Wise Word - 6/2/2021

Principal’s Message:

Dear Golden Owls,


It is the last week of school, and what a year it has been! While not always perfect, I am so thankful to you, the teachers, and most of all, the students for all of the hard-work, patience, and perseverance  you’ve demonstrated in our past year together. As a team, we have come together to make the distance learning and hybrid learning experience beneficial for our students.


Our students have certainly demonstrated growth academically, (Click here to see the evidence.) But even more impressive is all of the other ways our Golden Owls have demonstrated growth and success. Our students have formed self-initiated clubs including, Eco Team (Final Project), Filming Club, Geography Club, Art Club, and Gaming club, thus demonstrating their leadership skills and their drive to pursue their passions. Our Fifth grade students engaged in a discussion panel on racial inequality where they posed questions to a panel of community members.( Click here to view video.) Our students participated in virtual field trips and numerous virtual author’s visits throughout the year. We handed out more than 400 Golden Ticket prizes, and more than 1500 Golden Tickets were submitted this year.  Students earned  as a community, our students raised over $14,000 by reading over 265,000 minutes in 2 weeks for our Read-A-Thon. 


Students, Staff, and Parents, I am so proud to be your Principal. I can’t wait to see you all next year. (That means you too, fifth graders!) Stay Healthy!


In Partnership,


Principal Taylor

Events Calendar

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

  • 6/3   - Fifth Grade Drive-through/Walkthrough Promotion Celebration 

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

  • 6/4  -  Fifth Graders Asynchronous Day - Promotion Video Viewing 

  • 6/4   - Last Day Celebration - Mister Softee

  • 6/4   - Report Cards are sent home Electronically 

  • 6/4   - Last Day of School - Minimum Day - Dismissal at 11:30am


In this Newsletter

School News

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Inaugural 5th Grade Class

  • Kinder Drive Through/Walk Through Today

  • Next Year: What school will look like

  • Staffing Updates

  • 5th Grade Promotion

  • Last Day of School and Report Cards

  • Mister Softee End of the Year Celebration 

  • District Wireless Hotspots

  • iReady Summer Challenge

  • Chromebooks

  • Summer Reading Suggestions for Students

  • Principal Virtual Office Hours 

District News

  • Internet Service financial support available - Flyer

  • Yellow tier: COVID guidance updated

  • Summer Reading with MV Public Library - Flyer

  • COVID Vaccinations and Free Boba tea at Crittenden on June 2 - Flyer 

  • Board meeting Preview: June 3

  • View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan Draft

  • MVWSD Summer is here! - Flyer 1 - Summer Learning Menu  and Flyer 2 - iReady Cheat Sheet

  • City of MV Summer Camp available - Flyer 

  • CalFresh Program for grocery assistance - Flyer

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

  • Mental Health Awareness: Sustaining your Tools2Thrive 

PTA News

  • PTA News

  • Spirit Wear!

  • Amazon


Golden Ticket Winners - Week 6/1/2021
Ayden A        RM: 1         Katherine P       RM: 11
Mihir S          RM: 3         Chase D            RM: 12
Sophie R        RM: 4         Jaxen N            RM: 13
Eliana T         RM: 5         Emiliano G       RM: 14
Israel R          RM: 6         Tony M            RM: 15
Jezebel A       RM: 8         Julia B              RM: 16
Cj D               RM: 9         Ethan D           RM: 17
Paris W          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.

Inaugural 5th Grade Class

This Friday, our inaugural class of 5th graders will be promoted to 6th grade.  Please join our staff in congratulating these amazing scholars as they move on to middle school. I also want to thank the fifth grade students and their families for the generous donation of a “Buddy Bench.” This bench is their gift to our school for future Golden Owls to enjoy. On behalf of our community, thank you for your gift!


Kinder Drive Through/Walk Through Today

Join us in congratulating our Kinders for promotion to 1st grade. Please click here for a short sample of today’s celebration.


Next year: What school will look like

Wondering what school will look like in the fall? While we can't predict with certainty, here are the conditions that we anticipate will be in place in August 2021: English (http://mvw.sd/hVTcH) and Spanish (http://mvw.sd/NXd0a). MVWSD will communicate with families over the summer as we receive more guidance from public health officials.

Staffing Updates

We will bid fond farewells to some of our staff at the end of this year as they move on to new life adventures. Thank you for everything you do to support our students, Ms. Kato and Mrs. Levy. We will miss you next year! 


While Mrs. Middlebrooks will no longer be teaching first grade at Vargas, we hope to see her again as she will be working at Castro Elementary next year! Similarly, our current instructional coach, Cathy Patterson will be full time at Bubb next year. Thank you both, for all of you hard work and dedication! 


Vargas will also have a familiar face in new places next year. We’re excited to have Jane Kwon moving to second grade. We know she will do great work in this new role. 


Finally, we will be welcoming a new instructional Coach, Casey Cissna. We are so excited to add her to our team!


Based on our enrollment we are currently planning on the following classroom configurations for next year. Enrollment continues through the summer, so it is possible that this can change. I continue to monitor enrollment and staffing throughout the summer. Stay tuned for details. 


  • Three K classes

  • Three 1st Grade classes

  • Three 2nd Grade classes

  • Two 3rd Grade classes

  • Two 4th Grade classes

  • Two 5th Grade classes

  • One and a half STEAM teachers


5th Grade Promotion - Flyer

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. 

Last Day of School and Report Cards

The last day of school is Friday, June 4, 2021. It is a minimum day and students will be dismissed at 11:30AM. You will be receiving report cards electronically. You should receive report cards by 4PM on June 4. 


Mister Softee End of the Year Celebration

Our PTA will continue our end of the year tradition with Mister Softee. Mister Softee will be on campus on Friday, June 4th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Please remember to wear your mask, watch your distance, and please stay home if you have any symptoms.


District Wireless Hotspots

If you have a district-issued wireless hotspot and your student will not be returning to MVWSD next school year, OR if he/she no longer needs the hotspot, please return it to your school office by Friday, June 11, 2021 so that it can be reassigned to other students who need it. Thank you!


iReady Summer Challenge

If you haven’t heard by now, over the summer I have issued the Mr. Taylor iReady Challenge in order to motivate our students to continue learning over the summer. For all students, including current fifth grade students:

  • If a student completes 50 iReady lessons, they will have their names entered into a raffle. One student will be chosen to pie Mr. Taylor in the face. 

  • If a student completes 40 iReady lessons, they will have a popsicle party one of the days next year.

  • If a student completes 30 iReady lessons, they will receive 10 min extra recess!

    • Unfortunately, this part doesn’t apply to our current fifth grade students. 


Please encourage your child to participate in our summer challenge! Who knows this could be your child pieing me in the face next year!



We have some exciting news! Returning students can keep Chromebooks this summer. Please note Non-returning students should bring them back.

Thank you for your support of the District’s Chromebook program and distance learning this year. If your student is not returning to a MVWSD school next year, please return your student’s Chromebook to the Vargas front office by June 11, 2021 (or sooner). Students who will return to MVWSD schools can keep Chromebooks this summer. Students who are moving on to MVLA and plan to use their 

Chromebooks in high school are welcome to keep them. We will send specific instructions on how 8th-graders can access the MVLA network on their current Chromebooks.

Chromebooks will not be usable by students who are not enrolled in MVWSD or MVLA next year.

Parents may begin dropping off Chromebooks on June 4th, the last day of school to our front office until 3:30 p.m.  The week of June 7th to June 11th our office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. When dropping off, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For questions, please contact Jon Aker, Technology Director at jaker@mvwsd.org. 

Summer Reading Suggestions for Students

Here are summer reading suggestions by grade level. 

1st Grade Reading - Click Here

2nd Grade Reading - Click Here

3rd Grade Reading - Click Here

4th Grade Reading - Click Here

5th Grade Reading - Click Here

Principal’s Virtual Office Hour  

Please drop in to my Principal Hours today from 4:00pm - 5:00pm to ask your questions. Register Here. (Translation is available)


District News

Internet Service financial support available - Flyer

Is your child approved to receive free or reduced-price school breakfast or lunch? If so, your household may qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) is a temporary federal program that launched on May 12, 2021 to help eligible households pay for internet service during the pandemic. For students whose families are struggling to afford their monthly internet service, this program may be able to help. Visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org for more information.

Yellow tier: COVID guidance updated

On Wednesday, Santa Clara County moved into the Yellow Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy due to the fact that more than 75% of Santa Clara County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read more about MVWSD’s health and safety protocols through the end of the school year.

Summer Reading with MV Public Library - Flyer

Read, learn, and win with Summer Reading at the Mountain View Public Library, held from June 14 - July 31, 2021. Register for the whole family at: mountainview.gov/summerreading.

COVID Vaccinations and Free Boba tea at Crittenden on June 2 - Flyer 

Free COVID-19 vaccinations for youth and adults are available on Wednesday, June 2 from noon to 7:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School at the Sports Center, 1500 W. Middlefield Road.

Youth (12 years and older) and adults are welcome.

No appointment needed.

You don't need health insurance.

Everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status.

If any patient received their first vaccination elsewhere, they may receive their second dose at this event.

Children ages 12 - 17 need permission from a parent or guardian to get vaccinated which could be:

* A signed consent form (Forms are linked here COVID vaccination consent forms (English)  - or can be picked up in the Graham and Crittenden school offices)

* A parent or guardian with them

* A telephone call to the parent or guardian

Staff are onsite to support language needs and disability access. For information, call (408) 970-2999 or sccFreeVax.org

Board meeting Preview: June 3

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, June 3. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • Staff Years of Service and Retirements

  • Monta Loma field update

  • Public hearing on Huff Elementary’s renaming

  • Public hearing on the LCAP

  • End of the year i-Ready assessment data

  • MVWSD budget 

  • Construction update (lighting and restrooms)

Agenda and meeting details are here. The meeting is also streamed on www.youtube.com/mvwsd

No post-Board meeting, community check in with Dr. Rudolph on Friday, due to it being the last day of school. Thank you for attending all year long, and have a great summer!

View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan draft

The District is finalizing its draft of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

Stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan.  Please read the presentation and supporting materials at mvwsd.org/lcap, and click on the form link there to submit any comments. The comments form closes on May 26. Stakeholders may also attend the public learning during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Zoom (the link is here: http://mvw.sd/fRqB5).

MVWSD Summer is here! - Flyer 1 - Summer Learning Menu  and Flyer 2 - iReady Cheat Sheet

Every family's summer plans are different, but our district recommends that all students do some academic practice daily to keep their skills sharp in preparation for next year. MVWSD Summer is a collection of programs to help students maintain their academic skills, keep them connected to learning technology, and access free meals all summer long. These self- and parent-directed programs keep students in a routine during the summer and will go a long way to preventing learning loss. On i-Ready this summer, students will have both personalized lessons that their teachers have chosen for them, and lessons tailored to their needs based on assessment data.

Look for an email soon from MVWSD or click on https://www.mvwsd.org/summer to learn more. Attached are flyers outlining students’ steps for a productive summer and for easy access to all of the programs’ links.

City of MV Summer Camp available - Flyer 

The City of Mountain View still has spots available for their Club Rec Explorers summer camp for kids aged 9-11. Camps are held weekly from June 14-July 30, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and breakfast and lunch is provided. Locations include Rengstorff Park, Bubb Park, and Whisman Park. Head to www.mountainview.gov/register or call (650) 903-6331 for more information.

CalFresh Program for grocery assistance - Flyer

Need help buying groceries? You might qualify for CalFresh, a free EBT card you can use to buy food at most stores and select online retailers. If you receive CalFresh benefits, you may also be eligible for P-EBT, a grocery benefit that provides $375 per child 18 and under over the summer months. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or scan the QR code (flyer attached) to request a call. We speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. Second Harvest can also connect you to other food programs in your community.

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

Mental Health Awareness: Sustaining your Tools2Thrive 

We highlight mental health awareness one time per year, but the work to maintain our mental wellness is an everyday endeavor. Building self-care habits into each day contributes to our own personal wellness and models these habits for those around us. As we close out Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that mental health, like physical health, is important to care for.  Find the activity or practice that works for you and build time into your day to engage in it.  For some people this means some sort of physical activity like walking the dog or practicing yoga.  For others this might mean reading a book or listening to music.  And for some others this may mean spending time with friends and family.  As we choose healthy behavioral practices to enhance our mental health, we also model these for those around us.  We may not all have the same interests, but we can all practice good self-care.  

Discovering what works for us may mean trying a few different things.  Continue to try new things until you find the right fit for you.  If you would like to learn more about Living Mentally Healthy, Mental Health America provides a webpage with many resources.  If you would like some ideas or to learn more about self-care, you can read Sam Dekin’s article on “How Does Self-Care Affect Mental Health?” or access Mental Health America’s “Taking Good Care of Yourself”, NAMI’s “Taking Care of Yourself”, or ActiveMinds “Self Care”

As always, MVWSD stands with our students, staff, and families to be #StigmaFree and in support of Mental Health Awareness. We wish you wellness.


Vargas PTA

PTA News

The Executive Board would like to thank every member of the JA Vargas PTA. Without your donations and support, we wouldn't have been able to do all that we did! We know our students appreciate you too! We would also like to encourage every parent to become a member next year! The PTA works hard to provide special opportunities for students, teachers, and parents throughout the year. Here is a list of PTA accomplishments for 2020-2021. It was a challenging year, but hopefully the PTA was able to put a smile on your face at some point during the year! 


At the last association meeting, the following candidates were voted in for the executive board for 2021-2022: 

President: Shannon Lundin

Vice President: Jinny Suh

Secretary: Kristin Johnson

Treasurer: Anna Du

Auditor: Gulay Samatli-Pac


Our last event of the year will be held on Friday, June 4th. We will be hosting Mr. Softee Ice Cream truck on campus from 1-4. So come on out and get some ice cream! Ice cream will be available to all students of Vargas Elementary and their immediate family. To speed up the line a bit from last year, no milkshakes or sundaes will be served. There will be dairy free popsicles available on an as needed basis - please speak with office staff if needed. 

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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