Wise Word, 11/10/2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

We know students miss each other and their teachers, and we miss them! MVWSD has been working to develop opportunities for students to come to campus, interact and connect with each other through structured activities in a safe environment. Students at Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary school will have the opportunity to sign up for 4-week physical education sessions that include 4- 50 minute, *in-person* activity classes facilitated by a credentialed Rhythm and Moves teacher. 


Please complete your Rhythm and Moves survey sent on November 6, 2020 no later than 12pm Wednesday, November 11th.


The Wednesday sessions for Vargas students in Session 1 are as follows:

Period 1 - Grades 4 and 5:  8:30 - 9:20

Period 2 - Kindergarten:  9:40 - 10:30

Period 3 - Second Grade:  10:50 - 11:40

Period 4 - First Grade:  12:00 - 12:50

Period 5 - Grades 4 and 5:  1:30 - 2:20

Period 6 - Third Grade:  2:40 - 3:30


Session 1:  November 18, December 2, December 9, December 16

Session 2:  January 6, January 13, January 20, January 27 (Sign ups for this session will be in December).


Parents will be notified on Friday, November 13th of their child’s status for session 1.

 

We appreciate you for supporting our school and students,

 

Mr. Taylor


Events Calendar

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

  • 11/13 - ELAC Virtual Meeting, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

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

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

  • 11/18 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm

  • 11/20 - Report Cards go home electronically

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

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

  • 12/1 - District New Student Info Night, 5:30pm mvwsd.org/register

  • 12/2 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 12/4 - ELAC Virtual Meeting, 4pm - 5pm

  • 12/9 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 12/9 - Kinder Info Night, 6pm (more information to follow)

  • 12/14 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm

  • 12/16 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm Register Here

  • 12/18 - Principal’s Coffee (Virtual), 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 12/21 - 1/1/2021 - Holiday Break - No School 

 


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners 

  • Material Distribution - Kinder and 3rd grade ONLY

  • Book Return - 3rd and 5th grade

  • Shutting Down Chromebooks

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history - Flyer

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

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

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

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

  • School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

  • MVLA holiday tree lot - Flyer

  • Parent University


PTA News

  • THE BOOK FAIR IS HERE!

  • Spirit Wear

  • Amazon

 


Golden Ticket Winners - Week  11/9/2020
Dania S           RM: 1             Sanya G             RM: 12
Peter P            RM: 2            Leah M               RM: 13
Nivaan S         RM: 3            Elaina P             RM: 14
Sara G             RM: 4            Noam S              RM: 15
Matilda K       RM: 6           Jayden R             RM: 16
Aria D             RM: 8           Logan S               RM: 17
Iris B              RM: 10          Mrs. Leopold      RM:4
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 - Kinder and 3rd grade ONLY

Material distribution on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th 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, and grade level 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. 


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

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history - Flyer

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


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


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

See the attached flyers for registration information.


School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of these events and for login information.


  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/info.

  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. 

  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. 

  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.

  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).


For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.


For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


MVLA holiday tree lot - Flyer

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.


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 HERE!

Our first Scholastic Book Fair of the school year is here!  All orders over $25 ship to your home for FREE!  Not sure you  are going to get $25 in books?  Pair up with another family or two!  Shop the link from today until Sunday, November 22nd!  Here is the LINK!

 

The PTA is planning on using money raised from the book fair and other upcoming fundraisers for an all inclusive reading program in the spring as well as other student enrichment projects.  Please support us, support your students all year long.

 

Spirit Wear!  

Do you have your JA Vargas Sweatshirts to keep warm this winter?  Order by Thursday any week and pick up that Friday curbside across from the school!  Place your order HERE!


Amazon

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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