Stevenson Stingray News 01.27.2021

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01.27.2021

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Happy 100th day of school! It is hard to believe that we have been in school for 100 hundred days this year. A special thank you to our teachers, students, and families for the partnership as we have grown and learned together to provide the best education for our children during this time. I am so appreciative of our Stingray community!

Parents: We want to hear from you! LCAP Survey

Our District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

Please click here -  http://mvw.sd/ParentLCAP - to give input through February 12 in a survey.  If you would like a paper copy, please call the school office at 650-903-6950.

 

At our upcoming School Site Council meeting, Principal’s Coffee, and English Learner Advisory Meeting, I will be sharing a presentation to provide more information about our district LCAP. We welcome parents to attend any of these upcoming meetings.

  • School Site Council - Wednesday, January 27th at 3:30pm - Please use this link to register and attend.
  • Stevenson Principal’s Coffee - Thursday, January 28th at 9:00am - Please use this link to register and attend.
  • English Language Advisory Committee - Thursday, February 4th  at 5:00pm - Please use this link to register and attend.

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap.

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Principal’s Coffee
  • Stevenson School Site Council Meeting
  • Library Update- Library Book Returns
  • 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)

Principal’s Coffee

We will have our next Principal’s Coffee on Thursday, January 28th at 9:00am. During this Principal's Coffee, Mr. Santiago will  be providing a presentation on our  district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and discussing reopening of schools.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting (Repeat Information)

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- Library Book Returns

Have a library book to return? Feel free to return any Stevenson School library books to the drop box, on the cart, directly outside of the front office, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  

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

imPACT Blacktop Discussion

The next blacktop discussion will be Thursday, February 4th at 8pm. 

Zoom link is: https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92217918911

PACT Garden Committee Lesson This Week!

This week your student will receive a Garden Lesson on Wednesday, January 27. Please read this message from the PACT Garden Committee to find out how you can support your student(s) with the activity. We hope you use it as an opportunity to connect with nature and each other! Enjoy :) 

 

Community Connector

Along with all the local schools, we are looking for an individual to serve in the role of community connector to help in cases where a family at our school has been diagnosed by Covid.  The connector would be notified by a district coordinator and in return would seek help within our school community to coordinate meals and any other needs.   Please let Jenn Pierson (jenn.pierson@gmail.com) know if you would be interested in serving in this role for the rest of this school year.  


Calendar

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

  • Stevenson Principal’s Coffee at 9:00am
  • Fifth Grade Parents: Middle School Information Night 

February 1- March 31

Thursday, February 4th

  • Stevenson School ELAC Meeting at 5:00pm
  • MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting at 6:00pm
  • Stevenson School imPACT Blacktop Discussion at 8:00pm

Monday, February 8th

Tuesday, February 9th


MVWSD News

  • Register now! Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella 
  • If you have a district hotspot that you’re not using anymore…
  • Better Together: Poverty in America Awareness 
  • MVEF News: Virtual Gala Planning Has Begun
  • The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race”
  • Afterschool activities and programs (including free) are on InPlay
  • “Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event: Feb. 1-Mar. 31 
  • Author Talk with Ben Clanton on Feb. 8
  • MV Library Valentine’s Celebration
  • February CAC Events

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/

 

If you have a district hotspot that you’re not using anymore...

Please return it to our technology department at our district office. Due to changes in individual circumstances and needs, we need every hotspot for families and students in need. If you have a non-working hotspot, please bring that back as well. Thank you in advance!

 

Better Together: Poverty in America Awareness  

January is Poverty in America Awareness Month and in the time of Covid-19 and the economic fallout, talking about issues surrounding poverty has never been more important. Words matter and our students know more than we often give them credit for. Talking about poverty with kids is not only possible, it's important. Explore the resources provided in this infographic (attached or viewable at https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD) to find an approach to talking about poverty that is most appropriate for your student(s). Ultimately, your conversations should reinforce that when it comes to making a difference in the world and caring for others in our community, we are #BetterTogether. 


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!


The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race” with Nicole Lee on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Raising antiracist kids is imperative in today’s society, yet most of us are not well-equipped for the challenges of talking with our kids about race and racism.  Join us for an engaging discussion with Nicole Lee, diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, as she shares research about the impact of talking - or not talking - to our kids about race and sheds light on common discomforts and misconceptions causing parents and other caregivers to avoid these important conversations.  

Audience:  Parents, caregivers, and educators

Register:  To register for this free event at https://mvla2020-21-nicolelee.eventbrite.com


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


“Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event: Feb. 1-Mar. 31 

SCCOE’s Parent Engagement Program will present the “Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event for 6th – 12th grade students and their parents. From February 1 to March 31, students will be able to access the “Keeping the Dream Alive” website to participate in interactive activities, webinars, and more to learn about college and career options. 

Visit the "Keeping the Dream Alive" event website at parentengagement.sccoe.org for more information and students can currently pre-register at http://bit.ly/KTDARegistration.


Author Talk with Ben Clanton on Feb. 8  

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a live Zoom talk with Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly books. The event will be held on Monday, February 8, from 4:00-4:30 pm. Register at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.


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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