Wise Word, 11/24/2020

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

I hope that you all have a safe and restful Thanksgiving recess! 

Thanksgiving break and meal service

Just a reminder: There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, (November 25 - 27), due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Distribution for multiple, free grab and go meals for children during the break will be on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at all schools except for Stevenson. Parents may come on Tuesday from 11:30 am - 1 pm to pick up Tuesday's lunch and meals for Wednesday, Thursday (including turkey and fixings!), and Friday. School and meal distribution will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.

Thank you so much for supporting our teachers and staff. 

In Partnership,

Principal  Taylor

Events Calendar

  • 11/24-  Tuesday - Asynchronous Day

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

  • 12/1 - District New Student Info Night, 5:30pm Register here

  • 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 Register Here

  • 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 

  • 1/4/2021 - Teacher in Service Day - No School


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners 

  • Safety Reminder

  • Material Pick-up 4th & 5th grade only & book return

  • Student Council Announcement

  • Kinder Info Night - December 9th - Register here

  • Virtual Art Fair at Vargas!

  • Shutting Down Chromebooks

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • Winter Wonderland stories- Flyer

  • LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens - Flyer

  • Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

  • School meetings coming up in December - District New Student/Kinder Info Night Register Here

  • Parcel Tax  Oversight Committee seeks community representatives

  • MVLA holiday tree lot - Flyer

  • Parent University

PTA News

  • Message for the PTA

  • Spirit Wear

  • Amazon

Golden Ticket Winners - Week  11/23/2020
Shesia G          RM: 1                Dj M.                           RM: 11
Victoria A       RM: 2                Kian S                         RM: 12
Miles C            RM: 3               Ben L                           RM: 14
Ystella D         RM: 4               Kashish S                    RM: 15
Elliot R           RM: 5               Kellen H                       RM: 17
Sissi P             RM: 8               Mr. Derek Person      RM: 16
Brandon P     RM: 9              
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.

Safety Reminders

As a reminder, our campus remains closed due to COVID-19. When necessary, appointments may be scheduled for materials pick-ups. When coming to campus, please wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance at all times. Additionally, please perform the following self-check prior to coming on campus:


1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?

       • Fever or chills • Recent loss of taste or smell • Cough • Sore throat

       • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Congestion • Fatigue

       • Nausea or vomiting  • Muscle or body aches • Diarrhea • Headache


2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).


3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for an active virus in the past 10 days? 


4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?


If you answer yes to any of the questions, please contact the school, and we will arrange for an alternate delivery method for your family.


Material Pick-up 4th and 5th grade only & Book Return

Material distribution on Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th 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.


  • 5th grade: Please bring the following books: Blood on the River and Sign of the Beaver

  • 4th grade: Please bring the following book: Wonder 


Student Council Announcement 

Attention upper-grade Golden Owls! Are you someone who wants to become a leader at school? Do you have ideas for how to make our Vargas community more joyful, helpful, and awesome? If so, apply for student council! Ms. Mai and Ms. Kwon are looking for 7 responsible student leaders who can help think of creative activities and ways for students at Vargas to grow closer as a community and help our community. 


See the flyer for more details! Applications are open through the end of November.

Kinder Info Night - December 9th - Register here

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. 

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 

Virtual Art Fair at Vargas!

We are having our first Virtual Art Fair at Vargas!  Although we can’t see each other’s wonderful creations on campus, we can share and experience it virtually.  As we wrap up 2020, we would love to see your creations that express

1.       How do you express your gratitude in your culture, family, community?

2.       What are you thankful for?

Please submit photos/scans of your artwork to the following google drive folder:


Make sure that you name the photo with the student’s name, grade and a short description if desired.

For those who would like to directly add their artwork to the presentation and/or have multiple creations; you can also update the following:


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.

District News

Winter Wonderland stories - Flyer

The Mountain View public library is holding winter wonderland story time on December 10. Please see the flyer for details.

LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens - Flyer

Thursday December 3, 7-8:30 PM. A talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP

How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.  

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distance-learning-toolkit-increasing-focus-through-a-sensory-lens-tickets-128302360815

Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!

We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!

Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate.

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.

  • 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 

Parcel Tax  Oversight Committee seeks community representatives

The District is seeking two individuals to serve on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for the Measure B Parcel Tax.  

Representatives monitor, provide oversight, and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043 or emailed to mayala@mvwsd.org.  Applications are due December 11th at 2:00 pm. 

Application: http://mvw.sd/PTOC

Questions? Please e-mail Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at rwestover@mvwsd.org

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

Message from the PTA

The PTA Executive Board is incredibly thankful for everyone who has supported us as becoming a PTA Member this year, volunteered to help, and have donated to help our students and school.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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!


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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