Weekly News Letter

 

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Hello Stevenson Families,

I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween evening tonight.  I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for keeping our parking lot and drop off area safe this year.  

Keeping students safe is our number one goal.

This year we have noticed that families are driving slowly, dropping their children off at the curb, not cutting across the parking lot, and parking in designated areas.  The teachers sincerely appreciate all the smiles and positivity you have been giving them this year.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover

Principal


Reminder- Minimum Day Dismissal at 12:25 pm End of 1st Trimester- NO PACT PALS

 


 

 

Calendar


11/01 - Fall Arts Focus Begins Day 2 of 6- All Hands on Deck!

11/01 - Mindfulness- Mission Be Parent Workshop 5:00-6:00 pm in Stevenson Library

11/02 - Friday Fever -Theme - Respect

11/02 - Friday Minimum Day Dismissal @ 12:25 pm End of 1st Trimester

11/5 - SELPA Information Parent Coffee @ 8:30 am  in Room 20

11/6 - PACT Foundation Mtg. @ 3:30 in Staff Lounge

11/08 - Fall Arts Focus Begins Day 3 of 6- All Hands on Deck!

11/12 - No School- Veterans Day!

11/14 - School Site Council/ELAC 4:45 - 5:45 pm in staff lounge.

11/15 - Fall Arts Focus Begins Day 4 of 6- All Hands on Deck!

11/21-11/23- Thanksgiving Break- No School

11/26/11/30 - Hicklebee’s Book Fair @ Library schedule TBD

11/29 - Fall Arts Focus Begins Day 5 of 6- All Hands on Deck!

12/06 - Fall Arts Focus Begins Day 6 of 6- All Hands on Deck!


 

*See Important Attached Flyers :


 


 

 

MVWSD News


We want to hear from you! District surveys are coming soon


The MVWSD Climate Survey opens on Monday, Nov. 5  for all staff, all parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Additionally, students in grades 6 and 8 will take a social-emotional survey of critical skills and mindsets that enable school success. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools.


This survey is administered online through Panorama Education. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Personal results will not be identifiable.


In addition to completing LCAP requirements, the data will help inform work on the District's strategic plan goals and provide longitudinal data for year-to year comparisons. The questions are drawn from an archive of research-based questions in broad theme areas of engagement, instruction, school safety and school environment. We will be asking students in grades 5 and 7, parents and staff members about their impressions of our District sites.  We will be asking students in grades 6 and 8 about how they persist, think and feel about school. This is a great opportunity for us to get feedback and continue to work together to improve our schools.


We look forward to seeing the results and working with the leadership of our bargaining units and staff to look for ways we can continue to improve. Look for an email invitation in your inbox on Nov. 5. from Panorama Education. The subject line will be: "Request for your feedback!"


Thank you in advance for your input.


¡Queremos conocer su opinión! Las encuestas del distrito llegarán muy pronto


La encuesta de clima MVWSD inicia el 5 de noviembre para todo el personal, los padres y los estudiantes de los grados 5 y 7. Además, los estudiantes de los grados 6 y 8 tomarán una encuesta socioemocional de habilidades críticas y actitudes que facilitan el éxito escolar. Sus respuestas brindan información más allá de los resultados de las pruebas que nos ayuda a mejorar nuestras escuelas.


Esta encuesta se responde en línea a través de Panorama Education. Sus respuestas en la encuesta son confidenciales y recopiladas por Panorama, un tercero. Su sincera opinión es muy importante. Los resultados personales no serán identificables.


Además de cumplir los requisitos del LCAP, la información ayudará a notificar el trabajo en las metas del plan estratégico del distrito y brindar información longitudinal para comparaciones anuales. Las preguntas provienen de un archivo de preguntas basado en la investigación de áreas generales de participación, educación, seguridad y ambiente escolar. Le preguntaremos a los estudiantes de los grados 5 y 7, a los padres y los miembros del personal sobre sus impresiones de nuestros sitios del distrito.  Le preguntaremos a los estudiantes de los grados 6 y 8 sobre cómo persisten, piensan y se sienten en la escuela. Esta es una gran oportunidad para obtener retroalimentación y seguir trabajando juntos para mejorar nuestras escuelas.


Esperamos ver los resultados y trabajar con el liderazgo de nuestro personal y unidades de negociación para buscar maneras de seguir mejorando. Busque la invitación por correo electrónico en su bandeja de entrada el 5 de noviembre de Panorama Education. El asunto será: "¡Solicitud de sus comentarios!"



 


 

 


School Boundaries

The Board of Trustees last spring approved new school boundaries, to be enacted next year/in the 2019-20 school year, to redistribute student enrollment among the District’s elementary schools and facilitate students attending their neighborhood schools.

Next year, in the fall of 2019-20, kindergarten-4th grade students in transition neighborhoods may be attending new neighborhood schools, including the newly constructed Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Students entering grades 5-8 and students enrolled in Stevenson Elementary or Mistral Elementary in 2019-20 will not be affected.  

Students currently in transitional kindergarten through third grade in affected neighborhoods will be impacted by a change in attendance area. The few exemptions will be younger siblings of 2019-20 fifth-graders in these transition neighborhoods who have the option of staying at their current school for the 2019-20 year only and students currently enrolled at Stevenson Elementary and Mistral Elementary.

Parents received information by mail and email last week. You were notified if your student in transitional kindergarten through third grade will be affected by a change in school attendance area. No action needs to be taken by you at this time.

In the coming months, the District and school communities will be working to ensure student transitions to new neighborhood schools are as smooth as possible. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/transitions for information about welcome and informational events for parents and children.

For questions about boundaries and residency, please see www.mvwsd.org/residency or call 650-526-3500. On this webpage, you may view the 2019-20 school boundaries map and use the SchoolLocator to search for your home address.

We appreciate your patience and support during this process.



La primavera pasada, la junta directiva aprobó los nuevos límites escolares, que entrarán en vigencia el año que viene/en el año escolar 2019-20, para redistribuir la inscripción de los estudiantes entre las escuelas primarias del distrito y facilitar la asistencia de los estudiantes a las escuelas de su vecindario. El próximo año, en el otoño de 2019-20, los estudiantes de Kínder hasta 4° grado que no están asistiendo a su escuelas de vecindario asignadas podrían asistir a su escuela de vecindario, incluyendo la primaria recién construida José Antonio Vargas.

El cambio en el área de asistencia solo afectará a los estudiantes que actualmente asisten del Kínder de Transición (TK) hasta el 3.° grado en vecindarios afectados. Los estudiantes de los grados 4.° a 8.° y los estudiantes inscriptos en la Escuela Primaria Mistral y la Escuela primaria Stevenson en el 2019-20 no se verán afectados.


Los padres recibieron información por correo y correo electrónico la semana pasada. Se le notificó si su estudiante en Kínder de Transición (TK) hasta el 3.° grado se verá afectado por un cambio en el área de asistencia escolar. En este momento, no se requiere ninguna acción.


En los próximos meses, las comunidades del distrito y de la escuela trabajarán para asegurarse de que las transiciones de los estudiantes a las nuevas escuelas de vecindario ocurran sin complicaciones. Visite www.mvwsd.org/transitions para obtener información sobre eventos de bienvenida para padres e hijos y revise el sitio regularmente, ya que se organizarán más eventos.

Si tiene dudas sobre los límites y las residencias, visite www.mvwsd.org/residency. En este sitio web puede ver el mapa de límites escolares para el ciclo 2019-20 y utilizar el SchoolLocator para buscar su domicilio.

Agradecemos su paciencia y apoyo durante este proceso.


 


 

Parent University Parent University



MV Parent U presents,


Dr. Francisco Jiménez, Author: "The Transformative Power Of Education"


Wednesday, November 7

6:30-8pm, Crittenden Auditorium, 1701 Rock St.


Author and educator Francisco Jiménez has been an agent for change in academia and public education for the last thirty years. He emigrated with his family from Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is a professor and administrator at Santa Clara University. His four-book series—The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold--has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.  


Provided:

* Interpretation (Spanish support)

* Child care

* Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

* Raffle prizes!!!


Please register here



Francisco Jiménez, autor: "El poder transformador de la educación"


El Miércoles, 7 De Noviembre 6:30-8 Pm

Escuela Secundaria Crittenden Auditorio


Francisco Jiménez, autor y educador, ha sido un agente de cambio en la educación académica y pública durante los últimos treinta años. Emigró con su familia de México a California y como niño trabajaba junto a sus padres en los campos de California. Recibió su licenciatura de la Universidad de Santa Clara y una maestría en Literatura latinoamericana de la Universidad de Columbia con una beca Woodrow Wilson. Es profesor y administrador en la Universidad de Santa Clara. Su serie de cuatro libros (El circuito, Senderos fronterizos, Más allá de mí, Taking Hold), se ha incluido en la lista de los 50 mejores libros de jóvenes de todos los tiempos por la Asociación Americana de Bibliotecas.


Se proporcionará:

* Interpretación (apoyo en español)

* Cuidado de niños

* Transporte (El autobús sale de Graham a las 6 p.m. y Castro a las 6:15 p.m. y regresa a las 8:30 p.m.)

* ¡Habrá una rifa!

Apúntese aquí

Parent University Parent University Span


 

 

MVEF

News from MVEF- Final Phoneathon reminder and last dine out event of the year!

MVEF’s Phoneathon is just around the corner!  Donate today at MVEF.org/donate. On November 7th take a night off from cooking, and head to PIZZA MY HEART, at the corner of El Camino and El Monte (1037 El Monte), in Mountain View from 4pm to 8pm!  Mention MVEF and 30% of your bill will fund art, music, science, athletics and more! Support your child and every child!

Noticias de la MVEF - ¡Recordatorio del Phonathon y último evento con cena del año!

¡El Phonathon de la MVEF está a la vuelta de la esquina!  Haga su donación hoy en MVEF.org/donate. El 7 de noviembre, tómese una noche libre de la cocina y diríjase a PIZZA MY HEART, en la esquina de El Camino y El Monte (1037 El Monte), en Mountain View, de las 4 p. m. a las 8 p. m. ¡Mencione la MVEF y el 30% de su cuenta será para financiar a las artes, la música, la ciencia, los deportes y más! ¡Apoye a su hijo y a todos los niños!


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Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions

MVWSD has a new video series called "Let's Talk" that addresses topics that are important to parents and the community. "Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions" explains how we choose the materials our student use to learn and how often and why we make changes. https://youtu.be/iT575_4IcBs




 


 

 

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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.

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¿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,

What a spooktacular time it was last Friday at the Trunk or Treat! It was great to see so many kids and parents in cool costumes. Not to mention the spectacular display of decorated cars. It is Halloween this Wednesday and kids maybe doing various Halloween-themed activities in classrooms. Kids can come to school in costume, but no face paint, masks or handheld items such as weapons, wands, purses etc.


In this week's message

- Benefit Smile

- Girl Scouts Collection for American Troops Overseas

- Wat Update

- Library Catalog

- This Week, Coming Soon, Early Notice


Girl Scouts

Each year the Girl Scouts collect unopened unused donated Halloween candy and send it to American troops stationed overseas. We will collect donations until Wednesday morning 11/7.

Troop 61513 will leave a donation collection bin in the office for this purpose.


If you are interested in sending other things to troops overseas, highly needed donations are:

-$25 visa gift cards (WiFi and calls Home)

-Boxes of High-Protein snacks:  slim Jims, jerky, protein bars

-Unscented travel sizes personal hygiene items(shampoo, body wash, non aerosol shave cream, lotion, mouth wash, deodorant, face wash, sunscreen)

-Chapsticks

-Unscented feminine products(tampons, pads)

-AA and AAA batteries


Please reach out to myself or Mendy Thijssen( elementsofmagic@gmail.com) if you have any questions.


Benefit Smile

Want to win 4 tickets to Disneyland?  PACT Foundation has partnered with Benefit Mobile and Smile.Amazon.com to raise funds for our school.  Simply sign up for both Benefit Mobile and Smile.Amazon.com, select PACT Foundation as your beneficiary, and you will be automatically entered into the Disneyland Ticket Raffle!!! The drawing will take place on December 4, 2018.  See the attached flyer for more information. Questions--contact Manish Gupta, manish.gupta@gmail.com, or Kim Reynolds, kimrey0@gmail.com.


WAT Update

Congrats again to the Stevenson community for another fantastic walkathon last Friday! We are  so close to meeting our goal of $42,000.  We are currently at 90% ($37,819).   If every student asks one person to donate $10, we will meet our goal!  (Don't forget corporate matching!) The classroom participation challenge ends Friday 11/2 - all classrooms with 100% participation will get an ice cream party.

  • Silent Auction: Place your bids for pieces from the obstacle course AND Warrior tickets. Auction ends Monday 11/5/18. https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/30058/auctions/57752?t=all

  • Walkstarter Tips:

    • Print out a certificate for kids which has their avatar and total number of laps.

    • View list of donors and send automatic 'thank you emails' .


Library Catalog - Online Search

You can see what our school library has 24/7 at  destiny.mvwsd.org. If you are curious about whether we have a book, search anytime. To see more of what happens in the school library and get children's book insights follow Mrs. Donahue on Instagram @windows_and_mirrors


THIS WEEK


Arts Focus 2/6: Thursday, November 1,  

Minimum Day, End of Trimester: Friday, November 2


COMING SOON

Author Visit - Jill Diamond: Tuesday, November 6

PACT Foundation Meeting: Tuesday, November 6

Arts Focus 3/6: Thursday, November 8


EARLY NOTICE


No School -Veteran's Day: Monday, November 12

SSC/Elac Meeting: Wednesday, November 14

Arts Focus 4/6: Thursday, November 15

No School - Thanksgiving break: November 21 - 23

ST Scholastic Book Fair: November 26 - 30

Arts Focus 5/6: Thursday, November 29


Have a great week and Happy Halloween!

Puja Patankar

Secretary, PACT Foundation


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BTSN Reminders

Online Parent Engagement Form  

Committee Request Form: You are requested to sign-up for one committee per family.  

Field trip driver authorization: Needs to be done every year  

TB testing: ALL adults who work with children must provide evidence of a negative TB test before they start volunteering.  

Annual family donation to Stevenson PACT: Please contribute what you can.  


COMMUNICATION: PACT Email Lists


Read your “Week Ahead” emails

They summarize upcoming events and share important reminders. If you have a community wide announcement, please submit it to Puja Patankar ( pujapatankar@gmail.com) by Friday for inclusion in the Sunday “Week Ahead” email.  We reserve the right to edit messages for length and/or content - we will try to contact you first if possible.


Having several groups lets people filter emails and/or only subscribe to the groups they're interested in. Note: On UpToUs - click "My Communities" and then click on the name of the group you're looking for on the left hand side of the page.  If you unsubscribe, you can resubscribe later.


"PACT Community” UpToUs group:

Now moderated to ensure important messages get focus.  If you send a message to this list it will need moderator approval - most messages should be sent to one of the other groups below or be submitted for the "Week Ahead" Email (see below).  Please talk to a committee chair or board member before trying to post to this group.


"PACT Discussions” UpToUs group:

This is a new group for any *school related* discussions (e.g. help needed for a school project, discussion of PactPals classes ).  Everyone in the PACT Community will be added by default (just after this email is sent) - you may unsubscribe if you wish - we recommend you stay in the group and filter if needed.


"PACT Classifieds" UpToUs group:

All items for sale/donation and all recommendations for services not directly related to Stevenson (e.g. babysitters, shows, fundraisers) should be posted on PACT Classifieds, which is a separate, opt-in UpToUs group. To join, click on "PACT Classifieds" under PACT Community.


"PACT Camping Club" UpToUs group:

Interested in camping?  Would it surprise you that 202 other members of our community are too?  Join the PACT Camping group learn more about camping and several excursions organized by PACT parents.   To join, click on "PACT Camping" under PACT Community.


CALENDARS

To view the Stevenson calendar on the web and/or subscribe via google calendar:

Stevenson Calendar

To subscribe on Macs, iPhone, Outlook, etc.

Subscribe to Stevenson Calendar


 


 

 

School Office Reminders

   

  • Please  Allow Enough Time to Properly Park Your Vehicle and Safely Off-Load your student

  • ALWAYS Look out for Students and Parents Walking/Crossing at Drop Off and Pick Up

  • Never Leave your car Unattended or “Idling” at any time during pick-up or drop off

  • Always Walk your Bike when on Campus- Same with Scooters Please.




  • Always check the calendar- for short days, school breaks, and school events


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. Thank you!




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