Wise Word, 5/12/2021

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,


The end of the year is fast approaching. After today, we only have three more Wednesdays before the end of the school year.  We appreciate your support as we finish out this school year.


I wanted to bring your attention to a few things as the year-end approaches.  The end of the trimester is May 28, 2021. The school year officially ends June 4, 2021. Please note that both May 28 and June 4th are minimum days and students will be dismissed at 11:30am. May 30 is Memorial Day and there is no school on that day.  Report cards will be emailed on June 4.


I also wanted to announce that our PTA will continue our end of the year tradition of providing Mr. Softee ice cream to our Vargas community on the last day of school. More details will be sent out, but please mark your calendars for a wonderful treat!


Lastly, Thank you for all of the wonderful staff appreciation messages. Our staff really appreciates your kind messages and tokens of appreciation.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the VidHug that our district prepared for our staff, check it out here.

 

In Partnership,

 

Principal Taylor


Events Calendar

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

  • 5/13  - ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:00pm Register Here

  • 5/19 -  Vargas, Monta Loma Lighting Meeting, 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 5/20 -  MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6pm

  • 5/26 -  Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 5/26 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00pm Register Here

  • 5/28 -  End of Trimester - Minimum Day

  • 5/30 -  Memorial Holiday - No School 

  • 6/2   -  Kinder Promotion

  • 6/2   -  Principal Virtual Office Hours, 4pm - 5pm  Register Here

  • 6/3   -  MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6pm

  • 6/4   -  Fifth Grade Promotion 

  • 6/4   -  Last Day Celebration - Mr. Softee

  • 6/4   -  Report Cards are sent home Electronically 

  • 6/4   -  Last Day of School - Minimum Day

 


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Vargas, Monta Loma Lighting Meeting

  • Kindergarten & 5th Grade Promotion

  • iReady Assessments

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours 

  • Technology Support 

District News

  • Cafecito con el Superintendent on May 12

  • MV Parent University: Preparing for High School

  • InPlay’s summer program search guide

  • Better Together: #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health - Flyer 

  • El Camino Health Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Flyer

  • District Chess Tournament Registration Open

  • Mental Health Month: Finding your Tools2Thrive

  • MV Parent University: Preparing for High School - May 19th - Register here

  • MVEF is hiring: Content Writer


PTA News

  • PTA Elections - Next Meeting May 26th @ 7:00pm

  • Spirit Wear!

  • Amazon

 


Golden Ticket Winners - Week 5/10/2021
Carlos M        RM: 1        Yusa K                   RM: 12
Abigail K       RM: 3        Clara K                   RM: 13
Elliot R           RM: 4        Ben L                     RM: 14
Caralena D     RM: 5        Jai R                        RM: 15
Chole G          RM: 6        Stella H                   RM: 16
Aanya R         RM: 8        Ojas D                      RM: 17
Aylin G          RM: 9         Mrs. Middlebrooks  RM: 10
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.

Vargas, Monta Loma lighting meeting

Wednesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/lighting3
Join us at a community meeting to hear more about potential new lighting on campus to improve safety as part of Measure T. New lights and/or bollard style light posts to illuminate pedestrians’ path of travel between campus and parking lots is an important safety measure for staff members and guests using the campus in the evenings and winter late afternoons.


Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion

Kinder parents please mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 2. From 8:30-10:00am. We will have a Drive-through/Walkthrough celebration for Kindergarten Promotion.


Fifth-Grade parents please mark your calendars for June 3 and June 4. On Thursday, June 3, from 3:30-5:00pm, we will celebrate our Fifth-graders with a Drive-through/walkthrough promotion celebration. For fifth-grade students only. Friday, June 4th will be an asynchronous day. We will host a 5th grade Promotion video viewing party from 8:30-9:00 with a live awards presentation afterwards. 


iReady Assessments

This week students will finish their Reading assessments, and next week they will complete their Math assessments. Thank you for your support in helping to make sure students are prepared to do their best.


Below are some tips you may find useful to help prepare your child for the diagnostic assessment:

  • Explain to your child that it is important to do his/her best. (ALL Parents)

  • Remind your children to work out their problems and pace themselves (Zoomies)

  • Make sure your child has a distraction-free area to take the assessment (Zoomies)

  • Teachers will live proctor the assessment (Both Roomies and Zoomies)

  • During the Zoom assessment session, your child’s camera must be on and audio be enabled when asked by the teacher (Zoomies)

  • Do not help your child during the assessment (Zoomies)

  • Encourage your child to stay steady, focused, and do his/her best during the test. (Zoomies)

Principal’s Virtual Office Hour  

Please drop in my Principal Hours every Wednesday from 4:00pm - 5:00pm 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

Cafecito con el Superintendente on May 12

Please join us for an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents on Wednesday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.

Interpretation will be provided.

Please register in advance for this meeting here: http://mvw.sd/Os51y.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


MV Parent University: Preparing for High School

Date: May 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/osiVT


Is there a rising high school freshman in your home? Do you want to learn a bit more about the habits, traits, and skills students should develop to be ready for high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year as we meet members of staff and students at the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District to hear them talk about this ever-important topic! 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

And if you missed any of our content this year, have no fear: www.mvwsd.org/parentu has recordings of all of our Parent University sessions this year! 


InPlay’s summer program search guide

Looking for summer fun and out-of-school opportunities? MVWSD partners with nonprofit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including FREE and reduced cost and those that serve students with special needs or English learners, are nearby and can be found through this free searchable site. Check it out at mv.inplay.org.


Better Together #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health - Flyer 

This month's #BetterTogether infographic features tools and resources to help all those who work, learn, and partner with MVWSD to prioritize mental health and wellness. No one ever needs to be alone in their struggles. Together we can prioritize mental health and wellness. Click here to view this month’s calendar or visit https://www/mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD


El Camino Health Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Flyer

El Camino Health is continuing to administer free COVID-19 vaccines – by appointment – for those aged 16 and up who live or work in Santa Clara County. Vaccines are administered at El Camino Health’s Sunnyvale Clinic Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit elcaminohealth.org/schedulevax to make an appointment.

 

See attached flier for information and scheduling assistance available in Spanish and Mandarin. If you need assistance scheduling an appointment online, please call 408-871-7460, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

The County of Santa Clara announced that most County Health System vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines. Same-day appointments and some drop-in locations across the county are available at sccfreevax.org 


District Chess Tournament Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 18th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament, to be held online again due to COVID-19 on Sunday, May 16, from 12:00 to 5:00.  The registration form and complete instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline is May 14.  Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com.


Mental Health Month: Finding your Tools2Thrive
Last week we identified topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive which include recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others


When it comes to your feelings, it can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you’re feeling them. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing with but taking the time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations. It’s ok to give yourself permission to feel. By looking for opportunity in adversity or finding ways to remember the good things about who or what we’ve lost, we can help ourselves to recover mentally and emotionally. Access a Mental Health America Tips for Success to learn more.


For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But Mountain View Whisman School District wants everyone to know that mental health challenges and conditions are real, and recovery is possible. Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – and set yourself on the path to recovery.


Discover your #Tools2Thrive by listening to Renee Jain and Dr. Shefali Tsabary discuss our superpowers we are born with and how to transform our biologically natural anxiety so that we are empowered by it. You can access this 18 minute conversation in English at NPR How To Help Your Kids Reframe Their Anxiety — And Reclaim Their Superpowers


MV Parent University: Preparing for High School

Date: May 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/osiVT


Is there a rising high school freshman in your home? Do you want to learn a bit more about the habits, traits, and skills students should develop to be ready for high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year as we meet members of staff and students at the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District to hear them talk about this ever-important topic! 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

And if you missed any of our content this year, have no fear: www.mvwsd.org/parentu has recordings of all of our Parent University sessions this year! 


MVEF is hiring: Content Writer

Mountain View Educational Foundation is Hiring a Content Writer to Help MVEF foster growth, optimize outreach, reach a wider audience, persuade the reader, and inspire action through the power of the written word. 


Can you get people excited about the work that MVEF is doing? Do you write compelling, engaging and meaningful content in a concise newsletter, post web page or direct mail? Are you a superb storyteller that can capture people’s hearts and communicate the data? Is your style personable, specific, and easy to read?


MVEF needs a writer with these skills to enhance communication, marketing, and fundraising letter solicitations. The ideal candidate will help MVEF communicate with donors and parents, meet current fundraising goals, find new funding, spread awareness, and help donors understand the full impact of their donation. 


This is a flexible, part time position.  We need you to write Bi-monthly (sometimes monthly) updates for newsletters, website, and/or social media to keep supporters, donors, and volunteers educated about the impact on the community.  We also need help with back to school marketing presentations and fundraising letters for all levels of donations.  


Please send questions, email and/or resume to contact@mvef.org

 


Vargas PTA

PTA Elections - Next Meeting May 26th @ 7:00pm

The PTA has had so many wonderful parents volunteer to be members of the PTA board and help with additional roles! At our next Association meeting on May 26th, we will hold elections for the executive board positions. The nominating committee would like to announce the following slate of officers for the association’s consideration: 


President: Shannon Lundin

Vice President: Jinny Suh

Treasurer: Anna Du

Secretary: Kristin Johnson

Auditor: Gulay Samatli-Pac


Please register for the meeting on May 26th at 7:00pm. In addition to the elections for next year’s officers, we will also be presenting changes to the bylaws as follows: 

 

  1. Adoption of online meetings due to pandemic

    1. ARTICLE IIV: SECTION 8. Members of the Association may participate in and act at any meeting of the Association via teleconferencing using equipment with which all association members participating in the meeting can communicate with each other at the same time. Participation in such meetings shall constitute attendance and presence in person at the meeting. Quorum shall be established by roll call and identification of individual member.

 

  1. Change Association Meeting Dates

    1. Standing Rules #7 Association Meeting Dates

      1. Current meeting dates are 4th Wednesday of August, October, January, March, and May

      2. Proposed change to 4th Wednesday of September, November, January, March, and May 


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.)


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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