4.28.22 Stevenson Stingray News


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04.28.22


Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


Our school's and MVWSD's highest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community. Earlier this week, Superintendent Dr. Rudolph sent out an email providing an update and information on masking and COVID cases.


As of Wednesday, April 27th, all students, staff, and adults will be required to wear masks indoors. Outdoor masking will remain optional for now.


Our district continues to monitor COVID cases closely.  There has been an increase in the number of COVID cases since we returned from spring break. For more details, please refer to the email that Superintendent Dr. Rudolph sent out on Tuesday.


I have been impressed with how our students and community have responded to this safety update. Our students and staff have really shown resilience and flexibility. Thank you for your understanding as our School District makes safety a top priority and at the same time provides the best learning environment for our students and staff.


Tomorrow, Friday Spirit Day - Stingray Shirts

Tomorrow we will have a Friday Spirit Day! Have your child wear their new Stingray shirt or one of the walk-a-thon shirts. Let’s show our Stingray spirit!


5th. Grade Promotion Celebration - Save the Date

Hi, Fifth Grade parents and Guardians! We are excited to plan for our fifth grade celebration. Save the date for Thursday, June 2nd at 1pm. More details to come soon!


Reclassification Ceremony Tonight at Crittenden Middle School!

We will be celebrating the 11 Stingray students who reclassified as English Proficient. These students have worked hard and have shown growth in their English language development skills and academics. We are proud of our Stingrays!


Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

 


 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS


-FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

-Mandatory indoor masking starts again on April 27

-Reclassification Celebration (Repeat)

-State Testing 3rd-5th Grade Students (Repeat)

-Reporting Absences and Tardies


FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

This week’s fantastic staff members are:

  1. Ms. Kristy Ju, 1st Grade Teacher

  2. Ms. Liza Roth, CHAC Counselor

  3. Ms. Angela Weller, OT Teacher

  4. Ms. Kass Madrid, Secretary

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!


Mandatory indoor masking starts again on April 27

Mandatory masking indoors for MVWSD students and staff started on Wednesday, April 27. This is being implemented as a safety measure as we are seeing increases in positive COVID cases across the district. We will keep the masking mandate indoors until May 13, and then we will re-evaluate. Outdoor masking will still be optional. Please be sure your student comes to school wearing a well-fitting mask. If you need help getting masks for your students, please let us know. For more information, please see our COVID protocols at https://www.mvwsd.org/returntolearn.


State Testing - 3rd-5th Grade Students

This week, our 3rd – 5th grade students are taking the ELA California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests.  Next week, 3rd – 5th grade students will take the Mathematics tests. Our students have been doing a FANTASTIC job the first few days of the assessment!


MVWSD Celebrates Its Reclassified Students! (Repeat)

It's time for our annual celebration of former English Learner students who have successfully reclassified as English Proficient this school year! We are extremely proud of all the students as well as all of the families, teachers, and school staff who have supported them along the way. Families of newly reclassified students should have received email invitations and formal paper invitations this week to the event to take place at Crittenden Middle School the evening of April 28. If you have any questions, or believe you should have received an invitation but didn't, please contact your child's school or Leticia Corcoran at [email protected] or (650) 526-3500 x1121. Congratulations!


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 Treasurer reminder

Please remember to submit any reimbursement requests you may have, as we enter the last 6 weeks of school.

 

Also, remember that Walkstarter is still open and we have time to raise some more money!


Mr Kyle and Ms La Rosa's wedding celebration!

In case you didn't know, Mr. Kyle and Ms. La Rosa are getting married in April. It's not often that two treasured teachers from our community get married. It would be great to contribute towards their honeymoon (or just their life together). Participation is completely optional, but if you're inclined, please send your contributions by April 30th via the following methods: 


Be sure to include a Note for "Mr. Kyle & Ms. La Rosa's wedding gift from _________."

  1. Venmo [email protected]

  2. PayPal -- [email protected]

  3. Google Pay -- [email protected]

  4. Zelle -- 650.861.0006


Everyone is welcome to come celebrate their marriage on Wednesday, May 4th @ 6:00 pm at the Stevenson lunch tables.  Dessert will be served. If you choose, bring your own dinner and drinks.


 


 

CALENDAR

2021-2022 MVWSD Calendar

**2022-2023** MVWSD Calendar 


Tuesday, April 19th - May 13th

-CAASPP Testing - 3rd to 5th Grade

Wednesday, April 27th

-Parent University: Preparing for Middle School - Register here

Thursday, April 28th

-MVWSD Reclassification Ceremony @ 5pm

Friday, April 29th

-4th/5th Grade Author Visit: Henry Lien

Tuesday, May 3rd

-Stevenson School Site Council @ 4pm - Zoom Link

Wednesday, May 4th

-ELAC Meeting @ 5pm - Zoom Link

-Mr. Kyle & Ms. La Rosa’s Wedding Celebration @ 6pm

Thursday, May 5th

-Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6pm - Zoom link

Friday, May 6th

-Community Check-in - Register here

Monday, May 9th

-DELAC Meeting @ 5:30pm - Zoom link

Tuesday, May 10th

-PACT Foundation Meeting @ 5pm

-Stevenson Equity Meeting @ 5:15pm

Thursday, June 2nd

-5th Grade Promotion Celebration



 


 

MVWSD NEWS


Please share and rate thoughts before May 4: Safety ThoughtExchange

As our community is still reeling from the recent student tragedy, many of us are asking the question of “how can we make school commutes safer for our students?” The Mountain View Whisman School District is recording these organic conversations in an online exchange of ideas, with the goal of involving all of the organizations and people who have a role in making our community safer.


Please click here to participate in a ThoughtExchange about safety: my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/545040823. Your participation is confidential. Please share and come back often to rate new ideas until the exchange closes on May 4.



Interpreters and Translators Needed!

Looking for a part-time job with a positive social impact? Are you bilingual in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or ASL (Sign Language)?  MVWSD is now hiring organized and friendly individuals to become interpreters and translators for school and district events, documents, and parent meetings.  To find out more, click here: http://mvw.sd/translators



Two Upcoming Parent University Events

1. Preparing for Middle School


Date and Time: April 27, 2022, 5:30pm  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu042722


Nervous about middle school? We get it! Change can be daunting, but it can also lead to amazing new experiences. Join us to learn how to support your children as they prepare for the next stage in their academic and social lives. We will feature a panel of staff and students from Crittenden and Graham who will offer lots of wisdom and details about grades six, seven, and eight. See you there!

To submit your questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions.


2. High School Readiness


Date and Time: May 11, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu051122


Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out! 

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



April Better Together Infographic 

This April, we herald in Autism Acceptance Month and celebrate our neurodiverse community. MVWSD is a district that aims to provide an identity-affirming, empowering space for all of our students. We strive to challenge biases and champion change that makes our world more equitable, accessible, and just. Check out this month's infographic for ideas and resources to spark a conversation about autism acceptance and about the gifts our neurodiverse people bring to our community. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.



Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who reside in the Mountain View Whisman School District are eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/parcel tax.


An exemption from Measure B/the parcel tax will be made available, upon application, to any owners of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes who:

* are receiving Social Security Income for a disability regardless of age;

* are 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year; or

* are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services


For application and information, call 650-526-3500 or visit https://www.mvwsd.org.



Health and Wellness Tip: Changing Your Thoughts

Everyone has upsetting thoughts from time to time, which can make us feel angry, sad, or frustrated. This is normal! It is often our emotions that drive these upsetting thoughts, not the facts of the situation. By catching our upsetting thoughts, checking the facts, and changing our thoughts based on those facts, we can start to have more helpful thoughts and improve our mood.  


Watch this video and learn more about how to change upsetting thoughts to be more helpful.


To change your upsetting thoughts: 


  1. Catch it. When you feel upset, pause and ask yourself, “What words or phrases are running through my mind right now?”

  2. Check it. Consider whether the thought you are having is helpful or not. 

  3. Change it. If you are having an unhelpful thought, consider other ways of looking at the situation. Reframe your thought to one that is more helpful.


Catching, checking, and changing your thoughts takes practice. By noticing your unhelpful thoughts and reframing them based on facts, you can improve your mood.



Día de los Niños with MV Public Library

Día de los Niños/Día de los libros (Day of the Children/Day of the Books) will be celebrated with a performance from Raices de Mexico, a Mexican folkloric dance company that will perform regional dances from Mexico, on Saturday, April 30 from 11-11:45 a.m. in Pioneer Park. The event is open to all ages, and no registration is required. Click here for more information.



 


 



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