01.20.22 Stevenson Stingray News

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday evening, the Stevenson Equity Working Group held its first school-wide community event! Thank you to all the parents that were able to attend. During our event, Stevenson Parent Poonam Singh, facilitated conversational topics about our own cultural and racial backgrounds. It was a great opportunity for our parent community to share its experiences and also connect in meaningful ways. We plan on holding more community events in the future and hope that you are able to join us next time!

Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

Many of our younger students are getting their 2nd COVID vaccine shot this week. 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!


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary




-Guidance for upgrading your mask

-Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

-School Site Council Meeting

-English Language Advisory Meeting

-Principal’s Coffee

-Work every day at our school: Permanent substitute teachers needed 

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

Guidance for upgrading your mask

Please send your student to school in a well-fitting, quality face mask. Public health officials recommend upgrading from fabric masks. Upgraded masks include double masking (surgical mask + cloth mask), fitted medical masks (surgical masks) and respirator masks (N95s, KN95s or KF94s).

Please see “Choosing Your Mask” here for more guidance: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/.../Get-the-Most-out-of-Masking.aspx

Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January (Repeat)

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.

School Site Council Meeting - Tuesday, January 25th at 3:30pm

During our next SSC meeting we will be reviewing Stevenson’s school data based on the assessments provided in December. Please use this link to register and attend.

English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting 

On Thursday, January 27th at 5pm we will be having our next ELAC meeting. During this meeting we will be reviewing the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and review Stevenson’s school data based on the assessments provided in December. Please join us to learn what it means to be an English Learner and the requirements for reclassification. Please use this link to register and attend.

Stevenson’s Principal’s Coffee - Thursday, January 27th at 4pm

Join us for our next Principal’s Coffee with Mr. Santiago on Thursday, January 27th at 4pm. Please register here.

Work every day at our school: Permanent substitute teachers needed (Repeat) 

MVWSD is seeking a long-term substitute teacher to work every day with a variety of classes at our school. Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!

The permanent substitute teacher rate is $220 per day. Please express interest in the “permanent sub” position when the hiring department reaches out. We appreciate your commitment to our students and community, especially in this time of COVID-19.

Requirements to become a substitute teacher:

* A Bachelor’s Degree 

* Completion of Basic Skills Requirement

* Substitute teaching permit or a valid California teaching credential. 

* Complete required background check. This can be done by appointment in the MVWSD Human Resources Department. 

* A negative tuberculosis test

You may apply online: http://mvw.sd/sub.  For information, please email Noemi Herrera at [email protected] 

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 Family and Staff Meal/ Grocery Assistance

If you find your family in need of groceries or meals due to illness/ quarantine during this Covid surge, please use the below form to reach out for a meal train or groceries. Your PACT community is ready to support you and your family! <3


How it works: 


1) You fill out the form, 

2) Form responses will be checked daily at 3pm 

3) A confidential PACT Discussions message will be sent to the community requesting a volunteer for grocery delivery.

4) Your contact information and order will only be shared with the volunteer delivering your groceries 

5) You work out reimbursement of the groceries receipt amount (no delivery fee, tip, etc.) with the volunteer.



1) You fill out the form. 

2) Form responses will be checked daily at 3pm. 

3) A confidential PACT Discussions message will be sent to the community requesting a volunteer(s) for meal delivery.

4) Your contact and request information will only be shared with the volunteer(s) bringing your family food. 

5) Meals are provided by the volunteer. There is no payment exchange. 


Before filling out the form, please be sure you read the above message. Here is the form


Coming Soon

1/24 - Walk/Bike/Scoot Week to School Week organized by Eco Committee




2021-2022 MVWSD School Calendar  

Wednesday, January 19th

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

Thursday, January 20th

-Board of Trustee Meeting at 6pm - Zoom Link

Friday, January 21st

-Superintendent’s Community Check-In - Register here

Monday, January 24th

-DELAC - Zoom link

Tuesday, January 26th

-Stevenson School Site Council

Thursday, January 27th

-Stevenson ELAC Meeting 

Monday, January 31st

-District Equity Advisory Committee Meeting - Zoom Link

Wednesday, February 2nd

-Parent University: Effective Parent-Teacher Communication - Register here




Board meeting Preview: Jan. 20

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

·       Security Cameras Policy

·       i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Assessment Overview 

·      LCAP timeline

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 21

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan 21 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC121. Please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates and for video recordings of past meetings. https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community

COVID booster now available for individuals 12+

The CDC has now approved boosters for children ages 12 to 15. Boosters provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Also, if you received the Pfizer vaccines as your initial COVID-19 vaccine series, you can now get a booster 5 months after your second dose instead of 6 months. You can schedule your vaccine appointment at: www.sccFreeVax.org.

Preschool information meeting: 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 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.

Parent University: Managing Stress and Fostering Resiliency

Date: 1/19/22, 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu011922

Does hearing about stress make you feel stressed out? Let’s face this universal phenomenon together. This presentation will:

  • Identify common stressors and the effects of stress

  • Explore tips for stress management for oneself

  • Provide tips on how to support our kids with stress management 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

MVWSD Wellness Parenting Tip: Improving Your or Your Child's Mood

Stressful events influence our thoughts (words or images that pop into our mind), feelings (our emotions), and actions (what we do or say). For example, if your childcare falls through, then you might think, "my day is ruined;" you might feel frustrated; and you might act short-tempered with your child, partner, or colleagues. Doing enjoyable activities can prevent stressful events from ruining our day.

To improve your (or your child's) mood:

1) Track your mood throughout the day (e.g., rate how you feel each morning, afternoon, and evening from 1 = unhappy to 5 = happy).

2) Create a list of activities that you enjoy doing.

3) Schedule one or more of these activities.

4) Do the scheduled activity.

5) Compare your mood before and after doing the activity.

Watch this video to learn more about how doing fun activities can make you (or your child) feel better: http://mvw.sd/4V8V1

Please take our Survey! MVEF wants your input on our funding priorities

MVEF wants to know your thoughts about our stretch goal, the programs that we usually fund, and areas where MVEF could potentially fund programs in the future for all MVWSD students.  Our stretch goal is if we can exceed our fundraising goal by $ 300,000 in the 2021-22 school year, we will improve learning for all middle school students by funding an additional English language arts teacher for each middle school in the school year. 2022-23

Please take a moment to complete this survey.  

Inclusive Fun Fair - Summer Camp and Recreation opportunities for students with learning challenges. Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) (flyer attached to email on Jan. 10)

Tuesday, January 25 7-8:30 PM on Zoom

Learn more about local summer camp and recreational opportunities from our panel, including:

Via West and Camp Altitude, The Friendship Circle, Camp EDMO, Camp Tuolumne Trails, Learning Play with Chaia May, Special Olympics Nor. Cal., Animal Assisted Happiness. Camp Harmon, Quest Therapeutic Camps and more!




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