Wise Word, February 12, 2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

Please note that Friday, February 14th marks the  end of trimester and there will be an early dismissal  at 11:55am. Please, pick up your student on time. Next week there is no school Monday, February 17th through Friday, February 24th. I hope you enjoy this family time and that everyone returns rested and ready to learn on Monday, February 24th.

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.


The survey has been revised to include questions about school and District climate. Mr. Taylor will be presenting the LCAP/Strategic Plan process on the following dates:

February 26, 2020  5:00PM at the School Site Council (SSC) meetingFebruary 27, 2020 6:00 PM at the English Language Advisory Committee ELAC meetingFebruary 28, 2020 8:00 AM at Principal’s Coffee

At these meetings, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about this survey and/or give your input in person.


Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through February 28 in a survey. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.


Parent Survey: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DJUXBF9K0zC1QV?Group=Parent


More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff


We appreciate you for supporting our school and students.

Mr. Taylor

Events Calendar


  • 2/14 - End of Trimester - Minimum Day

  • 2/17/2020 - 2/21/2020: Winter Break - No School 

  • 2/26 - Spring Pictures

  • 2/26 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Conference Room 

  • 2/27 - CSMA Spring Concert, 10:20 -11:10am, MUR

  • 2/27 - ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:00pm - MUR

  • 2/28 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10am - 9:10am - MUR

  • 3/5 - Family Science Night, 6:00pm - 8:00pm - MUR

  • 3/6 - Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:15am - 9:15am, MUR


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Construction Update

  • Winter Break Travel Reminder: CoronaVirus Update

  • Family Science Night at Vargas

  • After School Pick-up

  • Attendance

  • Apply for preschool now!

District News

  • Coronavirus Update

  • We Are Fighting The Flu!

  • Afterschool Activities

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

  • Let’s Talk / Parent Chat / Parent Ed. Event: Crisis Prevention Strategies / Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group

  • Mentor Tutor Connection


PTA News

  • Konstella

  • Amazon


Golden Ticket Winners -  Week 2/10                  

Milana              RM: 1

Annie                  RM: 2

Israel                  RM: 3

Javier                  RM: 4

Leilani              RM: 5

Leah                  RM: 8

Rebecca B.        RM: 9

Jesus                  RM: 10

Soraya                RM: 19

Jacob                  RM: 20

Allison              RM: 21



Principal’s Coffee

Mr. Taylor will have District Guest Speaker: Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer to answer any questions.


Construction Update

All items for the elevator inspection have been completed, and we are waiting for a new date from the state for the inspector to come out.  Once the elevator inspection is successfully completed, we will develop a schedule for moving third- and fourth-grade classrooms to the second floor. 

We are currently waiting for PG&E to upgrade the gas line at the Google preschool so we can connect the Vargas MUR to gas. In order to keep this process at the forefront for PG&E, our Chief Business Officer Rebecca Westover has a weekly meeting scheduled with them. We don’t currently have a completion timeline from them, but we continue to work diligently with PG&E.

The field at Vargas is currently open for use by students during the school day. There will still be some construction fencing present as crews put the finishing touches on the field, and a combination of permanent and temporary fencing at the front along North Whisman Rd.

Thank you for your continued patience. 

Winter break travel reminder: Coronavirus update

We are still fighting the flu and working to make our schools as healthy as possible and prevent viruses like the coronavirus. 


Please note: As a reminder for winter break travel, any staff or student who has been in China since Feb. 2 may not attend school for 14 days after their return. Please see these guidelines from Santa Clara County:     https://www.sccoe.org/news/featured/Pages/Novel-Coronavirus-Information.aspx.


Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus as well as the seasonal flu, and we need your assistance. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/coronavirus to read the latest information, learn about the District's actions, and how parents can help.

Science Night at Vargas

Please join us for a fun Super Powers! Science Night on Thursday,  March 5 at 6:00pm in the MUR. Sponsored by the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum.

Children and parents together will:

  • Discover the science secrets behind your super hero’s special powers

  • Create a superhero who uses friction to climb Up, Up and Away

  • Create a Bionic Ear to test your new-found hearing

There will be a Taco truck selling food starting at 5:30pm.

Do you love science? Please consider volunteering for this event, contact Ms Bea at mclaas@mvwsd.com



Vargas PTA


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

Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2020-21 school year.

All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.


* 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient

* Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating

* High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year

** Join us for an info night on February 12 at 5 PM at the Latham Preschool, 1850 Latham St. Prospective families also can join a parent-only tour of part-day and full-day classes at Preschool at Theuerkauf, 1625 San Luis Ave. on February 13 at 3:15 PM. **

Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment for children who will be 4 years by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon. Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.

Coronavirus update

It is worrisome to hear the news of the novel (new) coronavirus. While there are many factors we cannot control, please know we are closely monitoring it and working to make our schools as healthy as possible. Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus as well as the seasonal flu, and we need your assistance. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/coronavirus to read the latest information, learn about the District's actions, and how parents can help.

Parent Ed. Event: Crisis Prevention Strategies / Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group

>>Parent Education event: Crisis Prevention Strategies with Special Education Director Arianna Mayes. February 26 Graham Middle School Auditorium 7-8:30 PM

    Learn how de-escalation can help create a safe place for kids to express their emotions and solve problems. How managing your own emotions, staying calm, allowing feelings to happen, creating connection, self-awareness and self-advocacy can allow your child your thrive and your household to feel like a safe place for all.

Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group February 26, 7-8:30 pm, Mountain View Rengstorff Community Center.

There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.

The District provides inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. Parents may search for activities near their school by entering either the school name or the school address. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - March 3rd

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:                 Tuesday, March 3rd

Time:               5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location:         MVLA District Office

                  1299 Bryant Avenue,  Mountain View, CA 

 Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Information:      MentorTutorConnection.org

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