Stevenson Weekly News Letter 4/3/19

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Dear Stevenson Families,

           I wanted to take a moment to thank the community for all of the volunteer hours you have put in this year in every form.  Our school would not be the same without you and your ideas, time, contributions, and care. When teachers, students, and parents walk on campus the feeling of community permeates our interactions.  

Researchers have been studying the effects parent attitudes and actions have on their children's academic success for more than 30 years. The results have been consistent. Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla summed it up in their book A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement, which reviewed the existing research: "When parents are involved in their children's education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better."

We often have discussions over topics that we are passionate about but the underlying theme to our discussions is the love of children and their wellbeing.  Thank you again.

State Testing

Each year our third, fourth and fifth grade students participate in State testing over a period of three weeks.  Stevenson’s students will be testing during the weeks of April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th.  All grade levels will participate in ELA and Math and 5thgrade will take a science assessment.  The tests have been spread across sever weeks to give students breaks.

When testing starts for the upper grades please remind your child that the test is simply a way for them to show off what they have learned and tell us what areas we need to review with them.

Garden Planting Postponed

Our native garden planting day has been postponed.  We will provide more information once we are ready to plant.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover



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

04/26 to 05/08  Arts Focus Art Exhibition @ MV City Hall

04/11 - Exhibition Night/Open House

04/05 - Friday Fever

04/12 - 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- CAASPP State Testing 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades

05/08 - AF Reception @ MV City Hall 5:30 to 7pm

*See Important Flyers Attached Below


MV Parent U presents “Positive Parenting Strategies,” on Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Auditorium.

As parents we seek to have the most positive impact that we can on our children.  How can we tell if we are doing enough, or doing too much, to help?

Parents will learn…

  • approaches parents can use to understand the impact that we are having today

  • techniques and approaches parents can use to have an even more positive impact in the future.  

Presenter: Tracy Greene is a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She specializes in supporting individuals and families in crisis; helping sort through the emotional impact while developing strategies to move forward.  


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

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

Register here


Don’t miss the chance to see the incredible art-work created by MVWSD students at the upcoming open houses. The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) will be showcasing student art projects at every school. The District's portion of art instruction is funded entirely by MVEF thanks to donations from parents like you!  If you have not donated this year you can do so at

Take a break from the kitchen and help fund art, music, science, and athletics in our schools. The Counter Restaurant, located at 2850 W. El Camino Real, will donate 15% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation, Monday April 8th- Thursday 11th. Just mention MVEF or show the attached flyer!

From the County:

Measles notice

On March 26, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirmed one case of measles in an international traveler visiting the county. Individuals who are not immune to measles AND who visited certain sites may be at risk of developing measles due to exposure.

Santa Clara County benefits from very high rates of vaccination against measles. Most people received two doses of measles vaccine (“MMR vaccine”) as children and are protected. However, parents of unvaccinated children, unvaccinated adults, and those with weakened immune systems are advised to review the list of sites and times individuals may have been exposed below. Children at risk may include infants who are too young to receive the vaccine, children who cannot receive measles vaccine due to weakened immune system (for example, due to organ transplant or chemotherapy), or other unvaccinated children.

For a list of exposure sites and more information, visit If you have concerns or questions about your or your child's health, please contact your healthcare provider.


New, updated District calendar

Please click here for the updated 2019-20 District calendar. This version, with the approval date of March 21, 2019 at the bottom, aligns spring break with Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and eliminates a recess day initially planned for October.

Nuevo calendario actualizado del distrito

Por favor, haga clic aquí para consultar el calendario 2019-20 actualizado del distrito. Esta versión, con fecha de aprobación del 21 de marzo del 2019 al pie, empareja las vacaciones de primavera con el Distrito Unificado de Escuelas Secundarias de Mountain View-Los Altos, y quita un día de descanso previsto inicialmente para octubre.


MV Inplay

Summer is around the corner! Here's a time-saving way for parents to find local and affordable summer camps for your kids. Click here for a FREE list of programs: InPlay is a non-profit working with MVWSD and Santa Clara County to offer you a free online search service with hundreds of local after-school/summer camp programs. Attached is a flyer. If you have any questions or need help with using the site contact:


The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents "There is Life After College: Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow" with Jeff Selingo on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater |3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Join us for an evening with higher education expert and author, Jeff Selingo, the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education as he explores what happens to our children after they graduate from college and how the path today looks very different from the journey we, as parents, took a generation ago.

Jeff’s talk will address:

what parents (and students) need to know so students can be better prepared to both thrive in college and beyond  

what students need to know and how to prepare for the changed landscape of college and employment recruiting.

Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and a professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University.

Register for this free event at Please bring your ticket, it will be checked at the door.

Spanish translation will be available.  Please indicate on Eventbrite when registering.


Hiring Job Title: Spanish Interpreters

RATE OF PAY: $25.00/hour

Must be available for written translations and in person interpretation of parent meetings during the school year and night events.  All applicants will participate in a screening process that includes written and oral evaluation of Spanish and English skills. Applicants must have extensive vocabulary in both language.  Please contact Arline Siam at or call 650-526-3500 X1028 for more information.


TITULO DE TRABAJO: Intérpretes de español

TARIFA DE PAGO: $25.00/hora

Debe estar disponible para la traducción escrita y la interpretación en persona de las reuniones de padres durante el año escolar y los eventos en las noches. Todos los solicitantes participarán en un proceso de selección que incluye evaluación oral y escrita de las habilidades en español e inglés. Los solicitantes deben tener un amplio vocabulario en ambos idiomas. Para más información por favor manden un email a Arline Siam ( o hablen por teléfono al 650-526-3500 X1028


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!


The 16th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament is rapidly approaching.

  • This year's tournament will be held on Sunday, May 19th at Monta Loma Elementary School.  

  • Participating students must pre-register.  The deadline for registration is May 15th.

  • Tournament doors officially open at 11:30 for entry.  Participants must be onsite by Noon. The awards ceremony will be at 5.  Participants can either play in the competitive or open event.

  • Online Registration link:

Please come enjoy this fun event!

Feel free free to email me at with questions.


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,


It was great to see so many of you at the Annual Meeting last Wednesday. It was especially great to see the teachers present on how PBL is done at Stevenson!


This is going to be a busy week. We have the Principal's coffee Monday morning. The PACT Foundation meeting is on Tuesday in the staff lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend and baby sitting will be provided. We also have our much awaited STEAM night on Tuesday in the MUR from 3:15-7pm. There is also the 1st grade spring concert and author visit later in the week. Read on for details.


In this week's message:

- Subscription Parties - Payment Reminder

- PACT Camping Club trip

- This Week, Coming Soon, Early Notice


Reminder to pay for subscription party spots

A gentle reminder to pay for your subscription party spots, if you haven't done so already. You can submit your payment at or make out a check to PACT Foundation and place it in the box in the office. Please add a note in the payment that it's for your subscription parties. Email Sarah Higgins at if you need another copy of your invoice. There are still some available spots at upcoming parties if you're interested! Inquire with Sarah.


Sign-ups open for Memorial Park camping trip June 13-16

You can still sign up now for the PACT Camping Club Memorial Park camping trip from June 13-16. Click the link below to sign up or get more details.



Morning Motion@MUR: Thursday, April 4 2019, 8:30am

Morning motion will be held on Thursday morning. Remember to send kids in comfortable shoes.


Author/Puppeteer Visit-Cindy Derby: Friday, April 5 2019

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!




Spring Committee Fair: April 10 2019

SSC Meeting: April 10 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 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

PACT Camping Club Trip-Memorial Park: June 13-16 2019


Thanks and have a great week,

Puja Patankar

Secretary, PACT Foundation

School Office Reminders:  

-Please No Glass lunch containers or glass water/juice bottles to avoid accidents. Lunch time is highly social and kiddos move about with much potential for breakage.

- Label all student personal items, jackets, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.

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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