Stevenson Stingray New 8.12.20

08.12.20


Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


The start of the school year is less than one week away! Our stingray staff and teachers this week have been hard at work preparing and planning to welcome our students back to school virtually this year.  Please be sure to take a few minutes to read through our newsletter this week. There is a lot of important information about ClassZoom Socials, materials distribution this Friday, and the start of the school year. If you have any questions please contact me, our front office, or our teachers. We want to make sure that you and your child are ready for the first day of school.


Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements


New Stingray Staff!

ClassZoom Socials

Materials Distribution

First Day of School

Distance Learning Dashboard

Daily Schedule - New For Distance Learning

Attendance and Absences

School/District Enrollment


New Stingray Staff!


Rayland Sta. Maria-Asuncion - SecretaryPicture of Rayland Asuncion


Rayland Sta. Maria-Asuncion is delighted to join the Stevenson Elementary community. She has fifteen years of experience working in school environments. In her previous role, Rayland played an instrumental role in the overall management of a lunch and extended day program. She also worked closely with campus leadership to help maintain a standard of excellence. She believes that a school should be a safe, caring community where children can blossom and grow. Rayland looks forward to meeting all students and parents, and becoming part of the warm, family culture!


Kristy Ju - First Grade Teacher


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Kristy Ju is thrilled to be joining the Stevenson Elementary family as a first-year teacher. She recently graduated from San Jose State University with her Masters In Curriculum and Instruction. Kristy student-taught in MVWSD at Bubb Elementary School where she was able to build relationships with the students and the community. She is enthusiastic about sharing a love of learning and creating a positive and joyful educational experience for her students. 



Lauren Alessio - 2nd Grade Teacher


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Lauren Alessio is thrilled to be joining the Stevenson Elementary School community for her first year of teaching. She graduated from San Jose State University with her Masters in Education-with an emphasis in Instruction and Curriculum. She completed her student teaching in a first grade classroom as well as in a ⅘ combination classroom! Her favorite part of teaching is building authentic and long lasting relationships with students and families. Lauren is excited to join the PACT community!


Mikayla Richardson - 2nd Grade Teacher


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Mikayla Richardson is excited to be joining the Stevenson PACT community this year! She taught fourth grade at Mistral for the past three years. Mikayla earned her Masters in Education from Stanford University. Mikayla is passionate about science and environmental education, and loves to create projects that integrate science learning. She is looking forward to meeting students and families, and building a caring classroom community in which all students have meaningful learning experiences. 


Chryssi Blackwell - SPED Resource Teacher


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Chryssi Is thrilled to be joining Stevenson families this school year. Chryssi was a parent in the Alum Rock School District who helped open 3 small autonomous schools of choice. At Alum Rock, she became a para-educator working in the district, in many different types of classrooms, that supported many different types of learners. Over the 10 years she spent there, she fell in love with helping students and at the urging of staff and friends she earned her Ed. Specialist teaching credential. In 2011, she made the leap to MVWSD and had been a Crittenden Panther until today. During her 9 years at Crittenden she taught SDC, Resource, was an Inclusion Specialist, and Co-Taught Gen. Ed. ELA and Math. Today I am fortunate and excited to be returning to my roots of small schools of choice! 


Taraneh Ahmadi - School and Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF)


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Taraneh is looking forward to serving as Stevenson Elementary’s SCEF this year. Taraneh brings a lot of experience in developing meaningful and purposeful partnerships between academic institutions and the students and families it serves. With a background in Public Health, Taraneh applies childhood and education based research to support institutions in helping families be authentically engaged in improving school environments and academic performance. Most recently, Taraneh worked in this capacity with Cambridge Public Schools (Cambridge, MA) and the federally funded Early Head Start Program (Somerville, MA). Taraneh is excited about meeting your families and looks forward to hearing from you. 


Brittany Thornton - Instructional Coach


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Brittany Thornton (formerly Brittany Sternberg) is over the moon excited to serve as an Instructional Coach this school year! She recently graduated with her Masters in Educational Leadership from Santa Clara University. Brittany has served as an educator for 12 years and is dedicated to researching and implementing best reading instruction practices. As an Instructional Coach she hopes to learn how to best support teachers and students both in distance learning and in person instruction. She loves to receive snail mail and is always open to communication. Brittany is so happy to continue to serve the Stevenson community!


ClassZoom Socials! - This Wednesday and Thursday

Our teachers are really excited to meet the students in their classroom this year! We wish we were able to see each other at our annual class posting social. This year, each teacher is hosting a ClassZoom Social to welcome our Stingrays. Teachers have sent an email with information on the date and time for their ClassZoom Social. If you did not receive a Zoom invite, please contact your child’s teacher. 


Materials Distribution

We will have our Chromebooks, supplies, and curriculum consumables distribution this Friday, August 14th from 10:00am-4:00pm. Please see the information below on the process for picking up your child’s materials. Please note, It is likely that not all supply shipments will come in at the same time. Therefore, parents may be asked to pick up supplies at several distribution dates, in order to ensure students have items soon after delivery. Thank you in advance for your patience if there is a need for multiple distribution dates. 

Materials will include:

  • Curriculum consumables

  • Student supplies

    • Pencils; Sharpener; Scissors; Glue sticks; Markers; Crayons or Colored pencils; Highlighters; White board sleeves (sheet protectors), markers, and eraser; Notebook(s) and journal(s) (depending on grade); Drawing and/or construction paper (particularly for K-2 first week projects); A container/bag; Eraser; Index Cards; Paper (Blank, lined, and/or graph); Pens; Rule; Headset; and Sticky Notes


Materials will be placed in a plastic bag and will be available for pick up on Friday, August 14th between 10:00am-4:00pm. Pick-up procedures will be in accordance with our county social distancing guidelines. 


Pick-up Procedures

Car Pick-up

  • Cars will enter the parking lot and stop near the front of the MUR.

  • Car windows are to remain up. Only if needed, please remember to keep 6 ft. distance for communication.

  • Parents will place a paper sign up in their car that includes their child's grade level and first & last name clearly written for a staff member to read. 

  • A staff member will then locate the child's bag in the MUR.

  • Parents will pop open or unlock the trunk of the car.

  • Staff will then place the bag of materials in the trunk.


Walk-In Procedures

  • A sign will be placed near the front office for parents walking to get student materials. There will also be markings on the ground for 6 ft. social distancing.

  • Parents will wait at the indicated sign.

  • A staff member will be 6 ft. away and ask for the child's grade level and  first & last name.

  • A staff member will then locate the student's bag and place the bag on a table at a safe distance.

  • Parent will then pick up the bag.


First Day of School - Minimum Day

The first day of school is Monday, August 17th!

School starts at 8:30am and ends at 11:45am


Distance Learning Dashboard

We will continue to be updating our Distance Learning Dashboards every Friday evening. Each classroom will have a dashboard that outlines the lessons for the week ahead. The Dashboard will include a link to your child’s Google Classroom that will have all the assignments and activities. Please note that you will need your child’s account information to access the Google Classroom. 




Daily Schedule - New for Distance Learning

To help families with schedules at home, the start of the school day, recess, and lunch will be the same for all students K-5th. Please see the information below for Stevenson’s Distance Learning Daily Schedule.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday Schedule

8:30am

Start of the School Day (All Students)

10:00-10:20am

Recess (All Students)

11:45am-12:45pm

Lunch (All Students)

2:00pm

Kindergarten Dismissal

2:50pm

1st-5th Grade Dismissal


Minimum Days - First Day of School, End of Trimesters, and Last Day of School

***No Thursday minimum days with Distance Learning***

8:30am

Start of the School Day (All Students)

10:00-10:20am

Recess (All Students)

11:45am

Dismissal (All Students)


Wednesdays - Asynchronous lessons school day. Students check-in on Zoom with their classroom teacher at the beginning and end of the school day.


Attendance and Absences

Even though we are in distance learning, we are still in school.  Daily attendance is required. At the beginning of the school day, teachers will have a Zoom check in meeting to take attendance and connect with students.

If your child will be absent and not able to attend Zoom instruction, please contact the front office by phone or email to inform the school of your child’s absence.


School/District Enrollment

Most of you registered your children in February, and we understand that your plans might have changed since then. Please take a moment to reply only if your children will not be attending Stevenson Elementary School. It will be a great help to our staff, other students, and their families as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year.


Get connected Stevenson Stingray Parents!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StevensonElem

School website (Programs, absence reporting and more): https://stevenson.mvwsd.org

Text alerts (emergencies,school closure): Text "Y"or "YES" to 68453 using the cell phone number that the District has on record.

PowerSchool (Enrollment confirmation, payments, electives and more): https://ps.mvwsd.org/public


PACT Foundation Updates


PACT Foundation Parent Welcome Coffee - Zoom - Wednesday, August 19th at 9am

Our parents are excited to welcome each other to another school year. This is a great opportunity for new families and returning families to connect.  Our Foundation will be sending out a Zoom link soon to join.


PACT Foundation Board Meeting - August 19th at 5pm


Calendar


Wednesday, August 12th - ClassZoom Social (Third Grade)

Wednesday, August 12th at 5:30pm - MV Parent University, Mental Health Awareness Town Hall

Thursday, August 13th at 5:30pm - MV Parent University, Distance Learning Resources

Thursday, August 13th - ClassZoom Socials (Kinder, First, Second, and Fourth/Fifth)

Monday, August 17th - First Day of School

Monday, August 17th - Minimum Day

Wednesday, August 19th at 9:00am - PACT Foundation Welcome Coffee - Zoom

Wednesday, August 19th at 9:00am - PACT Foundation Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 26th at 6pm - Back To School Night 


MVWSD News


MV Parent University is back! 

We are proud to present two sessions to prepare families for a school year like no other. Join us on Zoom for two critical topics. Spanish translation will be provided. (See the flyer here)


Mental Health Awareness Town Hall

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m

A partnership with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services and Uplift Family Services. The panel will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and share resources for families. Register here.


Distance Learning Resources

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m. This summer we’ve been at work on a new Parent U resources page that we’re proud to share with you and talk through tips for navigating the tech and procedures of the new school year. Register here.


¡Parent University ha vuelto!

Estamos orgullosos de presentar dos sesiones para preparar a las familias para un año escolar como ningún otro. Únase a nosotros en Zoom para dos temas críticos. Se proporcionará traducción al español. (mira el volante aqui)


Ayuntamiento de Conciencia de Salud Mental

Miércoles 12 de agosto de 2020, 5: 30-7: 00 p.m

Una asociación con los Servicios de Salud Mental del Condado de Santa Clara y los Servicios de Familia de Uplift. El panel discutirá los impactos de COVID-19 en la salud mental y compartirá recursos para las familias. Regístrese aquí.


Recursos de aprendizaje a distancia

Jueves 13 de agosto de 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Este verano hemos estado trabajando en una nueva página de recursos de Padres U que nos enorgullece compartir con ustedes y hablar sobre consejos para navegar por la tecnología y los procedimientos del nuevo año escolar. Regístrese aquí.


Childcare

During the time of COVID-19 and Distance Learning, MVWSD has partnered with providers Right at School, YMCA and Newton to provide on-campus, fee-based childcare with prioritization for the children of full-time essential workers. MVWSD students in grades TK-5 may enroll. 


Please note that these are District partners, not MVWSD programs. You may contact the providers with specific questions about their programs and their health and safety protocols. Childcare subsidies may be available for parents through the state of California. Please ask Right at School, YMCA and Newton at time of registration. 


Registration for these programs will be open the week of August 3, 2020. For registration information, please click on https://www.mvwsd.org/childcare.


Cuidado de niños

Durante el tiempo de COVID-19 y el aprendizaje a distancia, MVWSD se ha asociado con los proveedores Right at School, YMCA y Newton para proporcionar cuidado infantil en el campus y basado en tarifas, con prioridad para los hijos de trabajadores esenciales a tiempo completo. Para los estudiantes de MVWSD en los grados TK-5 pueden inscribirse.


Tenga en cuenta que estos son socios del Distrito, no programas de MVWSD. Puede comunicarse con los proveedores con preguntas específicas sobre sus programas y sus protocolos de salud y seguridad. Los subsidios de cuidado infantil pueden estar disponibles para los padres a través del estado de California. Por favor, pregunte a Right at School, YMCA y Newton al momento de la inscripción.


La inscripción para estos programas estará abierta la semana del 3 de agosto de 2020. Para obtener información sobre la inscripción, haga clic en https://www.mvwsd.org/childcare.


Meals and Payments

Starting Aug. 17, paid and free and reduced price meals (grab and go during MVWSD Distance Learning) will be available at all school sites for students who registered last year for free and reduced price meals and the National School Lunch program, and full price meals will be available for students who have paid in advance online or have sent a check (including child’s school, child’s name, grade, teacher) to Food Service, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043.


Free or reduced price meal benefit status from last year can be used to pay for lunches until Sept. 30. We can assist new applicants in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits through the National Lunch Program and can process applications quickly.  The 2020-21 online application deadline is September 21, 2020.  No citizenship information is collected during the application process. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually.   Please go to the following website to apply online today.  http://www.ezmealapp.com (or paper applications are available at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School’s lunch service until Aug. 15). To learn more about the process for applying for the free and reduced lunch program, please click on this flyer.


Meal payment:  Full or reduced price meals should be paid online throughout the year at www.EZschoolPay.com.  New this year: You must pay in advance online. No cash or checks will be accepted in person at the meal sites or school offices. No credit will be extended. Full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast).  


Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at (650) 903-6965 if you have any questions. 


Comidas y Pagos

A partir del 17 de agosto, las comidas pagadas y gratuitas y a precio reducido (para recoger y llevar durante el aprendizaje a distancia MVWSD) estarán disponibles en todos los campus escolares para los estudiantes que se inscribieron el año pasado para comidas gratuitas y de precio reducido y en el programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares, y también los de precio completo. Para los de precio completo las comidas estarán disponibles para los estudiantes que hayan pagado por adelantado en línea o hayan enviado un cheque (incluyendo la escuela del niño, el nombre del niño, el grado, y nombre del maestro) al Servicio de Alimentos, Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View, CA 94043.


El estado de beneficio de comida gratuita o a precio reducido del año pasado se puede utilizar para pagar los almuerzos hasta el 30 de septiembre.  Podemos ayudar a los nuevos solicitantes a solicitar beneficios de comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido a través del Programa Nacional de Almuerzos y podemos procesar las solicitudes rápidamente. La fecha límite de solicitud en línea 2020-21 es el 21 de septiembre de 2020. No se recopila información de ciudadanía durante el proceso de solicitud. Al igual que en el pasado, deberá volver a aplicar anualmente. Vaya al siguiente sitio web para solicitar en línea hoy. http://www.ezmealapp.com (o solicitudes en papel están disponibles en el servicio de almuerzo de la Escuela Primaria Gabriela Mistral hasta el 15 de agosto). Para obtener más información sobre el proceso para solicitar el programa de almuerzo gratis o reducido, haga clic en este folleto.


Pago de comidas: Las comidas de precio completo o de precio reducido deben pagarse en línea durante todo el año en www.EZschoolPay.com. Nuevo este año: Debe pagar por adelantado en línea. No se aceptará efectivo ni cheques en persona en los sitios de comidas o oficinas escolares. No se extenderá ningún crédito. Las comidas a precio completo cuestan $3.50 para el almuerzo y $2.50 para el desayuno (el precio reducido es de 40 ¢ para el almuerzo y 30 ¢ para el desayuno).


Llame a los Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición de MVWSD al (650) 903-6965 si tiene alguna pregunta.








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