3.17.22 Stevenson Stingray News

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Due to falling case rates and updated public health guidance from the county and state, effective now, MVWSD has loosened some COVID restrictions. The most notable change is that outdoor masking is recommended but will no longer be required. Masks will remain required indoors for now.  Please see this webpage and the attached infographic for more details about the changes to COVID protocols.

Here are some other COVID Updates:

-Social distancing is optional. Physical distancing and spacing requirements are no longer required during lunch and in the classrooms. 

-Field Trips are now allowed. Parent chaperones are also allowed as a one-time volunteer.

-After school campus restrictions have been lifted. Though, the school campus is closed until 4pm and after school programs have priority to the play structure and areas on campus. 

-Pick up and drop off procedures will remain the same. Stevenson Field can be used after school as long as it does not impact after school program use.

Pool COVID testing will continue on Tuesdays.  Please put extra masks in your child's backpack just in case they need a replacement but we do have extras in the office. 


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary




-FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

-New Trees at Stevenson

-Equity Storytelling Session

-Spring Picture Day - March 22nd

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

FAN-tastic Friday Staff!

This week’s fantastic staff members are:

  1. Ms. Mikayla Richardson, 2nd Grade Teacher

  2. Mr. Kyle Hillebrecht, 5th Grade Teacher

  3. Ms. Vannessa Garcia, Instructional Aid

  4. Mr. Olivero Vargas, Noon Supervisor 

Please feel welcome to join us in filling their buckets and sending acts of kindness their way! If you have free time, have your student(s) draw them a picture or write them a note. These FAN-tastic staff members will surely appreciate it!

New Trees at Stevenson

As part of the completion of our school’s solar panel installation, crews will be on site on 3/24-3/31 to plant 5 new trees and to install irrigation near the new trees. Of the 5 new trees, 3 will be installed in the blacktop between the classroom building and the garden. These new trees will provide much-needed shade. The placement offers the most benefit while taking into account the physical restraints of the blacktop area.

Equity Storytelling Session

Thank you to all the parents and staff that were able to attend our second Equity Story Telling Session on Tuesday. We had conversations on the topic of gender identity.   It was a safe space to learn and share thoughts and experiences with other adults. It was also a wonderful opportunity to connect and build relationships. A special thank you to parent Poonam Singh and our Stevenson Equity Working Group. We hope to have at least one more storytelling session this school year.

Spring Picture Day - March 22nd (Repeat)

Mark your calendars for spring picture day on Tuesday, March 22nd! Flyers and ordering forms will be sent in students’ backpacks a week before picture day, please keep a lookout. 

School Name: Stevenson Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, March 22

Picture Day ID: EVTM7RD7S

Reporting Absences (Repeat)

Please call the office at (650) 903-6950 or email Renae Rhodes at [email protected] and Kass Madrid at [email protected] 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.




Rocket Day!!

Rocket Day gets an early start – Friday, March 18th at 5:30 PM

What is Rocket Day?

Rocket Day is a school-wide super fun social event for Stevenson families where student-made air-powered rockets are launched while families socialize and have dinner on picnic blankets/chairs nearby. Select few pics from the 2018 event to give a preview to the fun https://photos.app.goo.gl/U5YZzkGRcpqRsrUv6

Please refer back to the email sent on Wednesday, March 16th for more details on Rocket Day.

Silent Auction

The PACT Fundraiser committee is excited to announce Stevenson’s Silent Auction for this year! The auction begins Thursday, March 17 and ends Thursday, March 31. You can bid on the items by visiting the link below.



This Week

3/18 - Rocket Day 5:30-7:30 pm at Stevenson Field


Coming Soon

3/22 - PACT Foundation General Meeting 5:00-6:30 pm (register in advance)

3/26 - CANOPY Tree Planting 9:00am-12:30 pm & Picnic with Theuerkauf families 12:30 pm


Early Notice

4/1 - Walkathon


Save the Date

4/23 - MVEF Spring Gala (see District announcements)




2021-2022 MVWSD Calendar

**2022-2023** MVWSD Calendar 

Thursday, March 17th

-Stevenson Principal’s Coffee @ 9am - Register here

Friday, March 18th

-Stevenson’s Rocket Day @ 5:30pm

Monday, March 21st

-District Equity Advisory Committee Meeting - Zoom link

Tuesday, March 22nd

-Stevenson Spring Picture Day with LifeTouch

Thursday, March 24th

-MVWSD Board of Trustee Meeting - Register here

Friday, March 25th

-Community Check-In @ 3:30pm - Register here

Monday, March 28th

-DELAC Meeting - Zoom link

Tuesday, March 29th

-Stevenson’s School Site Council @ 3:30pm

Thursday, March 31st

-English Language Advisory Committee Meeting @ 5pm

Friday, April 1st





March Better Together Infographic

When women succeed, we all succeed. The same can be said for any of our community members who have felt the sting of marginalization or oppression. On International Women’s Day, let us appreciate all of the women and girls in our lives and the many intersecting identities that make them who they are. Let us never stop fighting for a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. After all, we are #BetterTogether. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

The Talk: “The Culture of Success” on Mar. 16th

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” is a common phrase used in American political discourse, particularly around self-reliance and emotional resilience. Today’s culture of success was built upon our ideas, beliefs, and values. However, the pandemic and resulting shifts in our daily lives have called us to reflect on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. Let's talk about it.

You are cordially invited to MVWSD’s next Roundtable event: “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Register at: http://mvw.sd/talk316.

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Belly Breathing

Our mood is influenced by physical sensations in our body. When we feel stressed, we tend to take quick and shallow breaths. By taking slow and deep breaths, we can signal our body to relax.

Watch this video to learn more about how belly breathing can help your child (or you) feel more relaxed. 

To belly breathe:

  1. Choose a comfortable position, such as sitting on a chair or laying on your back.

  2. Place one hand on your belly.

  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose while you count to four. As you breathe in, your belly should rise.

  4. Hold your breath while you count to five.

  5. Breathe out through your mouth while you count to six. As you breathe out, your belly should flatten.

You may need to repeat these steps for 5-10 minutes before you start to feel relaxed. By practicing these steps, you can learn to relax after stressful situations.

Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at https://www.mvef.org/ or https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mvefgala/

March CAC Announcements

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org

Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations. Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.

3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI

SCCOE Career Exploration for Middle School Parents

Join the Santa Clara County Office of Education virtually on March 24th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.to explore future career options for your middle schooler. Parents will learn about the 15 Industry Sectors and the courses designed for career success, in addition to the Career Pathways at Santa Clara County High Schools and Community Colleges including Early College Credit. The session will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation available. Registration for this free event: https://na.eventscloud.com/670621

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22 

Join the MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00 - 9:00pm for Scott Schimmel’s talk, “Critical Foundations: The questions every kid must answer to build a meaningful life.” In this interactive presentation, you will learn about the critical questions every kid must answer to build the three pillars of a meaningful life- identity, purpose, and belonging, reflect on your parenting style and make adjustments to what your kid(s) need now, and put together an actionable plan to more effectively engage your kids in discussion. Register for this free event (in-person at MVHS Spartan Theater) or the Live Stream.

MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18

MVHS Ambassadors have organized an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Friday, March 18th, from 5:30-7:30 pm on the MVHS Track. The walk is inspired by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness program, and is being held to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and to show community solidarity in our goal of becoming more supportive to those struggling with mental health issues. There will be speakers, performances, introductions to partnership agencies, and a lantern-lighting ceremony to close the event. Registration information: url.mvhs.io/outofdarkness

LAHS Writers Week - Community Read event

From March 15-18, Los Altos High School is holding the 37th annual Writers Week event, which brings a diverse and inspiring lineup of writers, poets, and journalists to LAHS English classrooms. This year’s Community Read features New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman in discussion with a panel of LAHS students about his books. This event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link to be sent the Zoom information prior to the event. Read more about our other Writers Week visiting writers here: 2022 Writers Week.

MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open

Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce that registration for Summer Camp 2022 is now open. Camp will run Jun 13-July 29 this summer, and include sports, performing arts, and academic enrichment camps. Spartans Sports Camp is operated entirely by the MVHS Athletic Department and all proceeds go directly to support the sports programs at MVHS. For more information and registration, visit www.SpartansSportsCamp.com.



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