Stevenson Weekly News Letter 5/8/19

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5/8/19

Dear Stevenson Families,


Thank you, Garden Committee and volunteers, for coming to plant our native garden on Saturday.  We are so happy to have the garden in place and starting to grow!



If you have not tried our hot lunch have your kids give it a try or come have lunch with us!


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Be Cool: Walk, Scoot, Bike or Carpool to School- Tomorrow!


Thursday May, 9th is Stevenson's Walk/Bike to School Day! We encourage you to try walking, scooting, biking, or carpooling (Carbon Fewer Commute), even for part of your way to school.  ECO committee will be giving raffle tickets for participation!You can meet up with the following groups:

Walking from Safeway

Lead: Drago Grbovic Meet at 8:15 at Big Bites (Bailey Park Safeway Parking Lot, Montecito side), group will leave by 8:20  (kids can be dropped-of there to walk in)


Walking from Rex Manor

Lead: Elena Garcia

Corner: Burgoyne and Montecito

Meet at 8:10, group will leave by 8:15

Biking from Slater Neighborhood

Lead: Lan Pham

Corner: Tyrella and Gladys

Meet at 8:05, group will leave by 8:10

Biking from Shoreline West/Old Mountain View

Lead: Tom Raffill

Corner: Eagle Park Sign on Shoreline

Meet at 8:05, group will leave by 8:10

Walk/Bike/Scooting is a great way to connect with your community, and lessen traffic congestion around school.  Remember helmets for bikers and scooters, and traffic safety for all. Try it Thursday, then see if you can make a habit to do once a week or more.


Best,


Rebecca Westover

Principal



Calendar


04/22 to 5/17- CAASPP State Testing 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades


05/08 - AF Reception @ MV City Hall 5:30 to 7pm - TONIGHT!

05/09 - Walk - Bike - Scooter to School Day - TOMORROW MORNING!


05/09 - 5th Grade CSMA Strings Gala Concert @ Tateuchi Hall 6:00pm FRIDAY!


05/10 - Middle School Electives Deadline!

05/10 - Friday Fever!

05/14 - 5th Grade CSMA Band Concert @ Tateuchi Hall 6:00pm

05/17 - School Play- “Jill & Red’s Tubular Trip” in MUR 7:00pm

05/18 - School Play- “Jill & Red’s Tubular Trip” in MUR 2:00 pm & 7:00pm

05/19 - School Play- “Jill & Red’s Tubular Trip” in MUR 2:00pm

05/19 - Annual Chess Tournament @ Monta Loma School 11:30 am

05/21 - Parent Appreciation Breakfast in Staff Lounge 8-9 am

05/23 - Market Day @ Blacktop/Main Quad

05/24 - End of  3rd Trimester - Minimum Day Dismissal at 12:25 pm No PACT Pals

05/27 - No School Memorial Day Holiday

05/30 - Music In Action Concert in MUR for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades

05/30 - Ice Cream Social at Blacktop Main Quad 5:30 pm


*See Important Flyers Attached Below :



MVWSD News


Incoming Middle School Parents:  Prepare to Select Electives for 2019-20

Electives selection for grades 5-7 opens at 4 pm on May 1

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students (grades 5-7) choose their electives courses for next year. All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by May 10, 2019 through the PowerSchool portal.


Parents, please look for an email in your inbox from April 26 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please talk with your student and then log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) to help your student select his/her electives.  If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you need help, please call or visit your school office or attend the registration support time on Thursday, May 2 from 3-4 pm, and 6-7:30 pm; and Coffee with the Counselor on Friday, May 3, 8-9 am. More information at www.mvwsd.org/MSelectives.


La selección de materias optativas se abre a las 4 pm el 1 de mayo para los grados del 5.º al 7.º

Esta es la época del año en que nuestros estudiantes que ingresan a la escuela secundaria (grados 5.º al 7.º) eligen sus cursos optativos para el próximo año. Todos los estudiantes de 5.º a 7.º grado deben seleccionar sus cursos optativos en línea antes del 10 de mayo de 2019 a través del portal PowerSchool.


Pedimos a los padres que busquen en su bandeja de entrada un correo electrónico con enlaces a orientaciones y catálogos de los cursos. Por favor, hable con su hijo y después inicie sesión en su cuenta del portal PowerSchool (ya sea del estudiante o de los padres) para ayudarlo a seleccionar sus materias optativas.  Si tiene dificultades con PowerSchool, puede comunicarse con la secretaria de su escuela. Si necesita ayuda, llame o visite la oficina de su escuela o asista a la hora de asistencia de inscripción el jueves 2 de mayo de 3 a 4 pm y de 6 a 7:30 pm; y Café con el Consejero, el viernes 3 de mayo, de 8 a 9 am. Mas información en www.mvwsd.org/MSelectives.


MVEF

MVEF, together with numerous educational foundations throughout the Bay Area, is recognizing May 9th as a day to Stand Up for Public Schools.  Our public schools are integral to the development of our future leaders and citizens, and their excellence is dependent on every child, at every school, having access to a competitive, well-rounded education.  


If you have not donated this school year to MVEF, please consider doing so today.  Your child has access to art, music, science, field trips, athletics and more thanks to parents like you who generously donate.  CodeRev has committed to matching $1000 for first-time donations this May. Help us reach our annual goal to raise $750,0000 to get this matching donation, and support your child and every child. Mvef.org/donate.

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On-Campus Before- and Afterschool  Programs Registering Students Now!


On-campus before- and afterschool care programs registering students now

We know that finding reliable, high-quality, affordable childcare is a challenge for many of our families and staff members. Increasing these offerings at our schools to meet demand has been a priority for MVWSD. On campus, our schools host several long-standing programs -- Beyond the Bell and the YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare --  in addition to a new one planned to open this fall, Right at School.

Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. It is planned for all MVWSD schools, including middle schools and the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 day pricing options.

A parent information meeting for the new Right at School program has been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in the Graham Middle School multi-use room (1175 Castro St.).  This meeting will help answer any questions you have about the program. The meeting is not mandatory. You may also go to www.rightatschool.com for registration and this webpage for information and fees.


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Programas de cuidado antes y después de la escuela en el campus que registran estudiantes ahora

Sabemos que encontrar servicios confiables, de alta calidad y económicos de cuidado infantil resulta extremadamente difícil para muchas de nuestras familias y empleados. Aumentar las ofertas de estos servicios en nuestras escuelas para satisfacer la demanda ha sido una prioridad de  MVWSD. Nuestras escuelas brindan varios programas de larga data en sus instalaciones, como Beyond the Bell y YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare, y además tenemos un nuevo programa planificado para iniciarse en este otoño: Right at School.

Right at School es un programa para antes y después de las clases basado en tarifas, con reconocimiento a nivel nacional, y que se desarrolla todos los días en que la escuela está en sesión, desde las 6:30 a. m. hasta las 6 p. m. Además, incluye cuidado durante receso escolar y sin previa coordinación. Está planificado para todas las escuelas de MVWSD, incluidas las escuelas secundarias y la nueva escuela primaria Jose Antonio Vargas. Right at School incluye unidades de dos semanas basadas en experiencias para enriquecimiento curricular en ciencias, como "Icky Experiments", "Page to Stage" y "Young Detectives". El programa incorpora movimiento físico, tiempo al aire libre y terminación de las tareas. Ofrece además 10 % de descuento para hermanos, 25 % de descuento para almuerzos familiares gratuitos y de precio reducido, opciones flexibles de precios para 1,2,3,4 y 5 días.



The 16th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament is rapidly approaching.

  • This year's tournament will be held on Sunday, May 19th at Monta Loma Elementary School.  

  • Participating students must pre-register.  The deadline for registration is May 15th.

  • Tournament doors officially open at 11:30 for entry.  Participants must be onsite by Noon. The awards ceremony will be at 5.  Participants can either play in the competitive or open event.

  • Online Registration link:       tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess

Please come enjoy this fun event!

Feel free free to email me at andarling@gmail.com with questions.


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What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?  Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences.  All other reasons are not considered excused. Good attendance will help your children do well in school and in life, so please help them make good choices.For more information, click here.


¿Qué tipos de ausencias son justificadas y cuáles son injustificadas? Las ausencias por enfermedad, citas médicas, duelo, y algunas actividades religiosas son consideradas justificadas. Cualquier otra motivo es considerado injustificado. Tener un buen record de asistencia escolar les ayudará a sus hijos a desempeñarse bien en la escuela y en la vida, por eso ayudenles a tomar buenas decisiones. Para más información, visiten aquí.


PACT FOUNDATION WEEKLY UPDATES

Dear Stevenson PACT Families,


We're in the End Game now...


Last month of the year and there's a lot in the offing. This week we have our Arts Focus Closing Reception on Wednesday. There is a Stevenson Walk/Bike to school event on Thursday and we will have Friday Fever to cap off the week. Read on for more details.


In this week's message:

- Walk/Bike to School Day

- Family Giving Tree

- This Week, Coming Soon, Early Notice


Be Cool: Walk, Scoot, Bike or Carpool to School!

Thursday May, 9th is Stevenson's Walk/Bike to School Day!

We encourage you to try walking, scooting, biking, or carpooling (Carbon Fewer Commute), even for part of your way to school.  ECO committee will be giving raffle tickets for participation!

You can meet up with the following groups:

Walking from Safeway

Lead: Drago Grbovic

Meet at 8:15 at Big Bites (Bailey Park Safeway Parking Lot, Montecito side), group will leave by 8:20  (kids can be dropped-of there to walk in)

Walking from Rex Manor

Lead: Elena Garcia

Corner: Burgoyne and Montecito

Meet at 8:10, group will leave by 8:15

Biking from Slater Neighborhood

Lead: Lan Pham

Corner: Tyrella and Gladys

Meet at 8:05, group will leave by 8:10


Biking from Shoreline West/Old Mountain View

Lead: Tom Raffill

Corner: Eagle Park Sign on Shoreline

Meet at 8:05, group will leave by 8:10

Walk/Bike/Scooting is a great way to connect with your community, and lessen traffic congestion around school.  Remember helmets for bikers and scooters, and traffic safety for all. Try it Thursday, then see if you can make a habit to do once a week or more.


Girl Scouts Back to School Drive

Girl Scouts are proud to announce their Back-to-School drive starting Monday, April 22nd! We are partnering with the Family Giving Tree, an organization dedicated to sending low-income children back to school with the supplies they need to succeed. Last year over 41,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to students in need. Donations of new or like-new items are welcome. You can send a child to school prepared to succeed in 2 ways:


1. Take a grade leveled school supply list and supply some or all of the supplies on it. The list of recommended supplies is available in the office.

2. Donate money to us to purchase supplies on their behalf (write check to GS troop 61513).

Click to check out the Virtual Giving Tree :  https://vtree.fgt.org/GirlScoutTroop61513/


Donation box and lists of recommended supplies are in the office. Please contact Tania Ruiz:  myoat7@gmail.com  if you have any questions, or visit  www.FamilyGivingTree.org for more information.

For donations after June 6th, please contact troop leader Mendy elementsofmagic@gmail.com


THIS WEEK


Arts Focus Closing Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join us for the Arts Focus Closing Reception on Thursday. Lets celebrate a successful year of Arts Focus. There will be light snacks and activities for kids.


Stevenson Walk/Bike to School Event: Thursday, May 9  

Be cool and walk/bike/scoot to school. There will be raffle tickets being handed out by the Eco committee for participants.


Friday Fever(MUR): Friday, May 10, 8:30am

Arrive early to help kids get together with their classmates for Friday Fever.


COMING SOON


Principal's Coffee: May 16 2019  

ST School Play: Friday May 17 - Sunday May 19

Thanks and have a great week,

Puja Patankar

Secretary, PACT Foundation  



Project Cornerstone


Dear Stevenson families:

In this last month of our Project Cornerstone for the year, your child will hear the book The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill. In this story, Mean Jean the “recess queen” rules the playground with an iron fist. No one dares cross her path for fear of being hit, punched, or kicked. One day, a new girl shows up on the playground and catches Mean Jean completely off guard. Katie Sue is not the least bit intimidated by Mean Jean. Katie Sue actually invites her to join in a jump rope game! In no time, Jean and Katie Sue become friends.

This clever book helps our students think of creative ideas to handle bully behaviors during lunch and recess. The lesson will address:

  • Ways to fill buckets for the bully

  • How UPstanders can improve school climate on the playground

  • Peaceful ways to diffuse conflicts using I Messages

  • Using the many tools in the toolbox learned throughout the year

Using I Messages is a technique that our children have practiced and may revisit this month to peacefully resolve conflicts. As a caring adult, here are steps you can use to help youth in emotionally charged conflicts:

  • Help them identify the conflict.

  • Without interruption, have each person describe briefly what happened.

  • Use empathetic listening. No judging, just listening.

  • Have each of the involved persons name how they feel with an “I statement”:

A. I feel ______ when ______because ______.

B. I feel ______ when ______because ______.

  • Help children repeat and refine their statements until tension from the misunderstanding or conflict subsides.

  • Celebrate the successful resolution of conflicts and acknowledge the compromises each person made so that the solution would work!

You are the most influential role model in your child’s life. By remaining calm in response to frustration, you help your child learn how to react peacefully in difficult social situations. Your guidance, empathy and support allow them to practice and acquire new skills. Your swift and empathetic response to bully behaviors when you are volunteering at Stevenson helps our school and community feel safe and more caring for all kids.

I hope you have enjoyed hearing about our program this year.  We are looking forward to thinking more deeply about how to make this program even better and integrate the Stevenson values more intentionally.   Please contact me if you are interested in being a reader next year!


Warmly,

Lauren Matheou on behalf of the Project Cornerstone Committee

laurengus@gmail.com


School Office Reminders:  


Reminder: Lifetouch Overdue!  


Absence Line  (650) 903-6950 press 2 state student name, room number, & brief message explaining reason for absence.

You can alternatively email me at mayala@mvwsd.org  or Amy at  afolden@mvwsd.org Be sure to inform the school office on the day of absence or within 24 hours. If we do not hear from you, the absence will be marked as unexcused. Stevenson Stingray News 5-8-19 - jordonez@mvwsd.org - Mountain View Whisman School District Mail.pdf Summer Camp Info_ Flyers 5-8-19.pdf
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