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Please note: there is no school for students on Monday, March 16
This week, a message about assessment from the District:
Students have just completed the new district benchmarks for English Language Arts and Math. These assessments, like the former ones, test students on a range of standards that are covered in the grade level. Unlike the old assessments, these new tests are not just multiple choice. They include a variety of item types and require students to think more critically about their responses.
Like the new benchmarks, the new state tests students will be taking for the first time in April will provide multiple question types. Like the district benchmarks, these item types will require students to think critically about the questions and, similar to the benchmarks, assessment results will be used as a baseline to help all of our students grow in these new standards.
Attached to this newsletter is information regarding the new state assessments. The District will continue to provide updates on these new assessments throughout the spring through site and District newsletters, websites, and parent education events.
Community Dinner, Talent Show, and Open House: March 24
Our next annual tradition is coming up in just two short weeks.
- The Community Dinner will once again be spearheaded by Lisa Ramirez and be Italian themed (mmm, pasta). If you can help by donating food drinks, or your time, please contact Lisa at email@example.com or 650-468-3494.
- The annual student Talent Show will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 and will feature over a dozen talented performers who auditioned and were selected last week. This is a hugely popular event and is not to be missed.
- Finally, our spring Open House will go from 7:05 to 8:00. Teachers’ classrooms will be open and will be proudly displaying your children’s work. This is a great chance to say hello, mingle, and ask questions of any of your child’s teachers.
See the flyer for more details.
THANK YOU to all of our families, parent volunteers, staff, students, and community members who made this year’s walkathon an amazingly fun event and a great success. For the third year in a row, we set a fundraising record: we raised over $17,000 for the PTA to provide essential classroom materials, special events, field trips, etc. for our students. Congratulations to our student winners of the $150 shopping spree at Amazon.com: Collin H. (most laps: 80!), Theo P. (most donations), and Karan D. (random drawing).
Particular thanks to Elana Feinsmith & Lori Moon, the Prowl co-chairs and their hardworking team - Amanda, Sisca, Jen & Kimberly. Thanks to the families who provided the delicious food and to all the volunteers. Finally to Mr. Chang and his staff for all their help and support and to all the students who walked and helped to raise $17,000.
Thank you Panthers!
New issue of the Crittenden Chronicle now available online
Check out our trimesterly student newspaper, produced by Ms. Jenson’s Exploratory English class! Click here to read.
Standardized Testing Dates
Crittenden’s testing window this year will be April 27 - May 15. The ELA and math tests are taken over three days: ELA the week of April 27 and math the week of May 4. The last week in the window will be for makeup testing and the 8th grade Science test.
Families, please do not schedule any vacations during this time. If you need to schedule medical appointments in that window, please make them for the afternoons. Thank you for your support!
IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION: Student Intent Surveys this month
ALL currently enrolled K-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. In the survey you will notify us if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2015-16 school year. The InfoSnap code (password) will be emailed to parents on Monday, March 23, 2015. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2015-16 school year by Friday, March 27, 2015.
Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you. If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you. Please find the flyer attached for additional information and help nights.
Yearbooks on sale
Capture the memories of the school year with your own yearbook to be signed by all your friends and teachers. Yearbooks are on sale for $30 in the office. The price will increase to $35 starting March 17th. There are limited supplies left so be sure to reserve your yearbook today before it is too late!
Tickets for Alice in Wonderland
Come see this fast-paced stage adaptation based on the 1951 film “Alice in Wonderland” and the books “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 12. Shows are Friday, March 13 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 14 at 7 pm andSunday, March 15 at 2 pm.
You can purchase tickets in 1 of 3 ways:
1. Use a paper order form and drop off in the office. Your tickets will be held at Will Call. An email confirmation will be sent to you when your order is filled.
2. Use the online order form at http://tinyurl.com/cms-alice. Ticket order will not be filled until money is received. Please place you money in an envelope and leave your money in the box in the office. An email confirmation will be sent to you when your order is filled.
3. Tickets for all 3 shows can be purchased from Carol in the front office.
Buy your MVEF Gala Tickets Now!
Support our schools & sample delicious food at Taste of Mountain View 2015, MVEF's Spring Gala and Auction, on March 21, 6:30-11:00 pm at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue.
Great Mountain View restaurants are generously donating food for MVEF’s Gala & Auction, presented by Google. We are very grateful for the community support of these establishments: Amber India, Bierhaus, Mixx, Oren’s Hummus Shop & Shana Thai. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door: order online and save – www.mvef.org.
MVEF Raffle tickets are on sale
The Mountain View Educational Foundation is currently selling tickets to its raffle. The raffle drawing will be held at the upcoming Gala, which is taking place this year on Saturday, March 21.
Raffle Ticket Price: $5 each or 5 for $20
- 4 San Francisco Giants opening weekend tickets ($400 value)
- 5 Taste of Mountain View Restaurant $50 gift certificates ($250 value)
- 4 Earthquakes vs. Galaxy game tickets ($100 value)
For tickets, please contact Adrienne Heiskanen or Wendy Tanabe:
Adrienne: 650-996-6729 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy: 650-938-1951 email@example.com
Everyone is welcome to attend the MVEF Gala on Saturday, March 21. For information and tickets, go to www.mvef.org.
8th Grade Graduation Dance: Saturday, May 30
Families, if you can help with any aspect of this annual tradition, please contact Ms. Mogin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
Crittenden Night at the Movies!
Crittenden and Cinemark are proud to present the first Crittenden Night at the Movies. Come see INSURGENT Wednesday, March 18th, 6:30pm at Shoreline Century 16, two days before the rest of the world sees it. Tickets are $15 and include a small popcorn and a small drink. Tickets are on sale now during lunch. The movie is rated PG-13, so parental permission is strongly suggested if under 13. Tickets are limited and will be a first come, first serve basis.
Building a Community for our Children through Social Capital - As parents and caregivers for our children with special needs, we strive to create a community around them where they can participate and feel included. We will hear from local organizations, who will discuss how they are building inclusive communities right here in the Bay Area using this model. The discussion will include what we can each do to help our kids build social capital and make this 'interdependent' community a reality. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024. For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
The San Jose Area Writing Project has summer programs for young writers. Check out the program offerings here: http://sjawp.org/youth_writing_programs.html