Weekly News Letter 2/6/19

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Dear Stevenson Families,

Please make sure to join us tomorrow at 5:30pm in the library for stress reduction for parents and mindfulness with Mission Be.  Many of our classrooms and teachers have benefited from our partnership with Mission Be and we wanted to make sure that we also included parents who are also under a lot of pressure.  Below are some quotes from students regarding their mindfulness practices:

- "Mindfulness helped me achieve my goal because I actually wanted to stay calm. Whenever I needed to be calmer, I used breathing."

- "Mindfulness helped me stay calm when I got kind of angry. I like to listen to raindrops and other stuff."

-"My parents and brother fight a lot. So, it helped me stay in my room and calm down when this was happening."

- "I really liked when she brought the instruments and also when she told us to go around the room and lie down and she would play the instrument.  It made me feel sleepy and all warm and fuzzy inside. I liked her reminding us to always breathe because it helps me calm down and really think about what is happening, if it's something I should really be worried about, or if it's something silly that I shouldn't be getting worried about.  The breathing helps with that."

Gentle Reminders for Pick-up and Drop Off

·     There is no supervision on campus until 8:15 am, please do not drop children off earlier.

·     Please do not get out of your car to open your trunk.  Park and walk in if there are items in your trunk that your child needs.

·     Use the designated crosswalks.  Running across the parking lot is dangerous and backs up traffic, even if your child is not with you.

·     Drop your child off on the curb not on the street or before the drop off area.

Please know that we would rather have a child be a few moments late to class than risk injury to a parent or student.

Sorry, curbside parking for parents- parking lot is for staff only.

Construction Updates

The MVWSD District Office construction project will begin a phase of dirt relocation and mixing tomorrow, which will run through next Thursday 2/14 (weather permitting).  There will be some noise and dust, and the contractor will use the required dust control measures to minimize it. Also, there will be a large mixer truck parked on Montecito Ave. adjacent to the project site restricting street parking in that area.  Thank you in advance for your patience with construction and for your support of our schools. To learn more about construction at MVWSD, see www.mvwsd.org/construction.

The MUR completion date has been updated to February 14th with final touches to be done the week of winter break.  We are very excited to see it all finished. The removal of the fence near the field has been delayed for a few weeks due to the grass needing to be a particular length and mowed before it is officially turned over to us.  

Intruder Video

As a staff, we understand that emotions are high around intruders on campus and want to respect your choices as a parent and provide support.  As promised the teachers, school psychologist, and I met last week to discuss how we would talk to students, in an age-appropriate way, about the video.  Our talking points are attached to this note so you can discuss as you feel appropriate with your children.

We will show the video on Wednesday, February 27that 1:30 pm in kinder classrooms and at 2:30 pm for all other grades.  If you choose to take your child out of school please follow the check-out process in the front office and let your child’s teacher know in advance.  

If you would like to know more about the school’s protocol I will be hosting a special coffee on February 28thfrom 8:30-10:00 am in room 20.  - See attached pdf - Intruder Talking Points

Warm Regards,

Dr. Rebecca Westover

Stevenson Principal




02/07 - Arts Focus Session 2-  All Hands on Deck Day 4 of 6

02/08 - Friday Fever

02/09 - MVEF Winter Gala & Auction at Senior Center, Escuela Avenue 8 to 11pm

02/13 - School Site Council/ELAC in Staff Lounge 4:45 - 5:45

02/15 - Friday Minimum Day- End of 2nd Trimester Dismissal at 12:25

02/18 to 02/22 NO SCHOOL Winter Break

02/26 - Author Visit: David Shwartz in MUR

02/26 - Math Night w David Shwartz in Library - 5:30-7:30

02/28 - Arts Focus Session 2-  All Hands on Deck Day 5 of 6

03/02 - Silent Auction & Sock Hop in ST- MUR 5:30 to 7:30 pm

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 - Arts Focus Session 2-  All Hands on Deck Day 5 of 6

03/08 - Coffee w/ Dr. Rudolph 8:30 - location TBD

03/08 - AF Performance 9 am- location TBD

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

03/18- 03/19 NO SCHOOL- staff development day


*See Important Attached Flyers-Attached Below :




MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Feb. 13

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

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

Register here

Parent U de Mountain View: “Siendo un Adulto al cual se le puede Preguntar'—Como conversar con su hijo acerca de la sexualidad” el 13 de febrero

Parent U de Mountain View presenta: “Siendo un Adulto al que se le puede Preguntar'—Hablando con su hijo acerca de la sexualidad” el miércoles 13 de febrero, de 6:30- 8 p.m. en el Salón de Usos Múltiples-MUR de la Escuela Secundaria Crittenden.

Presentado por Health Connected (Salud Conectada), un líder en la educación de la salud del Área de la Bahía, los padres aprenderán el porqué, cómo y cuándo hablar con sus hijos acerca de la salud sexual. Acompáñenos a un taller interactivo y divertido, para motivar y ayudar a los adultos de confianza, a interesar a sus hijos en una conversación abierta y honesta.

La sesión es apropiada para adultos con niños de cualquier edad, y definitivamente relevante para los adultos con hijos acercándose a la pubertad o en la adolescencia.

Se proporcionará:

■   Interpretación (asistencia en español)

■   Cuidado para niños

■   Transporte (Un autobús partirá de la Primaria Castro y la Secundaria Graham, a las 6 p.m. y regresará a las 8:30 p.m.)

Regístrese aquí


Mountain View Whisman School District

We Are Fighting the Flu!

Our schools are seeing more cases of flu in both staff and students. With seasonal flu circulating at our schools and in the community, here are a few reminders about what you should do.

·     If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), keep him or her home until they no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.  If your child has other health issues, you may want to call your health care provider for advice.

·     Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).

·     Keep him or her comfortable. Rest is important.

·     For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.

·     Use good health habits such as covering coughs and/or sneezes in sleeves, or to cover coughs/sneezes with tissues.  Wash hands often and keep them away from your face.

·     Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.

·     Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places if you are sick.

·     If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

·     Fast breathing or trouble breathing

·     Bluish or gray skin color

·     Not drinking enough fluids

·     Not waking up or not interacting

·     Feeling extremely irritable

·     Not urinating

·     Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough




Estén atentos a las señales de advertencia que podrían indicar que deben buscar atención médica de emergencia:    

·           Respiración rápida o dificultad para respirar   

·           Piel de color azulado o gris  

·           No está tomando suficientes líquidos   

·           No quiere despertarse o no esta interactuando   

·           Está con un humor demasiado irritable   

·           No está orinando              

·           Los síntomas mejoran pero luego vuelven con fiebre y una tos peor  


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_lcff

Padres:Boletines informativos de la escuela

¡Queremos escucharlos! Encuesta del LCAP de padres

El Distrito está empezando su proceso anual para poner al día el LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan-Plan de Responsabilidades y Control Local). Esta información recopilada, será la guía para actualizar el plan de nuestro Distrito para el año escolar 2019-20. Busque una reunión en su escuela pronto para que aprenda más sobre del proceso del LCAP.

Padres, queremos escucharlos: Por favor haga click en la parte de abajo, para poner información en una encuesta acerca de los objetivos del plan, hasta el 2 de marzo. (Se recomienda utilizar una computadora personal/de escritorio, o una tableta. El formato podría no ser legible en los dispositivos móviles). Si a usted le gustaría obtener una copia en papel, por favor vengar a la oficina.

Encuesta para Padres: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4796100/77e161048c36

Se puede encontrar más información aquí: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff



All public schools receiving state funding are required to prepare and distribute a SARC (School Accountability Report Card). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. SARCs are published each year and contain data from the previous school year.


There are several ways to view your school’s SARC:

  • Visit the MVWSD elementary schools’ and middle schools’ webpages on www.mvwsd.org and click on your school’s SARC links, for both English and Spanish.

  • Go to the CDE Find a SARC Web page. This CDE Web page provides actual SARC reports or SARC Web links to the school or district website where the school's SARC is located.

  • If you would like to obtain a printed copy in Spanish or English, please see your child’s school.




Let’s Talk … Safety

"Let's Talk" is a video series that addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them.

The fifth topic is safety. MVWSD continues to work to ensure the safety of its students and staff members on its campuses.

Click here to view the video.

For more information about current safety initiatives, MVWSD safety planning, middle schools’ active shooter drills coming up and to read Dr. Rudolph’s recent safety letter, please visit www.mvwsd.org/safety.

Video: Hablamos Seguridad

"Let's Talk" es una serie de videos que aborda temas sobre los cuales los padres tienen preguntas y que les resultan importantes. Busque un nuevo video aproximadamente cada mes y coméntenos qué piensa al respecto.

El quinto tema es la seguridad. MVWSD continúa trabajando para garantizar la seguridad de sus estudiantes y miembros del personal en sus campus.

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Haga clic aquí para ver el video (incluye traducción al español).

Para obtener más información sobre las iniciativas de seguridad actuales, la planificación de seguridad de MVWSD, los simulacros de tiradores activos de las escuelas intermedias y la lectura de la carta de seguridad reciente del Dr. Rudolph, visite www.mvwsd.org/safety.




It is not too late to celebrate science at MVEF’s Winter Gala on February 9th. Dinner tickets are sold out, but tickets are available for the dessert, dancing and silent auction beginning at 8pm. Join MVEF for a fun night out while raising money to support every school in the district. The silent auction includes summer camps, one of a kind experiences, wine, jewelry, parties and more. Show you are Mad About Science. Buy your tickets today at www.mvef.org.

MVEF’s goal this year is to raise over $100,000 at the Winter Gala to support MVWSD schools, including a $30,000 dedicated fundraiser for science field trips for every 4th, 5th, and 6th grader! Show your support for this important program, even if you can't make it to the Gala.


No es demasiado tarde para celebrar la ciencia en la Gala de Invierno de MVEF el 9 de febrero. Las entradas para la cena están agotadas, pero hay entradas disponibles para el postre, el baile y la subasta silenciosa que comienza a las 8 p. m. Únase a MVEF para una divertida salida nocturna con la que se busca a su vez recaudar dinero para apoyar a cada escuela en el distrito. La subasta silenciosa incluye campamentos de verano, experiencias únicas, vino, joyas, fiestas y más. Muestre que es un miembro comprometido de Mad About Science, compre sus entradas hoy en www.mvef.org.

¡La meta de MVEF es recaudar más de 100 000 $ en la Gala de Invierno para apoyar a las escuelas de MVWSD, incluida una colecta específica de 30 000 $ para excursiones científicas para cada estudiante de 4°, 5° y 6° grado! Muestre su apoyo para este importante programa, incluso si no puede asistir a la gala. https://www.mvef.org/donatetogala




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.



Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - February 28th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:       February 28th

Intruder Talking Points.pdf

MVLA SpeakerSeries_Flyer 3_Katie Hurley.pdf

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