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Community News May 31, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on May 31, 2017

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

Spartan Sports Camps - June 12th - July 28th

Norovirus outbreak: Wash hands and stay healthy!

Recently there has been an increase in norovirus and other viral gastrointestinal outbreaks in the Bay Area and in San Jose. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has received reports of GI outbreaks in over a dozen schools in our county. 

This particular illness is highly contagious, and symptoms do not start until 1 to 2 days after exposure. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, poor appetite, and headache. It is spread primarily through handling items or touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, and by being next to a vomiting individual.

Handwashing and keeping surfaces clean is crucial to preventing infection. District Health Services staff members are stressing the importance of frequent vigorous hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, and especially after using the toilet. Younger students may need a lesson or demonstration. Please see the link for proper handwashing technique. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html. Unfortunately, hand sanitizers and alcohol rubs are not effective against norovirus. 

Anyone ill with GI symptoms should remain home until at least 48 hours after they are well. Staying home for 48 hours and continued hand washing beyond that period is critical to prevent further spread.


Community News May 24, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 24, 2017

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

Spartan Sports Camps - June 12th - July 28th

“Star” thoughts about Boundary Options A and B; Join us at a community session on Monday

The Mountain View Whisman School District is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

Last spring, we formed the Student Attendance Areas Task Force, which is composed of parents, staff and community members. They have been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. Board of Trustees will consider the final scenarios on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

To view the maps and information about boundaries, please click on www.mvwsd.org/boundaries.

There will be a community session on May 22, 6:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium, to offer review of the process and help with input.

Before this vote, the District wants to engage with you through Thoughtexchange, an online platform that facilitates the exchange of ideas.  Parents, staff and community members have contributed 1,400 comments about boundary options A and B. Next, is the Star step.

  • Star (May 19th to May 28th):  In this step, please review ideas from participants and put stars next to the ideas you like best.
  • Discover (week of June 15th): At the Board meeting, we will share the community results.

You aren’t required to have contributed comments in the first phase to participate in the second phase. Parents and staff members will receive an invitation by email from “Share Your Thoughts- Thoughtexchange” on Friday.  To self-register,  please click here.  (Email addresses will not be duplicated if you self-register.)

Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing  bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days? – Thursdays
When? – June 1
Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event. Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Mistral Talent Show 2017

Performances

➽ Friday June 2nd

8:45 AM 3rd - 5th

10:20 AM K - 2nd

Rules/Reglas:

  • 2 minute maximum performance
  • Music with lyrics appropriate for school
  • Music submitted to Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com (link to song on Spotify, mp3 or CD)

 STEP 1: “AUDITIONS”

➽ Thursday May 18th after school by the MUR

STEP 2: “DRESS REHEARSAL”

➽ Friday May 26th after school by the MUR

You need to submit this form

Norovirus outbreak: Wash hands and stay healthy!

Recently there has been an increase in norovirus and other viral gastrointestinal outbreaks in the Bay Area and in San Jose. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has received reports of GI outbreaks in over a dozen schools in our county.

This particular illness is highly contagious, and symptoms do not start until 1 to 2 days after exposure. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, poor appetite, and headache. It is spread primarily through handling items or touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, and by being next to a vomiting individual.

Handwashing and keeping surfaces clean is crucial to preventing infection. District Health Services staff members are stressing the importance of frequent vigorous hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, and especially after using the toilet. Younger students may need a lesson or demonstration. Please see the link for proper handwashing technique. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html. Unfortunately, hand sanitizers and alcohol rubs are not effective against norovirus.

Anyone ill with GI symptoms should remain home until at least 48 hours after they are well. Staying home for 48 hours and continued handwashing beyond that period is critical to prevent further spread.


Community News May 17, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 16, 2017

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

The View Teen Center Presents:  5th Grade Open House - Saturday, May 20th, 1:00-3:00 pm

City of Mountain View:  Community Yard Sale -  Saturday, May 20th 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bike it! Join the ride closest to your house going to your middle school! - Saturday, May 20

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

“Star” thoughts about Boundary Options A and B; Join us at a community session on Monday

The Mountain View Whisman School District is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

Last spring, we formed the Student Attendance Areas Task Force, which is composed of parents, staff and community members. They have been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. Board of Trustees will consider the final scenarios on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

To view the maps and information about boundaries, please click on www.mvwsd.org/boundaries.

There will be a community session on May 22, 6:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium, to offer review of the process and help with input.

Before this vote, the District wants to engage with you through Thoughtexchange, an online platform that facilitates the exchange of ideas.  Parents, staff and community members have contributed 1,400 comments about boundary options A and B. Next, is the Star step.

  • Star (May 19th to May 28th):  In this step, please review ideas from participants and put stars next to the ideas you like best.
  • Discover (week of June 15th): At the Board meeting, we will share the community results.

You aren’t required to have contributed comments in the first phase to participate in the second phase. Parents and staff members will receive an invitation by email from “Share Your Thoughts- Thoughtexchange” on Friday.  To self-register,  please click here.  (Email addresses will not be duplicated if you self-register.)

 Chess Tournament Results

The 14th Annual Mountain View - Whisman Interscholastic Chess Tournament was held on Sunday May 7. We had 12 students participating from Castro and Mistral as a combined team, with 7 players in the junior section (K-3), 3 players in the senior section (4-8), and two players in the open (non-competitive) section. All the players demonstrated persistence, creative thinking, and positive attitudes, and we thank them for representing our schools at this event! Our top scorers were Liam Beineke, Kayden Gross, Leo Evangelista, and Reid Monahan. If your child is interested in chess, remember that after-school chess is usually offered each year through Academic Chess.

Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing  bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days? – Thursdays
When? – May 18; June 1
Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event. Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Mistral Talent Show 2017

Performances

➽ Friday June 2nd

8:45 AM 3rd - 5th

10:20 AM K - 2nd

Rules/Reglas:

  • 2 minute maximum performance
  • Music with lyrics appropriate for school
  • Music submitted to Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com (link to song on Spotify, mp3 or CD)

STEP 1: “AUDITIONS”

➽ Thursday May 18th after school by the MUR

STEP 2: “DRESS REHEARSAL”

➽ Friday May 26th after school by the MUR

You need to submit this form


Community News May 10, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 10, 2017

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Strings Only for Landels-Mistral - May 15th, 3:00 - 5:00

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Band Only for Huff-Mistral-Castro - May 26th, 3:00 - 5:00

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

The View Teen Center Presents:  5th Grade Open House - Saturday, May 20th, 1:00-3:00 pm

City of Mountain View:  Community Yard Sale -  Saturday, May 20th 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bike it! Join the ride closest to your house going to your middle school! - Saturday, May 20

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

Chess Tournament Results

The 14th Annual Mountain View - Whisman Interscholastic Chess Tournament was held on Sunday May 7. We had 12 students participating from Castro and Mistral as a combined team, with 7 players in the junior section (K-3), 3 players in the senior section (4-8), and two players in the open (non-competitive) section. All the players demonstrated persistence, creative thinking, and positive attitudes, and we thank them for representing our schools at this event! Our top scorers were Liam Beineke, Kayden Gross, Leo Evangelista, and Reid Monahan. If your child is interested in chess, remember that after-school chess is usually offered each year through Academic Chess.

Join the conversation! Ideas exchange about elementary school boundaries

MVWSD is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

The Student Attendance Areas Task Force has been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. The goal is for the Board of Trustees to consider two boundary options on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

You should have an email from ShareYourThoughts@mvwsd.org asking you to participate in an online exchange of ideas about boundaries. The thoughts and comments you provide will be used by the task force and the Board to inform the final boundaries choice.

Please see www.mvwsd.org/boundaries to learn more about how the survey works and to review boundary Options A and B that you will be asked about. If you did not receive an email, you can sign up at this link to participate.

Kick, Lead and Dream (KLD)

Parents, would your child benefit from a two-week, $10 camp?  Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) is a soccer camp where motivated high school students (KLD Coaches) volunteer to become role models, to provide underserved or low income kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools (KLD Campers) the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream BIG!  Campers are provided with free refreshments and camp t-shirts.  KLD's goal is to make the camp experience something campers will always remember. Free round-trip bus transportation, from select pick-up points in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to camp is also provided.  Sunnyvale bus pick ups will be at Lakewood School, Columbia Middle School and Vargas School.  Mountain View will be Theuerkauf and Castro.  Sign up online to take advantage of this 2-week, $10 camp!

  • APPLY:  www.kldsoccer.org
  • DATES:  June 12 - June 23, 2017
  • DAYS: Mondays - Fridays, no weekends
  • TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Cooper Park, Mountain View, CA
  • PARK ADDRESS: 500 Chesley Ave, Mt. View
  • ​FOR: Underserved/low-income students from public schools in Mt. View & Sunnyvale, Current 2nd through 7th grade for the 2016/2017 school year.
  • COST: $10 per Camper (bring on first day)

QUESTIONS:  KLDsoccer@yahoo.com

Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing  bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

  • Days? – Thursdays
  • When? – May 18; June 1
  • Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
  • Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event. Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Spring Concert

3rd Grade
Thurs. May 11
@3:00pm
held in the multi

Chorus
Wed. May 10
@3:45pm
held in the multi


Community News May 3, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 2, 2017

Parent Chat:  Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+ - 7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month

MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY 2017 Summer Reading Program for Children (all ages) and Teens - Starts May 1

Graham’s Spring Fling - Friday, May 5, 5pm-8pm

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Strings Only for Landels-Mistral - May 15th, 3:00 - 5:00

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Band Only for Huff-Mistral-Castro - May 26th, 3:00 - 5:00

Teen summer 2017 at Mountain View Public Library

Los Altos Basketball Camp

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

Join the conversation! Ideas exchange about elementary school boundaries

MVWSD is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

The Student Attendance Areas Task Force has been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. The goal is for the Board of Trustees to consider two boundary options on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

You should have an email from ShareYourThoughts@mvwsd.org asking you to participate in an online exchange of ideas about boundaries. The thoughts and comments you provide will be used by the task force and the Board to inform the final boundaries choice.

Please see www.mvwsd.org/boundaries to learn more about how the survey works and to review boundary Options A and B that you will be asked about. If you did not receive an email, you can sign up at this link to participate.

Chess Tournament!

The 14th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Theuerkauf Elementary School.  There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and an open division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game.  There is no entry fee. Register online at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess until April 28th. Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm.  Parent volunteers are needed!  For more information, contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com; 650-814-4651).

Let's Talk

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.  All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Monday May 8, 2017
10AM-12PM,
Orchard Community Room,
Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

Spring Concert

2nd Grade

Fri. May 5 @8:40am

held in the multi

3rd Grade

Thurs. May 11

@3:00pm

held in the multi

4th Grade Informances

Wed. April 26

held in the classrooms

12:45-1:30pm Ms. Díaz Rm 13

1:30-2:15pm Ms. Hove Rm 14

Chorus

Wed. May 10

@3:45pm

held in the multi

Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home” on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Sharon McClintock, Librarian Youth Services) and our very own District Reading Teacher (Nancy Pfeffer, Landels teacher and mom)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home.

  • How to boost your child's reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to help your child overcome his/her writer’s block
  • How to have a conversation when your child is reluctant to share about his/her day

***    Go home with some fun, ready-made literacy activities!

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on Library programs and services for the entire family

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please register here

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

Please look for a letter this week asking your child to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education sometime between May 22 through May 31. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must fill out and return the Withdrawal Form no later than May 5, 2017 to your child’s school office.

If you have any questions about this survey, call Heidi Smith at 650-526-3500 ext. 1121.


Community News April 26, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on April 26, 2017

Graham’s Spring Fling - Friday, May 5, 5pm-8pm

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Strings Only for Landels-Mistral - May 15th, 3:00 - 5:00

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Band Only for Huff-Mistral-Castro - May 26th, 3:00 - 5:00

2017 Summer art & music camps - June 12 – August 18, One week or two week sessions

Camp Superstuff Asthma Summer Camp 2017 - July 24th - July 28th: 9am - 4pm

Chess Tournament!

The 14th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Theuerkauf Elementary School.  There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and an open division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game.  There is no entry fee. Register online at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess until April 28th. Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm.  Parent volunteers are needed!  For more information, contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com; 650-814-4651).

Spring Concert

2nd Grade
Fri. May 5 @8:40am
held in the multi

3rd Grade
Thurs. May 11
@3:00pm
held in the multi
4th Grade Informances
Wed. April 26
held in the classrooms
12:45-1:30pm Ms. Díaz Rm 13
1:30-2:15pm Ms. Hove Rm 14
Chorus
Wed. May 10
@3:45pm
held in the multi

Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home” on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Sharon McClintock, Librarian Youth Services) and our very own District Reading Teacher (Nancy Pfeffer, Landels teacher and mom)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home.

  • How to boost your child's reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to help your child overcome his/her writer’s block
  • How to have a conversation when your child is reluctant to share about his/her day

***    Go home with some fun, ready-made literacy activities!

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on Library programs and services for the entire family

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please register here

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

Please look for a letter this week asking your child to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education sometime between May 22 through May 31. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must fill out and return the Withdrawal Form no later than May 5, 2017 to your child’s school office

If you have any questions about this survey, call Heidi Smith at 650-526-3500 ext. 1121.