Stevenson Stingray News 04.07.2021

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04.07.2021

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

A reminder that Parent University hosts A Conversation with Haben Girma, the Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law this Thursday, April 8th from 6:00-7:00pm. Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer and an advocate for disability justice. She was the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. As a community, we are all tasked with resisting ableism, racism and other forms of oppression. We face the choice to accept oppression or advocate for justice. Come and be inspired by Haben, who has received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. To register for the event, please click here

Equitable Access to Choice Schools (Stevenson Elementary)

Stevenson Elementary and our school district want to understand the priorities of Stevenson parents and staff members as we examine ways to ensure equitable access to Stevenson Elementary for all district families. 

As part of the process of receiving input and thoughts, parents and staff are encouraged to participate in the online exchange of ideas (https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/511608160), then rate the thoughts of others. You will also have an opportunity to discover what’s important to the community. You may return at any point during the exchange and participate more until it closes on April 11th. 

Later in April, our district will be creating focus groups within our school community to continue to hear thoughts and experiences related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Thank you and I hope that our Stingray families have a safe and wonderful spring break.

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

  • ELAC Meeting
  • Spring Break- Meal Schedule 
  • Spring Break Travel Advisory
  • Principal’s Coffee- Monday, April 19th
  • Picture Day - Wednesday, April 28th 
  • COVID Testing Available for students and families (Repeat Information)
  • Technology Support (Repeat Information)

ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) Meeting

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 8 at 5pm, Stevenson’s next English Language Advisory Committee will be meeting virtually. Principal Santiago will be sharing an update on Equity Work at Stevenson, 2021-2022 Distance Learning School Enrollment, and reclassification. 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.

Spring break meal schedule

MVWSD's free meals for children are available over spring break. On Friday, April 9, multiple grab and go meals will be available at school sites for Friday through Tuesday. On Wednesday, April 14, multiple meals for the rest of spring break will be available at Gabriela Mistral Elementary, (505 Escuela Ave) location only from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Regular meal service will resume on Monday, April 19. Menus and information are found at https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition.

Spring Break Travel Advisory

As Spring Break approaches, MVWSD wants to remind our community to take precautions to keep our community safe and our schools open.

Under our current risk tier, the Health Officer’s Mandatory Directive on limiting travel has been lifted. However, the state continues to advise Californians to avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence, or to other states or countries. 

If you travel, please test. COVID-19 testing is not required for students, however it's recommended for people who travel. Free testing for students and families is available through El Camino Health at https://www.elcaminohealth.org/landing/schedule-covid-19-test?s=mapPin. The CDC advises that individuals get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Make your appointment now for after you return.

Principal’s Coffee

Join Mr. Santiago on Wednesday, April 21st at 5:00pm for a Principal’s Coffee. Please register in advance for this meeting here.

Principal Santiago will be providing information and answering questions on 2021-2022 Distance Learning School  Enrollment, Equity Work at Stevenson, and other topics parents would like to discuss. 

Picture Day - Optional - Wednesday,  April 28th 

Picture Day will be on Wednesday, April 28th. Please note Picture Day is optional this year, and we will not have a make-up day. This will be the only opportunity for school pictures for the 2020-2021 school year.

To maintain a safe environment in the MUR, please see the schedule below. For families unable to attend during the designated time, please feel free to bring your student for a photo during a time that works best. 

Time

Last Name

1:30-2:30pm

A-F

2:30-3:30pm

G-M

4:00-5:00pm

N-R

5:00-6:00pm

S-Z

COVID testing available for students and families (Repeat Information)

Regular, asymptomatic COVID testing for students is not required at this time however, parents may want to have students tested, especially after travel, to ensure that they are not carrying the COVID-19 virus.

Free, asymptomatic testing is available for students and parents at:

* El Camino Hospital or MV Center for Performing Arts. Dates: Ongoing. Schedule through El Camino Health at https://www.elcaminohealth.org/landing/schedule-covid-19-test?s=mapPin.

* Graham and Crittenden Middle Schools. Dates: Tuesday March 30 at Graham MUR; Tuesday, April 20 at Crittenden MUR and Wednesday, April 28 at Graham MUR. You should register here. You also may schedule an appointment by calling 650-940-7022 and use option 4. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Whisman School District when calling. 

If your child has symptoms of COVID or has had a known exposure to someone who may have COVID, please contact your child's pediatrician for testing information. If you do not have a health care provider, make a symptomatic testing appointment with a county provider here: https://scl.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing.

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, (techcoavch@mvwsd.org) or call/text (650) 336-5863.


PACT Foundation Updates

Earth Week Walk/Bike/Scoot Raffle!

Zoomies and Roomies can walk, bike or scoot during Earth Week (Apr 19-23) for eco-prizes to any destination of your choice (including Stevenson). Enter your child’s name here for Eco raffle prizes for all walk/bike/scoot adventures that you take during that week (one entry per student per day). Raffle winners will be announced the following week. And please share photos of your adventures to help populate our yearbooks.

imPACT Blacktop Discussion

The next blacktop discussion will be Thursday, April 8th at 8pm. 

Zoom link is: https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92217918911


Calendar

April 5th - April 11th

Wednesday, April 7th

  • Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do! from 5-6pm- Zoom link

Thursday, April 8th

  • Stevenson ELAC Meeting at 5pm - Zoom Link
  • imPACT Blacktop Discussion at 8pm- Zoom link
  • Parent University: A Conversation with Haben Girma from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Register here

April 12th - April 18th

  • Spring Break - No School

Wednesday, April 21st

  • Stevenson Principal’s Coffee at 5:00pm- Zoom link

Thursday, April 22nd

  • MVLA Parent Speaker Series, “The Power of Showing Up: What Kids Really Need from Adults,” from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Wednesday, April 28th

  • Optional - School Pictures

MVWSD News

  • MVWSD seeking District Equity Advisory Committee members
  • Better Together: Strengthening Communities
  • Resilience Pause Series continues
  • Join the MVEF Board and make a difference!
  • Spring Break program with the City of Mountain View
  • MVLA Parent Speaker Series, “The Power of Showing Up: What Kids Really Need from Adults,” April 22 from 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do!
  • OkToReopen Health Screener Pro Tips
  • Upcoming MV Public Library Programs: Product Design, Parenting Program
  • Virtual Earth Day Events with the City of Mountain View 

MVWSD seeking District Equity Advisory Committee members

COVID-19 has exacerbated disadvantages faced by students and families of color and socioeconomic disadvantage. It is important to acknowledge that even though the pandemic has exacerbated these inequalities, long-standing institutional practices and policies have perpetuated them, leading to disproportional equity gaps.

MVWSD is committing itself to engaging meaningfully with the community on issues of equity through the District Equity Advisory Committee (DEAC). The goal of the District Equity Advisory Committee (DEAC) is to provide meaningful feedback to the Superintendent on how to support MVWSD towards achieving its goals of becoming a more equitable and inclusive school district.

The role of a committee member is to be a thought partner and a community advocate. We are seeking a combination of district-level leaders, principals, teachers, staff members, and parent participants who represent the interests of both elementary and middle schools.

Committee members will be expected to attend and participate in meetings held monthly (on average) online during the 2020-21 school year in the evening hours. The average commitment will be approximately 20 hours per academic school year. 

Applications are due by April 23 and found at this link. More information is at https://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees.


Better Together: Strengthening Communities
This month’s Better Together focus is on civic engagement and getting involved in the community. Please see the attached or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD for the infographic, which features activities for the family, engaging books about activism for students, and more!


Resilience Pause Series continues

The 30-minute, online Community Resiliency Model Resilience Pause sessions for adults (parents and staff members) are scheduled during this transition in our school year to assist participants with building resilience throughout return to in-person instruction. Participants can learn strategies on Mondays and build habits towards resilience during the week.  These sessions are designed to teach life-long habits that help us to self-regulate during stressful moments.  

April 19, 4pm: Resourcing 

April 26, 4pm:  “Help Now!” A Reactive Strategy

Sessions can be drop-in or attended in a series. To join: http://mvw.sd/HAjbz


Join the MVEF Board and make a difference!

MVEF is looking for board members! With as little as 5 hours a month, you can support a well-rounded education (arts, science, wellness) for all students in the district. MVEF needs your voice and opinions for living our vision, from promoting MVEF at back to school night, to crafting a survey for our donors. Attend our next meeting or email contact@mvef.org to learn more.

MVEF survey: Foundation wants to hear from you

MVEF wants to know parents’ and staff members’ priorities about the programs that they usually fund, and areas where MVEF could potentially fund programs in the future. Please take a moment to complete this survey.

Spring Break program with the City of Mountain View (flyer attached to email on 4/2)

The City of Mountain View will be hosting a Club Rec Spring Break program at the Mountain View Teen Center from April 12-16th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 7-11. Programming will include camp games, arts & crafts, and more! Head to www.mountainview.gov/register for registration, pricing, and more information.


MVLA Parent Speaker Series, “The Power of Showing Up: What Kids Really Need from Adults,” April 22 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

MVLA will be hosting their last Parent Speaker Series event for the season, “The Power of Showing Up: What Kids Really Need from Adults,” on Thursday, April 22 from 7:00 - 9:00pm with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, a psychotherapist and best-selling author. 

Parents worry. It’s what we do. Reassuringly, the latest brain and attachment research is clear on how best to make a difference in our child’s life over the long run: we simply need to show up.  Offering plenty of warmth and humor, Dr. Bryson will explore what showing up means, sharing stories and simple strategies for honoring the Four S’s - helping kids feel secure, seen, soothed, and safe. She'll discuss practical advice for supporting anxious kids, hitting the reset button on parenting, and creating a safe harbor at home for children of all ages. Registration for this free event can be found at: https://mvla2020-21-tinapaynebryson.eventbrite.com.

Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do!

Please register for our upcoming free webinar and Facebook Live event: Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do. This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their child, actions to take if their child is having a suicidal thoughts, and resources.  The webinar is provided in partnership with CalMHSA,  the California Department of Education, the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line.  

 

In English:

April 7, 2021 at 5 to 6 p.m.

To register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zOLFzulAQVKEfeCvdIPhMA

Or join the live stream event here: https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation/


OKtoReopen Health Screener Pro Tips

OKtoReopen is the daily health screener for in person students to complete each day before they arrive on campus. Here are a few tips to make the process even easier:

You don’t have to wait until you get the message

Reminders are sent each day that the student is expected on campus. If parents have already completed the survey before the first reminder is scheduled to be sent they don't receive a reminder.

Parents can always complete the screener earlier than the reminder by using a previous email or going to oktoreopen.com on a browser they previously have used. 

You can complete the screener for multiple students

You can complete the survey for more than one child in the same window by clicking through the names at the top right drop-down menu. If there is another student in the family you can hit next to complete that survey. When all of the surveys have been completed there is a done button.

Make sure your survey is submitted

For families with just one student you hit submit and then done (students with more than one student click next until all surveys are completed, and then submit). You don't have to click done to complete the survey.

Send the reminder to just your phone instead of both phone/email

Parents can adjust their OKtoReopen settings to receive text or email only by contacting their school office to make the change in Powerschool.

For a closer look on how to use OktoReopen, check out these videos: https://vimeo.com/521538560 (English) and https://vimeo.com/524450668 (Spanish)


Upcoming MV Public Library Programs: Product Design, Parenting Program 

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting two events:

Design an Amusement Park for Dogs: Thursday, April 22, 4pm - 5pm for Grades 3-5 on Zoom. Learn about the product design process and create your own amusement park ride with Product Designer and Author Vicky Fang. Registration required. Sign up at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar

Building your Child’s Self-Confidence and Personal Power: (English) Wednesday, April 28, 7pm - 8pm on Zoom. (Spanish) Wednesday, April 21, 7pm - 8pm on Zoom. Presenters from CHAC Family Resource Center will discuss ways to raise a confident child with inner strength and health self worth. For parents of children ages 2-12. Registration required. Sign up at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar


Virtual Earth Day Events with the City of Mountain View

We know that Earth Day (4/22) is looking a little different this year, so it’s going virtual here at the City of Mountain View! We’re holding two contests with multiple gift card prizes (a short video competition and a student poster contest), all centered around creativity and how you restore the Earth in your own way. For both contests, the deadline for entries is Monday, April 16th, 2021 no later than 5pm. Submissions can be made at: this link; see attached flyers for more information.

Additionally, please join us on Thursday, April 22nd from 6pm-8:30pm for our Virtual Earth Day Event! We’ll be having speakers from the Planet Bee Foundation, Acterra, Recology, and Cool Block. Community members will also be giving 5-minute ‘micro talks’ about how they’re “Restoring the Earth.” And finally, we’ll be announcing the winners of the video and poster contests live during the event. Please visit this link for details.

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