Weekly News Letter 2/28/19

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03/02 - Silent Auction & Sock Hop @ Masonic Lodge 890 Church St. MV 5:30pm

03/04 - Project Cornerstone Reader Training in Room 19 7 pm

03/05 - PACT Foundation Mtg. in staff lounge 3:30 - 5 pm

03/07 - Coffee w/ Dr. Rudolph -MUR-  8:30 am

03/07 - Arts Focus Session 2-  All Hands on Deck Day 6 of 6

03/08 - Friday Fever

03/08 - AF Performance 9 am- location TBD

03/13 - School Site Council/ELAC in staff lounge 4:45 pm

03/14 - Principal’s Coffee 8:30 am

03/14 - Arts Focus Appreciation Lunch 11:30 am

03/18 - NO SCHOOL- staff development day

03/19 - NO SCHOOL- staff development day

03/26 - Lifetouch Spring Pics

03/27 - PACT Foundation General Mtg. 6:30- 8pm MUR

04/01 - Principal’s Coffee 8:30 am

04/01 - Project Cornerstone Reader Training 7pm Rm. 19

*See Important Attached Flyers-Attached Below :




We want to hear from you! LCAP parent survey

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2019-20 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 1 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/MVWSD-LCAP-Parent-Guardian-Survey-2019

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff6


MVEF had a great turnout for its Winter Gala, and is grateful for the all the guests, donors and sponsors who helped make the evening a success. MVEF raised more than $95,000 including $18,000 for science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader. There is still time to support these great field trips by donating to MVEF at https://www.mvef.org/donatetogala.

MVEF also funds all the CSMA art and music lessons, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more. The Gala, as well as donations from parents, community members and corporations, ensure that every child in the District has access to these programs. Learn more at mvef.org.


MV Parent U presents “Getting Ready for High School,” a guide for middle and elementary school families, on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 6:30-8 PM at the Graham Middle School Auditorium.

Please join us to learn :

* What to expect in high school from the student, staff and parent perspective

* What resources are available to teachers and parents to help ease students' transition

* What skills to focus on in elementary and middle school to prepare for high school


Students, administrators, parents and school counselors from MVWSD and Mountain View Los Altos High School District. Interactive, question and answer format


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here


Let's Talk: Budget

Each year at this time, the District creates its budget for the following year. Learn more about how this process works in this sixth episode in the "Let's Talk" video series.

Click here for the video. Spanish subtitles are available.

The "Let's Talk" video series addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think


Women’s Day

Please join us for a wonderful event next month as we celebrate the second annual MVPD Women’s Day event. It has been renamed to #SheCan to incorporate and include all who would like to participate, regardless of age.

Much like last year, the goal of this event is to encourage and inspire girls – middle and high school-age specifically – as well as young women to consider the possibility of a career in fields such as public safety and public service and all that these career have to offer.  We are thrilled to announce that the Mountain View Fire Department, the City of Mountain View, the 129th Rescue Wing, and Girls on the Run will be joining us this year.

Here are more of the event details

·         Date: Saturday, March 30th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·         Where: MVPD front lot, auditorium and foyer

·         Who: You, and your family!

To learn more about the ‘why’ behind this event, check out our mission statement!

We have a vision.  A vision as police officers, firefighters and government leaders to connect with women and girls as mentors, advocates and sponsors. Out of this vision came the slogan #SeeStrongBeStrong.  We believe that when young women and girls see what’s possible in any career they are encouraged, inspired and supported to strive to find their highest potential. We want all young women and girls to know that they can become anything they set their minds to.  Because they are stronger, smarter and more capable than they think, and WE HAVE THEIR BACK.

We believe that when we engage with young women and girls and tell our stories of perseverance and resilience we are planting seeds of the same kind for them.  We understand that when men stand up with women and girls, we are partners in equality and share the same dream of a better world.

We created this event to inspire, empower and embolden our female youth to see themselves as future leaders in public safety and public service.  #SheCan, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department, will offer an inside look at the joy and purpose behind the work public servants do in the world.




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.



The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents : Kristin Neff, Ph.D. : Self-compassion:  A proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | LAHS Eagle Theater |201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological well being.  Dr. Kristin Neff will discuss how self-compassion is a crucial skill for all caregivers, allowing us to care for others without losing ourselves.

A simple self-compassion practice that can be used in daily life, will be taught.

Register for this free event at  https://mvla2018-19-kristinneff.eventbrite.com

Spanish translation will be available.  Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.






Arts Focus Spring Session 5/6: Thursday, February 28

Week 5 of arts focus continues this week. As always send kids in clothes okay for messes.


ST Sock Hop and Silent Auction @ Masonic Lodge 890 Church St. MV: Saturday, March 2, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Plan for a fun family evening at our annual Sock Hop and Silent Auction. Browse through and bid on fun items and funner subscription parties as kids(and grown ups) dance away in their funkiest socks.*More details to follow this week.




St Foundation Meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 3:30 - 5:00pm

Arts Focus Spring Session 6/6: Thursday, March 7

Parent Coffee with Dr Rudolf: Friday, March 8, 8:30 - 9:30am

AF Performing Arts Shows: Friday, March 8




SSC Meeting: March 13 2019, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Principal's Coffee(Intruder training): March 14 2019

NO SCHOOL: March 18 & 19 2019

Spring Picture Day: March 26, 2019

PACT Annual General Meeting (MUR): March 27 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

ST Foundation Meeting: April 2 2019

NO SCHOOL(Spring Break): April 15-19

Arts Focus Show@City Hall: April 25 - May 8 2019


Thanks and have a great week,

Puja Patankar

Secretary, PACT Foundation




School Office Reminders

  • Parents please dress your students for the weather. Cold, rainy, windy, sunny all rolled into one. Layer them up and make sure they have appropriate footwear. No sandals, flip-flops or Heelys permitted!

  • Check the Lost & Found Rack - many coats and lunch gear! Unclaimed items will be discarded or donated to charity.


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.

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