9.15.22 Stevenson Stingray News

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Between meeting new teachers, adjusting to a new grade level, and learning new routines, many students can feel a range of feelings as the school year gets underway. Sometimes kids (and adults) can feel all the feels at once!

This month, schools across MVWSD are calling attention to resources for students feeling All The Feels, as well as resources for parents and school staff. 

A great space for mental health resources is MVWSD’s Virtual Wellness Center, which you can find at https://www.mvwsd.org/parents/virtual_wellness_center.


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary



-ELAC Meeting

-Save the Date - Picture Day Wednesday, September 28th

-Construction Update

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

-Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook


ELAC Meeting (Repeat)

Our next ELAC meeting is this evening, Thursday, September 15th at 6:00pm.  During this meeting, we will provide an update on reclassification, discuss Stevenson’s Single Plan for Student Achievement, and how our school supports English Language Learners. ELAC meetings are open to community members. If you would like to attend, please register and join using this zoom link.

Stevenson Construction Update

We are thankful for the upcoming construction projects that are coming up for Stevenson Elementary! 

A new, approximately 1,000 square foot storage shed will be built between Stevenson on the south side of the tennis courts near the existing snack shack.  The storage building project is currently out to bid with an anticipated start date in early 2023. 

Security camera mounts have been installed and electrical conduit installation is ongoing after hours. The system is anticipated to be operational in October 2022.  Security cameras in public areas are being installed at all school sites as a way to increase safety for students and staff members by deterring misconduct and preventing vandalism. Members of the schools’ communities were engaged in a series of feedback meetings in Winter 2022.

Stevenson classrooms will also be updated with operable windows. The work of this project will occur after school hours. The project is currently in the permitting process. We anticipate the project in late spring 2023.

Please visit mvwsd.org for more details on construction updates at Stevenson and MVWSD.

Save the Date - Picture Day Wednesday, September 28th (Repeat)

Please keep a look out for picture day flyers that will be distributed to every student one week before picture day. Digital flyer is attached. 

School Name: Stevenson Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Wednesday, September 28

Picture Day ID: EVT2QFJJC

Reporting Absences (Repeat)

Please call the office at: (650) 903-6950 or email Kass Madrid at [email protected] and Renae Rhodes 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, your name, and relationship to the student.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (Repeat)

- Twitter - @StevensonElem_

- Instagram - @stevenson__elementary

- Facebook - @StevensonElem




When you receive an email with the subject: Invitation to Apply for a MVWSD Volunteer Badge, please read and respond to the email as soon as possible. This helps us maximize the number of parents being badged. Thanks for your help getting volunteers in the classroom!

Are you confused about “classroom jobs” vs “committee jobs” vs “classroom shifts”?

If so, please either watch this short video that was shared at Back to School Night or, if you have more time and/or want to learn more about the PACT Foundation and what exactly PACT means, watch this longer video.

In-Person Author Visit with Nidhi Chanani - pre-order books now!

Author and illustrator Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina, I Will Be Fierce) will be visiting with K-2 students Monday, Sept. 19, courtesy of Hicklebee's Books. Chanani is debuting her new, early reader graphic novel series Shark Princess, sure to be a hit with fans of Narwhal and Jelly. Purchase copies of Shark Princess from Hicklebee's now through Sept. 18 to get them signed by the author! https://www.hicklebees.com/nidhi-chanani-author-visit



2022-2023 MVWSD School Calendar  

Thursday, September 15th

-Parent Ed Session #2 @ 9am

-ELAC Meeting @ 6pm - Register here

Saturday, September 17th

-Parent Ed Session #2 @ 9am Stevenson MUR

Monday, September 19th

-DELAC @ 5:30pm - Register here

Thursday, September 22nd

-MVWSD Board of Trustees - Register here

Tuesday, September 27th

-School Site Council @ 3:30pm 



Attendance Awareness Month: September

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit early so they learn that going to school on time, every day, is important. Regular school attendance is required by state law. State law requires MVWSD to notify parents whose students are truant or chronically absent. The state, county, and district are monitoring attendance, both excused and unexcused absences because the goal is for healthy students to be in school as often as possible. Our schools’ goals are a 97% attendance rate.

Now hiring: Interpreters and Translators

Are you bilingual/biliterate and looking for a way to support our families and students? MVWSD is hiring support staff to serve as interpreters and translators for multiple languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and others. Apply now at mvwsd.org/jobs.

Family Health and Wellness Fair: Sept 24 

There will be a free Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Assemblymember Marc Berman and in partnership with El Camino Health and MVWSD on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mariano Castro Elementary School (500 Toft St). 

Come for free screenings and vaccines, free school supplies, backpacks, kid’s masks, diapers, period products, bike repair and healthy snacks.


*  Kids’ health screenings: dental, vision, heart, mental health, and nutrition screenings

* Free school supplies and backpacks

* Healthy snacks

* Fun activities for kids

* COVID-19 vaccines and boosters

* Hands-on science with NASA

* COVID-19 test kits

* Fire and garbage trucks up close

* Art projects

* Bike raffle and repair 

* Casework services

For more information, please call (650) 324-0224 or visit http://ASMDC.ORG/CP-FHWF.

MVWSD Seeks Parents & Staff Members for Health and Wellness Committee

MVWSD is seeking parents and staff to lend their perspective and expertise to benefit students by serving on the Health and Wellness Committee. 

The Health and Wellness Committee aligns District efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and a safe and healthy school environment. 

Interested applicants should have experience, knowledge, or interest in the topics described above. In addition to last year’s members, we are seeking at least 1 parent and 1 certificated staff member per school and 3 representatives from community-based organizations. The committee may include up to 30 participants. 

The time commitment is approximately four meetings during the school year, beginning in October. Meetings will take place on Zoom. 

Applications are due by Friday, September 16, and may be found at this link: http://mvw.sd/health. Please direct any questions to Brian White, Coordinator for Health and Wellness.

Why does MVWSD rely on MVEF donations for supplemental funding?

This year, MVEF funding is reducing English Language Arts middle school class sizes; providing art, music, and life science enrichment; and more! Why does MVWSD rely on MVEF for this? MVWSD is “community funded” (also known as “basic aid district”), which means that budget growth relies almost entirely on increased assessed value of the property tax base within the district. California’s Prop 13 limits the growth in assessed property values, which effectively throttles budget growth that could fund supplemental public education programs. However, MVWSD works closely with MVEF so that additional enrichment is still possible for our students. To learn more, click here. To make a donation, click here.

Searching for Volunteers to Serve City of MV Community

Recruitment is open for upcoming vacancies on several City board, commissions and committees that weigh in on a wide range of matters. If you have an interest or background in the City’s downtown interests, environmental planning process, library, parks and recreation, performing arts, inclusive community relations or bike and pedestrian concerns, we welcome you to apply to serve on one of these bodies. Find more information and the application form at MountainView.gov/Advisors. Questions can be directed to the City Clerk’s Office at [email protected] or 650-903-6304. The deadline to apply is Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.

Elevate MV: Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program

Applications open September 16th for the Mountain View Elevate MV pilot program, which will give direct cash payments of $500 per month to 166 randomly selected eligible extremely low income Mountain View residents. The pilot program sets itself apart from other direct relief programs by providing unrestricted financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This pilot program will be a part of a national research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Guaranteed Income Research. For eligibility requirements and details about the program, including how to receive assistance with the application, click here. 




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