Stevenson Stingray News 01.13.2021

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01.13.2021

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Over the past couple of days our students have had the wonderful opportunity to attend two virtual authorvisits.On Monday, 3rd-5th grade students were able to join Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate and Max and the Midknights. Over 900 students joined this author visit! Earlier today, 1st-3rd grade students enjoyed a visit from Julie Berry, author of Happy Right Now. Julie Berry read her story with a message about emotions and mindfulness. Another special thank you to our Librarian Sarah Donahue and all the librarians throughout our school district to make these author visits possible for our students.

A friendly reminder that student enrollment and registration begin this month. New Families enrolling into our district for next school year are able to register now through February 5th. For returning students to our district, families will be provided an email beginning January 18th. 

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • Principal’s Coffee
  • Meal Train For Family and Gift Card Donations
  • Enrollment for 2021-22 School Year
  • Fifth Grade Parents- Middle School Information Night- January 28, 2021
  • CHAC offers Free Mental Health Support to Parents and Students  (Repeat Information)
  • Materials Distribution - January 14th and 15th (Repeat Information)
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

Principal’s Coffee

We will have our next Principal’s Coffee on Friday, January 15th at 9:00am. During this virtual coffee, Principal Santiago will be providing an update and presentation on Perimeter Controls (Gates and Fences), and an i-Ready results update. 

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

Meal Train and Gift Card Donations

I hope you and your families are staying healthy during this unprecedented time. We currently have a family within our community that would be appreciative of meals support. We will be planning to provide food/meals to the family over the next several weeks. If you are able to support by providing meals/food, please sign up using this Google sheet. We are hoping families will be able to supply at least 2 meals of their choice when they sign up. The family has no dietary restrictions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our School and Community Engagement Facilitator, Taraneh Ahmadi at tahmadi@mvwsd.org.

Another option is to purchase Safeway gift cards to support families in our district during this time. Electronic gift cards should be sent to Taraneh Ahmadi at tahmadi@mvwsd.org and she will maintain them for distribution to the families. You are welcome to donate more than 1 gift card. Each individual gift card should be no more than $20 to make it easier to split them up among families in our school. Use this link to purchase $20 gift cards. You can buy multiple $20 gift cards. Thank you for your support to families in our community during this time.

Enrollment for 2021-22 School Year

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is now through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year here:  www.mvwsd.org/register

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22. Please look for an email from Student Services with a request to log on to the Powerschool Parent Portal: https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. Please note: School offices will be closed on Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enrollment support for returning parents will be available beginning Jan. 19.

Fifth Grade Parents: Middle school info night on Jan. 28

Crittenden and Graham both will be welcoming 5th grade families to an Incoming 6th Grade Information Night on Thursday, January 28 at 5 p.m. held on Zoom. Each site will host its own information night, and parents will receive an email from their students' assigned school with meeting login information.

This is a great opportunity to learn about our Middle Schools’ academics, a chance to meet our staff, and learn about the exciting opportunities your incoming sixth-grader will have at Crittenden or Graham.

Please contact Crittenden ((650) 903-6945) or Graham Middle School ((650) 526-3570) if you have any questions.

CHAC Offers Free Mental Health Support to Parents and Students (Repeat Information)

For parents: CHAC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible mental health services, supports parents in several ways. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

For students: PLUGGED IN - Social and Emotional Learning Skills Programs

CHAC is excited to offer two new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills Programs to 3rd and 5th grade students.  Both programs are a fun and enriching way to help students navigate the unique challenges they face in these extraordinary times.

1.CHAC's Weekly Virtual Group meetings focus on social interaction between participants.  Through collaborative lessons and fun activities students will learn emotion regulation skills, problem solving skills as well as healthy coping and self-care skills. 

2.CHAC's Independent SEL Curriculum teaches students essential social and emotional learning skills through entertaining video lessons and a variety of fun activities that students complete independently. 

The parents who request the PLUGGED IN Independent Curriculum will have it emailed to them immediately.  

The parents who would like their child to join a PLUGGED IN virtual group, will be contacted about scheduling options and asked to complete an online permission slip.  Groups are expected to start in early January. 

Click here to learn more about PLUGGED IN- CHAC’s new SEL Programs: https://www.chacmv.org/social-emotional-learning

Materials Distribution - January 14th and 15th (Repeat Information)

Our students continue to have the opportunity to attend art lessons provided by Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) as part of their school day through a partnership between the MVWSD, the Mountain View Education Foundation (MVEF), and CSMA.

To support these lessons, your child will be provided with art supplies over the course of the school year. Some general supplies came at the beginning of the school year like crayons, erasers, pencils and glue sticks.  The next set of supplies, a sketchbook and construction paper, are ready for distribution. 

Our school will be distributing art supplies in addition to any material provided by classroom teachers on January 14th and 15th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Also, please join us in thanking MVEF for their generous donation of these supplies for our elementary students.

Technology Support (Repeat Information)

If you are having problems with the chromebook you can contact: support@mvwsd.org 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, (techcoach@mvwsd.org) or call/text (650) 336-5863.


PACT Foundation Updates

PACT Pals Spring 2021

PACT Pals  will  be virtual this spring. 

  • Registration period:  Feb. 8 - Feb. 14
  • Class period:  Feb. 22 - May 28

See http://pactpals.org for details. 

 

Questions or feedback? Email pactpals@googlegroups.com

 

ImPACT: Blacktop Discussions

Join us for our virtual blacktop discussion Thursday, January 14th from 8pm-9pm. This month’s focus is family values.   We hope you can join us.  

 

Zoom Link:https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92217918911 


Calendar

January 11th-15th

  • Conference Week- Minimum Days, Dismissal at 11:50am

Thursday, January 14th

  • ImPACT Virtual Blacktop Meeting from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Preschool Information Meeting at 3:00 pm,  http://mvw.sd/preschool2
  • MVLA Speakers series presents “Middle School Matters” with Phyllis Fagell from 7:00pm-9:00pm

January 14th-15th

  • Materials Distribution, 3pm-5pm each day

Friday, January 15th

  • Stevenson Principal’s Coffee at 9am

Monday, January 18

  • No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 20th

  • Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic

Thursday, January 21

  • Parenting in a pandemic: Free 6th district PTA speaker series at 7:00pm

Friday, January 22nd

  • Community Check-in Meeting with Dr. Rudolph

Wednesday, January 27th

  • Stevenson School Site Council Meeting at 3:30pm
  • Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella at 6:00pm

MVWSD News

  • Cafecito with the Superintendent on Jan. 13
  • Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. 
  • Afterschool activities and programs (including free) are on InPlay
  • Parent University: Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home 
  • Info meeting next week: MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool 
  • Register now! Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella 
  • MV Library presents: Raising Kindness and Awareness in Children 
  • Parenting in a pandemic: Free 6th district PTA speaker series
  • MVLA Speakers series presents “Middle School Matters” with Phyllis Fagell 
  • January CAC Events 
  • February 1, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting 

Cafecito with the Superintendent on Jan. 13

Join us for an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Wednesday, Jan 13 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting here: http://mvw.sd/SdbBp.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Parent University: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. 

Join us on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. for our next Parent University event: Adolescent Drug Use, including the impact of the current pandemic. While this event is geared toward parents of children ages 10 to 18, all are welcome.

 

The presenter, Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC), has been in place for 46 years in the Bay Area and addresses the academic, social and mental health needs of the at-risk youth and families.  This important workshop will include such topics as:

  • Overview of trending substances used by youth (vaping, marijuana, alcohol, opioids, etc.)
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Why teens are using and the impact of COVID-19
  • How families can discuss substance use and support their children
  • Alternatives for substance use and ideas for prevention
  • Resources

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Register here: http://mvw.sd/Jan20

Afterschool activities and programs (including free) are on InPlay

Even during COVID, there are fun and educational afterschool programs for kids happening now. Spring break camps are coming up, too. MVWSD partners with the non-profit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including those that are FREE and reduced cost, are nearby and online and can be found through this free, searchable website. Check out http://MV.inplay.org

Parent University: Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home 

Join us on Tuesday, January 26th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for “Digging Deeper into Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home (K-5 Families)” 

 

Members of MVWSD Instructional Team will share takeaway strategies to support your child's reading comprehension, connections, and applications at home. 

  • Wondering how to support your child with their Reading grade level standards and curriculum? 

  • What questions should I ask to build my child's reading comprehension?

  • What does standard progression look like over grade level spans?  

  • Takeaways to support your child who is reading above grade level 

  • Learn new ways to enrich, deepen, and create a joy for reading

 

Zoom Registration: http://mvw.sd/MlaSK

In order to make this interactive webinar most meaningful for you, please send your questions beforehand to Interim Director, Swati Dagar via this Google Form  by Friday, January 15th. 

Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

Link to flyer is here

Info meeting next week: MVWSD’s award-winning Preschool

Is now enrolling for full-day and part-day for the 2021-22 school year. Join us for an informational meeting online on January 14 @ 3:00 pm at http://mvw.sd/preschool2. Please see the attached flyer or https://www.mvwsd.org/preschool for more information. 

Register now! Parent workshop:  How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella 

Virtual presentation on January 27 at 6:00 pm

Hosted by Huff, Landels and Jose Antonio Vargas elementary schools

Register: http://mvw.sd/kate

Presenter Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. will talk about: 

•After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses

•Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills

 

Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a teacher educator at San Francisco State University and a highly sought after speaker and consultant to school districts throughout the United States regarding development of academic language and literacy across the K-12 subject areas. Her 25-year teaching career focus has been equipping children from diverse backgrounds with the communication, reading, and writing skills to be career and college ready. 

 

For more information, please visit http://drkatekinsella.com/about-us/

 

MV Library presents: Raising Kindness and Awareness in Children 

Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm - 8 pm. Learn about fostering “kindness activism” in your children. Aila Malik, author, parent activist, social justice warrior, and kindness advocate will present practical ideas and engaging perspectives on activating humility, empathy, action, and togetherness within your family. Free. Flyers attached. Registration is required. https://mountainview.libcal.com/

Parenting in a pandemic: Free 6th district PTA speaker series

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7pm, “Navigating School During Uncertain Times” with Challenge Success - Laura Easley.  For other offerings in January and February, please see the attached flyer. Cost: free. For more information and to reserve your seat visit https://capta6.org/parenting-in-a-pandemic/

MVLA Speakers series presents “Middle School Matters” with Phyllis Fagell

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Professional School Counselor Phyllis Fagell helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they’ll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, acting as their own advocates, and more. To answer parents’ most common questions and struggles with middle school-aged children, she combines her professional and personal expertise with stories and advice from prominent psychologists, doctors, parents, educators, school professionals, and middle schoolers themselves.

Audience:  Parents of kids grades 4 - 8

Register:  To register for this free event at https://mvla2020-21-phyllisfagell.eventbrite.com

Books:   https://www.booksinc.net/book/9780738235080

January CAC Events

Happy New Year! SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet

February 1, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/general-cac-meeting-tickets-135550478129

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