Stevenson Stingray News 11.18.2020

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,


We have successfully completed the first trimester of the 2020-2021 school year!

November is the time of year when we reflect and think of those whom we are grateful for. Teachers, school staff and parents all have an important role in the success of all our students. MVWSD would like to show our gratitude to everyone for their dedication and commitment over the past several months.

On Tuesday, November 24th, MVWSD will have a district-wide staff / team building day.  To accommodate this, Tuesday, November 24th will be an asynchronous day for students. This means that, instead of live lessons, we’ll have a day that looks more like our typical Wednesdays. Students will still have morning check-ins, art, music, and PE classes that are live sessions and have been previously scheduled. The rest of the day will feature fun learning activities that students can do at their own pace.

The intention is that this day of thankfulness is a little more fun and relaxed, and starts off our Thanksgiving holiday during which we will count our many blessings for health, family, friends, and all who support us in every way.

Thank you so much for supporting our teachers and staff.


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Report Cards
  • Stevenson Virtual Book Fair
  • Storytelling Adventure with Michael Katz
  • School Site Council (SSC) Meeting
  • Community Check In on Friday
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Report Cards

First trimester report cards will be sent home by email this Friday, November 20th in the afternoon. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

Stevenson Virtual Book Fair

Get ready to find wonderful books for holiday gifts, teachers' classrooms, and more. We'll have activity books, graphic novels, new releases and more to bring the excitement of reading into your home and beyond. All purchases will be shipped directly to you and proceeds will benefit the Stevenson library and classroom collections. Support a local bookstore and your school this winter!

Michael Katz's Storytelling Adventure - Wednesday, December 2nd (Zoom links coming soon.)

Michael has been telling stories for 30 years, and he's coming (virtually) to Stevenson to have fun telling stories with you! Don't miss it. 

K-2nd grade students come join us at 9:30am for a live storytelling event with Michael. 

3-5th grade students come join us at 11am for stories selected just for you. It's going to be fun!

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting

On Thursday, November 19th at 3:30pm, Stevenson’s School Site Council will meet virtually. If you would like to join us, please use this link to register in advance of the meeting.

Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register:

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.

If it's not device/hardware related or account related, and more about using a program, please contact Marissa Hamaguchi, Tech Coach, ( or call/text (650) 336-5863.

PACT Foundation Updates

Save the Date for Stingray Pizza Night! 

There's one less meal to plan after the Thanksgiving holiday! Save the date for "Giving Tuesday", December 1st, 6-9 p.m. - It's Pizza Night for the Stingrays! Support PACT and a local business voted Best Pizza in Silicon Valley! Blue Line Pizza will donate 15% of all food purchases to our school. Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free menu options. Call-in or order online for takeout, curbside pickup, or outdoor dining. Print flyer and present at pickup. Not in town? Gift a pizza to someone special!  Blue Line Pizza: 146 Castro Street,  PH: (650) 938-7888


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

Tuesday, November 24th

  • Asynchronous Tuesday

November 25th-27th

  • Thanksgiving Recess- No School

November 30th- December 4th

  • Stevenson Book Fair

Tuesday, December 1st

Wednesday, December 9th

  • Neighborhood Schools- Kinder Info Night, 6pm 

Wednesday, December 16th

  • Stevenson- Kinder Info Night, 6pm 

December 21st- January 1st

  • Holiday Break- No School


  • Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history
  • 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 
  • MVLA holiday tree lot

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history  

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit

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:

School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit for a list of these events and for login information.

  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link:
  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. For our school, the link for this meeting is xxxx
  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.
  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 
    • Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm
    • Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm
    • Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here: 

Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!

We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!

Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at 

LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens  

Thursday December 3, 7-8:30 PM. A talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP

How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.  

Register at


MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk  

See the attached flyers for registration information.

MVLA holiday tree lot 

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.

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