Stevenson Stingray News 11.05.2020

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


It is hard to believe that this Friday is the end of the first trimester.  I have truly been impressed with our teachers, staff, students, parents and school community on how we have come together over the past few months while in Distance Learning. We are thankful for the dedication that our teachers demonstrate each day to connect with our students and continue to help them grow.  I am also grateful for all the time, organization, and planning that parents have provided to continue our gardening, cooking, ImPACT, and Arts Focus sessions.


Over the last few weeks teachers have provided literacy assessments for reading and writing. Even during Distance Learning, our teachers continue to focus on individual student growth. Teachers have already started to analyze results from these assessments and are planning next steps in their writing and reading instruction.


End of Trimester

This Friday, November 6th is the end of the 1st trimester. Friday will be a minimum day with dismissal at 11:50am for all students. Report Cards will be emailed to parents on Friday, November 20th.



Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary

School Announcements

  • Chromebooks - Power Off/On for Updates
  • English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting
  • CSMA Art Newsletter
  • Election: Maintaining Positive School Climate (Repeat Information)
  • Materials Distribution (Repeat Information)


Chromebooks - Powering Off/On for Updates

Reminder to please power down your child's chromebooks daily. Powering down Chromebooks daily or every other day helps the system update and run smoother. Please remember to close all tabs then shut down.


English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting

On Thursday, November 12th at 5pm, Stevenson’s next English Language Advisory Committee will be meeting virtually. We will be sharing the latest school-wide, English Learner, and Reclassified academic results. There will also be a presentation on our school’s attendance and engagement protocols. All community members are able to join our ELAC meetings. Please use this link to register in advance of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


CSMA Art Newsletter

This CSMA Art Newsletter is to let families know what is happening in their child's Art classes (complete with a few lesson links), and a letter regarding art supplies and spaces.


Election: Maintaining Positive School Climate

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.


Materials Distribution (Repeat Information)

If you were unable to pick up your materials from the last distribution, 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.

PACT Foundation Updates

ImPACT & Parent Ed Present: Blacktop Discussions

Tuesday, November 17 8-9:00pm.


Join us for our 2nd virtual blacktop discussion. We will be focusing on the ideas around conflict and sincere apologies and then will be opening conversation and chit chat.  We hope you can join us.  Zoom Link:


Thursday, November 5th

  • 3:00-5:00pm- Second Grade imPACT Materials Distribution
  • 6:00pm- Board of Trustees Meeting

Friday, November 6th

  • End of First Trimester
  • Minimum Day- Dismissal at 11:50am

Thursday, November 9th

  • District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC) at 5:30pm

Tuesday, November 10th

  • PACT Foundation Meeting at 5:00pm

Wednesday, November 11th

  • No School - Veteran’s Day (Holiday Observed)

November 12th and 13th

  • Materials Distribution

Thursday, November 12th

  • ELAC Meeting at 5:00pm

November 17th

  • imPACT Blacktop Discussions

Wednesday, November 18th

  • Parent U at 5:30pm - Support Math at Home

Thursday, November 19th

  • School Site Council Meeting at 3:30pm
  • Board of Trustees Meeting at 6:00pm

Friday, November 20th

  • Report Cards Sent Home By Email
  • Check-In with the Superintendent at 3:30pm


  • In case you missed it: Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” Recording
  • Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 
  • Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  
  • MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men”
  • MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk

In case you missed it: Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” Recording

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. If you missed it, you can see the recording of 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. The recording is at


Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond.


MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:

  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 
  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th
  • Support your child at home with math homework
  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts
  • Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here:


Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  

MVEF funds important programs including weekly art and music classes at every elementary school with CSMA, NGSS aligned science through Living Classrooms, environmental science lessons through Environmental Volunteers, STEAM teacher professional development, instrument repair and purchase, middle school science equipment and electives, wellness and more! This important programming is made possible through the generosity of parents like you! Thank you for your support!  Make a donation at

MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men”

The MVLA Speakers Series presents: Michael Reichert on “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online


Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked with children in a variety of contexts for over 30 years. Challenging conventional ideas of how boys learn and grow, Dr. Reichert’s research underscores the importance of a relational approach in raising and educating boys to nurture their strength and resilience.  Offering a timely consideration of how boyhood has undergone an historic shift, Dr. Reichert will focus on helping parents, teachers, and boys themselves adapt, especially as we face today’s unprecedented challenges.


Dr. Reichert will also comment on our current situation with distance learning and its impact on boys. 


Audience:  Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors of young boys and teens

Register: To register for this free event go to



MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk 

See the attached flyers for registration information.

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