5.12.22 Stevenson Stingray News

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

In honor of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Weeks, parents, students and colleagues made appreciation videos for our staff members. Please see ours here: https://vimeo.com/706635830

Another special thank you to our staff that goes above and beyond for our students!  

We are seeking parents to be members for Stevenson’s School Site Council (SCC) and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in being a member, please see the information below in the School Announcement section. Self-nominations need to be submitted by tomorrow, Friday, May 13th.


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary




-FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

-Reporting Positive COVID Cases

-5th Grade Instrument Collection/Drop-Off

-School Site Council (SSC) Parent Election

-English Learner Parent Election for ELAC 2022-2023

-Parent Input for 2022-2023

-5th Grade Promotion Celebration - Save the Date

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

This week’s fantastic staff members are:

  1. Ms. Teresa Coughlan, 1st Grade Teacher

  2. Ms. Katie Barrese, BCBA

  3. Ms. Michelle B, Noon Duty Supervisor 

  4. Ms. Nekhya Fox-Moss, CHAC Counselor

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!

Reporting Positive COVID Cases

When reporting a positive COVID case, please email Mr. Santiago ([email protected]) , Ms. Renae ([email protected]), and Ms. Kass ([email protected]) and we will follow up with you for more detail. If you are submitting a Day 5 test after a positive or exposure notice, please email Mr. Santiago, Ms. Renae, and Ms. Kass. 

5th Grade Instrument Collection/Drop-Off

If you borrowed an instrument from MVWSD for your child to participate in the 5th grade instrumental music program during the 2021-22 school year, we will be collecting the instruments beginning May 31st through June 10th. Instruments will be collected at the District Office portables, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, Room #3. Please refer to the email sent on Friday, May 6th., for detailed information on how to drop-off the instrument(s).

School Site Council (SSC) Parent Election (Repeat)

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 three new parent members to join SSC.  If you are interested in running to be a member of our SSC, please complete this Self-Nomination Google Form by Friday, May 13th. 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 three (3) parent members for SSC.

Please visit mvwsd.org for more information and videos about SSC.

English Learner Parent Election for ELAC 2022-2023 (Repeat)

Stevenson will be electing one (1) parent for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete this Self-Nomination Google Form by Friday, May 13th. 

What is an ELAC? 

Every public K-12 school in California that has more than 21 English Learner students must have an ELAC. The ELAC consists of parents and teachers that work together to support English Learner students with their education.

What is ELAC's purpose? 

ELAC's purpose is to advise the principal, school staff, and the School Site Council on programs and services for English Learners. They also work with the school to provide information to the parents and give a voice to the English Learner community so that these families' questions and concerns can be carried back to the principal, school staff, and School Site Council. 


If you have any questions, please contact Principal Ryan Santiago at [email protected] or (650) 903 6950 or our School and Community Engagement Facilitator, Mayra Garcia-Mendoza at [email protected].

Please visit mvwsd.org for more information and videos about ELAC.

Parent Input for 2022-2023 (Repeat)

Attached is an optional survey for current kindergarten to fourth grade parents to gather input on any special considerations or relevant needs you would like us to review during our student placement process for the 2022-2023 school year. For example, you may wish to comment about peer relationships, interests, and learning styles.

Please provide your feedback by Friday, May 13th.

5th Grade Promotion Celebration - Save the Date (Repeat)

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. 

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.




Reimbursement requests and Walkstarter

As we enter the last 5 weeks of school (!), please submit your reimbursement requests for any PACT Foundation related expenses! 

International Day THIS FRIDAY 5/13 - announcement and call for contributors

International Day is this Friday! May 13 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the school picnic tables.


We invite students and families to share activities and/or food from all cultures and countries with the Stevenson community (*). These activities can be games, arts and crafts, music, a special family dish, etc.

Please sign up so we can assign everyone a table/location and coordinate with the participating students/families.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with clean up.



(*) "International" Day does not mean you need to be from a foreign country. The US is also a country :-) and if you're 1st-generation, 3rd-, 7th- or Native American you should feel encouraged to participate and share something of your own culture. Maybe you're from a region of the country you want to showcase, or part of one of the multiple cultures that are part of it, or just have a nice family tradition to share, please sign up! 




2021-2022 MVWSD Calendar

**2022-2023** MVWSD Calendar 

Tuesday, April 19th - May 13th

-CAASPP Testing - 3rd to 5th Grade

Thursday, May 12th

-Arts Focus Day 1 8am-12pm

Friday, May 13th

-International Day 5pm-7pm

Monday, May 16th

-District Equity Advisory Committee Meeting - Zoom Link

Monday, May 16th - Thursday, May 19th

-iReady Reading (16th & 17th) & Math Assessment (18th & 19th)

Thursday, May 19th

-Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6pm - Zoom Link 

-Arts Focus Day 2 8am-12pm

Friday, May 20th

-iReady Make-ups

-Community Check-In - Register in advance here

-Herotown Performance @ 7pm

Saturday, May 21st

-Herotown Performance @ 1:30pm & 7pm

Sunday, May 22nd

-Herotown Performance @ 1:30pm 

Monday, May 23rd

-DELAC Meeting - Zoom link

Thursday, June 2nd

-5th Grade Promotion Celebration




Recording available: "Preparing for Middle School"

Did you miss the last Parent University event, "Preparing for Middle School"? Recordings of the presentation are available here: English (https://vimeo.com/705514227) and Spanish (https://vimeo.com/706613834). There is some great advice from teachers, students, counselors and other school and district staff members to make the transition easier. Find recordings of past Parent U presentations at mvwsd.org/parentu.

Parent U: 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.

May Better Together Infographic 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. May 7, 1843, marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States. And May 10, 1869, or Golden Spike Day, recognizes the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which had significant contributions from Chinese workers. AAPI Heritage Month gives us a chance to celebrate and center the unique journey of all AAPI immigrants and citizens in the United States and their unique life experiences, traditions, and cultures. Please see the attached flyers or visit http://mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

MVWSD seeking District Equity Advisory Committee members

MVWSD is continuing our work by engaging meaningfully with the community on issues of equity through the District Equity Advisory Committee (DEAC). The goal of the DEAC is to provide feedback to the Superintendent on how to support MVWSD towards achieving its goals of becoming a more equitable and inclusive school district.

We are seeking a combination of district-level leaders, principals, teachers, staff members, and parent participants who represent the interests of both elementary and middle schools. Committee members will be expected to attend and participate virtually in meetings held monthly (on average) online during the 2022-23 school year in the evening hours. The average commitment will be approximately 20 hours per academic school year. 

Applications are due by June 3 and found at this link. More information is at https://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees.

MVEF “Buy Now” Auction Items

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gala, we were able to exceed our goal and to raise just over $90,000, helping us closer to our year-end stretch goal of raising $1.1 Million. We have a few items left from our auction which are now posted at "buy now" prices! Please take a look and spread the word to your friends! There are still some great items left, including some summer camps! If you have any questions or need help purchasing an item, please reach out to Dena Seki at [email protected]

Registration Open for Chess Tournament for MVWSD students

After two years of online tournaments, the 19th Annual Interscholastic Chess Tournament for MVWSD  students will be held in person at Bubb Elementary on Sunday, May 22, from 12:00 to 5:00.  The registration form and complete instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline is May 21.  Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at [email protected]

School Board Candidate Workshop: Registration Open

The Santa Clara County School Boards Association is holding a school board Candidate Workshop on Sat, June 11 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT at the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose. Come and learn about running a campaign from the Registrar of Voters and a panel of experienced school board members. Register here: http://2022candidateworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Citywide Bike Rodeo: Saturday, May 21

Mountain View is hosting a Citywide Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 21st, 2022 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Rengstorff Basketball Court. Bring your bike and helmet and learn bicycle riding skills. To register and/or sign up to volunteer for this event, click here.

City of MV Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance

Mountain View’s Safe Storage of Firearms ordinance went into effect Saturday, May 7. The new ordinance, which was adopted in March by the Mountain View City Council, aims to reduce the risk of firearm-related injuries and deaths by requiring the safe storage of firearms in residences and vehicles. For more details about the ordinance, please see the City’s website.



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