Stevenson Weekly News Letter 5/1/19

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Dear Stevenson Families,

Engagement Facilitator

Next year Stevenson will continue to have Joey Ordonez as our School and Community Engagement facilitator.   We are excited that he will continue to be with us. Like in years past, he will split is time with two other schools.  School Community Engagement Facilitators (SCEF) focus on students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or English learners. These professionals work to organize parent education, provide translation services, and support positive student behavior.

Garden Work Day

Please join us on Saturday, May 4th, from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. to plant our native garden area. There will be light refreshments.

Playground Addition

The playground addition will start on Monday, May 6th. The contractor would like to hit the ground running, and will most likely start to put up safety fencing on Monday. Attached is a diagram with the areas that will be fenced off.

Social Emotional Progressions (written by Gayle Dyer)

At Stevenson, we realize that social emotional learning is an integral part of education.  To reflect this priority, a team of teachers created a scope and sequence of how Stevenson’s values of Community, Respect, Innovation, Resilience and Collaboration are integrated into our daily practices.

To create these social emotional progressions, the team met for a total of 18 hours over three planning days.  We started by researching other schools’ social emotional learning and service learning progressions. We also studied the social justice standards put out by the organization Teaching Tolerance. While discussing these examples, we realized that we wanted to root our social emotional learning scope and sequence in our core values. We identified three big ideas from each of our values. For example, under the core value Community, the three big ideas are Responsibilities to Myself, Responsibilities to Others, and Responsibilities to My Community.

From these big ideas, we wrote driving questions for social emotional learning at each grade level. For example, one question each kindergartener will focus on for the big idea Responsibilities to Others under the core value Community is “How can I be a caring friend?” whereas each fifth grader will ask “How can I interact in a way that acknowledges others’ perspectives?”

Along the way, teachers and parents had a chance to reflect on the progressions and give feedback. Team members presented the social emotional progressions to the staff during a staff meeting and grade level team meetings. Parents also had a chance to ask questions and give feedback at a parent meeting held by the team. We then used the feedback to finalize the progressions.

Once completed, we shared the final social emotional learning progressions with the staff. As a staff we discussed ways to share these progressions with the Stevenson community and other outside interested parties. A few of the ways we plan to disseminate this information are to post the progressions on our website and introduce them at meetings such as Kinder Information Nights and Parent Education. Teachers also plan on addressing different big ideas and driving questions at Classroom Meetings.

Moving forward, our teachers will use these social emotional progressions alongside content standards as they prepare lessons. Attached you will find a copy of our working document.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover





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

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

05/01 - Chorus Concert @ MUR 7:00 pm

05/07 - PACT Foundation Mtg. in Staff Lounge 3:30 pm

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

05/09 - 5th Grade CSMA Strings Gala Concert @ Tateuchi Hall 6:00pm

05/10 - Friday Fever

05/14 - 5th Grade CSMA Band Concert @ Tateuchi Hall 6:00pm

05/17 - School Play- “Jill & Red’s Tubular Trip” in MUR 7:00pm

05/18 - School Play- “Jill & Red’s Tubular Trip” in MUR 2:00 pm & 7:00pm

05/19 - School Play- “Jill & Red’s Tubular Trip” in MUR 2:00pm

05/21 - Parent Appreciation Breakfast in Staff Lounge 8-9 am

05/23 - Market Day @ Blacktop/Main Quad

05/24 - End of  3rd Trimester - Minimum Day Dismissal at 12:25 pm No PACT Pals

05/27 - No School Memorial Day Holiday

05/30 - Music In Action Concert in MUR for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades

05/30 - Ice Cream Social at Blacktop Main Quad 5:30 pm

*See Important Flyers Attached Below :




Incoming middle school parents:  Prepare to select electives for 2019-20

Electives selection for grades 5-7 opens at 4 pm on May 1

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students (grades 5-7) choose their electives courses for next year. All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by May 10, 2019 through the PowerSchool portal.

Parents, please look for an email in your inbox from April 26 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please talk with your student and then log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) to help your student select his/her electives.  If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you need help, please call or visit your school office or attend the registration support time on Thursday, May 2 from 3-4 pm, and 6-7:30 pm; and Coffee with the Counselor on Friday, May 3, 8-9 am. More information at

La selección de materias optativas se abre a las 4 pm el 1 de mayo para los grados del 5.º al 7.º

Esta es la época del año en que nuestros estudiantes que ingresan a la escuela secundaria (grados 5.º al 7.º) eligen sus cursos optativos para el próximo año. Todos los estudiantes de 5.º a 7.º grado deben seleccionar sus cursos optativos en línea antes del 10 de mayo de 2019 a través del portal PowerSchool.

Pedimos a los padres que busquen en su bandeja de entrada un correo electrónico con enlaces a orientaciones y catálogos de los cursos. Por favor, hable con su hijo y después inicie sesión en su cuenta del portal PowerSchool (ya sea del estudiante o de los padres) para ayudarlo a seleccionar sus materias optativas.  Si tiene dificultades con PowerSchool, puede comunicarse con la secretaria de su escuela. Si necesita ayuda, llame o visite la oficina de su escuela o asista a la hora de asistencia de inscripción el jueves 2 de mayo de 3 a 4 pm y de 6 a 7:30 pm; y Café con el Consejero, el viernes 3 de mayo, de 8 a 9 am. Mas información en




MVEF, together with numerous educational foundations throughout the Bay Area, is recognizing May 9th as a day to Stand Up for Public Schools.  Our public schools are integral to the development of our future leaders and citizens, and their excellence is dependent on every child, at every school, having access to a competitive, well-rounded education.  

If you have not donated this school year to MVEF, please consider doing so today.  Your child has access to art, music, science, field trips, athletics and more thanks to parents like you who generously donate.  CodeRev has committed to matching $1000 for first-time donations this May. Help us reach our annual goal to raise $750,0000 to get this matching donation, and support your child and every child.

MVEF, junto con numerosas fundaciones educativas de toda el Área de la Bahía, reconoce el 9 de mayo como un día para apoyar a las escuelas públicas.  Nuestras escuelas públicas son esenciales para el desarrollo de nuestros futuros líderes y ciudadanos y su excelencia depende de que cada niño, en cada escuela, tenga acceso a una educación integral de calidad.

Si este ciclo escolar todavía no ha donado a MVEF, por favor considere hacerlo hoy.  Su hijo tiene acceso a arte, música, ciencias, excursiones, deportes y más, gracias a padres como usted que donan generosamente. CodeRev se ha comprometido a igualar hasta en $1000 las aportaciones de quienes donen por primera vez en mayo. Ayúdenos a alcanzar nuestra meta anual de recaudar $750 000 para obtener un monto equivalente por estas donaciones y apoyar a su hijo y a todos los demás.


MV Parent U presents “Media in the Middle: Parenting in the Age of Technology and Social Media.”

When: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 PM, Graham Middle School multi-use room.

Presenters: My digital TAT2. Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, PPSC, LCSW was a university lecturer for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker, specializing in the social emotional well being of children and teens.

Topics include the evolving digital landscape and current trends

Emotional and psychological responses to technology and social media

Responding to challenging issues, such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, and sleep

Strategies to engage your child with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family


* Interpretation (Spanish support)

* Child care

* Live streaming on the internet at

* Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here


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.


On-Campus Before- and Afterschool  Programs Registering Students Now!

On-campus before- and afterschool care programs registering students now

We know that finding reliable, high-quality, affordable childcare is a challenge for many of our families and staff members. Increasing these offerings at our schools to meet demand has been a priority for MVWSD. On campus, our schools host several long-standing programs -- Beyond the Bell and the YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare --  in addition to a new one planned to open this fall, Right at School.

Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. It is planned for all MVWSD schools, including middle schools and the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 day pricing options.

A parent information meeting for the new Right at School program has been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in the Graham Middle School multi-use room (1175 Castro St.).  This meeting will help answer any questions you have about the program. The meeting is not mandatory. You may also go to for registration and this webpage for information and fees.


Programas de cuidado antes y después de la escuela en el campus que registran estudiantes ahora

Sabemos que encontrar servicios confiables, de alta calidad y económicos de cuidado infantil resulta extremadamente difícil para muchas de nuestras familias y empleados. Aumentar las ofertas de estos servicios en nuestras escuelas para satisfacer la demanda ha sido una prioridad de  MVWSD. Nuestras escuelas brindan varios programas de larga data en sus instalaciones, como Beyond the Bell y YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare, y además tenemos un nuevo programa planificado para iniciarse en este otoño: Right at School.

Right at School es un programa para antes y después de las clases basado en tarifas, con reconocimiento a nivel nacional, y que se desarrolla todos los días en que la escuela está en sesión, desde las 6:30 a. m. hasta las 6 p. m. Además, incluye cuidado durante receso escolar y sin previa coordinación. Está planificado para todas las escuelas de MVWSD, incluidas las escuelas secundarias y la nueva escuela primaria Jose Antonio Vargas. Right at School incluye unidades de dos semanas basadas en experiencias para enriquecimiento curricular en ciencias, como "Icky Experiments", "Page to Stage" y "Young Detectives". El programa incorpora movimiento físico, tiempo al aire libre y terminación de las tareas. Ofrece además 10 % de descuento para hermanos, 25 % de descuento para almuerzos familiares gratuitos y de precio reducido, opciones flexibles de precios para 1,2,3,4 y 5 días.



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,

This week is Teacher  Appreciation Week at Stevenson. We will be showing our gratitude throughout the  week to our wonderful teachers and support staff for all that they do everyday for the students. Sign-ups have been sent out for the activities planned throughout the week, and each classroom is being encouraged to show their appreciation to their teacher. Please contact your classroom coordinators if you have any questions

Committee Enrollment 2019-2020

Committee Open Enrollment has started for the 2019-2020 school year Committees.  We are asking that every family fill out a Committee Request Form. Committee assignments are reconfigured  EVERY YEAR, even if you want to stay on your current committee the request must be made through this form. REQUEST FORM DEADLINE IS 5/15/2019.


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week - All Week

Join us as we do things small and big to show our appreciation for our beloved teachers and staff.


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

PACT Ice Cream Social: May 30 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:  

Reminder: Lifetouch Overdue!  Photo Packets and/or Payment to front office. 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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