Wise Word, 11/30/2022

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Families,


Parent-Teacher Conferences are important as we partner up to support our students’ growth and development. If you have not already done so, please schedule your Virtual or in Person Parent-Teacher Conference with your teacher.  The scheduling window is now open. 

On November 18th, parents received the scheduling link via email from your child’s teacher.  Conferences are scheduled for the week of December 5-9, 2022, when we will have minimum school days ending at 11:55 am. You will be able to select from available time slots between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm, each day of conference week.  If none of these times work for you, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher, directly.   

If you have technical issues, please email Principal Taylor directly at [email protected]. For all other questions, please contact Mrs. Evelyn at [email protected]  or Ms. Silvia [email protected].   You can also call us in the school office at (650) 903-6952.

Additionally, Ms. O, our librarian, is still in need of volunteers for Abilities Awareness Week. Please read the blurb in the school news for more information. Please email Mrs O at [email protected]  or sign-up here if you would like to volunteer.

In Partnership, 

Principal Vern Taylor

Events Calendar



Principal’s Office Hours, 4:00 PM Register Here


ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:00pm - In-person - MUR



5th - 9th

Parent Teacher Conferences - Minimum Days for Students - Dismissal 11:55am


Principal’s Office Hours, 4:00 PM Register Here


MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:00pm - Agenda


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


Principal’s Office Hours, 4:00 PM Register Here


Happy Birds Assembly - K - 2nd


Canceled - Principal’s Office Hours, 4:00 PM

22nd - Jan. 9th 2023

Holiday Break - No School


January 2023


Students Return to School


A Touch of Earth Assembly - 3rd & 4th graders


Principal’s Office Hours, 4:00 PM Register Here



In this Newsletter

School News:

  • Golden Ticket Winners

  • Ability Awareness Week (AAW) - Volunteers Needed - Flyer

  • i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Test Scores available Dec. 2

  • After school Enrichment Classes

  • Ravenswood Immunization Clinic - Flyer

  • Principal’s Virtual Office Hours


  • Lunch Menu December - here

  • Community Tree Lighting Celebracion - here


District News:

  • Health and Wellness Tip: Improving Mood 

  • County MedAssist Program - Flyer

  • MVHS Spartans Tree Lot - Flyer

  • Parent U SEL Recording Available

  • Available now: Updated COVID boosters for ages 5+

PTA News:

  • See’s Candies See's (ONLINE) - Nov 14 - Dec 2

  • Books Inc and Crepevine Fundraiser - December 7th

  • Nominating Committee

  • Shop with Amazon Smile

Golden Ticket Winners 11/17/2022
Olivia C.       RM: 1           Kiran W.          RM: 11
Violet P.        RM: 2           Juliette B.         RM: 13
Milan H.       RM: 3           Francisco S.      RM: 14
Juanita C.     RM: 4           Javier S.            RM: 15
Maya K.       RM: 5           George I.           RM: 16
Parker A.      RM: 8           Chelsea B.        RM: 17
Jamie O.       RM: 9           Mrs. Bisbee      RM: 7     
Estrella G.    RM: 10              

School News

Ability Awareness Week (AAW) - Volunteers Needed - Flyer

Come and have fun with other parents and experience first-hand what students with visible or non-visible disability go through each day in order to learn. This event will help us build a more empathetic and compassionate community! Please email Mrs O at [email protected]  or sign-up here if you would like to volunteer.

Parent Volunteer Meeting Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:00am

i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Test Scores available Dec. 2

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal starting December 2, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ under “Parent Reports” for each of your students.

After school Enrichment Classes

Thank you to those who have completed the interests survey. I am pleased to inform you that we are planning a contract with several vendors to offer a variety of after school classes, including Chess, Spanish, Hindi, Mathletes, Math 4 Fun, Korean, Mandarin, Theatre, Mixed Sports, Mexican Folk Dance, and STEM/Science for Fun. We are still working on a few more classes including, Art, Ukulele, and an additional STEM class. Our intent is to offer these classes without an individual fee to students. That being said, it is very costly to run these programs, and we will need to collectively raise $15,000 to ensure this number and variety of classes. For those able to donate for after school enrichment classes, please fill out this form and bring it to the front office, along with your donation, and our front office staff will provide you with a receipt. Please note, a donation will not be required to enroll in any of our offered classes. 

Ravenswood Immunization Clinic - Flyer

The Ravenswood Family Health Network is hosting Immunization and Flu clinics at their Mountain View Location (900 Miramonte Avenue), by appointment only. The Immunization Clinic occurs on Monday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. and has a variety of vaccines available, and the Flu Clinic is held on Monday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Limit of 2 siblings per parent per visit. Vaccines are free for children with Medi-Cal, HealthyKids, or no health insurance. Call (650) 330-7400 for more information or to set up an appointment.

(Repeat) Principal’s Virtual Office Hours

I will again be hosting Principal Office Hours virtually on Wednesdays from 4pm -5pm. Feel free to drop in if you have any questions or if you just want to chat. For office hours, there is no formal agenda, it is a time for you to stop in to say hello, and for us to get to know each other better! I look forward to meeting you!


Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


District News

Health and Wellness Tip: Improving Mood 

Sometimes kids listen to the instructions — and sometimes they don't. And when they don't, that can be very frustrating for parents. "Special time" gives young children a chance to interact with their parents without the stress of following directions—which strengthens the bond between them. It comes in the form of the acronym P.R.I.D.E.

To learn more parenting tips click here

Here is the P.R.I.D.E. Acronym: 

P (Praise): Use specific praises when playing together. Rather than saying “good job” because kids hear that all the time, use a positive phrase that encourages the behavior you want to see more of. For example, you can say, “I love the way you stack those blocks high.”

R (Reflect): Verbally repeat back some of the words your child says to you. That repetition shows that you’re engaging and listening to your child. For example, if they say, “I’m reading a book!” you can say, “you’re reading a book!”

I (Imitate): Parallel play is essential for the bond between you and your child. For example, if they’re stacking legos, you stack legos. It gives your child a sense of control and relief in a world where children must follow adult demands. 

D (Describe): Narrating what your child is doing shows that you are interested and that you are organizing your child’s thoughts and play. For example, if your child picks up a block, you can describe the characteristics of the block, saying, “That’s a red block.”

E (Enthusiasm): Actions like clapping, smiling, high fives, and using positive words while playing with your child show them that you are engaged in what they're doing and strengthen that positive relationship. Saying phrases such as, “That’s great!” and “I had such a fun time!” can make your child happy. 

Special time is recommended to be done 1-on-1 for children ages 2 to 7 and can be done for 5-minutes a day, four times a week. Avoid using commands, asking questions, or criticizing during “Special time.”

These tips came directly from the free online website NPR: Life Kit.

County MedAssist Program - Flyer

The MedAssist Program aims to improve health outcomes and medication adherence for select individuals who reside in Santa Clara County. Qualified patients will receive financial assistance in the form of a grant designed to off-set high out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications such as anti-diabetics, asthma inhalers, and/or epinephrine auto-injectors. For more information and application, visit medassist.sccgov.org/

MVHS Spartans Tree Lot - Flyer

MVHS Sports Boosters will be opening up the Annual Spartans Tree Lot on Friday November 25 at 10 AM for the 2022 season at the Mountain View High School Stadium (3535 Truman Ave.). Spartans Tree Lot offers premium, top-quality trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12+ feet, holiday decorations, and supplies. In person and online delivery options are available. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High School Athletics. For more information, head to: SpartansTreeLot.com.

Parent U SEL Recording Available

In case you missed it, recordings of the most recent Parent University event, “Social Emotional Learning at School and Home,” are available. English (https://vimeo.com/765795126) and Spanish (https://vimeo.com/765899241). Find recordings of past Parent U presentations at https://www.mvwsd.org/parentu.

Available now: Updated COVID boosters for ages 5+

The updated COVID-19 booster is now available for everyone ages 5+! #GetBoosted to keep yourself and your family safer with the most protective doses yet. Find updated boosters for ages 5+ at http://www.sccfreevax.org, your pharmacy, or healthcare provider.


PTA News


See’s Candies See's (ONLINE) - Nov 14 - Dec 2

  • Order gifts for the holidays through our See's Candies online shop. Your order will be delivered directly to you. 

  • To order, simply go to our online store: https://tinyurl.com/JAVCandy2022

Books Inc and Crepevine Fundraiser - December 7th

Get your holiday booklist ready and join us on Castro Street on Wednesday, December 7th. Books Inc. (317 Castro Street)  will give 10% of sales for JA Vargas back to our PTA. 


Dine Crepevine Restaurant (300 Castro St.) on the same day, December 7th, and mention JA Vargas PTA and they will donate 20% of sales back to our PTA. Only applies to in-person dining and take out, not Door Dash or other delivery apps.


Nominating Committee

We are looking for five volunteers to form our Nominating Committee. This is an important part of our PTA Association with minimal time commitment. Committee members will help to find candidates for next year's board please contact [email protected]


Shop with Amazon Smile

One of the easiest ways to support our PTA is to shop through the “Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary PTA” portal at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of each purchase you make. 


Shannon Lundin, and the Executive Board 

[email protected]

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