5.5.22 Stevenson Stingray News


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05.05.22


Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


This week is Staff Appreciation Week! We have a FAN-tastic team of teachers and staff that go above and beyond each day for our students.  A special thank you to our parent community for letting our staff know just how special they are. Thank you for all the appreciation that you have shown this week and filling our buckets throughout the year!


Summer Construction Updates

We have a number of construction projects planned for this summer. Most of these updates have been shared at one point or another but please reach out if you have any questions. Most of the projects will have minimal impact on the community's ability to use the campus. 


Gate Locks

Last year, new fencing and gates were added in order to completely enclose the campus and match the existing fencing. This summer, pending material availability, a lock management system will be added to the gates. With the installation of the automatic locking/unlocking gates, the public will continue to have access to fields in the evenings and on weekends. The purpose of the perimeter controls is to limit points of entry during school hours and secure campuses during school hours when students are present. Additionally, this fall, staff members will be able to access classrooms and offices using key cards, instead of keys.


Storage

A new, approximately 1,000 square foot storage shed will be built between Stevenson and Theuerkauf on the south side of the tennis courts near the existing softball league’s snack shack. If summer construction is not possible, it will be installed during the upcoming school year.


Lighting

New lights and/or bollard-style light posts will be installed to illuminate pedestrians’ paths of travel between campus and parking lots. The light locations were determined by photometric survey data. This additional lighting is an important safety measure for staff members and guests using the campus in the evenings and winter late afternoons. 


Security Camera

Security cameras in public areas will be installed at all school sites as a way to increase safety for students and staff members by deterring misconduct and preventing vandalism. Members of the schools’ communities were engaged in a series of feedback meetings in Winter 2022.



Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


 


 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS


-FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

-Walking and Biking to School

-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

-Mandatory indoor masking started again on April 27

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

-Reporting Absences and Tardies


FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

This week’s fantastic staff members are:

  1. Ms. Sukanya Guha, 1st Grade Teacher

  2. Ms. Lisa Sterner, 2nd Grade Teacher

  3. Ms. Mayra Garcia-Mendoza, SCEF

  4. Ms. Saule Atun, Resource/SPED 

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!


Walking and Biking to School

During this week’s school site council meeting, we discussed the new walking and biking to school safe routes that the City of Mountain View and MVWSD have created for our students and parents. Please refer to this document on the suggested walking and biking routes to and from Stevenson. For more information please visit mvwsd.org.


School Site Council (SSC) Parent Election

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

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

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

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. 


Mandatory indoor masking started again on April 27 (Repeat)

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 (Repeat)

This week, our 3rd – 5th grade students are taking the Math California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests.  Students that were absent this week will be able to complete the assessments for next week. Our students have been doing a FANTASTIC job!


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!


 


 

CALENDAR

2021-2022 MVWSD Calendar

**2022-2023** MVWSD Calendar 


Tuesday, April 19th - May 13th

-CAASPP Testing - 3rd to 5th Grade

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 - Zoom link

Wednesday, May 11th

-Parent University - Register in advance here

Thursday, May 12th

-Arts Focus Day 1

Friday, May 13th

-International Day 5pm-7pm

Monday, May 16th

-District Equity Advisory Committee Meeting - Zoom Link

Thursday, May 19th

-Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6pm - Zoom Link 

-Arts Focus Day 2

Friday, May 20th

-Community Check-In - Register in advance here

-Herotown Performance @ 7pm

Thursday, June 2nd

-5th Grade Promotion Celebration


 


 

MVWSD NEWS


Board meeting preview: May 5

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

* Dyslexia Plan

* Federal Program Monitoring Results and Next Steps


For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.


Superintendent's Community Check In: May 6

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/cc56



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



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.



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.



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]



District Chess Tournament Registration Open

After two years of online tournaments, the 19th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament 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]


 


 



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