3.3.22 Stevenson Stingray News


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03.03.22


Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


My heart has been heavy seeing the impact the invasion of Ukraine has had on families.  We understand that these are very challenging times for our students, staff, and parents. Our district has gathered resources to guide our staff and parents when discussing this conflict with children. Stevenson will continue to focus on promoting a safe and welcoming school environment by modeling respect and valuing the diversity of our community. 


Read Across America Day!

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 2, was National Read Across America Day. One of the ways that our school celebrated was with your instructional coach, Danielle Lyons, providing read alouds to our students at recess and lunch. Our school librarian, Sarah Donahue, also collected books that students were able to choose from and keep! 



No Open House Events This Year

Our schools will not be holding Open House events on March 30 and 31, as we traditionally do. COVID precautions prevent us from bringing many additional people on site, and we are not able to provide a robust virtual Open House experience.


We certainly will miss seeing all of the amazing work from our students and teachers, and look forward to a time we can gather to celebrate students’ work.


Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

 


 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS


-FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

-English Language Advisory Committee

-Update on Mask Mandate

-Lost and Found 

-Trimester 2 Report Cards

-No School - March 14th

-Spring Picture Day - March 22nd

-Reporting Absences and Tardies


FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

The month of February is National Random Acts of Kindness Day! In celebration of random acts of kindness, Mr. Santiago and Mrs. Lyons will be randomly picking 4 staff members to highlight each Friday from now to the end of the year. This week the 4 staff members picked at randomly were:

  1. Ms. Lauren Alessio, 3rd grade teacher 

  2. Ms. Wilson, PE teacher

  3. Ms. Leeanne, Food Service

  4. Ms. Sheila, Noon Duty Supervisor 

Please feel welcome to join us in filling their buckets and sending acts of kindness their way! If you have free time, have your student(s) draw them a picture or write them a note. These FAN-tastic staff members will surely appreciate it!


English Language Advisory Committee

Stevenson’s next school ELAC meeting is today, Thursday, March 3rd at 5:00pm. Please use this link to register and attend.


Update on Mask Mandate

Even though the state will be downgrading face-mask requirements to a strong recommendation for indoor areas (with some exceptions) beginning on March 12, our students will still be required to wear masks for the near future. To learn more about the timeline and factors MVWSD is considering to determine when/if we make changes to the mask requirement, please click here.


Lost and Found

The Lost & Found rack is once again overflowing with clothes and other items (water bottles; lunch boxes; etc.).  We will place all of them outside the front of the school every day for the rest of the week.  Please stop by to check if anything belongs to your student(s).  Anything not picked up by 3:30 P.M. on Friday, March 4th. will be donated to charity.


Trimester 2 Report Cards

Trimester 2 report cards will be sent by email on Friday, March 11th by 4pm.


No School - March 14th

Reminder that there will be no school on Monday, March 14th due to Teacher Service Day. Enjoy a 3-day weekend :)


Spring Picture Day - March 22nd

Mark your calendars for spring picture day on Tuesday, March 22nd! Flyers and ordering forms will be sent in students’ backpacks a week before picture day, please keep a lookout. 

School Name: Stevenson Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, March 22

Picture Day ID: EVTM7RD7S


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 logistics

PACT Pals starts this week. Logistics are mostly the same as last time. Please read pactpals.org carefully.


One difference: If your child attends Right at School, they should go directly to the front gate, not to Right at School. Exceptions are Thursday K (Soccer and Tennis coaches will pick up Ks from their rooms) and Tennis #2 (RAS will bring children to Tennis #2).


If you signed up for math and your child attends an after-school program, please send them the login info.

For Tennis, please make sure your child knows if they’re Tennis #1 (right after school) or Tennis #2 (1:35pm). Last time, a bunch of Tennis #2 kids were in Tennis #1.


PACT Pals are independent after-school programs and not affiliated with Stevenson Elementary school. Vendors are solely responsible for the children during class time, not Stevenson Elementary school or PACT Foundation. Please contact vendors directly for any questions.


Parent Ed Refresher Course

The Parent Education committee hopes you're as excited as we are about the impending return of parent volunteering! We're planning a brief, informal review session to be held the weekend after Winter Break. Here's what you need to know:

  • Two sessions will be held:

    • Saturday, 3/5 from 2:00-4:00 PM

    • Sunday, 3/6 from 4:00-6:00 PM

  • Everyone is invited! We know it's been a while, so anyone who wants a refresher is welcome to attend.

  • For new parents, the first hour of this session will provide overview focused on volunteering. The second hour will be reserved for Q&A (and likely some general socializing).

  • We don't have a weekday timeslot because we're meeting in person! We're planning to be outdoors on the school campus, weather permitting. Parents will need to wear masks and adhere to COVID health and safety protocols.

We hope to see many of you there. In case you couldn't make it to the training sessions in the fall, or if you want to review, the virtual format allowed us to record the material for posterity:


Module I

Module II

Module III


Calling All Theater lovers!

PACT Players is back! Along with PACT Foundation, we are very excited to get back to the production of Herotown. Registration is open until Monday to 4th and 5th graders and our first rehearsal will be Monday, February 28th from 2:50-4:15.  Rehearsals will continue every Mon and Wed on school days from 2:50-5:00 until tech week which will be the week of May 16th.  Everyone is welcome to join the cast or crew regardless if they were in the 2020 cast. 3rd graders, I will communicate in April about a possible role for you guys.  For more details and to register, visit https://musicwithsandi.weebly.com/herotown


Questions can be directed to Ms Sandi: [email protected]


Coming Soon

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


Early Notice

4/1 or 4/2 - Walkathon



 


 

CALENDAR

2021-2022 MVWSD School Calendar  


Thursday, March 3rd

-Stevenson ELAC Meeting -  Zoom Link

Saturday, March 5th

-Parent Ed Refresher

Saturday, March 6th

-Parent Ed Refresher

Tuesday, March 8th

-PACT Foundation Meeting - Zoom Link

Thursday, March 10th

-MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting - Register here

Friday, March 11th

-Community Check-in - Register here

Monday, March 14th

-Teacher Service Day - No School

Tuesday, March 15th

-Stevenson Equity Community Session 

Wednesday, March 16

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

 


 

MVWSD NEWS



Parcel Tax Oversight Committee seeks community representatives

MVWSD needs your volunteerism and time. Please consider serving on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for the Measure B Parcel Tax.  


The District is seeking two individuals to 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.


Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043 or emailed to [email protected] Application: http://mvw.sd/PTOC


Questions? Please e-mail Dr. Rebecca Westover, Chief Business Officer, at [email protected].



Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Calming Your Mind

When we feel stressed, our minds tend to jump to the past (I should have...) or to the future (What if...?). The problem is that we cannot change the past nor control the future. Focusing on the present can help us take control of our current situation and help us feel calmer and more relaxed.


Watch this video to learn more about how mindfulness can help you (or your child) be more present and relaxed. 


To calm your (or your child’s) mind:


  1. Look around you, and name five things you see. Pick one object, and describe what it looks like, what color, what size, and what shape it is. 

  2. Look for four things you can touch. Pick one of those items to touch, and describe how it feels. 

  3. Name three things that you can hear. At first, it might seem that there is not much to hear, but listen carefully. Focus on one sound, and describe it. 

  4. Look for two things you can smell. Focus on one smell, and describe it.

  5. Find one thing you can taste. Focus on the taste and describe it.


You can repeat these steps every time you feel stressed to come back to the present moment. 



Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at https://www.mvef.org/ or https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mvefgala/



Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - March 8th

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, March 8th

Time:           5:30 - 6:30 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.



March CAC Announcements 

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org


3/7 Monday 9 am General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:10 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfuqqrDIpG9adTFakjeylekd_SlDHtlCb


3/8 Tuesday 10 am - Parent Chat - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact [email protected] for Google Meet invite.


Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations. Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.


3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI



City of MV Summer Camp Fair 

The City of Mountain View is holding a Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, March 5 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center. Learn more about summer camps & swim lessons, meet camp staff and drop-off registration for spring & summer programs. Please see the attached flyer for information.



Free CHAC Self-Care and Resilience Workshop 

CHAC Family Resources Center is holding a free online Self-Care and Resilience workshop for parents and caregivers on Fridays from March 4th to April 22nd from 1:00-2:00 PM. This course will provide participants guidance and strategies regarding how to guide children to express their feelings in a nonaggressive way, be more resilient, and teach children to build up relationships. To register, contact Lin Xu at [email protected] or (650) 967-4813.


 



 

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