Weekly News Letter 3/6/19

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Dear Stevenson Families,

This week is our last week of Arts Focus!  As we prepare for the physical theater performance we have a few schedule changes to accommodate the students’ practice schedule.  


8:30-9:30 Superintendents Coffee in the Library


No Friday Fever (will be rescheduled when the MUR opens)

8:50-9:20 AM Kinder and 1st grade Arts Focus Performance in the Library

9:30-10:00 AM 2nd and 3rd grade Arts Focus Performance in the Library

10:10-10:40 4th and 5th  Arts Focus Performance in the Library


Thank you for participating in the Panorama survey a number of weeks ago.  I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few bright spots in the survey.

85% of students responded positively that they have a strong relationship with their teacher

88% of students responded positively that their teacher encourages them to do their best

95% of students responded positively that their teachers are respectful of them

100% of staff responded positively that leadership was responsive to their feedback

There were many more highlights and areas of growth that I will share with you at the next Principal’s Coffee and then send out to the community.

General Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the Foundation General Meeting.  Teachers will be presenting on how PBL’s are designed and implemented at Stevenson.  As part of the process, parents will also get to experiment with designing parts of a mock PBL.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover


Stevenson Elementary School


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

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

03/08 - Arts Focus Performance in Library: Note See Time for your grade level please

8:50-9:20 AM Kinder and 1st grade

9:30-10:00 AM 2nd and 3rd grade

10:10-10:40 4th and 5th  

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 :


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.


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.


Dear Stevenson PACT Families,


What a great sock-hop we had! Hope you had a chance to rock out to the cool tunes and grab some sweet deals/subscription parties. A big thank you to all the parents that made the night such a success.


This week we have the parent coffee with Dr Rudolf on Friday morning. We also have the last Arts Focus day of the year. Remind your kids to say thank to the parent volunteers. It is known to make their day :)


In this week's message:

- Million Penny Project

- PACT Foundation General Meeting - Save the Date

- This Week, Coming Soon, Early Notice


Million Penny Project

Author David Schwartz's visit inspired us to think big, and mathematically, so we're counting to a million using pennies. So far, our community has put 8,018 pennies into our box in the library. The pennies themselves already weigh 42 lbs (20,045 grams), but we are only .01% to our goal. Come in anytime to contribute pennies, or get other denominations changed into pennies. Be sure to register your pennies at the circulation desk so we can keep a good count. We wonder, how many days will it take if we continue to put in 8,018 each week?


PACT Foundation Annual General Meeting this month.

This is the school-wide general meeting that the PACT Foundation hosts once per year.

One parent from each family is expected to attend. Babysitting will be provided.

When: Wednesday,March 27th, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: MUR(To be confirmed)



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

Last Arts Focus day of the year. As always send kids to school in clothes ok for messes.


Parent Coffee with Dr Rudolf: Thursday, March 7, 8:30 - 9:30am

Join us for coffee with Dr Westover and Dr Rudolf on Thursday morning.


AF Performing Arts Shows: Friday, March 8th beginning at 9:00 am in the school library




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.


Weekly Flyers 3_6_19.pdf

Stevenson March Garden Newsletter.pdf

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