Stingray News 04.22.20

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Dear Stingray Parents,


I hope that this message finds you and your family safe and well.  The Stevenson teachers and staff really miss our students and parents.  We wanted to share a quick video to let our students know how much we miss them! Staff across each of the schools have also created a video for our district. It has been great to connect virtually and by phone calls, but we really miss seeing you at school!


Stevenson Distance Learning Dashboard

This week, we have launched our new Distance Learning Dashboard.  This dashboard has links that connect parents to each of their child’s Distance Learning Weekly Schedules and Google Classrooms. The dashboard will be updated every Monday morning. In addition, to the dashboard, teachers will still be sending their weekly schedules by email prior to Monday morning.


Accessing Google Classroom

If parents encounter a Google Classroom link from the Dashboard, and get the message "class not found," there are two ways that parents can access students' assignments, lesson videos and more on Google Classroom.  

1. Ask your student to log in and show you around the Google Classroom. Please contact your child’s teacher if you do not have the login account information.

2. Ask your teacher if you can receive Guardian Summaries. You can choose to receive them either weekly or daily. 


Details of our Distance Learning Plan

e-Learning and Paper/Pencil 

  • Students will be able to learn using computer and internet resources.

  • Students will also be able to use physical, paper instructional materials for at-home learning.  

Weekly Schedules 

  • Teachers will provide weekly schedules with lessons and activities for Monday-Friday.

  • Teachers will email the weekly schedule by Monday each week.  Weekly schedules can also be found on our new Stevenson DLP Dashboard.

  • In order to give teachers time with their own families as well as preserve the opportunity for families to pick up free meals at Mistral’s campus, teachers will not be available from 11:30am to 1:00pm daily.

Lessons

  • Teachers will provide two lessons per subject each week for Math, ELA, STEAM, Social Studies, and English Language Development. 

  • Lessons may include live video (synchronous), video-recorded lessons (asynchronous), and links to lessons prepared by others. 

  • Teachers will also continue to include additional resources as well as assignments from student workbooks. 

  • PE with Rhythm and Moves and Art & Music with CSMA will also be provided. 

  • Our school librarian, Ms. Donahue, will be providing read-alouds for K-2nd grade and will begin book clubs for grades 3-5.

  • Students will receive feedback from their teachers to maximize learning; however, students will not be graded on their assignments. 

  • Teachers will also provide parent resources to help at home.

Check-Ins and Office Hours

  • Teachers will have two weekly check-ins via Zoom. One on Tuesday and one on Thursday. They will communicate their check-in schedules with you. Teachers will contact by phone any students who do not have Internet access. 

  • They will also send out personal messages by email or video to students and families at least twice per week.

  • Teachers will continue to have office hours so that you and your child can be in contact to ask questions and obtain extra help.  Office hours will occur Monday-Thursday, two-hours each day.

  • Fridays will be reserved for teacher staff meetings, collaboration, and professional development. No Zoom check-ins and office hours will occur on Fridays. Fridays are reserved for teacher staff meetings, collaboration, and professional development. 


Wifi and Technology

To support families without internet, this week MVWSD started providing outdoor wifi in the parking lots at Crittenden, District Office, Graham, Landels, Mistral, and Monta Loma for student use. While using parking lot wifi, you must remain in your car in order to practice social distancing. Students must have an adult accompanying them.


Please review this resource if you need help to fix basic Chromebook issues (includes Spanish). For additional support with Chromebooks, please contact MVWSD Technology at 650-526-3252 or support@mvwsd.org.


MVWSD uses a variety of methods to keep students and teachers safe online. Please visit our district website for more information.


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. 


MVWSD 2020-2021 Calendar Attached 


MVWSD News

Incoming middle school parents:  Prepare to select electives for 2020-21


Use your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to select Electives for 2020-21


Beginning April 29, 2020, incoming middle school parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to select their fifth- to seventh-graders’ elective choices for 2020-21. You will receive an email when the course catalogs are posted on April 24.

 

Please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal now by logging on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/.  You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection, grades, assignments and attendance monitoring, and for downloading state test results.

 

If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office.


¡Padres entrantes de secundaria: Prepárese para elegir los cursos electivos para el 2020-21!

 

Use el Portal de Padres PowerSchool para la selección de electivos del 2020-21

 

A partir del 29 de abril de 2020, los padres podrán entrar en el Portal de Padres PowerSchool para seleccionar los cursos electivos de sus estudiantes de 5º - 7º grados para el 2020-21. Recibirá un correo electrónico con instrucciones y un catálogo de cursos el 24 de abril.


¡Asegúrese de tener acceso al Portal de Padres PowerSchool ahora! Para revisar su acceso, ingrese a https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. Utilizará el Portal de Padres PowerSchool para la selección de electivos, calificaciones, tareas, asistencia y los resultados de los exámenes estatales.


Si tiene problemas para iniciar sesión, póngase en contacto con su oficina escolar.



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.



2020 Census Paper Questionnaires are on their way to Californians! 

If you’re among the 70+ million households who have already responded to the 2020 Census, thank you! If you haven’t completed it yet, paper questionnaires are in the mail headed your way. Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. To respond now, go to https://go.usa.gov/xdKjk.


Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete it too. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years. 


¡Los cuestionarios impresos del Censo del 2020 están en camino Californianos!

Si usted está entre los más de 70 millones de hogares que han respondido ya al Censo del 2020, ¡muchas gracias! Si todavía no ha completado el censo, ya le hemos enviado por correo los cuestionarios impresos. Los hogares que reciban el cuestionario impreso de todos modos pueden responder por internet o por teléfono, o pueden enviar el cuestionario por correo postal en el sobre que se incluye. Cuando responda por internet, use el número de Identificación del Censo que aparece en la carta o proporcione su dirección. Para responder ahora mismo, visite https://go.usa.gov/xdV8M.


Anime a sus familiares, amigos y vecinos a que completen el censo también. Es algo que todos podemos hacer mientras mantenemos el distanciamiento social en la casa para marcar la diferencia hoy, mañana y durante los próximos 10 años. 



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.

 

From the City: Sign up to get regular COVID-19 updates

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




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