Wise Word, 11/4/2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

This Friday, November 6 marks the end of the trimester. It is a minimum day and students will be dismissed at 11:30. You will be digitally receiving your child's report card on Friday, November 20th. 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. We provide interpretation services when requested.


Mark your calendars for Vargas’s ONLINE BOOK FAIR COMING SOON: Parents, be on the lookout for our online Scholastic Book Fair coming November 9-22! We’ll miss the in-person fun that kids and parents usually enjoy, but you can still support their love for reading AND earn rewards for our school in the virtual book fair. You’ll have access to thousands of best-selling books, collections, educational toys, games and more, shipped directly to your home. 


Just a reminder Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day, and we don’t have school. 


We appreciate you for supporting our school and students,


Mr. Taylor

Events Calendar

  • 11/4 - Principal’s Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 11/5 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm

  • 11/6 - End of Trimester - Minimum Day

  • 11/9 - 11/22: Virtual Book Fair

  • 11/10 - ELAC Meeting, 4pm Register Here

  • 11/11 - Veteran’s Day Holiday - No School

  • 11/18 - Principal’s Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 11/18 - SSC Virtual Meeting, 5:30pm -6:30pm

  • 11/20 - Principal’s Coffee (Virtual), 4pm - 5pm 

  • 11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Recess - No School 


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners 

  • Material Distribution - 1st grade only

  • Book Return - 3rd and 5th grade

  • Shutting Down Chromebooks

  • CSMA Newsletter - Click here

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • In case you missed it: Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” Recording

  • Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

  • Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  

  • MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” - Flyer

  • MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk - Flyer

  • MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording

  • Parent University

PTA News

  • Book Fair

  • Room Parents and Project Cornerstone Readers

  • Superpower Kits

  • Vargas Spirit Wear

  • Amazon


Golden Ticket Winners - Week  11/2/2020
Anika C               RM: 1            Samuel R           RM: 11
Mirashlava G     RM: 2           Yiyi L                  RM: 13
Julio R                RM: 3           Alton A               RM: 14
Caralena D        RM: 5            Jazzy S               RM: 15
Andrei B            RM: 6           Allisson Z           RM: 16
Samuel K          RM: 8            Misha W             RM: 17
CJ D                  RM: 9             Luis S                 Office
You can stop by the office to pick up your prize! You may stop by on Monday or Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:00pm.

Material Distribution - 1st grade ONLY

First grade ONLY material distribution on Thursday, November 5th and Friday, November 6th from 8am to 2pm. Please come at any time during the allotted time on either Thursday or Friday to pick up your child's materials.

Please write your child’s first and last name, room number on a piece of paper and place it on your passenger window. Please drive up to the MUR; a staff member will greet you with a mask and gloves, and place the items in your trunk.

Book Return - 3rd and 5th grade

Families of 3rd and 5th grade students: We have a black container outside the MUR from 8am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Please stop by anytime within those times to return Riding Freedom and/or Sign of the Beaver.

Powering Down Chromebooks Daily

Reminder to please power down your child's chromebooks daily. Powering down Chromebooks daily or every other day helps the system update and run smoother. Please remember to close all tabs then shut down. 

CSMA Newsletter - Click here

This Art Newsletter is to let families know what is happening in their child's Art classes (complete with a few lesson links), and a letter regarding art supplies and spaces.

Principal Virtual Office Hour  

Please drop in my Principal Hours today to ask your questions. Register Here. (Translation is available)

Technology Support

If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact: support@mvwsd.org to create a ServiceNow ticket or call the Tech Department at

(650) 526-3252.

If it's not device/hardware related or account related, and more about using a program, please contact Marissa Hamaguchi, Tech Coach, (techcoach@mvwsd.org) or call/text (650) 336-5863.

District News

In case you missed it: Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” Recording

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. If you missed it, you can see the recording of panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. The recording is at https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.

Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond. 

MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:

  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 

  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th

  • Support your child at home with math homework

  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts

  • Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvdOqorTgtGtXg5trN1qiFh5EefCHgIAm1

Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  

MVEF funds important programs including weekly art and music classes at every elementary school with CSMA, NGSS aligned science through Living Classrooms, environmental science lessons through Environmental Volunteers, STEAM teacher professional development, instrument repair and purchase, middle school science equipment and electives, wellness and more! This important programming is made possible through the generosity of parents like you! Thank you for your support!  Make a donation at https://www.mvef.org/donate

MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” Flyer 

The MVLA Speakers Series presents: Michael Reichert on “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked with children in a variety of contexts for over 30 years. Challenging conventional ideas of how boys learn and grow, Dr. Reichert’s research underscores the importance of a relational approach in raising and educating boys to nurture their strength and resilience.  Offering a timely consideration of how boyhood has undergone an historic shift, Dr. Reichert will focus on helping parents, teachers, and boys themselves adapt, especially as we face today’s unprecedented challenges. 

Dr. Reichert will also comment on our current situation with distance learning and its impact on boys.  

Audience:  Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors of young boys and teens

Register: To register for this free event go to https://mvla2020-21-michaelreichert.eventbrite.com

Books:   https://www.booksinc.net/book/9780593189085

MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk - Flyer 

See the attached flyers for registration information.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording
We would like to share the recording of our first event, Jeff Selingo speaking about Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.  Mr. Selingo has graciously allowed us to share the recording with our community for those who were not able to attend.  It will be available for six weeks.  

The link is https://youtu.be/lj5HNmFd_6Y

Parent University 

Missed the last one? Fear not: all of our 2020-21 events are recorded and posted online. Come check out our learning sessions - mental health, distance learning, literacy at home, raising digitally resilient kids - at www.mvwsd.org/parentu. And, mark your calendars for the next event on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. about supporting math at home, featuring former math teacher and coach, Principal Heidi Galassi of Landels Elementary. Details to come soon!

Vargas PTA

 The Book Fair is coming!!!

Our virtual book fair this fall is going to kick off on Monday, November 9th and run for 2 whole weeks!  There are a ton of very exciting books to preview and purchase.  To find out discount codes, see readings of some of the newest books by our very own students, and plenty of more information please visit our Facebook Page!  Our students are so excited to share these with you.  Also, here is a quick video to share with your student – CLICK HERE


Calling for Room Parents and Project Cornerstone Readers

The PTA would love to start Project Cornerstone up again in a virtual way until we can be back on campus.  Project Cornerstone helps our young students deal with big emotions and everyday tough situations they may experience in school.  In addition, our teachers would love some help from Room Parent Volunteers.  The goal of both of these programs would be to have 1-2 parents per classroom.  For more information see our NEWSLETTER.


Pick up your Superpower Student Activity Bag! 

If you have still not picked up your student activity bag from Oct. 24th, please make a point to do so this week.


October 2020 Newsletter!  

Did you miss it at the Superpower Activity Kit pick up day?  CLICK HERE


Do you have your JA Vargas Spirit Wear yet?

Do you have your JA Vargas Spirit Wear yet? Lots of great options and make sure your students wear Vargas Green on Mondays to show our school spirit! Here's a link to purchase spirit wear that supports your school! Easy and flexible curbside pickup!


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.
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