Wise Word, December 4, 2019

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

We hope you had a restful and happy Thanksgiving break with your loved ones. 

As we start the week we will be testing as mentioned in our prior newsletter. i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Students will be taking i-Ready Diagnostic #2. i-Ready diagnostic assessments are administered three times a year in place of the district benchmark assessments used in the past. 

New, and important for parents to know:

  • In January, parents will receive four reports (two for math and two for English language arts): One report will show your student’s overall score and growth since August (take a look here), and a detailed report (look at the report here) will show how your student performed on each grade-level standard, in math and language arts. You can review this information and talk with your teacher about how to support and enrich your child’s learning.
  • Your child can access i-Ready instruction at home online anytime through Clever to supplement, reinforce and enrich his/her classroom learning (exception: i-Ready instruction is not available at home during diagnostic testing). These lessons supplement core instruction, and support and enrich students' learning. They are tailored to students, based on information from their i-Ready assessments. Please ask your teacher if you have trouble accessing i-Ready. 
Please visit www.mvwsd.org/ireadyreport to view sample reports and frequently asked questions. Thank you for your partnership with us in your student’s success.

We appreciate you for supporting our school and students,

Mr. Taylor

Events Calendar

  • 12/5/19 - ELAC Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00pm - MUR
  • 12/11/19 - Kinder Field Trip
  • 2/11/19 - Incoming Kinder Info Night, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, MUR
  • 12/12/19 - Incoming Kinder School Tours, 9:00am - 10:00am
  • 12/20/19 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR
  • 12/23/19 - 01/03/2020 - December Recess/Break
  • 01/06/2020 - Teacher Service Day, No School
  • 01/07/2020 - Students Return to School 

In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners
  • Set of Clothes in Backpack
  • Rainy Days - MUR Open
  • Lost & Found  

District News

  • Check your students: PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to prepare for open enrollment
  • School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 13
  • MV Parent U offering: "Navigating Mental Health Support: A Panel Discussion"
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Seeks Community Representatives
  • Right at School: Winter Break Camp
  • MVEF News

PTA News

  • Bring & Share Family Potluck
  • Spirit Wear - Update
  • Amazon Shopping
  • Konstella
  • Amazon



Golden Ticket Winners - 

Week 11/25                    Week  12/02                  

Lynn              RM: 2              Sara P.          Rm: 1

Eliana T.        RM: 2              Anjali          Rm: 3

Vani              RM: 4              Mila              Rm: 4

Caleb            RM: 5              Bopei            Rm: 6

Selena            RM: 8              Rylie             Rm: 8

DJ (Duke)      RM: 9              Liz              Rm: 9

Liam              RM: 10            Tom R.         Rm: 10

Soeren           RM: 19             Emily S.       Rm: 19

Maritza          RM: 21             Isabella F.    Rm: 20

Emily K         RM: 20             Casey N.       Rm: 21

                     Nicolas         Rm: 19



Extra Set of Clothes

With the rainy season here we encourage all parents to put an extra set of clothes for their child in their backpack, in case they fall or accidentally get wet. We have had a few instances where a child is waiting for a long period of time for a parent or family member to bring extra clothes. This would help when parents are at work or appointments and can’t get to school right away.


Rainy Days - MUR Open

During our rainy season our MUR is open at 7:40am for all students. Please plan extra time in the mornings and leave earlier from your home to allow time for traffic and any unforeseen circumstances.


Lost and Found

If your student has lost any item, please come check the Lost and Found rack. The Lost and Found rack is in the front office. We will be donating the items that are not claimed by Friday, December 20, 2019.



Vargas PTA

Bring & Share Family Potluck

Our very own Bring & Share Family Potluck is right around the corner! Join us next Tuesday December 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Cook a dish that you love, or purchase food or drinks  to share, and bring it to the potluck. Please click here to see the flyer for more info. Nothing with nuts, please.

LINK TO SHARE RECIPES : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13Se6XHtkN1aerfHs7Sly3tzLkUzROLEHB2_-hk5ll6Y

Questions can be sent to Sara and Ellen at fundraising@javargaspta.org

Spirit Wear - Update

Spirit wear order was submitted last week. We expect to receive all items in 2 weeks. Thank you for your patience. 


Amazon Shopping

Shopping through Amazon? Switch over to the Vargas PTA Amazon Smile portal, and your purchases can support the school. It’s the same Amazon you know and love, but the company donates a percent of the qualifying purchases you make to the school PTA, which funds field trips, enrichment programs, and school activities.  


Bookmark and use:





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


 District News

Check your students: PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to prepare for open enrollment

On November 21, you received an email with your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account with your username and instructions. Please check now that you have access and that all your currently enrolled students are linked in your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Only one PowerSchool Parent Portal account is needed per family. If not all of your children are currently linked on your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school office.

Beginning January 13,  parents with students in grades TK-7 will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21. Current eighth-grade parents should check their mail for Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District registration information.

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

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 for neighborhood elementary schools. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

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.

The District has two choice schools:  Spanish-English dual immersion at Gabriela Mistral School and a parent participation program at Stevenson Elementary School.  These schools can be requested when you register your child. Gabriela Mistral's information night is Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson's information night is Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. 

There are a variety of school and program information nights and tours in December at the elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

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

MV Parent U offering: "Navigating Mental Health Support: A Panel Discussion"

Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: "Navigating Mental Health Support: A Panel Discussion" on Wednesday, December 4 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School Auditorium.


Christine Wang, EdM, Heard Alliance

Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D Professor, Palo Alto University, Director, Master of Science in Psychology

Dr. Moira Kessler, Md Clinical Assistant, Professor Stanford Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Alicia Carter, MVWSD School Counselor, Crittenden Middle School

Kristin Castillo, Student Services Coordinator, Los Altos High School

Explore these topics, questions and more with our panel of experts:

   What is typical development and behavior?

   Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety

   Mental health at different developmental stages

   What are the schools doing to reduce stress, provide support, and promote mental health?

   If a child/adolescent is experiencing an issue, how can you determine if it’s a typical    

   behavior or something more serious?  When should a parent be concerned?

   How can parents have an open conversation on difficult topics with their kids?

   What types of wellness strategies can parents use at home?

Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat: navigatingmentalhealth.eventbrite.com

Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Seeks Community Representatives

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking Mountain View residents to serve on a committee of community leaders : Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, and include an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications are due December 9, 2019. Applications can be mailed to Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043, or faxed to 650-964-8907. Applications are available online at http://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees

Questions? Please call Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500 or email rwestover@mvwsd.org

Right at School: Winter Break Camp

Right at School is offering Winter Break Camp from December 23 - January 3 from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm, hosted at Stevenson Elementary. There is no camp 12/24, 12/25 ,12/31 & 1/1. Cost is $45/day. You are not required to have a child currently enrolled with Right at School to participate in winter break camp. See www.rightatschool.com/winterbreak/ for registration and information.


Thanks to parents like you, MVEF is making great progress towards their $800,000 fundraising goal. Don't miss your chance to do your part to bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child in the district.There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to MVEF this year.  The more MVEF raises, the bigger the impact! Last year, MVEF exceeded our fundraising goal, enabling us to fund science materials for the new elementary science classrooms and professional development for teaching staff. Help MVEF surpass their goal and make your tax-deductible donation today! Mvef.org/donate.


December Lunch Menu

MV Parent U offering: "Navigating Mental Health Support: A Panel Discussion" - 12/4/19

MVWSD Open Enrollment 


Write a Letter to Santa - 12/6/19


Breakfast with Santa - 12/7/19


Tree Lighting Celebration - 12/9/19


Jingle Ball - 12/14/19


YMCA School Break Camps


Right At School Winter Break Camp - 12/23/2019 - 01/3/2020 - (Closed on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, & 01/01/2020)

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