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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:

August 12th,  2022

Crittenden News:

-2022-2023 Handbook


-School Safety

-8th Grade Yosemite Q&A (Register)

-Back To School Night

-Chromebook Distribution

-i-Ready Testing
-Reminder of Lunch Drop Offs

-Fall Picture Day

-School PE Uniform 

-Join our team


Save the Date:

(2022-2023 School Calendar)

(2022-2023 Bell Schedule)

8/16 & 8/18 i-Ready Assessments (ELA & Math)

8/17 8th Grade Yosemite Parent Q&A (Virtual)

8/24 Minimum day for students

8/24 Back To School Night 6-8pm (In person)


9/5 Labor Day (No School)



-Board meeting preview: Aug. 18

-School Meals Are Free

-Last Call: District Equity Advisory Committee
-Why MVEF Matters

-August/September CAC Events


Dear Crittenden Families,

We had a fabulous first week of school! On Tuesday we held a WEB Welcome (Where Everybody Belongs) for our new sixth graders. WEB leaders toured the incoming sixth graders around the campus, and prepared skits for the students to learn about “All Things Crittenden”. Thank you to our WEB teacher, Ms. Glenda Vargas, for a fun and informative event. Once school officially started on Wednesday, students spent the week building community with new friends and teachers through games and activities.  We capped off the week today, with an important assembly on Bike Safety. 

Staff also had a great first week. Thank you to the PTA, for sponsoring lunch for all staff members on the first day of school. And finally, last night we hosted a Sixth Grade Parent Orientation on zoom, where we were able to answer parent’s questions regarding our middle school program. We look forward to meeting you all in person on August 24th for our Back To School Night.

Have a lovely weekend!


Annie Flores-Aikey, Principal

Crittenden News:


2022-2023 Handbook
We empower every student by fostering meaningful, positive relationships; engaging in rigorous, deeper learning; and nurturing a growth mindset for life-long inquiry. With doing so please see
2022-2023 Handbook  of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Just a reminder that indoor masks are required at school currently and while CDC data shows our community transmission level as “High." Please be sure to send your child to school in a well-fitting, high quality mask tomorrow, the first day of school.

Please check this graphic for an overview of our COVID protocols. Thank you for participating in these safety measures to help ensure all of our students and staff stay healthy.


School Safety



Let's work together to ensure the safety of our children and neighbors' children. Let's be mindful and courteous at all school drop offs and pickups. Give the right of way to all pedestrians and bikers. 


Early Student Sign Out

During all early pick ups a government photo ID is required. This is to ensure any unauthorized persons are prohibited from picking up your student. 


Emergency Contacts

We want to be able to connect with you should there be any emergency or any incidents where you are needed. Please be sure to update phone numbers and contact information should it change at any time.



8th Grade Yosemite Q&A
Please join this meeting if you are a parent of an 8th grader at Crittenden. We will discuss the trip and answer questions. The overnight field trip will take place on Monday, September 26th to Friday, September 30th. A Spanish interpreter will be available to help answer questions.


Yosemite Zoom Link:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Aug 17, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Back To School Night

We hope you can join us for Back To School Night on Wednesday, August 24th from 

6 - 8pm. This will be an in-person event and is a great time to meet your child’s teachers and go through their schedule, periods 1-8. More details will follow in next week’s newsletter, but please save the date.

Chromebook Distribution
All student chromebooks have been issued at this time. If your student has not received theirs for any reason please let us know at 650-903-6945.


i-Ready Testing

Next week 9/16-9/19 we will have a special testing schedule while our students take the i-Ready assessments, in both Math and English.Please see below information for i-Ready Testing.


During the yellow testing blocks students will be going to their 1st period homeroom for testing.


Tues./Wed: Math 

Thur./Fri: ELA


Reminders for successful testing:

-Bring wired headphones

-Charged Chromebook

-Good nights rest!

-A fulfilling snack for break time






Reminder - Lunch Drop Offs

Due to a high volume of lunch drop offs and limited office staff, this year we ask to please ensure your child has lunch with them at school drop off rather than dropping it off during school hours as we will be unable to assist in personal lunch distribution.

Fall Picture Day

Mark your calendars early! Monday, October 10th will be picture day. Order forms and reminders will be sent closer to the date.

Update-School PE Uniform
P.E forms have been passed out today. Each student is receiving the form along with two envelopes. Please write separate checks for school purchases and PTA membership/donations. Forms are due by Friday 8/19 to their P.E instructor.  Uniforms will be distributed the following week.


Join Our Team
Are you interested in being a part of MVWSD? Click here for more information!




Board meeting preview: Aug. 18

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. 

For meeting details and agenda, please click here:


School Meals Are Free
MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students as part of California’s universal meal program. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.

We ask to please Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family.


This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more.

Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school.

If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at or call your school office.


Last Call: District Equity Advisory Committee

Help us continue the great work of making MVWSD a more equitable and inclusive community. Committee members will engage in meaningful dialogue and provide feedback to the superintendent and designees about the future of this work in the district. Offer your voice at our virtual meetings. You are welcome here! Our first meeting will be held virtually on Monday, September 12th. To join the committee roster to be informed of meeting dates and links, complete the form linked below:



Why MVEF Matters

Thanks to financial support from parents like you, the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) ensures your child will have access to a competitive, well-rounded education that would not be possible without this additional funding.  MVEF is a volunteer-driven, non-profit that raises funds to bring essential programs to all Mountain View Whisman School District schools. State and local school funding is not enough. School funding supports salaries, facilities, and core academic programs that meet state standards. MVEF funding creates the well-rounded, robust learning environment that our kids deserve including art, music, hands-on environmental science programs from Living Classroom and Environmental Volunteers, and middle school athletics and English Language Arts teachers. Please see the website at for more information and to donate online.

August/September CAC Events

Happy Back to School! 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 [email protected] or check out}

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet


August 29, 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, Register here.


September 14, 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. Register here. 

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