08.18.2021 Stevenson Stingray News

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

We had a fantastic first week and are looking forward to the school year! A special thank you to all our Stingray staff and parent community for making our Orientation Week and the first days back at school a celebration for our students. 

-We are thankful for Playworks partnership in providing a coach to lead cooperative play games with each of our classrooms. Our students and teachers had a blast playing games outside together!

-Our students continue to think of ways that our school can be Bucket Fillers! At Stevenson, students and staff are committed to filling each other's buckets by saying and doing things that are kind and respectful. -Our classrooms have already implemented Morning Meetings and Closing Circles at the beginning and end of each day. This supports our social emotional learning and helped students transition to the new year.

-Thank you to our parents that have been helping with pick up and drop off in front of the school. We are so appreciative of your support to help our kids come to school and go home safely each day. Thank you!

It truly does take all of us working together and I am so thankful to be part of the Stevenson community! 

Back To School Night (Virtual) - Thursday, August 19th at 6:00pm

We are excited to welcome and see our families at Back To School Night on Thursday, August 19th. There are two sessions to accommodate families with multiple children and allow parents the opportunity to visit more than one classroom. 

Back To School Night Schedule

Classroom teachers will share their Zoom links with parents by email.

6:00-6:10pm (Zoom Link) - School-wide meeting. Introductions by Principal Santiago and PACT Foundation parents Jenny Mailhot and Kim Reynolds

6:10-6:50pm - Session #1 with classroom teacher

6:50-7:30pm - Session #2 with classroom teacher


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

School Announcements

-Parking Lot Safety

-Grass Area Pick-Up

-School Site Council (SSC) Meeting and Parent Elections

-School Site Council Meeting

-i-Ready Diagnostics


-Free School Meals

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

-Non-Returning Students

-After School Programs

Parking Lot Safety

We are excited to have all our Stingrays back at school and we want all our students to arrive for student drop and off and pick up safely. Here are some important updates and reminders to help keep the traffic flowing smoothly in the parking and for safe arrivals and dismissals.

  • Parents that would like to walk their child(ren) to the gate will need to park their car on the street. There is no parking in the drop-off and pick up zone. Parents may get out of their car to assist their child, but will then need to get back into their car to exit the parking lot. This will help the flow of traffic move more smoothly for morning drop off and pick up.
  • Please only use only the loading and unloading zone to drop-off and pick-up your child. The drop-off and pick-up area is located right in front of the office (sidewalk is marked yellow). This is the safest area to drop off your child. Please do not drop off your child in front of parking spots (near the MUR) or by the tennis courts. Please wait until your vehicle is in the loading/unloading zone.
  • Pull as far forward in the drop-off/pick-up as you can. To help drop off go more smoothly, please pull as far forward in the drop-off area so we can have more vehicles drop off their children. Pulling forward will allow the flow of traffic to go more smoothly.
  • Parking lot spaces are for staff only. Please do not park in the Stevenson and District Office parking lot. parking is limited and we want to make sure that our teachers and staff are able to have a parking spot to be able to provide instruction and services to our students.
  • Please use the sidewalk and paths to drop off your child(ren). For the safety of our students and community, families are not to cut across the parking lot. There are many cars entering and exiting. Cutting across the parking lot is not safe. Please use the sidewalk and path to walk around. 
  • Parent Volunteers and Staff are here to help. You will most likely notice parent volunteers and staff that are helping with the flow of traffic and providing friendly reminders to parents. Thank you in advance for listening and supporting their efforts to keep our parking lot safe.

Grass Area Pick-Up

Thank you to our 3rd-5th grade families for picking up their children in the back grass area to help reduce the number of families that pick up students from the front of the school.  Below are some friendly reminders to our staff and parents to help create a safe and smooth grass area pick up. 

  • All students and adults are to wear masks during pick up. Please make sure that masks are fitting appropriately over the mouth and nose.
  • Families are to be socially distanced (6-feet) during pick up.
  • Once the student is with their parent, families are to immediately leave the grass area. The grass area remains closed until 4:00pm each weekday. Students are not allowed to be on the play structure after school.

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting and Parent Elections

Stevenson’s School Site Council is comprised of five parents and five staff members.  The School Site Council helps develop goals and actions for Stevenson’s School Plan for Student Achievement (site plan). Stevenson School Site Council will be electing one new parent member to join SSC this year.  If you are interested in running to be a member of our SSC, please complete this Self-Nomination Google Form by Tuesday, August 24th. A hard copy will also be available in the front office. The following week, parents of Stevenson will have the opportunity to vote for the one (1) parent members for SSC.

School Site Council Meeting

Our first School Site Council meeting of the year is next Tuesday, August 24th at 3:30pm.  If you would like to join us, please use this link to register in advance of the meeting.

i-Ready Diagnostics

This week, we began providing i-Ready Diagnostic assessments to students in grades 1st-5th.  Kindergarten will start the assessments the week of August 31st. Students will be taking the i-Ready Diagnostic assessment for ELA and Math at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. The data from these assessments gives our teachers and parents insight into each students’ academic progress. We look forward to working together to help each student grow. 

OKtoReopen - Daily Health Screener 

A friendly reminder to please complete the OkToReopen Health screener before your child arrives on campus. Thank you for helping us create a safe and healthy school campus for all our students.

(Repeat) Reporting Absences

Please call the office at (650) 903-6950 or email Rayland Asuncion at [email protected] and Renae Rhodes 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.

(Repeat) Non-Returning Students

If you are not returning for the 2021-22 school year, please contact our school secretaries, Rayland Asuncion at [email protected] and Renae Rhodes at [email protected], or by phone 650-903-6950 as soon as possible. Please take a moment to reply ONLY if your children will NOT be attending Stevenson Elementary School. It will be a great help to our staff and other students and their families as we prepare for the 2021-22 school year.

(Repeat) After School Programs

Our school district partners with multiple programs to provide after school care. Please visit this website to learn more about Right at School, Newton Center, and YMCA.

PACT Foundation Updates

Virtual committee fair this week + committee sign-ups

At Back to School Night on Thursday families will be asked to select their preferred committee options. If you are new to Stevenson PACT or need a refresher about all our fantastic committees, please plan to join us for a Q&A session on Tuesday August 17 from 7:30- 8:00/15pm.  The committee leads will be there to answer your questions.

Here's a link with an Overview of Stevenson PACT Committees


2021-2022 MVWSD School Calendar  

Thursday, August 19th

-Back to School Night at 6pm 

Tuesday, August 24th 

-School Site Council Meeting at 3:30pm

-PACT Foundation Meeting at 5:00pm

Thursday, August 26th

-ELAC Meeting at 5:00pm

-MVWSD Board of Trustees Meeting at 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 1st

-Parent University: Mental Health: Care and Support- Register here

Monday, September 6th

-No School, Labor Day Observed


Parent University: Mental Health: Care and Support

Date: September 1, 2021  Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu090121

Join us to learn about mental health care and support. We will share a wide range of information from basic wellness to seeking mental health treatment.  Presenters include representatives from MVWSD, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health, and local agencies or organizations. 

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

Positions available with MVWSD: apply today!

Want to make a difference in the lives of students and their families? MVWSD is looking for talented individuals to join our team! See below for available positions and application links:

Instructional assistants: http://mvw.sd/AiVGD

At Risk Supervisors: http://mvw.sd/XCMHv

Substitutes for clerical staff: http://mvw.sd/ZC4Sv

Food Service: http://mvw.sd/YIW55

District seeking Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) member

MVWSD is seeking a Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) member. Selected representatives monitor, provide oversight, and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds. The PTOC is composed of representatives from the local community, including the business community, District homeowners, parents or guardians of a student in the District, or the community at large.

Applications are available for download at http://mvw.sd/PTOC.  Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View 94043, faxed to 650-964-8907 or emailed to [email protected].

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD and qualify for benefits 

Please apply, whether you need it or not. It helps your school get more money for student programs!

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family. This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more. Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school. If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ or call your school office.

Volunteer Community Navigator Training with Community Services Agency (CSA) 

Interested in helping others in the community navigate the Community Services Agency’s (CSA) programs and resources? Join CSA for Volunteer Community Navigator Training on Zoom from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 19th or Thursday, September 16th (every 3rd Thursday of the month). Please register at 650.669.9551. For more information, contact Sandra Luna, Community Resource Coordinator, at [email protected].

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