Community News

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on November 9, 2017



Strong start: Welcome families and educators

• ¿When? - November 9, 16, 30 and December 7.  

• ¿Time? - 6pm - 8pm

• ¿Where? – Castro/Mistral 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View,   CA 94040

• Learn new ways to:

  • Support school success

  • Communicate and discipline effectively

  • Strengthen family and school partnerships

  • Connect with others to build a community of support

 

 

 


MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here


Chess Night

If your child is interested in Chess please join us Thursday, November 9, 6 - 7:30 pm in the MUR. We will talk about the tournament coming in the Spring and what your child can do to prepare, enjoy some refreshments, share information about apps, websites, and books, and play some chess. Please RSVP https://tinyurl.com/y838zkf7.  You can also fill out this quick form if you just want to get on a chess mailing list. If you have questions, please contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com).


MVEF Monthly Board Meeting

Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA music teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join morning  choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation.

 

MVEF will be holding their monthly board meeting on November 14th  at Bubb School in the MUR from 7-9 pm.  Join us to learn more about the work MVEF does to support every child at every school, in Mountain View.   The board meetings are open to all, and board members will be available to answer any questions prior to the meeting between 6:30-7 pm.


 MVLA speakers series presents “Raise an Adult” author

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents ... Please join us as Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” talks about what it means to be a real American, her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what we can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in our racially and culturally diverse community. Her new memoir, “Real American,” was just released on October 3rd.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Admission is FREE, but please register:  https://mvla2017-julielythcott-haims.eventbrite.com


Raise funds for Graham Performing Arts' Tour

We have a unique opportunity to raise funds for Graham Performing Arts' Tour as Lionsgate and the movie WONDER are donating $1.00 per movie ticket to our cause. Please help us by spreading the word to see the film opening weekend (Nov 17-19). Tickets are on sale now! For sales to count: Get tickets at Filmraiser.com/tickets. Select Graham Middle School Performing Arts and you will checkout via Fandango. Thank you!


This holiday season, all children who are residents of Mountain View can put together their wish lists and letters, and send them to Santa!  In return, Santa will mail a letter back! Letters will be accepted until Friday, December 8th.  There are two easy ways for Santa to receive letters.

 


 Breakfast with Santa

 

 Saturday, December 9th 8:30 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.

 Mountain View Senior Center

 Cost:

  •  Adult (18+): $20

  •  child (12 and under): $15

 Event will feature:  Catered breakfast · musical performances · craft activities · holiday themed stories ·picture taking with Santa and elves

 Register online at www.mountainview.gov/register or at the mountain view senior center located at 266 Escuela avenue. Call (650)903-6331 for more information.

 Advanced Registration is Required


Community News Aug 30, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on August 30, 2017

Let's Talk

Mon. September 11, 2017, 10AM-12PM, Los Altos Library

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.

Parent Chat

Tue. September 12, 2017, 7PM-8:30PM, Los Altos Library

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8

Mountain View Parent University will present a free workshop, “Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8” on Sept. 13th 6:30-8pm Graham Middle School, MUR. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!

Presenters: Tracy A. Greene, LMFT (Landels parent) and CHAC, Uplift Family Services and CHC.

In this session you will get an overview of:

  • What does social and social emotional development mean for you and your child
  • What are common social and emotional concerns and what to watch for
  • What techniques and approaches can you use for supporting your child

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

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - September 13th

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

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date:            Wednesday, September 13th
Time:           12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location:     El Camino YMCA
                   2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA
Register:      REGISTER ONLINE
Questions:   programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Challenges of Dyslexia

Wed. September 20, 2017, 7–9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary

Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential. Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to- one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD.

MVWSD Child Nutrition 2017-18

If you are applying for free or reduced-price meals, you will need to apply online for the

National School Lunch Program. Please go to the following website to apply online today for the 2017-18 MVWSD school year. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Check out the application at:  www.EZMEALAPP.com.  Paper Applications available at your school office and cafeteria.

2017-18 online application deadline is on or before September 22, 2017.

Payment: Full or reduced price meals can be paid online at www.EZschoolPay.com. For 2017-18, full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast). You must pay in advance (online, check, or cash) or at the time of purchase. No credit will be extended. You can also add money to your lunch account anytime by using the following website:  www.EZschoolPay.com (There is a $ 3.OO flat fee for this service.)  

If you have any questions, call Sophia Zalot at 650/903-6965.

Interpreters Needed for Parent Teacher Conferences in October

For the past few years, our district has provided interpreter services to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English.  We have been able to provide interpreters for parent-teacher conferences every fall.  We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish.  If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter.  If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her.  The interpreters must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 2nd and 13th. All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join @ www.edjoin.org.  Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October.  Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis.  Interpreters receive $20.00  per hour for their service and $25.00 for IEP’s.


Community News Aug 23, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on August 22, 2017

Test score reports coming home soon

Each spring, California students participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests in CAASPP provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about grade-level progress and readiness for college and career.

Your child’s score report has been or will be sent home to you as it’s received from the state. Look for your child’s score report to come home in the mail to you in the next couple of weeks.

To see how to read the report, see this video here:   Understanding Student Score Reports  - English

Mountain View Whisman School District Parents’ Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

In the event that the school is closed prematurely (at the discretion of the Superintendent), due to an emergency such as a large fire, earthquake, power failure, chemical spill, etc., parents must be aware that the following procedures will be followed for the safety of all:

  1. No student will be released from school unless a parent (or authorized adult designated by the parent) comes for that student.
  2. No student will be bussed home from school, unless it has been established that the parent or a responsible adult is at home to receive the student.
  3. No child will be allowed to leave with another person (even a babysitter, relative, or neighbor) unless the school has written permission on file, or that person is listed on the student’s emergency record in the school files.  Because of this, it is imperative that your child’s records are up-to-date.  Please take time to ensure that they are.
  4. All parents or authorized adults who come to the school for their children must sign them out.
  5. Parents or authorized adults should bring picture I.D. and be prepared to show it.  This may seem like a nuisance, but it is important for your child’s safety.  Please stay calm and cooperative for the protection of all staff and students on site.
  6. The school is prepared to care for your children in the event that you cannot be notified or are unable to respond to the school.  We have several staff members trained to administer first-aid and have set up an infrastructure to deal with emergencies.  If necessary, we will set up temporary shelter or relocate the students to another facility.
  7. Do not phone the school (including teachers, secretaries, principal, or staff members).  The school must have all telephone lines open for out-going emergency calls.
  8. If you normally drive to the school, please park away from the school grounds and walk in.  If you live within walking distance, leave your car at home.
  9. Do not interfere with the staff.  Each teacher or staff member has been assigned an Incident Response role, and is responsible to carrying out his/her emergency duties.  In some cases, your child’s teacher may have much larger responsibilities than monitoring his/her classroom.  (If this is the case, other staff members are assigned to assume the roles of these teachers.)
  10. If you have first aid or emergency skills, trade skills, or child supervisory skills and wish to volunteer, you need to check in with Incident Commander (usually the principal) at your school first.  Please do not assume a role that has not been assigned to you.

Help MVEF Raise Money by Dining Out!

Thanks to our partners, you can present this flyer (on your phone or printed) to the restaurants listed below during the day and time listed, and 15-20% of your bill will be donated to MVEF! It’s that easy!   

  • 8/24 All Day - Baskin Robbins, 1249 W. El Camino Real, Mountain  View
  • 8/24 from 4-10 pm - Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too! Mountain View
  • 8/26 from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm - Hobee’s Restaurant on Central Expressway
  • 8/29 All Day - The Counter Mountain View
  • 8/30 All Day - Eureka! Mountain View

Can’t join us but want to help? Text MVEF to 50155 or go to mvef.org/donations          

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - September 13th

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?   Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date:            Wednesday, September 13th
Time:           12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location:     El Camino YMCA
                   2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA
Register:      REGISTER ONLINE
Questions:   programs@mentortutorconnection.org

MVWSD Child Nutrition 2017-18

If you are applying for free or reduced-price meals, you will need to apply online for the

National School Lunch Program. Please go to the following website to apply online today for the 2017-18 MVWSD school year. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Check out the application at:  www.EZMEALAPP.com.  Paper Applications available at your school office and cafeteria.

2017-18 online application deadline is on or before September 22, 2017.

Payment: Full or reduced price meals can be paid online at www.EZschoolPay.com. For 2017-18, full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast). You must pay in advance (online, check, or cash) or at the time of purchase. No credit will be extended. You can also add money to your lunch account anytime by using the following website:  www.EZschoolPay.com (There is a $ 3.OO flat fee for this service.)  

If you have any questions, call Sophia Zalot at 650/903-6965.

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?Challenge Diabetes Program

A FREE program to help you eat rightto prevent or manage diabetes.

The Challenge Diabetes Program can help

you remain healthy for years to come. Many participants have been able to get their blood sugar into a healthy range using what they’ve learned in this program. We’ll show you how to eat right and stay physically active — even if you are short on money and time. As a participant in our FREE program, you will receive:

  • FREE diabetes screenings
  • FREE nutrition and exercise classes
  • Healthy food bags every month
  • A $40 gift card as your “graduation
  • present” for completing the program
  • Tasty, affordable recipes
  • Educational materials
  • Health care referrals if needed

For more information and to make an appointment, contact Simone Berkowitz, 650-968-0836 ext, 141.

Interpreters Needed for Parent Teacher Conferences in October

For the past few years, our district has provided interpreter services to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English.  We have been able to provide interpreters for parent-teacher conferences every fall.  We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish.  If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter.  If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her.  The interpreters must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 2nd and 13th. All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join @ www.edjoin.org.  Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October.  Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis.  Interpreters receive $20.00  per hour for their service and $25.00 for IEP’s.


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