Wise Word, 3/17/2021

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,


Thank you all for supporting us in helping us make our second annual Read-A-Thon a success. Our PTA is still calculating reading minutes and money raised, but we are so pleased with how hard our students worked to meet their classroom reading goals. Our most recent estimate of money raised was $13,675. The money raised will go to providing materials for individual teachers to help students, providing school supplies and  recess equipment, and enrichment activities like author’s visits and STEAM supplies for our students as well.


I would also like to thank the numerous guest readers from our amazing community. Our guest readers included parents from our school (Priya Raman, Grace Tung, Jason Chi, Rachel Gild), School Board Members (Devon Conley, Laura Blakely, and Ellen Wheeler), City Council members (Lisa Matichak and Mayor Ellen Kamei), Chief of Police, Chris Hsiung, Mountain View, Librarians (Maynard Martinez and Renee Ting), Transplant Social Worker at Boston Children’s Hospital, Gaby Lamarier, and our School Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph. We greatly appreciated your time, and our students enjoyed hearing about your varied professions.  If you’d like to check out a sample of our guest reader’s session, you can find Dr. Rudolph’s session here.


School Reopening

As you know, many of our K - 2nd grade students will be returning to in-person learning tomorrow, March 18th. Our 3rd-5th grade students will return on March 29th. If your child will be returning to campus, I would like to share a few things with you to help you and your child prepare for this shift. 

  • Please read our reopening plan and note any questions you might have.

  • What to expect when back on campus video (Spanish Subtitles available)

  • How to use Oktoreopen (English explainer) and (Spanish video)

  • How to view student schedules in powerschool (English video) and (Spanish video )

  • MVWSD Reopening help page

  • I am linking a couple of videos that you should watch with your child to prepare. Please watch these together.

  • Next, please work with your child on wearing their masks for extended periods of time. Doing this together as a family will be very helpful. 

  • Please also practice what it means to walk at a distance of 6 feet apart, and practice standing 6 feet apart. Most children do not know how to guage this distance without practice and modeling. 

In Partnership,

Principal  Taylor

Events Calendar

  • 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

  • 2021 - 2022 School Year Calendar

  • Registration Open for Afterschool/Care Programs

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours 

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • Board meeting preview: March 18

  • Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday - Register here

  • In case you missed it: Better Together MVWSD Latinx Community event recording available

  • 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

  • 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!

  • CAC Parent Education Event - Mental Health for the Whole Family - with Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D Wednesday. March 31, 7PM - 8:30 PM.

PTA News

  • Announcement

  • PTA General Meeting

  • Spirit Wear!

  • Amazon


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

Registration Open for Afterschool/Care Programs

The District’s partners who provide parent-paid afterschool care and distance learning support are opening registration for the rest of this school year. 

Afterschool care

Right at School has opened registration for their afterschool programs and asynchronous support on Wednesdays. Please follow the links below to access programs for each school site, including asynchronous support on Wednesdays located at Crittenden.









Monta Loma


YMCA is also providing aftercare at school sites. Contact Ecafterschool@ymcasv.org for more information and availability.


Distance Learning Support

Additionally, Right at School will continue to offer distance learning support for families that opt out of in-person learning. Registration can be found at Distance Learning Support.


YMCA will have "Y Learning Labs for Super Scholars"

Locations: Bubb, Monta Loma and Theuerkauf Elementary

Hours of Operation: 7:45am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Fee: $280 per youth per week ($20 per week non-refundable deposit) 

Sessions: Set in three week sessions. Session 14 is four weeks in length.

Registration: Available online via our website at https://www.ymcasv.org/child-care-camps

Questions: Please email ECSummer@ymcasv.org

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

Board meeting preview: March 18

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 18. Some of the meeting topics include updates on: Strategic Plan, Wellness and the Monta Loma Work Group. Agenda and login information are here. The meeting is also streamed on https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation is provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/8rOES

In case you missed it: Better Together MVWSD Latinx Community event recording available

Last Wednesday, Better Together MVWSD presented the Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity: “COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on our LatinX Community” with a fantastic group of panelists from our Mountain View Latinx community. If you missed it, recordings of this event are available! Find the English recording at https://vimeo.com/522444450 and the Spanish at https://vimeo.com/522351281. For more information about the panelists and past Better Together events, head to https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

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.

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

CAC Parent Education Event - Mental Health for the Whole Family - with Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D Wednesday. March 31, 7PM - 8:30 PM 

Join us for a much needed discussion of mental health and mindfulness for the whole family. After the year we’ve all experienced, we all need to learn techniques to evaluate and improve our mental health and that of our families. Professor Thierry Kolpin of Brandman University will discuss the challenges we are facing and how every member of the family can improve their mental health. Special attention will be paid to the additional challenges in families of students with learning challenges. Prof. Kolpin is an Assoc. Professor at Brandman University and specializes in school counseling and mindfulness in counseling. Email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the link to the event.

*presentation at event will be recorded and available at www.selpa1cac.org, Q&A will not be recorded to protect personal information

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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