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Posted by admin on August 25, 2015

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?  

Mentor Tutor Connection urgently needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.   

Come hear about how you can support youth in our community.  There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.  Bring a friend!

            Date:             Thursday, September 10

           Time:             12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

           Location:      MVLA District Office - Board Room
                                1299 Bryant Avenue 
                                Mountain View, CA

           Register:       REGISTER ONLINE


Challenge Diabetes Program

FREE screening
August 26 (Wed):  9: a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Community Services Agency in Mountain View is offering a free screening to test for pre-diabetes or diabetes in low-income individuals.  If you are either, CSA’s Challenge Diabetes Program will provide you a monthly food bag with healthy foods (chicken, cheese, milk, eggs, and fresh produce), a monthly newsletter with healthy lifestyle tips and easy to prepare recipes to help reduce the risk factors for getting diabetes or to better manage your diabetes.  A diabetes education class will be available as well.

For more information about the screening and the Challenge Diabetes Program call Community Services Agency at 968-0836.


 MVLA Parent Education Series

Our first Parent Education event is quickly approaching.  We are honored to have Lynn O’Shaughnessy speak on “Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” at 7pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Los Altos High School Eagle Theater.  

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized college expert who is a higher-education journalist, consultant, and speaker.  Her chief goal is to help families with teenagers, as well as high school counselors and college and financial consultants, become smart college shoppers as they search for schools. Lynn is the author of numerous books including the second edition of her Amazon best-seller: The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price.  She also offers an online course – Cutting the Cost of College – that provides a blueprint for families, college counselors, and financial consultants on how to find affordable schools and pay for college.

If you are interested in attending, you will need to register on Eventbrite for this event at  This event is free and is supported by our sponsors: the MVLA High School Foundation, LAMV PTA Council, LAEF and MVEF.



What is the Living Classroom Program???:

The Living Classroom inspires children to value our natural world through garden-based education.  We provide Kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms with hour-long lesson that correlate with current science, math and social studies standards.  Living Classroom takes a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lesson are effective AND fun!

During the 2014/2015 school year….

  • Reached nearly 2,002 students
  • Taught over 400 lessons
  • 95% of teachers agreed that lessons given in their classrooms met or strongly met their expectations.

Living Classroom Lessons:
There are over 50 lessons offered, here are a few samples;

  • Garden Greetings!  Kindergarten students explore the garden while planting seedlings, practicing using tolls safely, and going ton a scavenger hunt.
  • Growing Vegetable Soup:  First graders harvest vegetable they planted in the school garden to prepare a tasty and nutritious vegetable soup.
  • From Seed to Pretzel:  Second graders experience the life cycle of whet by planting wheat seeds in the fall, harvesting, threshing, and grinding the wheat berries to make flour, and baking pretzels.
  • Three Sisters Garden:  In the spring, third graders plant a garden as a gift to next year’s class.  During the fall, incoming third graders harvest and measure the crops.

Who teaches the lessons?:
Trained volunteer docents lead and assist with lessons.  Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students?  Just ask your child’s teacher if you can join their class for a garden lesson. ☺

Our goals are to grow the next generation of environmental stewards. Build a life-long enthusiasm for science and math and develop a love for healthy eating.
 FOR LIVING CLASSROOM      We are on the hunt for the following items. Please put any donation items in the Castro OR Mistral school office Living Classroom box.

  • Acorns
  • Cardboard tubes for storing posters
  • Any leads on a full-sized refrigerator up for donation; contact Mallory,
  • Reusable tote bags  

MANY THANKS!!  Hope to see you in the garden with your children.


Lynn Owano (Castro) & Shelly Kosak(Mistral) Garden Committee Chairs