Panther Blog Sep 9, 2021 Eng

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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 9, 2021

Crittenden News:

-Principal's Office Hours

-YUP Videos & Slide Presentation 

-Elevate Program coming soon! -Lost and Found 

-Phones/Electronics Reminder

-City of Mountain View Movie Night -Absence and Quarantine Absences

District News:
-Board meeting Preview -Coffee with the Superintendent -Parent University: Supporting Language Development -Securly: Keeping students safe on the Internet -Returning District Hotspots -Better Together: Appreciating Differences -Health and Wellness tip: Modeling behavior -MVEF -Register for 2021-22 Parent U Events -InPlay: After School activities -Local Covid Vaccine Clinic -Mayor for a Day contest with City of Mountain View -Discovery Education Hands-On STEM

Hello Crittenden Panthers,

As our school year begins to settle we ask that you encourage your student to get involved in school and discover new and different opportunities. Motivate your panthers to participate in clubs, sports, and as many school activities as possible. This will help all students feel a sense of belonging and create memorable experiences. 

Tomorrow, we will come together as a school to honor all who lost their lives and loved ones fighting to keep us safe in one of the most tragic events of September 11th. We will sit with a moment of reflection tomorrow in commemoration of the events of 9/11. In addition to remembering all that was lost, we will also encourage our students to practice bravery and compassion for others: we can be kind to someone, offer a helping hand, or get to know someone we don’t already know. 

We appreciate our community!

Crittenden News:

Coming soon- Principal's Office Hours
You can join the virtual Principal's Office Hours on Wednesday, Sept.15th between 6-7pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions about your student and or a general question about our school. You can Join the virtual office hours by using the following zoom  Link.



YUP is a great resource for students to connect with on-demand expert math tutors on the web or on their smartphone/tablets.
In case you missed Yup’s virtual parent information meeting last Thursday you can still be informed by watching the videos and reviewing the slide presentation.

Elevate Weekly Online Enrichment Groups

Join Alum Rock Counseling Center and Crittenden Staff weekly online Thursdays after school from 3-4pm. The session will be 8-weeks long, starting September 23rd.

The enrichment activity groups consist of fun, interactive, activities such as games, art, slime, painting, origami, crafts, and more, and will be a time to practice teamwork, creativity, self-expression, and other important skills.
There is space for 15 students per session! It is first-come, first-serve with parent/guardian consent. Register HERE.

All Materials will be provided and are FREE of cost!

Lost and Found

We have quite the collection of sweaters, lunch boxes and water bottles! The Lost and Found can be found outside the front office past the gate entrance. Please have your panther take a look for any long lost belongings. We will discard the items by late next week.
Phones & Electronic Usage
Please remind your student that cell phones are not allowed to be used for non-academic purposes during school hours. Students should keep their phones off and put away unless given permission to use them for academic purposes in class. The school is not responsible for the loss or destruction of any electronic devices.
A cell phone being used for non-academic purposes during school hours will be confiscated and must be picked up by an authorized adult before or after school. We will not release a confiscated mobile phone to a student without an adult present.

Fall Throwback Movie Night
Flyer: Fall Throwback Movie Series
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.   


Need to Report An Absence?
For all absences please call (650) 903-6945 ext. #2280 or email Be sure to mention your students first & last name, date, relation to student and reason for absence.


Quarantine Absences
MVWSD will continue to explore ways, within state parameters, to make attendance rules more flexible to aid families with students in quarantine. Additionally, MVWSD will develop recommendations for how schools can provide missed work to absent students without overburdening teachers. If your student is absent please have them find the classwork in Google classroom. Upcoming Events:
9/14  Virtual School Site Council Meeting (4-5pm)

9/14 PTA Executive Board Meeting (6:30pm) 9/15 Hispanic Heritage Month

9/15 Virtual Principal’s Office Hours (6-7pm) 9/22 Virtual ELAC Meeting (5:30pm-7pm)

9/28 PTA Association Meeting (6:30 pm)

Please take a few minutes to review important information from our district below.

In partnership,
Mrs. Gomez Principal

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

District Announcements:

Board meeting Preview: Sept. 9
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 9. Some of the meeting’s topics include updates on:

  • Construction
  • Monta Loma greenspace project
  • Student growth
  • Air quality protocols
  • Honoring newly tenured teachers
Agenda and meeting details are here: 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. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register:
Coffee with the Superintendent on Sept. 8

Please join us for an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. Interpretation will be provided.

Please register in advance for this meeting here:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Parent University: Supporting Language Development
Date: Wednesday, September 15th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Link:

Consistent development of language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) is one of the keys to a child’s overall academic success. What habits can parents develop to support English language development in the home, especially in a multilingual household? Join two of our district experts, Principal Arline Siam and Instructional Coach Karen Gordon, as they explore this complex topic and offer ideas for families to use daily.

To submit questions prior to the event, go to We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Security: Keeping students safe on the Internet

MVWSD provides a tool that allows parents to be aware of their students' online activities and to help keep them safe on their school-issued devices. 

Securly ( allows you to see what choices your student is making online while at home so that you will be alerted to potential issues and can guide your student. 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

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.

Better Together: Appreciating Differences
Flyer: Get Better Together

This is the first issue of #BetterTogether’s second year in circulation. This past summer, the Tokyo Olympic games had us transfixed. Though there is still a way to go, these past games had the most culturally and racially diverse Team USA in history. Just before the start of the school year, the release of the US Census data also confirmed for all of us that we are one nation, more beautifully diverse than ever. This month, Mountain View Whisman School District is celebrating our diversity with resources for teachers, parents, and community partners to aid in the transmission of our message: our diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a nation, as a city, and as a school district, where all are welcome. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit
Health and Wellness tip: Modeling behavior
As we settle into our back-to-school routine as best as possible, we might be experiencing some challenges at home with unwanted or undesired behaviors.  Our partners from Palo Alto University, Dr. Alana Park and Dr. Eduardo Bunge, have provided us with some information to support our parents as the school year progresses. Here is a great tip from our partners at Palo Alto University to promote desired behavior at home: 

Modeling refers to teaching by example. Your child will learn by observing your actions and the actions of others. To model desired behaviors

Health and Wellness

For example, you could model being kind to others by greeting your neighbors or offering to help other family members around the home. Make sure to keep praising the behaviors that you want to see (“Great job helping your sibling with their homework”).

This tip came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin. To learn more parenting tips click here.

MVEF: Please Support Our Students!
MVEF raises money to provide all MVWSD students with an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding.  Help us fund programming for your child and every child in the district!  We hope you saw the MVEF brochure (which doubles as a donation envelope) or watched the video during Back to School.  Please see the website at for more information and to donate online.  Use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.  Please consider joining our team of volunteers. Email us with any questions at contact@mvef.orgThank you for your support!

Register for 2021-22 Parent U Events
Flyer: Parent U 2021-2022

Register in advance for this year’s MVWSD Parent University events. For more information about Parent U and event dates, see attached flyers or head to

InPlay: After School activities
Looking for afterschool activities for your student? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.
Local Covid Vaccine Clinic: Sep. 25th- Gift cards for first doses!
Flyer: Get Vaccinated

Santa Clara County is hosting several upcoming Covid-19 vaccination clinics at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula and Saint Athanasius Church in Mountain View (160 N Rengstorff Ave). Vaccinations are free. Gift card incentives will be provided for first doses.

-1st/2nd dose on September 25th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. (This is a 1st dose clinic for Saint Athanasius Church Second Harvest Food Distribution Event, those who received a vaccine on 9/3 can get their second dose on 9/25.)
2nd dose October 16th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. (This is a clinic for those who received a first dose on 9/25)
For more information about COVID vaccinations in the area, please visit

Mayor for a Day contest with City of Mountain View
Flyer: 2021 Mayor for a Day Contest

Do you have an elementary or middle school-aged student who would like to be the mayor of Mountain View (at least, for one day in October)? The Mayor for a Day contest is an exciting opportunity for kids to learn about local government and civic issues.

Students are invited to write up to a 500-word essay about what Mountain View would be like if they were mayor for a day. Mountain View’s mayor will select the two winners, who will each present their essay at a City Council meeting in October.

For more details, including contest rules and how to submit your entry, visit All entries are due by Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m

Discovery Education Hands-On STEM event: Tuesday, Sep. 21

You're invited to Discovery Education’s upcoming Hands-On STEM event on Tuesday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. PST! This action-packed virtual session empowers the next generation of STEM Solution seekers, equipping them with the skills they need to take on some of the planet's greatest sustainability challenges.

Join host Brandon Okpalobi, President of Siyanse, a STEM organization helping kids to create, think, and innovate. During each Hands-On STEM, Brandon will identify a local or global issue, explore why it's happening, introduce interesting people who are working to find solutions, and inspire your students to uncover their own potential with exciting hands-on STEM activities. 

Register at: If you have any questions about this event, reach out to Nina Sclafani at 

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