Panther Blog, Sep 23, 2021

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Hello Panthers! Please read your weekly newsletter below.  Here is a quick summary of this week’s message followed with further details:

September 23, 2021

Crittenden News:

-Student Pick-up & Drop-off
-Securly: Keeping students safe on the Internet
-Social-Emotional Learning Tips
-Club Fair, lunch, October 1st
-Fall Throwback Movie Night
-A message from the PTA
MVEF Brochure

District News:

-Board meeting Preview: Sept. 23
-Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday
-Board approved air quality protocols
-More than a meal: Reasons to Apply for Free-or-Reduced School Meals
-Your donations to MVEF support CSMA Art and Music!
-Returning District Hotspots
-MV Public Library: In Conversation with Joanna Ho

Hello Crittenden Families,

The smell of pumpkin spiced lattes, the leaves changing colors and crispy mornings are all signs of sweater weather! Yesterday marked the first day of fall! To celebrate the season change our panthers will be decorating their home room class room doors! It's a great way to embrace change and interact with one another as they all are competing to have the best Fall Door.

 As you know from last week’s panther blog we are focusing on character traits each month. We are instilling in students the value of respect. Our hope is to continue building core values as they begin to develop their social and emotional skill sets. 

 Our students have been excelling in ways that show respect in and out of the classroom. We are very proud of our panthers!

As September approaches the end of its days please keep having conversations about respect in your home and what that looks like for your panther. Our panthers are able to earn raffle tickets when an act of respect is recognized by our staff , so please continue to encourage the meaning of respect  at home.  

 Crittenden News:

Student Drop-Off 
The safety and well being of our students is very important to us. Recently there has been a high volume of students on campus earlier than usual. Please be aware that we are limited to adult supervision prior to 8:00am. We ask to please refrain from dropping off students prior to 8:00am, if at all possible. 

Student Drop-off & Pick-up
We have two student pick up and drops on Rock St. and Old Middlefield. To ease the flow of the morning school traffic please be courteous to the cars behind you and push forward in order for other parents to have room to drop off and or pick up their student. In order to ensure your student makes it to class on time drop off should occur no later than 8:15 AM-8:20 AM.

Securly: Keeping students safe on the Internet
As parents and guardians we always want to do the best to keep our children safe. Recently our MVWSD sent out information regarding access to view what online activities choices your student is making via Securly (

Please note: Securly is for school-issued devices only. Check your email for these weekly reports, and you may also download the Securly app. For more information, please see

SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) Tips
A message from our school counselor, Ms.Hinojosa -
Flyer: 6 SEL Tips

As we support our students with the transition back to in person learning, we must take into account the impact that the pandemic has had on their social and emotional well-being. Here at Crittenden, social-emotional learning (SEL) is at the forefront of your child’s education. Social- emotional learning can foster a safe, supportive and equitable environment that grounds students. In an effort to support SEL at home, please find tips that parents and families can incorporate to facilitate a supportive transition back to school.

Club Fair, October 1st
Our teachers and students are excited for the upcoming club fair that will feature information on our 2021-2022 clubs; Glee Club, Pride Club,  Latinx Club (LSU), Anime and art club,  Yearbook Club, Science and Crafts Club. This is a great opportunity for students to make connections and new friendships. 

 Fall Throwback Movie Night
Flyer: Fall Throwback Movies

Fallback in love with movies you grew up with! The City of Mountain View is hosting a FREE Movie Night at Rengstorff Park October 1st and October 2nd beginning at 7pm. Please be sure to read the flyer for additional information. 

 A Message from the PTA 
We have had a good start to this year's membership drive with over 200 PTA memberships so far, but that leaves quite a few of you who haven't joined ... yet! Please take a moment to join the Crittenden PTA for this year at our PTA website. You can also make a donation for the programs we'll be offering this year - student clubs, enrichment activities, and more. And don't forget to seek corporate matching donations if your company has a matching program. This is an easy way to increase the impact of your donation for all of our students. 

 Finally, our PTA treasurer has had to resign from the role due to unexpected circumstances so we are urgently seeking a new treasurer for this school year. The treasurer is one of three essential roles for a PTA so it is important for us to find someone quickly. This is typically a role for one person, but we would be open to having two people share the role. If you are open or would like to learn more, please contact Jenny Schroder, the PTA president ( 

 Thanks very much! 
Your Crittenden PTA

Mountain View Whisman School District (MVEF)
By now your student should have shared with you the MVEF brochure that was sent home with them on Friday, September 17, 2021. We greatly appreciate the support that MVEF provides to our school. We couldn’t have done it without their continued support of Art & Music, Science, and sports and electives. Thank you in advance for your contributions. 

Upcoming Events:

10/01 Club Fair (during lunch)
10/05 PTA Association Meeting (6:30 pm)
10/11 Recess Day (No School)10/12 Teacher Service Day (No School)

In partnership,

What can you do today to help others feel valued, cared for, safe, and included at Crittenden?

District Announcements:
Board meeting Preview: Sept. 23
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include updates on:

  • i-Ready Diagnostic 1 Assessment Data Overview
  • Site Plan Process Overview

Agenda and meeting details are: The meeting is also streamed on

 Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday
Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: To plan ahead, please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates:

Board approved air quality protocols
The Board recently approved the MVWSD Air Quality Index Plan. On bad air days, decisions about actions, activities cancellations or school closure will be made based on AirNow measurements and the MVWSD Air Quality Index Chart. To view the MVWSD AQI chart and the live AirNow measurement, please see

More than a meal: Reasons to Apply for Free-or-Reduced School Meals
Did you know that filling out a free-or-reduced price school meal application each year can benefit not only your family but also your children’s schools? Before Sept. 30, please fill out your back-to-school 2021 application by visiting: Only one application per household is needed.

Your donations to MVEF support CSMA Art and Music!
Did you know that your donations to MVEF support CSMA art and music for your student? The CSMA programs for TK-4th began September 13th!  Fifth grade art and music started August 31st!  MVEF thanks the talented teaching artists and musicians who guide all MVWSD students to reach their potential with patient instruction and support.  Please donate to support all MVWSD students at

Returning District Hotspots
Families, if you still have a district-issued internet hotspot from last year that you are no longer using, please return them to your school’s office. Thank you.

MV Public Library: In Conversation with Joanna Ho
The Mountain View Public Library presents “In Conversation with Joanna Ho” on Wednesday, Sep. 29 from 7-7:45 p.m. on Zoom. Joanna Ho, bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, is a writer and educator with a passion for anti-bias and equity work. Come with your questions about kids, self-acceptance and anti-racism. Registration required:

Thank you for all your support!

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