Stevenson Stingray News 01.21.2021

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01.21.2021

 

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

 

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of joining Mr. Kyle’s morning check-in with students. There was excitement in his classzoom as Mr. Kyle was facilitating a conversation with students about Inauguration Day. During the morning check-in Mr. Kyle streamed part of President Biden’s speech.  This was a great moment to share with students as our country swore in the 46th President and with Vice President Kamala Harris being the first female, first Black, and first South Asian vice president. I hope that you were able to connect with your friends and family on this historic day for our country.

 

Our district is continuing the conversation on the process of reopening schools.  Please join the Board of Trustees meeting this evening to hear a presentation on reopening and our district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). There is also a community check-in meeting with Dr. Rudolph this Friday at 3:30pm.

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday
  • Enrollment for 2021-22 for *all* students is open now
  • Stevenson School Site Council Meeting
  • Library Update- Lincoln Peirce
  • Fifth Grade Parents- Middle School Information Night- January 28, 2021
  • CHAC offers Free Mental Health Support to Parents and Students  (Repeat Information)
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/ibOad

 

Enrollment for 2021-22 for *all* students is open now

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is now through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year here: www.mvwsd.org/register

 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22. Please look for an email from Student Services with a request to log on to the Powerschool Parent Portal: https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/

 

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting

Next Wednesday, January 27th at 3:30pm, Stevenson’s School Site Council will meet virtually. There will be a presentation and update on our District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and an update on reopening plan for our district and Stevenson. If you would like to join us, please use this link to register in advance of the meeting.

 

Library Update- Lincoln Peirce

Did your student enjoy the visit from author Lincoln Peirce last week? I mean, who didn’t? Order a few of his books by Friday and bring enthusiasm for reading home. 

https://www.hicklebees.com/LincolnPeirce

Fifth Grade Parents: Middle school info night on Jan. 28 (Repeat Information)

Crittenden and Graham both will be welcoming 5th grade families to an Incoming 6th Grade Information Night on Thursday, January 28 at 5 p.m. held on Zoom. Each site will host its own information night, and parents will receive an email from their students' assigned school with meeting login information.

 

This is a great opportunity to learn about our Middle Schools’ academics, a chance to meet our staff, and learn about the exciting opportunities your incoming sixth-grader will have at Crittenden or Graham.

 

Please contact Crittenden ((650) 903-6945) or Graham Middle School ((650) 526-3570) if you have any questions.

 

CHAC Offers Free Mental Health Support to Parents and Students (Repeat Information)

For parents: CHAC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible mental health services, supports parents in several ways. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

 

For students: PLUGGED IN - Social and Emotional Learning Skills Programs

CHAC is excited to offer two new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills Programs to 3rd and 5th grade students.  Both programs are a fun and enriching way to help students navigate the unique challenges they face in these extraordinary times.

1.CHAC's Weekly Virtual Group meetings focus on social interaction between participants.  Through collaborative lessons and fun activities students will learn emotion regulation skills, problem solving skills as well as healthy coping and self-care skills. 

2.CHAC's Independent SEL Curriculum teaches students essential social and emotional learning skills through entertaining video lessons and a variety of fun activities that students complete independently. 

 

The parents who request the PLUGGED IN Independent Curriculum will have it emailed to them immediately.  

 

The parents who would like their child to join a PLUGGED IN virtual group, will be contacted about scheduling options and asked to complete an online permission slip.  Groups are expected to start in early January. 

 

Click here to learn more about PLUGGED IN- CHAC’s new SEL Programs: https://www.chacmv.org/social-emotional-learning


Technology Support (Repeat Information)

If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact: support@mvwsd.org to create a ServiceNow ticket or call the Tech Department at (650) 526-3252.

 

If it's not device/hardware related or account related, and more about using a program, please contact Marissa Hamaguchi, Tech Coach, (techcoach@mvwsd.org) or call/text (650) 336-5863.


PACT Foundation Updates

PACT Pals Spring 2021

PACT Pals will be virtual this spring. 

  • Registration period:  Feb. 8 - Feb. 14
  • Class period:  Feb. 22 - May 28

See http://pactpals.org for details. 

 

Questions or feedback? Email pactpals@googlegroups.com


Calendar

Wednesday, January 20th

  • Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic

Thursday, January 21

  • MVWSD Board Meeting
  • Parenting in a pandemic: Free 6th district PTA speaker series at 7:00pm

Friday, January 22nd

  • Community Check-in Meeting with Dr. Rudolph

Tuesday, January 26th

  • Parent University: Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home

Wednesday, January 27th

  • Stevenson School Site Council Meeting at 3:30pm
  • Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella at 6:00pm

Thursday, January 28th

  • Fifth Grade Parents: Middle School Information Night 

MVWSD News

  • Preschool Enrollment for 2021-22
  • Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. 
  • English Learner Families: ELPAC is (mostly) remote this Spring
  • Parent University: Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home 
  • Register now! Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella 
  • MVEF News: Virtual Gala Planning Has Begun
  • My Digital TAT2's free Q&A session: Jan. 22  
  • Afterschool activities and programs (including free) are on InPlay
  • MV Library presents: Raising Kindness and Awareness in Children 
  • MV Library Valentine’s Celebration 
  • February CAC Events

Preschool Enrollment for 2021-22: Families who are interested in enrolling their 3 or 4-year-old in part-day or full-day preschool next year should submit an application to the preschool office by February 5th.  Please see https://www.mvwsd.org/preschool for more information or contact the preschool office at 650-526-3560 or prekenrollment@mvwsd.org.

Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. 

Join us on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. for our next Parent University event: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. While this event is geared toward parents of children ages 10 to 18, all are welcome.

 

The presenter, Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC), has been in place for 46 years in the Bay Area and addresses the academic, social and mental health needs of the at-risk youth and families.  This important workshop will include such topics as:

  • Overview of trending substances used by youth (vaping, marijuana, alcohol, opioids, etc.)
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Why teens are using and the impact of COVID-19
  • How families can discuss substance use and support their children
  • Alternatives for substance use and ideas for prevention
  • Resources

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Register here: http://mvw.sd/Jan20

 

English Learner Families: ELPAC is (mostly) remote this Spring

Most of our English Learners will be taking this year’s Summative English Learner Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC) remotely. Only a small segment of students will be invited to complete portions of the test in person (observing all health protocols). Your school will be in touch with the details. For more information, please look for a recent email sent from Geoff Chang, Director of Federal, State, and Strategic Programs, or contact your site principal. 

To understand more about the ELPAC and to help your child prepare, click here.

Parent University: Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home 

Join us on Tuesday, January 26th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for “Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home (K-5 Families)” 

 

Members of MVWSD Instructional Team will share takeaway strategies to support your child's reading comprehension, connections, and applications at home. 

  • Wondering how to support your child with their Reading grade level standards and curriculum? 
  • What questions should I ask to build my child's reading comprehension?
  • What does standard progression look like over grade level spans?  
  • Takeaways to support your child who is reading above grade level 
  • Learn new ways to enrich, deepen, and create a joy for reading

Zoom Registration: http://mvw.sd/MlaSK

 

In order to make this interactive webinar most meaningful for you, please send your questions beforehand to Interim Director, Swati Dagar via this Google Form  by Friday, January 15th. 

 

Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

Link to flyer is here

Register now! Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella 

Virtual presentation on January 27 at 6:00 pm

Hosted by Huff, Landels and Jose Antonio Vargas elementary schools

Register: http://mvw.sd/kate

 

Presenter Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. will talk about: 

•After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses

•Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills

 

Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a teacher educator at San Francisco State University and a highly sought after speaker and consultant to school districts throughout the United States regarding development of academic language and literacy across the K-12 subject areas. Her 25-year teaching career focus has been equipping children from diverse backgrounds with the communication, reading, and writing skills to be career and college ready. 

 

For more information, please visit http://drkatekinsella.com/about-us/

 

MVEF News: Virtual Gala Planning Has Begun

Save the date - March 6, 2021!

 

We wish we could be together with you! Nonetheless, the MVEF gala committee is hard at work ensuring that our Virtual Gala on March 6th will be a fun evening even in the midst of Covid19 concerns. Stay tuned for details!

My Digital TAT2's free Q&A session: Jan. 22  

Digital TAT2, a non-profit that offers medis education and presented a highly engaging and informative webinar at the MVWSD Parent University this fall, is offering a free Q&A session with co-founders (and child/adolescent experts) Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Erica Pelavin on Friday, January 22. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration. You may also submit questions in advance to be answered during the webinar.

Afterschool activities and programs (including free) are on InPlay

Even during COVID, there are fun and educational afterschool programs for kids happening now. Spring break camps are coming up, too. MVWSD partners with the non-profit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including those that are FREE and reduced cost, are nearby and online and can be found through this free, searchable website. Check out http://MV.inplay.org

MV Library presents: Raising Kindness and Awareness in Children 

Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm - 8 pm. Learn about fostering “kindness activism” in your children. Aila Malik, author, parent activist, social justice warrior, and kindness advocate will present practical ideas and engaging perspectives on activating humility, empathy, action, and togetherness within your family. Free. Flyers attached. Registration is required. https://mountainview.libcal.com/

MV Library Valentine’s Celebration 

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Valentine’s Celebration for families with young children on Friday, February 12, on Zoom. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.

February CAC Events

Happy New Year! SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org

 

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet

 

February 1, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/general-cac-meeting-tickets-135550478129

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