The Wise Word 12/20/2023

Hello Golden Owls,


As this year comes to a close at the end of this month, I am sure we are all looking forward to what 2024 brings us. We will be closed for Holiday Recess from December 25th to January 8th. Teachers will be spending January 8th participating in professional development and planning for the start of January. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school when we resume on January 9th. 

I hope you each have a nice, restful, and rejuvenating break. I hope the new year brings great joy and cause for celebration. As we prepare for 2024, I am hopeful of finishing the school year strong and continue our partnership. 

See you all in 2024!

On Friday, students were able to slime me for meeting our goal for the Walk-A-Thon. Boy was it exciting. For those who weren’t able to see it, you can view it here


In Partnership, 


Principal Vern Taylor





Events Calendar



25th to January 8th Holiday Recess


January 2024

8th Teacher's Service Day - No School

9th Students return to School

16th ELAC Meeting (ELPAC Info) 8:00 - 9:00 am MUR

22th Open Enrollment for current students





In this Newsletter

School News:

Golden Ticket Winners 

iReady Score Reports

Hoot Loot Store



December Menu Here

January 2024 Menu Here

Parent U Extension: Parenting in the Digital Era Here

2023 -2024 School Year Calendar - Here

2024-2025 School Year Calendar  Here

SELPA 1 CAC Newsletter 2023-2024 Here


District News:

The 2024-25 district calendar is available

Open Enrollment for 2024-25 starts in January


SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology


PTA News

ACE After-school Programs Starting Jan 2024

Nominating Committee




Golden Ticket Winners December 14 , 2023

Catherine L.     RM: 1            Narek D.             RM: 11

Davi Dos Santos   RM: 2            Victor M.            RM: 12

Gurjot S.               RM: 3            Morgan W.          RM: 12

Seowon H.            RM: 4           Sarah G.              RM: 14

Astrid R.   RM: 5           Vika M.       RM: 15

Parker H.   RM: 6           Isabella L.           RM: 16

Mira D.                 RM: 8            Aaron V.              RM: 17

Bianca F.      RM: 9 Julio R.    RM: 18                            

Marco S.   RM: 10            Ms. Zelenka                                                                         



iReady Score Reports

Knowing students' strengths and areas for improvement is a great way for parents to support students at home. Parents can access their child’s i-Ready Diagnostic 2 reports beginning at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 on the PowerSchool Parent Portal ( Steps for accessing PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports are here: Learn more about how to read these helpful reports in the recording of the Parent U presentation, "Understanding your Child's Score Reports," available: English ( & Spanish ( And, as always, reach out to your child's teacher with questions!

Hoot Loot Store

As you know, we have started are reading incentives program through the implementation of our Hoot Loot Store. If you would like to support our students in keeping the store alive and running, feel free to use this wishlist to purchase additional items to donate to the Hoot Loot Store. 




The 2024-25 district calendar is available

The school-year calendar for next year is now available online here.  

Open Enrollment for 2024-25 starts in January

In January, the Mountain View Whisman School District will be opening student enrollment for next fall.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.

For families enrolling NEW students: Please check for details about virtual school information meetings held in January (, how to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9. Virtual school information nights will be held on Jan. 10 (neighborhood schools) and Jan. 11 (choice schools). The transitional kindergarten meeting is on Jan. 18.  In-person school exploration events for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites are on Jan. 17 at Theuerkauf Elementary and on Jan. 24 at Mariano Castro Elementary.  



Join us for a lively volunteer event, and learn how you can become a mentor and/or tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Wednesday January 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Find out how you can help a local student to a brighter future. To register go to  - or email [email protected].

SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology

SELPA 1 CAC, Palo Alto CAC and the PAUSD PATCH team are pleased to host a Zoom panel on Assistive Technology! Assistive Technology (AT) can help with communication and accessing curriculum for a wide variety of students, from those who have specific learning disabilities to dyslexia, ADHD to hearing challenges, unique visual needs or those students who are non-verbal. Learn more about this key part of your student's educational toolkit from the Assistive Technology specialists from PAUSD.

Meeting Live on Zoom: January 17, 9:30 AM. Register here

Have a question about Assistive Technology for the panel? Submit here

Interested in more of our past Parent Education events? Check out our Youtube Channel 




PTA News


ACE After-school Programs Starting Jan 2024

Planning for after school enrichment programs, starting in January, have begun. While some programs are still being finalized, you can begin registering here:

Contact [email protected] with any questions.


Nominating Committee

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

Kimberly Cheng, and the PTA Executive Board

[email protected]


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