1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures

4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment

4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment Non Discrimination Policy


MV Parent U presents "Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy" on Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden MUR.

Presenters: Sharon McClintock, The Mountain View Library; Heidi Galassi, Landels Elementary, Principal; and Karen Gordon, Landels Elementary, Instructional Coach.


Please join us to learn several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, and math at home:

  • Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement

  • Creative ways to encourage and support writing

  • Ideas for math games that build math skills

  • Practical ways to use math in everyday life

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources

  • Information on library programs and services for the entire family

RAFFLE: Books and two bikes. Childcare provided.


Click here to RSVP for this session: https://readingmath.eventbrite.com


Crittenden's fundraiser

The Crittenden Middle School music program is hosting a mattress sale fundraiser on Sunday, November 10th from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Crittenden M.U.R. The mattress company will be bringing a variety of quality name brand mattresses of all sizes to the M.U.R that day. There will be 30 different mattress displays to try out. The company can take your mattress order, provide mattress delivery and then haul away your old mattress. Some mattresses will be on sale for up to 50% off regular retail price. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the students attending the annual Music Department Los Angeles trip.

If there’s a mattress in your home that you need to replace, please check out this great opportunity to buy a brand new, name brand mattress, save money, and support the Crittenden Music Department! Thanks in advance for your support!


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "The Vaping Crisis:  What Is It Doing to Our Kids?" with Bonnie Halpern-Felsher on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theatre | 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, will discusse the harmful impacts vaping has on the minds and bodies of adolescents. 


Dr. Halpern-Felsher will provide an overview of current tobacco/nicotine products, including vapes, Juuls and other pod-based systems, which are more commonly used among teens than combustible cigarettes.  Drawing upon on-going research, Dr. Halpern-Felsher will address why adolescents are drawn to using these products, dispel common misperceptions held by both adults and teens, and share effective, evidence-based strategies that parents, caregivers, and teachers, can leverage to help prevent and reduce the use of these addictive products.


The talk will be followed by a panel of local administrators and a mental health professional.

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

Shrek the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School (ticket order form attached)

Nasty will be nice and Mountain View will be ogre-the-moon when Crittenden students present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. on November 14-16 at 7:00pm and at 2:00pm on November 17th. 

This family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of Shrek, an ogre who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.   

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at the Crittenden Middle School front office or at the door. For more information, contact Leanne Rzepiela at lrzepiela@mvwsd.org.


School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 13-February 7 online. You can register your child for the 2020-21 school year when online registration opens on January 13 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 13 - February 7.

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St. 

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 5 at 5:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.


There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.



Happy Halloween from the Mountain View Educational Foundation! MVEF wants to remind you that a perfect Halloween treat is a donation to MVEF! Donations from parents like you support art and music teachers in our elementary schools, Living Classroom outdoor education, science field trips for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, afterschool sports at Graham and Crittenden, science materials, and more. MVEF needs your financial support to make this happen. Donate today at mvef.org/donate!


MV Parent U presents "Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy"

Crittenden's fundraiser

Sherk the Musical Jr. at Crittenden Middle School (ticket order form attached)

MVWSD Open Enrollment 

Turkey Trot


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



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