01.05.22 Stevenson Stingray News


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01.05.22


Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


Happy New Year! I hope that you all enjoyed the December Break. We are excited to welcome back our Stingray students to school!


MVWSD has layers of measures in place to combat COVID transmission, including on-campus COVID testing, sanitation, masking, ventilation, and vaccine clinics that were held over winter break. 


In your child’s backpack this afternoon, your child will have an At-Home COVID Rapid Antigen Test. There will also be a hard copy of this letter in the backpack.


Each box has two COVID tests. Please administer one test to your child this afternoon/evening.  Even if your child participates in COVID pooled testing that resumed on MVWSD campuses this week, today’s home test is an additional safeguard.

If results are NEGATIVE:
• If your student feels well and has no COVID-19 symptoms, your child can come to school tomorrow.
• If your student has symptoms or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please email the school before they return – even if the test is negative. More testing may be needed.


If results are POSITIVE:
* Keep your student home from school and contact your doctor and the school right away.
* Follow current isolation and quarantine guidelines for your child. Current guidelines require someone with a positive result (regardless of type of test or whether there’s a subsequent negative test) to isolate for at least 10 days and at least 24 hours after fever resolves and other symptoms improve.

The steps we take together can help ensure the safest possible learning environment for all of our students. For more information on MVWSD’s COVID efforts and resources, please see https://mvwsd.org.test.


Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

 


 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS


-Upload Your Child’s Completed Vaccine Card

-Parent Teacher Conferences - Week of January 10th

-Minimum Days - Week of January 10th

-No School Jan. 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

-Stevenson’s Equity Committee - Community Discussion

-School Social Media - Instagram and Twitter

-Reporting Absences and Tardies


Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

When your child's vaccine card has their second shot listed, please upload a copy to Powerschool. Vaccine cards will be referred to in the case of a positive COVID exposure for your student, and MVWSD needs accurate data for decisions about COVID protocols. Click here for a video that shows you how to upload documents: https://vimeo.com/606954357.Thank you in advance for uploading your documents now!


School Board of Trustees - Study Session of Enrollment Practices

This Saturday, January 8th, our school board of trustees will be holding a study session regarding the different types of enrollment practices for choice schools. Our school district will be continuing the conversation regarding Equitable Access to Choice Schools in Mountain View Whisman School District. The overall goal of these meetings is to examine how we can address the underrepresentation of specific student groups (socioeconomically disadvantaged and English learner youth) by addressing barriers to enrollment and matriculation for these populations. Please visit our Board of Trustees Board Website to preview the agenda.


Parent Teacher Conferences - Week of January 10th

Parent-Teacher (Student) Conferences present a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, strengths and needs, and work with your teacher to help your child have a successful academic experience. 


To help you prepare for conferences, please join us for the MV Parent U session, “Effective Parent-Teacher Communication” at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 5 on Zoom at http://mvw.sd/pu010522


Your child’s teacher sent information detailing the process for virtual conference sign-ups. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions on scheduling parent teacher conferences.


Minimum Days, Week of January 10th (Repeat)

Due to parent teacher conferences, the entire week of January 10th are minimum days. All students are dismissed at 12:05pm.


No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

There will be no school on Monday, January 17th due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 


Stevenson’s Equity Committee (Repeat)

Racial Autobiographies:  A Community-Wide Storytelling Event 

Please join us Wed, January 19th 7:45 pm-9:00 pm to engage in a community-wide racial autobiography storytelling session on Zoom.  In this session, we’ll meet in pairs & small groups to share our stories with each other– how our culture, racial backgrounds, and unique journeys impacted who we are and how we grew up.   We’ll provide a safe, relaxed, and comfortable environment for us to open up to each other and provide a safe space for deep listening and connection.  You’ll have the opportunity to really get to know a few people at a deeper level, and possibly even make a new friend and new connection.  Come join us at our first racial autobiography story-telling session.   We’re hoping for a fantastic school-wide turn-out.  This special session is hosted by the Equity Working Group, and our mission is to continue to celebrate our differences and grow in our perspective of equity at our school and within the larger community we are a part of.  This special session is also hosted during the week we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.


Follow us now on Twitter and Instagram

- Twitter - @StevensonElem_

- Instagram - @stevenson__elementary

- Facebook - @StevensonElem


Reporting Absences (Repeat)

Please call the office at (650) 903-6950 or email Renae Rhodes at [email protected] and Kass Madrid at [email protected] to report an absence or late arrival.  Provide the following information: date of absence, student’s name, grade and room number, reason for absence, name and relationship of the person reporting the absence.


 


 

PACT FOUNDATION UPDATES


Early Notice

1/11 - PACT Foundation Meeting 5:00-6:30 pm via Zoom

1/19 - Equity Parent Activity 8:00-9:00 pm via Zoom

1/25 - School Site Council


 


 


CALENDAR

2021-2022 MVWSD School Calendar  


Wednesday, January 5th

-Parent University - “Effective Parent-Teacher Communication” - Register here

Thursday, January 6th

-MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting - Zoom link

Friday, January 7th

-Community Check-In - Register here

Monday, January 10th-Friday, January 14th

-Parent Teacher Conferences

-Minimum Day - Pick-up @ 12:05pm 

Thursday, January 13th

-District School Board Anti-Bias Training - Zoom Link

Monday, January 17th

-No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 19th

-Parent University: Managing Stress and Fostering Resiliency - Register here

 


 

MVWSD NEWS


Board meeting Preview: Jan. 6

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • Security Cameras Project Update and Policy

  • Annual Preschool Self-Evaluation

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 7

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan 7 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CCJan7. To plan ahead, please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates. In case you miss it, a video recording will be posted on this webpage.


Attendance is important: Parent notifications ramp up in January

Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.


Letters: beginning in January, MVWSD will send letters to parents of any student who is truant (any three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes means a child is truant). These letters inform parents when students have had three or more unexcused absences and inform families of next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly.


Calls: In January, MVWSD schools will also begin using an automated system to notify parents when a student is absent from school. This automated call will alert a parent that a student has been marked absent.  This is important for the safety of your child and for our attendance accounting.  Please ensure we have the reason for your child’s absence. 


It’s possible that you might receive a call after you have notified the office of the absence. We apologize for any inconvenience that this additional call may cause. This process helps us to maintain a safe school environment and support your child and family. Thank you for your support.


Parent-Teacher Conferences are Jan. 10-14. Minimum day for students. Sign up for conferences!

Parent-Teacher (Student) Conferences present a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, strengths and needs, and work with your teacher to help your child have a successful academic experience. Conference week is scheduled for January 10-14, 2022. Every day that week is a minimum day for students. 


“Parent University: Effective Parent-Teacher Communication & Tips for Conference Week”
Date: January 5, 2022, 5:30-7:00pm  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu010522


Please join us for a thorough discussion on effective communication between home and school and tips on how to have a successful parent-teacher conference. A panel of parents, principals and teachers from Elementary School and Middle School will provide helpful feedback on how to approach difficult topics when talking to your child’s teacher or office staff. Parents will also learn how to read and understand the school report cards. 


To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.



Preschool information meetings: Jan. 12 and Jan. 26

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2022-23 school year


All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.


Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.


*** Join us for an info meeting on January 12 at 3:30 pm (Spanish) at Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/PK112 or January 26 at 3:30 pm (English) at Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/PK126 ***


Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment is for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon.


Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.



Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 24-28.


For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 10 through Feb. 4, 2022 online. You can register your child for the 2022-23 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register


Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for more information.


MVEF Gala Save the Date - March 19, 2022!

The MVEF Gala Committee is hard at work ensuring that our Annual Gala on March 19th will be a fun evening that raises funds for our schools. We are still working out all the details as current conditions shift - so stay tuned! We do know that Trivia will be back as will our annual raffle. If you'd like to join the planning committee, please contact Andrea Maes at [email protected].


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Jan. 11th

You can change the life of a student!  Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools. Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future! There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. 

Date:              Tuesday, January 11th
Time:            12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location:      Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration
Register:       REGISTER ONLINE
Questions:    [email protected]
Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org


If you are interested in learning more about the program but cannot attend the information session, please email [email protected] for information on how to proceed.

Mountain View Community Shuttle EXPANDED HOURS (flyer attached to Jan 3 email)

Thanks to new VTA funding, the City of Mountain View is pleased to announce that the Mountain View Community Shuttle will expand weekday hours to better serve our community. 


Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, the Shuttle’s weekday hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend service hours will remain 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call Customer Service at: 855-730-RIDE (7433) or check MVCommunityShuttle.com.


MVPL Event: How to Make Comics with Gabriela Epstein (flyer attached to email on Jan 3)

Come meet Gabriela Epstein, a New York Times best selling illustrator known for the Baby-Sitters Club middle grade graphic novel adaptations and more, on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. In this free program, Gabriela will share with us how to utilize a three act structure in comics, and do an interactive comic making demo with us. For children ages 7-12. Registration is required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.


 


 



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