Wise Word, January 15, 2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

After Jan. 13: Parents may access the results from i-Ready Diagnostic #2

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. The week of Jan. 13, parents may access the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic #2 that children took in December. Look for an email with specific directions about how to access the results through the PowerSchool Parent Portal (https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/).

There are four reports (two for math and two for English language arts); one report will show your student’s overall score and growth since August, and a detailed report 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. 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.

We appreciate you for supporting our school and students.

Mr. Taylor

Events Calendar


  • 1/15/2020 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Conference Room

  • 1/20/2020 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, No School

  • 1/21/2020 - First Grade Field Trip

  • 1/22/2020 - Fourth Grade Field Trip

  • 1/22/2020 - PTA General Meeting, 6pm - MUR

  • 1/23/2020 - ELAC Meeting, 8:30am - 9:30am - MUR

  • 1/23/2020 - Family Math Night, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, MUR

  • 1/31/2020 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR

  • 2/7/2020 - Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:15am - 9:15am, MUR



In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • CSMA


District News

  • Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21

  • SELPA 1

  • MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents William Stixrud, M.D. and Ned Johnson on "The Self-Driven Child

  • MVEF Winter Gala and Auction

PTA News

  • PTA General Meeting

  • Konstella

  • Amazon


Golden Ticket Winners -  Week 1/13                  

Nate              RM: 1

Keaton          RM: 3

James C.      RM: 4

Jezebel        RM: 6

Guy S.          RM: 8

Gabriel        RM: 9

Jamie          RM: 10

Jai                RM: 19

Max             RM: 20

Sebi             RM: 21



Vargas PTA

General PTA meeting

Be the first to know! Join us for our General PTA meeting on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:00pm in the MUR.


We’re going to talk about upcoming parties and events. Principal Taylor will give an update on the campus. We’ll also appoint our Nominating Committee, who will put together the slate for next year’s possible PTA Board! 


Free childcare is provided by Right at School, and there will be pizza. 





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

Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21

Mountain View Whisman School District student enrollment for next fall is open online now.

For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office. 


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.

Come to the 5th Learning Challenges Resource Fair, a joint project between SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenges Committee.

The Fair is on January 21, 2020 from 6-8 pm at the MUR in Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.

All families are invited! We have providers from a wide variety of areas, from tutoring services to summer camps, speech therapists to art and music programs, social skills programs to lawyers and advocates and many more!

Please let everyone know! Every family can benefit, for students from preschool through high school and beyond! Please click here to view flyer.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents William Stixrud, M.D. and Ned Johnson on "The Self-Driven Child:  The Science and Sense of Giving Kids More Control Over Their Lives" on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater | 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View

Evidence strongly suggests that age-appropriate autonomy is vital for young people’s mental health—it helps them to sculpt brains that are resilient, resourceful, and ready to take on new challenges.

When The Self-Driven Child authors Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson discovered a common problem among their young clients: kids were feeling acutely stressed.  Some stumbled in high school, while others hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids a sense of control. In this talk, Bill and Ned advise that parents and educators adopt the role of consultant rather than manager to give kids more responsibility for their own life decisions even before they leave home. 

Audience:  Parents and educators of students grades 6 - 12.

To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2019-20-stixrudandjohnson.eventbrite.com

Books available for purchase, thanks to Books, Inc.,  (cash or check)

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

MV Parent U offering: "Being an "Askable Adult" Talking to your child about sexuality" on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30-8pm at Crittenden Middle School, MUR.


Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader

Parents will learn:

The why, what, when and how of speaking to your child about sexual health

Join us for a fun and interactive workshop to inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation

Appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years

Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat: askableadult2020.eventbrite.com

MVEF Winter Gala and Auction- Get your Tickets Today!

The Mountain View Educational Foundation staff and volunteers are working hard to make the Winter Gala an incredible night. Join MVEF on February 8th to enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing,  and lots of auction fun. There are some incredible auction packages in store for guests, including an Escape to Santa Cruz, a Warriors Game Night Experience, dinner at MVFD firehouse, an exquisite handcrafted quilt created by MVWSD’s own Principal Gloria Higgins, Principal Terri Lambert and Executive Assistant Kathi Lilga, summer camps, one of a kind parties, and much, much, more. You don’t want to miss this event that raises funds to support every child and every school in the district.  Buy your tickets today at mvef.org. Ticket sales close on January 27th. 



Family Math Night - January 23rd


MV Parent U offering: "Being an "Askable Adult" - January 29th

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