Stevenson Weekly New letter 3/13/19

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Dear Stevenson Families,

Please make sure to join us this Friday for our first official Friday Fever in the MUR.  First grade will do a presentation on resilience and our kinders will do an encore to their song on community.  We are all very excited about using our new MUR.

Construction Updates

Today, the temporary fence around the grass in the field area came down and the kids had fun moving between the play structure and grass area.  Over the next month, contractors will start to install an additional playground behind our current play structure as well as landscape the area at the back of the school.  

Our garden beds are full of organic soil and ready for student planting.  The two areas between the classrooms will have additional garden beds as well as our native garden.  Over the next few months our garden committee will be working with Living Classroom to plant the native garden.

Attached, below to this note are the final plans for the fencing that will be around Stevenson.  If there are any questions please feel free to reach out.

Social Emotional Learning

Please join us to discuss social emotional learning at Stevenson on Monday, March 25 at 8:30 am.  A team of teachers has been working to create a scope and sequence of how our students learn about the Stevenson’s values of community, respect, innovation, resilience, and collaboration while integrating Responsive Classroom, Project Cornerstone, and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  As a school, we realize that social emotional learning is a large part of what we do but we do not have a good way to communicate everything we do. The team of teachers has been working to create a framework to share what it is that happens at each grade level and we are looking for your feedback.

Principal’s Coffee Tomorrow

           As promised tomorrow I will be hosting an additional principal’s coffee to discuss how teachers are trained in the event of an intruder.  Please feel free to join us in the library at 8:30 am.

5thGrade Promotion

This year the high school district has asked the middle schools to adjust their promotion time to allow parents enough time to get to the high school ceremony.  To accommodate the shift in time at the middle schools all elementary schools will be shifting their promotion day. Stevenson will host our 5th grade promotion on Thursday, June 6th.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover






03/14 - Principal’s Coffee 8:30 am

03/14 - Arts Focus Appreciation Lunch 11:30 am @ picnic tables

03/15 - Friday Fever in our new MUR!! 8:30 am

03/23 - Saturday Dr. Rudolph @ Crittenden Innovation Center 1 - 2:30 pm

03/18 - NO SCHOOL- staff development day

03/19 - NO SCHOOL- staff development day

03/26 - Lifetouch Spring Pics

03/27 - PACT Foundation General Mtg. 6:30- 8pm MUR

03/29 - Spring Concerts- Kindergarten- see attached flyer

03/29, 30 & 31 SPAMALOT the Musical @ Graham Middle School- See Flyer for Showtime

04/01 - Principal’s Coffee 8:30 am

04/01 - Project Cornerstone Reader Training 7pm Rm. 19

04/04 - Spring Concerts- 1st Grade- see attached flyer

04/11 - Exhibition Night/OPen House

04/12 - Spring Concerts- 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades- see attached flyer

*See Important Attached Flyers-Attached Below :




Let's Talk: Special Education

MVWSD provides a range of special education services to its students in order to support each individual learner. Learn more about special education and general education in this seventh episode in the "Let's Talk" video series.

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Click here for the video. Spanish subtitles are available.

The "Let's Talk" video series addresses topics that our school community members have questions about and that are important to them. Look for a new video approximately monthly, and let us know what you think.

Saturday with the Superintendent

Do you have a question or comment about MVWSD or just want to connect? Join Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for informal conversation during "Saturday with the Superintendent" on Saturday, March 23 from 1-2:30 pm at the Crittenden Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.

STEMtastic Saturday event

Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 – 12:00 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.

MVWSD is partnering with Discovery Education on a fun-filled afternoon of exploring real world problems through hands-on and digital activities. Experience first-hand how students today use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to tackle issues that impact their future and prepare them to be successful in college or the careers of their choosing.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please register now here.


MV Parent U presents “Getting Ready for High School,” a guide for middle and elementary school families, on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 6:30-8 PM at the Graham Middle School multi-use room.

Please join us to learn :

* What to expect in high school from the student, staff and parent perspective

* What resources are available to teachers and parents to help ease students' transition

* What skills to focus on in elementary and middle school to prepare for high school


Students, administrators, parents and school counselors from MVWSD and Mountain View Los Altos High School District. Interactive, question and answer format


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here



Interested in a family friendly fun night out?  

Want to learn more about the choral and theater programs at Graham Middle School?  MVEF and Graham PTA present Spamalot Young@Part in the Graham Theater

Friday, March 29, at 7pm

Saturday, March 30, at 7pm

Sunday, March 31, at 2pm

Tickets are $10.  You can purchase your tickets online through Eventbrite at or tickets can be purchased at the door.


Women’s Day

Please join us for a wonderful event next month as we celebrate the second annual MVPD Women’s Day event. It has been renamed to #SheCan to incorporate and include all who would like to participate, regardless of age.

Much like last year, the goal of this event is to encourage and inspire girls – middle and high school-age specifically – as well as young women to consider the possibility of a career in fields such as public safety and public service and all that these career have to offer.  We are thrilled to announce that the Mountain View Fire Department, the City of Mountain View, the 129th Rescue Wing, and Girls on the Run will be joining us this year.

Here are more of the event details

·         Date: Saturday, March 30th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·         Where: MVPD front lot, auditorium and foyer

·         Who: You, and your family!

To learn more about the ‘why’ behind this event, check out our mission statement!

We have a vision.  A vision as police officers, firefighters and government leaders to connect with women and girls as mentors, advocates and sponsors. Out of this vision came the slogan #SeeStrongBeStrong.  We believe that when young women and girls see what’s possible in any career they are encouraged, inspired and supported to strive to find their highest potential. We want all young women and girls to know that they can become anything they set their minds to.  Because they are stronger, smarter and more capable than they think, and WE HAVE THEIR BACK.

We believe that when we engage with young women and girls and tell our stories of perseverance and resilience we are planting seeds of the same kind for them.  We understand that when men stand up with women and girls, we are partners in equality and share the same dream of a better world.

We created this event to inspire, empower and embolden our female youth to see themselves as future leaders in public safety and public service.  #SheCan, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department, will offer an inside look at the joy and purpose behind the work public servants do in the world.




What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?  Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences.  All other reasons are not considered excused. Good attendance will help your children do well in school and in life, so please help them make good choices.For more information, click here.

¿Qué tipos de ausencias son justificadas y cuáles son injustificadas? Las ausencias por enfermedad, citas médicas, duelo, y algunas actividades religiosas son consideradas justificadas. Cualquier otra motivo es considerado injustificado. Tener un buen record de asistencia escolar les ayudará a sus hijos a desempeñarse bien en la escuela y en la vida, por eso ayudenles a tomar buenas decisiones. Para más información, visiten aquí.






In this week's message:

- Pact Pals starts

- Author visit

- Committee Fair

- This Week, Coming Soon, Early Notice


PACT Pals Spring Session

PACT PALS SPRING SESSION starts this Monday, March 11th.   All students should go directly to the lunch tables to meet their instructors for Pact Pal classes.  Please go to for specific room assignments for each class and rain out rooms for our sports classes.  Classes are never canceled, there is always a rain room provided for the class to run indoor activities.  


Any other questions or concerns, you can contact Jennifer Chu, Pact Pals Committee chair at


Author Visit - Cindy Derby

The library is thrilled to announce our next author visit! Author, illustrator, and puppeteer Cindy Derby will be at Stevenson on Friday, April 5th at 8:45am to introduce her very first book,  How to Walk an Ant. Even more exciting is that this visit will include a PUPPET SHOW!


We are offering signed & personalized hardcover copies of  How to Walk an Ant for $18. Signed books make wonderful gifts! Orders are due by Tuesday, March 26th at 3pm, to be returned to the front office. Payment can be made via cash, check (payable to Hicklebee's) or PayPal The order form is attached; paper copies can also be found in the school office & the library. A book description, author bio and additional details can all be found on the order form.


Cindy will be tentatively meeting with 1st & 2nd grades, but additional grades may be added if the MUR is open during her visit. Fingers crossed and happy reading!


Spring Committee Fair

Save the date for the spring committee fair. Get to know the various committees in PACT. Meet the chairs and get your questions answered.

Date: 4/10/2018

Time: 8:10 - 9:00

Location: Lunch Tables




SSC Meeting: Wednesday, March 13, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

School Site Council Meeting will be held in the staff lounge on Wednesday afternoon.


Principal's Coffee(Intruder training): March 14 2019

Join us for coffee with Ms Westover this Thursday morning from 8:30-10:00am.




NO SCHOOL: March 18 & 19 2019 - Next Monday & Tuesday




Spring Picture Day: March 26, 2019

PACT Annual General Meeting (MUR): March 27 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

ST Foundation Meeting: April 2 2019

NO SCHOOL(Spring Break): April 15-19

State Testing (3rd-5th grades) - April 22-May18

Arts Focus Show@City Hall: April 25 - May 8 2019

ST School Play - Friday May 17 - Sunday May 19


Thanks and have a great week,

Puja Patankar

Secretary, PACT Foundation



School Office Reminders

Absence Line (650) 903-6950 press 2 state student name, room number, & brief message explaining reason for absence. You can alternatively email me at  or Amy at Be sure to inform the school office on the day of absence or within 24 hours. If we do not hear from you, the absence will be marked as unexcused.

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