Panther Blog

March 12, 2020

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Hello Panthers,

(Don't forget there is no school on Monday and Tuesday)

 I want to personally thank all of our parents, students, staff and community for your strength and resilience as we weather through the Covid-19 situation.  It has been hard to have to tell kids that events that they have really looked forward to have to be postponed due to no fault of their own and by something completely out of their control, but I am proud of how well they have responded and kept a positive outlook.

 In collaboration with the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health and MVWSD, Crittenden is postponing all non-essential events and after school activities. This includes all musicals, play performances, club meetings, parent committees, after school games and practices, and field trips until Spring Break. We will reevaluate after Spring Break to determine how to proceed with future activities.  These actions are being taken in an abundance of caution to keep everyone in the Crittenden community healthy.  We have recently sent out an email with more detail, and we and our district will continue to do so as the situation progresses- please keep an eye out for updates.

 I understand that these can be stressful and confusing times for our students, and they are quite sad that these events are being postponed. Even if they don’t say so, it may be on their mind. Take some time this week to bring up the subject and let them know that you are there for them, and that their school has their safety as its primary concern.

 We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of our students and parents. I have the utmost faith in our strong and resilient students, and I am certain that our Panthers will emerge from this with a mighty roar!

 Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are

 Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Ms. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

 After Spring break, our students will be participating in the statewide testing program, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP). You can help your student succeed in these tests by ensuring they come to school on time, well-fed, and well-rested. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:  

MAR16, MON

  • Recess Day No School

    MAR 17, TUE

  • Staff Development Day: No School

APR 6-10

  • Spring Recess- No School 

DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: ​ 

Make sure you’re counted! The U.S. Census is coming up
It’s crucial that we all participate, because an accurate count of residents is important for funding our community’s public resources, planning for the future, and for our voice in government. We all want to make sure that Mountain View gets the funding, services, and business support we need. 

Here's how the Census works (video)

Responses are confidential and by law, your personal information cannot be shared. You can respond to the U.S. Census online or by mail. Look for your postcard this week. To learn more, visit 2020census.gov.

 

MVEF needs you! The Mountain View Educational Foundation is seeking new volunteers and board members to join us and support their mission to ensure that every child, at every school has access to a competitive, well rounded, inspiring education. Thanks to the work of volunteers and board members, MVEF raises over $800,000 annually to fund art, music, athletics and hands-on science across the district. The Board of Directors typically consists of 10-15 dedicated community members and district parents. Board members attend monthly board meetings, represent MVEF in their school communities, and help guide and support the vision of the organization. MVEF strives to have at least one representative from each school and people who bring a variety of professional skills, including fundraising, marketing, finance, and community engagement. Board members have the opportunity to make a difference in the experience of every child in the district, gain insight into district programming and planning, and collaborate with other parent leaders in the district.
Learn more about MVEF, and its impact on your child’s school day at 
mvef.org. If you are interested, please send a message to contact@mvef.org. 

There are other afterschool care programs at MVWSD. Click here for more info. 

Resources for helping students with math homework

Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/teaching_the_standards/eureka_math 

To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math

 

 

 

 

March 05, 2020

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Hello Panthers,

 Welcome to our new web site! You are reading this Panther Blog from our new, updated website. After you’ve finished reading here, take a look around on the site. We are always looking for ways to improve our communication with our families and we look forward to hearing your feedback

 One of our biggest events of the year, our annual Panther Day Walkathon is now just 23 days away! Our wonderful, dedicated PTA will be sponsoring this event. Everyone can support the walkathon in their own way. Students of course can participate by finding sponsors and joining their friends to walk as many laps as possible. Parents can help their students reach out to sponsors and prepare for the walk. And of course, the PTA is always looking for volunteers! You can reach out to them here.

 Have you been to an athletic event yet? I highly recommend you catch one of the upcoming games. Our student athletes and coaches are wonderful, and everyone has a great time, and the more people who join and support our team, the more fun it is for everyone! Check our school calendar (on this great new website) or you can download the following sports calendars:

BOY'S BASKETBALL
GIRL'S SOCCER

 Tomorrow is the last day to order a yearbook! If you haven’t ordered one yet, you or your student can stop by our office up until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. We have order forms in the office. The cost is $40. We accept cash or check, but we cannot make change, and we cannot accept credit cards. If you don’t remember if you already ordered one, just ask at the office, and we can look it up for you.

 Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are

 Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Ms. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS:  

MAR 5, THU

  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball @ Cabrillo
  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer @ Cabrillo

 MAR 10, TUE

  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball vs. Buchser @ home
  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer vs. Buchser @ home

MAR 11, WED

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip
  • 6 – 8pm 2019-2020 Parent University

MAR 12, THU

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip
  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball vs. Don Callejon @ home
  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer vs. Don Callejon @ home

         MAR 13, FRI

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip

    MAR 14, SAT

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip

    MAR16, MON

  • Recess Day No School

    MAR 17, TUE

  • Staff Development Day: No School
  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball @ Peterson
  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer @ Peterson

MAR 18, WED

  • 6:30 – 8pm Cafecito with the Superintendent

    MAR 19, THU

  • 8:15 – 9:15am Crittenden ELAC Meeting

    MAR 20, FRI

  • 6:30 – 8:30pm Crittenden School Dance

     MAR 23, MON

  • Spring Picture Day

     MAR 24, TUE

  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball semifinals; t.b.d
  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer semifinals; t.b.d
  • 6 – 8pm PTA Association Mtg. Innovation Center

MAR 26, THU

  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball Finals; t.b.d
  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer Finals; t.b.d

MAR 27 , FRI

  • Crittenden Panther Prowl Walkathon

    MAR 30, MON

  • 5:30 – 7:30pm MVWSD DLAC Meeting 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Conf Room C

    MAR 31, TUE

  • 6 – 8pm A.L.L Parent Workshop #3

    APR 6-10

  • Spring Recess- No School

 

DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: ​ 

MVEF needs you! The Mountain View Educational Foundation is seeking new volunteers and board members to join us and support their mission to ensure that every child, at every school has access to a competitive, well rounded, inspiring education. Thanks to the work of volunteers and board members, MVEF raises over $800,000 annually to fund art, music, athletics and hands-on science across the district. The Board of Directors typically consists of 10-15 dedicated community members and district parents. Board members attend monthly board meetings, represent MVEF in their school communities, and help guide and support the vision of the organization. MVEF strives to have at least one representative from each school and people who bring a variety of professional skills, including fundraising, marketing, finance, and community engagement. Board members have the opportunity to make a difference in the experience of every child in the district, gain insight into district programming and planning, and collaborate with other parent leaders in the district.
Learn more about MVEF, and its impact on your child’s school day at 
mvef.org. If you are interested, please send a message to contact@mvef.org.

 

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Peggy Orenstein on "Boys and Sex:  Navigating Sex and New Masculinity in Today’s Hook-up Culture" on Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm at LAHS Eagle Theatre,  201 Almond Ave., Los Altos, CA Join us as Peggy Orenstein dives back into the lives of young people to once again give voice to the unspoken, revealing how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.  

Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, Boys & Sex dissects so-called locker room talk; how the word “hilarious” robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By surfacing young men’s experience in all its complexity, Orenstein is able to unravel the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of young male sexuality in today’s world.   

Audience:  Parents and educators of students grades 4 - 12. To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2019-20-peggyorenstein.eventbrite.com Books available for purchase, thanks to Books, Inc.,  (cash or check).

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

Afterschool care for 2020-21: Registration opens this spring Registration for 2020-21 is open now! Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until school starts and afterschool until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5-day pricing options.
At: All MVWSD elementary schools, and Crittenden Middle School
For more
information about Right at School, click here. 

YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare The Y is a 30-year provider of childcare and is led by committed, professional afterschool leaders. YMCA afterschool programs provide a safe and fun learning environment for kids. The Y provides programming in 99 schools throughout the community. Kids enjoy fun physical activities, healthy snacks, homework help, enrichment clubs, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, arts time and engage in strong character development. The Y offers a 10% sibling discount, as well as financial assistance for qualifying families.
At: Bubb, Castro, Huff, Landels, Monta Loma, Theuerkauf, and Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary

The 2020-21 Kindergarten Afterschool Interest list is open now. For more information, click here to email. YMCA Afterschool Program webpage.

There are other afterschool care programs at MVWSD. Click here for more info.

 Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: Understanding Mental Health from a Youth Perspective on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30-8pm at Crittenden Middle School, Auditorium. Representatives from the following agencies will be available beginning at 6:00 PM to provide information and resources: Allcove, Children's Health Council (CHC) Teen Wellness Committee, and Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC).  Please join us to hear from a panel of local high school students about their perspectives on mental health.  Students will give a short presentation and then answer questions including:

  • What do you think is important for parents to know and keep in mind as they guide and support their kids who might be demonstrating some signs of risk or are already struggling with their mental health?
  • What are some effective approaches and ways parents have been helpful in supporting you or your friends?
  • What role does social media play related to teen mental health issues, in general? What should the role of parents in supporting and protecting their child?
  • What advice would you give to parents with kids who have mental health needs?

All families are welcome to attend, although this event is targeted for parents and teens in grades 5-8.

 Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care

Reserve your seat at

mentalhealthyouthperspective.eventbrite.com

 

There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.
The District provides 
inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. Parents may search for activities near their school by entering either the school name or the school address on the map. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.

 

Resources for helping students with math homework

Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/teaching_the_standards/eureka_math 

To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math

 

 

 

February 20, 2020



Hello Panthers,
 
I hope everyone had a well-deserved break and enjoyed some rest and relaxation. I can see that our students have returned refreshed and ready to go!
 
Our sixth graders just returned today from their Science Field Trip. They had a great time visiting Hidden Villa, the Marine Science Institute to study our local creeks, The Youth Science Institute, and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society to observe our local bird life. It was a wonderful experience for all.
 
On March 11 our music department is leaving for the annual LA trip, returning on March 14. It is a memorable and rewarding experience for the students. Happy travels!
 
Our school will have a new website very soon! The new platform allows for improved functionality and accessibility, mobile responsiveness and auto translation. Watch our link at http://crittenden.mvwsd.org/ this coming week. Thanks for your patience as we transition to the new website. We appreciate your feedback, and use it to improve the site. If you have comments on the new website, please email them to supt@mvwsd.org.
 
If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to complete the LCAP survey by tomorrow. Please click here to give input through February 28 in a survey.
 
Our Panther Prowl walkathon is around the corner, happening on March 27. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help make this our most fun and  successful walkathon ever!
 
Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are
 
Positive People
Actively Engaged
Working Together, and
Striving for Excellence
 
Ms. Gomez,
Principal, Crittenden Middle School
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:  


MAR 2, MON
  • 2 – 3pm Crittenden: Dance Spectrum Assembly

MAR 3, TUE

  • 6 – 7:30pm   PTA Executive Meeting Crittenden Innovation Center

 MAR 5, THU

  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball @ Cabrillo

  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer @ Cabrillo

 MAR 10, TUE

  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball vs. Buchser @ home

  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer vs. Buchser @ home

MAR 11, WED

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip

  • 6 – 8pm 2019-2020 Parent University

MAR 12, THU

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip

  • 3 – 5pm Boy's Basketball vs. Don Callejon @ home

  • 3 – 5pm Girl's Soccer vs. Don Callejon @ home

MAR 13, FRI

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip

MAR 14, SAT

  • Crittenden Music LA Field Trip

MAR16, MON

  • Recess Day No School

  
DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: ​ 
The MVEF Winter Gala, held on February 8th, was an incredible night, raising over $125,000 for MVWSD schools! Generous parents, community members, principals and district staff came together to go 'Full Steam Ahead' supporting all MVWSD students. After a lively live auction, MVEF announced they had secured a $25,000 challenge grant from Google. Gala guests immediately stepped up to the challenge and raised their paddles donating over $29,0000 to support STEAM in our classrooms and secure the challenge grant. Thank you parents, community members, and district staff for supporting the Mountain View Educational Foundation's goal to ensure that every child, at every school has access to a well rounded, competitive, well- rounded education.  Learn more at mvef.org.
 
Afterschool care for 2020-21: Registration opens this spring Registration for 2020-21 is open now! Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until school starts and afterschool until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5-day pricing options.
At: All MVWSD elementary schools, and Crittenden Middle School
For more information about Right at School, click here. 

YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare 
The Y is a 30-year provider of childcare and is led by committed, professional afterschool leaders. YMCA afterschool programs provide a safe and fun learning environment for kids. The Y provides programming in 99 schools throughout the community. Kids enjoy fun physical activities, healthy snacks, homework help, enrichment clubs, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, arts time and engage in strong character development. The Y offers a 10% sibling discount, as well as financial assistance for qualifying families.
At: Bubb, Castro, Huff, Landels, Monta Loma, Theuerkauf, and Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary
The 2020-21 Kindergarten Afterschool Interest list is open now. For more information, click here to emailYMCA Afterschool Program webpage.
There are other afterschool care programs at MVWSD. Click here for more info.
 
Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: Understanding Mental Health from a Youth Perspective on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30-8pm at Crittenden Middle School, Auditorium. Representatives from the following agencies will be available beginning at 6:00 PM to provide information and resources: Allcove, Children's Health Council (CHC) Teen Wellness Committee, and Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC).  Please join us to hear from a panel of local high school students about their perspectives on mental health.  Students will give a short presentation and then answer questions including:

  • What do you think is important for parents to know and keep in mind as they guide and support their kids who might be demonstrating some signs of risk or are already struggling with their mental health?

  • What are some effective approaches and ways parents have been helpful in supporting you or your friends?

  • What role does social media play related to teen mental health issues, in general? What should the role of parents in supporting and protecting their child?

·  What advice would you give to parents with kids who have mental health needs?
All families are welcome to attend, although this event is targeted for parents and teens in grades 5-8.
 Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

Reserve your seat at
mentalhealthyouthperspective.eventbrite.com
 
 Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - March 3rd
You can change the life of a student!
Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.
Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!
There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  
   Date:              Tuesday, March 3rd
       Time:            5:30 - 6:30 pm
        Location:      MVLA District Office
                        1299 Bryant Avenue,  Mountain View, CA 
      Register:       REGISTER ONLINE
     Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org
Information:   MentorTutorConnection.org

There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks.
 With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.
The District provides inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. Parents may search for activities near their school by entering either the school name or the school address on the map. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.
 
Resources for helping students with math homework
Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/teaching_the_standards/eureka_math 
To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math


 

 February 13, 2020



Hello Panthers,
 
Don’t forget that tomorrow is a minimum day- from 7:55 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
 
I hope you are all planning a very fun and restful winter break for your families. Our students certainly deserve it. I am so proud of how hard they have been working and of the great accomplishments they have achieved so far. And yet there is still so much to do! Not the least of which is a fun day on Friday, with special events in the classrooms and then we will wrap it up with a rally at the end of the day.
 
See below for some important events this week. We would very much welcome some parents to volunteer to chaperone for the upcoming 6th grade field trip.
 
6th Grade Science Field Trip
Permission slips for the sixth grade science field trip are due no later than Friday, February 14th to your student's social studies teacher. If you are available to chaperone, please contact Ms. Kunde (ckunde@mvwsd.org) or Ms. Himan (ahiman@mvwsd.org).
 
Noon Duty Supervisor needed
We are looking for a noon duty supervisor to help us during lunchtime. It is a great opportunity to be involved with the school, get to know the students and staff. This is part-time position, Monday through Friday. For more information, please contact me at sgomez.mvwsd.org
 
Update your registration information in PowerSchool:
Please don’t forget to log in to PowerSchool and update your child’s registration for next year. Our district needs you to update this information every year. It helps us plan for capacity, as well as ensure that we have correct and current information in case of an emergency. If you are having trouble logging on or completing the process, you can contact us in the office any time- our staff is here to help.
 
We want to hear from you: LCAP/Strategic Plan
Parents, we want to hear from you: The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.
Please click here to give input through February 28 in a survey. If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office
More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff
  
Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are
 
Positive People
Actively Engaged
Working Together, and
Striving for Excellence
 
Ms. Gomez,
Principal, Crittenden Middle School
  
UPCOMING EVENTS:  
14 FEB, FRI

  • End of Trimester 2: Minimum Day

17-21 FEB, MON-FRI

  • Winter Break, no school

 
DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: ​ 
Apply for preschool now!
The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2020-21 school year.
All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.
Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.
Awards:
* 2018 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient
* Platinum Level/Top-Tier Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating
* High Quality Inclusion from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative, and 2019 Inclusion Collaborative’s Inclusion Team/Teacher of the Year
** Join us for an info night on February 12 at 5 PM at the Latham Preschool, 1850 Latham St. Prospective families also can join a parent-only tour of part-day and full-day classes at Preschool at Theuerkauf, 1625 San Luis Ave. on February 13 at 3:15 PM. **
Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment for children who will be 4 years by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon. Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.
 
Winter break travel reminder: Coronavirus update
We are still fighting the flu and working to make our schools as healthy as possible and prevent viruses like the coronavirus. 
Please note: As a reminder for winter break travel, any staff or student who has been in China since Feb. 2 may not attend school for 14 days after their return. Please see these guidelines from Santa Clara County: https://www.sccoe.org/news/featured/Pages/Novel-Coronavirus-Information.aspx.
Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus as well as the seasonal flu, and we need your assistance. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/coronavirus to read the latest information, learn about the District's actions, and how parents can help.
 
Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - March 3rd
You can change the life of a student!
Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.
Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!
There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  
   Date:              Tuesday, March 3rd
       Time:            5:30 - 6:30 pm
        Location:      MVLA District Office
                        1299 Bryant Avenue,  Mountain View, CA 
      Register:       REGISTER ONLINE
     Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org
Information:   MentorTutorConnection.org
 
We want to hear from you! LCAP survey
The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.
The survey has been revised to include questions about school and District climate. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP/Strategic Plan process.
Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through February 28 in a survey. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.
Parent Survey: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DJUXBF9K0zC1QV?Group=Parent
More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff

There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.
The District provides inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. Parents may search for activities near their school by entering either the school name or the school address on the map. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.
 
>>Parent Education event: Crisis Prevention Strategies with Special Education Director Arianna Mayes. February 26 Graham Middle School Auditorium 7-8:30 PM
    Learn how de-escalation can help create a safe place for kids to express their emotions and solve problems. How managing your own emotions, staying calm, allowing feelings to happen, creating connection, self-awareness and self-advocacy can allow your child your thrive and your household to feel like a safe place for all.
 
Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group February 26, 7-8:30 pm, Mountain View Rengstorff Community Center.

Resources for helping students with math homework
Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/teaching_the_standards/eureka_math 
To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math

February 6, 2020


Hello Panthers,
 
Our end of Trimester and Winter break are fast approaching! The last day of the Trimester, and first day of our one week Winter break is February 14. We will have a minimum day that finishes at 12:20, and the students will enjoy a fun rally at the end of the day. Now is a good time for your student to check for any missing assignments and make sure everything is completed by the end of the Trimester.
 
Movie night next wed:
Our wonderful WEB students are hosting a movie “night” on February 12, at 3:00 p.m. in the MUR. They will be showing Monsters University- don’t miss it!
 
Lost and found:
There are many unclaimed items in our lost and found besides clothes. We have keys, sunglasses, prescription glasses, watches, and even a musical instrument. If you or your student are missing such an item, and you can properly describe it, stop by the front office.
 
Community mural by our students:
Last year our students did a community mural with Stanford for the new hospital wing opening. Each student created a drawing that represented either community, caring for someone, health or kindness. Each artwork was incorporated to a large digital mosaic at the hospital and was showcased at the opening ceremony. The students used markers and colored pencils to create their artwork. It was a great experience for the students to collaborate with one another on a community project!  Feel free to stop by the office if you would like a poster of this amazing work. 
 
A message from the MVLA High School District:
 Please note the following message from MVLA. Their letter is available to download in our fliers.
 
We experienced a ransomware attack on our systems last week and we continue to experience issues. Because of this, the 8th grade families may not be able to access the AERIES SIS system to create an account or select classes. We have posted information on our website and we will update the website to keep families informed.
The attached letter was sent to our families last week. Many of the 8th grade families have been emailing our office frustrated about this issue. We appreciate any support in helping ease their frustration. Our phone lines are also affected so they are not able to get through to us by phone.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We will most likely extend the window for course selections which will be posted on the website.
 
6th Grade Science Field Trip
Permission slips for the sixth grade science field trip are due no later than Friday, February 14th to your student's social studies teacher. If you are available to chaperone, please contact Ms. Kunde (ckunde@mvwsd.org) or Ms. Himan (ahiman@mvwsd.org). Many chaperones are still needed!
 
Attention Eighth grade parents
 If you have an eighth grade student transitioning to one of the MVLA High Schools, we will be holding a registration session at Crittenden on Wednesday, February 12th at 3:00 pm. The registration deadline is Friday, February 14th. Counselors from each school will be here to help students register and answer any questions.
 
Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are
 
Positive People
Actively Engaged
Working Together, and
Striving for Excellence
 
Ms. Gomez,
Principal, Crittenden Middle School
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:  
12 FEB, WED

  • 3 – 5:30pm WEB: Monster's University Movie "Night" @ Wed Feb 12, 2020 3pm - 5:30pm (PST) Crittenden MUR

 14 FEB, FRI

  • End of Trimester 2: Minimum Day

17-21 FEB, MON-FRI

  • Winter Break, no school

 
DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: ​ 
Coronavirus update
It is worrisome to hear the news of the novel (new) coronavirus. While there are many factors we cannot control, please know we are closely monitoring it and working to make our schools as healthy as possible. Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus as well as the seasonal flu, and we need your assistance. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/coronavirus to read the latest information, learn about the District's actions, and how parents can help.
 
Saturday with the Superintendent: Feb. 8 - Note new time!
Saturday with the Superintendent: Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Saturday, February 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread at El Monte and El Camino. Bring your questions and comments.
 
Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: Say it like a scholar!  Techniques and Tools for Educators & Families to Build Academic Language on Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30-8pm at Graham Middle School, Auditorium.
Presenters:
Kate Kinsella Ed.D.
Attendees will learn:
After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses
Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills
How to facilitate effective collaboration inside and out of the classroom
How to teach English Learners to ask for help
Families, teachers, and school staff are welcome to attend this workshop.
Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat: sayitlikeascholar.eventbrite.com
 
We want to hear from you! LCAP survey
The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan and inform the update of the District’s Strategic Plan. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.
The survey has been revised to include questions about school and District climate. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP/Strategic Plan process.
Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through February 28 in a survey. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.
Parent Survey: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DJUXBF9K0zC1QV?Group=Parent
More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff
 
There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.
The District provides inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.
General CAC meeting. Monday February 3, 9:30 am at MVWSD Office on Montecito Blvd. 9:00-9:30 am will be for the Learning Challenges Committee and MVWSD specific issues.
 
Let's Talk IEP/504 Support Group. Tuesday February 11 10am-12pm, Cafe Tables in front of Whole Foods in Los Altos.
 
Parent Chat, Support group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Tuesday February 11, 7-8:30. Los Altos Library.
 
>>Parent Education event: Crisis Prevention Strategies with Special Education Director Arianna Mayes. February 26 Graham Middle School Auditorium 7-8:30 PM
    Learn how de-escalation can help create a safe place for kids to express their emotions and solve problems. How managing your own emotions, staying calm, allowing feelings to happen, creating connection, self-awareness and self-advocacy can allow your child your thrive and your household to feel like a safe place for all.
 
Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group February 26, 7-8:30 pm, Mountain View Rengstorff Community Center.
 
In conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2020: Women Making It Happen, youth in
grades K-8 are invited to explore career opportunities with women who have excelled in their fields. After a brief opening, attendees will be able to visit with Career Guests who will share information about their careers and answer questions. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Career Guests include women working in these jobs and industries: Airline Pilot, Bank President, Chef, Civil Engineer, Cybersecurity, Dentist, Doctor, Firefighter, Landscape Architect, Lawyer, Law Enforcement, Software Engineer, Television Broadcasting, and more.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
Cost: Free. For more information and to register, go to: www.eiseverywhere.com/sccoesvrcareerday

Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21
Mountain View Whisman School District student enrollment for next fall is open online now.
For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here:  www.mvwsd.org/register  For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.
 
Resources for helping students with math homework
Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/teaching_the_standards/eureka_math 
To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math
 
 
 

January 30, 2020


Hello Panthers,
 
Sometimes as kids approach their teen years it seems like they start shutting their parents out as they test the waters of independence. It is actually a time when they need you most, but it can sometimes be a challenge to stay connected. When it seems hard to start a conversation, instead of asking “how was your day?” or “what happened at school?” try to ask something unpredictable like “who was your favorite person to talk to today?”, or “what do you look forward to at school tomorrow?” Sometimes just being connected and knowing what they are going through is just as good as conversation. Follow their progress on PowerSchool, know their schedule, and know what they are studying in their classes. Follow our calendar and attend as many school events as you can. You will not only get to know our wonderful staff, but also the parents of the kids that spend time with yours. Another critical part of keeping your students on the right foot is to ensure that they make it to school on time. We have a daily average of 15-20 students who come in late and are missing valuable class time. We need your help to change this problem. Just by waking up and leaving ten minutes earlier can make a world of difference. Knowing that you have their back gives your kids the confidence to move forward and become more independent.
 
5th Grade Information Night
If you have a fifth grader in MVWSD, tonight at 6:30 p.m. we will be hosting our 5th grade Information Night in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Coffee with the Superintendent
You have the opportunity to meet our Superintendent Dr. Ayinde Rudolph on Thursday February 6th at 8:15 a.m. You can ask questions and learn about his vision for our schools and students. Please join us!
 
6th Grade Science Field Trip
Permission slips for the sixth grade science field trip are due no later than Friday, February 14th to your student's social studies teacher. If you are available to chaperone, please contact Ms. Kunde (ckunde@mvwsd.org) or Ms. Himan (ahiman@mvwsd.org). Many chaperones are still needed!
 
Attention Eighth grade parents
 If you have an eighth grade student transitioning to one of the MVLA High Schools, we will be holding a registration session at Crittenden on Wednesday, February 12th at 3:00 pm. The registration deadline is Friday, February 14th. Counselors from each school will be here to help students register and answer any questions.
 
Information about the Corona Virus:
See our attached fliers for an advisory from the County regarding the Corona Virus.
 
Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are
 
Positive People
Actively Engaged
Working Together, and
Striving for Excellence
 
Ms. Gomez,
Principal, Crittenden Middle School
 
 UPCOMING EVENTS:  
30 JAN, THU

  • 6:30 – 8pm Crittenden 5th grade Information Night

3 FEB, MON

  • 5:30 – 7:30pm MVWSD DLAC Meeting 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Conf Room C

 4 FEB, TUE

  • 6 – 7:30pm PTA Executive Meeting Crittenden Innovation Center

 6 FEB, THU

  • 8:15 – 9:15am Coffee with the Superintendent Crittenden MUR

 12 FEB, WED

  • 3 – 5:30pm WEB: Monster's University Movie "Night" @ Wed Feb 12, 2020 3pm - 5:30pm (PST) Crittenden MUR

 14 FEB, FRI

  • End of Trimester 2: Minimum Day

17-21 FEB, MON-FRI

  • Winter Break, no school

 
DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: ​ 
There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.
The District provides inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.
General CAC meeting. Monday February 3, 9:30 am at MVWSD Office on Montecito Blvd. 9:00-9:30 am will be for the Learning Challenges Committee and MVWSD specific issues.
 
Let's Talk IEP/504 Support Group. Tuesday February 11 10am-12pm, Cafe Tables in front of Whole Foods in Los Altos.
 
Parent Chat, Support group for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Tuesday February 11, 7-8:30. Los Altos Library.
 
>>Parent Education event: Crisis Prevention Strategies with Special Education Director Arianna Mayes. February 26 Graham Middle School Auditorium 7-8:30 PM
    Learn how de-escalation can help create a safe place for kids to express their emotions and solve problems. How managing your own emotions, staying calm, allowing feelings to happen, creating connection, self-awareness and self-advocacy can allow your child your thrive and your household to feel like a safe place for all.
 
Decoding Dyslexia South Bay Support Group February 26, 7-8:30 pm, Mountain View Rengstorff Community Center.
 
In conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2020: Women Making It Happen, youth in
grades K-8 are invited to explore career opportunities with women who have excelled in their fields. After a brief opening, attendees will be able to visit with Career Guests who will share information about their careers and answer questions. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Career Guests include women working in these jobs and industries: Airline Pilot, Bank President, Chef, Civil Engineer, Cybersecurity, Dentist, Doctor, Firefighter, Landscape Architect, Lawyer, Law Enforcement, Software Engineer, Television Broadcasting, and more.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
Cost: Free. For more information and to register, go to: www.eiseverywhere.com/sccoesvrcareerday

Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21
Mountain View Whisman School District student enrollment for next fall is open online now.
For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here:  www.mvwsd.org/register  For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.
 
Resources for helping students with math homework
Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/teaching_the_standards/eureka_math 
To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math
 
 

January 23, 2020


Hello Panthers,
 
Just by reading this newsletter you are actively helping your student succeed in middle school by staying informed of important events and issues affecting the school. Research on the effects of parental involvement has shown a consistent, positive relationship between parents' engagement in their children's education and student outcomes. Whether or not parental involvement can improve student outcomes is no longer in question.* There are many other ways you can stay involved in your child’s education. Attending presentations and school events is a great way to stay connected, stay informed, and meet people at Crittenden and MVWSD. We are always welcoming volunteers to help with activities, events and field trips, as well as morning and afternoon pickup/drop-off. Joining the PTA is also a great way to both help the school and stay informed. You can get more information on volunteering here, and joining the PTA here. Or, just reach out to me or a staff member any time.  

All parents: the enrollment process is underway! You should have  received emails guiding you through the enrollment process. Even if you don’t foresee any changes for your family, we ask that every family log in and update your information. This not only ensures an efficient enrollment process for all, but it also keeps your students safe by ensuring we have the most current contact information. For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here:  www.mvwsd.org/register. For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office.

Attention Eighth grade parents; If you have an eighth grade student transitioning to one of the MVLA High Schools, be sure to attend 8th Grade Information Night at Mountain View or Los Altos High School on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM. Also, the high school counselors will be visiting eighth graders at Crittenden on the morning of Jan 28 to share information about registration and courses that are available. See the attached fliers for more information.
Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are
 
Positive People
Actively Engaged
Working Together, and
Striving for Excellence
 
Ms. Gomez,
Principal, Crittenden Middle School
 
*https://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2309/Parental-Involvement-in-Education.html
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:  

  1. JAN, WED

  2. 6 – 8pm  2019-2020 Parent University Crittenden Auditorium

 
30 JAN, THU

  • 6:30 – 8pm Crittenden 5th grade Information Night

 
3 FEB, MON

  • 5:30 – 7:30pm MVWSD DLAC Meeting 1400 Montecito Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Conf Room C

 
4 FEB, TUE

  • 6 – 7:30pm PTA Executive Meeting Crittenden Innovation Center

 
6 FEB, THU

  • 8:15 – 9:15am Coffee with the Superintendent Crittenden MUR

 
12 FEB, WED

  • 3 – 5:30pm WEB: Monster's University Movie "Night" @ Wed Feb 12, 2020 3pm - 5:30pm (PST) Crittenden MUR

 
14 FEB, FRI

  • End of Trimester 2: Minimum Day

 
17-21 FEB, MON-FRI

  • Winter Break, no school

 
DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: ​ 
In conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2020: Women Making It Happen, youth in
grades K-8 are invited to explore career opportunities with women who have excelled in their fields. After a brief opening, attendees will be able to visit with Career Guests who will share information about their careers and answer questions. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Career Guests include women working in these jobs and industries: Airline Pilot, Bank President, Chef, Civil Engineer, Cybersecurity, Dentist, Doctor, Firefighter, Landscape Architect, Lawyer, Law Enforcement, Software Engineer, Television Broadcasting, and more.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
Cost: Free. For more information and to register, go to: www.eiseverywhere.com/sccoesvrcareerday
 
It's flu season: Tips for keeping your family healthy
Just a reminder that it's flu season. Please see the attached information for flu symptoms and tips on how to prevent the flu. Sick children should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). Wash your hands and take care of yourself!
 
The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents William Stixrud, M.D. and Ned Johnson on "The Self-Driven Child:  The Science and Sense of Giving Kids More Control Over Their Lives" on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater | 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View
Evidence strongly suggests that age-appropriate autonomy is vital for young people’s mental health—it helps them to sculpt brains that are resilient, resourceful, and ready to take on new challenges. When The Self-Driven Child authors Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson discovered a common problem among their young clients: kids were feeling acutely stressed. Some stumbled in high school, while others hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids a sense of control. In this talk, Bill and Ned advise that parents and educators adopt the role of consultant rather than manager to give kids more responsibility for their own life decisions even before they leave home.  Audience:  Parents and educators of students grades 6 - 12. To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2019-20-stixrudandjohnson.eventbrite.com Books available for purchase, thanks to Books, Inc.,  (cash or check) Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

Happening now: Register or reconfirm your student’s enrollment in MVWSD for 2020-21
Mountain View Whisman School District student enrollment for next fall is open online now.
For NEW students: Through February 7, you can register your child for transitional kindergarten - eighth grade online for the 2020-21 school year here:  www.mvwsd.org/register  For CURRENTLY enrolled students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade:   Parents can log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to enroll their children for 2020-21 through February 7. To check your access, log on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. You received an email on Nov. 21 with your username. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office. You may click here to confirm your child’s school of residence. For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to www.mvwsd.org/register.
 
Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: "Being an "Askable Adult" Talking to your child about sexuality" on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30-8pm at Crittenden Middle School, MUR.
Presenters: Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader
Parents will learn:
The why, what, when and how of speaking to your child about sexual health
Join us for a fun and interactive workshop to inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation. Appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years
Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available. Reserve your seat: askableadult2020.eventbrite.com
 
There are a number of resources and information the Mountain View Whisman School District provides families on how to identify, prevent, and talk to your student regarding Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Per state law (Assembly Bill 1227), students grades 6 and older are required to be educated on the prevention of human trafficking. In Mountain View Whisman, this information is taught as part of the Teen Talk Program to all eighth-grade students. Families have the ability to opt-out of this instruction. For additional Information and resources please visit: http://mvw.sd/S7l3P
 
The Mountain View Educational Foundation staff and volunteers are working hard to make the Winter Gala an incredible night. Join MVEF on February 8th to enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing, and lots of auction fun. There are some incredible auction packages in store for guests, including an Escape to Santa Cruz, a Warriors Game Night Experience, dinner at MVFD firehouse, an exquisite handcrafted quilt created by MVWSD’s own Principal Gloria Higgins, Principal Terri Lambert and Executive Assistant Kathi Lilga, summer camps, one of a kind parties, and much, much, more. You don’t want to miss this event that raises funds to support every child and every school in the district.  Buy your tickets today at mvef.org. Ticket sales close on January 27th.
 
Resources for helping students with math homework
Eureka Math provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Available in English and Spanish for grades K-8.  To view those tip sheets, click on https://www.mvwsd.org/academics/teaching_the_standards/eureka_math 
To access Eureka math videos, curriculum and homework helpers through a free, sign-in parent dashboard, check out nonprofit GreatMinds at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. To access Common Core standards parent roadmaps for math and language arts by grade, click on Parent Roadmaps - ELA and Parent Roadmap - Math
 
 
 

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