Stevenson Stingray News 12.09.2020

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12.09.2020

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Did you know that our weekly art, music, and Living Classroom garden lessons are made possible because of generous parent support each year to MVEF (Mountain View Educational Foundation)? Our MVEF also provides STEAM professional development and other programs for our students!

Double your Donation with the MVEF December Challenge Grant. Throughout December, every dollar donated will be matched dollar for dollar up to $47,000, through the MVEF December Challenge Grant.  The December Challenge Grant has been made possible by generous MVEF donors who are challenging you to join them in supporting MVEF. Donate today to get your donation matched by this challenge!  

 

https://www.mvef.org/donate

 

If your company has a matching gift program, you can triple your impact by donating this month! 

 

Each and every year we rely on generous donors like you to help MVEF fund programming and experiences at every school in the district, ensuring that your child and every child has an inspiring, well-rounded education. 

 

Every dollar donated makes a difference and allows the district-wide programs to be funded which is especially important now, during remote learning.  It takes donations of every size for MVEF to reach their annual goal of $800,000.  

 

These are the programs and activities MVEF is supporting during remote learning because of donors like you:

  • Music and Art: CSMA weekly online art and music classes for TK-5th, instrument purchase and repair, and art supply kits for all elementary schools 
  • Science:
    • Living Classroom environmental education for elementary and middle school.
    • Environmental Programs taught interactively for the 4th and 5th grades
    • Middle school science supplies for teachers
    • TechSmart coding programs from 3rd grade through middle school (through a grant from Tides Foundation)
    • Training for Elementary STEAM teachers with Discovery Education
  • Additional Middle School funding to support the Elective Wheel classes, redesigned for distance learning!
    • Padlet licenses for teachers
    • Online apps (Smart Music, Flat.io, and SoundTrap) for Music Appreciation classes, Band, Choir, and Orchestra
    • Music books 
    • Art Supplies
    • Robotics
    • Tech Smart coding (through a grant from Tides Foundation)

 

Even through distance learning, your donations to MVEF continue to fund art, music, and science for every student at every school!

 

Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • i-Ready Diagnostics
  • i-Ready Parent Workshop
  • Stevenson - New Student/Kindergarten Information Night
  • Mindful Parent Night at Huff Elementary- Tuesday, December 15th
  • Kindergarten to Second Grade: Author/ Illustrator Visit from Todd Parr
  • Next Round of Materials Distribution - January 14th and 15th
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for January 11-15. Teachers will be reaching out to parents to schedule you your parent teacher conference. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers and discuss your child’s progress during distance learning and an opportunity to discuss strengths and areas of focus to support your child social emotional and academically. 

Prior to conferences, parents can access their child’s iReady Diagnostic 2 report when we return from the Holiday Break on January 5, 2021. Steps for accessing PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports are here

Our teachers look forward to continuing to partner with our parents to support our students. 

i-Ready Diagnostics

Yesterday, our students started the second round of i-Ready Diagnostic Assessments.  Next week, students will begin the Reading Diagnostic and the week of December 14th, students will take the Math Diagnostic. Here are a few friendly reminders about our i-Ready Diagnostic assessments:

  • The assessment is adaptive. It is okay if your child does not know how to answer some of the questions. They can try their best and move on to the next question.
  • Remind your children to work out their problems (solve problems on paper) and pace themselves.
  • Please do not help your you child solve or workout the problems during the assessment
  • Encourage your child to stay steady, focused, and do his/her best. 

Thank you for your support and partnership with our Distance Learning and assessments.

iReady Parent Workshop- December 10, 2020 

Are you curious about the i-Ready platform and how you can support your student at home? 

Please join us for a virtual i-Ready parent workshop on December 10, 2020 at 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  This session will provide parents with an overview of i-Ready and answer parents’ frequently asked questions about how i-Ready elevates instruction.

Click here to register. Spanish interpretation is available for this workshop. 

We want to answer your questions. In advance of the workshop, please email questions to Ms. Swati Dagar, Interim Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at sdagar@mvwsd.org by Friday, December 4, 2020. 

New Student/Kindergarten Information Night - Stevenson Elementary

Stevenson’s New Student/Kindergarten Information Night is on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00pm. Principal Santiago, as well as teachers and parents, will share information about Stevenson Elementary School’s programs. Please use this Zoom link to register and attend the information night.

Mindful Parent Night at Huff Elementary- Tuesday December 15th

This sixty minute workshop provides parents with an array of tools to reduce their own stress and the stress in their homes. See attached flyer for more details.  

Kindergarten to Second Grade: Author/ Illustror Visit from Todd Parr- Tuesday December 15th from 1pm to 2pm

Author-Illustrator Todd Parr's new release is The Joyful Book!  It's perfect for the gift-giving season, beloved and New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr explores the many ways to be joyful when holidays and celebrations occur. Whether it's celebrating a holiday, sharing a meal, or learning new things, The Joyful Book inspires readers of all ages to spread the joy near and far, to loved ones and friends. With his renowned blend of warmth, humor, and heart, Todd Parr encourages young readers to look for all the ways that joy surrounds them. 

 

Next Round of Materials Distribution - January 14th and 15th

Our students continue to have the opportunity to attend art lessons provided by Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) as part of their school day through a partnership between the MVWSD, the Mountain View Education Foundation (MVEF), and CSMA.

 

To support these lessons, your child will be provided with art supplies over the course of the school year. Some general supplies came at the beginning of the school year like crayons, erasers, pencils and glue sticks.  The next set of supplies, a sketchbook and construction paper, are ready for distribution. 

Our school will be distributing art supplies in addition to any material provided by classroom teachers on January 14th and 15th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Also, please join us in thanking MVEF for their generous donation of these supplies for our elementary students. 

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

Support the PACT Foundation with everyday shopping.

AmazonSmile - Shop on Amazon? You can support the Pact Foundation when you shop via AmazonSmile. Simply select Pact foundation as your charity of choice. Learn more at smile.amazon.com

 

ShopWithScrip.com Gift Cards - Use gift cards to buy gas, groceries, pet food, and everything else you're already buying - while raising money for the Pact Foundation.  Send holiday e-gift cards to teachers, staff, family, friends, colleagues, and clients from over 750 top brands.  How does it work? Free mobile app available. Stevenson School's lifetime earnings to date = $14,380.80. Sign up now at ShopWithScrip.com. Enrollment code: 3CL6D25621216

 

For questions on any of these online programs, contact marissa.fry@gmail.com.

 

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


Calendar

Wednesday, December 9th

  • School kindergarten/new student information night at 6:00PM

Thursday, December 10th

  • iReady Parent Workshop at 5:30pm

Friday, December 11th

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

Tuesday, December 15th

  • Author-Illustrator Todd Parr Visit for Kindergarten to Second Grade Students from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • ELPAC Information Session

Wednesday, December 16th

December 21st- January 1st

  • Holiday Break- No School

January 11th-15th

  • Conference Week- Minimum Days, Dismissal at 11:50am

Tuesday, January 12th

  • ELPAC Information Session

January 14th-15th

  • Materials Distribution, 3pm-5pm each day

MVWSD News

  • PLUGGED IN - Social and Emotional Learning Skills Programs
  • Community Check In on Friday, December 11
  • MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool
  • Getting Ready for the ELPAC information sessions, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12
  • TK and choice schools’ meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

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. 

 

Click here to learn more about PLUGGED IN- CHAC’s new SEL Programs

Community Check In on Friday, December 11

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/Dec11

Better Together: Together we can appreciate our abilities  

In December, we are celebrating Abilities Awareness Month. To honor our commitments in moving towards equity and inclusion, help us bring the voices of people with diverse abilities into your classroom or homes, and create a learning environment that rejects ableism. From lessons on art, activism and physical disabilities to education about new developments in Universal Design, these resources will help you and your children embrace diverse abilities and understand the injustices people with disabilities often encounter. Together, we can appreciate our abilities and celebrate our common humanity. See the attached graphics or view them on https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogethermvwsd

MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool  

Is now enrolling for full-day and part-day for the 2021-22 school year. Information meetings will be held in January. Please see the attached flyer or https://www.mvwsd.org/preschool for more information. 

Getting Ready for the ELPAC information sessions, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is administered every year to our English Learner (EL) students. To learn more about this assessment, the role it plays in the education of every EL, and how to help your child prepare, please join us for one of the following meetings: 

  • December 15 

5:00-5:30 in English: https://zoom.us/j/92673835582

5:30-6:00 in Spanish: https://zoom.us/j/94603257266

  • January 12

5:00-5:30 in English: https://zoom.us/j/93307939185

5:30-6:00 in Spanish: https://zoom.us/j/93709174683

TK and choice schools’ meetings coming up. 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.

  • 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 

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