10.12.2022 Stevenson Stingray News

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10.12.22

 

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

 

October is Safety Month in MVWSD. As you read in Dr. Rudolph’s letter, we want to be ready to act when dangerous situations arise. We have already practiced fire drills and soon will practice an earthquake drill and how to react to a dangerous intruder.

This week, our staff members will be training on the Incident Command System (ICS) and general emergency procedures. The ICS assigns roles to school staff members so that even scary situations can have well-organized responses.  

Earthquake drill: After training, we’ll practice what to do during the districtwide earthquake drill to be held on Oct. 27. Click here to view the video that shows how we approach safety and what an earthquake drill looks like.

We talk with students in age-appropriate ways about what they can expect and why we practice emergency responses.  For elementary students we say the most important things to remember if an earthquake happens at school are duck, cover and hold if they feel the ground shake.  When it stops, go outside to the field. Stay calm with kid voices off so we can follow adult instructions.  In an emergency, we will keep them safe at school until their grown ups can pick them up.

Dangerous intruder: During the week of October 24, our schools will review what to do in the event of a dangerous intruder or similar event on campus. The dates for each school’s practice will vary depending on scheduling. Practice at the elementary schools means students will view an age-appropropriate “dangerous intruder” video (which you may preview here) and talk with their teacher. The video and classroom discussion will encourage children to stay calm, follow directions, and listen to trusted adults. Middle school students will learn what they should do in the event of an active shooter from a presentation and by participating in a drill. The training is held in conjunction with the Mountain View Police Department and is aligned with the protocol recommended by the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs’ Association.  

For more details about safety at school, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/safety.

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

 

 


SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

-No School - Thursday, Oct. 13th & Friday, Oct. 14th

-Attendance Awareness: Letters and calls

-Tardies - Students being dropped off late to school

-Reminder: Parking Lot Safety

-SPIRIT DAY! - Oct. 24th-31st

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

-Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

 

No School - Thursday, Oct. 13th & Friday, Oct. 14th

Friday, October 14 is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Thursday, October 13 is a staff development day, which means no school for students and no work for 10-month classified staff. Oct 13 is a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.

 

Attendance Awareness: Letters and calls

Regular school attendance is required by the state law, and is included in the District’s Local Control Accountability plan (LCAP) and reported in the California School Dashboard. State law requires MVWSD to notify parents whose students are truant or chronically absent. We know that regular attendance is a strong indicator of success. When students participate regularly, they not only learn what they need to know, but they also develop a sense of belonging to a school community. 

When do parents get truancy letters? California law requires MVWSD to notify parents of truancy. Any three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes means a child is truant. MVWSD will send letters to parents of any student who is truant to inform parents and outline the next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly.

MVWSD schools also use an automated system to notify parents when a student is absent from school when we haven’t heard from a parent about the reason for the child’s absence. This is important for the safety of your child and for our attendance accounting.  Please ensure we have the reason for your child’s absence. 

 

Principal’s Coffee - Monday, October 24th at 9:00am

Please join me at our next Principal’s Coffee on Monday, October 24th at 9am. Our main topic of discussion will be how our school is responding to student behaviors. Over the first couple of months of the school year, we have noticed students having a more challenging time in managing their emotional response to peer conflicts. I want all students to feel safe, welcomed, and excited to come to school each day. Parents Mackenzie Cooper, Farah Shahin, and Lyndsey Pratx (ImPACT parent leads) will be joining me in presenting strategies that we are using at school to provide parents with an understanding and also encourage parents to use these same strategies at home. Please use this link to register and attend.

 

Tardies - Students being dropped off late to school

We have seen an increase in the number of students that are late to school. Many days, the parking lot drop off is still crowded with vehicles after the school day begins at 8:10am. We are asking parents to please plan and leave your house a few minutes earlier to make sure that students arrive at class on time. The start of the school day is one of the most important parts as teachers create a welcoming environment with morning meetings and reviewing the agenda & learning outcomes for the day. Thank you in advance for your efforts to leave your households a few minutes earlier to help your child arrive at school safely and on time.

 

Reminder: Parking Lot Safety

We want all our students to arrive for student drop and off and pick up safely. Here are some important updates and reminders to help keep the traffic flowing smoothly in the parking and for safe arrivals and dismissals.

  • Parents that would like to walk their child(ren) to class will need to park their car on the street. There is no parking in the drop-off and pick up zone. 

  • Parents are to have their child school ready, so once the vehicle is in the drop off zone, students can leave the car without the parent getting out of the vehicle. We will have staff members assist in the drop off zone. This will help the flow of traffic move smoothly for morning drop off.

  • Please, only use the loading and unloading zone to drop-off and pick-up your child. The drop-off and pick-up area is located right in front of the office (sidewalk is marked yellow). This is the safest area to drop off your child. Please, do not drop off your child in front of parking spots (near the MUR) or by the tennis courts. Please wait until your vehicle is in the loading/unloading zone.

  • To help drop off go smoothly, please pull as far forward in the drop-off area so we can have more vehicles drop off their children.

  • Parking lot spaces are for staff only. Please do not park in the Stevenson and District Office parking lot. Parking is limited and we want to make sure that our teachers and staff are able to have a parking spot to be able to provide instruction and services to our students.

  • Please use the sidewalk and paths to drop off your child(ren). For the safety of our students and community, families are not to cut across the parking lot. There are many cars entering and exiting. Cutting across the parking lot is not safe. Please use the sidewalk and path to walk around. 

  • Parent Volunteers and Staff are here to help. You will most likely notice parent volunteers and staff that are helping with the flow of traffic and providing friendly reminders to parents. Thank you in advance for listening and supporting their efforts to keep our parking lot safe.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found rack is starting to fill up again. Please stop by before drop off and pick up to see if your student(s) has any items. The lost and found is located next to Room 10.

 

SPIRIT DAY! - Oct. 24th-31st

Join in on some school spirit!

Reporting Absences (Repeat)

Please call the office at: (650) 903-6950 or email Kass Madrid at [email protected] and Renae Rhodes 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, your name, and relationship to the student.

 

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (Repeat)

- Twitter - @StevensonElem_

- Instagram - @stevenson__elementary

- Facebook - @StevensonElem

 


PACT FOUNDATION UPDATES

 

Walkathon is NEXT WEEK!

Save the date for Walkathon: Friday, October 21, 3-5:30pm

The Stevenson Walkathon, our biggest fundraising event of the entire year, funds 25% of the Foundation budget which helps pay for classroom supplies, Arts Focus, buses for OLEs (field trips), school-wide events, and more. Our fundraising goal for this year is $50,000. Our theme this year: WORLD CUP! 

Check out our updated website where you will find info on how to create your fundraising page, important FAQs and also our spirit day schedule. Start rallying your student's sponsors! This year we will have food, raffles, T-shirt sales, obstacle courses and a DJ. It's going to be a blast.

Take a look at this special video about the Walkathon! 

Please click here to volunteer to support all the kids on the field AND/OR click here to volunteer to bake something yummy to bring to the bake sale! 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bearcat Brant or Edena Lin.

 

Trunk or Treat

Event Time: 6pm - 8pm

Event Location: Stevenson Parking Lot

Trunk Set-up Time: 4pm - 5:30pm

Thank you for signing up to be one of the trunks for our annual Trunk or Treat event here at Stevenson. We are excited to make this year's event an amazing one! As one of the trunk volunteers, please plan to supply your own candy, snacks or small prizes to hand out. Any donated candy will be distributed throughout the event. 

A few reminders to make this event successful:

  • Please arrive anytime between 3:30 - 5:00pm to start setting up your trunk. 
  • Be ready for ‘treaters’ by 5:30pm
  • The event starts at 6:00pm and ends at 8:00pm
  • Please make sure your spot and the surrounding area is clean before leaving
  • Use caution when driving in and pulling out of the parking lot

For any questions, contact the Social Committee

Trunk or Treat Parking Map (updated Oct 2022).pdf 

 


CALENDAR

2022-2023 MVWSD School Calendar  

 

Thursday, October 13th

-No School - Teacher Service Day

Friday, October 14th

-No School - Recess Day

Tuesday, October 18th

-Parent University Seminario @ 6pm - Register here

Thursday, October 20th 

-Board of Trustee Meeting @ 6pm - Register here

Friday, October 21st 

-Walkathon @ 3pm - Stevenson Field 

Monday, October 24th

-Principal’s Coffee @ 9am - Register here

-Pajama Day - Spirit Day

Tuesday, October 25th

-Sports Day - Spirit Day

Wednesday, October 26th

-Magical Creature Day - Spirit Day

 


MVWSD News

 

Parent University: Social Emotional Learning at School and Home

Date and Time: 10/26/22 5:30pm  Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu102622

Having challenges guiding your students with their emotions, feelings and behavior at home? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Karin Jinbo, district Director of Health and Wellness, and Brian White, the Health and Wellness Coordinator. The panelists will be sharing about our district-wide goals for student Social Emotional Learning, along with strategies and resources that you can apply at home that support your student’s social and emotional growth. We hope to see you there! 

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

 

Your employer could help us meet the MVEF goal of $1.2 MM!

Employer matching and grants from local companies are a major source of the funding for MVEF each year. October, November, and December are months when many companies coordinate “giving days” to encourage their employees to make philanthropic gifts to support non-profits. If your company does this, please consider listing MVEF as a non-profit organization doing good work in your child’s school district. For more information about what MVEF does, please click here

and... Apple is TRIPLING employee donations until October 17!

Apple is offering a special 2-for-1 match when employees donate to eligible organizations between October 3-17, 2022. When Apple employees give  $1000 to MVEF, Apple will give $2000, tripling the impact of the donation. Employees can donate using the online portal (Benevity), or give directly to MVEF and submit the receipt to Apple for matching. To make a gift to MVEF, please click here.

 

The View Teen Center 

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. The center is open Monday through Friday: 3:30 - 7 p.m. and Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m, and features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.

 

October CAC Events

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

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet

General Parent/Community Meeting 

October 3, 4 pm - with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 4:00 am for LCC and 9:30 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. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscOyhrDorH9xvREDUGTFY296y4mieplVc

Parent Chat

October 11, 10 am

Are you concerned about the emotional well-being of your child?  Peer to peer support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Every second Tuesday of the month at 10 am on Google Meet. Meeting is for 1 hour only due to Google Meet limitations. Contact [email protected] for invite.

Evening Let’s Talk

October 11, 7 pm  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 in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcuCoqD8rGdc4e2Uz1CDCKSakKNJPSLxJ

Parent Education Event - Anxiety and Depression in Children with Learning Challenges w/ Dr. Leena Khanzode of Silicon Valley Psychiatry and the Taarika Foundation

October 12, 7 pm 

Anxiety and depression can be common in children with learning challenges like autism, ADHD, physical disabilities, dyslexia and other learning disabilities. However, anxiety and depression can look somewhat different than in neurotypical children. Dr. Khanzode is a local child psychiatrist and the founder of the Taarika Foundation – whose mission is to support the whole child, raise awareness about mental health care, break stigmas around mental health disorders and improve social-emotional skills in children and teens. Children and teens are invited to listen in and ask questions along with their parents. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcuGqrTgiHdcEgxduuvmYrDmqcOcRojAo

 

City of MV: Monster Bash & Bike Circus

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, Mountain View’s Rengstorff Park will transform into a ghoulish good time for all ages with the return of MONSTER BASH. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., community members are encouraged to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a fall festival loaded with a twisty maze, spooky games, enchanting performances, stilt walkers, inflatables, creepy, crawly, ooey gooey zone, Dia de Muertos exhibit and more. This year the event will also feature a Bike Circus with a fun bike safety training for children, as well as free bike repairs valued at more than $100 - to be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

This event is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available at the Mountain View Community Center and Senior Center. Walking or biking to the event is encouraged.

 


 

 

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