Stevenson Stingray News 02.03.2021



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02.03.2021

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

A friendly reminder to please take a few minutes to provide input on our District’s LCAP Survey (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input will help guide our District’s 3-year plan that will also align with our District’s new Strategic Plan 2027.  I will  be presenting more information about our District’s LCAP at tomorrow’s English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting. All community members are welcome to attend.

The month of February is Black History Month. I am thankful to work alongside Stevenson teachers, staff, and parents as we learn and partner together on having conversations about equity and inclusion. Over the past few months our staff has engaged in equity focused seminars and conversations on Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racist teaching with our district’s equity coach. Our teachers continue to collaborate and share ideas on how to have conversations with our students in the classroom. Please join our school community as we pay tribute and recognize the generations who struggle with adversity to achieve equity and also celebrate the achievements of African Americans. Please visit MVWSD’s Better Together website for resources and more information.

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Equitable Access to Choice Schools
  • English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting
  • Wednesday Wiggles and Wednesday (Friday) Fever
  • Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday
  • Parents: We want to hear from you! LCAP Survey
  • Materials Distribution- February 11th and February 12th
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Author Visit- Wednesday, February 10th
  • Library Update- Library Book Returns 
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Equitable Access to Choice Schools

Stevenson Elementary and our school district are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for our students and our community.  Tomorrow, Thursday, February 4th at 6pm, during the Board of Trustees meeting, the board will be hearing a presentation that provides an overview on research and recommendations of best practices in creating equitable access for choice schools.  

Board of Trustees Agenda

Equitable Access to Choice Schools - Research Report

Equitable Access to Choice Schools - Presentation

English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 4th at 5pm, Stevenson’s next English Language Advisory Committee will be meeting virtually. Principal Santiago will be sharing an update on Reopening of Schools, Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California) assessments. All community members are able to join our ELAC meetings. Please use this link to register in advance of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

School Assemblies - Wednesday Wiggles and Wednesday (Friday) Fevers Coming Soon!

Starting next week, February 10th, we will be having fun and hosting Wednesday morning virtual assemblies! The whole school will be encouraged to attend just after their morning check-in with their classroom teacher. Students and staff will dance and move during the Wednesday Wiggles. Also, each month, we will host a Wednesday (Friday) Fever! Teachers will share the Zoom link in their Google Classroom during the morning meeting. 

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 5th at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish translation is provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/Daa1s

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 the English Language Advisory Committee Meeting - Thursday, February 4th  at 5:00pm - Please use this link to register and attend.

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

Materials Distribution

Stevenson hosts the next school-wide materials distribution next Thursday, February 11th and Friday, February 12th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm each day. A reminder that materials will vary from classroom to classroom based on teacher guidance. 

We will continue with the same safety protocols as used in past distribution. See here for reference. 

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Author Visit- Wednesday, February 10th

Filipina American author, and Newbery medal winner, Erin Entrada Kelly will be visiting us on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:30am!

Don’t miss this chance to meet her and hear about her stories. 

Zoom info will be available in your GoogleClassroom Tuesday afternoon. 

Library Update- Library Book Returns (Repeat Information)

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.  

 

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 11th at 8pm. 

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


Calendar

February 1- March 31

Thursday, February 4th

  • Stevenson School ELAC Meeting at 5:00pm
  • MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting at 6:00pm

Friday, February 5th

  • Community Check-In with Superintendent Dr. Rudolph at 3:30pm

Monday, February 8th

Tuesday, February 9th

Thursday, February 11th

February 11 and 12

  • Materials Distribution, 3:00pm to 5:00pm each day

Friday, February 12

  • End of Second Trimester, Minimum Day, Dismissal at 11:50am

February 15-18

  • No School- Winter Break, School resumes Monday, February 22

Wednesday, February 24th

  • Stevenson School Site Council at 3:30pm
  • Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students

MVWSD News

  • Black History Month  
  • If you have a district hotspot that you’re not using anymore…
  • Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students
  • MVEF News: Virtual Gala Planning Has Begun
  • The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race”
  • “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

Black History Month  

Even before children can talk, they are learning about the world and about race through the words and actions of others. Parents, teachers, and caregivers have the unique opportunity to frame their child's first attempts to understand and talk about race. Talking about race matters because (1) everyone has a racialized identity, (2) racialized identity significantly impacts a person's life, and (3) race is a defining social construct in America.

This Black History Month, use the Better Together infographic to begin racially-focused conversations with children acknowledging that conversations about race will look different for each family and classroom and there is no single way to talk to children about race. Have honest conversations with your students about the history of privilege and oppression as it relates to Black History and, where appropriate, connect this to local community and larger global issues.

Together, we can explore Black History. Together, we can become anti-racist.

For a closer look at the graphics, click on the attached flyers or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD

 

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!


Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students.
Arianna Mayes (Director) and Acantha Ellard (Coordinator) of MVWSD's Special Education Department will facilitate a panel discussion with Special Educators and professionals who support MVWSD schools and students. The discussion will include who and what the team does and how students are supported both in-person and during distance learning. Additionally, you can submit your own questions beforehand via this Google Form

Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

**Please also take a look recordings and materials from our previous Parent University sessions at www.mvwsd.org/parentu

 

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


“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 9 Parent Chat, 10 am - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact trudy.palmer@me.com for Google Meet invite.

February 10, 7 pm Evening Let’s Talk  - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the Zoom link for this meeting or sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-iep504-support-tickets-135554074887

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