Wise Word, 3/10/2021

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,

A year ago, we closed schools for what we thought was a brief period of time.  At that time, little did we know our way of living would be fundamentally changed. While I know we have seen a lot of loss and there was disruption to our normal lives, we have also seen how quickly our community can adapt and evolve. Our community was able to persevere and learn new skills that have allowed us to be better equipped to handle a change.

Next week, brings another change to our school community. We get to welcome back students to on-campus instruction. We are thrilled to have our students back on campus, but it is important all of you know the protocols and procedures for safely returning to campus. Yesterday I reviewed the reopening plan for Vargas. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can find the presentation here and a video recording here. You can also find access to the full plan on our School Website here. If you are planning to attend instruction on campus, please review and practice effective hand-washing and face mask wearing protocols with your child. 

In Partnership,

Principal  Taylor

Events Calendar

  • 3/10 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 3/10 - MVWSD Presents: LatinX Round Table Event: "Courageous Conversations about Equity", 6pm Register Here

  • 3/12 - PTA - Read-a-Thon Last Day

  • 3/15 - Teacher in Service Day - No School

  • 3/17 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 3/18 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm 

  • 3/19 - Superintendent Community Check-in, 3:30pm Register Here

  • 3/24 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 3/24 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00pm Register Here

  • 3/ 26 - Principal’s Coffee (Virtual), 4pm  Register Here

  • 3/31 - Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 4/1 - MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm - 10pm 

In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • 2021 - 2022 School Year Calendar

  • Read-a-Thon 

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours 

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • MVWSD seeks parents & staff members for Health and Wellness Committee

  • Groups for Spanish Speaking Parents 

  • Women’s History Month - Flyer

  • March Wellness Series for Educators and Families

  • Better Together MVWSD presents the Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity 

“COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on our LatinX Community” - Register Here

  • MVWSD Read Aloud: Storytime with the District Office Staff -  Friday, March 12th from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Register Here

  • Substitute teachers and noon duty supervisors needed

  • Spanish Storytime at Mountain View Public Library - Flyer

  • Parent University: Wellness For All While Experiencing Changes

  • Wolves of Yellowstone: Mountain View Public Library Event on Mar. 18 - Flyer

  • MVWSD is on Instagram!

  • Your Donations to MVEF at Work!

PTA News

  • Announcement

  • PTA General Meeting

  • Spirit Wear!

  • Amazon

Golden Ticket Winners - Week  3/8/2020
Adrian F         RM: 1           Jaiden D          RM: 13
Kiernan P       RM: 3          Brandon H      RM: 14
Jeremy C        RM: 4          Mila F               RM: 15
Israel R           RM: 5          Jakob D            RM: 16
Andrew M      RM: 9          Nathan N         RM: 17
James C         RM: 10        Ms. Yolanda     RM: 12
Duru P           RM: 11
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.

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

The Board of Trustees approved the 2021-22 school year calendar. Please click the link below to view and download. https://www.mvwsd.org/calendar/school_district_calendar_at_a_glance


We are close to the finish line for our 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon. The last day to record time for the Read-A-Thon is Monday, March 15, 2021. Many classes are close to meeting their first reading goal and as a school we are about 30% of our fundraising goal for our Read-A-Thon. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to set up your page for donations at our Read-A-Thon Website. We set a goal of $30 per student. Happy Reading!!!

Principal’s 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

MVWSD seeks parents & staff members for Health and Wellness Committee

Committee and task force members lend perspective and expertise to important district work that benefits our students. Please consider serving on the Health and Wellness Committee. Applications are due by March 24 and found here: http://mvw.sd/health. More information is at https://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees.

Health and Wellness Committee: Task: To align District efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and a safe and healthy school environment.

Interested applicants would have some experience, knowledge, or interest in the content as described above. We are seeking at least 1 parent and 1 certificated representative per school site and 3 community-based organization representatives.

Time commitment is approximately one meeting a month during the school year, beginning in April, but is dependent on the work. Meetings are online during the 2020-21 school year.


Groups for Spanish Speaking Parents 

CHAC is offering two groups for Spanish Speaking Parents: one is a support group for women (Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.) flyer here and the other is a parenting class (Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m) flyer here. Both groups are free, and take place over Zoom. See attached flyers for registration information.


Women’s History Month - Flyer

In the month of March, we are celebrating Women’s History. BetterTogether recognizes the people, movements, and ideas that challenge expectations and gender stereotypes that negatively affect us all. From women’s suffrage to the gender equality movements of modern day, it has become clear that when we all fight gender inequality, we all win. Celebrate this month by having meaningful conversations with your students, your children, and your fellow s(heroes). In addition to the infographic, this month we will also be highlighting amazing women from our organization and learning about the s(heroes) that have inspired their own commitment to gender equality.

For a closer look at this month’s infographic, click on the attached flyers or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

March Wellness Series for Educators and Families

Educators and families are invited to attend the free 2021 Wellness Together Spring Event Series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education. Webinars will take place on Thursdays in March, and include topics such as social media usage, building emotional resilience, and parenting. For more information and registration, head to https://www.wellnesstogether.org/blogs/news/2021-wellness-together-spring-event-series?mc_cid=1cd9799b03&mc_eid=cd01a465eb.

Better Together MVWSD presents the Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity

“COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on our LatinX Community”

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6 p.m. on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/LatinX

The Latinx community has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a panel discussion with parents and Latinx community leaders about how this has personally affected families and students and how individuals can be true allies to their LatinX neighbors or others who are suffering through this pandemic without perpetuating harmful stereotypes or practices.


Sophie Alcorn, Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law, Alcorn Immigration Law

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal at Mistral Elementary

Malia Pires, Executive Director, Reach Potential Movement

José Gutiérrez, Former MVWSD Board member

Priscila Bogdanic, School and Community Engagement Facilitator, MVWSD

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.

MVWSD Read Aloud: Storytime with the District Office Staff -  Friday, March 12th from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Register Here

Who doesn’t like a good read aloud story on a Friday evening? March is National Reading Month and we would like to invite you and your family to join some of the MVWSD District staff members for a virtual storytime/ read-aloud with our community. We will be discussing the importance of this month and reading books aloud together.

Register at: http://mvw.sd/read

Substitute teachers and noon duty supervisors needed

MVWSD is seeking substitute teachers. Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!


We have increased the full-day substitute teacher rate from $170 to $220 per day (From March 5 to June 4, 2021) for any substitute who will commit to working daily in the Mountain View Whisman School District.  We appreciate your commitment to our students and community, especially in this time of COVID-19.

Requirements to become a substitute teacher:

* A Bachelor’s Degree 

* Pass the CBEST test 

* Substitute permit or a valid California teaching credential. 

* Complete required background check. This can be done by appointment in the MVWSD Human Resources Department. 

* A negative tuberculosis test


You may apply online: http://mvw.sd/sub.  For information, please email Noemi Herrera at nherrera@mvwsd.org.  

Interested in a fun and flexible job while connecting with kids? MVWSD is looking for people interested in working a couple hours during lunchtime as noon duty supervisors. We need you to help us provide safe, consistent supervision of students during recess and lunch periods.  $22/hour. Please apply here: http://mvw.sd/noon.

Spanish Storytime at Mountain View Public Library - Flyer

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a virtual Spanish-only Storytime on Tuesdays from March 16 - April 20 from 10:00-10:30am. The program (for 3-5 year olds) will include stories, fingerplays, music and more. Zoom registration is at: mountainview.libcal.com/event/7550162

Parent University: Wellness For All While Experiencing Changes

Date: Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30pm  Register here: http://mvw.sd/VbH07 

As we prepare for transitions and changes to our routine, join district Health and Wellness Coordinator Karin Jinbo and our partners from CHAC and the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health on a journey of self-awareness as we learn about self regulation, mindfulness and self care activities. Participants will receive activities or strategies to support children with Hybrid Learning and 100% Distance Learning. 

Submit your questions before the session here: http://mvw.sd/vCG5V

Wolves of Yellowstone: Mountain View Public Library Event on Mar. 18 - Flyer

Join the Mountain View Public Library for a free Zoom talk on March 18th from 4:00 - 4:45 pm with wolf expert and author Rick McIntyre to learn about these mysterious creatures. For children ages 7-12, and registration is required at https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/7370162.

MVWSD is on Instagram!

Follow us on Instagram @mvw.sd (https://www.instagram.com/mvw.sd/) to stay connected and updated with all that is going on in the district!

Your Donations to MVEF at Work!

MVEF is proud to fund both (New!) sessions of the Rhythm and Moves Optional fitness classes at the elementary schools.  We are also funding CSMA music and art, TechSmart, Living Classroom, and environmental education programs at the elementary level.

MVEF funds the Middle School Elective wheel including apps, music books, art supplies, robotics and TechSmart at both of the middle schools.

Thank you to all our Mountain View Educational Foundation donors for your support during this school year of remote learning!  If you haven't donated yet this year, there is still time to donate to support the MVWSD schools right now.  https://www.mvef.org/donate

Vargas PTA


Parents! It's that time of year again to search for new officers for the PTA Executive Board! If you are looking to take on a more active role and have more say about what happens at JA Vargas next year, this is for you! No experience is necessary, we will help you! It is a great way to meet other families within the school community as well as take on an active role in your child's education! There are several positions on the board that need to be filled for next year! We have a few returning parents but several "retiring" parents and without YOU there simply won't be a JA Vargas PTA! 

If you have any interest, please complete this formhttps://forms.gle/nQfpsMCv2y5BUBSG8 and the PTA will be in touch to discuss how best you can help!  

PTA General Meeting

Our next PTA general association meeting is on March 24th at 7:00pm. Please join if you can, ALL are welcome!! Here is the link to register https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvduyvqz8tG9ce60cVFM5nMDvlSnvHeOEU

Spirit Wear!  

It’s getting cold out there, so don’t forget to grab your JA Vargas sweatshirts and baseball tee’s!  Click HERE to shop the JA Vargas Store.  Order by Wednesday night and do curbside pick up Friday.  (Address for pick up will be sent after you complete your order.)


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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