Stevenson Stingray News 12.16.2020

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12.16.2020

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

 

As the year comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity again to share my heartfelt gratitude to our Stingray community. Transitioning to virtual learning has had it’s challenges. Thank you to everyone for continuing to focus on our students and find new ways to educate and connect with our students and each other. I wish all our students, teachers, staff, and family a restful and wonderful holiday season!

Also, a friendly reminder that our school fields and playgrounds are closed during school days until 4 p.m., just as they’d be as if we are in a typical school year. There are student programs and staff present on campus during the school day, and for safety - especially during COVID - we need to keep our schools secure. Thanks in advance for your understanding and help with this. 

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Free children’s meals continue during the holidays
  • School Site Council (SSC) Meeting- Wednesday, December 16th
  • Author Visit- Todd Parr
  • Stevenson - New Student/Kindergarten Information Night
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Next Round of Materials Distribution - January 14th and 15th
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Free children’s meals continue during the holidays

MVWSD free meals for children are available during the holidays. Meals will be available the weeks of December 21 and 28 at the Gabriela Mistral Elementary (505 Escuela Ave) location only on Monday and Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.  On Monday, bags of Monday's and Tuesday's breakfasts and lunches are available. On Tuesday, meal bags for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are available. Regular meal service resumes on the week of Jan 4.

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting

Today, Wednesday, December 16th at 3:30pm, Stevenson’s School Site Council will meet virtually. There will be a presentation and update on Stevenson’s perimeter controls (fencing and gates). We will also be providing updates and receive input on supporting students academically and social emotionally. If you would like to join us, please use this link to register in advance of the meeting.

Author Visit- Todd Parr

Children's author/illustrator Todd Parr visited our district Tuesday, December 15th! A big thank you to our librarian, Mrs. Donahue, for organizing such a fun event!

 

Families and staff may purchase any of the books shown below to help support more events like this and children's literacy!

New Student/Kindergarten Information Night - Stevenson Elementary (Repeat Information)

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.

Parent Teacher Conferences (Repeat Information)

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. 

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

ImPACT & Parent Ed Present: Blacktop Discussions

Join us for our virtual blacktop discussion Wednesday, January 16th from 8pm-9pm. This month, instead of focusing on a parent ed topic, we'll try to address any burning issues and chat about the upcoming school vacation.  We hope you can join us.  Zoom Link:https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92217918911 

PACT Pals Feedback Request

Please fill out this survey if you have any feedback for PACT Pals:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchqUio9wPK4Zd8GUTTNDJTH9ZWDY__YhPrZN2ofeUe2MsvCA/viewform?gxids=7628

Treasurer Committee Request

If you have handed in any reimbursement forms before 12/09/2020 and still haven't received your check, please email treasurer@pacthub.org so we can sort it out together. 

We also encourage everyone to review the Foundations Financial page. There you can view financial statements for this and prior years. Take a look at all the money donated by our community and through your employers over the years and what we've been able to do with all that support! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!


Calendar

Wednesday, December 16th

December 21st- January 4th

  • Holiday Break- No School

January 11th-15th

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

Tuesday, January 12th

  • ELPAC Information Session

Thursday, January 14th

  • MVLA Speakers series presents “Middle School Matters” with Phyllis Fagell from 7pm-9pm

January 14th-15th

  • Materials Distribution, 3pm-5pm each day 

MVWSD News

  • Better Together: Together we can appreciate our abilities
  • Tester and Interpreter/Translator positions available
  • MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool 
  • Recording: Virtual i-Ready parent workshop
  • TK and choice schools’ meetings are this week. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January
  • CSA food distributions 
  • Getting Ready for the ELPAC information session: Jan. 12
  • MVEF news: Double Your Donation with the December Challenge Grant! 
  • CHAC offers free mental health support to parents and students
  • Parenting in a pandemic: Free 6th district PTA speaker series
  • MVLA Speakers series presents “Middle School Matters” with Phyllis Fagell 

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

Tester and Interpreter/Translator positions available

Looking for a part-time job with a positive social impact? MVWSD is now hiring organized and friendly individuals to administer English Language proficiency assessments to the district’s K-8 English language learners. To find out more, click here: https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1310195

Can you speak or write in a language other than English? MVWSD is always looking for qualified interpreters and translators. If you enjoy helping families and children and are fluent in English and one of the languages below, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/jobs and then click on “Support Staff - Hourly”. We are currently looking for the following languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese.

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. 

Recording: Virtual i-Ready parent workshop

Are you curious about the i-Ready platform and how you can support your student at home? Please view this recording of the session that provides parents with an overview of i-Ready and answers their frequently asked questions about how i-Ready elevates instruction. https://vimeo.com/490839110

TK and choice schools’ meetings are this week. 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 

CSA food distributions  

Community Services Agency (CSA) will have three additional food distributions that families throughout Mountain View are welcome to come and pick up. Please see attached flyers in Spanish and English for details. 

Getting Ready for the ELPAC information session: 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 for the following meeting: 

  • January 12

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

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

MVEF news: Double Your Donation with the December Challenge Grant! 

Throughout December, every dollar donated will be matched dollar for dollar up to $47,000, through our 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! 

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

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 us to reach our annual goal of $800,000 together.   https://www.mvef.org/donate

CHAC offers free mental health support to parents and students

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

Parenting in a pandemic: Free 6th district PTA speaker series

Wednesday, December 16, 7 PM. Teaching self regulation. Inclusion collaborative.

Cost: free. For more information and to reserve your seat visit www.capta6.org/parenting_in_a_pandemic/

MVLA Speakers series presents “Middle School Matters” with Phyllis Fagell 

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Professional School Counselor Phyllis Fagell helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they’ll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, acting as their own advocates, and more. To answer parents’ most common questions and struggles with middle school-aged children, she combines her professional and personal expertise with stories and advice from prominent psychologists, doctors, parents, educators, school professionals, and middle schoolers themselves.

Audience:  Parents of kids grades 4 - 8

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

Books:   https://www.booksinc.net/book/9780738235080

Video Available!  

Michael Reichert  – How to Raise a Boy - Event Recording from 11/17/2020

Dr. Reichert has graciously allowed us to share the How to Raise a Boy recording with parents, teachers, and other caretakers of children and teens (K - 12) within our community.  The recording will be available until December 17th. The link is https://youtu.be/K7aAVmHSd2Y

 

Video Available!  

Marc Brackett  – Permission to Feel - Event Recording from 10/29/2020

Dr. Brackett has graciously allowed us to share the Permission to Feel recording with parents, teachers, and other caretakers of children and teens (K - 12) within our community.  The recording will be available through December 10th. The link is https://youtu.be/dyGMXo8iH0s

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