Wise Word March 04, 2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

Report cards go home this Friday, March 6th  in your students backpack. Please sign the envelope, indicating that you have received the report card and return the envelope by Tuesday, March. 10th. 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.


We appreciate you for supporting our school and students,

Mr. Taylor

Events Calendar

  • 3/4 - SSC Meeting, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Conference Room

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

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

  • 3/10 - Parent Workshop, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - MUR

  • 3/11 - Fourth Grade Field Trip - 8:30 to 2: 00 pm 

  • 3/16 - Teacher in Service Day - NO SCHOOL

  • 3/17 - Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL

  • 3/18 - SSC Meeting , 5:00 pm  - 6:00 pm - Conference Room

  • 3/25 - Kinder Field Trip - 8:45 am - 12:15 pm

  • 3/26 - ELAC Meeting, 6:00 pm 7:00 pm MUR

  • 3/27 - Principal’s Coffee, 8:10 am - 9:10 am - MUR


In this Newsletter


School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Family Science Night at Vargas

  • Lost and Found Items

District News

  • MVEF needs you! - The Mountain View Educational Foundation

  • After School Activities

  • Right At School - Before and Afterschool Care for 2020-21

  • YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare for 2020-21

  • Understanding Mental Health 


PTA News

  • The PTA brings Apex Leadership Co.

  • Konstella

  • Amazon


Golden Ticket Winners -  Week 3/02                  

Patrick              RM: 1

Maia                  RM: 2

Jesus A.             RM: 3

David                 RM: 4

Gabriel              RM: 5

Chloe                 RM: 8

Siwon                RM: 9

Liliana              RM: 10

Mila                  RM: 19

Vilmer              RM: 20

Leryn                  RM: 21


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

Lost and Found Items

Please stop by the front office to check our Lost and Found box. Our box is starting to overflow, any items not claimed by Friday, March 14 will be donated. 


District News

The Mountain View Educational Foundation

MVEF needs you! The Mountain View Educational Foundation is seeking new volunteers and board members to join us and support their mission to ensure that every child, at every school has access to a competitive, well rounded, inspiring education. Thanks to the work of volunteers and board members, MVEF raises over $800,000 annually to fund art, music, athletics and hands-on science across the district. The Board of Directors typically consists of 10-15 dedicated community members and district parents. Board members attend monthly board meetings, represent MVEF in their school communities, and help guide and support the vision of the organization. MVEF strives to have at least one representative from each school and people who bring a variety of professional skills, including fundraising, marketing, finance, and community engagement. Board members have the opportunity to make a difference in the experience of every child in the district, gain insight into district programming and planning, and collaborate with other parent leaders in the district.

Learn more about MVEF, and its impact on your child’s school day at mvef.org. If you are interested, please send a message to contact@mvef.org.

After School Activities

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.

Right At School - Before and Afterschool Care for 2020-21

Registration for 2020-21 is open now! Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until school starts and afterschool until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5-day pricing options.

At: All MVWSD elementary schools, and Crittenden Middle School

For more information about Right at School, click here. 

YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare for 2020-21

The Y is a 30-year provider of childcare and is led by committed, professional afterschool leaders. YMCA afterschool programs provide a safe and fun learning environment for kids. The Y provides programming in 99 schools throughout the community. Kids enjoy fun physical activities, healthy snacks, homework help, enrichment clubs, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, arts time and engage in strong character development. The Y offers a 10% sibling discount, as well as financial assistance for qualifying families.

At: Bubb, Castro, Huff, Landels, Monta Loma, Theuerkauf, and Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary

The 2020-21 Kindergarten Afterschool Interest list is open now. For more information, click here to email. YMCA Afterschool Program webpage.

There are other afterschool care programs at MVWSD. Click here for more info.

Understanding Mental Health from a Youth Perspective - March 11

Representatives from the following agencies will be available beginning at 6:00 PM to provide information and resources: Allcove, Children's Health Council (CHC) Teen Wellness Committee, and Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

Please join us to hear from a panel of local high school students about their perspectives on mental health.  Students will give a short presentation and then answer questions including:

  • What do you think is important for parents to know and keep in mind as they guide and support their kids who might be demonstrating some signs of risk or are already struggling with their mental health?

  • What are some effective approaches and ways parents have been helpful in supporting you or your friends?

  • What role does social media play related to teen mental health issues, in general? What should the role of parents in supporting and protecting their child?

  • What advice would you give to parents with kids who have mental health needs?

All families are welcome to attend, although this event is targeted for parents and teens in grades 5-8.



  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care


Reserve your seat at:




Vargas PTA

The PTA brings Apex Leadership Co.

The PTA is excited to bring Apex Leadership Co. onto campus to help enrich the students through lessons on leadership and character building. Additionally, the Apex Fun Run will help as a fundraiser similar to our Read-a-Thon this past October.  We are hoping to raise additional funds this year to continue supporting the staff, school, and students this year and prepare for a great year ahead. 

 The PTA has financially supported Vargas this year in many ways such as reimbursing teachers for classroom supplies and materials, covering costs for each grade to have a field trip experience, providing supplies for students and teachers, and supplementing Principal Taylor with operating funds. Our goals for the remainder of the year include providing additional and necessary playground equipment for the new field, chairs and equipment for performances in the MUR and giving teachers more support in their still very new classroom homes. Furthermore, with more fundraising efforts, we hope to be able to plan for and secure future assemblies/programs that will enrich the lives of all Vargas students. 

 The JA Vargas PTA realizes that there have been many requests on families this year and we appreciate the support and trust in you have put into us to keep our school moving in a positive direction. 

 We look forward to your continued support and efforts in the coming months!


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



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