Weekly News Letter 11/14/18

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Dear Stevenson Families,

This trimester we will be sending both paper and electronic copies of report cards home on Friday, November 16th.  The report card will be emailed to you and will have the subject “Tri 1 Report Card”. In the future, we would like to switch to sending report cards electronically to save paper and a few paper cuts.  If you have trouble receiving the report card via email or would like a hard copy in the future please let Coco know mayala@mvwsd.org.  

Opening a brand-new campus is a huge undertaking and the teachers, staff, and I appreciate all the help and patience over the past few months.


As we continue to complete our campus, I wanted to share some landscaping plans with the community.  We anticipate that the landscaping will begin to be installed in December and continue into January.

In the center of the campus we will also have a large shade structure that will be installed during the summer of 2020.  There is a possibility that the shade structure will also have solar panels integrated into it but we are still in the planning process.

Edible Garden and Native Garden

I want to thank the Garden Committee for all the planning they have done thus far.  Our Garden Committee has taken on the task of planning our native garden and edible garden. Large planters have been ordered and will accommodate gardening for all of our classrooms.  

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover- Principal


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

11/15 - Fall Arts Focus 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

11/27 - Walk/Bike To School Day!

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

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

12/07 - Arts Focus Performance

12/07 - Friday Fever

12/12 - School Site Council/ELAC Mtg.  in Staff Lounge 4:45-5:45

12/13 - Exhibition Night 6pm

12/24/18- 1/7/19 - Winter Holiday Break No School

01/08 - School Back in Session


*See Important Attached Flyers: Enrollment Information Nights, Open Enrollment Packet, MVLA Speaker Series, MV Tree Lighting, Turkey Trot, CSMA Holiday Camps, Campus Garden Planning


Dear Parents,

If you have not already completed the District's climate survey, please take a moment to share your input before Friday using the link below:


Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Thank you for your time!

Estimados Padres,

Si aún no ha completado la encuesta de clima del Distrito, tómese un momento para compartir sus opiniones antes del viernes utilizando el siguiente enlace:


Sus respuestas proporcionan información más allá de los puntajes de los exámenes que nos ayudan a mejorar nuestras escuelas. Sus respuestas a la encuesta son confidenciales y compiladas por Panorama, una tercera compañia. Su sincera opinión honesta es muy importante. ¡Gracias por tu tiempo!

Check out your school’s video!

Get a glimpse here of the dynamic learning that happens in each of our schools.

¡Echa un vistazo de tu escuela!

Echa un vistazo a la dinámica de aprendizaje que se da en cada una de nuestras escuelas. Por favor, clic aqui.

STEMtastic online discussion is open

STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is important for our students. The Mountain View Whisman School District is exploring what STEM opportunities the District can provide to students so that they feel prepared for high school, college and beyond.

We are exploring this topic through this open-ended, online exchange of ideas. Please check your email for the link at which you can share your input on what are the most important considerations we should keep in mind as we plan for future science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in MVWSD. Middle school students and staff members will be participating in their own version of this online discussion.


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.


Dear Stevenson PACT Families

I hope that you are staying safe with the air quality we've been having. Our hearts go out to those that are affected by the terrible fires and we will be collecting donations in the Stevenson office this coming week. Please refer to the emails on PACT Community and PACT Discussions for details on ways you can contribute.

In this week's message:

- Walk/Bike to School Day - November 27

- Crittenden Middle School - Disney's Alladin Jr.

- This Week, Coming Soon, Early Notice

Walk/Bike to School Day - November 27

On November 15th is the second edition of  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: Rebecca Westover

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: Alex Tang

Corner: Tyrella and Gladys

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

Remember helmets for bikers and scooters, and traffic safety for all.

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

From your friendly neighborhood ECO Committee!

Crittenden Middle School - Disney's Alladin Jr.

Crittenden Middle School cordially invites everyone to attend the student production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Shows are at 7 pm on November 15th through 17th. A 2 pm matinee is also available on November 18th.

Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers.

Tickets can be ordered using the form here.


SSC/Elac Meeting: Wednesday, November 14, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

The School Site Council Meeting will be held in the Staff lounge on Wednesday.

Arts Focus 4/6: Thursday, November 15

Its all hands on deck as Arts Focus continues into week four. As always remember to send kids in clothes that are OK for messes.


No School - Thanksgiving break: November 21 - 23


ST Book Fair: November 26 - 30

Arts Focus 5/6: Thursday, November 29

Principal's Coffee: Friday, November 30, 8:30am - 10am

PACT Foundation Meeting: Tuesday, December 4

Arts Focus 6/6: Thursday, December 6

AF Performing Arts Show: Friday, December 7, 9am - 10:30am

SSC Meeting: Wednesday, December 12, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

ST Kinder Information Night: Wednesday December 12, 6pm - 7pm

ST Exhibition Night: Thursday, December 13, 6pm

No School - December Break: December 24 2018 - Jan 7 2019

Thanks and have a great week!

Puja Patankar

Secretary, PACT Foundation

Project Cornerstone Update

Stevenson Families,

Last week, our Project Cornerstone parent readers had a chance to share classroom experiences from the October lessons and discussed this month's book, Simon's Hook by Karen Gedig Burnett.  It is the story of a boy named Simon who is teased because he is having a “bad hair day”. This story helps children recognize that there are many positive, empowering ways to respond to teasing. Simon learns specific techniques to empower himself and avoid being victimized by teasing behaviors.

Grandma Rose, a friendly neighbor, offers Simon five strategies to keep him from taking the bait:

1. Do little or nothing! Don’t react!

2. Pretend to agree with the hook.

3. Change the subject; distract the student doing the teasing.

4. Laugh at the hook and make a joke of it.

5. Stay away from students you know to be hurtful.

Each of these strategies gives our students another important skill in protecting themselves from being hurt. The children love this story and will continue to use the language from the book all year if we support and encourage them to do so. Younger children may need practice identifying what a hook (tease), and 'taking the bait' is, while older children benefit from recognizing the strategies that are most effective for themselves.  All children need to remember that this is just part of their toolbox and that they should know who their "Grandma Rose" (caring adult) is and when they need more support.

At home, ask your child if they've ever caught the bait, or swam free from a hook.  Squabbles with siblings at home can be a great opportunity for your child(ren) to practice the strategies they've learned and get real time feedback when they might be 'biting' or 'fishing.'    

When you hear about or observe teasing, use the language in the book, like taking the bait. Encourage your child to problem-solve by asking:

  • “Did you bite?”

  • How can you swim free and avoid that hook?”

  • Encourage students to see themselves as free fish with many choices, no matter the hooks they encounter.

If you have any questions about the message of this book or want more information about how to supplement this lesson with additional books/activities at home, feel free to check in with your child's classroom reader or myself.  


Lauren Matheou

Project Cornerstone Vice Chair


School Office Reminders


Absence Line(650) 903-6950 press 2 state student name, room number, & brief message explaining reason for absence. You ca n 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! 2019-20_Open Enrollment Packet_eng.pdf 2019-2020 Enrollment Information Nights.pdf 16082_CampusPlantingExhibit_181113.pdf CSMA_Jan2019HolidayCamps_MV.pdf MVLA SpeakerSeries_Flyer 3_Katie Hurley.pdf Turkey Flyer_2018 (1).pdf 2018 Community Tree Lighting Celebration.pdf
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