Stevenson Stingray News 10.21.2020

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Our stingray students have recently completed the i-Ready diagnostic assessments for both Math and Reading. We are thankful for all the support teachers and parents provided to help students access virtual assessments for the first time. Our teachers have been taking time to review the data from these assessments and determine next instructional decision for their grade level, class, and students.  Overall i-Ready Reading data shows that 72.6% of our students are at grade level for this time of the school year, compared to 62.2 % last school year. In math, i-Ready data shows that 65.2% of our students are at grade level compared to 54.9% of students at the beginning of last school year.

In addition to i-Ready, we are currently providing the end of the first trimester literacy assessments. Our kindergarteners will focus on letter sounds and sight words. First - fifth grade students will have a reading assessment for reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. All Kindergarten - fifth grade students will also have a writing assessment. Our teaching staff use these assessments and other classroom assessments to determine how to best meet the needs of each of our students to help them grow.

At our next School Site Council meeting on Wednesday, October 28th, we will be reviewing our 2020-2021 assessments and taking a closer look at the i-Ready grade level and student group data.  All members of the community are invited to join our School Site Council meetings.

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

 


School Announcements

  • Materials Distribution
  • Spirit Week: October 26th-October 30th
  • Substitute Teacher Fair
  • Principal’s Coffee
  • School Site Council Meeting
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons (Repeat Information)
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Materials Distribution 

Stevenson hosts its next school-wide materials distribution this Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

All students will receive a garden kit and a Unit 2 Science Journal. We are also excited to share that student headsets have arrived and will be provided in this week’s distribution. Any additional materials provided will vary by teacher.

We will use the same safety protocols as in previous distributions. Please refer to this document for pick-up protocols that follow our county’s health and safety guidelines.

Spirit Week! October 26th to October 30th

We are excited to share that we will have a Stevenson Spirit Week from October 26th to October 30th! Each day will have a different theme. A special thank you to Ms. Park and her class for creating the themes of our Spirit Week!

Monday - Pajama Day

Tuesday - Mustache Day

Wednesday - Backwards Day

Thursday - Crazy Head Day

Friday - Dress Up Day

Please consider substitute teaching: Info fair on Oct. 29

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking substitute teachers. We need you! Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students. Join us to learn more about how you can become qualified to substitute teach.

Substitute Teaching Fair

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 9:30-11 AM.

Register in advance for this meeting: http://mvw.sd/yrhZ4

Click here to learn more about substitute teaching. We can help you through the steps.

If you are already qualified, you may view jobs and apply online on our website. For information, call 650-526-3555.

Stevenson Principal’s Coffee

We will have our next Principal’s Coffee on Friday, October 30th  at 9:00am. I look forward to connecting with our stingray community.

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

Our next SSC meeting is Wednesday, October 28th at 3:30pm. The School Site Council helps develop goals and actions for Stevenson’s School Plan for Student Achievement (Site Plan). At this SSC meeting we will be reviewing data from our latest district assessments and discussing academic and Social SEL goals for the school year. All are welcome to come to attend SSC meetings.  If you would like to join us, please use this link to register in advance of the meeting.

Digital Citizenship Lessons (Repeat Information)

Our children are using internet-enabled devices every day for entertainment and for school work. But are they using them safely and appropriately?

To help them learn about tech safety and responsibility, students will participate in 3-7 lessons throughout the year on Digital Citizenship depending on their grade level. MVWSD will be using Common Sense Media's curriculum on Nearpod to enable teachers to deliver the Digital Citizenship lessons. Many parents are familiar with Common Sense Media, a non-profit that provides independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.

The lessons are divided into age-appropriate levels - primary, intermediate and middle school - with interactive content. Some of the topics students will cover are identity theft, safe searches, privacy, cyberbullying, and appropriate communication.

Parents can view examples of lessons at Common Sense Media, under the “educators” tab: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship

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.

 


PACT Foundation Updates

WAT - STINGRAY GO! Classroom Participation: Sign up on Walkstarter!  Classrooms who have over 90% of the class signed up will get a principal prize.Scavenger Hunts: Route 3 will be posted Monday on the WAT Website.  Don't forget to share photos too! For privacy reasons we can not put this on the Walkathon page.  https://photos.app.goo.gl/qYnv5T4JNF2g3fHK8.  (The link will also be in Pacthub in the Walkathon section.)

Purchase Additional T-Shirts: Visit the WAT Website to purchase additional t-shirts.  The deadline for ordering is October 22.

Questions? stevensonpactwat@gmail.com


Calendar

Thursday, October 22nd

  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm- Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Materials Distribution (All Grade Levels)

Friday, October 23rd

  • 3:30pm- Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Materials Distribution (All Grade Levels)

Wednesday, October 28th

  • 3:30pm-4:30pm- School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, October 29th

  • 9:30am -11:00am - MVWSD Substitute Fair

Friday, October 30th

  • 9:00am -10:00am- Principal’s Coffee

Friday, November 6th

  • End of First Trimester
  • Minimum Day- Dismissal at 11:50am

MVWSD News

Check-In with the Superintendent on Oct. 23

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions.  Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/ev8pb

Parent University 

Missed the last one? Fear not: all of our 2020-21 events are recorded and posted online. Come check out our learning sessions - mental health, distance learning, literacy at home, raising digitally resilient kids - at www.mvwsd.org/parentu. And, mark your calendars for the next event on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. about supporting math at home, featuring former math teacher and coach, Principal Heidi Galassi of Landels Elementary. Details to come soon!

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Special edition: ELECTION!  

Mountain View Whisman School District embraces its role in establishing its commitment to equity in our district. As part of our "Together We Are a Better MVWSD" series, here is a special edition on the Nov. 3 election.

Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. We celebrate the upcoming election cycle by publishing materials for teachers and parents that promote civic engagement amongst students and give resources to parents about how to secure their participation in this year's election. Both the links and QR codes will take you directly to the recommended resources.

For a closer look at this graphic, please see attached flyers or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD

How you can protect yourself from COVID: Know the signs and symptoms?

Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is an important step to quickly getting care to people who need it, and in isolating those who are ill, preventing further transmission. Our own MVWSD school nurse Daniel gives important tips in this video. Please review and practice with your family.

COVID signs video thumbnail Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/talk

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. Join MVWSD for a panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. 

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about the City’s racial equity and inclusion efforts, please click here.

Get a flu shot: Not the flu!

Free flu Shots on Saturdays at the Fairgrounds in San Jose on Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and every Saturday through mid-December

  • Car entrance for general parking: Gate D, 2542 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111
  • No appointment needed
  • All are welcome regardless of immigration status
  • No cost
  • Shots available at this location for everyone age 3 years and older. Children aged 3 - 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger children should get a shot from their regular pediatrician.
  • Right next door to free County COVID-19 testing. Get a COVID-19 test at the same time!

More Free Flu Shots in Your Neighborhood

Application help for free healthcare coverage 

Free application assistance for healthcare coverage for families in Santa Clara County is offered by the Healthier Kids Foundation. Your family may qualify for medical, vision, dental, prescription and mental health services. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

MVEF is proud to help bring Living Classroom to all of our school campuses.

Living Classroom brings environmental education for students in elementary and middle school.  Living Classroom started teaching students on 9/8 and taught 62 online lessons in September.

Living Classroom continues to maintain the school gardens for when garden-based outdoor learning can return to MVWSD, making education come alive and deepening students' connection with nature. Living Classroom lessons empower the next generation by growing environmental champions, inquisitive learners, and healthy eaters.  There are over 200 lessons planned for the fall in our schools.

Your donations to MVEF bring Living Classroom to every school in MVWSD! Donate today!  https://www.mvef.org/donate

Library Fall Festival: Oct. 23 

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Fall Festival for families with young children on Friday, October 23, on Zoom. The festival includes live music with Charity Kahn, storytime with librarians Alex & Sharon, craft & snack activity and costume parade. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration details.

CHAC Invites You to Virtual Stress Management for Parents and Teachers During COVID

“How to Keep Calm and Carry On” on Thursday, October 22nd 5 to 6pm

CLICK HERE https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YxX83QP9S7mBBvt4jZ384w to pre-register or join the event on the day of at chacmv.org

Please email your questions in advance to njeans@chacmv.org. This event will be translated into Spanish.

In this talk, followed by Q&A, Dr. Jodi Cushman and Dr. Angela McBride will help us understand the toll that the stress of the coronavirus pandemic is taking and offer strategies that may help us cope more effectively during this time.

 

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success on  Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online   

 

Join us for an insightful evening with Marc Brackett, as he explores the value of our emotions and why what we do with our emotions is especially important. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.

The goal of this presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) describe the five key underlying skills of emotional intelligence, known as the “RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies and tools for developing emotional intelligence so that our emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, in school, at work, and in everyday life.

Audience:  Parents with children K - 12; teachers, and counselors

Register: To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2020-21-marcbrackett.eventbrite.com 

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording

We would like to share the recording of our first event, Jeff Selingo speaking about Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.  Mr. Selingo has graciously allowed us to share the recording with our community for those who were not able to attend.  It will be available for six weeks. 


The link is https://youtu.be/lj5HNmFd_6Y

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