Stevenson Stingray News 11.24.2020

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

 

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! Each day I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful Stevenson Stingray community!  I would like to take a moment to say thank you to our amazing staff. It is truly a dedicated and caring group of educators that go above and beyond each day for our students. Each member of this learning community continues to find ways to connect with our students and help them grow socially and academically. 

I have also been impressed and thankful for all the time and effort that our parents have continued to provide while we have been in distance learning.  Thank you for all the planning, organizing, and time parents continue to give to keep our school community events and hands-on learning experiences for our students. 

I hope that you all are able to rest and enjoy the Thanksgiving Break with your families.

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Stevenson Virtual Book Fair
  • Storytelling Adventure with Michael Katz
  • Peot Charles Waters Virtual Poetry Reading- Wednesday,December 9th at 11:00 am
  • Report Cards
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Stevenson Virtual Book Fair

Get ready to find wonderful books for holiday gifts, teachers' classrooms, and more. We'll have activity books, graphic novels, new releases and more to bring the excitement of reading into your home and beyond. All purchases will be shipped directly to you and proceeds will benefit the Stevenson library and classroom collections. Support a local bookstore and your school this winter!

 

Michael Katz's Storytelling Adventure - Wednesday, December 2nd (Zoom links coming soon.)

Michael has been telling stories for 30 years, and he's coming (virtually) to Stevenson to have fun telling stories with you! Don't miss it. 

K-2nd grade students come join us at 9:30am for a live storytelling event with Michael. 

3-5th grade students come join us at 11am for stories selected just for you. It's going to be fun!

Poet Charles Waters Virtual Poetry Reading- Wednesday,December 9th at 11:00 am 

Peot Charles Waters will have a virtual visit reading poetry with 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. (Zoom link coming soon.)

Enjoy some of his work here: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlesWaterspoetry/videos


Report Cards

First trimester report cards were sent home by email Friday, November 20th. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.


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

Stevenson Equity Working Group

We are excited to share that we are launching more intentional efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion this year!  We want to create an equity working group and begin to explore these important issues in our own community. We will align with the district efforts, as well as explore our own unique needs, as we discussed at the PACT Foundation board meeting. At the last board meeting, the PACT Foundation adopted the MVWSD Resolution Denouncing Racism and Supporting Equity, Safety, and Well-being of Black People. We really want to be more proactive in our efforts.  

Please take a few minutes and fill out this survey if you are interested in getting involved or providing input. We would love to hear from you.  

https://forms.gle/Jpzh8GtqCXvPpGct8


Save the Date for Stingray Pizza Night!

There's one less meal to plan after the Thanksgiving holiday! Save the date for "Giving Tuesday", December 1st, 6-9 p.m. - It's Pizza Night for the Stingrays! Support PACT and a local business voted Best Pizza in Silicon Valley! Blue Line Pizza will donate 15% of all food purchases to our school. Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free menu options. Call-in or order online for takeout, curbside pickup, or outdoor dining. Print flyer and present at pickup.  Not in town? Gift a pizza to someone special!  Blue Line Pizza: 146 Castro Street,  PH: (650) 938-7888


Calendar

Tuesday, November 24th

  • Asynchronous Tuesday

November 25th-27th

  • Thanksgiving Recess- No School

November 30th- December 4th

  • Stevenson Book Fair

Tuesday, December 1st

Wednesday, December 2nd

  • Michael Katz's Storytelling Adventure

Tuesday, December 8th

  • PACT Foundation Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 9th

  • Poet Charles Waters Virtual Poetry Reading for 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Students
  • Neighborhood Schools- Kinder Info Night, 6pm

Wednesday, December 16th

December 21st- January 1st

  • Holiday Break- No School

MVWSD News

  • Thanksgiving break and meal service
  • School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January
  • Upcoming MVEF Phonathon
  • LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens
  • MVLA holiday tree lot  
  • Free Phone Service at Community Services Agency

Thanksgiving break and meal service

Just a reminder: There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, (November 25 - 27), due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Distribution for multiple, free grab and go meals for children during the break will be on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at all schools except for Stevenson. Parents may come on Tuesday from 11:30 am - 1 pm to pick up Tuesday's lunch and meals for Wednesday, Thursday (including turkey and fixings!), and Friday. Meal distribution will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.


School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of these events and for login information.

  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/info.
  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. 
  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.
  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 
  • Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm
  • Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm
  • Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!

We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!

 

Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate.


LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens  

Due to a very high demand, our original December 3 event is completely sold out of free tickets! We have added an addition session of this talk on December 9 at 7pm

Get tickets for December 9 event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/x/additional-session-distance-learning-toolkit-sensory-lens-tickets-130072946685


Additional Session! Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens

Wednesday December 9, 7-8:30 PM


LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present this talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP

How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.  


MVLA holiday tree lot

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.


Free Phone Service at Community Services Agency 

See the attached flyer for information.


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