Stevenson Stingray News 10.28.2020

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

The upcoming presidential election has provided teachable moments and an opportunity for students to learn about our democratic process, as well as a myriad of strong emotions. 

The safety of our school community is our first priority and we will work to provide a safe, inclusive environment for all.

Please emphasize with students that:

  • School remains a welcome, safe space for all students (resource: MVWSD diversity is our strength)
  •  We respect diverse perspectives and uphold the respectful exchange of ideas (resource: Better Together MVWSD)
  •  School is a safe space for talking about feelings with trusted adults, including counselors, teachers, principals, etc.

Education is our priority, and we are here foremost to serve students. It is our responsibility to maintain a positive district climate to ensure learning can occur. All school employees will continue to work to provide a positive school climate and a space for respectful exchange of ideas that is mindful of diverse perspectives. Additionally, parents/guardians are key partners for helping to engage students in thoughtful and civil discourse. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your support and partnership.


Parents, just as a reminder, Senate Bill 820 prohibits any person, including parents, from making any audio, video, or digital recording of our school’s live or synchronous distance learning instruction without the prior consent of the teacher and myself.


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

School Announcements
Spirit Week: October 26th-October 30th
Substitute Teacher Fair
Principal’s Coffee
School Site Council Meeting
Materials Distribution
Health and Safety Reminders
Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Spirit Week! October 26th to October 30th

It has been fun to see our students in Zoom classrooms with their pajamas and mustaches during our school Spirit Week from October 26th to October 30th! Each day will have a different theme. Families can share photos of Spirit Week using this Google Photos Album

Wednesday - Backwards Day

Thursday - Crazy Head Day

Friday - Dress Up Day

Please consider substitute teaching: Info fair on Oct. 29 

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking substitute teachers. We need you! Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students. Join us to learn more about how you can become qualified to substitute teach.

Substitute Teaching Fair

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 9:30-11 AM.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Click here to learn more about substitute teaching. We can help you through the steps.

If you are already qualified, you may view jobs and apply online on our website. For information, call 650-526-3555.


Stevenson Principal’s Coffee 

We will have our next Principal’s Coffee on Friday, October 30th  at 9:00am. I look forward to connecting with our stingray community.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting

Our next SSC meeting is today, Wednesday, October 28th at 3:30pm. The School Site Council helps develop goals and actions for Stevenson’s School Plan for Student Achievement (Site Plan). At this SSC meeting we will be reviewing data from our latest district assessments and discussing academic and Social SEL goals for the school year. All are welcome to come to attend SSC meetings.  If you would like to join us, please use this link to register in advance of the meeting.

Materials Distribution

If you were unable to pick up your materials distribution last week, please contact Rayland Asuncion ( or Renae Rhodes ( to pick up your student’s materials. Our next materials distribution is planned for November 12th and 13th.

Friendly Health and Safety Reminders

As a reminder, our campus remains closed due to COVID-19. When necessary, appointments may be scheduled for materials pick-ups. When coming to campus, please wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance at all times. Additionally, please perform the following self-check prior to coming on campus:

1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?

       • Fever or chills • Recent loss of taste or smell • Cough • Sore throat

       • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Congestion • Fatigue

       • Nausea or vomiting  • Muscle or body aches • Diarrhea • Headache

2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).

3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for an active virus in the past 10 days? 

4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, please contact the school, and we will arrange for an alternate delivery method for your family.

Technology Support (Repeat Information)

If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact:

 to create a ServiceNow ticket or call the Tech Department at (650) 526-3252.

PACT Foundation Updates


Classroom Participation: Sign up on Walkstarter!  Classrooms who have over 90% of the class signed up will get a principal prize.

Routes are posted on the WAT Website. Don't forget to share photos too! For privacy reasons we can not put this on the Walkathon page.  (The link will also be in Pacthub in the Walkathon section.



Wednesday, October 28th
- 3:30pm-4:30pm- School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, October 29th
- 9:30am -11:00am - MVWSD Substitute Fair

Friday, October 30th
- 9:00am -10:00am- Principal’s Coffee

Sunday, November 1st
- Daylight Savings

Thursday, November 5th
- 6:00pm- Board of Trustees Meeting

Friday, November 6th
- End of First Trimester
- Minimum Day- Dismissal at 11:50am

November 12th and 13th
- Materials Distribution

Wednesday, November 18th
- Parent U at 5:30pm - Support Math at Home

Halloween: Have Fun But Stay Safe
Parent University 
Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion
Get a flu shot: Not the flu!
Application Help for Free Healthcare Coverage
MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

Halloween: Have fun but stay safe

Just a reminder for Halloween that local and state Health Officer Orders are still in effect. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department strongly recommends alternative festivities in lieu of traditional activities. Rather than trick-or-treating or costume parties, consider focusing on decorating, limiting activities to the people with whom you do not reside, and opting for virtual costume parties. Click here for more information and ideas.

Parent University 

Missed the last one? Fear not: all of our 2020-21 events are recorded and posted online. Come check out our learning sessions - mental health, distance learning, literacy at home, raising digitally resilient kids - at And, mark your calendars for the next event on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. about supporting math at home, featuring former math teacher and coach, Principal Heidi Galassi of Landels Elementary. Details to come soon!

Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom:

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. Join MVWSD for a panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools. 

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see For more information about the City’s racial equity and inclusion efforts, please click here

Get a flu shot: Not the flu!

Free flu Shots on Saturdays at the Fairgrounds in San Jose on Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and every Saturday through mid-December

  • Car entrance for general parking: Gate D, 2542 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111

  • No appointment needed

  • All are welcome regardless of immigration status

  • No cost

  • Shots available at this location for everyone age 3 years and older. Children aged 3 - 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger children should get a shot from their regular pediatrician.

  • Right next door to free County COVID-19 testing. Get a COVID-19 test at the same time!

More Free Flu Shots in Your Neighborhood

Application help for free healthcare coverage  (flyers sent to you in email on Oct 19)

Free application assistance for healthcare coverage for families in Santa Clara County is offered by the Healthier Kids Foundation. Your family may qualify for medical, vision, dental, prescription and mental health services. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success on  Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online   


Join us for an insightful evening with Marc Brackett, as he explores the value of our emotions and why what we do with our emotions is especially important. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.

The goal of this presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) describe the five key underlying skills of emotional intelligence, known as the “RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies and tools for developing emotional intelligence so that our emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, in school, at work, and in everyday life. 

Audience:  Parents with children K - 12; teachers, and counselors

Register: To register for this free event, go to  

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording

We would like to share the recording of our first event, Jeff Selingo speaking about Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.  Mr. Selingo has graciously allowed us to share the recording with our community for those who were not able to attend.  It will be available for six weeks.  

The link is

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