Stevenson Weekly News Letter 3/20/19

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Dear Stevenson Families,

Welcome back to a short week.  The teachers were busy yesterday planning and discussing writing instruction.  During our discussions, we were able to talk about areas of strength we see in our students’ writing as well as areas that we need to spend more time on.

During our meeting, we also discussed doing a pilot of “Morning Motion” each Thursday. There has been significant research that shows that kids do better in school academically and socially when they MOVE and are physically active.  

This Thursday we will have a short assembly in our MUR to discuss how Morning Motion will work with the students.  Below is a summary of what we will discuss:

·      Each Thursday students will line up at their classrooms

·      Students will then walk over to the field or blacktop

·      Students will have the choice of running around the filed or doing a movement activity with a few teachers on the blacktop

·      After 10 min the whistle will blow and students will return to their classrooms

Below are a few resources.

Ted Talkon the benefits of exercise on memory and mood

Daily Milemovement at schools

Student Video

Principal’s Coffee

Please join me on Monday, April 1 from 8:30-10:00 amtto review our results from the Panorama survey as well as discuss executive functioning in children.  A few years ago I presented on executive functioning and was requested to speak about it again. Children are not born with executive functioning skills and must learn them over time.

Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. Link

Social Emotional Learning Discussion with Teachers

Please join us to discuss social emotional learning at Stevenson on Monday, March 25 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the MUR.  Teachers have been working to create a scope and sequence of how Stevenson’s values of community, respect, innovation, resilience, and collaboration are integrated into our daily practices. Having input from the parent community is important to us as we solidify these social emotional learning K-5 progressions. This is your opportunity to learn more, give input, and be part of the process. Hope to see you there!

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover




03/26 - Lifetouch Spring Pics

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

03/29 - Spring Concerts- Kinder Room 4 @ 9:30 am,

Room 2 @ 12:25, Room 1 at 1:00 pm, Room 3 @ 1:30 pm

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

04/02 - PACT Foundation Mtg. in Staff Lounge 3:30 to 5pm

04/02 - STEAM Night in MUR 3 to 7pm

04/04 - Spring Concerts in MUR 1st grade 12:00 Noon

04/11 - Exhibition Night/OPen House

04/04 - Spring Concerts in MUR - 2nd grade 8:45 am,

3rd grade 10:30 am, 4th grade 9:45am

04/15 to 4/19 - SPRING BREAK NO SCHOOL

04/22 to 5/17- CAASSPP State Testing 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades

*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.


The Mountain View Educational Foundation is currently seeking new board member candidates. MVEF has an annual goal to raise $750,000 to fund Community School of Music and Art art and music lessons, Living Classroom, environmental science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, musical instruments, middle school athletics, science materials and more. MVEF is a volunteer-driven organization managed by a Board of Directors and supported by volunteers at each school site.  Our Board of Directors includes dedicated community members and district parents. Board members attend monthly meetings, act as ambassadors for MVEF within our schools and community and help fundraise. For more information click here or contact Karen Heitkamp at

La Mountain View Educational Foundation ("Fundación Educativa Mountain View", en español) está buscando nuevos candidatos para miembros de la junta directiva. La MVEF tiene el objetivo anual de juntar $750.000 para financiar las clases de arte y música de la Community School of Music and Art, un Aula Viva, viajes de estudio de ciencias y de cuidado del medio ambiente para cada estudiante de 4to, 5to y 6to grado, instrumentos musicales, atletismo para los estudiantes de escuela media, materiales para las clases de ciencia y más. La MVEF es una organización de carácter voluntario administrada por una Junta Directiva y apoyada por voluntarios de cada escuela. Nuestra Junta Directiva incluye a miembros dedicados de la comunidades y padres del distrito. Los miembros de la junta se reúnen mensualmente, actúan como embajadores de la MVEF dentro de nuestras escuelas y en la comunidad y ayudan a recaudar fondos. Para más información, haga contacto Karen Heitkamp o clic aquí.


Children's Business Fair at Huff: Saturday, April 6

Join us at the first-ever CHILDREN'S BUSINESS FAIR at Huff Elementary School on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.! Come and peruse over fifty student-run shops selling all manners of crafts, products, and services. Customers will also enjoy free snacks as they shop, and there will be a free drawing to win awesome prizes such as a new bicycle. RSVP here by March 29 and you automatically earn an extra entry into the drawing. Our proprietors aren't too keen on paying credit card fees, so please, *cash only*. The Children's Business Fair promises to be a fun, inspirational, and educational time for all. See you there!



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.




Dear Stevenson PACT Families,


Hope you enjoyed the long weekend. We will be back to school on Wednesday and it will be a quiet short week with no school wide events scheduled. We still have a few subscription parties open for signups, so do check those out. Read on for more details.


In this week's message:

- PACT Silent Auction Subscription Parties

- Author Visit - Cindy Derby

- This Week, Coming Soon, Early Notice


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!


PACT Silent Auction Subscription Parties

There are still some open spots for subscription parties. Note that the Bollywood Party has been scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at 7pm and the Kids' Book Party is now at 1pm. Many more FUN parties to choose from, some only have 1 or handful spots left! Please support our Stevenson Community. Check the list below and if interested, reserve your spots by emailing Sarah Higgins at

1.  Tinkering party -  March 28th @ 1:00pm-2:30 pm (7 Spots)

2.  Lego Creations Party -  March 31st 2019 11-1pm (14 spots)

3.  80s Theme Party -  April 6th @ 5:30pm (5 spots)

4.  Music Jam & Dinner -  April 6th @ 4pm-8pm (1 spot)

5.  WINGO - A Wine and Bingo Party -  April 6th, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm (5 spots)

6.  Parent & Me Lego Creation Party -  April 7th, 2019 @ 11-1pm (11 spots)

7.  Create Your Own Decoupage Art  -  April 9th @ 3:15-4:30 - (16 spots)

8.  3rd Annual Bollywood Party -  April 27th, 7-11pm (20 spots)

9.  Family Soccer Extravaganza! -  April 28th @ 10 am-12 pm - (24 spots)

10.  Tea and Beading Party -  May 3rd @ 3:30-5:30 pm - (8 spots)

11.  Big Kid Movie Night with Mr. Kyle & Ms. Sharp -  May 3rd @ 5:30-7:30 pm - (11 spots)

12.  Mini Pizzas, Mini Sundaes, and Big Fun -  May 4th @ 10am-1pm (1 spot)

13.  Family Friendly Dodge Ball Party -  May 5th @ 10 am - 12 pm (21 spots)

14.  Natural Shampoo and Soap Making Party -  May 10th @ 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m (11 spots)

15.  Art Party with pizza, cupcakes and bounce house! -  May 11th @ 12-2pm (3 spots)

16.  Kids' Book Party -  NEW TIME: May 11th @ 1pm - (5 spots)

16.  3rd Annual Pig Roast -  August 24th @ 4:00pm - (4 spots)




Spring Picture Day: March 26, 2019

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




Principal's Coffee@MUR: April 1 2019

ST Foundation Meeting: April 2 2019

Steam Night: April 2 2019

ST Exhibition Night: April 11 2019

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break: April 15-19

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

Arts Focus Show@City Hall: April 26 - May 8 2019

ST Foundation Meeting: May 7 2019

Arts Focus Closing Reception: May 8 2019

Principal's Coffee: May 16 2019

ST School Play - Friday May 17 - Sunday May 19

ST Market Day: May 23

Minimum Day - End of 3rd Trimester: May 24 2019

NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day: May 27 & 28 2019

Field Day: June 4 2019

ST Foundation Meeting: June 4 2019

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony: June 6 2019

Minimum Day-Last Day of School: June 7 2019


Thanks and have a great week,

Puja Patankar

Secretary, PACT Foundation




School Office Reminders:  Lost & Found is very full- please check for your child’s lost clothing or lunch box items. Please Label all personal items so that we may help return them in case your child leaves them behind on campus. Thank you!

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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