08.06.2021 Stevenson Stingray News

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08.06.21

Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Our staff is excitedly preparing for the start of a new school year! The first week of school, teachers and staff are preparing a warm welcome for our students and many fun activities to build school community, review our school procedures, and show our core values! This year we will have the theme of Stingrays being Bucket Fillers! 

What is a bucket filler? This concept is based on the thought that everyone has an invisible bucket that holds her feelings. We all have an imaginary bucket. When our buckets are full, we feel great! When our buckets are empty we feel sad or hurt. We fill buckets when we say or do something kind to others. We dip from buckets when we say or do something that is not kind. Stingrays are Bucket Fillers!

Teacher Virtual Meet and Greets! - Monday 8/9 and Tuesday 8/10

Our teachers are really excited to meet the students in their classroom this year! Each teacher is hosting a Classroom Virtual Meet and Greet to welcome our Stingrays. Teachers will be sending an email with information and the Google Meet link on Monday morning. Please see the School Announcement section for the date and times each grade level is scheduled.

Stevenson Principal’s Coffee

Please join me this afternoon, Friday, August 6th at 4pm for our first principal’s coffee of the school year. During this meeting, I will be sharing updates and a time to answer questions about the new school year. I hope to see you there! Please use this link to register and attend.

I am looking forward to seeing all of our stingrays at school on Wednesday, August 11th!

Sincerely,

Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary


School Announcements

-Important Calendar Dates First Week of School

-Health and Safety

Mask for all students and adults

Daily Screener each morning

No parents/guests on campus

Volunteers Update

-Drop-off and Pick Up Procedures

-Parking Lot Safety

-Stevenson Bell Schedule 2021-2022

-Class Placement - PowerSchool

-Stevenson Elementary Site Map

-PowerSchool Account

-Free School Meals

-Construction Update

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

-After School Programs

-Non-Returning Students

Important Calendar Dates First Week of School

Monday 8/9 - Class Placements posted in PowerSchool at 8:00am

Monday 8/9- Tuesday 8/10 - Classroom Virtual Meet and Greets (Teachers will email links to parents on Monday)

Kindergarten - 5:00pm on Tuesday 8/10

First Grade - 3:00pm on Monday 8/9

Second Grade - 4:30pm on Tuesday 8/10

Third Grade - 4:00pm on Tuesday 8/10

Fourth Grade - 3:00pm on Tuesday 8/10

Fifth Grade - 3:30pm on Tuesday 8/10

Wednesday 8/11 - First Day of School! (Minimum  Day)

8:10am - Start time

12:05pm - School ends for all students (K-5th)

Thursday 8/12 - Minimum Day

8:10am - Start time

12:05pm - School ends for all students (K-5th)

Friday 8/13 - Regular Day schedule

8:10am - Start time

2:45pm - School ends for 1st-3rd grade students

2:50pm - School ends for 4th & 5th grade students

Health and Safety

Masks for Students and Adults

All students and staff are required to wear masks while on campus. This includes both indoor and outdoor areas. Our staff has masks for students who forget them.  Mask breaks will be provided on an as needed basis. Please ensure your child knows how to properly wear a face mask. 

OKtoReopen - Daily Health Screener 

Each morning, parents will receive an email and text message early each school day from Reminder@oktoreopen.com. This online survey has four simple questions about your child's health. Please complete them and click submit (either by text or email). The screener needs to be completed first thing in the morning before children come on campus. Since it is so important for everyone's safety on campus, failure to consistently complete the screener will result in the child being moved to distance-learning.

Within the OK to reopen platform, parents can adjust the settings to receive text or email only. Additionally, questions can be answered for more than one child within the same window, using the drop-down menu at the top right. It is not necessary to download an OKtoReopen app.

The screener needs to be completed first thing in the morning BEFORE children come on campus. Since it is so important for everyone's safety on campus.

No Parents/Guests On Campus

Please note that at this time, to minimize exposure to our students and staff, no parents or guests are permitted on our campus.

Volunteers Update

At the August 3rd Board meeting, Trustees requested that staff update the MVWSD volunteer guidelines to include additional requirements.  MVWSD is working on a plan to allow masked, vaccinated volunteers at school sites. District staff will be bringing updated guidance in September.  Until the plan is approved by the Trustees, volunteers will not be allowed to assist teachers and staff on campus.

Drop Off and Pick-up Procedures

Drop-off All Grades (8:00-8:10)

-Drop off time begins 10 minutes before the school day (8:00).

-Families will complete the self-screener app on their mobile device or computer prior to arriving on campus.

-Kindergarten parents will drop off their child(ren) at Gate 2 near the kindergarten classrooms. 

-1st-5th grade parents will drop off their child(ren) at the main front entrance (Gate 1).

-Montecito Street entrance (Gate 3) is also an option (recommended for upper grade students).

School Map with gate locations.

Pick-up - Kindergarten (Regular Days at 1:40pm, Minimum Days at 12:05pm)

-Teachers and/or staff members will walk students to the front parking lot area near gate 2.

-Each classroom will wait in the pick up area located near the kindergarten classrooms and front office.

-Parents can walk to pick up their child or drive through the parking lot to pick up their child.

-All parents and students will need to leave as soon as your child is picked up from school.

Pick-up - 1st & 2nd Grades (Regular Days at 2:45pm, Minimum Days at 12:05pm)

-Teachers and/or staff members will walk and supervise students to the front parking area. 

-Each class will have a waiting area located in front of the kindergarten classrooms and office.

-Parents can walk to pick up their child or drive through the parking lot to pick up their child.

-All parents and students will need to leave as soon as your child is picked up from school.

3rd Grade Pick-up at 2:45pm - 4th & 5th grade Pickup at 2:50pm (Minimum Days at 12:05)

-Parents will enter through Gate 3 (Montecito Gate) and wait on the field located behind rooms 19-21 and the play structure.

-Teachers and/or staff members will walk students to the grass area to greet parents.

-Students and parents will then exit campus at gate 3.

-All parents and students will need to leave as soon as your child is picked up from school.

-Any remaining students not picked up by 3pm will be walked to the front office for pick up.

Other Important pick up and drop off information:

-Siblings: 1st and 2nd grade students will meet their older sibling at the grass area for pick up.

-Students attending Right at School, Newton or YMCA: Staff members will pick up students from their classrooms.

-Students are able to walk & bike to and from school. Please inform your classroom teacher and front office if your child will be walking or biking home on their own.

Parking Lot Safety and Information

-Use the sidewalks. If you park on the street, please be sure to use the sidewalks to get to the school instead of cutting across the parking lot.

-The parking lot is designated for staff. Even if it appears empty, it is used by other school staff that need to come and go throughout the day.  They need to be able to quickly arrive on campus to service students. 

-There is no parking or drop off in the district parking lot on Montecito Avenue. It is reserved for District Office staff only.

-Please do not leave your car unattended during drop-off or pick-up.

Stevenson Elementary Bell Schedule 2021-2022

Stevenson Elementary Regular Schedule 

Kindergarten

8:10 AM - 1:40 PM  

Grades 1 - 3 

8:10 AM - 2:45 PM 

Grades 4 - 5

8:10 AM - 2:50 PM 

 

Stevenson Elementary 

Thursday and Minimum Day Schedule 

ALL Grades

8:10 AM - 12:05 PM  

Child’s Class Placement (PowerSchool)

In order to meet social distancing requirements for large events, there will be no in-person class posting events on MVWSD campuses. Class placement information will be available to parents online beginning Monday, August 9th at 8 a.m. Your child’s class placement for the 2021-22 school year will be available for viewing on the PowerSchool Parent Portal: https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ under the My Schedule link. 

Stevenson Elementary School Site Map

Please click here to view our school map to see the location of classrooms.

PowerSchool Access

For our new families that do not have a parent portal set-up, you should have received instructions this week via email. If you did not receive this email or for any questions or concerns, please call our school office at (650) 903-6950, or email our school secretaries, Rayland Asuncion at rasuncion@mvwsd.org and Renae Rhoodes at rrhodes@mvwsd.org.

How to Access PowerSchool

1. Click on https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ and sign in.

If you already have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you may use your Username and Password to sign in. To recover your password, you may use the "Forgot Username or Password" link.

If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, please contact your school office.

2. Click on your student’s name on the top menu bar (not necessary if you only have one student).

3. Click on “My Schedule” on the left to view student placement.

School Meals Are Free

MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students in the 2021-22 school year as part of California’s universal meal program.  Recess breakfast and lunches are available daily.  Menus and nutritional analysis can be found on https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition. There will be a vegetarian option each day. Gluten-free lunches are not available. Students may bring their own self-contained lunches if desired. 

Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family. 

This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more. Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school. If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at https://secure.ezmealapp.com/.

If you need help, our office staff is available to help you.  Please email Ms. Silvia McElyea at smcelyea@mvwsd.org, Mrs. Evelyn Antunez at eantunez@mvwsd.org or Mrs. Beatriz Claas at  mclaas@mvwsd.org

Construction Update

Solar panels across the district will save MVWSD more than $500,000 a year and provide much-needed shade for students. The solar panels at Stevenson are currently in process of being constructed on the courtyard. The area around and the solar panels is fenced off for safety. Our teachers and school staff will be making sure students are safe and playing away from the fenced area. Teachers will also be discussing safe play around the construction area the first week of school with students. The fencing will be removed once the project is completed.

The fencing around Stevenson and Theuerkauf started over the summer. The next step in the process is to install the gates. The gates will be closed during the school day but will remain unlocked until the electronic locks can be installed.  A friendly reminder that the community will still have access to the field weekdays before 7:30am and after 4:00pm. The gates will also be unlocked on the weekends for field access.

Reporting Absences

Please call the office at (650) 903-6950 or email Rayland Asuncion at rasuncion@mvwsd.org and Renae Rhodes at  rrhodes@mvwsd.org to report an absence or late arrival.  Provide the following information: date of absence, student’s name, grade and room number, reason for absence, name and relationship of the person reporting the absence.

Non-Returning Students

If you are not returning for the 2021-22 school year, please contact our school secretaries, Rayland Asuncion at rasuncion@mvwsd.org and Renae Rhodes at rrhodes@mvwsd.org, or by phone 650-903-6950 as soon as possible. Please take a moment to reply ONLY if your children will NOT be attending Stevenson Elementary School. It will be a great help to our staff and other students and their families as we prepare for the 2021-22 school year.

After School Programs

Our school district partners with multiple programs to provide after school care. Please visit this website to learn more about Right at School, Newton Center, and YMCA.


Calendar

2021-2022 MVWSD School Calendar  

Friday, August 6th

-Stevenson Principal’s Coffee at 4:00pm - Zoom Link

Monday, August 9th

-Class Placements posted in PowerSchool at 8:00am

August 9th and August 10th

-Classroom Virtual Meet and Greets (Teachers will email links to parents on Monday)

Kindergarten - 5:00pm on Tuesday 8/10

First Grade - 3:00pm on Monday 8/9

Second Grade - 4:30pm on Tuesday 8/10

Third Grade - 4:00pm on Tuesday 8/10

Fourth Grade - 3:00pm on Tuesday 8/10

Fifth Grade - 3:30pm on Tuesday 8/10

Wednesday, August 11th

-First Day of School! (Minimum  Day)

8:10am - Start time

12:05pm - School ends for all students (K-5th)

Thursday, August 12th

-Minimum Day

8:10am - Start time

12:05pm - School ends for all students (K-5th)

Friday, August 13th

-Regular Day schedule

8:10am - Start time

2:45pm - School ends for 1st-3rd grade students

2:50pm - School ends for 4th & 5th grade students

Tuesday, August 16th

-Parent university at 5:30pm -Register here

Thursday August 19th

-Back to school night at 6pm 

Tuesday, August 24th 

-School Site Council Meeting at 3:15pm


MVWSD News

MVWSD Substitute Fair (This Saturday)

MVWSD is seeking substitutes. Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!

Please attend the employment fair on Saturday, August 7th from 8:00am to 11:30am at the Stevenson Elementary MUR. Participants will learn more about the position and can apply onsite. Applicants can also pre-submit at mvw.sd/sub.

Remote Independent Study

All students are expected to attend in-person instruction. However, students and families that feel in-person instruction compromises their health may elect to participate in a Remote Independent Study program as outlined in state law for the 2021-22 school year only. 

Remote Independent Study learning will be provided to MVWSD students by Edgenuity, a third-party provider.  Please understand that this is not a distance learning school; it is independent study with virtual instruction. The amount of virtual instruction varies by grade level. Students will receive daily live instruction, but the daily schedule will not look like the Distance Learning program MVWSD offered in the 2020-21 school year. Please use this link for more information.

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