Panther Blog 2020-21

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Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history

MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men”

MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk

MVLA holiday tree lot

November CAC events

See Angst: a movie about anxiety


November 12, 2020

Hello Crittenden Families,

I hope you had a good rest yesterday on Veteran’s Day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Veterans who have served our country. As many of you know, the Moffet base is part of our district, and many of our families have parents and family members who serve, some who are currently overseas. I’m sure I speak for our community in offering our sincere gratitude. 


Thanks to all the families who picked up their supplies for Trimester two. Included in the supplies was a new headset with a microphone and noise-canceling headphones. Please encourage your students to use these. They were specifically chosen to help our students stay focused and engaged by helping them hear and be heard better. 


As you know our students now have to sign in through clever first before joining their zoom class. If you have a parent-teacher meeting, you can log in to your student’s clever account, then log in to the Zoom meeting. We have prepared some videos that can help you with this: 

Here's a video for how to look up your student's credentials in powerschool:

Here's the video for how parents can login to Clever to login to a Zoom meeting:


Just a reminder, the yearly writing benchmark will be administered in all ELA classes November 16-20th. Remember that students have to use their MVWSD-issued Chromebooks for these assessments. We ask that you remind your student to make sure their Chromebooks are fully charged and in working order. If you need technical assistance, call our IT department at 650-526-3252. Please make sure your students are well rested and well fed prior to testing- it makes a difference!


This week’s Executive Tip is:

 For children or adolescents, abstract time is a real problem. They often believe that homework is going to take up ALL of their time, which prompts procrastination and a "play now" attitude that pushes homework into the evening hours with increased fatigue, missed bedtimes, and shortened tempers all around. The simplest strategy to make time concrete and visible for your child is to place analog clocks, old-fashioned face clocks, in all those places where they get lost in time. Encourage your student to use timers when doing work at home followed by 5 minute study breaks. This will help work seem more manageable and make them feel they are making progress.


Thank you for all that you do and your partnership,


Crittenden Panthers learning together, wherever we are. 

Mrs. Gomez





17 NOV

PTA meeting, 6:30 - 8:30


18 NOV

ELAC meeting


Nov 26-28

Thanksgiving Break





Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit


Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond. 

MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:

  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home? 
  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th
  • Support your child at home with math homework
  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts
  • Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here:

School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

  • School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit for a list of these events and for login information.
  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link:
  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. 
  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.
  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 
  • Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm
  • Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm
  • Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).


For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here: 

Your Donations Matter! Please Give Now For This School Year!  

MVEF funds important programs including weekly art and music classes at every elementary school with CSMA, NGSS aligned science through Living Classrooms, environmental science lessons through Environmental Volunteers, STEAM teacher professional development, instrument repair and purchase, middle school science equipment and electives, wellness and more! This important programming is made possible through the generosity of parents like you! Thank you for your support!  Make a donation at

MVLA: “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men”

The MVLA Speakers Series presents: Michael Reichert on “How to Raise a Boy:  The Power of Connection to Build Good Men” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online 

Michael Reichert, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked with children in a variety of contexts for over 30 years. Challenging conventional ideas of how boys learn and grow, Dr. Reichert’s research underscores the importance of a relational approach in raising and educating boys to nurture their strength and resilience.  Offering a timely consideration of how boyhood has undergone an historic shift, Dr. Reichert will focus on helping parents, teachers, and boys themselves adapt, especially as we face today’s unprecedented challenges. 

Dr. Reichert will also comment on our current situation with distance learning and its impact on boys.  

Audience:  Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors of young boys and teens

Register: To register for this free event go to



MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk

See the attached flyers for registration information.


MVLA holiday tree lot 

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.


November CAC Events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email or check out

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet

November 2, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, For the Zoom link for this meeting, email

November 3, 9:30 am - Alternative Dispute Resolution training from SC County. (Interest-based negotiation). A large emphasis of this training will be allowing participants to practice preparing for meetings and to receive coaching and feedback.Sign up here:

November 10, 10 am - Parent Chat - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact for Google Meet invite.

November 10, 10 am - Morning 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. Please contact for the Zoom link for this meeting.

November 12, 7-8:30 pm - Rethinking Adulthood: A Neurodiverse Trajectory What does it mean to be an adult? How is the transition to adulthood addressed in neurodiverse populations? Neurodivergent educator Amy Faigin will explore the social and emotional elements of this transition and how we can better support our students and children through this process. REEL and the Palo Alto CAC are proud to co-host this event for parents and educators. ZOOM info sent the day before the event; please RSVP at

November 16, 7:30 pm - Decoding Dyslexia meeting on Zoom. Parent check-in and resource share. Register in advance for this meeting:

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