2.3.22 Stevenson Stingray News


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02.03.22


Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


This week, classrooms throughout the school celebrated the Lunar New Year. February is also Black History Month and Random Acts of Kindness Month. During the month of February, students will engage in lessons and celebrate the contributions, achievements, and history of African Americans. Please visit MVWSD’s Better Together website for resources and information to have conversations at home as well.


We want to hear from you! LCAP survey link is in your inbox

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2022-23 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process, as well as a survey about the plans' goals. An email with a link to the survey was sent to your inbox on Jan. 31. More information is here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap


Tonight: Parent Engagement

Help Your English Learner Child Become a Confident Communicator, with Dr. Kate Kinsella: 


Dr. Kinsella is back! At this special parent event, co-sponsored by Imai, Landels, and Vargas Elementary schools but open to all MVWSD families, parents will learn how to support their children in reading, writing, listening, and speaking both in school and in their daily lives.


Dr. Kinsella is the author of many professional publications and research-validated programs to support multilingual learners and striving readers, including READ 180 Universal, English 3D, Language Launch, and Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. She has served as the lead scholar and pedagogy guide on three recent U.S. Department of Education funded research initiatives to improve educational outcomes for K-12 English language learners.

Date: February 3, 2022             

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Zoom Link: http://mvw.sd/kinsella22


Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

 


 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS


-Parent Volunteers

-In case you missed it: Incoming 6th grade information night

-Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card (Repeat)

-Guidance for upgrading your mask (Repeat)

-Reporting Absences and Tardies


Parent Volunteers Update

We are excited to start welcoming parent volunteers back on campus! It will be a slow gradual process but nonetheless, we are excited to see parents partnering with staff again on campus! We will begin with ImPACT Readers, Library Helpers, Living Classrooms and some recess volunteers. Mr. Santiago will be in contact with the parent leads from these programs to prioritize these volunteers to go through the application process first


In case you missed it: Incoming 6th grade information night

Our middle schools recently held meetings for next year's 6th graders and their parents to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and more. The presentation slides and videos are posted here: 


Crittenden: https://crittenden.mvwsd.org/news/what_s_new/orientation_information

Graham: https://graham.mvwsd.org/prepare_for_next_year/incoming_6th_graders


Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card (Repeat)

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!


Guidance for upgrading your mask (Repeat)

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/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Get-the-Most-out-of-Masking.aspx


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


PACT Pals Spring session

 

We’re excited to announce the spring session. See pactpals.org for classes.

 This session is 14 weeks. On Feb 14 morning, registration links will appear on pactpals.org.

 

Registration period: Feb 14 - Feb 19

Class period: Feb 28 - Jun 3

 

Questions: Contact PACT Pals Co-Chairs at [email protected]

 

Coming soon

2/8 - PACT Foundation 5:00-6:30 pm via Zoom

 

Save the Date

3/18 - Rocket Day (Save this Friday night. It is the best!!!)

4/1 - Walkathon


 


 

CALENDAR

2021-2022 MVWSD School Calendar  


Thursday, February 3rd

-Dr. Kate Kinsella - Register here

Monday, February 7th

-District Equity Advisory Committee Meeting - Zoom Link

Tuesday, February 8th

-Stevenson’s Equity Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 9th

-Superintendent Cafecito - Zoom Link

Thursday, February 10th

-Board of Trustee Meeting - Register here

Friday, February 11th

-Community Check-In - Register here

Wednesday, February 16th

-Parent University: Bullying Prevention - Register here


 


 

MVWSD NEWS


Cafecito con el Superintendente

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5:30 – 6:30pm


This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: http://mvw.sd/C29


February Better Together Infographic 

In the month of February, there is much to celebrate and acknowledge. The Lunar New Year reminds us of the power of rebirth and renewal, while Black History Month gives us the opportunity to recognize the resilience of those on the shoulders we stand, along with the cultural richness of those identifying as Black in America and across the world. Heritage months grant us the opportunity to highlight the history of oppressed groups and their fight towards equality, but renewal and Black excellence transcend just this month. However we celebrate, we are #BetterTogether.


Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.



Help Your English Learner Child Become a Confident Communicator, with Dr. Kate Kinsella: February 3

Date: February 3, 2022      

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Zoom Link: http://mvw.sd/kinsella22


Dr. Kinsella is back! At this special parent event, co-sponsored by Imai, Landels, and Vargas Elementary schools but open to all MVWSD families, parents will learn how to support their children in reading, writing, listening, and speaking both in school and in their daily lives.


Dr. Kinsella is the author of many professional publications and research-validated programs to support multilingual learners and striving readers, including READ 180 Universal, English 3D, Language Launch, and Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. She has served as the lead scholar and pedagogy guide on three recent U.S. Department of Education funded research initiatives to improve educational outcomes for K-12 English language learners.



Parent University: Bullying Prevention

Date: 2/16/22, 5:30 p.m.   Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu021622


“Bullying” is a serious, yet often misunderstood concept. What does it really mean and how can we stop it? Better yet, how can we prevent it? This presentation will:

  • Identify basic concepts of bullying: definition, types of bullying, basic data

  • Provide tips for bullying reduction

  • Explore relationship-building to prevent bullying as we work to create new standards of acceptable behavior


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


MVEF receives grant from Google.org

MVEF is honored to receive a $100,000 grant from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, to support California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for students in MVWSD. Google.org’s  generous support will help fund the ‘Living Classroom’ program to provide an interdisciplinary and practical science-based curriculum that meets NGSS, and ‘Discovery Education’ to support STEM-RTI programs which help implement NGSS for all elementary school students in the district. Read the full press release on our website.



Resources for afterschool and school break care 

Looking for afterschool, February break or spring break activities for your children? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view. Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.


Additionally, the City of Mountain View provides eligible, low-income Mountain View families with financial assistance to register children for recreation classes. Applicants must be a Mountain View resident and qualify through the Community Services Agency screening process. Contact the Community Services Agency at (650) 968-0836 to schedule an appointment to see if you are eligible. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


 


 


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