Stingray News 5.13.20

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Dear Stingray Parents,


A few months ago, my wife and I bought a kite at Costco thinking that it would be fun to do with the kids.  Well, the kite just sat in the box for a couple of weeks and then shelter-in-place happened. Instead of flying a kite, our shelter-in-place family fun default has been watching movies together. -Thank you Netflix and Disney+! We needed to get out! 


That afternoon I scooted and prodded my kids out the door, which surprisingly or not, took just as much effort as it would pre shelter-in-place despite the fact that we have been spending long days inside. Even in these strange days, children are still hard to herd and it’s somehow a comfort to know that somethings remain the same. We eventually made it out of the house and found a kite flying spot a safe distance from power lines and other families. 


As I reflect on that afternoon it’s a fond memory though it’s not void of struggle. One kite and five kids is an exercise in character building for all. But struggle is what such building takes. I think of how the kite is only able to fly because there is resistance. These days can be challenging at times. We are being asked to do what we have never done before. We are asking our students to rise to the challenge. This will not be without struggle, but it will be in this struggle that we show our ability to soar!


Coffee with the Superintendent for Bubb, Huff and Stevenson Parents

Dr. Ayindé Rudolph will be covering some of the topics on parents’ minds, as well as taking questions in this informal virtual meeting.


For parents of Bubb, Huff and Stevenson

Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Seeking members: School Reopening focus groups

MVWSD is seeking representative groups of parents, students, teachers, and staff members for school reopening focus groups. Four volunteers are needed per school site. The focus groups will explore desires and concerns for school reopening. More information is found in our district news section below. To apply to be a focus group member, please complete an application found here by May 16 or contact me by email.


School Site Council Meeting - Wednesday, May 13th at 3:30pm

School Site Council Meeting will be held today, Wednesday, May 13th at 3:30pm.  Our school site council members will be discussing reopening planning and an update on our School Site Plan.  Members of the community are able to attend.  For security reasons, if you would like to attend the meeting, please email Coco Ayala at mayala@mvwsd.org, Renae Rhodes at rrhodes@mvwsd.org, or Principal Santiago at rsantiago@mvwsd.org to pre-register.


ELAC - Wednesday, May 20th at 3:30pm

We will be holding our next ELAC on Wednesday, May 20th at 3:30pm.  Members of the community are able to attend.  For security reasons, if you would like to attend the meeting, please email Coco Ayala at mayala@mvwsd.org, Renae Rhodes at rrhodes@mvwsd.org, or Principal Santiago at rsantiago@mvwsd.org to pre-register.


Chromebooks and Internet

Our district will continue distributing Chromebooks to students in need. Please contact Mr. Santiago if your family is without an internet-ready device.


Families who need free or low-cost internet access can connect to free wifi in some schools’ parking lots, or get internet from AT&T and Comcast. Please click here for more information: www.mvwsd.org/technology.


Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary



CALENDAR


  • Monday - Friday: Breakfast and lunch available to youth 18 or younger from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Gabriela Mistral Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave.

  • May 13th at 3:30pm - School Site Council Meeting 

  • May 19th at 9:30 - Coffee with the Superintendent


MVWSD News


The Santa Clara County Office of Education has developed a Parent Support Webinar series just for parents who have questions on how they can support their kids with learning


Free Parent Support Webinar series:

May 14    Episode 2: Reading Comprehension Support

May 21    Episode 3: Writing Development Support

May 28    Episode 4: Academic Content Support


Audience: Parents & Educators

Dates: Thursdays in May 2020

Time: 1-1:30 PM, PST

Join Live: bit.ly/sccoeparents

Cost: Free


La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara ha desarrollado una serie de seminarios web de apoyo para padres solo para padres que tienen preguntas sobre cómo pueden apoyar a sus hijos con el aprendizaje.


Serie de seminarios web gratuitos de apoyo para padres:

14 de mayo Episodio 2: Apoyo de comprensión lectora

21 de mayo Episodio 3: Apoyo al desarrollo de la escritura

28 de mayo Episodio 4: Soporte de contenido académico


Audiencia: padres y educadores

Fechas: jueves de mayo de 2020

Hora: 1-1: 30 PM, PST

Únete en vivo: bit.ly/sccoeparents

Gratis


Distance Learning Tips

Here are a few tips that might help you and your student with Distance Learning. Do you have any tried and true methods of helping your students’ school days be more efficient and your family’s life a little easier? Share them here. http://mvw.sd/37PbG


 “Caught you being good!”  Set a timer for yourself (15-45 minutes, depending on the age of your kids).  When the timer goes off, positively reinforce your child by noting their focus, independence, and/or perseverance through a challenge.  If you can periodically name, celebrate, and give attention to what they are doing right, they are more likely to keep it up, and less likely to get our attention with undesired behaviors. 


Multiple kiddos? Go incognito! If you have multiple kids or are trying to access your own Google account while checking out theirs, here is a tip: Hold down COMMAND + SHIFT + N when you are in Chrome. This creates an incognito window, where you are not signed in. This means you can sign in with one account in one window and another account in another. You can do this for as many accounts as you like so that you can flip between windows to look at information from multiple accounts simultaneously.


Ask your student for high & lows for the day. Not everything is fixable, but asking and talking about schoolwork will help your student feel supported and understood. 


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Consejos de Aprendizaje a Distancia

Aquí hay algunos consejos que pueden ayudarlo a usted y a su estudiante con el aprendizaje a distancia. ¿Tiene algún método probado y verdadero para ayudar a que los días escolares de sus estudiantes sean más eficientes y la vida de su familia sea un poco más fácil? Compártelas aquí. http://mvw.sd/37PbG


"¡Te atrapé siendo bueno!" Establezca un temporizador para usted (15-45 minutos, dependiendo de la edad de sus hijos). Cuando suene el temporizador, refuerce positivamente a su hijo al notar su enfoque, independencia y / o perseverancia a través de un desafío. Si puede nombrar, celebrar y prestar atención periódicamente a lo que están haciendo bien, es más probable que sigan así, y es menos probable que capten nuestra atención con comportamientos no deseados.


Múltiples kiddos? ¡Ve de incógnito! Si tiene varios hijos o está intentando acceder a su propia cuenta de Google mientras revisa la de ellos, aquí hay un consejo: Mantenga presionada la tecla COMMAND + SHIFT + N cuando esté en Chrome. Esto crea una ventana incógnito, donde no ha iniciado sesión. Esto significa que puede iniciar sesión con una cuenta en una ventana y otra cuenta en otra. Puede hacerlo para todas las cuentas que desee, de modo que pueda pasar de una ventana a otra para ver la información de varias cuentas simultáneamente.


Pregúntele a su estudiante por las altas y bajas del día. No todo es reparable, pero preguntar y hablar sobre el trabajo escolar ayudará a su estudiante a sentirse apoyado y comprendido.


SCCOE Announces New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare


Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order


In addition to this childcare resource, we have a list of resources for families developed by our School Community Engagement Facilitators. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult. Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more.


Nuevo portal en línea para los trabajadores esenciales para que accedan cuidado de niños

La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara (SCCOE), en asociación con líderes del condado y de la ciudad, organizaciones comunitarias y agencias en todo el Condado de Santa Clara, ha anunciado un nuevo portal en línea para proporcionar a los trabajadores esenciales, según lo definido por el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara, acceso a cuidado de niños durante la orden de refugio en el lugar.

 

Además de este recurso de cuidado de niños, tenemos una lista de recursos para familias desarrollada por nuestros coordinadores de programas y servicios para la comunidad escolar. Refugiarse en casa y no estar en nuestras rutinas regulares de trabajo y escuela puede ser difícil para nuestra salud emocional y mental, además tener dificultad al acceso a las comidas, el pago del alquiler y otras actividades típicas. Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre ayuda con comidas, alquiler, problemas legales, apoyo emocional y más.


Pandemic EBT

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.


Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving sometime this month (May). Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt


P-EBT Pandemica


Debido al coronavirus (COVID-19), los niños que son elegibles para recibir comidas gratis o de precio reducido en la escuela obtendrán beneficios adicionales de alimentos. Estos beneficios alimentarios se denominan beneficios “Pandemic EBT o P-EBT”. Los beneficios de P-EBT ayudan a las familias en California a comprar alimentos cuando las escuelas están cerradas debido a la emergencia del coronavirus.


Las familias recibirán hasta $ 365 por niño, elegible en su tarjeta P-EBT, para usar en alimentos y comestibles. Las familias con niños que reciben beneficios de CalFresh, Medi-Cal o Foster Care no necesitan presentar una solicitud. La mayoría recibirá su tarjeta P-EBT por correo durante el mes de mayo. Las tarjetas P-EBT comenzarán a llegar en algún momento de este mes (mayo).


Las familias con niños que son elegibles para recibir comidas gratis o de precio reducido y que no reciben su tarjeta P-EBT por correo, deben presentar una solicitud en línea antes del 30 de junio de 2020. La solicitud en línea se lanzará a fines de mayo. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt


InPlay Home Activities

With extended time sheltering-in-place, InPlay, MVWSD's partner for out-of-school learning, has created a list of home-based, instructor-led programs offered by your favorite local providers to keep your students active and engaged! Please check it out. https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/discover


Con tiempo extendido en el lugar, InPlay, socio de MVWSD para el aprendizaje fuera de la escuela, ha creado una lista de programas dirigidos por un instructor en el hogar que ofrecen sus proveedores locales favoritos para mantener a sus estudiantes activos y comprometidos. Por favor, míralo. https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/discover


17TH ANNUAL MVWSD INTERSCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT

17AMICT is forging ahead and will be held this year despite COVID-19!  The tournament will be online this year and will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00.  Full instructions and registration are at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess.  The registration deadline is May 29.  Come take part in one of the few events this school year going on as scheduled.  Contact Mark Ruzon, Tournament Director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com with any questions.


17º TORNEO ANUAL DE AJEDREZ INTER ESCOLÁSTICO MVWSD

¡17 AMICT está avanzando y se llevará a cabo este año a pesar de COVID-19! El torneo estará en línea este año y se llevará a cabo el domingo 31 de mayo de 2020, de 11:30 a 5:00. Las instrucciones completas y el registro están en tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess. La fecha límite de inscripción es el 29 de mayo. Venga a participar en uno de los pocos eventos que este año escolar se llevará a cabo según lo programado. Póngase en contacto con Mark Ruzon, Director del torneo, en mvwsdchess@gmail.com con cualquier pregunta.


Free, low cost internet for students


We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc)  in their house for distance learning schoolwork.  There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on www.mvwsd.org/technology.


Internet gratuito y de bajo costo para estudiantes

Creemos que es importante que cada uno de nuestros estudiantes tenga un dispositivo electrónico listo para Internet (computadora portátil, iPad, etc.) en su casa para el trabajo escolar a la distancia. Hay varias formas de acceder Internet gratis o de bajo costo para conectar los Chromebooks de los estudiantes. Por favor revise el folleto que está adjunto o haga clic en www.mvwsd.org/technology.


The City of Mountain View’s strategic communications team is offering regular updates about COVID-19 response and resources. Residents may text 'MVCOVID' to 22828 to have the digest sent right to their emails every day. Here is the link to the latest issue. The City’s COVID-19 response and resources webpage is www.mountainview.gov/covid

Emotional, logistics support resources for families

Our 

School Community Engagement Facilitators have teamed up to provide a list of resources for families. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult.

Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more. (Spanish)

Click here for a Letter from CHAC about services and tele-health appointments during school closure.

 


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